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Skrimp Shack

4.2

3600 N Duke St
Durham, NC 27704
Phone: (919) 477-0776
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Photo of Brian Hunter Brian Hunter
Apr 10, 2022 5

Excellent spot to satisfy your seafood cravings. Good food for your money. Has become one of my favorite seafood spots.

Photo of Christopher Smith Christopher Smith
Oct 5, 2021 4

A little pricey but totally worth a visit. The po boys are AMAZING. If this place was closer to home, I would visit once per week.

Photo of Joy Anderson Joy Anderson
Apr 1, 2022 5

Call in for an oysters dinner plate they was very nice an helpful. The oysters was perfect an delicious. Will stop again to get my oysters

Photo of Albert C. Wilmer Jr. Albert C. Wilmer Jr.
Feb 1, 2022 3

My kids where getting dental work and i wanted a quick bite to eat so I found this place on a stroll. The door had brown looking liquid on it which was a huge turn off..like why ain't you all keeping your establishment clean? Prices were in reason, the wait was long as hell but the food was served fresh and hot. Tables were sus looking so we had to clean our own. The cook was loud and yelling at other staff rudely but the cashier checked him for it. The food tasted great..I won't deny that. Kinda hate the name and the way they play on the ghetto vocabulary with the name of some of the menu items but it looks like their theme. It's a coin toss whether or not I'll ever return. Definitely wouldn't come back across town for it

Photo of Convos With Passion Convos With Passion
Feb 26, 2021 4

I really enjoy the food here but the customer service could improve some. You may wait a little longer for your food than at any other takeout restaurant but I'm telling you it is worth the wait...hot and fresh. The favorite to get is the fish sandwich...so crispy and tasty. Absolutely...you will come back for more.

Photo of John Thomas Kong John Thomas Kong
Jan 30, 2022 5

In the cold of January with snow on the ground, where to get some delicious seafood? Skrimp Shack! Not just for winter but any season, Skrimp Shack in Durham is our go-to for any seafood cravings. The portions are large and there’s something for everyone. Seafood lovers will dive into the many types of fish offerings fried by default but can be grilled or blackened. For non-seafood types, there’s chicken but the chicken is equally as delicious. Finally the shrimp! The shrimp are large, succulent, and fried to golden perfection. They have single meals or family packs. We got the large family with enough food to feed four. So whenever the craving for seafood hits, Skrimp Shack in Durham is the answer.

Photo of Bethany Butti Bethany Butti
May 18, 2020 4

I tried out Skrimp Shack for the first time this weekend. I ordered the catfish nugget basket with collard greens and tarter sauce. I do not eat fish and let me tell you; these catfish nuggets were amazing! The portion was generous, they were crispy and not fishy in the slightest. In my personal opinion, the collards could use some salt and hot pepper vinegar, but I doctored them up at home. My only disappointment was the prepackaged tarter sauce. Yuck. For a place that is predominantly seafood, a homemade tarter sauce would make a world of difference. Heck it's only 5-6 ingredients. I will be back....but take the food home to make my own sauce. UPDATE: Thank you for the response! It was indeed Ken's tarter sauce. In that case, I'll look forward to going again and trying your signature sauce!

Photo of Aaron Johnson Aaron Johnson
Jan 13, 2021 4

Shrimp was great, but the mahi had some bones in the fillet. Definitely not expected for a $13 sandwich.

Photo of Jason Abbott Jason Abbott
Dec 28, 2020 5

Great! They have changed their menu a bit but the food is still great! The girl at the counter was very nice and attentive.

Photo of Sharon Swift Leslie Sharon Swift Leslie
Dec 26, 2020 5

A gem - exceptionally large variety of fish, fried or broiled. Cooked to order, served hot. Staff friendly and efficient. Usually a crowd waiting to place & pick up orders, a few tables for in-house dining. Similar to fish shacks on coast.

Photo of Amber Thompson Amber Thompson
Dec 12, 2020 3

Today was my first time trying this place . The cashier was so nice and helpful with suggestions. Unfortunately the cook in the back was VERY loud and messed my order up. Overall the food was good.

Photo of Michael Pendergraft Michael Pendergraft
May 28, 2018 5

Some of the best seafood I've had recently. Hot, delicious, and a great value. I've been dying to return, but the one downside is the long wait at peak times. But there wouldn't be a line for bad food and service! If you like seafood, this place is a definite must!

