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Phillips Crab House

2004 N Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-3560
410 289 6821
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Ranked #154 of 386 Restaurants in Ocean City
Price range: $0 - $30
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
  • Polish first
  • Russian first
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English first
New York City
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We have been going to Phillips Crab House for years. Usually we stick strictly to the sit down but this year we did sit down and buffet. The food was delicious in both spots. The food was cooked perfectly at the sit down. The buffet had a great variety and the food was constantly repenished. We were sitting near the... More 

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Cumberland, Maryland
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

After hitting such seafood buffets as Capt. Georges, Original Benjamins, Giant Crab and others south of here I was maybe expecting too much. Seating was cramped, buffet was limited and our waitress seemed to be very forgetful. Everyone I had ever talked to that had been to OC said about how great Phillips Crab House was and that I must... More 

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Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Not bad for an eat all you can. There were a couple of dishes that stood out like the baked Mako fish, Clam chowder, Crab legs & Crab cakes both baked and fried. Paid almost 40USD per person overall an Okay buffet. Make sure you come hungry. Ohhh the corn is good too!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

We were in OCMD for a marriage beach retreat weekend. Stayed at The Grand Hotel & Spa & asked them where there was good seafood buffet. My husband & I chose Phillip cause it was short walk just a block away. This beautiful old english slyle cottage looking building with stained glass windows would be perfect for our "Date night".... More 

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Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Downstairs is a la carte and upstairs through a separate entrance is the buffet. The cost was over $30 pp which a lot a money for a buffet. The ones who came to eat only crabs got their moneys worth. The atmosphere is cheap for such an expensive restaurant. The food area is poorly laid out and gets easily congested.... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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237 reviews 237 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Start with one of their terrific bloody mary's, then on to crab bisque which is almost too thick to eat. Crab cakes are still excellent, even if not 100% Maryland crab anymore. Steamed shrimp are very good - my only complaint is that they use "Phillips seafood seasoning" instead of authentic Old Bay. Old Bay is much tastier. I don't... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I went with someone who really loves seafood. I'm happy to try it and enjoyed the buffet. I don't know if I can get my money's worth on a buffet of seafood but enjoyed turkey, chicken, mac & cheese, and lots of HUSHPUPPIES :) So rest assured if you cannot partake in the seafood, you can still get a filling... More 

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

It's been 10 to 15 years since I had last been in an area near a Phillips Seafood restaurant. I had fond memories of it from visiting both the Baltimore Harbor and Norfolk Virginia areas. So when I recently visited Ocean City, I knew that would be a must do for dinner. I remember the decor of these restaurants was... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

It's a ritual every time we go to O.C. that the second night is dinner at Phillips. If we're there for a week, we go back a second time. The building at 21st Street is a Tiffany chandelier landmark; the food (a bit pricey) is top notch -- especially the crab cakes. We were thrilled when Phillips opened a location... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have always loved this restaurant since I started working in Ocean City in 1973 as a teenager. I visited the restaurant on Friday, September 19, 2014 and had a great meal. The wait staff was prompt and friendly. I had the Shrimp Pasta with Scampi sauce and it was fabulous. The atmosphere is great and neat to look at... More 

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Additional Information about Phillips Crab House

Address: 2004 N Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-3560
Phone Number: 410 289 6821
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ocean City
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 - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood

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