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All You Can Eat, Gluten Free Menu Items, Seafood, Steaks/Steakhouse, Steamed Crabs

Dining Options

Accommodates Groups, Buffet, Kid Friendly

Meal Types

Lunch, Dinner
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
$$ - $$$
#78 of 417 Places to Eat in Ocean City
Travelers Choice 2021
Recent Reviews
Crab Cakes Nearly Good
We go for crab cakes. One can tell that there is a shortage of crabs: some of the lumps have dissipated at Phillips! The decor is the highlight as well as they are open in off season. Love the many...
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Delicious Buffet
I've been to three Phillips restaurant locations and this one by far was the best. The food was incredible. They have wonderful well prepared dishes for seafood lovers as well as items for the land...
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Mixed results
Six family members on a cold, dark, rainy night. We were made to wait outside when a large, empty lobby was inside the front doors. Fried chicken, crab cakes, sandwiches that mostly received...
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Phillips Crab House

Thursday & Friday 4-9pm
Saturday 3:30-9pm
2004 North Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 289-6821


My family started in the seafood business along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay around the turn of the century with my grandfather’s crab processing plant, A.E. Phillips & Son. In 1956 my parents, Brice and Shirley Phillips, along with my brother Jeffrey and me, moved to Ocean City, Maryland. It was there that we opened a small carryout restaurant called Phillips Crab House as a way of selling excess crabs from my grandfather’s plant. Business grew quickly and the once small carryout grew into a two-story restaurant seating 1400. No matter how much time goes by, I can still remember our early days when my brother and I would help Dad steam crabs, taste Mom’s new recipes or sit on the front steps proudly calling in that another guest was coming for dinner.

Over the past 50 years we have grown our company by leaps and bounds, both within our Mid-Atlantic home base and along the East Coast by holding fast to these simple principles: serve the freshest, finest seafood available, provide outstanding service, and create a memorable dining experience for our guests.

Mom, Dad, Jeff, and I see nothing but continued success in our future with the help of our devoted management and staff.

Thank you for dining with us.
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