Photo of Abdur Muhammad Abdur Muhammad
Sep 15, 2020 5

Love the people and great service. 5 star

Photo of Janette Johnson Janette Johnson
Sep 8, 2020 4

I always enjoy shrimp shack but forgot to order hushpuppies to make my order complete food was fresh and good

Photo of Cindie Skinner-Terry (Skindie) Cindie Skinner-Terry (Skindie)
Sep 10, 2020 5

The family pack that feeds 4 -6 adults easy for $40+tax 18 jumbo shrimp, 1pd fried catfish, 1pd of REAL chicken strips cut from real chicken, my sides.. Fried okra, green beans, box of fries + a gallon of sweet tea! Unsweetened is available. You cannot find a better deal anywhere! All of the food I've ever purchased has been fresh cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious

Photo of Jewels Stone Jewels Stone
Jul 23, 2019 5

The food and service are nothing short of amazing. I need a loyalty card. LoL

Photo of Steven A Smith Steven A Smith
Jul 10, 2020 5

We went over to this restaurant Friday evening July 10th, 2020. It was recommended to my wife by her hair dresser. We've only been in the Raleigh/Durham area a few months and have been relying on suggestions on places to eat. This woman hasn't failed us and this was yet another good suggestion by her. The portions to price, were outstanding. The service was attentive. No one fooling around. Just folks handling their business and cranking out orders. I had the whiting platter and my wife had the shrimp and fish platter. More than enough for two people. This spot was busy and everyone was courteous and not one person was without a mask. The Caucasian fella working there, asked that a few folks wait outside for their orders because they were at capacity of how many people could be inside because of the pandemic and folks seemed to comply. I drove from that section of Durham, back to Cary and my food was still just a tad below hot. No microwave needed. The fries are fresh cut and very good. The fish, FRESH. My only suggestions are, don't put the slaw in with the hot food. Most folks like their slaw cold. My final suggestion would be to make sure that you fumigate, exterminate and over clean your establishment. You had a whole lot of people in and out of your place earlier this evening and you want to keep everyone safe and I want to come back. You even had guys from the Durham Fire Department, stop by to grab dinner. DO check this spot out.

Photo of Meia Meia
Jul 28, 2020 3

5 stars: Good customer service, clean establishment, good food portion for price. 3 stars: The food is "okay". I'm not sure if it was the seasoning or the grease? Can't put my finger on it...

Photo of Annette Bailey Annette Bailey
Jul 27, 2020 5

I hadn't been in a while but I got the taste for my much loved catfish. The thought popped into my mind "I want a giant catfish sandwich from the Skrimp Shack and off I went. It was as good as ever and enough for two meals. Staff was great with customer service and managing customers, some who seemed unaware of the social distancing guidelines by providing gentle reminder.

Photo of David Dinhofer David Dinhofer
Jul 5, 2020 4

Nice size portions. We had the catfish and crab poboys. Very tasty. There bread was to heavy otherwise I'd give them a 5

Photo of April wordsoffaith J April wordsoffaith J
Jul 8, 2020 4

Greens are good! Replying: no that's all I mainly get when your not out! I have gotten the sweet potatoes fries as substitute

Photo of William Howard William Howard
Jun 21, 2020 3

The food is delicious for the price, and this would be five stars if it was just the food we were talking about. Both times I've been there, there has only been one person at the register, and he's super slow, almost deliberately so. There’s not really a line, more of a crowd, so you go in and have no idea where to stand. To me, the biggest problem is that there’s no system for picking up your food when you order online. You basically have to stand in line (crowd), which can take 15-20 minutes to get though just to pick up your bag of food that you can literally see 3 feet away. At Chipotle, I can walk in, grab my bag, and walk out. The food isn’t quite as good, but 4 out of 5 times I’ll end up ordering somewhere like that to save myself 20 minutes of standing around. One star from the time you walk into the restaurant until you get your food, five stars once you finally get your food. To be fair to the place, having a giant unorganized crowd waiting for food, while partially created due to slow service, is still a pretty good problem to have.

Photo of Hafid saidi alaoui Hafid saidi alaoui
Jun 4, 2020 5

First time I've been here and it is absolutely the best shrimp and fish place around!!! I really recommend to everyone.

