2016 Summer Dining Guide: Dining Out Under the Chesapeake Sun
Jul 18, 2016 01:05PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
Pusser's Caribbean Grille // Photo by Tony J Photography
When you’re dining out during the summer months, what do you want? Good food, naturally, and probably a chilled cocktail—but how about a nearby place to dock the boat, a beautiful view of the water, or a spot to dine in the sun? Good news: We’ve got an extensive list of restaurants that fulfill at least one, if not all three, of these desires. In our bend of Maryland, we’re spoiled for choices when it comes to captivating water views and fresh, filling food, so let’s take this summer to celebrate it and dine out under the Chesapeake sun. And now, the Guide…
* Note: To be included in the Dining Guide, the restaurant must meet at least one of the following: Outdoor seating for at least 10 people • Within a one-mile walk from a place to dock the boat • A water view
$$$ 30 and above
Where: 163 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-280-6486 Click: acmegrill.com The scoop: Fairly recent renovations have Acme Bar and Grill looking spiffy, but it’s still a casual hangout spot for both locals and tourists alike. Try a platter of chicken wings, which come in many flavors.
Where: 132 Dock Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-280-0028 Click: facebook.com/armadillosbar The scoop: Nightlife is the name of the game at Armadillo’s, which showcases live music every weekend as well as frequent drink specials, such as two-for-ones.
Where: 100 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-626-1100 Click: buddysonline.com The scoop: Buddy’s might be known for its all-you-can-eat buffet, which includes both a seafood buffet and a Sunday brunch buffet, but it also has an extensive regular menu (which is, no surprise, heavy on the crab!).
Where: 105 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-0785 Click: annapolissakuracafe.com The scoop: Named for the flowering cherry blossoms that Japan shared with Washington, D.C., Sakura Café serves fresh sushi in a family-friendly atmosphere right near City Dock.
Where: 185 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, weekend breakfast Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-3382 Click: cafenormandie.com The scoop: Did you know that if you visit this French restaurant early in the day, you can indulge in a three-course meal for $28? Plus, Café Normandie is a certified “green” establishment.
Where: 193-A Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-626-0165 The scoop: Main Street’s very own Irish Pub features apropos specialties on the menu, plus more than a few localized dishes. Sunday nights have become popular for pub trivia, fun to play or watch.
Where: 165 Main Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-269-6737 Click: chickandruths.com The scoop: This downtown mainstay is incredibly proud of its crabcakes, made with a half-pound of jumbo lump crab meat. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can participate in the Man vs. Food challenge made famous by Food Network’s visit. Make sure to try the 6 lb. milkshake!
Where: 136 Dock Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-268-7278 Click: dockstreetbar.net The scoop: Dock Street is well-known around Annapolis for its nightlife, with deejays and local bands keeping the party going most eves. Also features more than 20 craft beers, including seasonal special releases.
Where: 193B Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, bacon brunch Cost: $$ Call: 443-214-5171 Click: dry85.com The scoop: Self-described as “A modern industrial take on a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The back alley garage where someone today would sneak a bourbon, beer, or gourmet comfort food meal.” Need we say more?
Where: 22 Market Place, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-2576 Click: federalhouserestaurant.com The scoop: There’s never a shortage of things going on at the Federal House, whether it’s live music each weekday, deejays on weekends, or just dropping by for a cup of the restaurant’s cream of crab soup.
Where: 63 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-8333 Click: galwaybaymd.com The scoop: Locals claim Galway to be the best of the Irish pubs in town; go see for yourself. The cuisine is deemed authentic by Food Network’s Guy Fieri himself, who once visited to tape an episode of Dinners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
Where: 66 State Circle, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$$ Call: 410-263-4332 Click: harrybrownes.com The scoop: A State Circle landmark, Harry Browne’s offers a fine dining menu as well as a lounge to kick back with a glass of wine or Scotch whiskey. Long a favorite of politicians, the restaurant feels elite but welcomes all.
Where: 26 Market Space, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-280-8686 Click: harvestwoodgrill.com The scoop: Locally-sourced ingredients meld into simple yet unique dishes, cooked over a wood-fired grill. Wash it all down with carefully selected craft brews and you have Harvest, the newest concept of Chef Keith Long and Owner Dana Florestano.
Where: 12 Market Space, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-990-1600 Click: ironroosterallday.com The scoop: Made-from-scratch comfort food, American classics, and several seafood creations, as well as “breakfast all day” are the calling cards of this eatery.
Where: 195 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-4688 Click: josssushi.com The scoop: Joss must be doing something right, as it’s one of only four Annapolis restaurants to win the same Best of Annapolis category every year (sushi, in Joss’ case). Try the crunchy ebi roll, one of the most popular on the menu.
Where: 81 Main Street, Annapolis When: Lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-1350 Click: charliesbarannapolis.com The scoop: Dine on the second floor for a meal with a beautiful view of Ego Alley or just stop by downstairs for a slice of pizza. Mangia also offers solid nightlife with drink specials and live music.
Where: 188 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-280-2254 Click: masonslobster.com The scoop: Having cemented a relationship with Portland, Maine, lobstermen, Mason’s features fresh, cold-water-sourced lobster meat heaped into classically prepared lobster rolls and several unique versions.
Where: 8 Market Space, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-5700 Click: mcgarveysannapolis.com The scoop: McGarvey’s fans say that this City Dock restaurant is the place to go downtown for a raw bar, which features oysters and clams, both steamed and on the half-shell, as well as steamed shrimp and mussels.
Where: 2 Market Space, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-3323 Click: middletontavern.com The scoop: This tavern is one of Annapolis’ most historic restaurants, as it was likely occupied as early as 1740. Of course, it’s been remodeled since and now features regional cuisine and an oyster bar, as well as a piano bar upstairs.
Where: 189A Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-267-6688 Click: nanoasiandining.com The scoop: It’s clear that Nano is serious about sushi—it has the longest sushi bar in Annapolis, so you can sit and watch the chefs prepare your rolls (or order one of the wide options of Asian entrees from the kitchen).
Where: 113 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-6288 Click: obriensoysterbar.com The scoop: While O’Brien’s is certainly known for its raw bar, as well as other regional Maryland dishes, it also offers something unique that’s not on the menu: ghosts. The building has been around as a tavern since 1774 and reportedly has a few spirits of the past still lingering around.
