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Great Places to Eat Maryland Blue Crab

By Kathy Walsh

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Get the crabs piled high on your plate, and pass the Old Bay!
Crabs at Crab Claw, St. Michaels
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Maryland Blue Crab
Maryland Blue Crab

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Maryland Blue Crabs are on every visitor’s must-eat list. Here are some top spots for delicious steamed crab, crab cakes and crab soup.

Seafood by the Shore in Ocean City

In the state’s largest beach town, you can get your crab fix at famed Phillips Ocean City Crab House. Order traditional Maryland steamed hard-shell crabs or other fare from the all-you-can-eat seafood buffet menu. In West Ocean City at Hooper's Crab House, try the crab soups, crab cakes or the raw bar.

Annapolis Crab Feasts 

No visit to the state capital would be complete without a meal at one of its spectacular seafood restaurants. Cantler’s Riverside Inn is a favorite among  the locals.  North Boat, drive or walk to Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs, located on the banks of the Severn River. In nearby Riva, get your crab fix at Mike’s Crab House while watching passing sailboats from the waterfront deck. Or, head north to Pasadena and taste the crab dishes at Mike’s Crab House North.

Blue Crabs in Greater Baltimore

If you’re lucky, you might spot a local celeb eating crabs and a delicious Greek salad at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Dundalk. Closer to downtown, Bo Brooks serves up steamed crabs on the waterfront in Canton. In Fells Point, check out Captain James Seafood Palace. They call it a palace, but this Baltimore institution is actually built to resemble a boat. In Essex, try a deep-fried crab at Mr. Bill’s Terrace Inn — dozens of big screens make Mr. Bill’s a great place for seafood and Sunday football. Cap off your crab-stravaganza at CJ's Crabhouse & Grill in Owings Mills with one of their famous desserts. 

Eat-In or Carry-Out Crabtastic Maryland Meals

Owned by a former waterman, Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant in Perry Hall offers eat-in crab meals while other locations provide take-out crab fare. Locals and visitors love Woody’s Crab House in the waterfront town of North East. Western Maryland may be away from the Bay, but it still has great crabs: The Crabby Pig at Canal Place in Cumberland is a popular dine-in spot and Frederick’s West Pointe Crab House lets you carry its delicious seafood out.

Maryland Crab Cakes

It’s impossible to do a full list of great crabcakes in Maryland—we’d run out of space on the internet—but here are a few spots to get you started. Head to Koco’s Pub in Baltimore, G&M Restaurant & Lounge in Linthicum Heights, Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis and Faidley’s Seafood in Baltimore’s iconic Lexington Market. Or, sample the crab cakes at Costas Inn—Kathie Lee and Hoda from the "Today" show love them!

 See many more crab houses and  seafood hot-spots in Maryland.

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Phillips by the Sea
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Location:
1301 Atlantic Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842
Phillips Seafood-Ocean City
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Location:
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842
Inside Buddy's Crabs & Ribs
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Location:
100 Main St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Mike's Crab House exterior view
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Location:
3030 Old Riva Rd
Riva, MD 21140
Jimmy's Famous Seafood logo
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Location:
6526 Holabird Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
Steamed crabs
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Location:
2780 Lighthouse Point
Baltimore, MD 21224
Crabs at CJ's Crabhouse & Grill
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Location:
10117 Reisterstown Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Crab cakes
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Location:
1720 E. Joppa Rd
Parkville, MD 21234
Price's Seafood & Crabhouse
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Location:
654 Water St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
The Crabby Pig at Canal Place
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Location:
14 Howard Str., Bldg. A-1
Cumberland, MD 21502
Boatyard Bar & Grill
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Location:
400 Fourth St
Annapolis, MD 21403
Fishmonger at Lexington Market
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Location:
400 W Lexington St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Packaged Oysters
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Location:
2500 Old House Point Rd
Fishing Creek, MD 21634
Cantler's Riverside Inn logo
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Location:
458 Forest Beach Rd
Annapolis, MD 21401
Boat-like exterior of Captain James
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Location:
2127 Boston St
Baltimore, MD 21231
Steamed crabs
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Location:
200 Eastern Blvd
Essex, MD 21221
Oyster platter
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Location:
29 South Main St
North East, MD 21901
Steamed crabs
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Location:
1440 W. Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21702
Exterior painted building of Koco's Pub
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Location:
4301 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
Crabcake platter
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Location:
804 N Hammonds Ferry Rr
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Famous for Crab Cakes, Costa's Inn offers a full menu of delicious options.
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Location:
4100 North Point Blvd.
Dundalk, MD 21222
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