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Shrimp Boat

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9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, The Road To Assateague, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
+1 410-213-0448
10:00 - 20:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 freshest simple seafood we could ask for. Oyster basket. Delicious soups. Huge heads on shrimp... More 

Thank Samantha R
Bowie, Maryland
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank skulig3
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this review

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 shared among the whole staff. More 

Willards, Maryland
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 review

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. More 

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374 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 socializing with other patrons, friends then serving our table in a timely manner. It took... More 

Thank TFopinion
JoeOC611, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this review

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 your question about the weight of the shrimp, the heads do add about 20% weight... More 

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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 review

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. More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have gotten these before...last year. they seemed like early in the year they were steamed early and re heated as ordered...This year we stopped in..and they were very good...VERY small but full. and tasted great. Great service.... nice place. Will go again...

Thank ocmommom
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping out for some crabs. We fresh steam to order and we know it makes a big difference. More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome Seafood and the Best Customer Services you'll ever find. They treat everyone like family. Best deal in town. What more could you asks.

Thank Aj P
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. We love the laid back atmosphere and we are glad you do too. More 

Liverpool, Pennsylvania
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619 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This place is not fancy which is part of its charm. They have great shrimp and crab and all the fixings. It reminds me of a New England lobster pounds only with shrimp and crab. We were here with children and friends we will be back. Love the shrimp, Careful on a hot day there is no air-conditioning.

Thank SheriBobLove2Travel
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. We aren't very fancy but fresh shrimp doesn't need fancy. Glad you like it. For the few hot days we get each summer we have a local delivery company ready to take your order to you. We hope to see you again really soon. More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 December 2016

If you want succulent fresh shrimp-the best I have EVER feasted upon-please head over to the Shrimp Boat. Right off the highway, this shrimp is to die for!!! Reasonably priced and out-of-this world fresh. We drive from Michigan just for this.

Thank Kassia Z
Hagerstown, Maryland
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275 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We ate here during our weekend at Ocean City. Ordered the daily special Fish Bowl. It was a large piece of fish, not sure what kind, served with fries and cole slaw. We also ordered some hush puppies. Meal was hot and very tasty. This place does not look like much but the food is good and the prices are... More 

Thank rmorin49

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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
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, The Road To Assateague, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ocean City
  • Phone Number: +1 410-213-0448
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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