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Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar


2200 W Main St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (984) 219-7337
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Photo of Serene Says Serene Says
Apr 5, 2022 4

I’ve been coming here for a few years now. My first few visits were amazing. Being from the North I have high expectations when it comes to seafood and I’m glad I was not disappointed. The food was flavorful, service was great, atmosphere was nice. The place is a bit small but cozy, almost like a family environment. However, over the past two years the food quality went downhill. It was dry and bland and the service was not that great, presumably due to COVID. I stopped going last year but decided to try again a couple of weeks ago. The food was plentiful, flavorful, and honestly better than it was when I first started going. New chef? Maybe! Definitely worth a visit now. They just need more staff because the place was crowded inside and out with only one server.

Photo of Russ Seager Russ Seager
Jan 23, 2022 5

Great food, drinks and especially service. The staff is very friendly and helpful when asking questions about menu items to ensure our gluten and dairy allergies were taken into account when making our food and beverage selections. Will 100% return our next time in Durham, NC!

Photo of Kuria Andino Kuria Andino
Mar 22, 2022 5

Very very good. The only downside was a good bunch of their appetizers were out but thats not their fault so I cant get mad at them. Distributors can only give so much. I will DEFINITELY return when im craving seafood!

Photo of Stephen Stephen
Feb 11, 2022 4

Food and service were extremely good! The fish and chips was cooked perfectly. Flake cod, good batter, not to heavy! Plenty of fries! Crab bites were good, except for the shell pieces left in the crab mix, but the bright side, I know they aren't frozen! 🤣 Everything was really good! Will be back!

Photo of Jea Hyun Kim Jea Hyun Kim
Jan 18, 2021 3

Good oysters and appetizers, but sandwiches need big improvements. Ordered a takeout of half dozen oysters, cold crab dip, and a po po boys sandwich with fried shrimp. Oysters were nice and fresh. Crab dips were also nicely seasoned, and the baguettes that came on the side with the dip was perfectly crispy. However, the Po Po Boys sandwich was a huge mess. Sandwich baguette was lukewarm at best and not crispy on the outside. They also put too few veggies (lettuce & tomatoes) compared to shrimp. The thick cut fries were also soggy and not evenly seasoned. If you're looking to get some light meal to go along with beer, I would recommend this place. However, not the best place for casual dinners.

Photo of Sam Bryan Sam Bryan
Feb 27, 2022 4

They seem to be having a challenge like so many restaurants now, having adequate help. Our waitress worked hard. But we had to shuck our own half peck of oysters. Ordered another dozen shucked and experienced a long delay. Oysters were good. Perhaps I should encourage you to go to get their revenue up that would allow higher wages to attract more help and provide a five star dining experience. They are at risk of going into a downward spiral. Tough business these days.

Photo of Billy Wilson Billy Wilson
Jan 26, 2021 4

Food was great!... however, couldn't give the five star... we got the steam pot and again it was very good... my problem was the AC was but much and it cooled our food a little too quick. Not a deal breaker and we'll prolly be back but will be on guard whether to order the pot or even the boil.

Photo of amanda sams amanda sams
Jan 10, 2021 5

Had a wonderful time at the Shuckin' Shack. The sever was attentive and friendly. The food was fresh and delicious! Definitely recommend trying the oysters!! The restaurant atmosphere was fun and vibrant. One downside, however, would be the size of the restaurant... It was a little small and tables felt relatively close together. But overall I would absolutely recommend Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar to anyone!!

Photo of John Rush John Rush
Nov 18, 2020 5

I just found my favorite place! I can't wait to bring my friends here! It's a bit expensive, but cheaper than a trip to the beach. I love seafood. Kyle was my bartender/server. He was great! I had lots of questions & he offered to answer even more questions if I had any. I'll be back! I've been looking for a place like this in Durham for almost a year.

Photo of Delores Austin Delores Austin
Oct 31, 2020 5

Met a friend for lunch, food was delicious. The place had a pleasant atmosphere and our server was excellent.

Photo of Jessie English Jessie English
Oct 4, 2020 3

Service was good, food was alright. Ordered seafood tacos with blackened Mahi, came smothered in shredded cheese. Chips and salsa were pretty bland. Overall pretty mediocre. Atmosphere was nice and the restaurant was clean.

Photo of SkyLight NC SkyLight NC
Sep 15, 2020 5

Best seafood place in Durham County!

