Where to Eat in Ocean City: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Madelene Haan

In Ocean City, Maryland's only coastal community, the beach is the main attraction. Stroll the three-mile Boardwalk along the seafront while sampling salt water taffy and other old-fashioned treats. The summer season explodes with special concerts, beach bonfires and kids' activities. Nature enthusiasts will love nearby Assateague Island, home to deer and wild ponies. Once a tiny fishing village, it now spans 10 miles, but anglers still flock to the area waters; it's known as the White Marlin Capital of the World.
Things to do in Ocean City

1. Cafe Mirage

12817 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-4716 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 443-664-5687
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 295 reviews

Cafe Mirage

Reviewed By Kerri F - Ocean View, Delaware, United States

Everything here is amazing. Doesn't look like much from the outside it's in the corner of a strip plaza but all the locals are OK with everybody being fooled because we like to keep it to ourselves:)
If you do stumble upon this place or try it out you will not be disappointed. Great prices, great quality of food, everything tastes amazing. They do only carry beer and wine however don't look for spirits here.
Nice indoor and outdoor seating good for couples and families. Great lunch specials as well.

2. The Hobbit Restaurant

121 81st St Unit 101, Bottom Floor of Rivendell Condo, Ocean City, MD 21842-6458 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, International, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 66 +1 410-524-8100
Excellent
68%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 338 reviews

The Hobbit Restaurant

An absolute escape from Ocean City. A place to indulge in inventive American cuisine and mouthwatering seafood while overlooking one of the most picturesque views you have ever laid eyes on. If you're looking to simply come in for some appetizers and a few cocktails our bartenders make great company at the bar that maintains the same breathtaking views. So next time you're wondering where to go to enjoy an exceptional meal, stop by The Hobbit and step into a classy, sleak, but most importantly comfortable world of dining excellence. We are located in the bottom floor of the Rivendell Condominium at 81st on the Bay and we offer our full menu daily beginning at 5 p.m.

Reviewed By njersey8229 - Princeton, NJ

After 2 different Uber drivers named this place as one of their favorite restaurants we decided to give it a try. Sunday night in the off-season was not crowded and we didn't need a reservation. The hostess greeted us at the door which was very welcoming. The floor to ceiling windows were impressive with a great view of the marsh. There was no sunset due to the cloud cover, but it was pretty just the same. Now for the food.... we are not big eaters, so no appetizer or salad for us - just the entrees and dessert, and a cocktail. The grapefruit juice in my drink tasted fresh squeezed and was delicious. Hubby was happy with his Guinness. The entrees were pricey but the quality was worth it. Crab cakes at $39 that night were all crab - no filler. I am not fond of Old Bay seasoning so I should have told them not to use it, but the flavor of the crab still came through. The mashed potatoes and green beans that came with it were perfectly prepared and delicious. Hubby got the salmon dish - I think it was prepared with squash, potatoes and a balsamic glaze, but it was also well prepared and he thourally enjoyed it. Mary's Delight for dessert was definitely a delight! Advertised as their speciality it did not disappoint. Walnut crust with pudding and cheesecake with whipped cream was light and very yummy. Our server was very attentive but not overly so. If we come back to OCMD I would definitely eat here again. Dinner for 2 with one drink each and dessert was $110 + tip.

3. Sahara Cafe

1900 N Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-3530 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch +1 410-289-5080
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 585 reviews

Sahara Cafe

This place is seasonally closed. It will reopen in April 2018.

Reviewed By cindy r - Ocean City, Maryland

This is the 30th anniversary of Sahara Cafe. Typical American diner food, open for breakfast and lunch only. It's clean, it's a diner, it's quirky. Grateful Dead posters on the walls. We had excellent pancakes, waffles, coffee, egg combos, omelets, sandwiches, etc. Closed for the...MoreThanks you for your review . We are now closed up until Easter Weekend 2018 . Glad you enjoyed the food and atmosphere . Just remember , if you get confused , listen to the music play !

4. Anthony's Beer and Wine

33rd Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Late Night +1 410-289-7853
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 291 reviews

Anthony's Beer and Wine

The best beer and wine selection in Ocean City!!! The deli is stocked full of your favorite Boar's Head deli meat, and the sandwiches they make are just the best!!!

Reviewed By SheriBobLove2Travel - Liverpool, Pennsylvania

This is a deli that makes oversized sandwiches and subs. They are a bit pricey but share one. Great stop on your way to the beach. I enjoyed the shrimp salad Sandwich on wheat bread.