Where: 111 Main Street, Annapolis When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-269-1210 Click: obsprime.com The scoop: Right above O’Brien’s, you’ll find a sophisticated, fine-dining steakhouse that sets the stage for romance or celebration. O.B.’s Prime serves certified prime beef, as well as seafood, and features a wine bar lounge.
Where: 177 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-267-7700 Click: osteria177.com The scoop: Arturo Ottaviano, a native of Verona, Italy, owns Osteria 177, which focuses on coastal Italian cuisine. It’s perfect for a romantic, upscale evening for two, but also offers a great deal for lunch: $17.95 for soup or salad, plus a large entrée.
Where: 164 Main Street, Annapolis When: breakfast (weekends), lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 443-598-6920 Click: preserve-eats.com The scoop: Boasting farm-to-table creations, Preserve offers a unique blend of American-Euro dishes that incorporate pickling and fermenting. The restaurant has been well-received by food critics—will you be the next?
Where: 58 State Circle, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-2641 Click: historicinnsofannapolis.com The scoop: Romantic and cozy are just the words to describe the charming Treaty of Paris, tucked within the Maryland Inn. You can also stop by the underground Drummer’s Lot Pub for a glass of wine or pint of beer.
Where: 1 Craig Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-990-0929 Click: sofiscrepes.com The scoop: While Sofi’s is mostly an order-and-go place, there are a handful of seats right outside the eatery. However, we suggest taking the Nutty Banana crepe (a mixture of Nutella and banana slices) and heading toward the water for an informal picnic.
Where: 200 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 443-837-6521 Click: vidatacobar.com The scoop: “Farm-to-taco.” Sounds good to us. Vida offers a medley of fresh, artisan tacos and top-shelf margaritas, which provides the makings of a very good time.
Where: 49 West Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-626-9796 Click: 49westcoffeehouse.com The scoop: There are few places that serve both coffee in the morning and wine at night, and fewer still that are dedicated to featuring local artists, both musical and tactile. 49 West serves both these purposes, making it the place to go for java, vino, and culture. The art is amazing and constantly changing. Make sure to try their Chai Tea Latte, it’s to die for.
Where: 126 West Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-295-3225 Click: baroakannapolis.com The scoop: Located within the Loews Annapolis Hotel, Baroak combines Chesapeake cuisine with Old World flair and offers a robust collection of microbrews. The outdoor patio welcomes guests, and even their pooch pals.
Where: 1 Park Place, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-6569 Click: carpacciotuscankitchen.com The scoop: Owned by the DiMeo family, which has begun a small restaurant empire in the region, Carpaccio’s focuses on authentic Tuscan cuisine and features a large outdoor patio at its Park Place location.
Where: 50 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-267-5949 Click: eltorobravoannapolis.com The scoop: This Mexican restaurant’s outdoor dining area is small, but we have a tip: Most don’t know that the outside tables wrap around to the side in the alley, and there’s often an available seat tucked away there.
Where: 1 Park Place, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-626-0069 Click: fadoirishpub.com The scoop: Known as the “European Sports Headquarters,” Fado always offers a good time and a large selection of Irish brews and meals. Sign up for Fado’s e-newsletter, and every once in a while, you’ll get a special happy hour offer for a free pint and small plates for you and all your friends.
Where: 167 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-280-0086 Click: lemongrassannapolis.com The scoop: Lemongrass has three locations—West Street, Housely Road, and Crofton—but the concept of fresh and tasty Thai food is the call of all. Only the West Street location offers the opportunity to dock and walk, and you can fill up on classics such as Pad Thai and spicy curries.
Where: 69 West Street, Annapolis When: dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-0003 Click: lannapolis.com The scoop: As the name suggests, Level offers a variety of small plates, but the clincher is the restaurant’s dedication to local foods. Both the website and menu list local farms from which the food is sourced.
Where: 36 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-267-9950 Click: lunabluofannapolis.com The scoop: An intimate Italian restaurant, Luna Blu makes fresh sauces daily to top their pasta dishes and entrees. For a sampling of the cuisine, try the daily four-course dinner special for $35.
Where: 169 West Street When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-280-5160 Click: metropolitanannapolis.com The scoop: As the only rooftop bar in Annapolis, Metropolitan would be worth a trip for the atmosphere alone. However, an easy-to-read menu makes it a cinch to find the right meal for your diet, as gluten-friendly, vegetarian, and Marine-certified dishes are plainly marked. Local shows are also a great feature of this restaurant/small concert venue.
Where: 1 Park Place, Ste. 5, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-5171 Click: missshirleys.com The scoop: When it comes to winning awards, Miss Shirley’s got them all, including The Food Network’s nod for best breakfast in Maryland. Try the winning dish, Shirley’s Affair with Oscar, or a variety of other delectable breakfast and lunch specialties at the Park Place location.
Where: 33 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-4545 Click: ramsheadtavern.com The scoop: You already know that Rams Head is the place to go for awesome live music and some Maryland-brewed beer. But did you know that if you purchase a beverage during happy hour, you can munch on complimentary food (the selection changes daily)?
Where: 7 Church Circle, Annapolis When: lunch, tea, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-295-9555 Click: reynoldstavern.org The scoop: Reynold’s is open for both lunch and dinner, but for a unique experience, sit down to afternoon tea. A pot of tea, a taste of scones or finger sandwiches, and you’ll feel like you’re dining in Britain. If it’s a special occasion, upgrade to the Champagne tea.
Where: 37 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-263-1993 Click: stanandjoessaloon.com The scoop: A lively joint with plenty of character, Stan and Joe’s is just what you want in a neighborhood bar. Plenty of regular customers, a menu that’s just more than regular bar fare (there’s Tex-Mex in this case), and a pair of owners with senses of humor.
Where: 51 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-990-9868 Click: tsunamiannapolis.com The scoop: Most people visit Tsunami for either its trendy atmosphere or the sushi menu. However, the creators behind Lemongrass and Metropolitan outfitted Tsunami with a unique entrée menu too, including Bison Short Ribs with Sriracha mac ’n cheese.
