Pappas Restaurant - Parkville

4.5
1300 reviews
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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.
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Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is superior - food is always delicious and can’t beat 1/2 price wines on Monday nights 😁. All 8 of us had a very enjoyable evening

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JU
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m never disappointed when I come to Pappas of Parkville! The crab cakes are consistently delicious. The shrimp cocktail was also very tasty. I had the Mezcalita Margarita. If you don’t want sweet, this is perfect. A bit smoky cilantros flavor with pineapple. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. Our table was cleared of used plates in a timely manor. The atmosphere was relaxing. This is our go to for the best crab cakes in town!

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C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived in the Baltimore area for 19 years and had never been to Pappas. It's a shame, because they have the best crabcakes I've ever tasted! I would suggest that if you're ever in Baltimore & want the best cakes around... Pappas!

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DB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Our server Nick was wonderful! Two thumbs up! No doubt we'll be back!!!!

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CS
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pappas is always our #1 place to go for the BEST of the BEST crabcakes, Chicken Chesapeake all types of seafood, and they can still grill a mean burger!! LOVE THIS PLACE!!

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab cakes were outstanding. I get great service every time I go there. I think Nick was our waiter, he was excellent.

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BR
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the relaxed feel of this place. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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MP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I like the comfortable, retro vibe of a neighborhood restaurant.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our family had lunch on a Saturday. The casual atmosphere suited us. A huge criticism from of this restaurant is their inability to accommodate gluten allergies. This is the second time in 3 months that we’ve dined at the Parkville location while visiting a relative at a nearby senior residence. The wait staff doesn’t seem to understand gluten free. (My salad came with croutons on top, as one example, even though the server wrote gluten free on our order.) Though the Cockeysville location of Pappas advertises gluten free crab cakes, this location does not serve them. Sorry to say, Pappas is now off our list of restaurants.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my parents 59th wedding anniversary. The service was on point-sensitive to my mom's hearing impairment. The food was delicious and a delight to behold. We were very happy and thoroughly satisfied.🤗🤗🤗

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JW
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a wonderful time when I visited purpose! Crabcakes are outstanding, the staff is very welcoming.

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DE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great as usual. It is the best place in town for crab cakes

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DE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

We usually have a wonderful time. My husband's food was cold. Our waitress did tell the manager and 20% was deducted. However, we hardly saw our waitress. I had to ask another server for a drink refill.

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TF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When I say THE worst service ever!!!! Soooo you take my order and never come back until the food was ready. Then you bring the food to the table didn't bother to ask if we needed anything (cocktail sauce, more water) absolutely nothing. So my water glass sat empty all night, by the time I had another server find you to bring cocktail sauce, my crab cake was ice cold. Smdh. Won’t be going back.

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JT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and reasonably priced. Was disappointed they were out of baked potatoes.

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GW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Highly recommended! It was a great first time experience and looking forward to having more events in the future!

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BP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always prefer this restaurant. Rachel did a great job serving us. Be back again soon!

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L
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Old fashioned atmosphere which I liked. The servers were super nice. They put delicious homemade pickles on the table as soon as we got there. We all got crab cakes and they were the best and biggest crab cakes I ever had. $20 for a huge crab cake and two sides. Great place!

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. The waiter continued to check on us and top off our beverages.

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M
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pappas provided a wonderful atmosphere for our birthday celebration. We were provided with attentive professional service and delicious food! A fabulous time was had by all!

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SW
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Seafood lovers won't be disappointed with generous portions and well prepared dishes. Old school. Nothing nouveau. But consistent.

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BN
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very happy with our dining experience. The greeter was very friendly and, since we were early, allowed us to choose our table. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. The food was excellent. The crab cake lived up to its reputation.

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BW
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place. We go there yearly on our anniversary. Food was great, service was excellent, and we enjoyed our time there.

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N
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The crab cake was excellent with plenty of lump back fin. The service was very prompt and polite.

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AM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Although the food was quite enjoyable, the service for the food took over 50 min. They said it was due to a busy night. They could have apologized for the wait. My wife was very upset. They did take our bar tab off the bill for our inconvenience. We will not be returning to this establishment was quite some time.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a variety of dishes and everything was wonderful and the service very attentive

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a
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

overall a great night. food was fantastic, but the room was a little cold. I had to keep my coat on all night.

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SS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the experience at Pappas Oarkville. Been going for many years. Great service n food. The decir feels like home

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E
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation for a certain time and they did not seat us for 30minutes. We had to ask what was going on before they actually sat us. They tried to say we were waiting on people from our party but we were all there at the time we reserved. Then the person sitting us had an attitude about it. We were then put at a table too small for the amount of people we had. They also kept saying the kitchen was backed up and they were backed up on salads (they were cutting lettuce as we spoke). The food was ok but did not live up to its reputation and was definitely not worth the price. I would not recommend this place at all. The only good part was our waiter.

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SL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Cold soup, waited too long for appetizer, waiter non attentive.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Absolutely horrendous!! We waited nearly two hours for our food to come out only to be told the kitchen was busy and couldn’t keep up because the kitchen is “so small”. $34 for a seafood platter that was totally dried out and missing items. The only item that was half way decent was my daughters cheeseburger. We’ve been coming for years and I’m sad to say you’ve lost a very loyal customer. I think it might be time to put your money in updating your kitchen especially if your going to charge $34 for a measly meal that I think my nine year old could have cooked better.

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IC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This was our second time there. The first time, we got the crab cake platters and they were excellent. This time we got the fried oysters which were so-so at best, an Italian dish ( penne pasta?) which came in a watery tomato sauce, the rockfish with crabmeat which was just ok and a seafood club which was very good. If we go again, we’ll stick with the crab cakes.

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a
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Four slices of veal was less then the size of my palm, not breaded and 4 plain pieces of shrimp. Sauce on side was smart move because it would have made up the entire dish. Not at all worth $29.00. Barefoot Merlot was very good. And only $7.00. 1st time here. Will probably come back and try crab cake for $19.99.

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MB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great crab cake. Best crab cake in Maryland and, perhaps best crab cake in the country.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I was greeted nicely, the waiter was not very warm, he did not give us all of the lunch specials. We came there for the famous crab cakes and he did not mention the luncheon special about the crab cakes until I mentioned it to him and I thought that was a little weird.
Other than that the experience was good.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The crab cakes are not better than Koco’s!!! I guess that’s why it pays NOT to cheat on your first love!!!

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j
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was well prepared service was good
Seating was not perfect
Should have areas that seat similar types of guests so the noise level is more controlled ie couples together families together the noise level of other guests was more than expected
Great food would Recommend

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JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food in great surroundings. Second time eating here. Pleasantly surprised with bill.

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CK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Had a 5:00 p.m. reservation, didn't get seated until 5:35. Food was delicious, service was okay (waiter never came back to check on how our food was), thankfully it was delicious. Other than taking our order (someone else brought out our food), the next time we saw the waiter is when we flagged him down for the check.

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d
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have always been happy with the quality of food at Pappas, Parkville. They truly do have the best crab cakes you could ever imagine!

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