6 Ocean City, Maryland Restaurants with Great Outdoor Dining

Looking for a great place to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine while dining in Ocean City, MD? Use this outdoor dining guide to determine which Ocean City restaurant, bar, and hangout is best for you. Ocean City offers plenty of outdoor dining even it the weather isn’t perfect, and with so many waterfront restaurants, there are even tons of options where you can sail right up and dock your boat. Come by boat, by foot or by bike and spend your day sunbathing on an outdoor patio with fruity drinks and delicious apps by your side. 

During the off-season, your options are fewer, but you can still sneak outside for a great meal when the weather breaks.  Check out the year-round options.

people at Seacrets
It’s always a party at Seacrets, at all times of year.

Everyone knows Seacrets! Seacrets has been Ocean City’s biggest nightclub hotspot for years. Indulge in the Caribbean atmosphere inspired by the island of Jamaica. Seacrets is known for both their Jamaican cuisine and American specialty dinners, and there’s enough outdoor seating at Seacrets for 323 people. Try the seasoned Jerk chicken and drink a Red Stripe beer, or their signature Tropicale brewed by Evolution Craft Brewing. Kids can enjoy the Jamaican pizza and a virgin daiquiri. From the tables on the water is a beautiful view of the sunset over the bay, and with over 200 palm trees, on-site you’ll feel like you’re really in the Caribbean. Get there early to avoid the wait!

Longboard Cafe (Open Year-Round)

Green beans at Longboard Cafe Ocean City Md
There is outdoor dining at Longboard which is nice even if it’s raining. There isn’t a water view, but you won’t look at anything but the food here!

The Longboard Cafe is one of the best Ocean City, MD restaurants in our opinion, and the outdoor dining they have is a nice change from their indoor space.  They added vinyl windscreens that protect you from rain and cold weather so it’s a multi-season space.  Located at 6701 Coastal Highway, Longboard’s doesn’t have a great view, but the ambience is nice and you won’t be looking at anything but the award-winning food and beverages — and your friends, of course — at this restaurants.

With a reputation of serving the freshest fish and seafood available, Harpoon Hanna’s is a great restaurant to try.  The outdoor dining, drinking and dancing options keep giving you more reasons to visit this waterfront option just across the Delaware line from Ocean City, MD on your next trip.  

Shrimp Boat


The Shrimp Boat is in West Ocean City and has great seafood and beverages.  You can get your food to go or you can eat either in their restaurant on site – or outdoors at their upgraded dining area.  You are close to the action in West Ocean City and you will love their clams, crabs, crabcakes, shrimp and more.  They also have great specials on beer and mixed beverages!


Enjoy fresh seafood while overlooking the bay at Talbot Street in Ocean City! Indoor seating is available but deck seating seems to be preferred by those who choose the Angler, where you can look out to the bay and under the Route 50 bridge. Offering a variety of fresh fish and seafood, the Angler’s menu is simple and enjoyable. This restaurant even offers a scenic cruise of the Ocean City waterways on their boat of the same name after your dinner.

Shenanigan’s opens on St. Patrick’s Day and stays open through the Fall.  It has a wonderful Irish pub feel inside, but you can also grab a table on the Ocean City Boardwalk, drink a Guinness and watch the people go by.  Their burgers are famous and it’s one of the only places we can think of that carry’s Smithwicks Irish Ale so go for an all Irish Black and Tan next time you want a burger outside!





  1. We’ve eaten at most of these places but none of them come close to the dinner we had at the Sunset Grille. Beautiful place and the meal was phenomenal! Definitely our favorite place to eat in Ocean City!!

  2. This is the perfect guide for me!  I love trying new restaurants and my favorite thing to do is dine outside, especially on the bay.  I have tried Seacrets, Fager’s, Macky’s, and Dead Freddies and so far I have had great experiences at each place.  The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great, and the staff at each restaurant was really nice.  I plan on trying the other restaurants listed in the guide so I can really determine my favorite place to eat outdoors….if that’s even possible. 


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