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Macky's Bayside is a laid back, upbeat bar and grill serving up great food, drinks, and service in a fabulous setting. By day, it's a fine dining institution where patrons can enjoy fresh seafood, steaks, salads, and sandwiches on the white sandy beach or open-air deck overlooking the beautiful bay. Once the sun fades from the sky, things start to heat up as Macky's transforms into an Ocean City nightlife landmark. We even have happy hour every day! "Life is Good" all week long at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill. Whether you're hanging with the family, catching up with old friends, or making new ones, Macky's will satisfy your hunger for food, and thirst for fun.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Parking Available, Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Beach, Playgrounds, Dog Friendly
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All reviews mahi mahi stuffed shrimp jerk chicken seafood salad steak crab cakes ribs fries god bless america frozen drinks toes in the sand watch the sunset happy hour great atmosphere beautiful sunset view of the bay
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Reviewed September 8, 2020

We had not been to Macky's in about ten years. We typically go to Fish Tales, Fager's Island, Coconuts Beach Bar. We decided to give Macky's another try, we had pleasant memories of it and wanted something outside our annual vacation routine. The food for...me was average, I had the crab stuffed shrimp - it was a little overseasoned, which is saying something because I love heavily seasoned food. The shrimp were tiny and a little overcooked. The crab had five or six rather large (5-10mm) pieces of shell in it. I'm not sure if they purchase their crab meat already out of the shell, or get live crabs and dig it out themselves, whichever the case they either need to change vendors or train their employees a little better. The meal was spent being cautious instead of simply worry free enjoyment. One of the biggest vacation killers ever is a broken tooth while you're away from home. I didn't really eat the rest of the meal, but the veggies and rice were fine. To be fair the rest of my party had either their mahi mahi special, or their Atlantic salmon special, and seemed happier. Which is good, just disappointing that a staple on their menu clearly was just slapped together without as much care. The flimsy chairs on the beach are a little disappointing. It'd be nice if they invested in real furniture. If you go to Fager's Island you get big, heavy wooden chairs on their beach bar, next to gas fire pits! The tiny legs dig several inches into the sand and make it a challenge to get a comfortable height so you can eat at the table. Or the back legs dig in and the front ones don't and you feel like you're going to fall backwards. Either way, you end up sitting actively balancing your weight for an hour, resulting in burning/aching muscles and an inability to relax, which is what you want to do when you're enjoying a bayside sunset. The watercraft rental place next door stores vehicles just off of the little beach bar, really ruining any photos you may want to take. Those weren't there the last time. Ok, biggest concern - the dogs. I actually went back to their webpage and used CTRL-F to search for the word "dog" because there were SO MANY of them a the tables around the restaurant. I've since noticed the reviews here actually mention them several times, but I don't see anything about it on the website. Regardless, they need to revisit their policy of being pet friendly. My child is allergic to dogs, so it was just one more thing we had to worry about while there. Our waitress was stopping to pet the dogs every time they walked by. You had to actively avoid tripping over them and their leashes because their owners didn't give a rip who else was impacted by their presence. I've messaged with the ownership in years past about possibly hosting large family dinners there, and while they didn't work out, they were INCREDIBLY nice. So I really wanted to give them some business and enjoy it. Additionally, the waitress we had from Salisbury was an absolute delight. But, in the end we spent a lot of money and were just uncomfortable the entire time and in a hurry to get out of there, we didn't even make it to sunset. I recommend Fish Tales or Fager's Island. Fish Tales has better drinks, a huge kid play area, you get to watch the boats come in from fishing (which is way better than the party crows that rent watercraft next to Mackey's), and their food is slightly better. Fager's Island just has better sunset experiences. They play the 1812 overture, have really good food (especially the fine dining area), have a much more lively environment, and their little beach bar area with fire pits is awesome.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 3, 2020 via mobile

Had a great meal with a view. Our waiter Saint was the best he recommended meals and appetizers. He took our picture against the sun set.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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61mackys, General Manager at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2020

Hi Mel1217! Thank you so much for the review. We are so happy that you were able to relax and enjoy your time with us on the bay. We appreciate the compliment about our staff members as we strive to provide great customer service. We...More

Reviewed August 28, 2020

Arrived for a breezy star-lit, open sky, late night dinner for two...all of a sudden, during our salads, the wind picked up. We could see lightning on the distant horizon, and the bay waves furiously licked the sand's edge. Very exciting and invigorating. It was...especially entertaining to watch the staff and patrons scramble to keep food, beverages, and napkins on the tables! I personally lost a few lettuce leaves off my fork! We were chasing napkins, too! What was expected to be a laid back, romantic kind of evening, turned into a hilarious night out. We really had fun. Oh, and the food was great. I had a garden salad with a lemon dressing, and the beer battered rockfish fingers fried golden brown, with old bay tartar sauce (YUM!) and husband had the Stuffed Flounder. Very good food, very good service with a smile! The Mango Macky and the Dirty Banana were delicious concoctions!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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61mackys, General Manager at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2020

