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Shrimp Boat

9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
+1 410-213-0448
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“shrimp” (162 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (22 reviews)
“hush puppies” (23 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopping by the Shrimp Boat is a must on your OC vacation! The staff is super friendly and become almost like family before you leave. When you come in you’re greeted with a “schooling” on how to peel the shrimp. This lesson comes with a...More

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from abroad, we were keen to try fresh seafood when visiting the Maryland coast. We were however very unsure what to expect when we entered the dirt parking lot and decided to patronize the shrimp boat. What we found was a very nice surprise:...More

Thank FrizzlesDad
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You must try this place!!!! My family stopped twice to buy the fresh shrimp while on vacation - they are delicious!!! Great prices, super friendly people!!!! Absolutely wonderful!!! I loved their shrimp seasoning so much I had to buy a canister to bring home. It...More

Thank PittGrad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I both love The Shrimp Boat! Their shrimp are to die for! They steam them with the heads still on, so they’re super juicy when you peel and eat them. My husband always orders their soft crab sandwich. He loves it! We...More

Thank Nicole T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I came in today and ordered 2 bowls of cream of crab soup and on the menu it said with lump crab and we had none in our soup. I should have said something, but it was very obvious that there was...More

Thank Jo Anne M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great shrimp ! People friendly ! Cocktail Sauce the best! Bait and switch ?? Given one price then when we order they didn’t have the small size and had to get bigger size then add on cost for sauce and cooking... just wondering... seemed like...More

Thank catinzhat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to find a seafood restaurant that was not a chain. The fried shrimp was great and a bit overpriced for the quantity. The corn was cooked perfeclty and the sweet potato fries were seasoned nicely. Our meal was delicious and the next time...More

Thank Michelle D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely the best in town that I found. Little crab shack outside and big big crabs. Had the nicest waitress named Darian. Everyone was super super friendly. My new favorite crab shack !

Thank Tracey H
Reviewed 14 May 2018

My go to for Salmon that is not farm raised and not treated with artificial coloring and OH SO DELICIOUS when cooked is the Shrimp Boat! It is a long, painful winter when the Shrimp Boat is closed for winter, but when they are open...More

Thank Oper8bsn
Reviewed 6 May 2018

Low key, rustic building behind their carryout business. Crab specials seem to be a big draw. Ours were small but tasty. Also had fried shrimp, which is another of their specialties. The rest of the menu is large enough that you should be able to...More

Thank lawrence152
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Patti L
11 May 2016|
Response from GoBinWi | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure when they run that special, check their Facebook page maybe.
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ocean City
  • Phone Number: +1 410-213-0448
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If you don’t know Captain Joe, then you just haven’t been to the Shrimp Boat yet. In 1989, Captain Joe set up an umbrella, scale, and a couple of chairs just outside of a box truck along the side of the highway. He set out to sell the freshest shrimp in Ocean City at the best price. Customers had to receive their education first in why cooking shrimp with the heads on kept the juices and flavor inside. This is a 10-second class and always ends with a Free Sample for graduating. Captain Joe says, “Try it before you buy it. I want people to know they are getting the freshest product possible.” The next year, he started selling his shrimp out of the back of a boat along Rte. 611 where we stand today. He is often quoted as saying, ” I’ve owned fifteen boats in my lifetime and this is the only one that has ever made me money!” What started out as just shrimp quickly expanded to meet his regular customers’ desires for fresh seafood with clams, crab meat, and crabs. Today it is now the most extensive line of seafood options like stone crabs, hand-cut sushi-grade tuna fillets, and live lobster. Over the years many nieces, nephews, and even Joe’s own kids worked at the Shrimp Boat as word spread and business grew. In 2009, the first kitchen opened to allow customers to take home the fresh seafood already prepared. Joe quickly outgrew it and added a second, larger kitchen in 2010. The original kitchen is now a state-of-the-art crab room with pressure steam pots to get hot crabs out fast. After much fan fare to get Joe to add seating, Captain Joe’s Restaurant opened in 2012 which offered a full menu, beer and wine, and comfortable seating. In 2013 Captain Joe turned over the day to day operations to his nephew, Joe White who worked at the Shrimp Boat from a teenager through college. Captain Joe himself is still a regular working out of the back of the boat selling shrimp or sitting in one of the chairs out front telling fish stories. So nothing has changed. 2013 saw several new features such as our outdoor seating area featuring up to 24 seats with umbrellas, our outdoor bar waiting for area adjacent to the restaurant, and draft beer tap system featuring local brews too. We have now begun to see our third generation of regular customers; many grew up with the Shrimp Boat their whole lives as a local or regular stop on long weekends and family vacations. Our customers are very special to us, we never take their experience of fresh seafood and great service lightly. However, we are the fortunate ones to have so many interesting characters sit in our chairs out front over the last 25 years and tell their fish stories.
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