Photo of Bethany Butti Bethany Butti
May 18, 2020 4

I tried out Skrimp Shack for the first time this weekend. I ordered the catfish nugget basket with collard greens and tarter sauce. I do not eat fish and let me tell you; these catfish nuggets were amazing! The portion was generous, they were crispy and not fishy in the slightest. In my personal opinion, the collards could use some salt and hot pepper vinegar, but I doctored them up at home. My only disappointment was the prepackaged tarter sauce. Yuck. For a place that is predominantly seafood, a homemade tarter sauce would make a world of difference. Heck it's only 5-6 ingredients. I will be back....but take the food home to make my own sauce. UPDATE: Thank you for the response! It was indeed Ken's tarter sauce. In that case, I'll look forward to going again and trying your signature sauce!

Photo of Kathy Lopez Kathy Lopez
Mar 9, 2020 5

Love the grilled shrimp has a little kick. The sweet potato fries are so crispy, low salt. Yum. Service is quick, food prepared when ordered sonslways hot. Staff is very good

Photo of B. Beautiful B. Beautiful
Mar 14, 2020 5

They are 👍. You have to buy hushpuppies separate. Too bad it is not included. 3/14/2020 Today I had to change my rating from 3 to 5. This place is awesome. They messed up my order. I was at work when I discovered the mix up. Do you know they brought the rest of my order to my job. You have a customer for life. Love you guys.

Photo of Kelvin Alston Kelvin Alston
Mar 13, 2020 3

First visit. Loved the fish and shrimp. Hated the sides. Had green beans and Mac & cheese. The Mac was very good but the green beans were terrible! Lacking any seasoning and tasted metallic. Please fix the sides... I'd love to give y'all 5 stars. The fish is "off the chain" delicious!!!

Photo of David Lazarus David Lazarus
Feb 5, 2020 5

Staff was awesome . clean and fast service will definitely be back. My return visit on 2-5 was as great as last visit i got to say i was here around 6:30pm and the staff was super amazing and very pleasant. The food was great and everything was just a great experience . will be back soon

Photo of Bronz Stars Bronz Stars
Feb 3, 2020 4

First time here so, I ordered the shrimp and whiting basket side of Mac & cheese. Shrimp and fish was definitely on point. Hot served up seafood is how you're supposed to do it, good job! But, the Mac & cheese needs a lot of work, not good no taste! But, I'll be back 🍴🤔

Photo of Melvin Lunsford Melvin Lunsford
Dec 27, 2019 3

Food was amazing and 5/5, but one lady mishear my friend and I order even tho they were both the same order. The other lady fixed the order no problem and quickly but original lady came back up to me and said "next time make sure you say shrimp" VERY UNPROFESSIONAL in my opinion because my friend verified what I order was the same thing he ordered.

Photo of Carl Frega Carl Frega
Jan 3, 2020 4

Service was great. The shrimp and fish are very lightly battered and have a great crunch without being greasy. Portions are generous for the price. Sides not so great. The green beans tasted like the can they came out of. A bit of bacon thrown in doesn't mask that nasty mettalic flavor.

Photo of Tashara Bonham Tashara Bonham
Dec 23, 2019 3

This was my 2nd experience. My co-workers and I ordered 16 oz of scallops, 20 shrimp, and 2 fish sandwiches and fries. The cashier was all over the place, it wasn't that busy at the time I went but she was clearly overwhelmed, very sweet personality though. The scallops were wet and mushy. They were very small and had more breading than scallop. The shrimp was good in flavor and size. The fries were greasy, no paper to absorb the excess oil. My co-workers said the Whiting sandwiches were really good and filling.

Photo of Catherine Westervelt Catherine Westervelt
Oct 21, 2019 3

The fish was good. The service was quick but they were out of lettuce and tomatoes. So the sandwich was dry and plain. And their spicy sauce was really sweet

Photo of Subia Durrani Subia Durrani
Oct 9, 2019 5

Love this place! Fresh delicious sea food and amazing customer service! Highly recommend.

Photo of lindsay miller lindsay miller
Sep 19, 2019 5

I loved this place! I had the shrimp and catfish poboy with sweet potato fries. It was delicious. The bread was crusty and the mild sauce gave just the right tang to the sandwich. I will definitely be a return customer.

