Higgins Crab House - 31st Street
Higgins Crab House - 31st Street

Higgins Crab House - 31st Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://higginscrabhouse.com/
  • Phone: (410) 289-2581
  • Hours of Operation:
    12:00PM -9:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Bob Higgins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area
  • Private Party Facilities: up to 200 guests for the finest, freshest seafood Maryland has to off---try our all you can eat crab feast.
  • Private Party Contact: Bob Higgins 4102892581x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 31st Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Higgins Crab House - 31st Street
Ocean City Md's premier Maryland style Crab house and Seafood Restaurant. We go to the docks 7 days a week to purchase the very freshest Chesapeake Bay seafood from the man (or woman) that caught it. Bring the family and and enjoy the finest Maryland has to offer...The Higgins Family
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Higgins Crab House - 31st Street reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (6)good for groups (5)fit for foodies (3)great for lunch (3)neighborhood gem (3)special occasion (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)romantic (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • not somwhere to recommend
    ladylfood284
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    When we arrived we walked in to see not alot of people in the restaurant. We were seated with our reservations immediately. Got a friendly foreign waitress. She brought us drinks, and some hush puppys. We then ordered our all you could eat items, she brought the chx and fries, and everything was good at that point. She brought out my crabs and shrimp and I could tell the crabs had been sitting in water for a while. I got no butter or crackers and by the time she checked back majority of my crabs were cold. I then ate what I could and then ordered another set hoping to enjoy them better than the first batch. They arrived and to no surprise they were smaller and now female crabs. :/ over all I was not thrilled. Left full but not stuffed.
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the yardstick
    dak3
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Once again started a week in OC with a visit to Higgins' Crab House and once again it didn't disappoint. The crabs, the crab cakes (and, I'm told, the lobster mac & cheese) were all every bit as good as they've been over the years. WE'll be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood and crabs
    LovelyCaliDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wonderful all you can eat as well and regular menu. Food was excellent and the service was A+! My family goes at least twice every summer we spend in Ocean City. A must stop for seafood and crabs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All you can eat crabs
    crabconnoisseur
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a pleasant experience dining here. It was our anniversary and we both had all-you-can-eat-crabs. They were VERY tasty but often not full. The drinks were excellent and the atmosphere was family friendly. Our waitress was on top of things and very conscientious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family nite at the beach
    kenneth
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    fun time, good crabs, coleslaw, fries and chicken.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LynnVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    had a good time but beware of filling up on the chicken and bread prior to the crab. too much work for very little return even though crabs were plentiful! Fun and new experience however.
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  • I'll go back!!!!
    Dave
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food and great service. The staff made you fell like you are at home. The food came out hot and great taste.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance2.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 61 reviews are from the Higgins Crab House - 31st Street reviews archive.
  • average restaurant
    wingman
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Nothing special. AYCE crabs were hit and miss over cooked. Other meals were just average. Hush puppies are excellent. Sat our party of 8 at a cramped picnic table.
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  • Greenie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Big old fashioned crab house...excellent steamed crabs & service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good steamed clams
    JanBap
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had an appetizer of 25 steamed littleneck clams. A couple were sandy (no big deal) but other than that, delicious & very fresh. We ordered a dozen "large" crabs. For being "large," they didn't have a whole lot of meat. We go to this type of place for the experience, so weren't overly disappointed. They do make a mean Long Island Iced Tea!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great crab house
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great food, served hot, nice staff, good old crab house like I remember when I was a kid. Very good Maryland crab soup. My daughter loved the "dirt" desert.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Stephanie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Looked for a crab house searched 5 others and chose this one. Great food ate outside no problems at all.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for our group of 8
    TIFFB77
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had outstanding service and delicious food. We will definitely be returning to eat at Higgins each time we are in Ocean City!!!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Bad crabs and slow service
    NoVa25
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We have been to Higgins once or twice a year for the last six or seven years, whenever we visit OC. We noticed that the quality had gone downhill on our last visit last year. This time however it was bad enough that we will never return. The crabs were small and the first batch was served cold. Small crabs are OK if they are flavorful but these were not. They were just small and bland with poor texture and we never received any which were actually hot. The waitress would disappear for extended periods of time and she delivered the wrong brand of beer when she finally got around to bringing it. There are crab houses all over OC so we will choose a different one next time.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food..
    happyididit
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Alot of good food, reasonably priced.. everything i expected..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very average. Too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Food was very average. Too much old bay seasoning. Corn was stale
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  • Higgins - OC
    AmyLeeVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Found this through OpenTable and read positive reviews. I went with my sister and her two teenagers. This kids liked their well done steaks but my crab cake was full of breading with no crab chunks. Sauces were served in plastic, disposable containers and a roll of napkins sat in a bucket in the middle of the table. Service was friendly, yet slow and I received the wrong drink. Higgins was okay. I wouldn't go back but they had a variety of offerings including chicken and beef for folks who don't like seafood and the atmosphere is fun. The prices were higher than they should have been for the quality of food, but that may be common in tourist destinations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    BigB88
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Food and service were great. Best kept secret at the beach.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    FamilyNightOut
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Prices were high and food was not that good. Crabs were small with little meat. Crab cakes had a lot of filler.
