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Phillips Crab House

2004 N Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-3560
410 289 6821
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Ranked #159 of 384 Restaurants in Ocean City
Price range: $0 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Buffet, Dessert
Description: The original Phillips Seafood Restaurant, established in 1956! Known as the most popular dining destination in Ocean City, complete with a traditional a la carte menu, famous all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, and carry out counter for Phillips favorites on the go.
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We used to eat here all the time when I was younger. We haven't been to OC in over 10 years and I like to go to the places I am familiar with. A lot of people told me this restaurant wasn't good but I really only go for the crab legs so I wasn't worried. The food was bad.... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This year marks my 40th year eating at Phillips crab house at ocean city. I have dined there approx 80-100 times total. It's a must -do while visiting ocmd. I have just figured out that I have personally spent approx $15-$18,000 over 40 years dining there depending on the amount of people I have brought. Worth every penny. There are... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It's 35.00 per person and such a staple of ocean city. The service is nice, and quick. The lines can be crazy so pick your food wisely. The seafood is also ib the second half of the buffet. I forgot about this unfortunately. :( They also have great local beers so enjoy. ...

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I love Phillips crab cakes and so that is what my husband and I ordered here - two 4oz crab cakes with a side salad and baked potato for $32 per meal. Maybe this meal is just too ordinary to excel but it certainly didn't. Our meals at Red Lobster have been much better if only because of their bread... More

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The buffet is ok....crab legs are good. Tables were sticky and dirty. Service was not acceptable. Hostess was rude and sarcastic. The price was ridiculous and did not match what you got for your money. A member of my family couldn't get over the smell and ate only ice cream for dinner. Simply not worth the money!

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have been to this Phillips some 25 years ago and other ones a handful of times over the intervening years and had always enjoyed the experience. I was disappointed however this time and I can see that the place is stuck in sort of an overpriced touristy mode. The menu was not that great. My oysters were so so... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We ate here during Labor Day weekend. Now the seafood at this place was great... which is why most people go here however the sides tasted like the ones from old country buffet. At $35.00 a person you would expect better food... the mac and cheese was bland the mashed potatoes were almost gooey and the cheddar broccoli rice would... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have been to OC many times and decided after many years to go back. First night we ate at Phillips and the restaurant was typically busy (Sat. night), and the service was slow. Nice waitress, just slow. Apps came out within a reasonable amount of time but the entrée really dragged. The waitress apologized and many other tables that... More

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Flemington, New Jersey
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63 reviews 63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I looooooooooooooove this place. We go down every year and kick off vacation with this place. We literally stock our plates with nothing but crabs, mussels, and clams. This year they asked us to move our table because a very large party had come in. We aren't picky anyway so we didn't even care. It's a buffet, we just grabbed... More

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Hannibal, New York, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Kids really enjoyed it and the buffet gave them a chance to try seafood they wouldn't really order. The food was pretty good...a bit slow on the drinks but they were really busy.

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