Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant

4.4
84 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Welcome to Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant!

We do what Maryland does best: Crabs! Locally-caught Maryland blue crabs from the morning’s haul are ripe for the cracking at Tickler’s Crab Shack & Restaurant, our lively seafood-focused eatery. Grab a seat outside and take in the bay or dine inside with the same stunning waterfront views. Dig into hand-crafted cocktails and classic Chesapeake fare on Tilghman Island!

*We want to accommodate your seating selection! However please keep in mind when booking your reservation during peak dining times, that no exact table or area is guaranteed!
*There is a 15 minute grace period for holding your reservation, please call if you are running behind!
What 84 people are saying
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BobR
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Ribs were horrible and service was terribly slow. Manager did comp ribs.

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blunderful
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had visited a couple years ago for crabs and oysters, and repeated that meal again. It was perfect and nice to sit there cracking crabs as the sky changed colors in the evening, over the water.

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Capnjohn
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Because of a wedding reception, seating was limited. However, we arrived over an hour early for out dinner and we were seated immediately.

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Wallis
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came by boat to Tickler's. Had not been since it was Harrison's a few years ago. Absolutely gem of a restaurant. Great venue, ambiance, delicious food, creative craft cocktails. Docking was easy and plenty of spaces. Liz, our server was excellent and attentive. Have already recommended to several people. We will be back.

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Bethesdaite
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great ambience and view! Delicious oysters, crab cake not as good.

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ArturoB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family restaurant to enjoy a great view of the river.

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MargaretL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Added bonus last night was a terrific classical guitarist.

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vipBasRougePrixFix
Washington DC
186 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sadly, we wanted this dinner to be nice. Starter courses came after main plates. Ribs seemed have been steamed or boiled. Server wasn’t concerned with how everything seemed wrong. We have tried to like this place, but it is dead to us now.

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DinnerClub
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Relaxed fun environment, with good food. Hush puppies were amazing. Great entertainer on guitar.

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mema
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view. food Price was a little high but worth it

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MichaelC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good Food Good Time!!

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vipGregoryS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends visiting

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ccoopa
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovey dockside restaurant with amazing seafood, chef quality. Casual flip-flops atmosphere, dog friendly, with full bar and picnic tables. The food is 5-Star.

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JenniferP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Serene and picturesque…that’s why you go here. Food is good but pricey for what you get. My vegetarian dish had 4 ravioli, one asparagus and 2 cherry tomatoes. The sauce was excellent, but overall the plate just needed more food! Drinks are also overpriced, $14 for a 8oz Orange Crush?

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vipGeraldL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On the water casual dining with a lovely view of the Bay. We had delicious crab cakes, no filler and piping hot french fries.

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MacaDadday
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great time again at one of our favorite places on Tilghman. Good food, good atmosphere, never disappoints.
Highly recommend.

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av11
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

fish and chips - fish too greasy and bready

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vipcatc
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

As long time customers of Ticklers we were sad to see the menu changed to leave out the Old Bay Shrimp Boil. It was delicious and always suited the bay side atmosphere.
The ribs were not so great, but the steamed shrimp were!!
Signature cocktail prices were ridiculously high for the serving in a low ball/ old fashioned glass less than 8 oz. Hey, 3 sips and its done.

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HeatherV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved both of our meals at Tickler's this past weekend. The executive chef, Jordan, is amazing, the atmosphere and view is terrific and the waiters, waitresses and bartenders are awesome! Cannot say enough good things about this restaurant.

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Stephanie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite reading a few bad/mediocre reviews, we decided to come here for drinks on Friday night. The drinks were amazing and bartender was very helpful and nice. We ended up coming back the following night for dinner and drinks again. We ate the crab dip appetizer, heirloom and barrata salad, surf and turf entree and crab cakes. All were DELICIOUS! We drank an assortment of cocktails (all margaritas were great, as what the Kentucky colada!) Come and taste for yourself- you won’t regret it! Both nights we came there was live music and the locals are extremely friendly! Beautiful views during our time there, as well, as the outdoor dining is right on the water. Will definitely be coming back ASAP!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great meal and ambiance. Attentive and pleasant staff.

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MDNative
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We sat outside and it took a long time for drinks and food to arrive which then made the drinks warm, ice melted...not very good. The food was warm, not hot, oysters were on ice but warm so my husband had to take them from the shell and lay them on the bed of ice to make them cold. Didn't get my order correct but corrected it when it was brought to their attention. Manager came by and asked how things were, we told her and she ended up taking a round of drinks off the bill. Overall, fair experience but we won't go back.

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vipChristineF
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cakes around! Great music from Anna Burgess! Tickler’s has a beautiful location and fabulous waterfront view!

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WayneT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The foid was just average. i expected more fir the price. i was very disappointed in the poor favor if the good.
The ambiance was nice, except for the flies. they should gave the torches to keep them away. i would not return fir another meal☹️
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av11
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

the ribs were too dry

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vipJulies
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Stunning views with fresh seafood in a comfortable atmosphere.

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CharlesA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I felt that it was a bit overpriced but overall we had a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice spot on the water for a simple evening meal for two!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food and views wonderful but way too expensive to be sitting at picnic tables. We payed over $100 for 2 drinks. We shared one appetizer and one entree. Probably won’t go back.

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vipPMEK
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly great food for what gives the appearance of a crab house. Kudos to the chef and bar staff.

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av11
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

07/04

soup came out cold
appetizer was a tomatoes cheese fried item
that was awful. rubber cheese and green tomatoes

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KateJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (Tilghman Island) on the water. Fabulous food including our local steamed crabs and crab cakes. Do yourself a favor and go....

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Sarah
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Favorite local spot

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MelinaH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great would recommend to families and couples great key lime pie

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at Ticklers is fantastic. The views are incredible and the heirloom tomato salad is one of the best we’ve ever had. It’s a gorgeous property and can’t wait to go back for the seafood tower !!

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vipJimbo326
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Love the simplicity of the outdoor dock pavilion on the water and will be back.

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StephenC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful by-the-water atmosphere. Food was of ample size without being too much. Left the table satisfied, but not miserably stuffed.

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KKing28
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and ambiance, amazing Service, DELICIOUS food, superb bartender, Keith.

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KateJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tickler’s at the Wylder Hotel on the Eastern Shore was fabulous!

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av11
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

this is a special place. on the water, outside and casual dining.
everyone is nice and service great

FAQs

Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 886-2121.

Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 84 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.