Welcome to The Shanty!

We are a Fresh Seafood Restaurant that opened in June of 2012 in the historic Cape Charles Harbor on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We feature fresh, locally caught seafood among a wide variety of other locally sourced items to provide a fun and unique dining experience for our customers. Come dine inside our dining room, at the bar or on our covered deck and enjoy some of our creative dishes, tasty libations, live music and a little cornhole. All while sitting on the water and catching a great sunset! Cheers!


Shae C.
Manhattan, NY
5 star rating

Tuesday afternoon my sister and I brought our 78 yr old mother into The Shanty for lunch. We were immediately greeted by Spencer who was a first class gentleman. Our trio felt like we had dropped by a friend's house for a bite to eat. My mother, who hasn't had much of an appetite lately raved about the oysters and only parted with one. I had the softshell crab blt which was delicious. My sister loved her crab cake sandwich. Oh, did I mention the grilled asparagus...yum! I live in NY and can't wait to visit The Shanty again. READ MORE...

Robert N.
Sarasota, FL
5 star rating

We came into Cape Charles, VA by boat and it so happens that The Shanty is located adjacent to the boat slips. The restaurant is not fancy, but everything else speaks to the ambiance, great service and fresh food. The staff cares about these things and it shows. We had lunch there and all of the above was first class. Great view of the harbor and the Chesapeake Bay for the sunsets. Fine selection of Virginia craft beers. READ MORE...

Suffolk, VA
5 star rating

My Husband and I visited Cape Charles yesterday for the first time. Several local residents recommended The Shanty for lunch. What a wonderful experience! The servers were pleasant and attentive...even the ones who weren't assigned to our table. We also had the opportunity to meet the owners who are clearly doing everything they can to offer the best food and service in the area. One extremely impressive feature...the restaurant partners with local growers and businesses to create menus which are unique, current and fresh. Great to see that kind of support among small businesses in a community. We can't wait to go back!

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Hours of Operation



(Kitchen Hours)
Sunday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-10:00pm

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