Best Restaurants in Ocean City, MD for Outdoor Dining and Carryout

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Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining and Carryout in Ocean City MD

For outdoor dining in Ocean City, MD, here are the top 5 restaurant reviews and tips for fine dining restaurants and three casual restaurants for breakfast and lunch that offer carry-out or delivery in addition to normal dining.

For the best restaurants in Ocean City, I researched them using TripAdvisor, Open Table, Yelp, and combed through dozens upon dozens of reviews and checked out their websites. Not only did we want a fine dining experience in Ocean City, but also places with outside dining due to COVID-19. A few restaurants, I ruled out:

  • Fager’s Island – seemed the quality had gone down, bad service experiences, and restaurant personnel not wearing masks
  • Harrison’s Harbor Watch – incredible sunset views over the water but food quality and service experience did not seem to match the high prices
  • Restaurante Antipasti – just did not feel like having Italian at the beach

5 Best Outdoor Restaurants in Ocean City

In order of preference, here are the top 5 best restaurants with outdoor dining in Ocean City, MD. Click on the links to read my reviews.

  1. The Hobbit – bay water view and a level above in fine dining experiences for food and service
  2. Longboard Cafe – Good variety for seafood and steak
  3. Cafe Mirage – family owned, small restaurant – simple food at honest prices
  4. Sunset Grille – view of the marina – Tuna Mignon is our favorite but not a lot of other choices for us.
  5. Seacrets – I had heard about this place for years, and it was a short walk from our hotels, Aloft. and Hampton Inn. This could go under Casual Restaurants as well since it has a beachy casual atmosphere.

3 Casual Restaurants for Breakfast or Lunch

For breakfast and lunch, I recommend The General’s Kitchen, Real Raw Organics, and Buona Vita Pizzeria. I included short reviews below. The links take you to their websites.

Creamed Chipped Beef from the General's Kitchen
Creamed Chipped Beef in a Carry Out Container from the General’s Kitchen
  • The General’s Kitchen ($) – breakfast for the chipped beef and gravy, open for lunch
    • For 30 years, I have fondly remembered the General’s Kitchen for their Creamed Chipped Beef and now after finally coming back, it is still as great as ever! It comes with two biscuits or toast and hash browns or grits. It is not salty or peppery and the flavor is delicious. The beef itself is very tiny, so don’t expect big pieces in your breakfast. My husband had the omelet.
    • There is no outside dining, only dine-in, so we got our food carry-out. It kept its heat for the short ride back to the hotel.
    • Dine-in (no outside dining), delivery, carry-out
    • 6601 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD Phone: (410) 723-0477 – Call to see when they are open.
Turkey Avocado Sandwich from Real Raw Organics
Turkey Avocado Sandwich from Real Raw Organics
  • Real Raw Organics ($$)- Organic, healthy breakfast, lunch – sandwiches, smoothies kombucha made in-house
    • Best kombucha I have had – not too tart. I tried Guava, Matcha Honey Lime, and Pomegranate Hibiscus. Bring back your jar for a $1 discount refill on the kombuchas on tap.
    • We had the Coconut Curry Hummus plate, Tempeh Reuben, and Turkey and Avocado sandwich. If you get the Reuben as carry-out, I recommend you get the sauerkraut put separately since it made my bread soggy by the time I got back to the hotel. It was on nice thick Ezekiel bread, so the sandwich still held together. The Turkey and Avocado sandwich looked so beautiful; I got it the next time we were in town. Fresh and good!. The sandwiches came with a choice of blue corn chips, quinoa chips, white cheddar puffs or salted popcorn. The tacos come in four flavors: tempeh (spicy Asian or teriyaki with black beans), black bean, avocado). One or two are enough depending on how hungry you are.
    • Dine-in (no outside dining), delivery, carry-out (call or text)
    • Parking lot very tiny in front of building
    • Walking distance to Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites – two blocks away
    • 3406 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD Phone: (443) 783-5374
  • Stowaway Grand Pizzeria aka Buona Vita Pizzeria ($)- located on the boardwalk under the Grand Hotel, delicious hand-tossed, made to order pizza.
    • Really good flavor and dough for their pizza. Best pizza we have had in a while. The boardwalk sign says Stowaway Grand Pizzeria but the side entrance says Buona Vita Pizzeria.
    • Dine-in, outside seating, carry-out
    • 2100 Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD Phone: (410) 289-6191

