Pappas Restaurant - Cockeysville

4.6
1262 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
Welcome to the newest Pappas Restaurant and Sports Bar in Cockeysville, Maryland! If you've been searching for the perfect crab cake in the Baltimore area -- or ANY area, for that matter -- look no further than Pappas' 7-ounce cake of glory. Packed with colossal lump crab meat, minimal filler, and a recipe blend that has had people coming back for more since 1972. This gem is why Pappas has been featured on the cover of Baltimore Magazine, appeared on Food Network, Cooking Channel, and Travel Channel, and has won over 20 awards in just a few short years. We proudly welcome guests to enjoy a sinful cocktail at our bar, have a quiet dinner with the family in our dining room, or host a party for up to 40 people in our private room. Pappas Restaurant and Sports Bar is fully handicap accessible, and only a stone's throw away from the Beltway, minutes from Hunt Valley AND Towson. Make reservations today!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(410) 666-0030
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carlos Zea
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Private party facilities
Book a private party with Pappas! Parties can range between 20 and 40 people, and you can plan a menu based on you and your guests needs. Please call for more details or visit our website for more menu information!
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Private party contact
Justin Windle: (410) 666-0030
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
York Road
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Parking details
MTA bus stop at Cranbrook Rd. and Ridgland Rd.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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MH
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was excellent. Our server(s) were fantastic. I noticed the teamwork between the staff...it was seamless.

Steak was perfect!
Alfredo was seasoned just right!

Of course, the crab cakes were great!

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DW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 4, cut to 3 due to illness, and were seated at a Table facing and up against the Wall. My Wife very upset. Were told the was the only Table available for 3. We moved table away from Wall and discovered Table not Level! Our waiter came immediately, and said he would fix, and he did. also the Room manager came and offered us an appetizer for our inconvenience. From that point on we Had a Wonderful Meal and Service . Besides the Crab Cakes, the Lamb Chops were Outstanding and the Black Bottom Cheese Cake really topped off a great evening. The Mixed Drinks were also terrific.
I had a Dinner Party for 12 People, back in Spring, for my wife'd Birthday, and will be doing it again!

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JA
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous crab cakes!
Every location is a duplicate in all areas.

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I
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the crab cakes ...feel they are good representative of our state... always take out of towners there.. service is always great too

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OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday with a PERFECT crab cake dinner! The cucumber appetizer was refreshing, the cocktails just right, and of course the crab cakes were fabulous with delicious sides of hot French fries and creamy coleslaw. Our server was professional and friendly, and brought my husband a complimentary bowl of ice cream with all the toppings to complete his birthday meal. Kudos to the chef - it was a 10 in every way !! P.S. we also celebrated my birthday at Pappa’s in July.

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T
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was a huge disappointment, especially since we went with out-of-town guests who were celebrating an anniversary. I had heard so much about Pappas crab cakes, and compared to the rest of our meal, it was great although really just fair to middling.

Four of us ordered the crab cake and, for the most part, were satisfied. The sides, however, were horrible. Waterlogged brussel sprouts, hard, woody broccoli, and runny cole slaw. The worst side was the "jacket potato." It was likely frozen and thrown under the broiler and came in an aluminum muffin cup. They must buy them by the hundreds, if not thousands. One friend ordered veal marsala with shrimp. The veal, which I'm not sure was veal at all based on the dark color, was covered in a brown gravy that looked like it sauce that covers egg foo yung. Not traditional thin, glossy glaze, and nary a mushroom in site. When my friend pushed everything aside on the plate, the pasta was swimming in a puddle of gravy tinged water. We figured that we couldn't go wrong with rice pudding at a Greek restaurant. Boy, were we wrong. Pappas sure likes things to be soupy. There is more rice in a bowl of Campbell's chicken rice soup than in their rice pudding. Also, I was looking for a traditional Greek appetizer, but the only Greek item on the menu was spinach pie. It's just as well because the top would probably have been limp and the filling runny.

If the servers were attentive -- hell, if our waiter even realized we were his table (even after we asked to host to send him over) -- a terrible evening would not have been saved.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorites, crab cakes and grilled salmon were both delicious and cooked to perfection. The waiters were very personable and accommodating.

