Pappas Restaurant - Parkville

4.5
1221 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
When you want an amazing crab cake, one you can brag to family and friends about, the best Maryland has to offer, then come in for Pappas" seven-ounce colossal lump crab cake. Find out why Pappas' signature dish has won award after award from Baltimore's Best to Baltimore Magazine's Top Crab Cake, and why it was featured on the Food Network's Chef vs City and the Travel Channel & 98 Rock's Food Wars. Family owned and operated since 1972, owner Mark Pappas prides himself on not only offering the best crab cake in Baltimore, but also the finest, freshest seafood, steaks, and pasta dishes around. Every sauce, soup and dressing is made from scratch. Pappas welcomes families and large groups. We have a great children's menu with lots of tempting options for the kiddos. Pappas Restaurant is fully handicap accessible, and only a stone's throw away from the Beltway, minutes from Towson. Make reservations or call ahead for express carry! Our on-premises Liquor Store is open 7 days-a-week.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:45pm; Dinner: Monday & Tuesday: 3:45pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 3:45pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(410) 661-4357
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Wilson Rodriguez
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Private party facilities
Planning a private party? We have the perfect room to accommodate your special occasion(20-180 People). We are fully handicap accessible. Call today to have a Private Dining Menu sent to you right away!
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Private party contact
Justin Windle: (410) 661-4357
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Catering
Let Pappas host your next formal affair from anniversaries to weddings, holiday parties to retirement parties, and everything in-between. Pappas will provide on-premises accommodations for up to 180 people. Open 7 days-a-week, our friendly, hard-working staff will make your next party one the guests will never forget. We offer sit down luncheons or dinners to suit your taste and budget. Call today for more information or to book your next event!

We specialize in after-funeral gatherings.
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Cross street
Taylor Ave. and Oakleigh Rd.
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Parking details
Plenty of parking on premises with handicap accessibility.
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Public transit
MTA: Loch Raven Blvd. and Taylor Ave.
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Entertainment
We have a Sports Bar & Lounge complete with huge HD tvs including our 92 inch HD screen, private booths, pool tables, arcade and trivia games, on-line jukebox, Keno, Racetrax, and more!
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Special events & promotions
Join us with your family & friends for the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and More. We participate in all Baltimore County Restaurant Weeks. Check it out: http://www.baltimorecountyrestaurantweek.com/ Ship crab cakes nationwide at http://www.pappascrabcakes.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1221 People Are Saying
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MF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Short and to the point, this place is wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Pappas Restaurant - Parkville serves the Best Maryland crab cake.

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BP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The main dishes were great! The sides were bland and not appealing. Overall the food and drinks were good and the service was excellent.

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SO
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was for 7 people on December 1, 2018. They seated us immediately, even though the restaurant was full. The crab cakes were very good, best in Baltimore. The scallops were delicious and the rib eye steak was excellent. Salads were great and vegetables were also good. I would not order the glazed carrots again. The glaze was thick and tasted of too much ginger. I was expecting an orange and brown sugar light glaze. Desserts were excellent. The cheese cake was very good. The rice pudding was excellent and the chocolate mousse cake was to die for. This meal was exceptional in every way. Would go back every week if I could afford it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes we're the best.

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T
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My kids were home for college break and my son was requesting crab cakes so I made a reservation. Crab cakes and service were very good. Our only complaint was that we were seated in adjoining room to the main dining room just beyond the entrance. It was a cold and rainy night and very drafty where we sat.

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CA
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great crab cake lunch special with "old" high school friends. Service was not rushed but very attentive so we could share stories. The manager stopped by to say hello.

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CS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Gotta love Pappas crabcakes and crab imperial. They are the best in Maryland!!

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The visit and food/service was fine, but there was a real disconnect in the reservation. I started an online reservation but cancelled when the information requested was excessive. I have no reason to open an account with username and password just to request a reservation. I cancelled the attempt to reserve online. When I attempted to call to make a reservation I was disconnected each time I called, about 3 times total. I never did speak with a human, so when we arrived I had no idea whether I was expected or would be seated. As it turned out, there was no problem and we had a nice dinner.

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

The crab cakes really are as good as people say. My friend had the ribs and said they were the best she'd ever eaten.

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CD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was not as good as it was during the last visit to Pappas. We can tell they had a less experienced chef or cook at that hour. And, my favorite glazed carrots was returned to the kitchen after tasting the first carrot. They served us sandwich rolls instead of dinner rolls, which wasn't tasteful. We went during the lunch hour, and the service was slow and a little tight seating arrangement. Again, I'm hoping this was a 1-day bad experience at Papas and we'll return again for the crab cakes.

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KT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dinner! It was fish with crab meat in a lemon butter caper sauce. (It was a special) and each bite was incredible. Their crab cakes are also fantastic.

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FO
Corpus Christi
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always seem to end up there for the crabcakes- excellent.

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JK
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal with excellent service. Crab ball appetizers were amazing.

