Pappas Restaurant - Parkville

4.6
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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" eight-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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P
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place to have lunch with friends. Server was very efficient and courteous. Food was as usual very good. Every one at the table tried something different and they all enjoyed their choices. Looking forward to coming back.

R
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This was my first time dining in the restaurant. I have had the famous crab cakes via carryout, which were excellent. My order was the Mediterranean Rockfish with crab meat on top. Let's say there was hardly any crabmeat on top and the seasoning was lacking in flavor. I fault myself for not just sticking with the crab cakes.

Y
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic good food. Splendid strip steaks, salads and service.

JA
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Our table continued to get bumped especially by the workers. We were seated at the corner and the space was tight. The restaurant was not crowded, we could have been placed at a more suitable table. However, the food was fabulous!!!

b
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time for two of us to dine at Pappas and we were very pleased. We had a very friendly and informative waitress. We enjoyed a daily special of rockfish and crab lumps which was delicious. The rockfish serving was generous and the crab lumps were great. Next time we dine in that area we will definitely consider returning.

KC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints! The staff is always friendly and the crab cakes are amazing. Specialty cocktails are a must!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meet the parents

H
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Food arrived cold and after 30 -40 min. - Wait staff was inattentive, forgetting drinks and water , staff delivering food carried tray on shoulder with hair in food

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Delicious food

E
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My review is actually of the Pappas Restaurant in Cockeysville. Food was delicious and the portions were very generous. We especially liked the grilled octopus appetizer. It came with a nice side salad and lemon slices to squeeze on top.

FB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the 2nd time that I and my lady friend have attended this restaurant. The food has been first rate both times. We both got the crab cake and it was one of the best that I have had. In addition, we had a show to attend in Baltimore and were running late when we arrived...the service was exceptional. The waitress worked with us and got us out in plenty of time to make the show with time to spare. I would highly recommend the restaurant.

CL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious - we both got the single crab cake dinner. The spicy garlic shrimp as an appetizer was awesome! The service was great too!

KT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was perfect. Effucy and charming; a lovely combination.

D
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Having been abroad for the past two weeks, I was craving a crabcake. I was so glad I went to Pappa's. As usual, the crabcake was large, full of lump meat, and broiled to perfection. Another excellent meal. Thanks!

j
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and very friendly staff. The food came out in perfect timing.

JC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good excellent. Restaurant really needs an upgrade. Staff standing around talking which made the noise level too loud. I would still recommend.

a
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

First time I was ever disappointed in the service. Had ordered a dinner to go and they forgot it. Then they forgot to bring the salad that went with it. Don't like having to wait!!

RG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately. Food was delicious. Our waitress was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cakes in the area

OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time for my mothers birthday. Crab cakes were AWESOME! Also I had brought an extravagant cake that the staff handled so well. They lit and carried it over while also singing happy birthday. It was very very nice.

JA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

everyone enjoyed there meals, felt a little cramped, tables are so close together

LH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a little confusing to where to go to be seated but after finding the right entry everything was smooth sailing! The cucumbers before the meal were AMAZING!!! I have never had anything like that! It was a GREAT way to begin a wonderful meal instead of always getting served bread!!! I initially came for the crab cake but i ended up order the flounder stuffed with crab imperial and it was More than I could eat!! I am very pleased with the service that I recieved and the attention we were given. Thanks Again! and i will definietly be back for me Crab Cake!!!

BW
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. Our waitress was awesome.

SJ
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, excellent crab cakes. The only thing missing was a really good quality glass of wine to go with the meal. The bar beverages are more geared toward mixed drinks. No complaints though. We'll be back.

j
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always fabulous at a reasonable price. Staff is always quick friendly and have great attitudes. Their seafood is outstanding your side dishes are delicious and again a great spot to celebrate birthdays meeting friends and just a fine time overall

P
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local restaurant with varied menu, excellent service. good food and minimal noise level

OT
San Francisco
142 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pappas reminds me of a restaurant in Rome that we stumbled into on a Sunday afternoon. Bustling, welcoming, full of locals, families, even tourists. Clearly a justly popular place with something to appeal to every taste. We are glad we found it and hope to return.

JW
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always happy to go to dinner at Papa’s. I had guest in from out of town and they totally enjoyed themselves and loved the food!

L
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal. The crab cakes were delicious, as was everything else.

N
Baltimore
116 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Four of us went for lunch. Two had fried oysters which were fried too long & dry. One person had a wonderful crab cake and the other had the fried shrimp. The shrimp were fried golden brown. The sides included fries, cole slaw, side salad, stewed tomatoes and applesauce. The sides were fine. Our suggestion i not to order the fried oysters until the chef learns how to fry them properly. That was such a disappointment to the two oyster lovers.

W
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been years since I had been there and went for a birthday dinner for their wonderful crab cakes!! Everyone loved their meals and the stuffed mushroom caps and filet were OUTSTANDING! It was a lovely family dinner. The service was great as well!!

JK
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always the crab cake was outstanding. We were a party of five and all but one got the crab cake. The sole abstainer got shrimp salad, which she declared to be delicious. We had a nice round table which was great for conversation, and our reunion lunch was not rushed--we were there for about 2 hours and no one seemed to mind.

S
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a good experience here. The food is always wonderful and the servers are attentive. It has a local feeling and makes you feel special.

TS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great especially the Roughy, steaks & crab cakes. Services is very friendly.
Tables are a little close together but fine.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cakes anywhere! Exceptional value for the money. Some rooms are quiet. Others are noisy when full. I live on Long Island and try to get to Pappas in either the Parkville or Cockeyesville locations whenever I go to Baltimore. The Cockeyesville Pappas will make gluten-free crab cakes.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A little expensive for the location but I would have been very happy with the meal at twice the price in New York City. Excellent!
Had the Surf and Turf (crabcake and fantastic filet) .

OT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Although this place has been one of my favorite for years, I was disappointed today. The clam chowder tasted like cream of mushroom soup and the Brussels sprouts were SO overdone that they were just about mush. May be awhile before I return again.

KP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. We couldn’t ask for a better dining experience.

MB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress and bus boy was great ! Food was good ! Would definitely recommend eating here

DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely dinner, Our waitress was GREAT!!! She didn.t rush us & was so helpful, It was a real joy, to have a quiet dinnezr, Thank you. Dona Calp

P.S> can't wait till next visit..

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