Photo of Christina Royster Christina Royster
Sep 12, 2019 5

From someone raised eating seafood I definitely give 5 stars. Food is cooked when ordered not under hot light. Would love to see expansion to include other seafood delights, such as fried crawfish tails, stuffed crab. Go and try the surf!

Photo of Rusty S Rusty S
Oct 1, 2019 4

Stopped in for lunch and I do have to say the fish sandwich was very large, it was hot and the bun was very fresh. But When I go into a business I do like to feel like my business is welcomed, but i didn’t get that feeling here, the young lady who to my order didn’t have a very welcoming demeanor, no eye contact or thank you. Seemed like she just did not want to be there. There was a sign looking for help and one of the requirements was smiling faces, didn’t see that with her but I will go back for the sandwich,

Photo of Jenifer Thurston Jenifer Thurston
Aug 10, 2019 4

Food is good, staff is very nice. I just have to share this, I have found out through an employee that when I tipped them, they do not ever get the tips! I was told that they are not even told where or who gets the tips, & I think that definitely is unfair. So from my personal experience working in the service industry, if you want to tip someone bc you always hand the tip directly to them to make sure they get it.

Photo of Tamara Thurston Tamara Thurston
Aug 13, 2019 4

I'm from NC, so I love my southern food. Now living in upstate New York, I don't get to eat it as often. Was visiting family in Durham, and decided to check them out. Everything is cooked to order & fresh. The "skrimp" and mac & cheese were seasoned perfectly. The fish and collards needed a bit of salt, but otherwise tasty. I'll definitely be going back, when I visit again.

Photo of Angie Burroughs Angie Burroughs
Jul 30, 2019 5

You get your money's worth in fish here when you order from the regular menu. I usually order one of the fish sandwiches and they are good. You get lots of fish on your sandwich. The fish is usually seasoned well enough so that you don't need extra stuff unless you really want it. It is cooked just right. I ordered from the Specials menu once and that was okay. There is a bench provided so that you can wait for your to-go order. The cashiers are friendly. I eat here when I'm in Durham.

Photo of Tersha “NC Foodie” Tersha “NC Foodie”
Jun 4, 2022 5

First time at this test. I had the fat flounder sandwich. It was delicious. My food came quick. Definitely returning to try other meals.

Photo of Iskander The Great Iskander The Great
Jun 22, 2019 5

A Black owned business, that provides the best fish fry in Durham in my humble opinion. Seriously, this place takes care of you, from the Po boys to the Dinner trays, if you want an authentic experience of southern fried fish and "Skrimp", you definitely need to go. 30/10 I'll forever recommend.

Photo of Tim Holmes Jr Tim Holmes Jr
Apr 13, 2019 5

Today I was in the mood for some fish. I stopped by this place because of its unique spelling. I was greetings by the cashier Optavia will a warm and pleasant hello. She was very helpful suggested that I turn my sandwich into a combo. I got the fried okra they were superb! Then another friendly face I think her name was Jennifer check on me and if the food was to my liking. Everything was just great from the service, the food they even welcomed me to come back. I will be sure to come back with great quality service like this!

Photo of Teylo Thornton Teylo Thornton
May 23, 2019 4

The shrimp tacos were great! Mouth full of shrimp in each bite and just the right amount of toppings. The service was fast, friendly and accurate. Unfortunately, there was no ketchup on the tables - should bottled with other condiments and on the tables.

Photo of Pooh Bear 26 Pooh Bear 26
May 15, 2019 5

Well now I work here, love the Skrimp Shack food wise and working there. Just really truthfully feel I could help with improvements on minor issues I've grasped this far. From my management experience in the fast food industry. But don't think management see's my worth honestly. But overall great company and business .

Photo of Pamela Wilkins Pamela Wilkins
Apr 18, 2019 5

My favorite new fish n shrimp place! Try the tacos the shrimp ones are awesome as they give a variety of ways to do them! And they are kind enough to let you have other sauce if you don't like. Tacos different ways with shrimp fish. Awesome collards being I prefer Turnip green mix! Friendly! Must be patient but good things come to those that are!🤩

Photo of Sidney Gates Sidney Gates
Jun 14, 2019 5

Wow.. Had an appointment in Durham and my girl and I decided to get some seafood. Everybody listen up, Skrimp Shack, is the place to go. We got the Fat Combo, so we could try a number of items. Too much is eat all and well worth the money. We live in Lillington, NC and we definitely will make another trip just for this!! We hope to see you all here sometime.

