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About The Hobbit Restaurant

***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.

121 81st St
Unit 101
Ocean City, MD 21842
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) & 81st street (Bayside)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 524-8100

Website:
http://thehobbitrestaurant.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Private restaurant parking that extends from our front door to the back of south moon under at the head of 81st.

Public Transit:
Bus stop at 81st street on the corner of our block

Executive Chef:
Jason Purkey

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The Hobbit participates in Restaurant Week in the Spring and Fall. We occasionally host beer and wine pairing dinners as well.

The Hobbit Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (71)
Waterfront (58)
Special Occasion (57)
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Romantic (54)
Good for a Date (52)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Worth the Drive (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Cozy (15)
Business Meals (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Seasonal (12)
Authentic (9)
Fun (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Casual (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·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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vip
 (Washington DC)·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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 (Miami)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Bike ride event

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food and service. Loved the Pieogi Entree

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·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!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·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.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·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!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·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

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I loved this restaurant. The food was outrageously delicious, service was superb and the ambience was terrific. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Although dining alone, did not feel neglected and had great service. The food was outstanding with the filet mignon being one of the best that I have ever tasted. They have a great wine selection and the view of the bay was beautiful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The Hobbit is an upscale restaurant with a beautiful view of the sunset over the bay. It was quite busy on a Wednesday night. Portions were generous, and our food was delicious! The staff was professional and welcoming. The prices make this a special occasion night out for us, but I would recommend it for couples or groups who are looking for a pleasant evening and a fine dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Have lived in Ocean City Md over 10 years but never dined at The Hobbitt. The view was panorama and the food amazing. Both our dishes were bountiful , served hot and delicious. The dessert and coffee were equally upscale and topped off the meal. Well worth the visit and as the room slowly filled with adults you could carry on your conversation just fine. Thanks for a very nice eveneing.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great experience at dinner the other night. Our server was amazing! And the food was perfect! Will come again when I am in the area!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always a great meal and good service! My whole table had the filet (which is sooo unusual!) and was worth it!!! The filet melted in our mouth--flavor unbelievable!!!! fingerling potatoes were crisp on the outside and soft and selfish on the inside. EXCELLENT!!!!!

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The best food in OC served in the most beautiful setting. Friendly staff always greeting you and wishing you a good night.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Always enjoy a nice meal at the Hobbit. I love the choice of seafood, steak or even pirogies. Nice atmosphere with profession wait staff. I'll be coming back many times.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The Hobbit is the best restaurant in Ocean City, MD. The service is superb, the new facility has a pleasant, modern decor. The food was delicious- we recommend the steak and salmon (photos attached). The view of the bay at sunset is magnificent. The Hobbit hsa been tops since we foirst started visiting OC 25 years ago, and it remains on top after an hiatus of 15 years.

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Wonderful food and view

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We wanted to try the early bird menu. We arrived at 5pm and were promptly greeted by our waitress. She gave us menus but we had to ask about the early bird menu. I was a little put off by that.
The choices for the early bird menu were varied and all very appealing. I enjoyed the shrimp and risotto and my husband enjoyed the flounder with crab imperial. Service was excellent, food was very tasty and the view was superb.
We will definitely return to The Hobbit.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our 50th anniversary. Everything great except for noise level. Something needs to be done to soften the sound.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We went because The Hobbit has one of 'the three best restaurant views in Maryland' according to a summer 2017 survey by Open Table. The floor to ceiling windows offered a wonderful view from most tables and from our table, the sunset was terrific.
My 8 oz. blackened fillet with boursin cheese sauce was a yummy, melt-in-your-mouth tender entrée - - a great choice.
The only downer was the noise level. This restaurant is in need of some sound deadening drapes or other measures, as we are considering not returning due to the fact that it was hard to hear each other.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

This was our first time here and it was awesome! Our Server...Anna was excellent and our dinner was great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Really the service ruined everything. Steak was undercooked but tolerable. But for the cost, will not be going back. Anna F. was the worst.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

We have been meaning to visit the hobbit for the past 3 visits and we finally did it. The experience was outstanding from beginning to the end. We decided to go just before sunset. The view was breathtaking with drinks and appetizers. Our waiter was very cordial and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our meals as the sun finally set and night settled in. It was such an experience. The staff seems to know to leave you alone and enjoy your meal but are there when you need a fill up on drinks. We will be visiting The Hobbit each visit back to Ocean City, MD.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Spicy, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Enjoyed the atmosphere and the menu. I would recommend the restaurant to family and friends.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great dinner

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

It had wonderful views, food and service. Next time we'll make a later reservation to watch the sun set.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Since the Hobbit was listed as one of the top restaurants in a survey by Open Table, we decided to try it, and we were not disappointed. The setting is beautiful, especially at sunset. Our server, Anna, was an absolute delight and really made our meal fun! We started with a cocktail, then salads. My husband had the filet which he said was delicious. I had the macadamia encrusted swordfish--incredible!!
For dessert. I had Creme Brûlée--served with fresh berries. My spouse had the spectacular ice cream concoction., which is huge! The Hobbit is pricey--our bill with tip was around $190. But we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner from start to finish! (I did notice on the take home menu that there are early bird specials reasonably priced if seated before 5:45)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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