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Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant, Tilghman, MD

Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant

4.4
4.4
87 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Welcome to Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant!

We do what Maryland does best: Crabs! Locally-caught Maryland blue crabs from the morning’s haul are ripe for the cracking at Tickler’s Crab Shack & Restaurant, our lively seafood-focused eatery. Grab a seat outside and take in the bay or dine inside with the same stunning waterfront views. Dig into hand-crafted cocktails and classic Chesapeake fare on Tilghman Island!

*Crab Shack closed during winter season.. opening Spring 2022*.. But check out our indoor dining!!!

*We want to accommodate your seating selection! However please keep in mind when booking your reservation during peak dining times, that no exact table or area is guaranteed!
*There is a 15 minute grace period for holding your reservation, please call if you are running behind!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch and Dinner Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 886-2121

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chris Mitchell

  • Neighborhood

    St Michaels / Tilghman Island

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

Winter 2021 Hours: Thursday, Friday 4pm - 9pm; Saturday 12pm - 9pm Sun 11am - 7pm

Starters

  • Wild Diver Oyster Stew$14.00

    Chesapeake Lavosh, Baywater Farms Spinach

    • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail$15.00

      Five Bouillon Spiced Shrimp, Cocktail & Lemon

      • Steamed Mussels$17.00

        White Wine Garlic Broth, Warmed Sourdough Bread

        • Chesapeake Crab Dip$17.00

          Lump Crab, Cheddar, Cream Cheese, Stuffed Pretzel Roll

          • Corn & Crab Hushpuppies$15.00

            Fresh Corn & MD Crab Fritters, Rosemary-Buttermilk Sauce

            • Oysters on the Half Shell$15.00

              Locally Harvested Selection, Mignonette & Cocktail, Lemon

              • Cream of Crab$11.00

                Maryland Jumbo Lump, Old Bay Sherry, Homemade Lavosh Cracker

                • Royal Oak Smoke Chicken Wings$17.00

                  Small Batch Local Hot Sauce, Celery & Apple

                  • Greek Salad$16.00

                    Greek Feta, Roasted Olives, Genoa Salami, Sweet Balsamic, Fresh Basil-Almond Pesto

                    • Caesar Salad$14.00

                      Romaine Lettuces, Parmesan-Garlic Croutons, Classic House Dressing

                      • Fried Oysters$17.00

                        Hand Breaded Wild Diver Oysters Old Bay Remoulade

                        • Peel & Eat Shrimp$16.00

                          Steamed Shrimp Old Bay Butter, Cocktail & Lemon

                          • Artisan Cheese Selection & Cured Meat Platter$32.00

                            Served with Olives, Marmalade, Pickles & Oregano-Mustard Seed Lavash Crackers

                            Handhelds

                            Served with choice of Fries or Side Salad & Dill Pickle Spear

                            • Maryland Lump Crab Cake Sandwich$27.00

                              Lettuce, Fresh Tomato, Brioche Roll, Tartar Sauce

                              • Buttermilk Spice Fried Chicken Sandwich$17.00

                                Royal Oak Smoke Aioli, Cole Slaw, Brioche Bun

                                • Catch of the Day Fish Tacos

                                  Cilantro-Lime Bell Pepper Slaw, Tomatillo Salsa Verde, Fresh Tortillas

                                  • MP
                                • Shi-Mar Farms Beef Burger$19.00

                                  Grass-Fed Black Angus, Smoked Bacon, Amber Cheddar, Royal Oak Aioli

                                  Main Courses

                                  • Rockfish Imperial$38.00

                                    Wild Striped Bass, Lump Crab & Herb Stuffing, Imperial Glaze, Chesapeake-Lemon Butter Jus, Provençale Breadcrumbs

                                    • Maryland Crab Cake Dinner$32.00

                                      Broiled Crab Cake, Roasted Vegetable Hash, Tartar Sauce & Lemon

                                      • Bacon Wrapped Scallops$34.00

                                        Fresh Sea Scallops Applewood Smoked Bacon, Chapel Beer Cheddar Polenta Baywater Farms Tatsoi, Barbecue Glaze

