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Baltimore Restaurants

Obrycki's Crab House

  • 1727 E. Pratt St. Map It
  • Seafood

Updated 12/31/1969

Fodor's Review

For more than 50 years Obrycki's has served steamed crabs with its unique black pepper seasoning. Politicians and lawyers meet at Orbrycki's after hours to talk business. It feels as though little has changed inside the dark dining room in decades. Service can be sluggish and prices steep, but that doesn't deter its fans.Ask any native of Maryland—eating crabs is an art. If you're unsure how to approach a bushel of hardshells, go to www.obryckis.comfor a demonstration.

Go for the crabs; beyond that, the seafood menu is standard and the food just fair.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

1727 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Maryland, 21231, United States

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Phone:

410-732–6399

Website: www.obryckis.com

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed mid-Dec.–early Mar.

Updated 12/31/1969

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By amicus

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Nov 13, 2006

so-so...so sad

From 500 miles away, went 1 hour out of the way to eat. The neighborhood is a hilly, poor, residential neighborhood notable for a XXX Movie theater. $5 to park and walk to the restaurant. For ambiance, the room suits the neighborhood. I am tempted to say that it was music that AH HA! might have attempted in the 1980s, but that would be insulting AH HA! and the 1980s. They had no crabs for a crab boil. "Tell us about the soup?" Cream of crab

"is crab in a cream soup" and the crab and corn chowder, "is a special, so I don't know, I think it has crab and corn in it." We ordered: BROILED FISH SAMPLER - a small crab cake (more a lump of crab mixed with egg, it needed bread crumbs, an under cooked shrimp with a lump of the crab stuff on top, "deviled crab" - a lump of the crab stuff in a pan, under cooked flounder with crab stuff on it, a few delicious scallops, not butter but maybe the cheap stuff they put on movie popcorn, tartar sauce, cold, flacid french fries and greasy green beans. Cardio hell. SNOW CRAB - How do you ruin steamed crab. Use near spoiled crab. Smelly. If we knew how the food would sit and fester all the way to Richmond, wed have run. LINGUINE CHESAPEAKE - It is described as a dish of crab in a garlic and crab cream sauce over linguine. We asked if we could have it on the light side, and the waitress said the sauce was already made and we decided to marshal on. Mistake. Maybe since we asked they could have been a little restained in plating the dish. But, no. The plate was shaped light a dinner plate with a soup bowl in the center and the pasta was in the bowl and it was drenched in an overabundance of congealed cool cream sauce containing amounts of raw garlic and lump crab meat with 2 muscles and 2 clams. The sauce was impenetrable and indigestible. $150.

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By Karen

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Jun 27, 2002

Highly recommended

It came highly recommended to us and we were very satisfied....so glad to find a place that didn't serve french fries with every entree. One of our party had Crab Imperial which she hadn't found at other restaurants. We were all very happy with our meals. Atmosphere is okay, big woody room with just wood tables and chairs, but comfortable enough, casual and the price was right.

By Jim

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Jan 31, 2002

Not worth a trip

On a trip from the West Coast to Ballimore, we were looking forward to Obrycki's. What a disappointment. The ambiance leaves much to be desired, the service was poor, the crab cakes were nothing special. All in all I thought it overpriced for what you get. It has been around for a long time and my feeling is that longevity is what keeps it going. I believe you can do better.

By Carl

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Feb 7, 2001

One word "Crabs"

This is a Baltimore institution. The crabs are not made with traditional Maryland "Old Bay", but they are still great. Large restaurant means generally no wait. Crabs are expensive, order fries, soup etc. to fill up. Take a cab or drive.

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