Pappas Restaurant - Parkville

4.6
1563 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
When you want an amazing crab cake, one you can brag to family and friends about, the best Maryland has to offer, then come in for a Pappas eight-ounce colossal lump crab cake. Find out why Pappas signature dish has won award after award from Baltimores Best to Baltimore Magazines Top Crab Cake, and why it was featured on the Food Networks Chef vs City and the Travel Channel & 98 Rocks Food Wars. Family owned and operated since 1972, owner Mark Pappas prides himself on not only offering the best crab cake in Baltimore, but also the finest, freshest seafood, steaks, and pasta dishes around. Every sauce, soup and dressing is made from scratch. Pappas welcomes families and large groups. We have a great childrens menu with lots of tempting options for the kiddos. Pappas Restaurant is fully handicap accessible, and only a stones throw away from the Beltway, minutes from Towson. Make reservations or call ahead for express carry!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1563 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.4
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTrickyricky
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal & service!

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vipHarry
Baltimore
96 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Server was very personal and attentive to our needs.
Food as usual was very good as the three of us had crab cakes. Favorite place to go for a crab cake. I always order the double so to have one to take home.
Server even explained the nice looking renovations that has taken place.

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JackieD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food of course was delicious. My only complaint is we were seated by the fireplace and it was on! May 12 was a warm day and a fireplace was not needed. I asked if they could turn the fireplace off because it was too warm and they refused. The owner wants it on. They didn’t care if it was too warm, the owner had to be happy. Shame on you Pappas!

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TerriY
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Something was a little different about the crab imperial this time...not as impressive as past visits...other than that all else was good as usual👍🏼👍🏼

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JohnK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food was very good, sides portions we're small, still hungry when we left. Had asked for seating near fireplace, they sat us at a table where our shoulders we're against the wall, but we were reseated after asking. Were told that someone had tried calling several times that our reservations were incorrect and we had to hurry up and order or not have dinner. No one had called according to my phone or left any messages. I received one call a couple days prior to confirm the reservation, but not to reschedule or cancel. Had 1 half glass of wine, bill was $80 for two meals no dessert.

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JudyE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I knew there would be a set menu and I was already prepared for that, however, the meal I chose is something I eat from there often which is the stuffed shrimp which generally goes for $21.99 but was $30 and the amount of crabmeat was lacking and that really was disappointing. The service was busy and typical and the restaurant was comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

We were a little disappointed at the limited menu since we not advised prior to making the reservation.

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KarlB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It's a great place to eat we go there for both dine in and carryout, always good food, service is good, parking on grounds is good, Mother's day was great for my wife and moms

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Went for Mother’s Day but there were no spaces to park. It was very crowded. Even with reservations while some members were attempting to park the vehicle were not able to be be seated until the entire party arrived. Waitress was good but slow took too long to order and when we asked for a regular menu to order from they had a special menu made for Mother’s Day and you could not order from the regular menu.

The Mother’s Day menu was a little on the more pricey side but I understand as businesses are trying to catch up because of the Covid pandemic.

It was just ok.

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Darla
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

Overall the food was good; our waitress was okay. I'm not sure how the tips get divided between the waitress and the servers but my opinion the servers worked a lot harder than our waitress; she only took our order and never came back except to give us the bill. I had a party of six and the tip was added in with our bill and when we asked to have three separate bills we were told that a party of six or more goes on one bill; unfortunately two of the couples were from out of town and had to leave the restaurant to find an ATM because we were told that she could only use one credit card and cash or all cash or all credit but could not use three credit cards to pay the bill. I'm not sure if we are going to be returning to your establishment in the future; just wasn't the best experience for me and my out of town guests.

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vipKenneth
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Meal was wonderful. Piping hot crab cakes and French fries. Delicious!!!!! Plus 1/2 price bottle of wine!!!

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JackR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places always great. Wonderful Crab Cakes.

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PatriciaP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been having a meal there for many years to celebrate my birthday and Mothers Day. They have the best oysters

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JanelleL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Omg the 🦀 egg rolls 😍 was to die for. My 11 year old daughter said she enjoyed her self. Thank everyone who helped from start to the end. Keep up the excellent job well done.

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PeterR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If you are looking for consistency, look no further. These are the crab cakes you are looking for...and everything else is well prepared and tasty too.

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ChanelT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing customer service and the food was even better!

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Steinberg
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Front Door greeting was very welcoming. We had the perfect dining room seating. The food, oh boy the food, was absolutely delicious! Samantha is now our Host Extraordinaire. The Crab Cakes surpass any that I've previously had to date. DR. said her Fish topped with Crab Imperial was scrumptious, and Mr. G, said the Pork Chops were perfectly seasoned and fork tender. They both enjoyed Bartender Perfection Drinks and my Ice Tea was just the right amount of sugar sweet. I love Green Beans and they were al dante and flavorful. The Sweet Potato Fries and Split Baked Potato were made fresh and cooked to perfection as well. The Staff performed like a Grand Ole Orgastra. I had not seen such fine coordination to make the guest feel so welcome, as my 5 Star restaurant in NY. PAPPAS was well worth the 1 hour plus drive, and when we come again, we want Samantha, the center booth along the first wall and more of the same delicious everything. I simply wish more of the customers were dressed properly, it was pretty shameful how many don't take time out to groom themselves for this wonderful dining experience. PAPPAS STAFF, 5 Stars 🌟 for a fantastic evening!

