Best Dining in Ocean City Restaurants

Posted Nov 24th 2010 11:00 AMUpdated Feb 4th 2011 04:40 AM

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Ocean City Restaurants

Ocean City, Maryland, has always held a special place in my heart. I grew up visiting this family-friendly city every summer for weeks at a time. Although I didn't realize it when I was younger, I now know there are several Ocean City restaurants offering fine dining for everyone. Consider one of these restaurants for the best of Ocean City dining the next time you are here on vacation.

Best Ocean City Dining: The Shark on the Harbor

An Ocean City restaurant that provides some of the most beautiful views is The Shark on the Harbor. Gaze out onto the calm water and see professional fishing boats, Assateague Island, and the Inlet while dining. The Shark on the Harbor prides itself on preparing dishes with both fresh and organic ingredients, making it a fantastic business for supporting the local community. They are open for lunch and dinner and have daily specials utilizing fresh catches and seasonal vegetables. Some of their standard dinner fares include Chicken Chesapeake, Bayou Crab Cake, and a Fresh Mako Shark Steak served on potato and ricotta gnocchi with a special pesto. They have an exceptional Happy Hour as well, featuring $2.50 glasses of select wines, $2.50 premium draft pints, and a menu full of Happy Hour food specials. If you are searching for a seafood restaurant in Ocean City, this may be a great option for you!

Best Ocean City Dining: Galaxy 66 Bar and Grill

This is an Ocean City restaurant that has fantastic food that can be enjoyed in a fun, upbeat atmosphere. Some recent awards that Galaxy 66 Bar and Grille have won are the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the "Best Cheesesteak Around." There are many events you can enjoy, from tailgate parties to jazz evenings. Don't assume this is just another bar spot or you'll be missing out on a great menu. The "Best Cheesesteak Around" is actually a slow-roasted rib eye, with caramelized onions, romaine, chimichurri mayo, cheese sauce and on a fresh roll made right in house. If you want more than a sandwich, try their Pistachio Encrusted Rockfish or Gemelli Pasta with Cajun beer sauce, sausage, shrimp, crab, and topped with asiago. Perhaps you're interested in just sitting down with a few cocktails and some light fare; you've come to the right place at Galaxy 66 Bar and Grille. Head up to the rooftop Skye Bar and spend some time watching the sun set on the only open-air rooftop bar in Ocean City.

Best Ocean City Dining: Harborside Bar and Grill

The Harborside Bar and Grill is a laid-back place to have dinner and drinks in Ocean City. Restaurants that are the best aren't always the finest and most fancy, sometimes they're the ones that locals flock to and visitors return to year after year. The Harborside Bar and Grill is the home of the Orange Crush adult beverage, and has a special happy hour every night of the week along with nightly entertainment. You can expect bar fare such as Buffalo Wings and Coconut Shrimp, but you may not expect dishes like Shrimp and Steak Diane or a fresh Broiled Seafood Platter with a jumbo lump crab cake, flounder, jumbo shrimp and sea scallops. This is a favorite restaurant for many people and if you're looking for a good time in Ocean City and find yourself here then you've come to the right place.

Best Ocean City Dining: Jules

If you are looking for fine dining in Ocean City, restaurants are definitely available for you. Jules, for example, has been designed and is owned by Executive Chef Julius Adam Sanders and has a distinguished menu and comfortable setting. There are plates like Kobe Beef Sliders with caramelized onions and gruyere, Roasted Drunken Duck that is marinated for several days in sake and soy and served with mashed sweet potatoes and vegetables, and the customary Crab Cakes served with red pepper remoulade, mashed potatoes and vegetables. There are also many wines to choose from and a craft beer selection for those interested.

Best Ocean City Dining: Fager's Island

Fager's Island offers more than just dining at one of the Ocean City restaurants known for beautiful views of the bay. There are also luxury suites, live music, and events that make this an ideal location not only to enjoy dinner but also to spend a few evenings. The menu consists of appetizers like Nori Crusted Seared Tuna Tenderloin and Accomack Oyster Sampler and main courses such as Chilean Sea Bass Broiled with Plum-Sesame Glaze or Organic Chicken Thai Curry Style. There are also lunch and light fare menus and if you are around on Sunday, check out their Sunday brunch with a variety of juices and traditional breakfast choices and kid-friendly foods as well.

Photo courtesy of the Town of Ocean City Tourism Office.


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