Ocean City restaurants

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When WTOP staffers are not reporting on the latest news, traffic and weather, chances are, you can find them at the beach — likely with a crabcake sandwich in hand.

Over the years, many employees inside the Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center have become experts at navigating the best crab shacks, burger joints and dive bars at the beach. Below are our recommendations on where to grab a great bite of food when you need a break from the surf.

Marlin Moon reopened in Ocean City during the middle of last summer, finding a new home inside the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on 33rd Street. (WTOP/John Domen)
Marlin Moon
3301 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, Maryland

Marlin Moon reopened in Ocean City during the middle of last summer, finding a new home inside the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on 33rd Street. Before that, owner Gary Beach ran his restaurant in West Ocean City for many years before moving it to Florida for a spell. Now he’s back in OC, and his restaurant was nominated for Best New Restaurant in the state of Maryland last year. “It’s the freshest seafood prepared simply and interestingly,” said Beach.

– John Domen

The Bayside Skillet
7701 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 

The Bayside Skillet calls itself “the crepe and omelet place” in Ocean City, Maryland. There’s a strawberry theme throughout the restaurant, and the portions are quite large and worth sharing. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

Rosenfeld's Jewish Delicatessen
6301 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland (Google Street View)
Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen
6301 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 

This casual Jewish deli is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. This year, the eatery opened a new location in Rehoboth Beach. (Google Street View)

The Shark has a legion of fans who flock to the harbor-side restaurant for fresh and innovative cuisine. The menu is filled with goodies such as blowfish 'n chips, stuffed soft shell crab and seared golden tilefish. (Courtesy The Shark)
The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant
12924 Sunset Ave. West Ocean City 

You wrote in, and we listened. The Shark has a legion of fans who flock to the harbor-side restaurant for fresh and innovative cuisine. The menu is filled with goodies such as blowfish ‘n chips, stuffed soft shell crab and seared golden tilefish.

Fenwick, Delaware resident Pat Wood tells WTOP’s Megan Cloherty, “That is my favorite, favorite restaurant because they have natural, good food.” (Photo courtesy The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant)

Liquid Assets
9301 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 

“Liquid Assets is not only a great restaurant because it is in a liquor store and wine cellar, the burger was actually noted as one of the best by Condé Nast Traveler,” said WTOP’s Stephanie Flax. (Thinkstock)

The famous "orange crush" drink was invested at Harborside Grille in West Ocean City. (WTOP/John Domen)
Harborside Bar & Grill
12841 Harbor Rd., Ocean City, Maryland

The famous “orange crush” drink was invented at Harborside Grill in West Ocean City. Order one to wash down the restaurant’s crab dip, steamed shrimp, soft shell sandwich and more. (WTOP/John Domen)

Red Red Wine
12 48th St., Ocean City, Maryland 

Relatively new to Ocean City, this charming Annapolis-based wine bar serves more than 30 wines by the glass, plus coastal cuisine and pizza. (WTOP/John Domen)

Dry 85
12 48th St., Ocean City, Maryland  From the same husband-and-wife team as Red Red Wine — and right next door — is Dry 85, a speakeasy-style atmosphere that serves up craft cocktails and comfort food (plus a bacon brunch). (WTOP/John Domen)
de Lazy Lizard
305 N. 1st St., Ocean City, Maryland 

Dining out with kids? This is a great place to take them — there’s even a playground on the premises (plus, a tiki bar and waterfront dining for the adults).

 

 

Hooked
8003 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 

Hooked is a favorite of WTOP’s Shawn Anderson — especially when it comes to local seafood. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

Fin City Brewing and Hooper’s Crab House
12913 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, Maryland

Crabs and craft beer? What could be better? (WTOP/John Domen)

Fager’s Island
201 60th St, Ocean City, Maryland 

Shawn Anderson also recommends Fager’s Island Restaurant for “terrific steaks and prime rib.” (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

Tequila Mockingbird
12919 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 

The name says it all: There are more than 100 tequilas (and a good selection of mezcal) at this Ocean City joint. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

 

 

 

Backshore Brewing
913 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, Maryland 