Photo of Becky Mitchell Becky Mitchell
Sep 6, 2020 5

Great food and we were able to enjoy the outdoor seating today.

Photo of Allison Zimmerman Allison Zimmerman
Sep 17, 2020 4

Cool atmosphere. Good food. Great oysters!

Photo of richard schaublin richard schaublin
Sep 20, 2020 5

Tuna tacos were awesome

Photo of Daphne Wang Daphne Wang
Sep 6, 2020 5

Delicious seafood at a good price! Love a place where not everything is fried.

Photo of Harry Fang Harry Fang
Sep 15, 2020 4

Good quality food, cocktails and a nice view. Supports outdoor dining. Waitress could do a better job of keeping their masks covering their noses, during COVID-19. However everyone was very welcoming. Order the fish and chips!

Photo of Sweetpee3000 1 Sweetpee3000 1
Jul 25, 2020 5

Delicious food, and oysters in Durham? Can't beat it. Get the Saul T Steam Pot!

Photo of Il-Gyu Cho Il-Gyu Cho
Aug 23, 2018 5

Great food, great service. All ingredients were very fresh. Will definitely revisit.

Photo of Lynnette Clark Lynnette Clark
Feb 29, 2020 5

Went on a Saturday night and it wasn't packed surprisingly...Food was amazing, the mixed drinks were great. I recommend the Painkiller! Our server was nice and attentive. Fried oysters were great, the seafood boil was great with just enough seasoning!

Photo of Laura Ella Laura Ella
Feb 3, 2020 5

First of all, being from the northeast, I'm picky about my seafood, especially lobster rolls. The lobster roll here was phenomenal. Bread was fresh, lightly toasted and buttery. And there wasnt too much of it. Tons of lobster, big chunks even, no filler, light seasoning and not overly wet and full of mayo. Sooooo good. Fries were super fresh and hot. Also had some clams on the half shell that were fresh, perfectly chilled and went great with their horseradish. This may be my new favorite restaurant in the triangle! Atmosphere is super laid back and the decor is cute. Perfect for date night.

Photo of Matthew Luedke Matthew Luedke
Jan 27, 2020 5

How did I not know about this place?!? Monday through Thursday $1 raw oysters?! Are you kidding me? Appetizer specials, draft beer, and delicious shellfish? Friendly service, folksy atmosphere, good food? Seriously, what more can I ask for? The only thing I can complain about is that I haven't come here before. I assure you I will come here again.

Photo of Janet Dixon Janet Dixon
Jan 21, 2020 5

We went for lunch. Our food was excellent. Sierra, our waitress was wonderful and knew the menu well. Will definitely be going back!

Photo of Horacio Xaubet Horacio Xaubet
Jan 1, 2020 5

To my avail, an excellent place. Very fresh oysters and tasty wings. Very good attention and pleasant, unpretentious atmosphere.

Photo of Tom Rainey Tom Rainey
Jan 1, 2020 5

My family went there for dinner. The food was exceptional and the service was great. My wife is a big oyster fan and she said they were some of the best she's had. Can't wait to go back!

Photo of sarebare b sarebare b
Dec 14, 2019 5

Love this place!! Best seafood!! Crab legs and peel n eat shrimp are amazing and the staff is on point...❤

Photo of Kelly Bernhardt Kelly Bernhardt
Dec 26, 2019 5

Enjoyed an awesome dinner here tonight! The oysters were fresh and a great size! Shrimp were delicious and the crab legs slid right out of the shells!!

Photo of Katrena Baptist Katrena Baptist
Nov 19, 2019 5

Still one of my favorite spots! Great food and customer service!

Photo of George Sheaffer George Sheaffer
Nov 5, 2019 5

This place is seriously legitimate. Phenomenal fresh seafood. Kyle the bartender recommended great choices. Also good beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of Towerdog Towerdog
Nov 9, 2019 5

Very good food... Everything tasted very fresh and the staff was more than willing to help in any way possible. We'll definitely be back.

Photo of skullhard74 . skullhard74 .
Oct 6, 2019 4

Great service. Nice atmosphere and some really good seafood. I'm a seafood lover, I've had their raw oysters, calamari, fried shrimp and french fries. All of them are excellent and I'm a returning customer. They usually have some drink specials and food specials.