Hi DebZu! Thank you so much for the awesome review. We are thrilled that you were able to stop by and see us at Macky's. We are so happy that you enjoyed a late dinner with us and you enjoyed the delicious meal. We would...More

Reviewed August 23, 2020 via mobile

Sat right on the beach but people next to us had two big dogs that kept coming to our table. The hostess and server kept petting the dogs and hair flew into our food and drinks. Picture of dog hair on my drink is below....Will ever return.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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61mackys, General Manager at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2020

Hi Jvressa. We appreciate your feedback. We are disappointed to hear that your experience at Macky's was less than ideal and we apologize that you had an issue with the dogs coming up to your table. Thank you for bringing your concerns forward. If you...More

Reviewed August 21, 2020 via mobile

Nice atmosphere. There was a 40 minute wait due to covid but we were buzzed 25 minutes into our wait which was amazing. Sea food selection and menu in general is amazing. We experienced nice service and good food. If you are into Mango definately...try the Macky's Mango frozen drink!!!!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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61mackys, General Manager at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2020

Hi Carmenhernandez2020! Thank you so much for the review. We are so happy that you were able to stop by and see us at Mack'ys. We hope you were able to relax and enjoy the island atmosphere. We are thrilled that you were able to...More

Reviewed August 19, 2020 via mobile

In the pandemic era, my family & I ordered takeout dinner. We were not disappointed; the food was delish. Our only disappointment was that we chose not to sit outside, facing the bay at sunset, as we have done each of the previous several summers....It’s a magnificent spot for a summer meal, with customarily friendly and attentive wait staff.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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61mackys, General Manager at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2020

Hi TravelGuy60! Thank you so much for the review. We are so happy that you were able to relax and enjoy a dinner with us at Macky's. We appreciate the compliments about our staff as well. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed August 17, 2020

We were in Ocean City for 3 days. This was the only place that we saw staff enforce the masks. We had a party of 6 . We all had different dishes, and we loved our choices. Staff was polite and fast. Great view of...the water from inside and out. Looks like they had docking for those coming by boat.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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61mackys, General Manager at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2020

Hi Cody2012! Thank you so much for the review. We are so happy that you were able to relax and enjoy your time spent with us at Macky's. We hope you were able to enjoy the food and cocktails. We appreciate the kind words about...More

Reviewed August 16, 2020

basic shore town eats and drinks, music a little loud. Very good service, only average food. Local beer list, prices are reasonable, would go again.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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61mackys, General Manager at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2020

Hi Charliem57! Thank you so much for the review. We are so happy that you were able to relax with us and enjoy the outdoor dining. We hope you were able to indulge in a cocktail and enjoy the service. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed August 8, 2020

Unlike many restaurants with very limited Covid menus, Macky’s still had what appeared to be a full menu. We liked the ribs and shrimp we ordered. We were glad to be dining outdoors and sufficiently far from other groups to feel comfortable without masks. The...drinks were small but good and it’s fun to watch the wave runner rentals go past as they head to play in the bay. It’s good food in a great setting if you’re being Covid cautious as we are. Service was quite good too, especially given the tough circumstances. Food came out quickly and all dishes were fresh and hot. I will be back next time in OC.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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61mackys, General Manager at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2020

Hi B_More_Polite! Thank you so much for the review. We are so happy that you were able to relax and enjoy the time spent in Ocean City with us. We hope you were able to relax and enjoy our menu items. However, we apologize that...More

Reviewed August 7, 2020

We dined here on a Sunday evening in June. We called ahead but they don't take reservations (Covid era) but said the wait was 10 mins so we walked over from our condo. We asked for outside but that was 45 min wait so we...settled for an inside but against a window table. There were mask signs everywhere and the servers all wore masks. Some patrons did forgot to put theirs back on during their walk to washroom and/or during exiting. The tables were set apart for social distancing. Our Steamed Clams appy was delicious and my wife enjoyed her Crab Cake. My Texas BBQ Ribs came out cold and our server apologized and gladly sent it back to the kitchen for reheating. It was good the 2nd time round. Good atmosphere, Covid conscience and good food.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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61mackys, General Manager at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2020

Hi Phlee7ca! Thank you so much for the review. We are so happy that you were able to relax. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and we hope you enjoyed your stay in Ocean City. We would love to welcome you...More

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Yes this restaurant is very dog friendly. Not only was my entree delicious, my four legged buddies loved their doggie sliders. Also Our server “Sunny”, brought out a bowl of water for them.
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I can’t say about cross contamination, but my wife has Celiac disease and is extremely sensitive to gluten. She had the Three Way Sauté. It was excellent and she had no issues.
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