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On the Bay Seafood

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4204 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-3240
410-524-7070
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine

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  • 157
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  • 70
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
GREAT CRABS, GREAT ATMOSPHERE! GOTTA GO!

This is a classic, beach side Crab shack, fantastic food, down-home service, great people, great hospitality... you wont be disappointed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
GoBinWi
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Mequon, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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273 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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63 reviews 63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is a classic, beach side Crab shack, fantastic food, down-home service, great people, great hospitality... you wont be disappointed.

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Frederick, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Very reasonable, large portions, expertly prepared seafood. We had the crab cakes and Alaskan crab claws. ( they were out blue crabs). Amazingly good I don't care for cole slaw and couldn't get enough of this. Very good. This is a small building, eating outside on picnic tables. But don't drive past. You will not be disappointed. Staff very friendly... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Ok. I love this place. I hate to give my honest opinion of it because I don't want it to get crowded. The lines are long. The wait is long. But the crabs are delicious & heavy. You sit outside on picnic tables with sand floor. The ordering is a pain. You wait in a long line, order at the... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Definitely the best all tou can eat ceabs in Ocean City. The steamed shrimp are some of the best I've had too. The rest of the seafood is mediocre.

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Tybee Island, Georgia, USA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I have been going to ocean city my entire life ( 50 + years!). Been eating steamed crabs my entire life as well, even worked at Philips Crab House! This was my first time at this great little seafood shack and I will absolutely go back next spring! Delicious steamed crabs, good price, great crab cakes and loved the atmosphere!!... More 

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Westminster, Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

You'd think O.C. would have awesome crab houses everywhere, but I've been going all my 40+ yrs. And can looking and finally found the best at 'On the Bay Seafood!' a small, sweet place that truly does have the heaviest crabs in town! And I'm a true crab-snob, so they gotta be heavy! They also offer lots of other awesome... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Great seafood and atmosphere. Eating on picnic tables and convenient to our motel. Loved the crab cakes.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If you're looking for great crabs, this is the spot. This is a "no frills", outside restaurant, that sits right on Coastal Highway, kind of like sitting in someone's backyard. They have a nice menu, prices are reasonable and the crabs are very tasty. They also offer beer and frozen drinks.

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Warrenton, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Unless you like fried, fried, and more fried, stick to the steamed crabs. They were delicious. We had several other entrees over a couple of days, and none of them were anything to write home about. The potato salad was just horrible. Fries were ok; corn was good. The atmosphere with picnic tables in the sand was nice even for... More 

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Scranton, PA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Went to On the Bay Seafood yesterday and was ok. The crab cakes were good and I ordered the soft shell crab clusters, but what I got were pieces and not clusters. After I called the staff out on it, they were very standoffish and told me that they were clusters, even after I explained to them that "clusters" typically... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4204 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-3240
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ocean City
  • Phone Number: 410-524-7070

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?