                                        • BBQ Baby Back Ribs$28.00

                                          Memphis Style, Sea-Salt Herb Butter Smashed Potatoes, Cabbage-Carrot Slaw

                                          • Surf & Turf$37.00

                                            Jumbo Grilled Shrimp & Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib, Salad of Baywater Greens & Radishes, Yukon Gold Potato Puree

                                            • Caramelized Onion Pie$24.00

                                              Chapel Creamery Bay Bleu Cheese, Caramelized Onion, Roasted Mushrooms Flaky Pastry, Basil Pesto, Pickled Red Onions, Local Lettuces

                                              • Chef's Market Agnolotti$26.00

                                                Farmer's Market Vegetables, House Rolled Pasta, Butternut Squash & Marscapone Filling, Brown Butter Beurre Blanc, Wylder Garden Herbs

                                                • Roasted Duck Breast$36.00

                                                  Wild Mushroom & Black Truffle Risotto, Apple, Celery Leaf, Lemon Preseve & Fennel Salad

                                                  • Black Angus Ribeye$52.00

                                                    16 oz Charbroiled Creekstone Farms Ribeye, Loaded Baked Potato & Green Beans

                                                    Accompaniments

                                                    a la carte

                                                    • Vegetable Hash$7.00

                                                      • Hand Cut Fries$5.00

                                                        • Loaded Baked Potato$6.00

                                                          • Cabbage Carrot Slaw$4.00

                                                            • Mashed Potatoes$6.00

                                                              • Baked Sweet Potato$5.00

                                                                • Side Garden Salad$7.00

                                                                  • Mushroom Fricassee$3.00

                                                                    • Gorgonzola Cream$3.00

                                                                      • Frizzled Onions$2.00

                                                                        • Bell Pepper Piperade$5.00

                                                                          • 5 oz MD Crab Cake$24.00

                                                                            What 87 people are saying

                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                            4.4
                                                                            4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                                            • 4.4Food
                                                                            • 4.5Service
                                                                            • 4.5Ambience
                                                                            • 4Value

                                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                                            1. d

                                                                              dbg28

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              Dined on January 29, 2022

                                                                              overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                              Here for my birthday. Unfortunately the impending snow storm put a slight damper on things. Enjoyed the pre dinner drinks in front of the fire. We were told we’d have to sit in the bar area since they weren’t expecting too many people because of the weather. As it turned out more people arrived and were seated out in the dining room after all. The oysters were great as was the oyster stew and hushpuppies. No duck confit sliders so we opted for the substitute which was beef. They were ok. Crème brûlée was nice. Service was satisfactory not bad but not great either. Definitely recommend for the oysters alone.

                                                                            2. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              3.0

                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                              Dined on December 5, 2021

                                                                              overall3food5service3ambience4

                                                                              Service was slower than usual. They are normally very good with that. Not sure if they were short staffed or what was going on.

                                                                            3. BR

                                                                              BobR

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              2.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on October 15, 2021

                                                                              overall2food2service1ambience4

                                                                              Ribs were horrible and service was terribly slow. Manager did comp ribs.

                                                                            4. b

                                                                              blunderful

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 26, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              We had visited a couple years ago for crabs and oysters, and repeated that meal again. It was perfect and nice to sit there cracking crabs as the sky changed colors in the evening, over the water.

                                                                            5. C

                                                                              Capnjohn

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 25, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Because of a wedding reception, seating was limited. However, we arrived over an hour early for out dinner and we were seated immediately.

                                                                            6. W

                                                                              Wallis

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              23 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              23 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 25, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Came by boat to Tickler's. Had not been since it was Harrison's a few years ago. Absolutely gem of a restaurant. Great venue, ambiance, delicious food, creative craft cocktails. Docking was easy and plenty of spaces. Liz, our server was excellent and attentive. Have already recommended to several people. We will be back.

                                                                            7. B

                                                                              Bethesdaite

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on September 19, 2021

                                                                              overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                              Great ambience and view! Delicious oysters, crab cake not as good.