Best Restaurants in Ocean City MD for Fine Dining

Iceberg Wedge Salad with Balsamic Glaze at Hobbit
Half of the Iceberg Wedge Salad with Balsamic Glaze at the Hobbit

The Hobbit Restaurant Review

The Hobbit is a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Assawoman Bay and marsh, perfect for a romantic dinner or celebration. It serves creative and seasonal cuisine in an elegant atmosphere 7 days a week. It is our favorite fine dining restaurant in Ocean City.

The indoor dining area looked elegant and romantic with the white tablecloths and modern, tasteful décor featuring soaring windows providing a panoramic view of the bay. The booths had plastic dividers between them.

The outdoor dining area is on the balcony with tall tables and chairs, like bar tables. My only complaint is that my feet rest on a rung in the chair and don’t reach the floor, so it makes moving your chair closer to the table a difficult affair. The view of the bay and the condominium’s swimming pool is gorgeous. Dress in layers or bring a jacket, since it can get chilly at night. If you can get a table before sunset, it is the best.

Outdoor dining at the hobbit - a beautiful view of the marsh and bay
The Hobbit Outside Dining on the Balcony with a View of the Marsh and Bay

For the appetizer, my husband and I shared an iceberg wedge salad with blue cheese. They split on the salad for us on separate plates, and it came tastefully draped with its vegetables and balsamic glaze. It was fresh and had a wonderful bursts of flavors.

Smoked gouda pierogies at the Hobbit
Smoked gouda pierogis with bacon and sauerkraut

In the Fall, I had the Smoked Gouda Pierogis with bacon, red sauerkraut and fried apples which was delicious, not too heavy or smoky. In the Summer, I had the Smoked Cheddar Pierogis with smoked cheddar, fried garlic and caramelized onions and a poppy seed, bacon, apple butter, sour cream and chive dressing. It is served with red sauerkraut, fried onion and sautéed apples with a beurre blanc sauce. It is available as a vegetarian option without the bacon. It seems they rotate the cheese filling for the pierogis but the sauce stays the same. I had it without the bacon, and the dish was lighter and I could taste the flavors more easily without the stronger bacon flavor.

Fresh Salmon at the Hobbit
Fresh Salmon and Rice at the Hobbit

My husband had a fresh salmon which was a step above our normal dinners of wild caught, frozen salmon. He was making “mmmm” sounds throughout his dinner which told me how happy he was with his dinner. Considering we eat salmon once a week at home, it must have been a really, really good salmon since he never “mmmm’s” over my salmon. He has tried other fresh fish specials at The Hobbit, and they have all been delicious. The Coconut Cream Pie is a must for dessert for coconut lovers.

Service from the hosts to the waiters have all been excellent. Out of all the restaurants we enjoyed in Ocean City, the Hobbit restaurant is #1 and we even enjoyed twice in one week for our last trip.

If you are a hobbit fan, take a stroll around the restaurant, starting with the lobby to see hobbits.

Rating: 5.0 out of 5 star

  • Atmosphere: 5.0
  • Food: 5.0 – Excellent flavors and quality
  • Service: 5.0 – Welcoming and friendly
  • Price: $$$
  • Value for the Money: 5.0

Location, Phone Number, Website

Address: 121 81st Street, Ocean City, MD
Phone: (410)-524-8100
Website: thehobbitrestaurant.com – Make reservations on their websiteLocated at 81st and the Bay – the bottom floor of Rivendell Condos

COVID-19 Notes

  • For outdoor dining, the tables on the balcony are the best but there is also plastic partitions between the booths for the indoor tables.
  • Social distancing restaurant layout.
  • Tables are disinfected after each visit.


