Phillips Seafood To Leave Baltimore’s Harborplace

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A landmark leaving. Harborplace, the center of Baltimore’s biggest tourist attraction, is losing a major tenant. After three decades, Phillips Seafood is moving out.

Weijia Jiang has new developments on Phillips’ possible future.

The news generated emotional reaction all day long, but in a late breaking development, it appears Phillips might not be that far away from here when it moves out.

For many–Marylanders or not–Phillips Seafood is a landmark as prominent as the Inner Harbor, where the restaurant has been a staple for 31 years.

But the pair is breaking up.

In a stunning announcement, the company says, “Phillips Harborplace has terminated their lease at the Inner Harbor effective Sept. 30, 2011. We are exploring other options in the Baltimore market.”

“I don’t know where we gonna come for our happy hour and fun,” said Susan Wilkens, Phillips Harborplace customer.

“I think it’s tragic,” said George Thompson, Phillips Harborplace customer.

Phillips is the last of the original Harborplace tenants. Since opening in 1980, it’s been the keystone of the Light Street Pavilion.

But Phillips is pulling all three locations there: the main restaurant, the buffet hall, and the to-go counter.

“Life evolves, things change, cities change and we’re very confident something new could come in and be even better,” Laurie Schwartz, Waterfront Partnership.

“I talked to General Growth,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “They already have an exciting tenant signed up. You know one door closes, another door opens. But it’s certainly going to be sad.”

Maybe not that sad after all.

Late Friday, WJZ’s media partner the Baltimore Sun reported Phillips is close to signing a deal to stay near the Inner Harbor and move less than half a mile away to the site of the old ESPN Zone, which shut down last June.

“I’m feeling fine,” said a Phillips employee. “They said just be patient.”

No deal for the new location of Phillips has been confirmed.

Phillips has several other locations including Ocean City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

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  • Bill

    Good, they really lost the touch for good seafood. I had guests in town and got a crab cake there, II was embarassed, the little sub shop near me has much better crab cakes. Not like the Phillips when I was a kid

  • Mark

    Good. They must have realized their seafood wasn’t good enough for Baltimore. We all stopped eating there b/c crab wasn’t crab anymore. Its a shame they couldn’t have funneled good seafood into at least one restaurant location and stayed in town.

  • WMG

    i agree, good – their foods sucks anyway; just another chain who lost focus on quality and authentic MD staples…ie… crabcakes

  • michale

    Good, especially when they’re trying to win customers over with their $29 dollar all you can eat seafood buffet. Really is someone going to pay that much to eat versus grabbing a pizza or sub in the other eateries at the harbor shops..

  • Bill

    I never did like them they are over rated over priced and over the hill, good riddance

  • hon

    Bill you are exactly right——– I could get a better crab cake or fish meal at a sub shop and less expensive— they wore out that name to greed rather than keeping with quality….

  • ed

    Phillips blows, thjey use Asian crab meat that is s…..t tasting.

  • cw

    I agree, the food sucks. I stop going to the harbor because of the over priced food, the over priced parking and the crime. I usually dine in Towson or the White Marsh area. I go where the parking is free.

    • dan

      Free parking in Towson? Where?

      • cw


  • steve

    Faidleys is wayyyy better.

  • dan

    Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.–bring it on.

  • Doug

    Good riddens ,you suck,Phillips .
    I got served bad clams casino .
    I spit mine out while the other people at my table inhaled theirs’.After that,the rest
    of the meal tasted like a discarded deep fried whale bowel on bland cardboard warmed over with a twist of lemon.
    Later that night,most of those same people were vomiting their way around the inner harbor.
    A few made a contest out of just how far they could spray their barf.

  • dan

    They got to big for little old B-more.There business now consists of sending that foreign crab meat around the world to people who don’t know any better.Is OC location the next to fall ?

  • Doug

    Look up the word ” disgusting” in Webster’s dictionary and
    you’ll see a picture of Phillips Seafood restaurant.

  • Kathy

    We are seafood snobs in Baltimore – we know good seafood and Phillips was not. Once upon a time they were – when they were the only Phillips in Ocean City. When I was a kid we used to wait in line every year to eat there – sometmes for an hour. Because the food was good. Then they branched out and went down hill rapidly. I can get better crab cakes at Fin’s in Canton Square.

  • dan

    Are they really leaving the inner harbor when they are going to the ESPN ZONE location? Will the food change?

  • dan

    haha….i have to agree with all comments on how overrated Phillips actually is. I took my sister/brother in laws there a few years back and my sister in law ordered a “wedge” salad. The waitress said it was great. So when she brings it out its a quarter wedge of a head of lettuce with dressing on it…$9. ha…I told my s.i.l to send it back and say she’ll buy her own head of lettuce for much less LOL. We havent been back since.

  • tsd1216

    Food is horrible…they fell off years ago… u can find them at any rest stop…

  • Roger MacDonald

    We stopped going to Phillips; the food quality fell off and paying top price for their food was not acceptable.

  • donato

    Let’s face it. It is not the food, which isn’t very good. It is the atmosphere. The Harbor turns into East Bmore/ or the Wire after 7PM and on weekends. especially on Sunday.. Gangs of African American youth just looking for a fight.

    None of us that are in walking distance go there. After all the recent crime and lack of police presence, why would any business stay.

    Sorry that the truth is politically incorrect.

  • M.A.

    The article won’t say the real reason Phillips is leaving after 30 years.C’mon, we all know it has to do with the not-so-desirable people that roam the pavilions and the waterfront. I haven’t gone to Harborplace in years because of the lack of safety. When asked by out of town colleagues and friends where to go downtown, I specifically tell them to stay away from Harborplace, that it is not safe, and make other recommendations. Phillips is leaving because they aren’t drawing the people who will spend $ in their establishments. Ms. Mayor, are you listening? Unless you want the waterfront area to become a commercial graveyard of empty space, you need to address the crime and the roaming clusters of loud and obnoxious kids/young adults who have no regard for the people around them.

    Sitting at an outside restaurant and listening to Tanisha and Donel shout back and forth to one another is not my idea of a relaxing dinner.

    • RP

      I went to Hooters 2 days ago, and the entire time I was there about 5 homeless people walked directly thru, one even asked me for money WHILE I WAS EATING AT HOOTERS! Out of control

  • bill

    Best crab cake besides my own “By The Docks”in Bowleys Quarteres MD no Gangs!

  • Gordon Ramsey

    Go away you bunch of donkeys. It’s always raw. SHUT IT DOWN!

  • Joy Anderson

    They should have left 10 years ago..FOOD SUCKS!

  • B-Dog

    Good bye and Good riddance, Philips.

    Ye sold out 20 years ago. I don’t know anyone that goes to Philips anymore.

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