Barbara’s On the Bay – Great Food in Betterton, Maryland 1

When I noticed the bartender whipping up a Bloody Mary for a regular who had yet to even enter the building, I knew that I was going to enjoy my meal at Barbara’s On the Bay. My first impression was right. This restaurant, which overlooks quiet Betterton Beach and has a deck area for guests who want a great view of the sand and water, serves up a bowl of Maryland crab soup that is equal to that of former restaurant C.M. Tugs Grub N Pub in its prime.

Betterton restaurant

I made a left when I exited the beach parking lot and drove the very short distance to the restaurant’s parking lot. If you have a nice parking spot at the beach and everyone in your party is able to do so, you might as well just walk to the restaurant. I did so when I checked the hours of operation a half hour before and it was an easy walk. (Hours of operation and a welcome message are written in chalk on a board beside the restaurant door. Currently, Barbara’s is closed Monday and Tuesday and open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11:30 to 8. Friday and Saturday, the restaurant is open 11:30 to 9. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m.)

Betterton Beach Maryland restaurant

I was welcomed and seated quickly at my choice of tables when I came in the door. I asked for an indoor table by the window, but most the guests seem to prefer deck seating so they can soak up the view.

Maryland crab soup at Barbara's in Betterton


I ordered a bowl of Maryland crab soup and one of the daily specials, flatbread with shrimp ($13.99) The signature Old Bay Flavor of this meat filled soup was just strong enough to leave my lips tingling. Yum! The flatbread special arrived with a salad, which was decent. It had several types of greens and some nice slices of cucumber. Dressing was on the side, which I always appreciate. The flatbread itself was downright beautiful to look at, with the sauce drizzled artfully over it. The taste was just as appealing as the appearance – the perfect marriage of flavors. Another yum! I’d definitely recommend both these options. The glimpses I got of other diners’ meals, such as the burger and the omelette, had me thinking about coming back another day for dinner in the near future.

flatbread pizza

For More Information:

Barbara’s On the Bay

12 Ericcson Avenue

Betterton, MD 21610

Phone: 410-348-3079

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  • Judith & Roger

    Barbara’s never fails to impress with fascinating, updated foods and you can’t beat the view ! Staff are friendly and inviting… can’t wait to return!