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“Good food!”
Review of Shempy's Grill

Shempy's Grill
Ranked #6 of 98 Restaurants in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Houston, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good food!”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

We received two recommendations for this little place so we decided to give it a try. It's a small little restaurant sort of out in the middle of nowhere, between Rockport and Aransas Pass (about 15 minutes south or Rockport). The main dining room only had about 10-12 tables in it, but the place was bustling when we arrived. We had actually eaten seafood the night before, but we ordered an appetizer of the "crab dollars" (silver dollar-size crab cakes) and then my husband opted for the catfish and I ordered a New York strip steak. His plate, when it arrived, was heaped with three large pieces of fried catfish and a couple of large hush puppies and plenty of tator tots (he had the option of french fries or tator tots). The crab dollars were delicious, the hush puppies were the best either of us have ever eaten--light and slightly crunchy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. My steak was cooked flat iron style and was juicy and tender. The fun part was exchanging fun conversation with the people at the table next to us. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and the company. The service was great and all the wait staff were very nice. We'll definitely go back next time we're in town.

Visited September 2013
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Lakeview, Arkansas
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“It's not bad....”
Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

Not great either. The shrimp tasted like frozen pre-breaded. The fish was mostly batter. Coleslaw is good. They get a huge crowd and maybe they just had an off day becuz it's pricey for this type of food. There's no beer or wine, but you can bring it.

Visited September 2013
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Bridge City, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great food!”
Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Our friend recommended this place when visiting Rockport. He explained to us it's byob...go next door and buy your wine and take it in. The restaurant provided wine glasses and corkscrew even! I'm sure we saved money on the wine as compared to other restaurants. The menu has a lot of options for entrees but sides are limited to salad, grilled veggies, tots or fries. i had soft shell crabs since those are hard to find elsewhere. They were great! My husband had ribeye steak with grilled shrimp and it was fantastic. Great food but not a lot of atmosphere.

  • Visited August 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
395 reviews
332 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Excellent, no matter what you get!”
Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

I had the fried shrimp & it was great; hubby had soft shell crab poboy which had 2 crabs & was very flavorful. My 77 year-old mom had the cheeseburger & she said it was the best she ever had! Big portions! Don't miss it!

  • Visited August 2013
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Katy, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great food and fresh fish!”
Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Far from the touristy areas of Rockport is this hidden gem! Nothing fancy, but great fresh food served by super friendly and attentive staff makes this worth the drive out of town. I ordered the catfish platter and my DW ordered the Philly cheesesteak po-boy. More than enough, and the catfish was great!

Visited August 2013
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