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s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good crab soup and large crab cakes.
Very good waitress.

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YS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant
Delicious dinner and friendly atmosphere

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C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to Pappas regularly. Being a holiday weekend, I thought it might be good to make reservations. When we got there, we checked in and then a party of 6 (with reservations) and a party of 2 (without reservations) came in behind us. Both of those groups, including those without a reservation, were seated ahead of us. The hostess then said it would be about 10 minutes before we would be seated (which was odd because we had a reservation and were on time/not early and those without were seated right away). We decided to just sit in the bar instead of waiting. So it might not be worth making a reservation if it’s not going to be honored anyway.

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Food and good service at a moderate price in a comfortable atmosphere.

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OJ
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Too-notch Crabcake with very competitive pricing. Group of 8 today with one sever who did an Excellent job !! Thanks

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B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress is the bar!!!!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

It was ok. Nothing great about it. I have had better but have had much worse. We live an hour away so not in any big rush to go back.

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GB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter DJ was outstanding. The food was delicious and a good value.

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D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great seafood (crab) as always. Live out of state now but visit 2-3 times a year for crab cakes.

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BP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great experience when dining here. The attention of Justin Wedlin and his staff is top notch.

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Seafood is above average and a good value. Ambiance is family oriented.

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CB
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second best crabcakes in Maryland, no... on Earth. Excellent food, excellent value.

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JB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I always eat here fir special occasions.

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GA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best seafood I’ve had in Baltimore! I highly recommend to anyone visiting the area. It’s very family friendly as well.

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L
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my the food was great I had the Calimari for a appetizer and the crab cake for dinner the best and biggest crab cake ever all lump meat and the prices are great the service was amazing we had a great waiter and even the manage meant came to check on every table to make sure everything was fine I will defenitly be going back

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and the food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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M
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific crab cake special on Tuesdays. Enjoyed the food, the service was great and desserts are excellent

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ST
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the first time we were there. It was fabulous.....we will be going back. The crab cakes were the best we ever had. Service was wonderful!! Everyone was friendly!!

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f
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waitress Megan and delicious crab cakes! Highly rec’d and loved all food and on Wednesday evenings (the night we went) it is half price wine. It was my grandfathers birthday and my whole family enjoyed it and looking forward to going back. Big lump crab meat! Highly rec’d :-)

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MG
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A little more crab meat in the crab cakes would be nice even if they were smaller

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k
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab cakes anywhere! Never my daughter comes into town Pappas‘s number one on our list !

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This was my birthday celebration, as noted on the reservation and never acknowledged. At least the crab cake was better than the last one I had there. Poor beer selection and flat sodas marked the occasion.

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GF
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Crab cakes are superb. Even the gluten free version.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Family reunion dinner. Great table. Great table. Great service. Noisy obnoxious table nearby with one woman intoxicated and talking/laughing loudly. Otherwise , food and service were excellent !!!

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The crab cakes are not what they used to be, but still good, just not great. The bread is not very good. It isn't as bad as it used to be but it could be so much better. The side dishes were dreadful. Service was good. This is basically an old people's restaurant trying to be more.

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B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is great! Free parking lot. Knowledgeable staff.

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U
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious as always. Delightful attentive service.

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r
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

One person sent their meal back. Two people could not enjoy the rockfish. A new chef?

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MM
Baltimore
139 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This time we went to Pappas during restaurant week. We found that we could do better simply ordering from the regular menu. Our dinner was a bit rushed probably because it was restaurant week. They do
serve a lot of food.

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M
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server DJ was superior. He went above and beyond to accommodate us especially my 96 year old father who complained about his crab soup. DJ made everything right for dad not once but twice . Sad to know he'll be leaving shortly for the Air Force. A great loss for Pappas

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KF
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The crab cakes were amazing. Can't wait to have them again.

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BK
Baltimore
76 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I love this place and their cucumber salad and crab cakes! Definitely give it a try!

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K
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great job by Pappas and Open Table having the table ready on time for our reservation even though they were packed!

Our service was exceptional and the food was very good as usual. We will be back!

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