Longboard Ahi Nachos appetizer
Ahi Nacho Appetizer at Longboard Cafe

Longboard Cafe Review


Longboard Cafe is open 7 days a week starting with lunch. It is a busy, popular restaurant and is located in a TownCenter shopping center. The indoor restaurant was crowded and noisy with the tables close together. The outdoor dining area has an open section and one inside in an area surrounded by four plastic walls (a tent). There was not much air flow in the plastic tent except from the door and under the walls, but it was more comfortable than inside the building.

We enjoyed our dining experience. The Ahi Nachos were excellent with plenty of ahi tuna, crunchy wonton nachos, seaweed salad, wasabi cream, and sriracha hoisin aioli. Both the Cocoa & Coffee Rubbed Sirloin and the Fresh Catch “Lime on the Coconut” were tasty, although the vegetable portions were a bit small.

Longboard Cocoa & Coffee Rubbed Sirloin Entree
Cocoa & Coffee Sirloin at Longboard Cafe

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Atmosphere: 3.0 – Outside view was of a shopping center
  • Food: 4.5 – Food was very good. Vegetables were small
  • Service: 4.0
  • Price: $$$
  • Value for the Money: 4.0

Location, Phone Number, Website

Address: 6701 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842
Phone: (443) 664-5639 – Call for reservations. No online reservations.
Website: https://www.longboardcafe.net

COVID-19 Notes

  • One section of the outside dining area was open to the air and the other was surrounded by a tent.
  • Staff did not wear masks.


Cafe Mirage Smoked Tuna Dip
Cafe Mirage’s Smoky Tuna Appetizer – Eaten 3/4 the Way

Cafe Mirage Review

Cafe Mirage offers simple food at honest prices. It is a small family-owned restaurant in the Montego Bay Shopping Center, near the Dollar Store and located in the corner of the “L” shaped building. The parking lot has some holes, so be careful as you weave your way back. I think it is better to enter from the right side of the shopping center.

The outdoor dining is on the patio surrounded by a wooden fence for privacy and more atmosphere. There is a blue tarp providing shade and protection from any rain. There are also a number of umbrella covered tables. It was like being in someone’s backyard.

The menu changes with daily specials. Follow or check them out on Facebook for the specials for the day. Since they are a small restaurant, they may be out of certain dishes so it is best to come early (before 8:00 pm) if you want to have a greater opportunity to try what you like. Check out their web page for their current hours. In May, they were only open one day and in the summer, they are open Thursday – Monday.

They offered a bottle of wine at the several dollars less than other restaurants. The Smoky Tuna was made from tuna fish, not ahi tuna. It came as a huge serving with plenty of butterfly crackers. The picture above is what was left after we did our best to try and finish it. I really didn’t taste the smoky flavor nor a fishy flavor. It was a nice filling appetizer and went well with the wine, but if you see another appetizer that looks good, I would try that instead.

For our entrees, we got the Crunchy Rockfish, seen below, which came with fresh asparagus and redskin mashed potatoes. My husband really enjoyed it due to it freshness and liked this restaurant over Longboard. I thought it was fine but didn’t have depth of flavors – It was a nicely done fried fish. For the prices, quantity, value for the money, and helping a family owned small restaurant, I like this restaurant. If they had the Ahi Tuna entree, maybe Cafe Mirage would beat Longboard in my book. For dessert, they had Salted Caramel Brownie Bread Pudding and a Peanut Butter Pie which did not appeal to us. We were really full anyways after the Smoky Tuna appetizer.

