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The Best Restaurants in Ocean City Right Now!

If you are looking for the best restaurants in Ocean City, look no further.  We have mined the polls in the Best of Ocean City® contest to determine the best restaurants in Ocean City.  This contest is nearing the end to determine the best restaurants in Ocean City for 2024. Here we offer you the best restaurant in 17 different categories and you can see which other restaurants are in the running to be the very best. Only you can determine the final list of winners – by voting in the contests.

We all know Ocean City, Maryland, is a haven for beach lovers, thrill-seekers, and, of course, food enthusiasts. Nestled along the scenic shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this coastal gem boasts a culinary landscape as diverse as its stunning vistas. From cozy cafes to upscale waterfront eateries, Ocean City’s dining scene offers something for every palate and occasion. Let’s embark on a gastronomic journey to uncover the best restaurants in Ocean City.

 

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Fish tacos are always good in Ocean City, MD!

The Best Restaurants in Ocean City as of 2/10/24

The votes are coming in and we only have over three months to finalize the winners of the Best of Ocean City® contest.  Our Facebook fans are voting and here are your winners in each of the 17 categories for the best restaurants in Ocean City, MD.  There is still time if you don’t see your favorite listed below.  Just go to our Best of Ocean City voting to voice your opinion.  If you don’t see your favorite restaurant, just add it in the “other” line.  If “other” wins in any of these categories, we will count the votes and determine the winner.  IF you are a restaurant who wants to win a category, just go to our promotion page and start sharing the polls.  A lot can happen in just over 3 months!

Best New Restaurant:  Saltwater 75

The quest for the best restaurants in Ocean City begins with the exploration of its newest culinary additions. These establishments represent the cutting edge of gastronomy, pushing the boundaries of flavor and innovation. Whether it’s a chic bistro serving up artisanal dishes or a trendy gastropub specializing in craft cocktails and small plates, Ocean City’s new restaurants are sure to tantalize taste buds and leave a lasting impression.  As of today, the winner is Saltwater 75 followed closely by The Wedge. Your votes can change these winners!

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Vote for the best new restaurant in Ocean City, MD

The Best Pizza:

No culinary journey through Ocean City would be complete without indulging in a slice of piping hot pizza. From classic New York-style pies to creative gourmet creations, the city’s pizzerias offer a diverse array of options to satisfy even the most discerning pizza connoisseurs. Whether you prefer thin crust or deep dish, traditional toppings or bold flavor combinations, Ocean City’s pizza scene has something for everyone.  Franco’s under the Hyatt at 16th Street is currently #1 followed by Lombardi’s Trattoria in the 94th Street Shopping Center.

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Vote for the Best Pizza in Ocean City, MD

The Best Ice Cream:

When the sun is shining and the temperatures are soaring, there’s nothing quite like a scoop of creamy, indulgent ice cream to cool off and satisfy your sweet tooth. Ocean City’s ice cream parlors are renowned for their rich, flavorful creations made with premium ingredients and artisanal craftsmanship. Whether you’re craving a classic cone, a decadent sundae, or a refreshing milkshake, Ocean City’s ice cream shops are sure to delight.  Dumser’s Dairyland is winning with over 50% of the votes!  Island Creamery in Berlin is a distant second.  What do you think?  

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Vote for the best ice cream in Ocean City, MD

The Best Subs:

For a quick and satisfying meal on the go, Ocean City’s sub shops are a perennial favorite among locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re craving a classic Italian hoagie loaded with deli meats and cheeses or a hearty vegetarian sub piled high with fresh veggies and savory spreads, Ocean City’s sub shops offer an array of options to suit every taste and dietary preference.  Anthony’s Liquor is winning with a significant lead.  Primo Hoagies is second.

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The Best Seafood:

As a coastal town, Ocean City is renowned for its fresh, succulent seafood sourced straight from the Atlantic Ocean. From plump, juicy shrimp to tender, flaky fish, Ocean City’s seafood restaurants are known for their commitment to quality and flavor. Whether you prefer your seafood grilled, fried, or steamed, you’re sure to find a dish that satisfies your cravings and leaves you craving more.  Right now, Harpoon Hanna’s Restaurant and Bar is winning followed by Harrison’s Harbor Watch.

The best seafood restaurant is Harpoon Hanna’s for now. Vote for your favorite to make sure they win the 2024 Best of Ocean City® contest!

The Best Crabs:

No visit to Ocean City would be complete without indulging in Maryland’s most iconic culinary offering: the blue crab. Whether you’re digging into a steaming hot pile of Old Bay-seasoned steamed crabs or savoring a mouthwatering crab cake made with lump crab meat and traditional seasonings, Ocean City’s crab houses are the perfect place to experience the true taste of Maryland.  Right now the Crab Bag is winning, but not by much.  Crabs to go is coming in second.  Vote to determine your favorite.

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Vote for your favorite Ocean City restaurant with crabs.

