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Phillips Crab House

2004 N Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-3560
410 289 6821
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Ranked #142 of 376 restaurants in Ocean City
Price range: $0 - $30
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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59% Recommend
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  • English first
  • Polish first
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English first
Parma, Ohio
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We went for dinner here, and were pleasantly surprised by the vast selection of fresh seafood and other foods as well. The restaurant has beautiful Tiffany style lamps horses from carousels, and beautiful stained glass, yet it is a casual places for families to eat. There is a non- buffet restaurant downstairs.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Very large place with variety. Kids LOVE picking their own food. Adults loved the tasty options. The mac and cheese, crab legs, brisket, and desserts were all very good. Crab imperial was good but disappointing with the amount of shell remnants and the clams had sand left in them :(

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

We came to OC for a week stay in June from the 15-21. We were a little iffy about eating the buffet at Phillips because of some of the bad reviews on here. But we decided to just go and find out ourselves. It was well worth every penny. You get all you can eat, all you can eat crab,... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We ate here on July 2, 2014, and were served by Sarah. Sarah was an absolute professional. She knew the menu inside and out and made excellent recommendations. It came as no surprise that she has worked here for 17 years. The meal was exceptional as she assured us it would be, but her first class service was what made... More

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Red Lion, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Every time I am in Ocean City I stop here and get the Crab Au Gratin and it is amazing. I will get this forever. I tried the crab cakes another night and they were very good also. This place is always great, service prompt and very clean.

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so cal
Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We ate at Phillips 40 years ago and were really looking forward to it again. We were not disappointed. The crab cakes and soft shell crab were as good as remembered. The Maryland vegetable crab soup was excellent. Not cheap but very good.

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Navarre, Ohio, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We ate here twice during our trip and loved it. My husband really enjoyed the crab imperial and shrimp. I wish I could have the chicken crisfield all the time; it's grilled chicken with crab imperial on top. I wish we had one close by. Our waitresses Hayden and Lulu were very nice. I still remember our great waiter (Sam... More

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Tamaqua, Pennsylvania
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

$32.50 a person first off, you need to eat a lot of food to make it worth $32.50. Food is mediocre at best. A few years ago we went and the line was wrapped around the building... went this visit, and walked right in at 6:30 in the evening. I believe they are living off their reputation and their name,... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We visited this restaurant at 5:30 on a Friday afternoon and it was almost empty - although the seafood buffet - which has a different entrance - appeared busier. We had not been to Ocean City in many years, but Phillips had always been a favorite stop - and was recommended to us by several friends. The portions sizes seemed... More

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Tannersville, Pennsylvania
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This place is huge and we've never waited to get a table. There are tons of choices from BBQ to seafood to pasta and a carving station. Always yummy and such friendly servers. $32.99 per person.

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