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Blu Raw Bar and Restaurant Wins Best of Ocean City: Raw Bar And New Restaurant

Nestled along 24rd street in Ocean City, Maryland, Blu Raw Bar and Restaurant stands as a beacon of culinary excellence, particularly celebrated for its impeccable raw bar offerings. Recently crowned Best of Ocean City: Raw Bar 2024, Blu continues to uphold its reputation as a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike.

A Taste of Blu

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Blu’s famous oyster shooters

Blu Raw Bar and Restaurant, part of the esteemed Taustin Group which includes Ocean City favorites like Embers Rooftop Restaurant and Jay’s Cafe, opened its doors in 2012. However, the Taustin family’s presence in Ocean City spans decades, showcasing their deep-rooted commitment to the local community and culinary scene.

Blu offers a spacious and inviting atmosphere that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor dining. The restaurant features an expansive waterfront courtyard, where patrons can enjoy water views while savoring fresh seafood and refreshing drinks.

The Culinary Experience

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Serving Maryland style crabcakes at Blu.

Blu’s menu is a testament to its dedication to fresh, high-quality seafood. From locally sourced blue crabs to oysters flown in from Canada, Maine, Rhode Island, and Maryland, every dish is crafted with care and expertise. The raw bar at Blu is particularly renowned for its variety and freshness, offering delicacies like Oysters on the Half Shell, including popular varieties such as Great White, Chincoteague, Blue Points, and Wellfleet.

Signature Dishes and Delights

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Blu offers a variety of foods from fish tacos to crab legs.

Among Blu’s most celebrated offerings are its All-You-Can-Eat Blue Crabs, a perennial favorite that draws crowds eager to indulge in Maryland’s iconic crustacean. The restaurant’s Happy Hour menu is another highlight, featuring a selection of appetizers and drinks that perfectly complement a relaxing afternoon or evening by the bay.

Beyond Seafood: A Culinary Adventure

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One of the best sunset views is right here at Blu!

While seafood takes center stage at Blu, the menu also caters to diverse palates with options ranging from Tuna Tacos and Steamed Clams to savory Beef Sliders and Seafood Pasta. Each dish is prepared to perfection, reflecting Blu’s commitment to culinary excellence.

Dining Experience and Special Features

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Tuna poke bowls are a crowd pleaser at Blu.

Blu Raw Bar and Restaurant offers more than just exceptional cuisine; it provides a complete dining experience. The outdoor courtyard boasts a vibrant bar area where patrons can enjoy live music, special events like Nashville Nights with line dancing, and exclusive drink specials featuring Ole Smoky Bourbon. Inside, Blu maintains a cozy ambiance that invites guests to linger over their meals and enjoy attentive service from knowledgeable staff.

Seasonal Operations and Accessibility

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Steamer pots are popular for a summer dinner at Blu.

Blu Raw Bar and Restaurant operates seasonally, typically from Memorial Day through Labor Day with extended weekends, weather depending. During peak season, Blu’s indoor and outdoor dining areas accommodate guests seeking both waterfront views and a welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant also offers convenient parking options, including 7 spaces for boat owners looking to dock on site.

Awards and Recognition

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Blu earns Best of Ocean City: Raw Bar and New Restaurant.

The accolade of Best of Ocean City: Raw Bar 2024 showcases Blu’s commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. But that’s not all! Blu also won this 2024’s Best of Ocean City: New Restaurant Editorial Pick! This recognition is a testament to the restaurant’s ability to consistently deliver exceptional dining experiences, drawing acclaim from both local diners and visitors to Ocean City.

Planning Your Visit to Blu

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Come for the crabs and stay for the sunset here at Blu.

For those planning a visit to Blu Raw Bar and Restaurant, the recommendations are clear: indulge in the All-You-Can-Eat Blue Crabs, explore the diverse raw bar offerings, and savor the ambiance of Ocean City’s premier waterfront dining destination. Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast, a casual diner, or someone seeking a memorable dining experience, Blu promises to exceed expectations with its delectable menu, inviting atmosphere, and commitment to culinary excellence.

Blu Raw Bar and Restaurant has not only captured the essence of Ocean City’s vibrant culinary scene but has also set a standard for raw bar excellence that continues to resonate with patrons year after year. As Ocean City evolves, Blu remains a steadfast fixture, inviting guests to enjoy the best of local seafood in a setting that celebrates the coastal charm of Maryland’s beloved beach town.

Katie Ruskey
Katie Ruskeyhttp://kruskeyauthor.com
Katie Ruskey is a local author, splitting her time between Baltimore and Ocean City. Her debut fiction novel, Marlin Week, was released in August 2022 based on three captains that fish in the infamous White Marlin Open. Her first children's book, The A B Seas of Ocean City, Maryland takes young readers on a tour of OC. For more information on how to purchase her books, visit her website www.kruskeyauthor.com or follow her on IG/FB at Katherine Ruskey Author.

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