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Reviewed 21 September 2021

I know this place gets mixed reviews. We stayed very close to Browns this summer, so got their doughnuts a few times during our stay. I can't comment on the other food as I never tried it. The doughnut line gets incredibly long. I wouldn't...wait more than 15 min, but if you time it right, the doughnuts are worth a stop. You won't find an extensive menu with creative doughnut flavors here. No gobs of icing on top. There are others places in OC for that. But what you will find are classic, hot from the oven doughnuts in a handful of flavors. If you crave a more simple doughnut, check it out!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 14 July 2021

Recently had a nice breakfast here with my sister and niece. My sister and I enjoyed the Brown's Special - very delish and my niece got the Oatmeal. Of course we had to get donuts to go. Thanks for a nice experience. Our waitress was...so great, even during a crazy busy summer morning.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 July 2021 via mobile

My grandson and I went for breakfast thinking the crowds were telling us something. They were wrong. What we found was a type of cult following eating there. Basically if you grew up on Browns you like Browns. We found the food very basic, coffee...was not good, tasted burned, omelet was under cooked, french toast lacked flavor. Service was good. The only saving grace were the donuts, they were fresh and warm. There are better breakfast places throughout Ocean City.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 12 June 2021

What better way to spend a 42nd wedding Anniversary than to have Breakfast and Donuts at Brown's. Tradition! Good food and friendship. The staff is friendly and accommodating! The food is top notch! My favorite is the cinnamon donut!

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 17 September 2020

My review is called cash & coin because 1) they only accept cash and 2) we found a nickel in the cup of fries from our lunch order. How it ended up there I have no idea, but it's perhaps the restaurant is a little...overwhelmed by the crowds and it accidentally slipped in. Speaking of overwhelming, get there early for the donuts. We tried twice to buy their almost famous donuts. However, the first time, the kids were with me and they get whiny in long lines. The next day, I went there at 7 in the morning and the line for the donuts stretched all the way to the first aid station. They're good though. Hot and fresh and made in six different styles. At $1 a donut, it's a nice deal (with quantity discounts). But it's cash only. The other knock is the transition from breakfast to lunch. The sign says that they start serving lunch at 11:30, but I wasn't able to order lunch until noon. There were too many breakfast patrons to begin the switch over to lunch. So I ended up stopping in person twice and then placing my order over the phone (three total attempts). I guess these are things you have to deal with when a restaurant is so popular (except the nickel thing, I still don't get it). As for the food, my family really enjoyed it. They are very mindful that takeout orders are likely going to end up on the beach. Most items are packed in wax sleeves, so they're sand resistant. My wife really liked the burger and I got one with a slice of pork roll. There's a good number of pork roll options for breakfast and they offer a pork roll burger as well. Pork roll, a south Jersey staple, makes everything better! Prices are very reasonable for boardwalk food. If you go, be prepared to wait. It's definitely worth it. Just be sure to check for loose change.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 15 September 2020

My family plans our arrival to make sure when we go to OC, we can go directly to Brown's. We have gone to 5-star, written about places like Federal Donuts, but they pale compared to Brown's. We are lifetime customers!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 13 September 2020 via mobile

The warm, fresh donuts are excellent and some of the best in OC. Unfortunately this is where it ends. Working in healthcare I am hyper vigilant about COVID and cross contamination. I was bummed to see all line cooks preparing food without masks. Also I...don’t remember them serving fake bacon- the kind you get in chain hotels where free breakfast are served. Stick with the donuts!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 11 August 2020 via mobile

No masks on any of the 6-7 men cooking right out in the open, while waitstaff women are masked. Outdoor and take-out line. Some in line not masked, some masked. The donut guys are masked. So from the front, the place is following the rules...set up by Governor. In the open kitchen behind the counter, no one is masked at all. So what’s the purpose of distancing and mask-wearing waitstaff?More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 29 July 2020 via mobile

Browns is a classic Ocean City establishment. Right on the boardwalk, looking out onto the beautiful ocean, watching the world go by. It’s a perfect “greasy spoon” breakfast joint that is a great option for the boardwalk. Don’t leave without getting the donuts!

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 16 July 2020 via mobile

Great food at the end of the boardwalk but still in the sand. They wiped our table down and disinfected our menus.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Jane C
15 September 2017|
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Response from Anita E | Reviewed this property |
No. This restaurant closes in September as far as I know, then opens on weekends in the late Spring.
Lisa C
30 May 2017|
Response from Anita E | Reviewed this property |
Brown's is not "open all day". They are a breakfast venue. I suggest, you stop by via bike or while walking the north end of the boardwalk in the early morning. Most likely, there is a lineup at the donut window. You can ask... More
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Yes, Brown's Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Brown's Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4