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The Hobbit Restaurant

4.6
814 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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***WE WILL REOPEN MARCH 28th 2018!***
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:
Outside of Memorial Day to Labor Day Nightly Sunday- Thursday 5:00pm- 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Memorial Day to Labor Day Nightly 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(410) 524-8100
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Payment options
AMEX, 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 south moon under at the head of 81st.
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Public transit
Bus stop at 81st street on the corner of our block
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Special events & promotions
The Hobbit participates in Restaurant Week in the Spring and Fall. We occasionally host beer and wine pairing dinners as well.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 814 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCindyC (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Energetic Crowd! We were in Ocean City, MD for our 30th anniversary weekend & since our other evening was casual, we wanted a more upscale restaurant for the 2nd evening. We had a 7:30 reservation & the place was packed. We were seated & it was a nice touch there was a printed Happy Anniversary card on the table. We ate the price fixed menu where you chose 3 out of 4 offerings (appetizer, salad, entree or dessert). I chose the beef tenderloin empanadas w/ blue cheese. (Good, but kept thinking this is made with someone's leftover steak, oey). Hubby had caesar salad, very good. We both had the 10 oz glass of wine. Big glass of wine! Good house pinot noir. I had the crab cake & my husband had swordfish. Both very good. Ended with creme brulee, which again, was delightful. Place was VERY noisy, in fact people behind us were screaming laughing & pounding on the table. Not quite the place for a quiet anniversary dinner, but it was Sat night. We also had to ask the staff, because out of the 5 tables surrounding us, we were 1st to order, but last one served dinner. Again, not a big deal.We realize it is the end of the season. A very nice place, beautiful inside, cathedral ceilings, nice view (if it wasn't dark out). Nice menu & staff were friendly, even walking us outside to wish us Happy Anniversary.

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Superb (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Phenomenal dining experience!! From beginning to end this is a fantastic restaurant that we will visit again and again! Stunning views of the bay and sunset! Superb food and service!! We look forward to next season!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2017

A much improved visit from our visit last year. Beautiful sunset. Tim was a great server - cordial and good pacing. Delicious salads and appetizers with veal and crab cake entrees. Loved the $40 wine opportunities to celebrate 40 years. Looking forward to next season!

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westpalm (Miami)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Bike ride event

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vipKDJP (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food and service. Loved the Pieogi Entree

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

Dinner was great and the service was outstanding. Dessert was even better!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

I have never really had a great meal in ocean city Maryland this changed that. Beautiful restaurant, great service wonderful food. We caught it on restaurant week so it was not only delicious but reasonable. Love the $40 wine list. All in All a great dinner . We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

The food was excellent. Our server John R. was pleasant and provided excellent service. The view was spectacular and the ambience perfect. Go before sunset so you can watch the sunset from the dining room. Great experience.

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vipGreat (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

We’ve eaten here every time we get away to Ocean City. The food was terrific. My husband had the cheeseburger soup, which he loved. My filet, ordered medium, was way too rare, but was quickly fixed, and they took my glass of wine off the check. Very nice of them. Service was impeccable. Noise level is very high. Don’t expect quiet conversation.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

Service was quick with wait staff supporting each other in delivery and clean up. We had the ahi tuna, fillet and salmon. All raved about their dishes both in presentation and preparation.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on October 3, 2017

This is an excellent restaurant in all respects. The food and service are top notch. We have a meal at the Hobbit every time we visit Ocean City and have never been disappointed. The wait staff seem to enjoy their work which is a real plus and you get the feeling that they realize that in their line of work the Hobbit is the place to work in Ocean City. We were seated beside the window and had a fantastic view of the sunset.

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Superb (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

One of the most amazing dining experiences we've ever had! Breathtaking views and exceptional food and service!! Top notch!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

First class all the way. From the hostess to the waiter to the delicious food to the gorgeous view; The Hobbit staff made sure our anniversary was perfect. Will go back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Nice fine dining restaurant in oc Maryland. Great drinks nice view of bay at sunset.Food was absoulutely good.My very first time going to hobbit and not my last when in town, nice ambience.

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Bobla (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

This was our first time to the Hobbit, but it won't be the last. All 4 of us had fabulous meals. The view of the bay was great with nice wetlands and a Blue Herron out for everyone to watch. The only disappointment was that Hurricane Maria was off shore and making it a cloudy day, so no fabulous sunset to be seen. The service was also excellent. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

The Hobbit offers a creative and interesting menu with a wide variety of choices. Everything was prepared expertly and served with gracious professionalism. An excellent choice for a special meal at the beach!

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vipLindaB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful restaurant - outstanding food (especially the crabcakes!) and service! Beautiful views of the water too!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

I loved it. Had a great experience. Food was delicious and staff was very nice. I would go again when in the area.

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Andrea (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Family dinner of 8 to celebrate my parent's 50th Anniversary. We had made a reservation for 7:45P. A party of 4 came in at the same time and was told it would be a one hour wait.

Had prior communication with the manager about the occasion. They put a card on the table that said "Happy Anniversary" and said we would have a window seat so we could enjoy the view. Should have thought about the fact it was night time - we couldn't see anything so I can't attest to what it looks out on to. There are a lot of windows (the outside walls are all large windows).

Another part of the prior communication was about some special dietary needs. They were very gracious in accommodating what we needed.

The food was very, very good. The server never spent much time at our table, but was friendly and efficient.

My one issue that made it less than 5 stars? The noise! It was so, so hard to have a conversation - it was like being in a loud bar but without the music. We were literally shouting at each other across the table all night.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was very good. Our friends from Wisconsin thoroughly enjoyed it. Our gent friend actually ordered 3 orders of lollipop lamb chops! The downside is it's quite noisy and we had to shout a few times to be heard by each other. Also it would help if the wait staff would smile a bit more

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