Cafe Mirage Crunchy Rockfish

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Atmosphere: 4.0 – We were surrounded by the wooden fence. It gave a cozy atmosphere.
  • Food: 4.0 – Simple, fresh, but not gourmet
  • Service: 4.5
  • Price: $$
  • Value for the Money: 4.5

Location, Phone Number, Website

Address: 12817 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD
Phone: (443) 664-5687 – Call for reservations. No online reservations. Please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, party size and desired time. A reservation is only confirmed if your message is returned.
Website: http://www.cafemirageocmd.com/

COVID-19 Notes

  • The outside dining area was great. Tables spaced far enough and plenty of fresh air.


View of the marina from the first floor dock at Sunset Grille
View of the marina from the first floor dock at Sunset Grille

Sunset Grille Review

Sunset Grille is located waterfront at the Sunset Marina. You can also enjoy happy hours and live entertainment at the outdoor Teasers Bar. In addition to the indoor dining which was very full, there are outdoor tables located at the edge of the deck and on the 2nd floor balcony offering outside dining and drinking.

For outside dining, the 2nd floor balcony had plastic tent sheeting up to block the wind and protect diners from any the rain. The plastic obscured the view of the marina – making it a bit blurry. I could not feel much fresh air even sitting only two tables from the open end and the tables looked like a pre-COVID distance apart, so I asked the waiter to unzip the panel in front of us which then allowed plenty of fresh air and made my dinner much more enjoyable in this COVID-19 pandemic.

We had the Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Calabrian chili cream, burrata, and herbs. They were soft inside and nicely crispy outside, and not too spicy. It was a generous portion for two.

We had the out-of-this-world Sesame Crusted Tuna Mignon. It was a thick, large slice of tuna cooked just right. It came in a sesame ginger sauce with a seaweed salad, fresh avocado, wasabi, ginger and toasted almond basmati rice. We would go back just for that! In fact, we did and it was still great even the next year. After the huge tuna steak and appetizer, we skipped dessert which was rare for my husband.

We enjoyed our dinner very much, but there were not other dinners that we would hurry back to try. They seemed more in the normal American dinner category versus a fine dining culinary adventure: New York Strip, Crab Imperial, Lobster and Scallops and Cheese Tortelloni, Chicken, and sandwiches and burgers.

You definitely need a car to get to Sunset Grille, since it is past 1st Street (Boardwalk) over the Harry Kelley Memorial Bridge (Rte 50) and through a residential area, about 5 miles or 15 minutes from the Aloft hotel at 44th Street.

Sesame Encrusted Tuna Mignon at Sunset Grille
Sesame Encrusted Tuna Mignon at Sunset Grille

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Atmosphere: 4.5 – Nice views of the marina
  • Food: 4.5 – Sesame Crusted Tuna Mignon was excellent
  • Service: 4.0 – Hostess greeted us after a wait and we had about a 20 minute wait past our reservations one time. Service was good.
  • Price: $$$
  • Value for the Money: 4.0

Location, Phone Number, Website

Address: 112933 Sunset Ave, West Ocean City, MD
Phone: (410)-213-8100 – Call for reservations
Website: ocsunsetgrille.com

COVID-19 Notes

  • The 2nd floor outside dining on the balcony had plastic tent sides to protect the diners from the wind and rain. Even though we were seating only two tables from the end which was opened, I did not feel feel any air flow coming in from the side. The first floor was open to the air, and I preferred that.
  • The website advertises groups are welcome and no COVID-19 precautions are listed. Masks are not required in the restaurant.
  • Our waitress for the outside table did not wear a mask. When she leaned across the table to be within a foot of us to point out and talk through the dinner specials and later the desserts, I felt uncomfortable.


Seacrets Restaurant Review

Seacrets offers a restaurant, bar, and distillery. Although it has plenty of bay-front and even in-the-bay seating and a unique Caribbean atmosphere, I did not put this restaurant in the category of fine dining. See this link for my review.

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