Ray’s Shanty

Serving Fresh Local Eastern Shore and Regional Seafood For Lunch and Dinner. A Favorite of locals and visitors alike since 1986!

Open 7 days a week from Memorial Day - Labor Day from 11:00 AM.

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Virginia’s Eastern Shore Artisan Trail (site #72)

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Captain Ray Twiford, a lifelong waterman, was the first person on the shore to sell fresh shrimp and local seafood at his roadside stands back in 1981 where his catch phrase was “Get Fresh With Me, You’ll Love it!”.

He and his wife Laura then opened Ray’s Shanty Restaurant in 1986 where they quickly became famous for the best shrimp and seafood around.

Serving fresh local Eastern Shore seafood for lunch and dinner

  • Steamed, Broiled or Fried Shrimp fresh from North Carolina
  • Chincoteague Clams and Oysters (some from Ray’s own oyster beds)
  • Locally caught (some by Ray himself) in season fish such as Drum, Flounder, Tuna, Mako shark, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo
  • Homemade Crab Cakes and Crab Dip
  • Local Soft Crabs and Scallops
  • Lobster
  • Shrimp Salad, Homemade Clam Chowder and Cream of Neptune Soup
  • Platters Served with our Famous Hushpuppies, Homemade coleslaw and fresh cut boardwalk style fries
  • Also serving hand cut Prime Rib, hand breaded Chicken, Angus burgers, Hot Dogs and North Carolina Style Barbecue for those looking for something other than Seafood
  • Handcut Blooming Onions, Appetizers, Sandwiches and Sides
  • Daily lunch specials until 2
  • Carry outs available
  • Fresh Seafood Market on Premises

“If You Don’t Eat Here, You’re Missing a Shore Thing!”


Laura Twiford




32157 Chincoteague Rd
Wattsville, VA 23483

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