Higgins Crab House - 128th Street

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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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1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Mussels had a strange taste? The platter had a hard piece of fish, the shrimp tasted frozen, the crabcake tasted like fake crab meat and the calamari were waay to small with only a fried taste, no flavor. We didn't even finish our meal. I will never eat there again.

JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We were disappointed at another location years ago, but tried again for the snow crabs and broiled scallops. Everyone's food was cold and everything was so expensive considering the poor quality. Sadly, we'll have to find another crab place when we come back to OC, MD.

KK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The amount of food they give you for the All you can eat or Limited AYCE is very plentiful. Couldn’t even get more food because they give so much! Not sure we needed the fried chicken, fries or corn since we concentrated on eating all of our crab legs and shrimp. Crabs were very sweet as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Tried for the first time tonight and it was so good. Great waitress and really good atmosphere. Will def come be back!

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kyle was exceptionally pleasant and checked on us regularly. We were very happy with everything and plan on returning.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had the all you can eat. Good value service was good. Restaurant was a little warm.

DJ
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food very good service was excellent resturant seating had plenty of room

L
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Sadly, I am unable to review the restaurant. We had a reservation for 12 p.m. but, when we arrived it was closed with a sign saying it would not be open until 2:30 p.m. It was quite disappointing as it was to be a special treat for my daughter.

OC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place - ate outside. Kinda pricey for the value. All you can eat crab legs is NOT all you can eat. There is a charge for reorders that they claim is due to the price of crab legs. Was told the legs cost them $9 - and they sell reorders for $9.50. The price of the all you can eat is $49.99 - so they are making $40 on the AYCE?!?!??!? Wife got fish and chips - 1 piece of fish?!?!? I got the crab cakes $30 for 2 small crab cakes?!?!? Not sure if I will return??!!?!?

RV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Good crabs but not amazing, I got the medium upgrade but still very expensive for AYCE due to size of crabs. Service was great which made the experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We ordered the large crabs for $68/dozen. 4 dozen to be exact. They were low quality- very light. I would not recommend this restaurant. It’s was very dirty and the bathroom’s had a putrid odor. Many better choices in OC.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner at the beach! Our first visit and won’t be our last!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Steak wasn’t cooked as ordered and although a new one was prepared the baked potato and onion rings were not served with it.
No paper towels given, we had to ask.
Missing a few food items that we had to ask for.

BD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST CRABS SPOT IN OCEAN CITY can't wait to go back...

CR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wasn't sure how our experience was going to be after reading some recent reviews, but I was pleasantly suprised! No issues with our Open Table reservations and we were seated right away. Our server came over to the table almost immediately after we were seated and brought out complimentary hush puppies for the table. Perfect for my hungry toddler to much on before dinner came. After we ordered, our meals came out quickly. All of the food was delicious (crab imperial, snow crab legs, charbroiled oysters, crabby burger), the crabcake was good but not the best we've ever had. It was a bit warm and noisy inside. Nice play area out front for kids. Would come here again.

MA
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Higgins lived up to its good reputation. We were pleased that there was a lot of parking available at the north Ocean City location. Our party of 8 was seated within minutes of our reservation time. None of us is a crab eater. We planned on Higgins because of its extensive menu of other things and an excellent children's menu.

DS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

2 of us shared a dozen medium crabs which were good and seasoned well. Plus we ordered corn and a 1/2 pound of steamed shrimp. My son had the burger platter which was good. drinks were ok. Service was just fine with our waiter being attentive and pleasant to deal with. we sat outside was was really nice. We would return our next trip..

m
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I chose higgins for my family because I've had good experiences in the past. sadly, I have a severe seafood allergy and know to not eat fried items there and no seafood. the family loves seafood and I didn't want them to miss out. there wasn't much to choose from that I wasnt allergic to. I chose from the kids menu and the waiter wouldn't allow my order. believe me we were spending money eating there. I had to pick a steak sandwich which was aweful and only a few dollars more than what I could eat from a kids menu. I'm never going back and
I'm sharing my story too others. there are plenty of places to have crabs and it wont be at higgins for us.

JB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We were all excited to enjoy crabs at the beach and were disappointed. We ordered large and they were small and light with little flavor. The steamed shrimp and clams were also just fair.
We won’t rush back.

r
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service needs some improvement to make this place a regular spot. A better explanation if you don't want the all you can eat but want a full platter is there a difference in price. A little more attentiveness and refilling drinks not after your done with appetizers and entrees do you ask me if I want another beer

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The crabs were excellent and reasonably priced. The complimentary hush puppies were delicious too!

