The Hobbit Restaurant
The Hobbit Restaurant

The Hobbit Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thehobbitrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4105248100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Hobbit Restaurant
An absolute escape from Ocean City. A place to indulge in inventive American cuisine and mouthwatering seafood while overlooking one of the most picturesque views you have ever laid eyes on. If you're looking to simply come in for some appetizers and a few cocktails our bartenders make great company at the bar that maintains the same breathtaking views. So next time you're wondering where to go to enjoy an exceptional meal, stop by The Hobbit and step into a classy, sleak, but most importantly comfortable world of dining excellence. We are located in the bottom floor of the Rivendell Condominium at 81st on the Bay and we offer our full menu daily beginning at 5 p.m.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Hobbit Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (112)special occasion (93)romantic (80)fit for foodies (52)good for groups (30)notable wine list (22)neighborhood gem (19)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (8)late-night find (7)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Hobbit is a new fave!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were given a gift certificate to the Hobbit and drove there from our place in Bethany Beach. We arrived about 20 minutes before a gorgeous sunset over the bay. That alone would have made the trip worthwhile! The food was excellent, especially the crab cakes. Our waitress Emily was attentive without being overly so; we did not feel the least bit rushed. For our next visit I plan to skip lunch and enjoy the New York Strip...or maybe the crab cakes...or maybe the halibut. On second thought, we'll just go there often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok, but issues
    Me175
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had reservation, still took 25 mins to seat. Walkins were in front of us. Duck breast was good, short rib was over cooked and a tiny portion. Water glasses were never refilled, nor could we get waiters attention to get us more wine. A party that took up 2 tables, were yelling and screaming, stadiums were quieter. Same table of people were smoking by front door and refused to move to let us leave, not a happy experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I ordered the filet mignon, it was delicious. The waitress Brittany was very helpful and informative. Overall an amazing experience and will go back at a earlier time next time to watch the sunset while dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    SugarDaddy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    First time to Ocean City, MD. Coming from La Jolla, CA I wasn't too impressed by the local food. We did a quick search on Yelp and took a chance. Boy were we pleasantly surprised. Beautiful venue, great service and fantastic food. Wish I found this place earlier in the week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, outstanding, delicious
    NjoydiningoutVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The Hobbit restraunt was overall amazing. The food was so delicious, everyone enjoyed and cleared their plates. Also, the panoramic view from inside the restraunt is breathtaking. There was a wide variety of entrees to choose from, my daughter who is a vegetarian even found something delicious. The dessert was unmanageably outstanding. We had the coconut cake and, the cheesecake which was chocolate peanut butter. We couldn't decide which one we liked better. Overall I was very impressed with the restraunt and I will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Paris15
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Fabulous bartender where we enjoyed a cocktail before dinner. Dinner was disappointing. We ordered the salmon with balsamic and mustard glaze with apple celery slaw and vegetables. Glaze was too much for salmon, coleslaw was a vinegar mess (too sour too taste anything but vinegar) and vegetables were all undercooked. Not impressed. Mile high coconut cake, impressive in presentation, was bland.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Denise
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The hobbit is ocean City's finest restaurant. The dining room is elegant. The servers are well trained and professional. The food is always outstanding. The crab cakes were the best and did not have have any fillers. Everyone's food arrived at the same time. There were no glitches. This,restaurant is just the best of ocmd. It should not be missed. The hobbit is not a restaurant for small children. However, children are accommodated. If taking small children, it is a good idea to dine early perhaps...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Over Rated
    BeachLovers6
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was good as were the rolls. The Calamari was so sweet it was like seafood candy. The halibut was over cooked and virtually tasteless. The sides that came with the fish were both over cooked as well. The crab cakes were just ok, nothing special. We were really looking forward to this meal after reading the reviews but were very disappointed. We don't mind paying for a great meal but this was almost $95 for one appetizer, one glass of wine, two mediocre entre's and no dessert. Will stick to Just Hooked and the Matt Haley restaurants in Bethany and Rehoboth from now on!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful place!
