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On the Bay Seafood

4204 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-3240
410-524-7070
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Ranked #25 of 374 restaurants in Ocean City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

we got lucky about 7 years ago and found Rosemary! after being disappointed with crabs(?) we found on the boardwalk, and living in Baltimore, we know what they should be like! they will even set you up with all the fixings to go. always full and heavy.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I am an Ocean City local, and I love eating here because the crabs are great and the other seafood is great. The prices are reasonable and it is a popular place.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

If you ask the question "where should we get crabs" in Ocean City, MD you should only have two options: Crab Bag on 142nd street or On The Bay Seafood. These are the only two places where they truthfully know how to authentically steam a real MD crab. Both places are extremely busy and equally good, but I prefer On... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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155 reviews 155 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

My family had a meal here and it was the 6 of us and we had a very good time. A few people has the endless crabs and others had separate meals. All were satisfied with what they had. I had crab-cake sandwich which was a great portion size with great vegetable side options.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This place was busy, and there was a confusing line situation. Since the seating was outside picnic tables it was confusing as to who was next to be seated and how close to the other guests. The wait for food was not bad, but the food itself was awful. The crab cakes were bland and unseasoned.The fries were soggy and... More

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Forty Fort, PA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We wanted to take my parents for an authentic steamed crab dinner and On the Bay was perfect! You eat outdoors on paper covered picnic tables. The crabs are big, well seasoned and delish! Go early as they sell out of the different crab sizes quickly! I think the price is comparable to the quality of the seafood. My mom... More

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Cedar Grove, New Jersey, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This was one of our favorite restaurants in Ocean City and have eaten here frequently, but this trip we were disappointed. The food just wasn't as good as it has been on previous trips.

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Manchester, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The crabs were steamed to order. The all you can eat were a little light but i was told in advance. They were worth every penny, steamed to order, seasoned just right, delivered hot. Sitting at the picnic tables outside was great, like home. Can't say enough great things. The staff was very friendly.

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Tucson, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We'd picked another restaurant for lunch but when we stopped. Oh my. We just left and drove down the street. Then we saw On the Bay Seafood and thought, why not? It was about 1:30 p.m. and we were getting pretty hungry. The bay scallops were larger than expected and cooked just perfectly. Maryland crab soup -- delicious and a... More

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Rio Grande, New Jersey
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123 reviews 123 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This is a no frills crab shack. There are other menu items and sides and such, but the real reason to go is for the crabs. If you get their crab feast you get all you can eat mediums that are the best cooked blue crabs I've ever eaten. Seating is outside on picnic tables, and other than plenty of... More

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