Where: 305 Sail Place, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-571-5660 Click: brioitalian.com The scoop: Brio might be a national chain for Italian cuisine, but it offers some delectable deals for local residents, ranging from the three-course dinner, lunch specials during the week, and a $5 martini night every Wednesday at the bar (try the Sparkling Raspberry Drop martini).
Where: 458 Forest Beach Road, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-757-1311 Click: cantlers.com The scoop: If you want authentic Maryland seafood, Cantler’s could be just the place for you—Jimmy Cantler (who owns the restaurant with his wife, Linda) worked as a waterman on the Chesapeake Bay before beginning the restaurant in 1974, and his family has worked in the seafood industry for five generations.
Where: 1915 Towne Centre Boulevard, Ste. 250, Annapolis When: dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 410-224-4344 Click: thechophouseannapolis.com The scoop: One of Annapolis’ favorite locations for a great steak, the Chop House only offers the top grass-fed prime beef. Plus, visit on your birthday for a complimentary dinner! (Call for details.)
Where: 1906 Town Center Boulevard, Ste. 238, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 443-837-9989 Click: coopershawkwinery.com The scoop: New to Annapolis, Cooper’s Hawk offers a signature menu with a selection of dishes designed to pair perfectly with our own Cooper’s Hawk wines, made in their own private winery.
Where: 1905 Towne Centre Boulevard, Annapolis Serving. lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-897-1022 Click: paladarlatinkitchen.com The scoop: Discover the bold flavors of Latin America at this fresh, colorful, and fun Latin kitchen and rum bar. It’s best known for its freshly made guacamole and hand-muddled Mojitos.
Where: 307 Sail Place, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-573-2990 Click: pfchangs.com The scoop: PF Chang’s aims to make Asian dining simple and delicious. Before heading to the restaurant, check out the mobile app to make reservations, view the menu, or place a take-out order. Feasting on the ever-popular lettuce wraps has never been easier.
Where: 2020 Chesapeake Harbour Drive East, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-3600 Click: samsonthewaterfront.com The scoop: Winner of two distinguished awards from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, Sam’s was the first restaurant in the city to be deemed “green.” Settle back with a glass of vino, take in the views of the harbor, and enjoy the regional cuisine Sam’s has to offer.
Where: 1993 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$$ Call: 410-349-4000 Click: severninn.com The scoop: With its panoramic views of Annapolis and the Naval Academy, the Severn Inn is just the place to dine for a celebratory meal. However, if you’re looking for something a little bit more laidback, check out the pub menu for a casual dining experience.
Where: 1906 Towne Centre Boulevard, Ste. 4250, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-224-6598 Click: zikisteakhouse.com The scoop: Sit inside at a hibachi table for an entertaining presentation of your chicken, steak, or seafood entrée, or dine alfresco, choosing an option from an extensive sushi menu. One of the specials: the Maryland roll, soft shell crab and blue crabmeat, topped with avocado and flying fish roe.
Where: 400 Sixth Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-3454 Click: theblackwallhitch.com The scoop: Newly minted in town just about two years ago is Blackwall Hitch, which has quickly won over locals and tourists alike with its fresh cuisine designed by award-winning Chef Zachary Pope. The rooftop deck provides a fun take on al fresco dining.
Where: 400 Fourth Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-216-6206 Click: boatyardbarandgrill.com The scoop: If you’re looking for a fun place to take your kids or out-of-town visitors, go to Boatyard Bar and Grill. They’re proud of their crabcakes, but we also really enjoy the blue crab melt on the sandwich menu.
Where: 300 Second Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-7166 Click: chart-house.com The scoop: With its expansive views of the Annapolis harbor, it’s no surprise that Chart House focuses on serving fresh seafood, as well as steakhouse classics. However, the restaurant’s extensive salad bar is also a top draw.
Where: 400 Chester Avenue, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-7432 Click: davispub.com The scoop: You can find plenty of local favorites on this neighborhood hangout’s menu, such as crab cakes, burgers, and weekly meatloaf and pot roast specials. The restaurant was also certified by the city in 2010 as an environmental steward.
Where: 401 Fourth Street, Annapolis When: dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 410-263-1617 Click: lewnessteakhouse.com The scoop: Whether it’s an intimate and romantic dinner or a celebration with friends and family, Lewnes’ offers a sophisticated evening coupled with good food, including U.S. Prime steaks cooked to perfection.
Where: 310 Third Street, Annapolis When: dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 410-263-0884 Click: olearysseafood.com The scoop: Since 1983, the fresh seafood cuisine at O’Learys has garnered local, regional, and national acclaim, including Best of Annapolis honors for Best Seafood Restaurant several consecutive years.
Where: 301 Severn Avenue, Annapolis When: dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 410-990-0033 Click: ruthschris-annapolis.com The scoop: This widely-known and well-respected chain is renowned for its excellent cuts of meat, butalso offers poultry and seafood options for those who don’t love steak. The side dishes are ordered separately and come in large enough portions to share.
Where: 909 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-990-1846 Click: vin909.com The scoop: Since its opening, this family-run wine bar and restaurant has been praised for its atmosphere, wine (there are more than 35 choices), and farm-to-table menu, particularly the wood-fired pizzas.
Anne Arundel County
Where: 2630 Chapel Lake Drive, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-451-5141 Click: 4seasonsgrille.com The scoop: Another outpost of the Monte Restaurant Group, 4 Seasons serves up a fusion of American and Mediterranean cuisine. Its outdoor patio was one of the first outdoor dining experiences to be found in the Waugh Chapel Shopping Center and remains popular.
Where: 1260 Crain Highway, Crofton When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-451-3133 Click: thebigfishgrille.com The scoop: It’s impossible to miss the Big Fish Grille’s sign on Route 3, so stop by for this restaurant with a colorful and eclectic décor. Don’t miss happy hour with great prices on sushi, drinks, and appetizers such as lobster mac and cheese.
Where: 3451 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-798-5865 ext. 2303 Click: golfclubsr.com The scoop: The golf course might be private, but the public is welcome at the Bistro, where the executive chef serves up elegant entrees such as Chicken Marsala and Bistro NY strip steak.
