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Shrimp Boat

9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
+1 410-213-0448
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“shrimp” (151 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (22 reviews)
“hush puppies” (22 reviews)
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09:00 - 21:00All hours
$$ - $$$
9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Four of us for dinner - got there early (4 p.m.) to avoid the 5-6 o'clock crowd and were seated immediately. Each diner gets a complimentary shrimp while you order - they're delicious (even though we're not fond of tearing off their heads!). I ordered...More

Thank Susan C
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I am so sorry you didn't love your shrimp salad or Cole slaw. Next time you're in please ask for me if you aren't 100% satisfied because I will remake any order until you are happy. We do make the Cole slaw fresh here everyday...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have to say, the shrimp were delicious, but the experience just left me with a bad taste. I don't trust Joe and the Shrimp Boat. I realized when I didn't see a price per pound on the raw shrimp that something unusual was going...More

Thank Charlene J
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience but glad to hear you liked the shrimp. We are always willing to let you see the shrimp before you buy them. As far as the heads are concerned for the price, I know if...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dined in and got the Eastern Shore platter which was broiled flounder, a crab cake, 4 shrimp and 2 sides. Fish and shrimp were extremely fresh. Loved my corn on the cob. Crab cake was good but had a lot of shells. This is a...More

Thank Traveler0582
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the seafood gumbo. It was good. A little spice. The broiled flounder and fries basket was ok. My brother had the crab cake. He said it was good. Seating was outdoors with many fans. Kept it tolerable. Overall ok.

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I visited this super cute shrimp shack this past week while on vacation in OC. What a hidden gem! Service was great and crabs were super affordable. We went early for the $1.50 crabs before 3pm and were very pleased with the...More

Thank Kate D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited after a day at Assateague State Park. It has a great comfortable laid back vibe. The shrimp was great. The cocktail sauce was fantastic. A great option to get away from the tourist restaurants in Ocean City. Not too far from downtown and...More

Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there for the 1.50 crab and shrimp. The crabs had a lot of meat and the shrimp were well worth it for 12.99 a lb

Thank Russell V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing experience! The food and service was phenomenal! Thank you Sharon for showing us amateurs how to break down the crabs and providing us the best experience we've had in the Ocean City/Assateague area!More

Thank kmarks250f
JoeOC611, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for coming in and eating some tasty crabs with us. Sharon is very good teacher when it comes to crab picking and I shared your kind words with her. Thanks for taking to time to send us a nice review too. See ya...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

my wife and two kids went here on the fly as a restaraunt we've never tried and we were very happy we did. small, local place but food was great and was very cost efficient.

Thank larrycastrovinci
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for coming by and we are glad you enjoyed the atmosphere and food. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Went for the 1.50 crabs small but heavy 16 great crabs Hush puppies perfect Heather was a GREAT server .. would go back just for her enthusiasm and smile 😀😀 Lol all around great place for chill time

Thank eccdennis
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Thank you for coming out. We appreciate your business and kind words. Heather loves her customers.

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Patti L
11 May 2016|
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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
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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