Photo of Mena Bump Mena Bump
May 19, 2022 5

This place is clean, dining inside or outside. Customer service was excellent! The food is delicious! I've been here 2 straight days. Definitely my favorite. If I could give 10 stars I would!

Photo of Debbie & Darryl Ishikura Debbie & Darryl Ishikura
Mar 2, 2022 5

Food was exceptionally good. Staff was very nice. Reasonable prices.

Photo of Deborah Smith Deborah Smith
Jun 10, 2022 3

Today was my first time visiting this restaurant. I was satisfied with the price and the portion size. What I was not satisfied with was the taste of the food. I ordered the Whiting sandwich and the fish smelled and tasted very fishy. It left that fishy after taste in your mouth. Very disappointed because other people have been telling me how good the food was.

Photo of Allison Jennings Allison Jennings
Jun 19, 2022 5

This location had Flounder, the Williamsburg VA location didn't. The fish was wonderful, very moist, melt in your mouth. Whichever lady was cooking that day, did a great job.

Photo of Rodney Bellamy Rodney Bellamy
Jun 22, 2022 5

We needed Skrimp Shack for a last second same day family feeding after an event. Skrimp Shack came through, in the clutch. Fish, Chicken, Puppies, and Slaw were all on point! And the service excellence? MMMMWAH!

Photo of Angela Parrish Angela Parrish
Jul 9, 2022 5

Very fast, hot food. Shrimp basket was generous. Not usually a big fan of cocktail sauce but theirs was really good even with fries. Sweet potato fries were perfect and regular potato fries were just the right crispness they should be! Highly impressed. Will definitely go back.

Photo of Meredith Thompson Meredith Thompson
Jul 14, 2022 5

Tiara, at the front register, had the best customer service I have experienced in Durham. She was so friendly, polite, and patient, since this was my first time ordering at this restaurant. You would think she had 8 arms the way she was multitasking, all while greeting everyone who walked into the front door. The food was everything we hoped for. We had high expectations and our expectations were not only met, but they were exceeded. We will now be regulars at this restaurant and would love to have you guys host events for our business. Thank you for this experience and we will see you soon!

Photo of Cheryl Evans Cheryl Evans
Jul 28, 2022 5

I really enjoyed the food. It was great. The amount of food you get is well worth the price. The staff was very friendly and they made sure you were enjoying your food. And the always asked if you needed anything. Great place.

Photo of Gabriela Rife Gabriela Rife
Jul 16, 2022 5

Great southern style seafood. I always get the grilled items but they do a good job with the fried fish as well. The staff are friendly and efficient, prices are reasonable.

Photo of Mini Mini
Jul 29, 2022 4

Service was great, but I wasn't expecting as many bones as there were in the Whiting sandwich. It was yummy, but I was terrified to eat it after about the 6th bone. I didn't expect to have to take my sandwich apart and hunt for bones to eat it. That's my only complaint. The girl at the counter was so sweet and helpful.

Photo of Cheryl Evans Cheryl Evans
Aug 9, 2022 5

I really enjoyed the food. It was great. The amount of food you get is well worth the price. The staff were very friendly, and they would check back every so often to make sure you were satisfied with your food. Great place. I would go back again.

Photo of LA Adkins LA Adkins
Dec 11, 2021 4

I met a colleague here for lunch, and it was pretty good. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, which I was happy about given that we are still in a pandemic. I ordered the Mahi Mahi tacos with mild sauce. The mild sauce is delicious so be sure to try it. I also ordered the banana pudding, which was nothing to write home about. In fact, I would describe it as "underwhelming." It tasted like tapioca pudding, and the vanilla wafers used in it were very hard. I was rather disappointed as I was in the mood for something sweet to have after the tacos. I would return for the tacos, but I would not even think of ordering the banana pudding again.

Photo of Terri P Terri P
May 1, 2022 5

Food was fresh!! The signature sauce was amazing. The shrimp tacos were perfectly filled and the tortilla was baked in heaven.

Photo of Kat Pink Kat Pink
Feb 24, 2022 3

Great customer service but the food is so incredibly bland. I don’t even think I’ll finish this so waste of $13