Where: 48 South River Road, Edgewater When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 443-837-6057 Click: coconutjoesusa.com The scoop: If you want to feel like you’re at the beach, but don’t have the time to make the trip, visit Coconut Joe’s, a sandy getaway with live music, beach-inspired food, and an upbeat atmosphere. Also features a deck-front playground for the kids; very family-friendly.
Where: 1050 Deep Creek Avenue, Arnold When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-974-1408; 410-757-4045 Click: thedeepcreekrestaurant.com The scoop: It’s just 15 minutes from Annapolis, but you’ll feel worlds away while enjoying views of Deep Creek. During this time of year, you can grab a drink from the seasonal tiki bar while enjoying the steak-and-seafood menu.
Where: 1581 Defense Highway, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-721-5252 Click: fatboyscrabshack.com The scoop: Another offering from Land and Sea Group, which also owns Big Fish Grille and the new Poncho ‘N’ Pepe’s. When you visit the crab shack, order at the counter and either take your food to go or take a seat on the outdoor deck to dine.
Where: 7793 Arundel Mills Boulevard, Hanover When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-799-2883 Click: georgemartinsgrillfire.com The scoop: Attached to the luxury Hotel at Arundel Preseve, Grillfire is a contemporary and sophisticated place to dine in the West County region. The menu is playful (“Over the Top Mac and Cheese” as a shared starter), yet upscale (Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs as an entrée), with options for a family dinner or a romantic night out.
Where: 722 Generals Highway, Millersville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-222-3333 Click: theginascantina.com The scoop: Tucked away off of Veteran’s Highway, Gina’s Cantina is a casual eatery with an upbeat atmosphere and colorful décor. Take a seat at the picnic tables indoor and out, and sip a margarita with a meal of uniquely prepared Mexican specialties.
Where: 1439 Odenton Road, Odenton When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-874-7300 Click: hideawayodenton.com The scoop: True to its name, The Hideaway is a hidden gem now known for reputable barbecue that has sold out during peak times. Best to call ahead before you visit for an afternoon of pig pickin’ on the back deck.
Where: 1407 S Main Chapel Way, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-721-4468 Click: houlihans.com The scoop: An American bar and restaurant serving one robust lunch and dinner menu—offering many choices, including appetizers to share, wood-grilled flatbreads (think pizza), and entrees from beef to salmon.
Where: 329 Gambrills Road, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-923-2005 Click: jkingsrestaurant.com The scoop: Formerly known as Kaufmann’s Tavern, J. King’s uses fresh, local ingredients to create its menu that emphasizes crabs, seafood, and steaks. It has a firm commitment to the community, offering charity nights every week to give back to local organizations.
Where: 584 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-798-8700 Click: killarneyhousepub.com The scoop: Stop by this Irish watering hole right off Route 214 that features a menu with both Irish and American classics. If you’re avoiding gluten, Killarney House offers a lengthy gluten-free menu.
Where: 1397 Generals Highway, Crownsville When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-923-1606 Click: luresbarandgrille.com The scoop: Lure’s, a casual bar with a nautical feel, specializes in regular customers, offering both a beer and wine club for repeaters. You can also join its text-message list for the latest about what’s on the menu, which band is playing, and what beers are available that night.
Where: 1053 Route Three North, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-451-4222 Click: molloysirishpub.com The scoop: As the name indicates, the restaurant offers the feel and spirit of an Irish pub, but also draws inspiration from New Orleans. The menu reflects both, as you can order either a Shepherd’s Pie or the Cajun Catfish.
Where: 1143 Central Avenue, Edgewater When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-798-6807 Click: oldstein-inn.com The scoop: Family-owned by German immigrants, Old Stein recently underwent major renovations and upgrades, and features a renowned biergarten, the perfect place to while away an afternoon with a beer and some schnitzel and wursts.
Where: 700 Mill Creek Road, Arnold When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-544-5448 Click: thepointcrabhouse.com The scoop: Best of Annapolis-winning Chef Bobby Jones helms this coastal casual restaurant, which combines the best of both worlds—crab picking and fine Chesapeake cuisine—all within contemporary confines overlooking the creek.
Where: 1406 South Chapel Way, Ste. 110, Gambrills When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-721-1392 Click: queretaroinc.com The scoop: Authentic Mexican cuisine from the same ownership that has brought the popular Mi Casita and Rinconcito Mexicano restaurants to the region.
Where: 1773 Generals Highway, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-849-8058 Click: ramsheadtavern.com/roadhouse The scoop: The Generals Highway outpost of the popular live music venue and restaurant, the roadhouse features live music on the weekends along with always-interesting daily specials and complimentary food with a drink purchase during happy hour.
Where: 1406 S. Main Chapel Way, #102, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-415-1004 Click: thaiat2.com The scoop: Authentic Thai cuisine, expertly prepared with artistic presentation and a creative cocktail menu has won crowds, who especially enjoy dinners before or after taking in a movie at the nearby cinema. The outdoor patio is perfect during warmer evenings, especially when the Towne Centre hosts its weekend outdoor concert series.
Where: 2840 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-573-1333 Click: yellowfinrest.com The scoop: A stunning view of South River (including sunsets), great happy hour specials, and an extensive dinner menu (including sushi!). What more could you want from a summer dining restaurant?
Southern Anne Arundel County
Deale, Galesville, Chesapeake Beach, Rose Haven, Tracy’s Landing
Where: 3748 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-257-3689 Click: abnerscrabhouse.net The scoop: Pull your boat into Abner’s Marina and head next door, where it’s all about the crabs. The menu features crab soups, steamed crabs, crab legs, and crab cakes, plus other varieties of seafood.
Where: 421 Deale Road, Tracy’s Landing When: weekend breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-867-1138 Click: docksiderestaurantmd.com The scoop: True to its name, Dockside Restaurant sits directly on Tracy’s Creek and features white tablecloth dining, a sports bar area, tiki bar outside, and a wide-ranging menu of seafood classics, pub grub, and American staples.
Where: 533 Deale Road, Deale When: weekend breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-867-0949 Click: happyharbordeale.com The scoop: If walls could talk, Happy Harbor’s would have stories dating back to 1933, when the restaurant first opened. These days, Happy Harbor celebrates its history and offers affordable food and drinks (and there are always some boaters around still willing to share stories).
