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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
$$ - $$$
#97 of 506 Places to Eat in Ocean City
Recent Reviews
Classic MD Crab House
This place has been here forever it seems. It’s a nice break from the other loud and busy OC scene. It feels nostalgic and the buffet seems pricey but is a good deal if you want to indulge in the...
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No complaints but no wow
September low crowds. Sign in downstairs before going upstairs. Didn’t know and was redirected. Server not to interested. Just basic info then off to the next. Shrimp a bit over cooked. Mini...
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Was worth a try
Went to Phillips buffet with some friends on a Friday evening around 5. There was a brief wait to be seated and service for drinks at the table was prompt. The food layout is a bit confusing and...
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Phillips Crab House

Open Today 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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