Jonah & The Whale Seafood

★★★★☆
  • 3900 Coastal Hwy

    Ocean City, MD 21842

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  • 410-524-2722

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There are two things that I look at when going to a buffet- the price, and the food. The price at Jonah and the Whale was $25 (although we had a coupon.) The size of the buffet alone does not appear to be worth $25- there is one 3-sided server, a carving station, and a raw bar. The restaurant as a whole was decent looking, a little too dimly lit but otherwise fine.

Despite the somewhat small size of the food area, the food was well worth $25. Now there are perhaps two strategies for eating at a buffet: sample a little of everything, or load up on a few really good items. This buffet is definitely for the second kind of eater. The selection is not huge to begin with, and not all of the offerings are particularly good. So here are some of them:

Stuffed clams: Okay. Had only one.
Deep-fried scallop: Okay. Took only once.
Fried clam strips: Good. Took two servings.
Steamed fish: Not good, very dry. Did not even finish my piece.
Crab imperial: Good. I don??t believe it was real crab but the seasonings were tasty.
Roast beef: The carving station was supposed to be prime rib, but it was a less-desirable cut of beef that was rather gristly. Only okay, took one slice.

Those are the items not worth filling up on. Sample some of them but that??s it. There were some side dishes, like mac and cheese, but I did not try these. So here are the items that definitely are worth filling up on:

Snow crab legs: Excellent. Tasty and not rubbery, watery, or overcooked.
Giant deep-fried shrimp: Excellent: These shrimp were huge and tasted like the ocean. They are probably the best shrimp I have had at any buffet. They were not overbreaded, either.
Raw bar: All you can eat clams and oysters on the half shell, shucked to order. How can you go wrong? I had clams and oysters, and they were tasty and fresh, not watery and bland. I??ve had better clams and oysters, but for a buffet these were excellent.
Fried chicken: The fried chicken here was amazing. It was juicy and had a flavor far surpassing McDonald??s chicken nuggets or KFC. I did not eat much of the chicken, but it was delicious.

So four items out of the whole $25 buffet were really worth loading up on. If you can eat plate after plate of these four items, you will get your money??s worth. Otherwise, you will probably feel overcharged/underserved.

One more thing: the dessert! I have never had better soft-serve ice cream in a buffet. The ice cream here was creamy and delicious, and on the side there was chocolate fudge syrup and caramel syrup. Oh boy. This was the best dessert I have had at a buffet.

To sum it up: This buffet is for very hungry seafood lovers, who are content to fill up on crab, shrimp, and the raw bar offerings. Otherwise, keep your money because the rest of the food is not great.

For more buffet reviews, see www.buffetsblog.blogspot.com!

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★★★★☆

There are two things that I look at when going to a buffet- the price, and the food. The price at Jonah and the Whale was $25 (although we had a coupon.) The size of the buffet alone does not appear to be worth $25- there is one 3-sided server, a carving station, and a raw bar. The restaurant as a whole was decent looking, a little too dimly lit but otherwise fine.

Despite the somewhat small size of the food area, the food was well worth $25. Now there are perhaps two strategies for eating at a buffet: sample a little of everything, or load up on a few really good items. This buffet is definitely for the second kind of eater. The selection is not huge to begin with, and not all of the offerings are particularly good. So here are some of them:

Stuffed clams: Okay. Had only one.
Deep-fried scallop: Okay. Took only once.
Fried clam strips: Good. Took two servings.
Steamed fish: Not good, very dry. Did not even finish my piece.
Crab imperial: Good. I don??t believe it was real crab but the seasonings were tasty.
Roast beef: The carving station was supposed to be prime rib, but it was a less-desirable cut of beef that was rather gristly. Only okay, took one slice.

Those are the items not worth filling up on. Sample some of them but that??s it. There were some side dishes, like mac and cheese, but I did not try these. So here are the items that definitely are worth filling up on:

Snow crab legs: Excellent. Tasty and not rubbery, watery, or overcooked.
Giant deep-fried shrimp: Excellent: These shrimp were huge and tasted like the ocean. They are probably the best shrimp I have had at any buffet. They were not overbreaded, either.
Raw bar: All you can eat clams and oysters on the half shell, shucked to order. How can you go wrong? I had clams and oysters, and they were tasty and fresh, not watery and bland. I??ve had better clams and oysters, but for a buffet these were excellent.
Fried chicken: The fried chicken here was amazing. It was juicy and had a flavor far surpassing McDonald??s chicken nuggets or KFC. I did not eat much of the chicken, but it was delicious.

So four items out of the whole $25 buffet were really worth loading up on. If you can eat plate after plate of these four items, you will get your money??s worth. Otherwise, you will probably feel overcharged/underserved.

One more thing: the dessert! I have never had better soft-serve ice cream in a buffet. The ice cream here was creamy and delicious, and on the side there was chocolate fudge syrup and caramel syrup. Oh boy. This was the best dessert I have had at a buffet.

To sum it up: This buffet is for very hungry seafood lovers, who are content to fill up on crab, shrimp, and the raw bar offerings. Otherwise, keep your money because the rest of the food is not great.

For more buffet reviews, see www.buffetsblog.blogspot.com!

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