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“Great lunch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Shanty

The Shanty
Ranked #2 of 26 Restaurants in Cape Charles
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Shanty is the Eastern Shores premier destination for waterfront dining. Offering the freshest local seafood and produce on a daily basis, Spring, Summer and Fall. Take in a beautiful sunset over the Chesapeake Bay while enjoying delicious homemade crab cakes, Caribbean style tacos, or the daily fresh catch special with an ice cold draft. Full bar, live entertainment, harbor front outdoor seating, available dock space and creative daily specials made for and by people who are truly passionate about food and excellent service!
Nellysford, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great lunch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

Had lunch here after sailing, was fun to watch the boats come in the harbor. Food was surprisingly good - ate my first seaweed! When you eat inside, make sure you look up!

Visited August 2013
Thank Emily E
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Cool atmosphere, average food.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place to watch the sunset over the Chesapeake. Great atmosphere. Relaxing and laid back. Oysters were average. Mussels were heavy creamy. Clam chowder was very tasty. The house drinks were good, but pricey. Come for drinks and apps. Watch the sunset. Keep it light.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank eagullxxv
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New Windsor, New York, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The logo isn't the only thing that's CRABBY about this place!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

If I could give this place NO STARS, I would. Don't bother going to The Shanty if rain is in the forecast because they are ill equipped to handle seating inside this tiny, cramped restaurant. It is understaffed and has a very poor layout. The bar takes up the most space in the center, and there are only about a half dozen picnic tables along one wall. If you want to get a view of the water, you have to sit on a bar stool alongside a window on the opposite side of the restaurant. The servers and host had terrible attitudes. We were told our wait time would only be about 20 minutes. After we wound up waiting for nearly an hour, I asked for a status update and was blown off by one of the wait staff. When I mentioned to the host that I saw a table open up, he angrily yelled in my face, "I'm working on it. I can't be in nine different places at the same time, DEAR." It was at this point that we left. From what I have already read about the subpar food, I'm actually glad I didn't have to waste any money after already wasting so much time standing in this dump.

  • Visited August 2013
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4 Thank Karen H
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Rochester, New York, United States
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great spot to start a vacation off right”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

First night in Cape Charles? Head to the Shanty- good drinks, friendly staff, great local food.
Sit outside and watch the sunset over the bay. Eat some local clams and oysters. So fresh! Move on to some local crab and try the fish tacos. We enjoyed it all so much we want to go back every day!
Food, excellent! Wait staff, excellent! Views, excellent!
It's very casual so go as you are and enjoy it all.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Bobbi K
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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Good food, great location on the water and have special nights,including a Sushi Night.! The staff is very friendly and very helpful with additional things to do and see while in Cape Charles.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Beverly T
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