Where: 7153 Lake Shore Drive, North Beach When: weekend lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-257-0095 Click: mangosonthebay.com The scoop: For an elegant but friendly dinner, try the waterfront dining room at Mango’s, which focuses on steak and seafood entrees. If you’re looking for something a little more laidback and festive, head to the cabana bar and feel like you’re in the tropics for the night. Delicious entrees mixed with a beautiful Bayfront beach and local boaters makes Mango’s the place to be.
Where: 8800 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-257-7899 Click: neptunesseafoodpub.com The scoop: Neptune’s is a friendly neighborhood bar serving casual cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood. Locals gather to hang out, catch up, and maybe even enjoy a sports game on one of the large-screen TVs.
Where: 4817 Riverside Drive, Galesville When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-867-2300 Click: piratescovemd.com The scoop: Live music, a view of the West River, and a choice of casual cuisine from the dock bar or an upscale meal in the dining room—the Inn at Pirate’s Cove has just what you need for a summer dining experience (including a room to stay if you need a small getaway).
Where: 4165 Mears Avenue Chesapeake Beach When: weekend breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-257-2735 Click: chesapeakebeachresortspa.com The scoop: Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa’s Rod ‘N’ Reel restaurant is waterfront dining with a panoramic view of the Chesapeake Bay. The fresh seafood and juicy certified steaks are favorites.
Where: 6158 Drum Point Road, Deale When: weekend lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-867-7110 Click: skipperspier.com The scoop: Skipper’s Pier has long been a popular southern Maryland restaurant that boasts beautiful views of the water and an expansive deck.
Where: 5960 Deale Churchton Road, Deale. When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-867-6450 Click: southcountycafe.com The scoop: Order at the counter at South County Café and either dine at one of the outside tables or take it home to your family. The extensive menu offers local favorites such as crab cake platters, but delves outside regional cuisine.
Where: 8132 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 301-855-0766 Click: traders-eagle.com The scoop: For more than 50 years, Traders has been known for its steak and seafood entrees, along with a score of comfort food dishes available for dinner. However, the restaurant also features a large breakfast buffet on the weekends, perfect to gather with a group of friends and catch up after a long week.
Where: 9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach When: sunday brunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-257-0001 Click: westlawninn.com The scoop: This inn dates back to the heydays of southern Maryland beach vacations, originally built in 1926. Its restaurant features upscale dining for locals and visitors alike.
Queen Anne’s County
Where: 500 Kent Narrows Way North, Grasonville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-827-7103 Click: annies.biz The scoop: When you visit Annie’s, it’s hard to decide between steak or seafood—people really enjoy the crabcakes and stuffed flounder, but the extensive menu offers plenty of options for surf and turf.
Where: 216 St. Claire Place, Stevensville When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-604-1120 Click: bigbats.com The scoop: We’re in the thralls of baseball season, and where better to go than a baseball-themed bar with 20-plus TV screens? The bar doesn’t pledge loyalty to any particular team, so show up to root for the O’s or the Nats and indulge in cold beers and good food specials.
Where: 3015 Kent Narrows Way South, Grasonville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-827-6523 Click: thebigowl.com The scoop: Jimmy Buffet fans, here’s your taste of the Margaritaville on the Mid-Shore. A locals bar, Big Owl doesn’t proclaim to be anything fancy—just some good food, cold drinks, live music, and a beautiful Kent Narrows water view…and that’s just the way its customers like it.
Where: 205 Tackle Circle, Chester When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-604-1688 Click: cafesado.com The scoop: A fusion of French and Asian cuisine, Café Sado specializes in Thai dishes as well as traditional sushi rolls. We’re particularly enticed by the butternut squash dumplings served with gyoza sauce.
Where: 511 Chesterfield Avenue, Centreville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-758-1707 Click: docsriversidegrille.com The scoop: A casual local’s spot with a variety of daily specials, such as $5 Burger Night on Tuesdays, $15 Steak Dinner Night on Wednesdays, plus a daily happy hour.
Where: 3116 Main Street, Grasonville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-827-8807 (Inn); 410-827-6666 (crab deck) Click: fishermansinn.com The scoop: This Kent Narrows mainstay offers a one-stop shop for its summer patrons. If you want some good, old-fashion crab pickin’, head to the crab deck. For classic Eastern Shore fare in a white-tablecloth setting, the Inn has just what you need. And if you just want some seafood to take home, the market offers fresh catches for your kitchen.
Where: 433 Kent Narrows Way North, Grasonville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-827-9500 Click: harriscrabhouse.com The scoop: This popular crab house not only offers a variety of fresh seafood for some serious feasting, but it does so in an admirably eco-friendly way by participating in the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a program to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.
Where: 357 Pier One Road, Stevensville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-604-0999 Click: hemingwaysbaybridge.com The scoop: From your perch on the waterfront deck of Hemingway’s—conveniently located seconds from the Bay Bridge—you’ll have a front-row seat to the gorgeous sunset. Time it right, and you can enjoy a romantic dinner with someone special while watching the sun go down.
Where: 201 Wells Cove Road, Grasonville When: breakfast weekends, lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-827-4959 Click: jettydockbar.com The scoop: At the beginning of each summer season, 22 tons of white sand are trucked in from Florida to create The Jetty’s waterfront beach. Call the restaurant for a ride to and from Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville, Romancoke, and parts of Queenstown, so you can indulge in a cocktail without worry.
Where: 500 Kent Manor Drive When: Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-643-5757 Click: kentmanor.com The scoop: Beyond the elegant setting or beautiful view at Kent Manor, the first glass of Champagne at Sunday brunch is just $1—it’s quite literally Champagne taste on a beer budget!
Where: 910 Kentmorr Road, Stevensville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-643-2263 Click: kentmorr.com The scoop: Pull your boat up to the dock and take a pre-dinner walk on Kentmorr’s sandy beach. When you’re ready to taste their award-winning cream of crab soup, you can choose between the elegant dining room or the casual outdoor tiki bar.
Where: 180 Pier One Road, Stevensville When: dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 443-249-5777 Click: baybeachclub.com The scoop: The centerpiece restaurant of newly-built The Inn on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club is led by esteemed Eastern Shore Executive Chef Paul Shiley, who brings his love of local classics inspired by Maryland favorites to the table.