Photo of kelrog kelrog
Sep 22, 2019 4

Hidden kids menu! Good wings but breaded. Wife loved the crab legs or it's been too long. ;)

Photo of Rosa Slavik Rosa Slavik
Sep 6, 2019 5

First time there was phenomenal! Second time there, 6 weeks later, this waiter says,"I remember you!" Yes, he did remember us, even to the drinks! Food, service, drinks...always exceptional.

Photo of nisha watson nisha watson
Aug 30, 2019 5

Amazing! Tastes like the coast of NC seafood in the Bull City. Jalapeno Grilled Oysters smashed!. The fried shrimp is DEVINE! Even the french fries were good. Tarter and cocktail sauces taste homemade and and a great pop to my food. A variety of hotsauces and condiments for multiple palates. Our waitress Cheryl was one of the BEST wait staff I have encountered ANYWHERE PERIOD!

Photo of Gabby Geouge Gabby Geouge
Aug 3, 2019 5

We are regulars at the Durham, locations. We absolutely love this place. The raw oysters are always amazing. We love there drinks too. I read alot of post about the lobster roll being so good.... but I have to say I it tonight and it was very bland. I was very dissatisfied. This will not detour us from coming back because everything else has been amazing.

Photo of Heather Hamilton Heather Hamilton
Jul 7, 2019 4

Great place for seafood. This was a first visit and won't be our last. Drive by this place all the time and finally stopped. Only thing that would make it better is if they got some size small t-shirts in the coral color. I wanted to buy one but they didn't have any.

Photo of Patricia Booher Patricia Booher
Mar 21, 2019 5

All I wanted on my trip was some oysters and this was the perfect spot. The food and service were awesome... loved it so much, almost went back again, just didn't have time!!

Photo of Nick Me Nick Me
May 24, 2019 4

Restaurant looks great, food was good and staff was nice. Food was a tad bit salty but I would recommend this place if anyone is looking for an good chill spot.

Photo of Tee Bone Tee Bone
May 21, 2019 5

Loved it! This place is an hidden gem. Great menu, the oysters was very fresh. It felt like I was at the Outer Banks

Photo of Sherrica Daniels Sherrica Daniels
Jun 11, 2019 4

The food was good. Not great! We dined outside and a fly was in our french fries, waiters response was well your outside it happens. Had to ask for another serving. Well aware that it can happen but where is the courtesy. Very non-chalant attitude!!! Then looked up to see a 92.5 grade I wonder why. Thank God for coverage.

Photo of Heather Roberson Heather Roberson
May 30, 2019 4

Service was excellent! Much better than the experience I had at the Wilmington location last year. Tried the wings for the 1st time and they were amazing! My steamed oysters were small but I guess that's out of their control. Overall. I enjoyed my meal and the service I received.

Photo of Larry Gage Larry Gage
May 9, 2022 3

Food was good, fish, shrimp, and fries. Service was great. Now the reason for the low rating. Both doors were open to the outdoor patio. Smoking is permitted on the patio and it wafts inside the restaurant. Most unpleasant. And the flies were vicious, forcing us to keep waving them off our food. Nasty. KEEP THE DOORS CLOSED.

Photo of Evan Smith Evan Smith
May 20, 2022 5

If you're staying near the medical center its a must. Great oysters! Great beer, amazing staff. Even better patrons. Make sure you talk to "Church" if he's there.

Photo of Richard LaBennett Richard LaBennett
Jun 9, 2022 4

Nice chill sports bar type of spot with TVs and high tops. The food here was pretty good. Raw and chargrilled oysters, fish & chips, and fried shrimp. Cold beer. Tequila shots. Ate good. Left happy.

Photo of Bill Tomko Bill Tomko
Aug 23, 2022 5

Always a tasty lunch or dinner here. Oysters are always super fresh. The Po Boys are great, if a bit difficult to eat because of all of the oysters, shrimp, or both on the sandwich. Drinks are well made, beer is cold, and the staff is really friendly and efficient. We actually travel farther to this location than a much closer location to us. These are all individually owned and that's the difference between the two.

Photo of Cedar Pettiford Cedar Pettiford
May 8, 2022 5

The food is fresh and well prepared. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable of dishes they serve. This is my favorite spot when I want to unwind by myself. This restaurant caters to many pallets with raw or cooked options. Come check out one Durhams gems.

Photo of Crystal Lawson Crystal Lawson
Apr 13, 2022 5

One person worked the whole restaurant and bar and rocked it! I’m so sorry I don’t remember her name but she was awesome, enjoyed dinner and love that they have my favorite beer, Red Oak on tap!