5. Thrasher's French Fries

401 & 801 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Late Night +1 410-289-7232
Excellent
74%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Thrasher's French Fries

Reviewed By StillSteppinOut - Frederick, Maryland

It was just after breakfast - too soon for even a mid-morning snack - but the stand was open, the fries were sending out their peanut-oiled aroma, and I just had to stop and get my Thrasher's fix. Salted and vinegared, my wife and I took special care not to lose ANY to the pigeons and gulls hungrily eyeing our treat. It was hot, salty, vinegary, just the way I love them. I was now free to proceed to enjoy Ocean City MD.

6. Longboard Cafe

6701 Coastal Hwy Unit 4, 67th St Town Center, Ocean City, MD 21842-3733 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 52 +1 443-664-5639
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 400 reviews

Longboard Cafe

Surf themed Cafe open for lunch and dinner. Our all-day menu includes gourmet burgers, authentic Baja-style tacos, innovative sandwiches, a unique veggie menu and entree salads. The dinner menu features fresh local seafood, steaks & more. Full bar with a two-for-one happy hour in the off-season from 5 to 6pm. Open 7 days - Mon-Sat open 11am for Lunch and Dinner, open Sunday 10:00am-2pm for Brunch, lunch & dinner.

Reviewed By gnd46gnd - Gap, Pennsylvania

The lump crab cakes and crispy duck were excellent... best duck I ever had. Sauce for the crab cake was a little too hot, so get it on the side. The atmosphere is unique and up-beat. Service is quick and excellent. Menu prices are in the $20-$30's for main courses, and drinks, appetizers, salads, etc. are plus or minus $10 so a couple can expect a bill plus or minus $100. But, it is worth the money!

7. Anthony's Carryout

1608 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-3651 Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +1 410-289-9193
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 261 reviews

Anthony's Carryout

This restaurant is a small place started in 1954. It serves great food from the old car hop/drive in days.... Best roast beef in town, sandwiches that are freshly prepared, fresh cut fries... A little slice of heaven when at the beach!!!

Reviewed By InternationalSuz - Baltimore, Maryland

We have tried multiple carry outs in OC in our decades of being here. Anthony's is by far the best. They use quality meats, and their subs/sandwiches are packed. My favorite is the roast beef sub with cheddar cheese and horseradish sauce. My family loves their cold cut. Anthony's is a little pricey, however I would rather pay more and have a great sub, than pay less and have a mediocre one. We are always sorry when they close for the season!

8. Malia's Cafe

18th Street, Next to Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD 21842 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 443-664-2420
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 233 reviews

Malia's Cafe

Breakfast and lunch Open for the season 2017 vegan and vegetarian options. 18th street ocean side steps off the boardwalk

Reviewed By MEKA54 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

We stumbled across this place when we were looking for something on the boardwalk that is not junk food. The food here is fresh and wonderful. Service is always pleasant and quick. We especially love breakfast - terrific fresh fruit, yummy omelets, great waffles, good home fries and a fabulous bagel, egg, avocado, cream cheese sandwich. The only odd thing is that they serve a cheap imitation syrup instead of real maple syrup--everything else is so good we couldn't understand this oddity. But we still go back almost every day when we're in OC.
For wheelchair users, note that the deck has a ramp, but you have to enter indoor restaurant from the rear, and the restrooms are not accessible. I just make sure to take care of things before I eat here.

9. Sunset Grille

12933 Sunset Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-9289 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +1 410-213-8110
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sunset Grille

Sunset Grille and Teasers Dockside Bar is located waterfront in West Ocean City, Maryland at the Sunset Marina. Open 7 days a week serving lunch and dinner. Enjoy beautiful views of the bay as you dine on fresh fish and seafood. Enjoy outdoor cocktails, happy hour and live entertainment at Teasers Dockside Bar. Groups and parties are welcome. With 3 bars, 2 sitting rooms, 2 dining rooms and an outdoor venue, there is something for everyone.

Reviewed By Carliee C

I love coming here with my friends & family since I’m a local, I love bringing people that haven’t been here before. (Especially when it’s summer, the deck is truly amazing.) My favorite entree is the Chicken Chesapeake, the love their crab dip & guacamole. Their tea is always great tasting.

10. Liquid Assets

9301 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-2647 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Wine Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 17 - SGD 34 +1 410-524-7037
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 942 reviews

Liquid Assets

"Best dinner out experience !!" My favorite place to go out for either just cocktails or dinner. It's an experience like no other. Great concept!! They always have new specials and of course the famous cheese plates... A must try... Anne-Marie M, Ocean City

Reviewed By Megan E

This is our favorite place to go in Ocean City and it never disappoints. The food is always delicious. The drinks are creative and served in the prettiest glasses. They don't take reservations but it's worth the wait. The wagyu beef burger is out of this world!

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