Where: 401 Love Point Road, Stevensville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-643-9444 Click: rusticoonline.com The scoop: An Italian restaurant and wine bar specializing in traditional Sicilian food, Rustico’s patrons go crazy for the Fettuccine di Cremona, a blend of pasta, jumbo lump crab, shrimp, and sea scallops in a creamy Alfredo sauce.
Where: 12 Ericsson Avenue, Betterton When: lunch, dinner, Sunday Brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-348-3079 Click: barbarasonthebay.com The scoop: Hearty classics, seafood faves, and a view that’s tough to beat, Barbara’s offers cozy confines—indoors and out—overlooking the expansive Chesapeake Bay.
Where: 21270 Rock Hall Avenue, Rock Hall When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-639-2000 Click: baywolfrestaurant.com The scoop: Sail in a local marina, and Bay Wolf will bring you to the restaurant to try its blend of Austrian (think indulgent wienerschnitzel) and Eastern Shore cuisine (think fresh rockfish).
Where: 98 Cannon Street, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-778-3566 Click: fishandwhistle.com The scoop: The daily specials here are unparalleled. Want an affordable bloody Mary or Mimosa? Visit Sundays. Fifty-cent wings or $7 burgers? Visit Mondays. Kids eat free (plus half-priced wine bottles for mom and dad)? That’s on Wednesdays. Catch our drift? Every day, there’s a deal to be had.
Where: 208 High Street, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-778-5000 Click: imperialchestertown.com The scoop: This restaurant serves an upscale, comfort-food menu but we’ve also got our eye on the extensive menu of unique spirits. A combination of tapas, Shore-, Italian-, and French-influenced cuisine is prepared by owner an award-winning Chef Steve Quigg.
Where: 20895 Bayside Avenue, Rock Hall When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-639-9996 Click: harborshack.net The scoop: A casual, waterfront spot, Harbor Shack doesn’t take itself too seriously—except when it comes to good food, live entertainment, and a great view of the river.
Where: 22170 Great Oak Landing Road, Chestertown When: dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-778-5007 option 2 The scoop: Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore’s own Jellyfish Joel’s Tropical Beach Bar features live weekend entertainment on 200-foot private sandy beach.
Where: 12503 Augustine Herman Highway, Kennedyville When: breakfast (weekends), lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-348-2430 Click: jrsatmollys.com The scoop: Bring along Fido because JR’s porch is dog-friendly. However, the human companions will particularly enjoy the menu of hearty, American classics such as Virginia baked ham, meatloaf, pot roast, and chicken ’n dumplings.
Where: 14028 Augustine Herman Highway, Georgetown When: dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-648-5200 Click: kittyknight.com The scoop: Dine on the deck of the Kitty Knight House for a spectacular view of the Georgetown Harbor and Sassafras River. If you came by boat, you’ll receive free dockage while you dine.
Where: 22170 Great Oak Landing Road, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-778-5007 Click: jrswatermarkbarandgrille.com The scoop: Classic Eastern Shore cuisine with a twist. The newest addition to JR Alfree’s fleet of restaurants features a full bar, is family friendly, boasts a water view, feature outdoors seating, and even live music.
Where: 844 High Street, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-810-3338 Click: oconnorspubmd.com The scoop: If you’re searching for Irish fare on the Shore, O’Connor’s Pub is the place. Owned by Dublin natives, the menu features Irish standards such as Guinness stew and Shepherd’s Pie, plus a variety of Eastern Shore cuisine.
Where: 20786 Rock Hall Avenue, Rock Hall When: dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-639-2194 Click: ospreypoint.com The scoop: Elegant waterfront dining, where transient boaters receive free dockage while taking in a fine meal. Each night of the week holds value; there’s burger night (Wed.), locals’ night (Thurs.), prime rib night (Fri.), and oyster night (Sun.), among other specials.
Where: 1008 Rolph’s Wharf Road, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-778-6389 Click: rolphswharf.com The scoop: The outdoor beach bar at Rolph’s offers the opportunity to take your shoes off and feel the sand between your toes while drinking a cold beer or frozen margarita. And that view of the Chester River isn’t too shabby, either.
Where: 21085 Tolchester Beach Road, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-778-1400 Click: tolchestermarina.com The scoop: Offering respite from a day on the water, the restaurant and nearby beachy Bay-front bar has cold drinks, sandy shoreline, and live music most weekends through the summer season.
Where: 20658 Wilkins Avenue, Rock Hall When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-639-2500 Click: swanpointinn.net The scoop: Boasting cedar plank-cooked seafood, early-bird specials, house-made pizza, children’s menu, and a relaxing outdoor deck, all within earshot of the Chester Riverfront have made Swan Point a destination.
Where: 21055 Sharp Street, Rock Hall When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-639-2261 Click: watermanscrabhouse.com The scoop: With a history dating back more than 40 years, Waterman’s has established itself as a placefor destination dining, evolving from a fresh seafood market in the past to a full-service restaurant with a beautiful view of the bay.
Where: 105 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-5557 Click: 1812tavern.com The scoop: Local restaurateur Mark Chew’s most recent business venture with his wife, Lan, features Chesapeake inspired cuisine with European influence—not unlike our forefathers. A large outdoor deck offers views of bustling Talbot Street.
Where: 409 South Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-3081 Click: avaspizzeria.com The scoop: Ava’s is more than your neighborhood pizza joint. Sure, they serve wood-fired pizzas—the chef’s favorite, a pizza bianco with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, and balsamic reduction is beloved by the customers—but the entrees are nothing to scoff at. Try the Shrimp fra diavolo, another customer favorite.
Where: 402 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-3474 Click: awfularthursusa.com The scoop: The first Awful Arthur’s in Maryland, is in the heart of downtown historic St. Michaels. The restaurant, inside a historic home, is just two blocks from the St. Michaels harbor. Dine fireside in the cooler months, or enjoy a meal outdoors during warmer weather.
Where: 28 South Harrison Street, Easton When: dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 410-770-3300 Click: bartlettpearinn.com The scoop: The talent of Chef Jordan Lloyd is on full display and probably best enjoyed with the 5- or 7-course prix fixe dinner. Known for its farm-to-table ethos, the restaurant/inn also boasts an impressive wine list and cocktail menu.
