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On the Bay Seafood

4204 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-3240
410-524-7070
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Ranked #22 of 383 restaurants in Ocean City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was a great seafood restaurant. Dining is outdoor at picnic tables in the sand. They offer an all-you-can-eat crab dinner and we saw lots of diners really getting into the experience. We had crab cakes, shrimp and soft-shell crab. Each was tasty. They also have reasonably priced beer and cocktails. Folks really line up to get into this place,... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We were told to try out Jumbo crab at On the Bay Seafood from friends but when we got there, they don't have the Jumbo. So we stucked with small blue crabs which is okay but disappointed. We were able to get these dozen Jumbo crabs at Shrimp House on Decatur Stephen Hwy and these were awesome. Suggestion for Jumbo... More

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Selbyville, Delaware
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

We have lived in the OC area for 17 years. Never tried this place. ..always wanted to go but never had the time. Didn't know how it works...no. one there wanted to tell us either.Plenty of help there..for lunch. ..but nobody was going out to greet us. Crabs were average...atmosphere...bleh! They didn't have the crab feast special. We recommend the... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We order take-out from On the Bay several times during our stay in OCMD every summer. It is always so crowded :) The owners, Rosemary and Rob, are always there, and always smiling. The crab cakes are awesome. The crab is the star, no overwhelming spices, etc. They are quick fried, and delicious! We have been going every year since... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Many restaurants sell Maryland crabs but they couldn't do them any better than On the Bay. We waited 45 minutes for an outdoor table and then had to figure out how many crabs to order. We got a dozen med-large which was about 2-3 too many for two people. Accompanied by beer, cole slaw and corn - it was a... More

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California, Md
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

We went here for dinner while in Ocean City. The wait is long but well worth the wait! The food is incredible, the best crab cakes I have ever had and 2 crab cakes with 2 sides for under $20 is unbelievable. Other people in our party had soft crab sandwich, fried flounder and steamed shrimp. Everyone raved about everything... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our family came here based on TA reviews while on vacation in OC. We arrived before 5 which was good since the wait line increased a lot after then. The system is a bit strange, you get a table then order what you want and pay for it inside, but the staff was friendly and helpful. The crabs were amazing!... More

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The food here is pretty good, but atmosphere and service is poor. You have to stand in line to get a table number. Then stand in line to get a drink. When your table is ready, you stand in line to order food for your table. Aren't there enough qualified servers in OC available to take my order? Why do... More

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Washington, dc
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We waited for over an hour to place our order at the take out window (then to sit ourselves and eat). great crabs and chicken fingers (for non seafood eaters). Decent prices. All you can eat crabs $28 most platters $15.

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New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Not your traditional sit down restaurant experience, but completely worth it. Be prepared to wait for a table and then wait to order on line and then once you are seated and you've ordered, your food is brought to you. The crabs are delicious. Seasoned perfectly and the meat is tender and sweet. I would not suggest ordering any of... More

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