    Chrissy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We love eating there. We can't wait to come back to Ocean City to eat there. We wish it was closer to us. My crab cakes were awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Middle Earth is Saved
    TimZim1980
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    When we came to OCMD for a holiday weekend the goal was to find a non-rib non deep-fry non seafood place. Ummmm WIN! Every entree was a hit especially the mustard curates pork chop and dusted halibut. Horry cow. Seriously stop searching reviews and make a reservation now- Hobbit is hands down the best foodery in town. :::::::)))))))
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Crab cakes
    PhillyWino
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Been vacationing in OCMD for over 25 years and honestly believe they have the best crab cakes in the area. Although probably the most expensive at $44, it's worth it to me.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lynn
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    beautiful restaurant. definitely recommend. gorgeous grounds.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Not as Good as the View
    gopmomVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The Hobbit has an amazing location, great parking and a spectacular view but the food is nothing special. The menu choices are just okay and for the price so is the food. With so many fresh and vibrant food choices available in the summer it's surprising that they don't take advantage of it and serve the same old staid choices.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diningduo86
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Crab cakes were delicious! View was beautiful. Our server was excellent. Steak wasn't great Everything else was great. Would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good dining experience.
    lovepuppyVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    OC favorite. Beautiful view of bay. Gourmet food. Good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hobbit redux
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I don't remember how many years it has been since we last ate at The Hobbit. At that time it was a small, cottage-y restaurant with laid-back ambience and great food. In its latest form it is a beautiful space and the food was outstanding. Fellow diners rated it as "good as the best Baltimore restaurants." No disrespect to O.C., but it was an unexpected dining experience in a beach resort. We will definitely return in a lot shorter time than before!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2014 was fair compared to 2013
    2014versus2013VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had been to The Hobbit twice in 2014 and gave it accolades, but it was only a "fair rating" in 2013. The Pho soup was more like an Asian hot/sour beef goulash. We ordered four entrees -- all were so-so and the sides were not creative. The main offense of glaring sun which could easily have been mitigated by blinds that still allow a view (visit Fresco's for an example) mandate that sunglasses are required to dine there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal!
    FieldMD
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Hobbit is an nnual event for our family. We begin and end our vacation with dinner at the Hobbit. The food is delicious, the service is great and the sunsets are stunning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We take our young daughters out for a fine dining experience every vacation. Our server, Kylie, was fabulous! Suggestions & recommendations mode discretely. Our meals were exactly as ordered. Exceptional evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hobbit is AWESOME!
    HBBayside
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We've dined at the Hobbit several times now that our Sons are grown. Now, it is an annual event to have dinner at the Hobbit when we come to Ocean City, MD. The Hobbit is the standard for consistency, great food, great service and the view of the sunset is priceless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We have eaten there before and enjoyed it, but this time was terrible. The cream of crab soups came out cold, the filet mignons were inedible the were so incredibly salty and the crab cake tasted terrible! If that had been my first experience, I would not go back! Since I know they are capable of better, I will.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This OC's best. You will enjoy the ambience, the view, and the service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Night out with friends
    happylife
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We enjoyed a late dinner this Saturday with good friends and it was nice to try something different...it had been years since we had visited the Hobbit. It's a beautiful space and everyone looked to be having a fabulous time, lots of big groups. Unfortunately that made the noise level pretty high. The servers were attentive, the food was delicious and we will definately return. We may try an earllier visit to take advantage of the gorgeous view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful Dining
    Maritar
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The name makes me think of something a little hokey - but the Hobbit has a contemporary, lively atmosphere. What's in a name anyway? The setting was sleek and scenic. The service and food were excellent. We had a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • slightly overpriced
    Antigalu
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I would stay away from the mix drinks stick to wine or beer. When ordering Meat dishes specify the doneness desired as they seem to overcook things. also be aware of a loose hand with the salt if you have a problem with salt make sure you say something.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Sydney