SN
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very clean, Service starting with the greeter up to the waiters everything was awesome. The prices are reasonable with the food choices.

OT
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No waiting! Great table, great food, really a fantastic night out! Our waitress Julie even made it a great night for my 3 year old nephew! Highly recommend! They have playground to keep the kids happy and lots of drinks (to go) to make the adults happy! Do recommend handing out handi-wipes after messy crabs. That’s the only negative thing I have to share- they didn’t offer any.

SC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Restaurant was not overflowing with tables available but waitresses attention was not the best ...Checking with us could have been more frequent. Did not see her serving other tables near us

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place. High top outside tables are best

DP
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Have been to Higgins 128 St. several times over the past 3 years and loved it. This time was very disappointing. I had a reservation for 10 and we were promptly seated. A portion of our table was extremely close to an outside door, and with a person sitting there, the waiters had to bump into the person every time they went in and out. Also, every time the door was opened, hot air and flies came in and were biting us. The table set-up was poor and unacceptable and there was no where we could be moved to.

We ordered our drinks and crabs, and it took a very long time to get the crabs. I went and found someone so they could check on the order. Some of us ordered large crabs by the dozen to share, and another 4 people ordered all you can eat. The crabs by the dozen finally came, but it took much longer for the all you can eat to come- they should have been delivered at the same time.

The all you can eat crabs were over salted and it ruined the flavor. They don't use Old Bay, they use another brand which isn't as good. The last dozen of all you can eat were so small, they looked illegal.
Several members of our party said they would never go back after this experience.

Higgins, what's happening- higher prices, mediocre service and over spiced crabs?!

AO
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy the 🦀 crabs. It’s fun and seaworthy decorations add to your experience. The staff is very friendly and even when the placed is packed they make sure your drinks are filled and you have everything you want. We totally recommend!!!!!!!

JP
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Starting off they couldn't find the reservation I made with Open Table, had to show them my copy. Then they proceeded to take us to a table for 2 when we clearly pointed out that it was for 4, as stated in the reservation. Food took over an hour and a half even when the place was almost empty at 6 pm. Good news, food was very good, but would think before going back.

MF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The restaurant looked good. The food was ok. The problem was it took over an hour to get our food. It was not crowded.

AT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We came for seafood during summer on a Sunday; it should have been an easy night for fast service and good seafood in Ocean City. We ordered a steamer bucket, a fried platter, oysters on the half shell, and a kid's meal. The steamer bucket came out cold. Of the 4 blue crabs, 2 were cooked dead and therefore had a foul taste. The best thing was the crab cake. That was worth the money. The rest wasn't.

BD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went here for some seafood and we weren’t disappointed. We dined outdoors and our server was great. I had the steamed shrimp and it was delicious. I wasn’t overly impressed with the salad but the soup was amazing.

C
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Higgins, but won't be our last! Great food, great service! Our table was ready when we arrived.

R
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We had crab cakes which were OK but did not have large pieces of crab meat. They were very well seasoned and we enjoyed them.

N
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Service was great and food was delicious. Prices were high, but can be expected with AYCE. Overall great experience.

L
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time going we enjoyed it and we'll come back next time we are in Maryland

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood and staff. Will go again.

TC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant was closed when we got there.

RW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I was not served for 15mins. I couple walk in a was served right away. My girlfriend asked how was it that we came in before that couple and we have not even been asked if we wanted water.... I will NEVER AGAIN EAT THERE.... FYI I spend $125.00...

LV
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The Pros - we were seated quickly and the steamed blue crabs were VERY good - well seasoned, large, full.

The Cons - slow service, especially considering the slow crowd, high prices, all draft beers were out of service due to a malfunction, maryland crab soup was from a can, and fries were cold/tasted like fryer oil.

Despite all those cons, I'd still go back and get more of those jumbo crabs! Be prepared to pay $10 each for them though! That's right EACH!

T
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We had just got back in the United States after a very long official business trips. So we needed to relax by the water, so we drove over to Ocean City to visit our family there. We wanted to eat some fresh Maryland seafood.
The crab cakes were boiled just right and the soup was good too but the chief needs to tell someone to remove more of the shells from the soup like they did for those delightful crab cakes . When we return to Ocean City again we will stop by to eat there again so we can get some of those crab cakes that had a lot of real meat!

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