Ocean City Restaurants
Lots of people list “Dining Out” as one of the best aspects of vacationing. Often being in a new place tempts people to try new foods and to make an effort to expand their culinary cache by getting something they might not be able to get a home. Of course, there’s the flip side as well. Some people call the picky eaters, but they would describe themselves as more discerning. They know what they like and they like what they like. Since Ocean City has millions of visitors, over the decades it has developed one of the most diverse restaurant selections available on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. If it’s summertime you may want to see if reservations are accepted. If it’s not there still are plenty of year round restaurants in Ocean City.
One of Ocean City’s greatest advantages is that its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean as well as the spectacular coastal bays and estuaries provide diners some of the freshest choices around. Add to that a chef culture that emphasizes highlighting the ocean harvest and it’s seafood lover’s heaven.
Clearly, the region is known for seafood and particularly Maryland blue crabs, but there is so much more on offer in most Ocean City restaurants and the surrounding areas that you never need to eat the same dish at the same place when you visit. Unless, of course, that is your thing. While we’re always happy to provide restaurant listings, discount gift certificates to save you 40%, coupons, articles, a guide to local beer, and the Best of Ocean City® winners.
Favorite Ocean City Restaurants
Ocean City restaurants and the eateries in the surrounding area offer all the choices a foodie needs combined with the consistent treasured by those already know what they like.
Ocean City has restaurants as diverse as the people who love to come to this beach destination. Whether you want to make an impression on a first date, celebrate an important event or anniversary or just wander into a place wearing a throw and flip-flops, there’s never a place to go too far away. Here are some of the featured restaurants from all of our categories.
Plan on arriving a little early or staying a little later to take advantage of some of the best brunches in the region. There is something luxurious about dawdling over brunch before reconciling yourself that Sunday afternoon is upon you.
There’s nothing like enjoying a meal at the edge of the water in the afternoon or high above the ocean as the sun sets and the evening begins to cool. Ocean City has restaurants oceanside and bayside that make fantastic food to accompany their breathtaking views.
Whether you’re looking for a little something to put on your stomach before setting out, or a sprawling breakfast fit for a late morning nap, there are plenty of great places all along the spectrum of breakfast delights. While there are no lack of diner-style restaurants there also are plenty of traditional breakfast places as well as coffee shops and more elegant, sit down establishments.
Restaurants by area
In a resort area with so many awesome restaurants from which to choose, sometimes it is easiest to start to narrow your choices by proximity. After all, while sometimes a restaurant is worth the trip, just as often, deciding on a place takes just as long as deciding on a meal.
If you’ve spent the morning on the beach, or walking the boards you may want to grab a quick snack at a local place without having to run back home and dress. Conversely, if you’re looking for great food with iconic views of the boardwalk and inlet there really are no limit to downtown dining opportunities.
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While Downtown has the boards, midtown has the bay and some of the legendary Ocean City eateries. Setting aside the spectacular ocean and bay views, the great atmosphere and the diversity of food choices, it also is a little less congested in midtown Ocean City. That said, there still is great beach access and parking is also a tad easier.
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Things are different in uptown Ocean City. There’s a different kind of vibe and some different commerce with more shopping centers. Inside the shopping centers, though, there are some real gems. Moreover, lots of the big uptown hotels have fantastic restaurants that are not exclusively for guests.
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Restaurants near Ocean City
West Ocean City, Berlin and the Delaware beaches all have their own culinary delights and cultures. Sometimes you want to get away from the Ocean City crowds. If you’re a regular visitor to Ocean City, sometimes you just want to get out and explore the surrounding area. Whatever the case, the restaurants in town near Ocean City are well worth the visit.
Berlin was named America’s Coolest Small Town for a very good reason. After years of redevelopment and a massive branding initiative, Berlin has attracted some of the finest restaurants in the area to its classic Main Street. From the iconic bistros to fine dining choices it is easy to find a great meal in Berlin.
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West-O as it’s often called, is more a region than a city, sprawling around Route 50 Bridge and up toward Assateague, it has plenty of fine destination restaurants and enough fast food to keep the kids from chattering for too long.
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Drive up through North Ocean City into Fenwick and you’re in Delaware. The Delaware beaches are fast becoming known for their boutique restaurants and fashion forward approach to the culinary arts. It isn’t as if the area lacks burger joints, but people looking for a great meal at a reasonable price are a lot less likely to be disappointed in any of the Southern Delaware towns than they were at, say, the turn of the century.