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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” (159 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (24 reviews)
“hush puppies” (23 reviews)
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
$$ - $$$
9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

Love Love Love this place we always stop here when in Ocean City, friendly staff, T-shirts are the best and the food outstanding. Keep up the great work ....your green beans are the best I've ever had. They give you plenty to eat and the...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Talk about evolution of a business. If you like shrimp, have to stop here. Why, they step them with the heads on. Don't be squeamish, so much better that way sweeter from the head fat I am told. They have AYCE crab specials as well....More

Thank Craig W
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Ordered the Eastern Shore Sampler shrimp was burnt waitress explained some people like them darker brought out replacement which were also burnt. The Shrimp Slider was also over cooked and dry. Maybe turn the fryer temp down ? I was really disappointed since I had...More

Thank Denise R
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy all of your appetizer. We would have been happy to make you something different. Our fried shrimp will be darker than premade ones but we always want you to enjoy everything. Please reach me at joe.white@ shrimpboat.com...More

Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Happy hour is from 11-3 M-F they have $1.50 crabs, special deals on clams, shrimp & drinks. Crabs, clams & shrimp were outstanding. We will go back again for sure.

Thank Vera Mae P
Reviewed 18 September 2017

I ordered a sampler of oysters and they were overcooked, almost burnt. We also had to wait a long time to receive our bill.More

Thank Dale D
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Dale I am sorry you didn't enjoy the oysters. We would have been happy to replace those with another appetizer. Thank you for giving us a try. My name is Joe and I am the owner. Please contact me at joe.white@shrimpboatoc.com. I would like to...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Great little restaurant, staff was super friendly. We had lobster roll,shrimp,oysters,clams and crab .All super fresh,cooked on the spot.Very reasonably priced.

Thank copper80
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We were headed back from Assateaque Island and I spotted this place that I thought at first was a crab truck and after we pulled in I saw that this in fact was a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating it caught us by surprise...More

Thank snj4
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We just returned from oceancity and like always we stop on our way in and we stop on our way out ! Ms Ruth was there taking good care of everyone.. she even shelled a lobster for a lady .. wow ... the soft shell...More

Thank BEACHGIRLfrom1975
Reviewed 30 August 2017

I love, love, love the shrimp boat. Whether you are looking to purchase fresh seafood or dine in, this place is great! The staff is super friendly and the prices are reasonable. By far some of the best fresh seafood I have had while in...More

Thank Jason H
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Eat in or take out, but I would eat in. A must stop if you love crabs. Service was great and they were helpful in showing us the right way to eat a crab. Very messy so wear old clothes. There is a hand washing...More

Thank 741peterm
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Thank you for stopping over Peter and taking the time to write the nice review too. Crabs and fried green tomatoes says summer fun and we are glad you enjoyed it. See ya soon

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Patti L
11 May 2016|
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I'm not sure when they run that special, check their Facebook page maybe.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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