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“Very Friendly” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Shark on the Harbor

The Shark on the Harbor
12924 Sunset Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842
4102130924
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Ranked #3 of 384 Restaurants in Ocean City
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Jacksonville, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Very Friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

The Shark is great food and very friendly service.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ocean City, MD
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“One awesome/consistent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

Being a local, I don't go out to dinner very often so when I do I want good service and consistently good food. The Shark is that restaurant. I've actually been twice this month, both times on a Thursday because of the dinner special -- 1.5 lobster, lobster mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables and bread for $20. Everything was cooked to perfection, as usual. The duck 2 ways and eggplant tower (layered with crab meat) are also excellent choices.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Could benefit from friendlier staff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We’ve been to The Shark quite a few times. It is always busy, so it’s best to make a reservation if you decide to give it a try. We really appreciate that the restaurant utilizes fresh local ingredients in their dishes and offers some creative and unique combinations on the menu. It certainly gives The Shark an edge in a sea of AYCE crab buffets. Some of our favorites here are the lobster mashed potatoes and the crab cakes. The aioli is very yummy. Plus, we love that they have homemade treats that we can order and take home for our dog.

However, this restaurant has one significant downfall, and that is its service. Each time we’ve eaten here, we’ve commented on the icy greeting we receive at the door. There is a particular hostess who is very arrogant and unfriendly, and that always has a negative impact on our dining experience. When we dropped in without reservations last week, we were told at 7:00 that the wait time for a party of 2 would be 2 hours, which we felt to be extremely excessive in the off season. I find it hard to believe that the restaurant wouldn’t be able to accommodate a party of 2 earlier than 9:00 in the evening. But if that’s the case, The Shark should consider hiring more staff members. I wouldn’t wait 2 hours to eat dinner even if it was being prepared by Bobby Flay, and while the food here is a cut above some of the other OC restaurants, it’s still not 5 star quality. With friendlier and faster service, I’d give The Shark much more business.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Berlin MD
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“One of my go-to restarants!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

I am a local and this is one of my favorite spots! Great food made with local, organic ingredients (one of the very few in the area). Good views and reasonable prices. The only downside is the service can be a little unpredictable and unfriendly. Good lunch spot!

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Ocean City, MD
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Top 5 in OCMD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

Always delish...and they use as much local goods as possible!

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