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  • Good crabs and sevice
    Proeater
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Crabs were hot and as soon as you were ready, crabs were there with the ACYE. Other food was ok but didn't eat much of it because was there to eat crabs. Waitress Jenni was OUTSTANDING!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large Family Weekend at Beach
    PhleeVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    We had a good dinner with our families (group of 7) at Higgins. The restaurant décor is a bit dated and the crabs were on the smaller side but still very delicious. Other than that, it's still a good place to go with a large group for seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No go!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We were seated in an area with no air conditioning. They had several fans on the floor. It took our waitress/ the kitchen to get us our appetizers. And that was only after we complained to the manager.(this is not fine dining, it's picking crab!) of the 12 jumbos we ordered, five had to be sent back for not having any meat in them. The kids enjoyed their chicken fingers and the beer was tasty. But don't go !!!!! It's a waste of your time and money!
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  • great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    The crab was outstanding. The only problem was my 3 kids wanted to leave after only 1.5 hours, so i could only finish 25 crabs. I will have to brush up on my technique for next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Seafood
    brandusgee
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Great selection of crabs, shrimp, and other seafood. All-you-can-eat options without sacrificing quality. A must for our annual family vacation to OCMD.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good sevice
    eathiggins720
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    The all you can eat was great. Waitress was excellent. Being that I am a heatt patient I had some trouble during my meal. Our waitress seemed generally concerned about my condition. This I wll never forget. Can not remember her name. We will be returning I. The future. Sincerely Harold Hauck
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Maryland Crab Shack Experience!
    MPFoltz
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    If you want the real Maryland crab shack experience then this is the place to go. Brown paper covering the tables and superb food and service. Best of all was the price. When we were there they had a special for all you can eat Maryland Blue Crab and Sweet Corn on the Cob for only $24.99. I called around to every place down there and that was the cheapest. But don't let the price fool you. The seafood was fresh and delicious and staff friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    The crab special although a good deal, the old bay spice blend on the crabs was too salty. We just couldn't eat as much as we wanted. It's a bit of a walk if you're staying down the boardwalk. But, they still had other seafood options that I'm sure are great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible crabs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    We got the crab special/ all you can eat. i would say much husband and i eat only had 4 really good crabs. the majority were inedible. don't waste your money!!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was there with a party of
    kopshammond
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    I was there with a party of 10 people. I met some of my employees and their families for a nice seafood dinner. The crab cakes were undercooked which made them runny. The crab imperial was more cheese than crab. Everything else that other people had was good. I was hoping that with Higgins being a crab house they would be known for more than just their hard shell crabs. Guess we should have stuck with something that is hard to mess up when being cooked. Also, when 18% gratuity is added to the bill, maybe the waitress should take better care of the table. I can promise had she not added this amount on her own she would have received 10%. I always measure the amount of tip based on the amount of times I have to ask for a refill.
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  • Excellent Crabs!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We went to this place around 12:30pm in the afternoon and there was hardly anyone there. We were immediately greeted and seated. The waitress was bright, kind, and check on us at just the right times to refill our drinks or bring out more all you can eat crabs. I loved the little appetizer of fried chicken and fries. And the drinks were a great size for all you can eat crabs. I really enjoyed my experience there and am calling that my crab house place when I visit ocean city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go elsewhere!
    GourmandVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Don't go! The crab imperial was terrible and way overpriced! It tasted like poor quality canned sauce.
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  • Food is excellent. The problem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    Food is excellent. The problem wsa we drove 3.5 hours for super jumbo crabs, and they did not any super jumbo and only 6 jumbo. We took the six jumbo and then had to settle for large. Very disappointing.
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  • The all you can eat crab deal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    The all you can eat crab deal was fantastic! I would recommend it for those who want crabs! Great atmosphere and great service! Definitly will go back next time in Ocean City!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Crabs and more crabs - they're
    dak3
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Crabs and more crabs - they're great but don't wonder to other parts of the menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Don't order the crabcakes!
    BaileyVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Don't order the crabcakes! Couldn't taste the crabmeat.
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  • First of many visits!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    The feel of the restaurant was casual and relaxing. The crabs were great! Their staff were friendly and attentive.
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  • I will recommend HIGGINS CRAB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2012
    I will recommend HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE to all my friends. The services staff was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • over cooked fresh fish, terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2012
    over cooked fresh fish, terrible crab cakes (in Maryland!), suckered into the "all you can eat" deal which wasn't a deal. Service was great, atmosphere OK Will not go there again
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  • We went to Higgins for the
    Lisamc2210
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    We went to Higgins for the "all you can eat crabs". They were delicious! Sometimes a restaurant says all you can eat the crabs are small or you have to eat a bowl of pasta before you can get more. The waitress just kept on bringing them! Our 12 year old had a blast! And our 8 year old was hysterical laughing at us!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Stick to the all you can eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Stick to the all you can eat crabs. The other people in my party ordered entrees from the menu and were disappointed. The crabs were a little small, but were delicious!
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