Where: 403 Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-9111 Click: bistrostmichaels.com The scoop: A menu that is rooted in traditional culinary styles, yet modern, all sourced with the highest ingredients, sustainable seafood, and free range eggs, and partnerships with local farmers.
Where: 206 North Washington Street, Easton When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-819-3838 Click: brasseriebrightwell.com The scoop: Brightwell boasts the creative minds of owner/executive chef Brendan Keegan, a previous Best Chef winner in the Best of Eastern Shore contest. Sit on the patio, order a half-carafe of wine, and indulge in one of the many French-inspired dishes.
Where: 6136 Tilghman Island Road, Tilghman Island When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-886-1060 Click: charactersbridgerestaurant.com The scoop: Shore classics, seafood, beef, and chicken dishes—a robust menu and fine drinks enjoyed on the Tilghman waterfront indoors or on the outdoor deck.
Where: 125 Mulberry Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-4340 Click: foxysharborgrille.com The scoop: It’s summer, so follow Foxy’s motto, “Living on island time.” Order a Foxy’s Island Mojito or an orange crush, sway to the sounds of acoustic music on Sundays, or just gaze at the beautiful water view.
Where: 101 North Harbor Road, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-9001 Click: harbourinn.com The scoop: Whether you want a relaxing experience on the covered deck overlooking the water or small bites in the newly remodeled club room, the Harbourside Grill delivers and features Low Country cuisine.
Where: 21551 Chesapeake House Drive, Tilghman Island When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-886-2121 Click: chesapeakehouse.com The scoop: Harrison’s serves the freshest seafood, caught only by local watermen, but now every table has a water view. A sports bar, over-the-water deck, and light-fare café were also added.
Where: 12 West Dover Street, Easton When: lunch, carry-out dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-980-5588 The scoop: Salads and sandwiches in an elegant courtyard setting.
Where: 103 S. Fremont Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-745-8001 Click: lanstapasandwine.com The scoop: At Lan’s, you can eat like a king without spending a fortune; truly so, as the tapas concept marries seasonally-inspired dishes to modestly priced portions, allowing you to pick, choose, and eat your way through the fun menu.
Where: 26342 Oxford Road, Oxford When: dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-226-5303 Click: latitude38.org The scoop: Latitude 38 offers upscale fare, such as steaks, crabcakes, and fresh fish. Those with small appetites should be sure to dine here, as the restaurant now offers half-sized entrees for light eaters.
Where: 21651 Lowes Wharf Road, Sherwood When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-6684 Click: loweswharf.com The scoop: The epitome of a hidden gem, Lowes Wharf is one of those places that’s off the beaten path, but so worth the drive. Beautiful views, a sandy beach, fun activities, and a full bar and restaurant—you might just want to stay the night in the accompanying inn.
Where: 6178 Tilghman Island Road, Tilghman When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-886-1122 Click: markerfive.com The scoop: Marker Five is a casual waterfront dining restaurant that epitomizes the concept of fresh, local cuisine. Featuring a variety local fresh seafood as well as house smoked ribs, wings, and BBQ.
Where: 104 West Pier Street, Oxford When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-226-5171 Click: themastheadatpierstreet.com The scoop: This waterfront restaurant, an offshoot of Latitude 38 Bistro and Spirits, boasts sensational sunsets and spectacular seafood, including a handful of all-you-can-eat specials, such as steamed crabs or snow crab legs.
Where: 22 S. Harrison Street, Easton When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-822-3204 Click: pascalschophouse.com The scoop: Newly-owned and operated by the Pascal family, the restaurant continues the fine dining precedent set by previously known Mason’s, by offering four-star cuisine, including USDA Prime cuts of beef, seafood, and salads.
Where: 504 South Morris Street, Oxford When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-226-5220 Click: oxfordinn.net The scoop: If you call from the marina, Oxford Inn proprietor Dan Zimbelman will come pick you up in an authentic London black cab. Once you get to Pope’s Tavern, indulge in the European bistro experience with Chef Lisa MacDougal’s Zagat-rated cuisine.
Where: 305 Mulberry Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-3737 Click: stmichaelscrabhouse.com Why Go? As the name might suggest, St. Michaels Crab and Steak House offers casual cuisine from land and sea with an entertaining view of the boats coming and going from the harbor.
Where: 314 Tilghman Street, Oxford When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-226-0160 Click: schoonersonthecreek.com The scoop: Located in an old oyster-shucking building that dates back to the turn of the 20th century, Schooner’s on the Creek serves up a variety of fresh seafood and Eastern Shore fare.
Where: 8 North Washington Street, Easton When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-822-2202 Click: scossarestaurant.com The scoop: A fine-dining Italian restaurant in the heart of Easton, Scossa also operates an outdoor café when the weather permits. Seating is limited, but the full menu is available al fresco.
Where: 308 Watkins Lane, St. Michaels When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 410-745-2200 Click: perrycabin.com The scoop: For a special dining experience, Stars offers locally-sourced cuisine served in an upscale, white-tablecloth atmosphere. The adjoining Purser’s Pub offers courtyard nibbling and cocktails.
Where: 125 Mulberry Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-5577 Click: towndockrestaurant.com The scoop: Classic dishes, such as “Rockfish Oscar” and “Crab Imperial” grace the seafood-centric menu. The view is Shore-classic as well, and the local crowd continues to flock here for camaraderie and entertainment.
Where: 535 Poplar Street, Cambridge When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-228-4884 Click: bistropoplar.com The scoop: Chef Ian Campbell, a Cambridge native who was educated at New York’s Culinary Institute of America, pairs seasonal ingredients with classic French cuisine—an unexpected combination with delicious results.
Where: 100 Heron Boulevard, Cambridge When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-901-6410 Click: chesapeakebay.hyatt.com The scoop: Enjoy panoramic views of the Choptank River in this newly renovated casual spot. Savor regional seafood specialties like Crab and Vegetable Chowder served with a deep-fried Sizzling Crab Ball, and unique global dishes like Drunken’ Dancin’ Jumbo Shrimp with Thai Chili.