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JessicaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Would recommend while in Baltimore. Amazing crab cakes.

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AmyA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Service was horrible. The bus boys stated, "they were backed up in the kitchen." We had to ask 2-3 times for bread, and many times for water. The waitress would disappear for extended periods of time. We will not go back.

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susanw
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Dinner was fantastic as usual. Service was just okay. Our waitress wasn’t that good. We still had a very nice time and enjoyed our food. Will keep coming back as always.

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CynthiaA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Seafood platter was good crabcake could have used a little more seasoning.

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JeffreyY
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best crabcakes in Maryland no lie!!!!! So much food!

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vipDebbiew
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Last minute plans to head to Pappas. My friend and I ordered from the daily specials menu. She said her rockfish was excellent. My soft crab was very tough. Service was somewhat slow; which is not what I’m used to there. I chalked it up to an off night. It’s still one of my favorite places to eat.

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DiannS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We tried to get a seat at the Cockeysville restaurant but they were full. Parkville is our favorite though, we come here a few times a year and always on New Year's Eve. We were celebrating the 50th Anniversary of our first date 1971. I understand Pappas will be celebrating 50 next year. We always have a good time at both restaurants with famil and friends, ALWAYS!!!

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Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 22 April 2021

Thank you so much for sharing your kind review and feedback with us. We certainly cannot wait to serve you again soon!

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Luvtodineout
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The crab cakes were not the same as I always got there. No jumbo lump like before. When I told the manager she said we cannot get jumbo lump right now. No apologies or compensation. We should have been told so we had the option of ordering something different... very disappointed.

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MaryF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the things missed most during pandemic was eating at Pappas. You can never go wrong. the food and service is always outstanding.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 22 April 2021

Come back soon to see us! Thank you so much!

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MICHAELD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, great service, always good food prepared and served as ordered.
A delightful experience from start to finish. My sister and I were celebrating our birthdays with two other family members, and we felt right at home.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 15 April 2021

Thank you so very much and come back soon!

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vipJeffNYC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good experience. New renovation is nice. Friendly atmosphere and still the world's best crab cakes!

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 15 April 2021

We sure hope you will come back to see us soon!

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Barb
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Did a wonderful job on the remodeling! While the vegetables, wine and service were outstanding, I was a little disappointed in the crab cake. While the lumps were still there, I found the cake a little dry. Also, one of my dinner companions was told that rolls were not available for lunch, which I found odd.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 15 April 2021

Thank you so much, Barb!

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AzureG
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great!!!

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Sparky62
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy myself with my family at Pappas. Keep up the good work.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 15 April 2021

We cannot wait to see you back. Thank you kindly!

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LisaP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best crab cake in town. You must try it! it will become a favorite for you too.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 15 April 2021

Thank you so much, Lisa!

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Riva329
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pappas Restaurant in Parkville MD has always made our family's list of top five dining venues for going on five generations. Sadly my grandparents and parents have passed but the Baltimore bloodline is still there! Maryland Blue Crabs have a special sweetness. Just like the love the chef puts into the dish. Great variety to choose from and each choice is so satisfying there are new favorites discovered.
We absolutely love the remodel. The staff is the best as always. Our server, Walter, was excellent. Very attentive without being interruptive. Pleasant and had no problem with special requests. My husband and I live in Annapolis, our son and family live near Parkville and my sister is in Cockeysville. What a comfort it is go back to PAPPAS-Parkville for our family gatherings. It's a proven Olde Tradition in our "New World". Thank you Pappas' Family for that sense of stability and comfort.

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ChristinaG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time eating but definitely not the last. Food was amazing.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 15 April 2021

Can't wait to see you back with us soon!

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Pops
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Crab cakes were delicious and Rachel and staff were very helpful. We’ll be back soon! 😎

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 2 April 2021

Thank you so much, Pops! We love to hear this. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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SusanC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. Can’t wait to go back! Crab cakes are the best.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 2 April 2021

Thank you kindly, Susan!

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DickD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Papas is one of our favorite restaurants however my wife really wasn't happy with the imperial crab it wasn't as creamy as it usually is. The imperial crab is why we came.
The scallops were delicious and the seafood club was also good.
Both of the ladies got the imperial crab and both said that it has been much better. They were disappointed.
We will definitely be back and perhaps the imperial crab will be up to par.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 2 April 2021

We are so very sorry to hear this. We can assure you that this is certainly not the norm and we will look into this right away. We do hope you will come back again.

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vipDwanP
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

It was a good place to celebrate a birthday.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 2 April 2021

Your kind review means so much to us. Come back soon!

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BonitaH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was very nice and friendly.
Food was delicious and hot.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 26 March 2021

We cannot wait to have you back! Thank you so much!

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SabraS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best crab cakes EVER!! Outstanding service in the bar area!

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville
Responded on 26 March 2021

We just love to hear this! Thank you so much!

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Pappas Restaurant - Parkville offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 661-4357.

Pappas Restaurant - Parkville is rated 4.6 stars by 1563 OpenTable diners.

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