With its stunning shoreline, lively boardwalk, and plethora of restaurants, Ocean City offers plenty of opportunities to dine al fresco while taking in the picturesque views. Whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood, a casual beach bar, or a fine dining experience, there are plenty of outdoor dining options to choose from in our charming coastal town. In this blog post, we'll explore the 8 best outdoor dining options selected by our social media followers.
Fish TalesBack to Top of List
Where: 22nd Street, Bayside
What to expect: Fish Tales is the perfect outdoor spot for all ages. For the little kids, check out the pirate ship playground and Lil’ Skippers menu. And for the big kids -- the signature cocktail menu (try the Painkilla!)
Grab a seat and enjoy the social atmosphere from their beach, deck, or hanging lounge chairs.
What to order: The Hawaiian BLT, served with grilled pork belly, pineapple, and spicy mayo on ciabatta.
Harborside Bar & GrillBack to Top of List
Where: West Ocean City
What to expect: Waterfront dock views, boats passing through the waters while you dine, and a menu FULL of coastal cuisine.
What to order: Harborside wasn’t named the “Home of the Original Fresh Squeezed Orange Crush” for nothing! Grab a round of crushes, paired with local favorites like the Islander Wrap, Mahi Sandwich, or Harborside Seafood Pasta.
Fager’s IslandBack to Top of List
Where: 60th Street, Bayside
What to expect: We’re told that Fager’s Island has “the best view to catch a sunset on the entire East Coast.” But come see for yourself! Catch the sunset views from their scenic pier, paired with live music and an after hours night scene.
What to order: Start off with a round of happy hour cocktails! Then transition into a delicious Maryland Crab Cake sandwich or for your main course: the Surf & Turf, complete with a hand cut beef tenderloin filet and cold water Maine lobster tail.
Coconuts Beach Bar & GrillBack to Top of List
Where: 37th Street, Oceanside
What to expect: Your toes in the sand, and a drink in-hand. Coconuts outdoor dining sits directly on the 37th Street beach! Look for their iconic red and white umbrellas.
What to order: For the table, order the Crab Rangoon starters! For yourself, try the Yuengling Battered Haddock and an ice cold Tipsy Turtle Rum Punch.
Brass Balls SaloonBack to Top of List
Where: On the Boardwalk at 12th Street
What to expect: Dining at Brass Balls Saloon is like having a “front row seat to Boardwalk people-watching.” They’re not wrong! Their outdoor patio sits directly on the Boards at 12th Street, complete with a coastal view and ocean breeze.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! They’re open for meals all day.
What to order: In the A.M., grab the savory Biscuits and Gravy or a light and fruity Breakfast Parfait. For dinner, try the Honky Tonk Crispy Chicken Sandwich or go all in on the Ball Buster Burger -- featuring 24 oz. of meat!
Personal Picnic on the BeachBack to Top of List
Where: Anywhere on our 10 miles of free beach!
What to expect: Bundle up in your cozies for a private picnic on the beach, no reservations required. For early risers, set up a sunrise picnic with coffee and pastries to watch surfers catch the morning waves! For our evening crew, set up a sunset picnic with a beach bonfire! Visit our Bonfire Page for permit information.
What to order: Build your own custom takeout masterpiece! Pick and choose from our variety of local gems -- like subs from Anthony's Liquor & Deli, Fat Daddy’s, Dough Roller pizza, lo mein from Asian Garden, and soft serve from Dumser’s.
Seacrets, JamaicaBack to Top of List
Where: 49th Street, Bayside
What to expect: At Seacrets, it’s always summertime. Walk into the Caribbean island atmosphere, complete with beach seating, palm trees, live music, and fun nightlife vibes after dark.
And for chillier or rainy fall days, the covered outdoor area still gives you that tropical vacation feel!
What to order: You can’t go wrong with Seacrets’ menu. Start with Jamaican Nachos for the table, the Jerk Chicken Cheesesteak for dinner, and the Spiced Rum Cake for dessert.
Harpoon Hanna’sBack to Top of List
Where: Just over the Delaware state line, off of 146th Street, Bayside
What to expect: If you’ve never been to Harpoon Hanna’s tiki bar, you’re missing out! Expect deck dining with bayside views and a private covered deck -- perfect for hosting events like wedding showers and birthdays.
What to order: Instagram tells us that Harpoon Hanna’s is the spot for Sunday Brunch! Try their Texas French Toast paired with the House Bloody Mary or a Deck Lemonade. From the dinner menu, we recommend Hanna’s Filet Chesapeake Steak or the Crab Linguini.