                                                                            8. AB

                                                                              ArturoB

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on September 19, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Great family restaurant to enjoy a great view of the river.

                                                                            9. ML

                                                                              MargaretL

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 12, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Always a great experience! Added bonus last night was a terrific classical guitarist.

                                                                            10. GH

                                                                              GrillHeaven

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              193 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              1.0

                                                                              193 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 4, 2021

                                                                              overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                              Sadly, we wanted this dinner to be nice. Starter courses came after main plates. Ribs seemed have been steamed or boiled. Server wasn’t concerned with how everything seemed wrong. We have tried to like this place, but it is dead to us now.

                                                                            11. DC

                                                                              DinnerClub

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                                              overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                              Relaxed fun environment, with good food. Hush puppies were amazing. Great entertainer on guitar.

                                                                            12. m

                                                                              mema

                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Beautiful view. food Price was a little high but worth it

                                                                            13. MC

                                                                              MichaelC

                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 20, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                              Good Food Good Time!!

                                                                            14. GS

                                                                              GregoryS

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 15, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Friends visiting

                                                                            15. c

                                                                              ccoopa

                                                                              Atlanta

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 6, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                              Lovey dockside restaurant with amazing seafood, chef quality. Casual flip-flops atmosphere, dog friendly, with full bar and picnic tables. The food is 5-Star.

                                                                            16. JP

                                                                              JenniferP

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on July 31, 2021

                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                              Serene and picturesque…that’s why you go here. Food is good but pricey for what you get. My vegetarian dish had 4 ravioli, one asparagus and 2 cherry tomatoes. The sauce was excellent, but overall the plate just needed more food! Drinks are also overpriced, $14 for a 8oz Orange Crush?

                                                                            17. GL

                                                                              GeraldL

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              4.0

                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 25, 2021

                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                              On the water casual dining with a lovely view of the Bay. We had delicious crab cakes, no filler and piping hot french fries.

                                                                            18. MD

                                                                              MacaDadday

                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                              18 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              18 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 25, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                              Great time again at one of our favorite places on Tilghman. Good food, good atmosphere, never disappoints. Highly recommend.

                                                                            19. a

                                                                              av11

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 22, 2021

                                                                              overall4food2service3ambience4

                                                                              fish and chips - fish too greasy and bready

                                                                            20. c

                                                                              catc

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              48 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              3.0

                                                                              48 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 22, 2021

                                                                              overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                                              As long time customers of Ticklers we were sad to see the menu changed to leave out the Old Bay Shrimp Boil. It was delicious and always suited the bay side atmosphere. The ribs were not so great, but the steamed shrimp were!! Signature cocktail prices were ridiculously high for the serving in a low ball/ old fashioned glass less than 8 oz. Hey, 3 sips and its done.

                                                                            21. HV

                                                                              HeatherV

                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on July 17, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              We absolutely loved both of our meals at Tickler's this past weekend. The executive chef, Jordan, is amazing, the atmosphere and view is terrific and the waiters, waitresses and bartenders are awesome! Cannot say enough good things about this restaurant.

                                                                            22. S

                                                                              Stephanie

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on July 17, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Despite reading a few bad/mediocre reviews, we decided to come here for drinks on Friday night. The drinks were amazing and bartender was very helpful and nice. We ended up coming back the following night for dinner and drinks again. We ate the crab dip appetizer, heirloom and barrata salad, surf and turf entree and crab cakes. All were DELICIOUS! We drank an assortment of cocktails (all margaritas were great, as what the Kentucky colada!) Come and taste for yourself- you won’t regret it! Both nights we came there was live music and the locals are extremely friendly! Beautiful views during our time there, as well, as the outdoor dining is right on the water. Will definitely be coming back ASAP!

                                                                            23. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 17, 2021

                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Great meal and ambiance. Attentive and pleasant staff.