The Best Crab Cakes:

For seafood lovers craving a taste of Maryland’s culinary heritage, Ocean City’s crab cake restaurants are a must-visit destination. Made with premium lump crab meat, savory seasonings, and just the right amount of binding agent, Ocean City’s crab cakes are renowned for their succulent texture and rich, flavorful taste. Whether you prefer yours fried to golden perfection or broiled to melt-in-your-mouth perfection, you’re sure to find a crab cake that satisfies your cravings and leaves you craving more.  Crabcake Factory is in first, as they usually are, followed by Coins Pub.  

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Vote for the best crab cakes restaurant in Ocean City, MD

The Best Raw Bar:

For aficionados of fresh seafood, Ocean City’s raw bars are a culinary paradise. From briny oysters on the half shell to succulent clams and plump, juicy shrimp, Ocean City’s raw bars offer a tantalizing array of options to suit every taste and preference. Whether you prefer your seafood served cold with a squeeze of lemon or accompanied by zesty cocktail sauce and horseradish, you’re sure to find a dish that satisfies your cravings and leaves you wanting more.  Do you believe Harrison’s Harbor Watch should come in second?

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Vote for the best raw bar in Ocean City, MD!

The Best BBQ:

The best restaurants in Ocean City would be remiss to leave out BBQ.   Whether you’re sinking your teeth into a tender rack of ribs, savoring a succulent pulled pork sandwich, or indulging in a plate of juicy smoked brisket, Ocean City’s barbecue joints offer a mouthwatering array of options to satisfy every carnivorous craving.

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Here are the current winners for the best BBQ in Ocean City, MD.

The Best Waterfront Dining:

For those seeking a dining experience with the best view, check out the best restaurants in Ocean City with an ocean or bay view. Whether you’re sipping cocktails on a breezy outdoor patio overlooking the bay or enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with panoramic ocean views, Ocean City’s waterfront eateries offer a dining experience that’s as unforgettable as it is delicious.  Do you love Spain and the Angler?  They need your votes to move up in the rankings.  If you haven’t been to the Angler, you can also buy discounted gift certificates so you can try it at 40% off.

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There are many options for waterfront dining, but these are the best so far for 2024.

Best Wings:

When it comes to finger-licking good food, Ocean City’s wing joints are a force to be reckoned with. Whether you prefer your wings mild and tangy or hot and spicy, Ocean City’s wing spots offer a tantalizing array of flavors to suit every taste and preference. From classic buffalo wings to creative gourmet concoctions, Ocean City’s wing joints are sure to satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more.

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Here are the current fan favorites for wings in Ocean City, MD.

Best Breakfast:

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Ocean City’s breakfast spots certainly deliver. Whether you’re craving fluffy pancakes, crispy bacon, or a hearty omelet stuffed with your favorite fillings, Ocean City’s breakfast joints offer a delicious array of options to start your day off right.

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Breakfast is a big thing in Ocean City. What’s your favorite spot for breakfast?

Best Brunch:

For those lazy weekends when breakfast blends into lunch, Ocean City’s best brunch spots are the perfect destination. Whether you’re craving savory eggs Benedict, indulgent French toast, or refreshing mimosas, Ocean City’s brunch spots offer a mouthwatering array of options to satisfy every craving and leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed.

Not that many people seem to serve Bruch these days. Here are the winners.

Best Restaurant for Dining Restrictions:

Inclusive dining experiences are paramount, and Ocean City’s best restaurants for dining restrictions ensure that everyone can enjoy a delicious meal regardless of dietary preferences or restrictions. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or following a specific diet plan, Ocean City’s inclusive eateries offer a diverse array of options to suit every taste and preference.

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If you have allergies or other dietary restrictions, then these are the restaurants for you.

Best Mexican Food:

For those craving the bold flavors of Mexico, Ocean City’s Mexican restaurants are the perfect choice. Whether you’re digging into a plate of sizzling fajitas, savoring a spicy bowl of chili con carne, or indulging in a cheesy quesadilla loaded with your favorite fillings, Ocean City’s Mexican spots offer a delicious array of options to satisfy every craving.

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There many great options for Mexican food in Ocean City.

Best Italian Food:

When it comes to classic comfort food, Ocean City’s Italian restaurants know how to deliver. Whether you’re craving a hearty plate of spaghetti and meatballs, a cheesy slice of pizza, or a decadent tiramisu for dessert, Ocean City’s Italian spots offer a delicious array of options to satisfy every craving and leave you feeling satisfied and content.

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There are some great Italian restaurants in Ocean City. What’s your favorite?

Best Asian Food:

For those craving the exotic flavors of the Far East, Ocean City’s Asian restaurants are the perfect choice. Whether you’re indulging in a plate of savory pad Thai, savoring a bowl of comforting ramen, or sampling a selection of delicate sushi rolls, Ocean City’s Asian spots offer a delicious array of options to satisfy

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From sushi to pad Thai, which restaurant serves your favorite food?
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Ann has been with StateVentures since 1999. She moved from Annapolis to Berlin, MD to be closer to Ocean City. She splits her work week between the two locations to help clients and visitors get the best information and value out of our sites. She loves a camera and any excuse to use it.  Her kids are both grown and off adventuring.  Ann loves to travel with her kids and lives with her dog Marley when she's not in Virginia fishing.

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