Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Lower Eastern Shore

From the Beach to the Bay

Crisfield, at the southern end of the byway, is famous for its seafood, water trails and annual Hard Crab Derby.

Eastern Shore

Places along the way

1
Beach to Bay Seafood
12138 Carol Ln
Princess Anne, MD 21853

2
Captain Tyler's Crab House
923 Spruce St
Crisfield, MD 21817

3
Drum Point Market
21162 Center St
Tylerton, MD 21866

4
Eddie Evans Seafood
20888 Caleb Jones Rd & Whitelock Rd
Tylerton, MD 21866

5
Linton's Seafood
4500 Crisfield Hwy
Crisfield, MD 21817

6
Lmen Seafood
4125 Azalea Ln
Crisfield, MD 21817

7
MeTompkin Bay Oyster Co.
101 Eleventh St
Crisfield, MD 21817

8
The Hide Away Grill
25763 Rumbley Rd
Westover, MD 21871

9
1 Fish 2 Fish
1019 Eastern Shore Dr
Salisbury, MD 21804

10
Buster's Seafood Grill
1210 Nanticoke Rd
Salisbury, MD 21801

11
Market Street Inn
130 W Market St
Salisbury, MD 21801

12
Skip Jacks Seafood
1204 Old Ocean City Rd
Salisbury, MD 21804

13
The Red Roost
2670 Clara Rd
Tyaskin, MD 21865

14
Assateague Crab House
7635 Stephen Decatur Hwy
Berlin, MD 21811

15
Best Crabs
14203 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

16
Blu Crabhouse Raw Bar
2305 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842

17
Bourbon Street on the Beach
11604 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

18
Buddy's Crabs & Ribs-Ocean City
221 Wicomico St
Ocean City, MD 21842

19
Bull on the Beach-2nd Street
211 Atlantic Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842

20
Coins Pub & Restaurant
2820 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

21
Crab Alley
9703 Golf Course Rd
Ocean City, MD 21842

22
Crab Bag
13005 Coastl Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

23
Crab Stop
1511 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842

24
Crabs To Go
11247 Ocean Gtwy
Berlin, MD 21811

25
Crush-N-Crab
525 S. Main St
Berlin, MD 21811

26
Elliott's Seafood
20922 Adkins Rd
Berlin, MD 21811

27
Embers Restaurant
2305 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842

28
Fins Ale House & Raw Bar
119 North Main St
Berlin, MD 21811

29
Full Moon Saloon
12702 Old Bridge Rd
Ocean City, MD 21842

30
Grove Market
12402 Saint Martin's Neck Rd
Bishopville, MD 21813

31
Hammerhead's Bar & Grille
913 Atlantic Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842

32
Harborside Bar & Grill
12841 Harbor Rd
Ocean City, MD 21842

33
Harrison's Harborwatch Restaurant
806 S. Atlantic Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842

34
Higgins Crab House-Ocean City
12801 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

35
Hooper's Crab House
12913 Ocean Gateway, West
Ocean City, MD 21842

36
Marina Deck Resturant
306 Dorcester St
Ocean City, MD 21842

37
Martin Fish Co.
12929 Harbor Rd
Ocean City, MD 21842

38
Ocean Highway Seafood and Produce
7329 Ocean Hwy
Pocomoke City, MD 21851

39
OCM Crabs
7111 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

40
On the Bay Seafood
4204 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

41
PGN Crab House
2906 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842

42
Phillips Seafood-Ocean City
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842

43
Rippons Seafood
11911 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

44
Seacrets
117 W. 49th St
Ocean City, MD 21842

45
Shrimp Boat
9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

46
Sneaky Pete's
12913 Ocean Gtwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

47
The Angler Restaurant
312 Talbot St
Ocean City, MD 21842

48
The Crabby Pig at the Beach
12601 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

49
Victoria's Seafood & Crabs
8006 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

50
Waterman's Seafood Co.
12505 Ocean Gtwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

51
The Crab Place
504 Maryland Ave
Crisfield, MD 21817

Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore is known for its traditional watermen culture, where locals rise with the sun and work the waters to bring in the day’s catch.  Nestled between the vast, blue Chesapeake and the white, sandy beaches of the Atlantic, a tapestry of farms, woodlands, rivers and marshes paint an unparalleled landscape picture.

Among the wide open spaces, watermen villages and towns, like Deal Island, Crisfield, Princess Anne, Pocomoke City and Berlin, dot the countryside and provide a variety of places to pick crabs, slurp oysters and sample seafood dishes. 

Crisfield is especially known for its softshell crabs, which are most abundant in the early summer. The crabs molt (shed their shells) in the shallow grass beds in the bay close to land. When the watermen’s boats come to the docks, look to see if you can tell the difference between the live hard crabs and soft shell crabs. Then head to Captain Tyler’s Crab House or Linton’s Crab House to taste them fresh.

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The beach and dock at Crisfield are a fun place for a photo op

Photo By: Clark Vandergrift, OTD

Salisbury is an inland city that boasts plenty of fun things to see and do, including the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and the Salisbury Zoo. Evolution Craft Brewery is a favorite local hangout, which also serves raw oysters and other seasonal grub.

Head for the beach to soak up the sun with a trip to Ocean City, where there’s an abundance of seafood restaurants sure to please, from the quirky and casual to the fancy and fine. What’s better than a crab feast at the end of a day in the salt, sand and surf?  For the nature lover, nearby Assateague Island is a popular place to relax on the beach, walk trails among the dunes and sight wild ponies.

Museums, Festivals, and Events

Maryland serves up a diverse menu of seafood festivals, crab derbies and waterfront attractions. Explore maritime museums to discover what it was like to be a waterman in decades past. Try your hand at tonging or running a trotline, when you spend the day on a watermen’s heritage tour. See the unparalleled majestic beauty of a skipjack or log canoe race, both traditional watermen’s boats. Catch all the Chesapeake has to offer!

See more of the Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail.

Wild ponies are regularly sighted on Assateague Island.

Photo By: Frank Forgione

Maryland Lore

Soft shell crabs are the same species as the “hard crabs,” but they have recently shed their shells after outgrowing them. The new shell is papery thin as it first forms.

Photo By: Sophie Mac

Trails in this Region

Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Middle Eastern Shore
Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Upper Eastern Shore