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had a great time at the Hobbitt on Monday. Our group of 7 enjoyed great service and delicious food. The kitchen was kind enough to turn the lamb chop app into an entree and 3 of us got the lamb. So delicious! Definitely a good spot for a group as they take reservations and very good care of you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Excellent; Service Not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Had a really nice dinner here. The view is lovely and the restaurant is as well. Our food was very good - calamari a bit sweet but a unique preparation that we appreciated. The duck was very good as was the mahi. The service, although prompt, was rather disinterested - both the server as well as the manager who we called over to resolve a minor issue. He resolved the issue quickly and to our satisfaction but neither he nor the server were friendly. They did their job, period. We would go again but would prefer more engaged and customer friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunnytosunset
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Although the sun was beating down on us, the spectacular sunset was way more memorable. Food could have been a bit better. Filet mignon was not cooked to order but was still good. Short ribs were excellent. Skipped the seafood this visit just because we weren't in the mood for it. Salads were excellent also.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We chose the Hobbit to celebrate a friend's birthday. It was an absolutely wonderful evening and we look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    TheWanderingWizard
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A little beyond the "city" of Rivendell you will find treasure with the Hobbit. This modern themed restaurant has JRR Tolkien esque decore and an amazing sunset view available during the dinner hour. The food is excellent from the signature Hobbit rum punch to the chefs daily specials. Even the desserts look amazing and with portion sizes large enough to satisfy a dragon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amertume
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I wish they had more LOTR decor and references, because this restaurant's name IS supposed to be related to LOTR! It's got a great view of the bayside of OC, and the food is relatively diverse (they have both steak and seafood instead of just one type of food). It's a very classy place, but not the uptight/upscale kind of place where you won't feel comfortable while eating. The service is attentive, but not overly so; ambience is relaxing and calm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dessert is amazing
    PAFoodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Mary's Delight is a must have - consistently good. Cheesecake of the week (our week was Peanutbutter) was amazing. Seafood dishes/dinner specials are usually good. I just ordered the wrong entree this trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful cream of crab soup
    DandA
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Another lovely dinner. Long time patrons even when it was operating at the old location. Enjoyed the bay view from the upper area. Large groups were loud but we still had a nice time together. Service was efficient and pleasant. Cream of crab soup was delicious and plentiful! Short ribs were tasty!! Veal pistachio always a favorite. Miss the old Hobbit catch option as well the small salad and house dressing with meals. Appreciate the ability to make reservations since not many places in OC do. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charming ambiance, delicious food
    ladybugmommy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Everything from the initial greeting, to our server, to the food, to the door being opened was delightful with one exception. The crab soup on the menu, while fabulous in texture and just right with the lumps of real crab, was extremely salty-so much so that I couldn't truly enjoy eating it. Other than that small complaint, everything else about the Hobbit was inviting, and I would definitely recommend a visit to this little hidden treasure.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TJYOUNG
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Although the cream of crab soup of very bad, the rest of the meal was fantastic. Appetizers, main course and desserts were top notch! Marie, our server, was an absolute joy. Marie made sure our dining experience was second to none, and coulkd not have appologized more for the poor batch of cream of crab soup.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jakedog21
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    typical crab soup made with a base, salty food sat in window dry look filet over cooked we are both in the restaurant business so we did not complain not at top of our list to return
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Susan203
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Fantastic food! Love the atmosphere. Will definitely go back again. Loved the Soba Noodle Seared Tuna entree - so different and great for a warm evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Gastronomy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Very romantic place with high quality food. Excellent wine selection. Quick service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Noise level at bar was too loud. Could not understand sever when she described specials. Had to ask her to repeat
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Birthday to me!
    1aficionado
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The Hobbit is where I've been celebrating my birthday for the past several years. They never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.