Where: 422 Race Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-221-7888 The scoop: The menu features Italian, French, and regional fare in both an upscale dining room and a casual, intimate Coolahan’s Pub. All the restaurant’s crabmeat comes from J.M. Clayton Co. in Cambridge.
Where: 100 Heron Boulevard, Cambridge When: lunch Cost: $ Call: 410-901-6396 Click: chesapeakebay.hyatt.com The scoop: Lite fare, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and cold drinks make this a proverbial “19th hole.”
Where: 305 High Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-228-7420 Click: thehighspotgastropub.com The scoop: Chef/Owner Patrick Fanning and The High Spot pair the best brews with upscale pub food, all with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. There are also regular pairing dinners with entertaining themes.
Where: 514 Taylors Island Road, Taylors Island When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-228-9094 The scoop: Come by land or sea to this casual waterfront eatery that features a diverse menu ranging from salads to burgers to steaks, plus homemade desserts.
Where: 527 Poplar Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-228-0008 Click: jimmieandsooks.com The scoop: With a name like Jimmie and Sook’s, you’d expect amazing crabs at this Cambridge restaurant—and you’d be right. Also try the cream of crab soup or sit in the backyard patio and crack open steamed blue crabs.
Where: 638 Taylors Island Road, Taylors Island When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 419-221-5111 Click: palmbeachwilliesti.com The scoop: Get nautical at Palm Beach Willie’s, located within Dorchester’s Slaughter Creek Marina, where customers rave over Willie’s Seafood Stew, made with jumbo lump crab meat, shrimp, fish, scallops, mussels and clams.
Where: 201 Trenton Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-228-9007 Click: portsidemaryland.com The scoop: An expansive upper deck overlooks the boats on the Choptank River, while diners indulge on a menu heavy on the seafood—try the crab balls, which come recommended.
Where: 315 Gay Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 443-477-6261 Click: rocklobstah.com The scoop: Like lobster, beer, oysters, shrimp, and fun? Then this is the place for you! Fresh seafood in a relaxed, fun setting is what Rock Lobstah offers.
Where: 112 Commerce Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-228-0112 Click: snapperswaterfrontcafe.com The scoop: If you didn’t make your Caribbean vacation this year, just visit Snapper’s. There, you’ll find a Jamaican tiki bar, plus some authentic Jamaican dishes such as Jerk chicken. If you’re not feeling irie, there are plenty of Eastern Shore classics, such as crab dishes made with J.M. Clayton Company crabmeat.
Where: 413 Muir Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 443-477-6040 Click: stokedwoodfiredeatery.com The scoop: Features contemporary Italian cuisine with fresh selections of local oysters, cheeses, charcuterie, and veggies. Choose from artisanal pizza, pasta, sandwiches, plates, and sweets.
Where: 6304 Suicide Bridge Road, Hurlock When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-943-4689 Click: suicide-bridge-restaurant.com The scoop: Don’t let the name fool you, Suicide Bridge offers a worthy experience with panoramic views of Cabin Creek, riverboat cruises, and fresh seafood purchased from local watermen during the crabbing season. Check back every two weeks for a new seasonal menu that includes Chef’s specials.
Where: 100 Heron Boulevard, Cambridge When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-901-6400 Click: chesapeakebay.hyatt.com The scoop: Head to this chic, modern restaurant for a sumptuous weekend brunch or an elegant date night out. Reserve the restaurant’s communal table or private dining room for a special group dinner.
Where: 4 S. First Street, Denton When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-479-1919 Click: harrysonthegreen.com The scoop: Equally popular for its happy hours or a romantic dinner date, Harry’s offers “American Classic Cuisine with a French flair.” It’s outdoor seating offers sunset backdrops, perfect for winding down.
Additional Destination Restaurants
broadneckgrill.com The scoop: Authentic Mexican and American dishes created by owner Donna Duran and talented chef Guillermo Diaz. This staple of the Cape St. Claire community is fast becoming loved in Edgewater, it’s recently-opened second location.
cafemezzanotte.com The scoop: Owner, chef, and garden maestro, Kosmas “Tommie” Koukoulis of Cafe Mezzanotte made a commitment to sustainability when he fully bought the fine dining restaurant and rebranded, encompassing local and sustainable, while retaining the Italian heritage.
hunanlrose.com The scoop: Very traditional Chinese-American is the style of food served at Hunan L’Rose. Think white linen tablecloths, pink cloth napkins, a complimentary pot of hot tea, and, at the finish, warm hand-towels and a darling little scoop of orange sorbet sporting a fortune cookie—the ambiance is the sum of all of these parts.
mammaromas.com The scoop: Bring your appetite, silence your calorie counter, and prepare to indulge your inner Italian at Mamma Roma, a little jewel tucked into a corner of the Village Center in Odenton, where you will be treated like a VIP, no matter what your credentials.
meatballs-etc.com The scoop: A concept restaurant that is fast and friendly, serving only the finest and freshest ingredients. An experience that allows the guest to be their own chef to create dishes inspired by their favorite Italian flavors.
meltingpot.com The scoop: Indulgently fun; a burner-tabletop, pots of cheese and glasses of wine, long skewer forkettes, and dunkers—stale bread in the Old World days, now fresh bread cubes and surrounded by abundant vegetables and meats.
micasitainc.com The scoop: Now a Crofton landmark for authentic Mexican cuisine, Mi Casita is the first brainchild of owners Gloria and Catalina, who came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1991.
mothersgrille.com The scoop: Mother’s Peninsula Grille is a 125 seat restaurant and bar located ten minutes from the Annapolis waterfront, the State Capitol, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Known as a Baltimore Ravens fans’ roost, the restaurant also welcomes Washington Redskins fans.
piazzaitalianmarket.com The scoop: Nestled in the only plaza square of Easton, Piazza Italian Market is an extraordinary favored spot by locals and visitors alike, known for its deli case, meats and cheeses, which make the panini, and house-made dinners.
rinconcitomexicanoinc.com The scoop: Freshly made, authentic Mexican dishes, plus a complete selection of all the spirits you could want to have yourself a fiesta. Choose from authentic Mexican beers to various tequilas to mixed drinks and margaritas.
ruthschris.com The scoop: The famed steak house will open its newest location in the Odenton Town Center this fall.