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5640 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704-7306
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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136 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Happy to report that Mays is still the place for folks who like steamed crabs the MD way. We received great service, hush puppies, French fries, Cole slaw, crab soup, butter and as many freshly steamed crabs we could eat. The spices used were just the way we like. Our glasses were never empty and the crabs were hot and... More 

Thank MH B
Brunswick, Maryland
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great seafood. Loved, loved the crabcakes! Portions were as expected. The wait staff was personable and attentive. Definitely will return!

Thank Renee D
Frederick, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had one person order All-You-Eat Crabs and they were small but very good. The rest of us ordered actual meals from the menu. All of us raved over our choices. It felt like we were at the beach with the seafood smells and the atmosphere. It was wonderful. The grilled chicken sandwich is the "best in Frederick" according to... More 

Thank ckeppley
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78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in after using "near me". Definitely worth it. Had the crabby mary for drinks very good. The steamed crabs are their special and they didn't disappoint. We also tried the royal reds shrimps delicious.

Thank BillNHeidi
Stephens City, Virginia
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112 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was in town visiting and my friends insisted we go here. I'm glad we did. They got the crabby Mary's and they were tasty. They had a pretty good beer selection too. This was the perfect little dive with awesome food. We got the crab dip to start, that is a must. I got the fried shrimp and they... More 

Thank YummyTravelsX2
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Local place with awesome seafood. Waitress made recommendations that were absolutely delicious. Went on a Saturday night so the place was busy.

Thank wearytravelor_12
Gettysburg PA
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

I wanted it to be great last year when we treated my mother-in- law but it was super pricey for steamed crabs and they were just ok. Gave it another try and was underwelmed yet again. Fried oysters were overcooked, noisy beyond reasonable measure and way more expensive than it should have been. Other local landmark restaurants who stuck to... More 

Thank Irishbookie
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Really good service. Seafood was fresh! And the server did a great job on refilling our drinks. It took a while to get our food so I gave them a 4

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Thurmont, Maryland
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Have eaten here a few times and everything has been good. Went here a couple of weeks ago after they were closed for the winter. I had a crab cake sandwich and my wife had the lobster roll. Crab cake was excellent, but the lobster roll was disappointing. The lobster meat looked as though it had been cooked on the... More 

Thank Bill H
Hagerstown, Maryland
1 review
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Great Frederick Spot with Seafood. All You Can Eat Crabs or many other dishes from Burgers to Chicken to yes my favorite Seafood and a Service Bar. Smiling faces when I walked in the door along with several tables eating away.

Thank TestingFoodEverywher

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5640 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704-7306
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Frederick

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?