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Shrimp Boat

9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
+1 410-213-0448
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“shrimp” (149 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (21 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always search out places like this when we travel. A little off the grid, traversed by locals, high quality, fresh and thoughtfully prepared food. We were not disappointed. Such friendly service, we felt like we had been invited into someone's home. Loved my fried...More

Thank Melissa R
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for coming by and taking the time to write us such a nice review. I will pass along your thoughts on the broiled platter. See ya when you're back in town.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Last year we experienced our first visit - and went twice. This year we went back and weren't disappointed. We got shrimp and soft shell crabs to go. Both were delicious. I can't believe we didn't know about this place years ago. It's one of...More

Thank deb2210
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you deb2210 for being our customer and the kind words. Softshells here are one my favorites too and I am glad you loved yours. We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

On our way back to Assatague State Park and getting hungry we were looking for a light dinner. A seafood shack would be perfect. The shrimp boat was a great find. Road food at its best. Nice waiters. Concerned owner roaming around. The best and...More

Thank Samantha R
Reviewed 5 May 2017

a excellent crab shack crabs shrimp all excellent great price super service, on the outskirt of ocean city worth the trouble to fineMore

Thank skulig3
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to write about your experience too. We love fresh shrimp and fresh steamed crabs so anytime we hear how much an nee visitor enjoyed it too, it always makes us happy. Your kind words will be...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017

I have been eating shrimp for 40 years and this is honestly the best shrimp Ive ever had! Crabs are very good too

Thank CarlLeMaster
JoeOC611, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you Carl for stopping by. You just can't beat shrimp fresh off of the boat everyday and we are so glad you enjoyed them. We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 3 May 2017

Based on a recommendation about how good the shrimp are, we stopped here a couple weeks ago . . . and were very disappointed. Our server, supposedly the "most popular" one there, was one of the worst servers I've had anywhere. She spend more time...More

Thank TFopinion
JoeOC611, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

I am very sorry to hear that your experience with the service and the food didn't meet your expectations. From what you said this isn't our standard either. I will speak with our servers on balancing the time they spend with all tables. To answer...More

Reviewed 1 May 2017

Get the shrimp...They leave the heads on when they cook them...The best shrimp I've ever had...Get the shrimp!!!

Thank Dennis B
JoeOC611, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you Dennis for stopping in to enjoy some fresh shrimp with us. We love to offer folks a unique shrimp experience by offering fresh off of the boat shrimp and we are glad to hear you loved them. See you next time.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
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, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
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
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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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