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Ocean City/Fenwick Recommendations

biabiggie Apr 18, 2008 06:04 AM

My family is going to Fenwick Island for vacation this summer. We would like to plan one nice dinner out. We are looking for the following:

1) Great food (of course)- Fine dining but on the more casual side than fancy side
2) Kids welcome
3) Accomodate big groups (there will be ~20 of us)
4) Serves great clams casino (my grandmother's favorite)

We are willing to travel anywhere in the OC/Fenwick area, but bonus for closer to Fenwick. One place I was looking at online is Shark's Cove http://www.sharks-cove.com/. Has anyone been here? Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much

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    cooperc RE: biabiggie Apr 18, 2008 06:54 AM

    Galaxy 66 in Ocean City is pretty, they don't have clams casino, but they do have clams which are pretty tasty. Liquid Assets is a lot of fun and Marlin Moon Grill is worth a look too.

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      treetop tom RE: biabiggie Apr 18, 2008 07:56 AM

      Fenwick Crab House is far from what I would call "Fine Dining" but they do have a money clams casino appetizer. If you're looking for a seafood house while at Fenwick, give it a try. http://www.beach-net.com/ficrabhouse/

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        wysguymd RE: biabiggie Apr 18, 2008 07:58 AM

        Sharks Cove closed last year. It was taken over by a local seafood "chain", it's now called Catch54 http://www.catch54.com

        Galaxy is probably the best OC has to offer, but it's not what I'd consider family friendly.

        Sunset Grille (http://www.ocsunsetgrille.com) in West Ocean City is a good option.

        Mackey (http://www.mackys.com) is casual but the food is good.

        The Hobbit is currently closed - the building was torn down for condos, but they are supposed to reopen in the lobby this summer. Keep your eye open for that, it used to be very good.

        You might also consider The Bonfire or Embers ( http://www.embers.com) as they have large all-you-can-eat seafood buffets, but without the boardwalk tackiness.

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          lovegreatfood RE: biabiggie Apr 18, 2008 08:48 AM

          I would highly suggest Nantuckets in Fenwick - great food - yes they have clams casino! - Definitely would need reservations especially in the summer - Never been disappointed

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            tmemedia RE: biabiggie Apr 24, 2008 12:49 PM

            You might want to try Fager's Island in Ocean City, not far from Fenwick. I believe it does serve clams casino, because it has a very traditional menu. Also, the place is enormous, with every kind of seating imaginable, so a group of 20 won't be a problem.

            Now, I don't like Fager's Island myself. My favorite restaurant in the area is Liquid Assets on 94th St. in OC, and The Pig and Fish in Rehoboth. But all my aunts and uncles in their 60's LOVE Fager's Island and swear it's their favorite restaurant ever, so I think they're very popular for that set. Also, the setting can't be beat, it's located on the bay and has a huge deck where you can watch the sunset. Make reservations early, they are always full in the summer.

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              keithdcil RE: tmemedia Apr 24, 2008 01:48 PM

              I like Liquid Assets, too - but I wouldn't send group of 20 including kids there. In Fenwick, try the Fenwick crab house. In Rehoboth, Big Fish Grill is good for large groups and pobably has clams casino.

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              matt8313 RE: biabiggie Apr 24, 2008 01:23 PM

              Jules Restaurant is pretty high up, at 118th Street, and is without question my favorite restaurant in Ocean City. I have never had a bad meal there, and have had at least two that were exceptional.

              Although they are somewhat fine dining, I've been there in jeans and I've been seated next to kids, so they must be pretty flexible. The space isn't huge, but if you called in advance, I'm sure they'd be willing to work with you for a party of 20. Really, really good food.

              Jules Restaurant
              11805 Coastal Hwy Ste N, Ocean City, MD 21842

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                Montebello RE: biabiggie Apr 26, 2008 01:32 PM

                You might try Harpoon Hannah's in Fenwick Island, about a mile west of Ocean Highway on Rte 54. Hugh, loud, family-friendly, and I'm quite sure they have clams casino. Go there early (4:30 +/- pm) to avoid avoid the rush. It isn't fine dining, it's full of sunburned families, but the wait staff is young and energeticand the food is pretty good for such tremendous kitchen rush. I'm sure some Hounders may cringe at my suggestion, but I must say that I had the best stuffed rockfish (with crabmeat) I ever tasted there a few years ago - fantastic! Fresh, tasty, perfectly-sized.

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