Higgins Crab House - 31st 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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FM
Poconos
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Prices were consistent with other restaurants in Ocean City. The quality food defiantly was not.

D
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Johnnie went out of his way to retrieve jumbo crabs from another location in order to please us. THANK YOUUUUUUU! Oh, our server was very friendly and a pleasure to deal with. :)

BC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was cold. While the price was average for an all you can eat seafood restaurant, the food was sub par.

MI
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food. A little slow service. Nice to sit outside.

m
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My husband and I came to get the all you can eat crabs. Most of the crabs were cooked well. Some were over cooked but for the most part we enjoyed them. Our server was very nice but she was very slow. There were a few times we had to wait over 15 mins for new crabs. Also waited 20 mins for her to come with the check. Our buckets sat full for a while. Finally, a busser came over to empty them after multiple employees walked by and saw our towering buckets. I don’t know if our sever was new but she was struggling. She only had 3 table but all, including us, seemed to be waiting a while.

AB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent crab imperial! Attentive staff and fair pricing! Looking forward to coming back next summer. 😁

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow and food came out cold twice.

AB
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We sat 25 minutes before getting our drinks food took an hour delivered warm at best quality was absent

NQ
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Group dinner and we all really enjoyed our food. Crushes were delicious. The king crab legs were perfectly cooked and seasoned.

E
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I really enjoyed the whole experience of eating the Maryland blue crabs all you can eat. First they give you fried chicken, hush puppies with powdered sugar on top, and a cup of soup. Afterwards then the fun begins the waiter brings out a tray of crabs and corn on the cob. A bucket is placed on the table for your waste etc.
Oh before I forget they have signature drinks and a nice selection of beer! You really can’t beat their prices and for the most part their food is pretty good.
I would definitely come back for another treat! It was well worth the four hour drive when it should have only taken three.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was over cooked , very dry. Slow service. Sweet waitress.

G
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was sloppy at best. Waitress forgot about us. Table was sticky.

HS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

We loved the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant but our service wasn’t great at all

RD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place for an Ocean City food experience.

GB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Staff were cordial and food was decent.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was good. However we arrived with a reservation at 8:45 and while the staff was already cleaning up it was inexcusable that we were seated by 2 large and smelly garbage cans. There were plenty of other options. I can only guess that since those tables had already been cleaned they were not available seating. Please note I paid as much for our meals as earlier arrivals so should have been able to expect that ANY table in the place was an option. My son moved them further from our table but from my vantage point those garbage cans were my view - not pleasant. If they are taking late reservations then it is not acceptable to relegate anyone to sitting and eating by trash cans!

LF
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Abbiamo cenato in terrazza una sera di agosto. Il servizio è un po' lento per gli standard americani ma i granchi al vapore sono buoni e le patatine fritte ottime. consigliato

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Was fine but found greater value in getting a dozen large crabs. Ayce are the SMALL crabs. They bring you 3 at a time so you may be waiting which wastes your time thus u eat less crabs. They over do it w the old bay too.

HH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We were seated in a room by ourselves which would have been fine had we not been next to the paper dispenser for the brown paper they use to cover the tables. Each time they tore a piece it was very loud and disruptive. The food was very overpriced; I don’t expect a $30 entree to come with pre-packaged butter (not real butter BTW), sour cream and salad dressing. Additionally, they did not bring our food to all members of our party at the same, leaving some of us to wait uncomfortably for others to receive their food. Overall, we were very disappointed.

m
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacationing with our family Higgins is always our go to place for crabs and great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I sat on the upstairs crab deck and had all you can eat blue crabs and corn, with upgrade to medium sized crabs. We chose this after deliberating over buying jumbos by the dozen. We were not disappointed. The crabs had a lot of meat and were well seasoned. The service was fast and friendly. The peach whiskey drink was really good. You're outside on the strip, so there will be noise, but it didn't bother us.

TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I liked the place. I like sitting upstairs. Though the sun was on half our table which was uncomfortable. My family enjoyed their meals. My crab cake didn't have lump crab meat and it had a couple of shells in it which is really unpleasant.

r
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Tradition for the family, overall ok.
Value has dropped .

Hoopers was a much better value the day prior.....may be the new tradition??

K
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I were in Ocean City and wanted to go to dinner our last night there.We called a few places who said they didn't take reservations and there was about a 45 minute wait.So we went on Open Table and made a reservation here. We arrived 15 minutes early and they sat us promptly.I had an 8 oz. chargrilled steak with a baked potato and corn. It was very good.My wife enjoyed crab soup and a crabcakes. Service was very good. Would go back.

AO
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very large group and had excellent service and the food was excellent!
Would highly recommend this restaurant!
5 stars

f
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Crab house sheik with steak house prices

b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

My deal had to be returned, I have been going there for years, so this was the first time I ever had a problem and made no big deal of it. When the bill came they charged me for the baked potato ($3) which I did eat - no problem, and $3 for a container of applesauce that was the little plastic cup other restaurants send salad dressing home in with takeout orders. I asked the waitress if there was a mistake and she said no. I was OUTRAGED! I got back to the condo donated our Higgins shirts and ball caps to GoodWill and after many, many years of eating there 2X every year and recommending it to all our friends who vacay in OC, will NEVER return to this establishment again.

KJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had crabs and they were excellent! This was our second time here and both times the crabs were superb!

TO
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our favorite meal during our week at OCMD! Casual atmosphere with delicious food.

GP
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate upstairs outside. Great atmosphere the music was 80's which I love. The crabs and shrimp were outstanding. Our waitress was outstanding. Kept us refilled with drinks , crabs and shrimp. I'll be back.

RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 adults had AYCE crabs w/corn. We were there for 2 hours! 2 big men ate nonstop! Delicious and Chris S was a super server. Ate upstairs, outside. Ask for Chris!

B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just around the corner from our hotel. I took a couple of days off from work and took my teenage daughter to the beach. We ordered the all you can eat crabs. They were juicy and quite meaty. Some of the best Blue Crabs one could ever have. Lucas was our server and he was on top of it. I left with the impression that he always has his A game on. Live music, cold beer and friendly people. It truly was one of the better dining experiences I’ve had at the shore.

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service was good, definitely a place we go every trip

EC
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Was pumped bc I love crab and it was my birthday dinner. Overall it was good but I had no idea the crabs would come out absolutely smothered in old bay. I assume that’s a Maryland thing (was just there visiting for the weekend from another state). I got the bottomless crabs so I didn’t have the heart to send it back even though I hate old bay. We also weren’t allowed to switch tables to one in the shade (it was about 95 degrees and we were in the sun) even though we were only one of about 5 tables sitting out of about 20.

KD
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jordan was great, everything was yummy. Made the last of our trip a success.

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

The food and service were excellent. For the first visit we would definitely recommend to anyone

JF
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The crabs were good, the service was amazing! Our server Casey was awesome! It was a great restaurant for all you can eat crabs!

JB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I would not waste my time or energy going there every again. The pricing for the upgrade is confusing and the service sucks

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

My daughter and I arrived a bit later than expected in Ocean City and were looking for someplace close where we could get dinner quickly. We were seated promptly upon arrival. Waitress was friendly and attentive without hovering (which I hate!). We weren't super hungry so ordered crab dip and a crab cake sandwich to split. Our food came more quickly than I expected, and everything was good. My only complaint was that I felt the crabcake was a little smaller than expected, and had quite a few small pieces of shell in it. I've lived in Maryland my whole life, and know it's almost impossible to make a shell-free crab cake, but I would have liked there to be less than there was. Overall, though, a good dining experience, and good value for the money spent. I'd definitely go there again.

WV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was not a memorable meal, mediocre at best. There are many better restaurants in Ocean City.

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