A brew with a view: This beach side brewpub serves craft beer, pizza, burgers and other bar favorites. (WTOP/John Domen)

<a href="http://bjsonthewater.com/our-menu/"><strong>BJ's on the Water</strong></a>
<em>115 75th St, Ocean City, Maryland </em>

WTOP's Julia Ziegler says BJ's has great views of the bay, free popcorn at the bar and live music. Her go-to order is the seafood skins, which she describes as "a great mix of potato skins and seafood salad, topped with cheese. You won’t regret it!" (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
BJ’s on the Water
115 75th St, Ocean City, Maryland 

WTOP’s Julia Ziegler said BJ’s has great views of the bay, free popcorn at the bar and live music. Her go-to order is the seafood skins, which she describes as “a great mix of potato skins and seafood salad, topped with cheese. You won’t regret it!” (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

Trattoria Lombardi’s
9203 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 

“What Vince Lombardi was to football, this Lombardi is to pizza,” said WTOP’s John Domen.

Crabcake Factory
12000 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland “The crabcakes are outstanding, naturally. The breakfast and bloody mary menu will have you showing up for an early start,” said WTOP’s John Domen. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Barn 34
3400 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 

This family-owned, neighborhood spot is known for its seafood.

General’s Kitchen
6601 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 
General’s Kitchen is a popular diner, known for its creamed chipped beef. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Mother’s Cantina
2810 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, Maryland

The recommendation for this Tex-Mex joint comes straight from WTOP Program Director Mike McMearty.

In this May 30, 2014 picture, Wallie Leung, back left, and his wife Jenny eat an order of crabs at Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Assateague Crab House
7645 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Berlin, Maryland 

WTOP’s Jason Fraley recommends this Berlin, Maryland, crab house. (AP Photo)

Café Mirage
12817 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Maryland

WTOP’s Colleen Kelleher puts this Montego Bay Shopping Center restaurant at the top of her list. The menu has everything from salads and sandwiches to dinner plates, such as large grilled shrimp with panko-coated grits and chorizo. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

Malia’s Cafe
1800 Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD
This cute cafe serves a mean breakfast. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Photo of Dumser’s Dairyland
Dumser’s Dairyland
Multiple locations 

“What kid doesn’t go there and get ice cream all over his face? There’s a reason it’s been there for decades,” said WTOP’s John Domen. (WTOP/John Domen)

The Hobbit
121 81st St #101, Ocean City, Maryland  For bay-front fine dining, WTOP’s Jack Taylor heads to The Hobbit. (WTOP/John Domen)
Sunset Grille
12933 Sunset Ave, Ocean City, Maryland 
Sunset Grille is a waterfront dining destination in West Ocean City. The menu is heavy on surf and turf classics. (WTOP/John Domen)
Ropewalk
8203 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 
If you don’t mind waiting for a table, WTOP’s Diane Pelton said go to Ropewalk at 83rd in Ocean City. The open-air, waterfront restaurant has entertainment for adults and kids. (WTOP/John Domen)
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Marlin Moon reopened in Ocean City during the middle of last summer, finding a new home inside the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on 33rd Street. (WTOP/John Domen)
Rosenfeld's Jewish Delicatessen
6301 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland (Google Street View)
The Shark has a legion of fans who flock to the harbor-side restaurant for fresh and innovative cuisine. The menu is filled with goodies such as blowfish 'n chips, stuffed soft shell crab and seared golden tilefish. (Courtesy The Shark)
The famous "orange crush" drink was invested at Harborside Grille in West Ocean City. (WTOP/John Domen)
<a href="http://bjsonthewater.com/our-menu/"><strong>BJ's on the Water</strong></a>
<em>115 75th St, Ocean City, Maryland </em>

WTOP's Julia Ziegler says BJ's has great views of the bay, free popcorn at the bar and live music. Her go-to order is the seafood skins, which she describes as "a great mix of potato skins and seafood salad, topped with cheese. You won’t regret it!" (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
In this May 30, 2014 picture, Wallie Leung, back left, and his wife Jenny eat an order of crabs at Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Photo of Dumser’s Dairyland


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