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CD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect dinner setting with my family. The restaurant specialty meals and well known crab cakes was delicious and divine to taste. We’ll plan this visit again in the future.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I moved to NJ and miss Maryland Crab cakes. I discovered the old Hales was now Pappas, and took my sister out to dinner. We were very pleased: The dinner starts with crunchy half pickled cucumbers, that went perfectly with the perfect crab cake which was enormous. A Maryland crab cake, bake potato and asparagus, we were both in heaven. Friendly, accommodating staff, good service, a fine meal!

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c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time after leaving Michaels because of menu and pricing change. Looked at numbers of crab cake resturants but Pappas is now the only one we will regularly visit. Super crabcake and all else great. Thanks for a great value dinner

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KO
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would give this spot 10 stars if it were an option. Food is absolutely delicious.

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LS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. We brought friends from Lancaster, PA just for the crabcakes. Also took extra crabcakes home with us. Yum!

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t
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really good crab cakes are among some of the better ones. They also know when to stop adding sugar to iced tea. Not too sweet

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us had the crab cakes and the others had the salmon. Very delicious! The side baked potato was great too. Love the old school ambiance of this place and the serving staff is always wonderful. Excellent draft beer selections too! The bar scene looked fun as well.

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JC
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a birthday.

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PP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I come here every year for my birthday, and I get the fried oysters. this year I was a little disappointed because my oysters were a little over done
Otherwise it was a good time

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L
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We celebrated my birthday there, the food was great, and our server was excellent.

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TK
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We “googled” and found Pappa’s ~ What a great place! The crab cake was AMAZING! Tim, our bartender was very attentive and made some great drinks. Manny, our waiter, was great! He was personable, knowledgeable, fast, and efficient. He definitely is an asset that Pappa’s hopefully appreciates and acknowledges.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent. The location for our reservation could have been in a more private location. Sitting behind the reservation booth was not the best location to have a large group. Although, it did not cause a great disadvantage, it's just my personal opinion. We loved the service received from our server and culinary staff.

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f
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

i ordered the rock fish with crab and this was the first time i was unhappy with the quality of the food . if i had to identify the fish i was served i would not have guessed it was rock fish. it was tasteless.

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b
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Have been going to Pappas for many years. The past two visits have not been up to their usual excellent food. The crab cakes were dry. I thing Justin needs to spend some time at the Parkville location and bring it back to the the high standards that it was.

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WB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time eating here and I love it. I got crab imperial each time. Seafood is excellent.

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RC
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great classic Maryland seafood

Crab dishes a must

Had Crab Imperial and it was excellent

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AC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Crabcakes you ever want to eat! The other fish options are great too! Service is awesome!

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TH
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual, the crab cakes did not disappoint. The cowboy rib eye steak was one of the night's specials and was also excellent. The cream of crab soup was pretty good but would have been better had it been less pasty and had included a bit more crab meat. The steamed shrimp ordered as an appetizer for the table was a hit. Cocktails were very well done. We went on a Friday evening and the restaurant was not 100% full but because there was a large party going on in the event space parking was quite the challenge.

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

Always Great! Love the crab cakes. Very consistent.

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K
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a good time, we was seated soon after we was greeted. The waitress was plight and consistent.

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R
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I usually like to go to Pappas for their crab cakes. On this visit I was disappointed. It was not up to their usual standard. The middle of the cake was undercooked. I also noticed that there were fewer patrons yesterday. Am I the only one that noticed the difference. Would Oprah be disappointed?

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ND
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Pappas for the first time on a date night - we love seafood and they have a great reputation. I had the crab cake and it was phenomenal. Our waiter was young but well trained, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The restaurant was full with a range of customers - couples, families, friends... lots of special occasions going on which was fun to be around. There are clearly a lot of regulars which is always a great sign. We'll be back!

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J
Baltimore
57 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Crabcakes that I’ve had in a restaurant in longer than I can remember. The service was good and Pappas’ was friendly.

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LC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will have to admit these were the best crab cakes I have ever had and I am a guy who eats around. The crab soup was fantastic. The salad was fine. The triple baked potato was very tasty, although I would have thought it would be in a potato skin and would have preferred this.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Crab cakes were fine. Dining area kind of dark. I would have gathered the dining room next to where we were seated. Much livelier and what one would have expected.
More lighting and prettier. Food ok. Not what I expected. Good menu. I will go again.

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SP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my sister's birthday, and the waiter came and wished her Happy Birthday during our appetizer. Later, she received a complimentary dessert. The food was delicious. We chose a crab dip appetizer to share, and I'll never figure out how they prepared the crispy on the outside, soft on the inside bread wedges to go with them.....sometimes a restaurant with a well-known and built-up reputation, like Pappa's, doesn't feel like they have to go the extra mile, but this one does, complete with a stop-by visit from Mr. Pappa, to talk to my husband, who is a Viet Nam Vet. He didn't even call on his own name value. I recognized him from many pictures over many years. A delightful afternoon. Oh, by the way, the crabcakes, were predicably awesome! My eighty-three year old sister ate every bite of Pappa's "Colossal Crabcake!", plus Pappa's home-made applesauce is like I've never tasted before...….yummy!

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