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On the Bay Seafood

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$$ - $$$
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4204 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-3240
+1 410-524-7070
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Tue 11:00 - 20:00
Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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West Grove, PA
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100 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015 via mobile

Been coming here for years and this place continues to have the best crabs served by the gracious owners. They have formulated their own spice that is great. I recommend you buy some to take home $5 and serve on veggies. Love sprinkling it on my corn. We always get the fried shrimp too and they are perfectly breaded.

Thank JessDougBrown
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67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

My husband had steamed snow crab and I had fried shrimp. The shrimp were lightly breaded and fried to a nice crispness. Also the French fries were good. Steam crab was great. All tables are outdoors - picnic tables that you share with other customers. Tables are covered with brown paper. Food is served in plastic take-out containers (even for... More 

Thank mathchef
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

We did the crab feast for $29 per person. Liked the atmosphere, outside tables on sand with beach music. Feast is crabs only, wish they'd include something else to make it more affordable, like fries or chips to mix it up when eating crabs. Staff was great.

1 Thank E A
Metuchen, New Jersey
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

Great spot to get reasonably priced tasty seafood! The crab cakes were on the small side but good value for the price and the shrimp was to die for! Nice casual atmosphere and friendly staff. You can see the kitchen when ordering and the seafood is well prepared and fresh! Going to stop bye again and try their hard crabs.... More 

Thank Jeff H
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

The good was good and tasty. It was too crowded when we went but decided to take the food to go. The restaurant is near a very busy road and was a little dangerous to have a 2 and 4 year old boys sitting at the tables. One bad thing was the bathroom was dirty and no hand soap.

Thank zenmag28
Ocean City, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

I had the scallops which were the worst I have ever eaten, tough and rubbery, they bounced. The waiter noticed that I was not touching my food and the plate was off to the side, he then completely ignored us and not once asked us if we needed anything or if the food was ok. My wife had the crab... More 

Thank Bill H
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

Worth the wait if you want all you can eat crab. Served hot and delicious! The kids said the chicken tenders were good. We also tried steamed shrimp. Very good.

Thank Nicfer
New York City, New York
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79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015 via mobile

For 4 adults, we had half a bushel and it was a lot of crab. The crabs we had were meaty and juicy. This is the 2nd time going and this place does not disappoint. Definitely get a bib and don't wear white. The only thing negative is that I got tons of bug bites on my legs under the... More 

Thank NYCSunshine42
Floresville, Texas
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

They have excellent crabs and lots of em! The owners are very friendly and noticed we were from Texas and talked to us about our trip. Fun place to enjoy the local fare!

Thank Dawn A
Westminster, Maryland
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208 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

I'm reading a lot of reviews and maybe I went on a day day? We met our friends around 1-2pm on a Tuesday and the only had "special" size. Three of us ordered a total of 1 1/2 dozen. They were smaller but that was expected since they only had one size. At least the didn't overcharge for them. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4204 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-3240
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ocean City
  • Phone Number: +1 410-524-7070
From Rob and Rose: We would like to take this opportunity to THANK all of our great guests who have written such wonderful reviews about us and our little place. We work hard, alongside our wonderful family of staff, to ensure that everyone has a great experience while visiting us. We truly hope you enjoy your experience! From all of us to you, we believe our Guests are truly the BEST! You are 5 star!

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