100 Years Leading the
Seafood Evolution

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Own a Restaurant Brand Ranked
Best-In-Class for Seafood

For four generations, the Phillips family has set the highest standards in the seafood industry. It’s no wonder our award-winning high volume restaurants, worldwide quality seafood production facilities, and dominance in seafood retailing has earned us a reputation for being the best. For over 100 years we’ve stayed true to our roots, serving up family recipes our millions of families, travelers, vacationers and seafood lovers from around the world have enjoyed. We’ve always pushed ourselves to innovate and lead. We at Phillips Seafood live and breathe the restaurant industry and fully understand what it takes to be successful.

  • Family owned company since 1914 in its fourth generation
  • Phillips Seafood in Baltimore has been ranked a Top 100 Highest Grossing Independent Restaurants nationwide
  • Safely produces and processes millions of pounds of crab, fish, and shellfish to ensure quality and consistency
  • #1 selling frozen crab cake in the USA
  • #1 selling brand of frozen seafood soups
  • #1 selling brand of 8oz refrigerated crab meat
  • Top choice of crab meat according to hotel and restaurant executive chefs

A Legacy Anchored in Your Success

With an unprecedented history of success, Phillips has continued our focused growth with the launch of our franchising division. As a Phillips franchisee, you will benefit from our tremendous brand recognition, our experience in creating and managing successful restaurant operations, a world-class culinary research and development team, and our proven operational expertise. Our franchise program has the versatility that enables you to diversify your franchise portfolio while leveraging your existing overhead.

Innovation and tradition are the driving forces behind our brand. Our full service, casual dining Phillips Seafood concept and our fast casual, grab-and-go Phillips Seafood Express concepts are just as appealing and versatile as the seafood products we offer.

Blue crabs inventory in franchise restaurant

People are eating more seafood than ever, mostly in restaurants. Demand shows now signs of slowing down.


Seafood is the #1 entrée ordered in restaurants – beating chicken and beef. Crab is the #2 favorite seafood item on menus.

crabs served in franchise restaurant
Blue crabs inventory in franchise restaurant

Consumer perceptions that fish and shellfish are healthier alternatives to other meats such as beef and pork are driving sales.


The initial investment ranges from $1,331,500 to $1,961,585*
for our Phillips Seafood concept and $500,970 to $841,600* for our
Phillips Seafood Express concept.

Source: Item 7 from our 2019 FDD
*Amount includes the franchisor fee.

Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips

Steve’s family has been a part of the seafood industry for 100 years, since the establishment of the AE Phillips & Son seafood processing plant on the Chesapeake Bay in 1914. As a third generation waterman, Steve has spent his entire life and career working in the family crab business. Over the years the business has grown, and he’s had the opportunity to take on different roles. In 1980 after becoming the company’s president, he expertly charted further growth, including processing, manufacturing, and now franchising.


What makes Phillips Seafood different from similar franchising opportunities?

There are very few franchise opportunities focused on seafood. Phillips has been in the seafood business for over 100 years and is one of the most recognizable and marketable brands in the industry. Because seafood is a premium, the average check and margins are significantly higher than most other franchise opportunities.

How do I get started?

We start the process with a conversation to discuss your goals and experience and to get to know each other. We’ll also discuss what cities you would like to be located in. Next, you’ll be invited to our corporate office for a Discovery Day to talk in more detail and visit some of our corporate stores. Please call Michelle Torres at 443-928-7735 to get started.

What does the initial investment cost cover?

The initial investment covers all franchise fees, equipment costs, construction and real estate costs, and training. For more details, please request our FDD.

Do I need previous experience?

Restaurant experience is preferred; however, we also offer management services outside of our franchise agreement.

Are multi-unit franchises available?

Yes! We welcome the opportunity to discuss the process for multi-unit ownership.

What are the initial fees?

The initial fees for a full service Phillips Seafood are $35,000 and $25,000 for a Phillips Seafood Express unit.