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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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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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 155
    Excellent
  • 69
    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
Most recent review
Awesome crabs

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
Tremayne Tray A
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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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
27 helpful votes 27 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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29 reviews 29 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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Garwood, New Jersey, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My wife and her mom split a dozen medium-large crabs for $65 for the dozen. Even brought some leftovers home for later. My daughter ate fish and chips which I sampled and was good too. I brought a half-pound of steamed shrimp on old bay back to the hotel for a snack - very tasty. Staff was pleasant and the... More 

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Bowie, MD
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63 reviews 63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It's not a trip to Ocean City without a night (or more?) at On the Bay! The best crabs and seafood in the area and the best atmosphere - outdoors, picnic tables, and crab shells flying in the air! Do not be put off by lines - it's worth the wait for the most succulent and meaty crabs you can... More 

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Schuylkill Haven, PA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

We were at OCMD 3 times this summer, and every time we ate at on the bay seafood, where do I start, first off the seafood is fresh, I have seen them deliver fresh crabs at 7pm at night, second the staff is so nice and friendly, third I never do the all you can eat crab, I love the... 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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