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Phillips Crab House

2004 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-3560
+1 410-289-6821
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good29%
  • Average18%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
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“seafood” (168 reviews)
“crab cakes” (102 reviews)
“crab imperial” (57 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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2004 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-3560
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Reviews (669)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I brought my daughter here for dinner and we had the clam bake for 2 which was awesome! We didn't think we would finish the pot full of lobster and seafood, but it was so fantastic that we even ate the potatoes (also delicious!). Yesterday...More

Thank adrexco
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had dinner at the buffet portion of the restaurant and for the most part it was pretty good. The table is covered in brown paper and they put a bucket on the table to put your scrapings in. Service was good, dirty dishes taken...More

Thank jerrysnj
Reviewed 3 days ago

More seafood offered on this buffet then any other I have been to in OC. I have never seen soft crabs on any buffet. They were not large, but prepared well. Also, they have a pasta bar where everything is made fresh. The price is...More

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 4 days ago

We ate in the restaurant downstairs not upstairs at buffet. Stuffed flounder was incredible. Appetizers were delicious. Meal was very filling.

Thank peggk2016
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

66 out of 100 is what I would give. The crab Minnie's were gummy/pasty. Caesar salad way over dressed. Wine selection ok. Steamed jumbo shrimp good. Service good. $50.00 for a doz crab or $4.50 each (we did not order as they were med size)...More

Thank RaTa6
Reviewed 6 days ago

They advertise all over the island that they serve crabs. Well, what we learned is that 9 out of 10 places do not serve the maryland blue crab. They're all just regular little crabs. Big pain in the butt to open and eat. This place...More

Thank GabiMo66
Reviewed 6 days ago

We've visited Phillips Crab House as a family twice now...the first visit was several years ago and I remember the food being absolutely delicious. When my husband suggested we go again this year as a belated Mother's Day dinner I was happy to go. And...More

Thank Charlotte N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After years of visits to OC ii ate at Phillips...chose the buffet since i was after crabs and crab legs. EXcellent service and food thats much better than standard buffet fare. A bit pricey but decent selection....if some were overcooked...but it IS a buffet. Crabs...More

Thank Fay G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Crab cakes were covered in large chunks of crabmeat, but inside seemed to be all filler. The wedge salad had brown lettuce. Not impressed. Would not go back. For the wait time and price it should be better.More

Thank jilcc
Joanna P, Guest Relations Manager at Phillips Crab House, responded to this review

Jilcc, we're really sorry to hear that we let you down during your recent visit. We do try to pack our crab cakes with lots of large lumps of crab meat, but it sounds like our prep team did not properly work the crab meat...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017

Buffet was very good not only did it have a wide variety of seafood , but various meat choices along with pasta, soups, salads and desert items. Seating can be a slight problem because of so many dinning rooms. We lad a large group and...More

Thank SeniorRW
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Is one person able to get the buffet and another order off the menu? Or must you both get the buffet in order to sit together?
28 August 2016|
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Response from OhioTraveller100 | Reviewed this property |
There is a separate entrance for menu (regular seating) and another for buffet. The buffet is on the second floor and regular seating must be on the first floor. My guess is that you cannot order off the menu on the... More
What price is the buffet
18 August 2016|
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Response from Thechaks | Reviewed this property |
It was $31.99 before 4pm (I believe) and $35.99 after that we went at 330-4 but get there early and we had no wait, but the line gets around the block!
Jareeta K
Can bacon be omitted from one's cobb salad by the customer's request upon arrival at Phillip's if the menu was ordered in advance without any problems if it contains a food allergen?
29 July 2016|
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Response from vlm132 | Reviewed this property |
I would call and ask ... I would think they make it in large batches and add toppings when they do an individual order ... so extras can be added/taken off. The servers always seem to want to go the extra mile to make your... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 35
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Buffet
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
15:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2004 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-3560
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ocean City
  • Phone Number: +1 410-289-6821
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The original Phillips Seafood Restaurant, established in 1956! Known as the most popular dining destination in Ocean City, complete with a traditional a la carte menu, famous all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, and carry out counter for Phillips favorites on the go.