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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 197
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  • 86
    Very good
  • 28
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  • 21
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
On The Bay...actually it's right on Atlantic Ave !

We got the $85 steamed crab Special. Crabs were mix of small and medium crabs. Most were full and heavy. Crabs were perfectly steamed with plenty of seasoning.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Rick H
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Hampstead, Maryland
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Hampstead, Maryland
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We got the $85 steamed crab Special. Crabs were mix of small and medium crabs. Most were full and heavy. Crabs were perfectly steamed with plenty of seasoning.

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Fairfax, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I look forward to visiting On The Bay during my trip OC every summer. I always order the same thing; steamed spiced shrimp and an ear of corn. It is always scrumptious. I love the outdoor seating at long paper covered picnic tables placed on the sand. The staff is friendly and the seating is efficient and organized. You get... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I can remember when Rosemary and Rob opened On The Bay on 42nd street, not so many years ago, with the spirit to serve the Best (can't only say MD) Steamed Crabs. If you are willing to wait to sit, or pick up to go, it's worth the time for them to steam up the tastiest/heaviest crabs available. I'll never... More 

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I'm sorry I did not have the Crabs here. We just had crabs over at the Shimp Boat. But everbody was enjoying the crabs...next time!!. We had the Maryland Crab soup, butterfly and steamed shrimp. There old bay seasoning is excellent. The beers are cheap too $3 draft/$12 pitcher for domestic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We were looking for a casual, family-friendly place for dinner and decided to try On the Bay. Glad we did. Friendly and helpful staff, delicious seafood and a casual outdoor dining experience (picnic tables) all made this place a positive experience.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

When we arrived, we had to wait about 30 minutes for a table which was fine. My boyfriend got the $29 special (all you can eat) and I got a crab cake ($8). The crab cake was probably one of the best, if not THE best, crab cake I've had! I finished the crab cake and ate some of his... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

So far, the best crabs I have ever had!! I have never enjoyed seafood as much as I did at this place. The only average dish was the fried scallops (don't recommend this one for ordering). The seating by the roadside with sea sand getting in your feet is priceless while enjoying the seafood. I highly recommend this place to... More 

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Saratoga, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very informal, nice to eat on picnic tables over sand (though some flies and sand fleas). Instead of all you can eat special for $29 we got, at the recommendation of the cashier, a dozen medium crabs for $45, which turned out to be plenty adequate for two adults. Fabulous sweet local corn on cob for $4 each. Only disappointment... More 

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I went there at 8:00pm and they said they have no crabs, although they are known for their crabs! They said you could only take it out! All they served was lunch and dinner platters. I was very annoyed!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Went there at 8 pm and they told us that they stop serving crabs and only will offer take out at that time, this is a restaurant down the shore during the summer....really? They also said that they were out of a lot of things and will close early.

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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: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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