The Hobbit Restaurant

4.6
1063 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

***OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!***
An absolute escape from Ocean City. A place to indulge in inventive American cuisine and mouthwatering seafood while overlooking one of the most picturesque views you have ever laid eyes on. If you're looking to simply come in for some appetizers and a few cocktails our bartenders make great company at the bar that maintains the same breathtaking views. So next time you're wondering where to go to enjoy an exceptional meal, stop by The Hobbit and step into a classy, sleak, but most importantly comfortable world of dining excellence. We are located in the bottom floor of the Rivendell Condominium at 81st on the Bay and we offer our full menu daily beginning at 5 p.m.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(410) 524-8100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Purkey
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Catering
We currently do not offer catering. If you are interested in catering in the off-season our chef may be available to do so.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) & 81st street (Bayside)
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Parking details
Private restaurant parking that extends from our front door to the back of the strip mall at the head of 81st.
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Public transit
Bus stop at 81st street on the corner of our block
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1063 People Are Saying
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ME
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our anniversary dinner. The sun had already set, but the views must be awesome with all the glass windows and tiered seating. Food was outstanding and creative. Highly recommend.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aniversary

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SD
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome food, service and view. Best restaurant in Ocean City

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SN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hobbit was more then we expected. Waitress was excellent! Food was excellent! We will be back!

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

Food is always amazing! I wish they were open year round, they would be our go to place! We always bring visiting people here, the view is fantastic, the food is always fantastic, drinks are great, a good variety. Service is always great, attentive without being on top of you. We have been here 6-7 times since moving to the area 2.5 years ago. LOVE it!

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week and 3 course pre fix menu. Everything we had was outstanding with exception to the Duck Shepard's Pie. Normally have the duck breast which has always been fantastic. This had little to no duck under a lot of mashed potatoes. Shrimp toast, wedge salad, scallops, salmon were outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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KD
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Get the daily catch. Great flavors. Chicken Chilli Relleno was very good.

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s
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant speaks to quality. The entire staff is courteous and friendly. Our server was phenomenal. The staff who refilled out water glasses were friendly. The manager, who got us a table when Open Table said there were none, was also very courteous and friendly.

And the food! Amazing. Every bite.

And, the view out the windows right around sunset cannot be described. We are in OC every October for my son's Beach Ultimate Frisbee tournament. Can't wait until next year. We will be back at the Hobbit for sure.

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

My friend and I were in Ocean City on vacation this week and remembered how much we liked The Hobbit Restaurant when we visited two years ago and we're anxious to go back! The food...we had crab cakes for our entrees and shared the fried green tomatoes appetizer which were yummy...and the service were excellent. Megan, our server, was very nice, friendly and attentive...as was the gentleman who refilled our water glasses and removed the used plates. The decor/layout of the restaurant is very nice and the view of the bay through the floor to ceiling windows is outstanding...and the ladies room was lovely and clean. I thought it was a nice touch that one of the hosts/hostesses comes out to open the door into the lobby as you're walking up the outside steps to enter and then again when you're leaving. I remember that from our visit in 2016 as well. We had a very lovely dining experience at The Hobbit!

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OC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Ocean City. The food is incredibly good and prices are reasonable,gourmet food with family-style portions. The staff always has a warm welcome and ensures your dining experience is memorable.
Without out a doubt one of, if not, the best dining experience in Ocean City.

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s really good

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LH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. And we will definitely go back. The entire experience was outstanding.

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J
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the Top 3 restaurants in Ocean City, MD. Best restaurant for elegant dining with a view.

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BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic menu and fabulous execution of the food preparation! The view is certainluy worthwhile through the bayside full glass windows. The only problem is that the restaurant with its high ceilings and expansive glass windows in too noisy for a romantic gathering

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G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, our servers, Emily and Matt made sure we didn't want for anything. None of the entrees really caught our fancy, however, so we ended up doing all appetizers - crab soup, shrimp toast, fried green tomatoes with crab, and crab cake - sensing a theme? - all were excellent. For dessert we shared the coconut pie, which was good but sweeter than we were expecting. All in all it was a wonderful experience and you cannot beat the views looking out over the bay.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Incredible service. Save room for dessert. Great for special occasions.

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CN
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Evening!!

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

Have been here many times in the old days before the new construction, and loved the special touches which are not in the present location, but everything else is wonderful...I guess it loss some of the charm of the "hobbits". Don't ever remove the veal from the menu...it is wonderful!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great table by the window for a beautiful sunset. Our meal was great from drinks to dessert and our waitress, Megan, was very attentive. We liked it very much!

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ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is expensive...but worth every dime. I've been there twice so far, and each time everything was amazing. The best meals I've ever eaten, the best cocktails I've ever drank. The view is outstanding, especially at sunset. The service is perfect, available, helpful, and friendly, without being annoying. The only thing I'd "complain" about is that it can get a little louder than I'd like, but it's a tradeoff to allow more people the amazing view, so I wouldn't change that either.

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M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our go to restaurant in OC. took relatives who loved it

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u
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

very nice atmosphere, food is just ok, service was good but employee's don't smile.

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Z
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as usual. All of the employees that work at The Hobbit are very accommodating and go beyond what is necessary to make sure your meal and experience is perfect.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our night out was great. The food and the sunset views were fantastic.

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a
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stumbled into Ocean City when they were under siege from H2O1. A wonderful escape from the hellish main drag. Great wine list, creative menu, delightful staff. The best Fried Green Tomatoes I ever had, a total home run!

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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the Hobbitt—we take all of our out of town guests there.

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f
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as always. Great food, excellent service. Nice presentation of food. Well worth the dining experience.

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t
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food, limited menu - should have more steak choices

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d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding, the food, the atmosphere, the friendly service.

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

Anniversary

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n
Las Vegas
113 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The noise level here is out of control. We could not hear our server explain the specials. The service was fine but the food was just average. I probably will not return.

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

Outstanding food
Excellent service
Veiw of the bay at sunset excellent

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t
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hobbit has excellently prepared food in a beautiful atmosphere. There is nothing better than watching the sunset through the floor to ceiling windows.

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MD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Iryna took good care of us. Service was excellent. Food superb beginning to end. Ambiance delightful and gorgeous views.

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B
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very scenic spot overlooking the bay to the west. Beautiful sunset. My wife had the filet special with lobster mac n cheese. Very good. I had the pan seared swordfish special, very nicely done. Overall delicious meal.

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fabulous staff and fabulous ambience and view!!!

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V
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my fiancé birthday. They made us feel very speedil. Food delicious and ice cream bar dessert was the best dessert we ever had.

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OT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited menu, good food.
Swordfish was very nice.

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m
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant, ambiance, view of the bay, food and service were all outstanding. We went with friends to celebrate my husbands birthday...he ordered the crab cakes and said they were the best he ever had! That's saying a lot as we live in Maryland and he eats crab cakes everywhere we go. We shared two appetizers, calamari and the garlic spread both were excellent. The salmon was cooked to perfection and topped with a cucumber salad, looked and tasted wonderful. Everyone raved about the deserts. Great time.

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LO
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hobbit is always a wonderful experience. From their friendly and professional wait staff to the delicious food (best crab cakes in OC), our family loves everything about The Hobbit. Great family owned restaurant.

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