Pappas Restaurant - Parkville

4.5
1190 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
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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
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
21 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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J
Baltimore
56 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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D
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday dinner. We really enjoyed our server and our steak - New York Christopher. We will be returning!!!!!

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LS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding crab cakes! Large pieces of crabmeat and nicely seasoned.

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MS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is always the main attraction here and did not disappoint at all. Blackened Mahi Mahi with Gulf Shrimp had just enough spice and was prepared excellently. The Pappas' crab cake is the best in Maryland and you can never go bad with that. The only thing we missed was some sort of bread service - but made more room for our excellent entries. May not be the most upscale restaurant when comes to decor - but most go to Pappas for the excellent food.

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CH
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all got crab cakes which were excellent. The sides were a somewhat disappointing. The twice baked potatoes called jackknifed potatoes weren't what we expected. Instead of mashed potatoes put back in the potato shell we got what looked like little cups of mashed potatoes. They were good, just not what we expected and not very much. I got the veg of the day, asparagus as my other side. It wasn't very impressive, just steamed and did not have much flavor.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic birthday dinner! The food was top notch and Our server(s), Ron and Lauren, were incredible!

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H
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 5 really enjoyed ourselves. Our server Daniel was excellent! Very attentive without being intrusive. He anticipated our needs which was amazing.... The food was great as always. Delicious crab cakes for most of us, steak for one, and a beautiful rack of lamb for the other. The wedge salads were huge. All delicious! Thanks for all the years of maintaining high standards all the way round.

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was hardly our first visit, but we ate here for Restaurant Week. Because of the prix fixe setup, we had a 3 course meal rather than our usual entree with sides, so we spent about 30% more than usual. It was totally worth it. Salad caprese had good local tomatoes, and was not over-dressed. The crab cake was, as always, superb. We had ordered only one side with our entree, and the waitress insisted that we take home two orders of potato salad, to make up for that. Had it the next night at home, and it was delicious.

We'll be there again, I'm sure, for my mom's 96th birthday next month.

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

Best crab cakes in town. Every time we visit from Texas this is a must do stop. The crab cakes are filled with chunks of crab and very large portion. Disappointed in the stuffed mushroom appetizer - cheesy crab soufflé overwhelming 2 small mushrooms- just not what I was expecting. Complementary cucumber salad always refreshing. Do not visit this restaurant if you are in a time crunch- always busy dining room and takes time to get entrees out to the table.

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CL
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group likes to come here every couple of months. Great service, great food. Haven't been let down yet! The crab cakes are so good, the twice baked potato was delicious. I got the cream of crab soup for the first time, very good. Too stuffed to have dessert but got some rice pudding to go which was also delicious.

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CI
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Crab cakes were of the best that I have had. The table that we sat at was very small and it made it difficult to have a quiet conversation because we sat so close to other diners which made it impossible. So intimate conversations are a no. We had to move our table in order for the gentlemen that was seated with his wife next to the wall to leave. So cramped quarters. We had a table for two. A table for 4 seems like a better option.

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MB
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Pappas was a great place to meet some friends. We all had something different and we all enjoyed our meals. Crabcakes are the best!

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JA
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Great crab cakes. Pricy due to difficulty getting crab pickers due to implementation of temporary visa restrictions.

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AF
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 7 people. We were sat at a great table. Service was great. Katherine our waitress was great too. A short red headed hostess was absolutely phenominal! She went out of her way to get us all cream of crab from carryout accross the street. Was very good soup. Food was really great. We all had good things to say. Will go back again.

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PG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was enjoyed by all. Service was attentive and food was excellent.

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SN
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I had to ask the waitress 4x’s to remove empty plates from our table and we ordered 3 passion fruit mojitos and they were HORRIBLE!

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DM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the crab cakes were excellent! And the service was outstanding. We always enjoy our meal at Pappas.

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LN
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was poor, we requested sweet iced tea’s and were given unsweetened ice tea’s, we had to another person in the area to fill our orders, the person that had initially waited on us was no where to be found

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EV
Baltimore
63 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Took relatives who wanted to try a good crab cake. They weren't disappointed. crab cake was excellent and other seafood (scallops, halibut, rockfish) were all well prepared

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LT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and attentive staff. Food was outstanding. For the first time ever I accidentally forgot to take my credit card after the meal and it took me a couple of days to backtrack my steps. I called Pappas and asked if they had it, the friendly lady with whom I spoke checked and found it, and informed me they'd hold it at the lounge for me. When I went to retrieve it, I went to the bar, not knowing that the lounge was in a separate room. The bartender escorted me into the lounge area and was extremely helpful in helping me to retrieve my card.

This speaks volumes for this restaurant. They serve crab cakes that are second to none, and for my meal I also got a filet mignon that was absolutely perfect. But they are also very friendly and extremely accommodating for their customers. The wait staff doesn't hover over you, but seems to know exactly when to appear. Gourmet level food, with a friendly small-town atmosphere.

A thoroughly outstanding experience, heartily recommended.

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J
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great! The special appetizer of the day, mussels, was delicious. The crab cakes, as always, were big and delicious. I was very hungry, so I ordered two. Believe me, one would have been enough, but they were so good, I finished them and was uncomfortably full! My husband was wiser and took his second one home. It was just as delicious the next day, warmed up in the microwave. No one had room for dessert. When we came in, we were greeted with warmth, and then sent off with warmth. A Baltimore area gem.

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D
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Crab cakes are delicious!!! We always come here when in MD visiting family. Yum!!!!!

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OT
Baltimore
101 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The location where seated was dirty and congested. Two of the 4 meals were VERY dry. It was very sad because we enjoyed for the past years the Cockeysville location and wanted to celebrate a friend's birthday.
Renovations should take place. Upon leaving water was dripping from the ceiling right at the entrance.

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R
Poconos
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The crabcakes were good, but nothing spectacular. 1/2 price wine was nice! Yummy food for the kids. Seating was a little crammed and they didn't have our reservation on file for some reason, but they sat us right away.

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D
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Overall my experience was pretty average. I had their crab cake which was a bit underwhelming. It was filled with crab meat which was a plus but the crab cake was quite bland and lacked flavor.

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MA
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm only in the Baltimore area every few years so I don't get to Pappas nearly as often as I like. The crab cakes are legendary. I'd love to try other things on the menu but these are, by far, the best crab cakes I've ever had. Old school restaurant. Not pretentious in any way. A bit pricey but the quality is obvious and it's totally worth it.

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SR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Finally got a chance to try Pappas in our quest for Baltimore's best crab cakes. They claim the world's best. They may be right. The crab cakes are about as good as any. Everything else was excellent, too. If you want great crab cakes, they must be on your list.

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KH
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent my all in all experience was great. I would recommend Pappas to friends and family for any occasion.

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DS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

The crab cakes and the rock fish were superb.
Sides were disappointing and that was not our prior experience.
Overall good but not great.

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LR
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I checked the menu online before going because i wanted to make sure i would like something . The were 5 dishes for me to choose from. But when I got there they had a special Fathers Day Menu. None of the dishes I wanted were listed. It was mostly seafood I do not eat seafood I know they are known for crabcakes So I took my Husband there after making sure they would have something i could eat. They did not. I got Chicken Chesapeake It was very dry after I took off the crabcake. Also I asked for a hurricane to drink Instead of saying he did not know how to make it he brought me a glass of brown liquid that tasted awful. I would not go there again or tell anyone else to. Plenty of places have crabcakes

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ES
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband received a gift certif as part of an award from work! First time here and it was amazing !! Good food , great wine and excellent service !!! we will be back !!!

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