                                                                            24. MD

                                                                              MDNative

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on July 15, 2021

                                                                              overall4food4service2ambience4

                                                                              We sat outside and it took a long time for drinks and food to arrive which then made the drinks warm, ice melted...not very good. The food was warm, not hot, oysters were on ice but warm so my husband had to take them from the shell and lay them on the bed of ice to make them cold. Didn't get my order correct but corrected it when it was brought to their attention. Manager came by and asked how things were, we told her and she ended up taking a round of drinks off the bill. Overall, fair experience but we won't go back.

                                                                            25. CF

                                                                              ChristineF

                                                                              Tampa

                                                                              23 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              23 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 11, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Best crab cakes around! Great music from Anna Burgess! Tickler’s has a beautiful location and fabulous waterfront view!

                                                                            26. WT

                                                                              WayneT

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on July 10, 2021

                                                                              overall3food2service3ambience5

                                                                              The foid was just average. i expected more fir the price. i was very disappointed in the poor favor if the good. The ambiance was nice, except for the flies. they should gave the torches to keep them away. i would not return fir another meal☹️ the Tentions

                                                                            27. a

                                                                              av11

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 10, 2021

                                                                              overall3food2service4ambience5

                                                                              the ribs were too dry

                                                                            28. J

                                                                              Julies

                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              4.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 10, 2021

                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                              Stunning views with fresh seafood in a comfortable atmosphere.

                                                                            29. CA

                                                                              CharlesA

                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 10, 2021

                                                                              overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                              I felt that it was a bit overpriced but overall we had a good experience.

                                                                            30. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 10, 2021

                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                              Nice spot on the water for a simple evening meal for two!

                                                                            31. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on July 9, 2021

                                                                              overall3food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Food and views wonderful but way too expensive to be sitting at picnic tables. We payed over $100 for 2 drinks. We shared one appetizer and one entree. Probably won’t go back.

                                                                            32. PM

                                                                              PMEK

                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 4, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Surprisingly great food for what gives the appearance of a crab house. Kudos to the chef and bar staff.

                                                                            33. a

                                                                              av11

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 4, 2021

                                                                              overall3food2service4ambience5

                                                                              07/04 soup came out cold appetizer was a tomatoes cheese fried item that was awful. rubber cheese and green tomatoes

                                                                            34. KJ

                                                                              KateJ

                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 2, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Wonderful restaurant on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (Tilghman Island) on the water. Fabulous food including our local steamed crabs and crab cakes. Do yourself a favor and go....

                                                                            35. S

                                                                              Sarah

                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 1, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                              Favorite local spot

                                                                            36. MH

                                                                              MelinaH

                                                                              New Mexico

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on July 1, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Great would recommend to families and couples great key lime pie

                                                                            37. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on June 27, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Everyone at Ticklers is fantastic. The views are incredible and the heirloom tomato salad is one of the best we’ve ever had. It’s a gorgeous property and can’t wait to go back for the seafood tower !!

                                                                            38. J

                                                                              Jimbo326

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              37 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              4.0

                                                                              37 reviews

                                                                              Dined on June 25, 2021

                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Excellent food and service. Love the simplicity of the outdoor dock pavilion on the water and will be back.

                                                                            39. SC

                                                                              StephenC

                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on June 24, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Wonderful by-the-water atmosphere. Food was of ample size without being too much. Left the table satisfied, but not miserably stuffed.

                                                                            40. KK

                                                                              KKing28

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on June 12, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Beautiful location and ambiance, amazing Service, DELICIOUS food, superb bartender, Keith.

                                                                            FAQs

                                                                            Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 886-2121.

                                                                            Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                            Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                                                                            Additional information

                                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                                              St Michaels / Tilghman Island

                                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                                              Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch and Dinner Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

                                                                            • Cuisines

                                                                              American, Seafood, Cocktail Bar

                                                                            • Dining style

                                                                              Casual Dining

                                                                            • Dress code

                                                                              Casual Dress

                                                                            • Parking details

                                                                              Hotel Parking

                                                                            • Payment options

                                                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                            • Executive chef

                                                                              Chris Mitchell

                                                                            • Additional

                                                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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