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The Bonfire

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7009 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842-2927
+1 410-524-7171
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The spread of food was very good, but the food was really cold. It was very disappointing because we arrived as soon as they opened. Hard to enjoy "cold" fish.

Thank Nita H
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Smaller selection than Phillips, but what they have they make well. Pricey, however not more than other seafood buffets and you pay for quality.

Thank LauranLeigh
willet ny
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All you can eat really means ayce here!! Crab legs hot and ready, no waiting!! Good flavor and cooked perfect! The prime rib was also great! Friendly staff, (female hostess was a bit put-out, it seemed) everyone else was super friendly and helpful!! Definitely would go back!!

Thank amrice
Chestertown, Maryland
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well, if you have no taste buds, thirst, or something that tells you what temperature the food is, than this is the place for you. When I walked in and got seated, it was great. The food looked good, the seats were comfy, and the bathrooms were clean. But sadly that was the best part. I walked up to the... More 

Thank JWfoodCritic
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108 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

This was by far one of worst buffets I have been too. They claim 150ft of buffet, but they need to reduce back to 50ft of good food. Over cooked crab legs, fish that had been sitting under the light so long you couldn't cut it with a fork, out-of-the-box microwaveable food, even the sweet tea was pre made, and... More 

Thank PnutButterJellyTime
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2017

Went there this past Saturday night at dinner time. You would think that going on the weekend at peak time that the food would be fresh. Not even close. Only about 25% of the food was edible and at $40 per person, thats a complete ripoff. There was 11 of us so needless to say the bill was outrageous and... More 

1 Thank Barry H
Hagerstown, Maryland
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2017

I'm not a fan of buffets but we had a group of six celebrating a special occasion so we thought the buffet would be a good way for everyone to get something they liked. The crab legs were not good. Some even had black on the shells. The melted butter served with them was definitely not real butter. The various... More 

1 Thank ImmaBeGoin
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

The food was very good. We actually went because they had crab legs on the menu. When we go to a place that serves crab legs and the price is in the 30s like this we don't expect a lot. However the food was good. I had one piece of big chicken is very good and the salad was fresh.... More 

Thank Sherri K
Hagerstown, Maryland
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2017

The best seafood buffet in OCMD in my opinion...Always a huge variety and always plenty of it. Even the pickiest eater can find something. We actually liked it so much we went twice on our last trip. Buffets are not for everyone but if you are gonna try one this is it.

1 Thank TKLT27
Mount Airy, Maryland
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2017 via mobile

Have been The Bonfire before in years past (as well as Embers in OC). In February there are few places open for dinner. We decided to go there for the seafood looking forward to the crab clusters. We were very disappointed!! We got there in time for their early bird special - saving $4 each. The crab clusters were cold,... More 

1 Thank Kcurbear

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7009 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842-2927
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ocean City
  • Phone Number: +1 410-524-7171
Ocean City, MD's finest Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet

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