Annapolis and Southern Maryland Restaurants

In the beginning, there was crab: crab cakes, crab soup, whole crabs to crack. These days, most likely because of overfishing and habitat changes, crabs from the Bay are pretty scarce. Maryland's favorite crustacean is still found in abundance on menus, but most arrive from out of state. In addition, Annapolis has broadened its
In the beginning, there was crab: crab cakes, crab soup, whole crabs to crack. These days, most likely because of overfishing and habitat changes, crabs from the Bay are pretty scarce. Maryland's favorite crustacean is still found in abundance on menus, but most arrive
In the beginning, there was crab: crab cakes, crab soup, whole crabs to crack. These days, most likely because of overfi

In the beginning, there was crab: crab cakes, crab soup, whole crabs to crack. These days, most likely because of overfishing and habitat changes, crabs from the Bay are pretty scarce. Maryland's favorite crustacean is still found in abundance on menus, but most arrive from out of state. In addition, Annapolis has broadened its horizons to include eateries—many in the historic district—that offer many sorts of cuisines. Dinner reservations in Annapolis are recommended throughout summer and at times of Naval Academy events.

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  • 1. 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery

    $ | Eclectic

    In what was once a hardware store, this eclectic, casual eatery has one interior wall of exposed brick and another of exposed plaster; both...Read More

  • 2. Buddy's Crabs & Ribs

    $$ | Seafood

    Family owned and operated since 1988, with a central location overlooking Main Street and City Dock, the biggest restaurant in Annapolis is...Read More

  • 3. Café Normandie

    $$$ | French

    Wood beams, skylights, and a four-sided fireplace provide a cozy ambiance, and out of the open kitchen comes an astonishingly good French onion...Read More

  • 4. Cantler's Riverside Inn

    $$ | Seafood

    Jimmy Cantler, a native Marylander who worked as a waterman on the Chesapeake Bay, founded this local institution 40 years ago. The no-nonsense...Read More

  • 5. Carrol's Creek

    $$$$ | American

    You can walk, catch a water taxi from City Dock, or drive over the Spa Creek drawbridge to this local favorite in Eastport. Whether you dine...Read More

  • 6. Chick and Ruth's Delly

    $ | American

    Deli sandwiches (named for local politicos), burgers, subs, crab cakes, and milk shakes are the fare at this very busy counter-and-booth institution...Read More

  • 7. DiGiovanni's Dock of the Bay

    $$ | Italian

    It's rare to be able to enjoy elegant waterside dining and professional service at budget prices. The chef creates succulent northern Italian...Read More

  • 8. Harry Browne's

    $$$ | Seafood

    In the shadow of the State House, this understated establishment has long held a reputation for quality food and attentive service that ensures...Read More

  • 9. Neptune's

    $$ | Seafood

    Modest Neptune's claims of preparing "the world's best mussels" rings true with many, making the trip to this tiny town just north of Chesapeake...Read More

  • 10. Osteria 177

    $$$ | Italian

    This might be the nicest restaurant in the capital that doesn't always serve crab cakes. It also might be the only local Italian restaurant...Read More

  • 11. Rams Head Tavern

    $ | British

    This traditional English-style pub serves better-than-usual tavern fare, including spicy shrimp salad, crab cakes, beer-battered shrimp, and...Read More

  • 12. Rod 'n' Reel

    $$ | Seafood

    This family-owned restaurant opened optimistically in 1936, the year after the demise of the railroad from Washington. Since then it has remained...Read More

  • 13. Stoney's Seafood House

    $$$ | Seafood

    Popular with boaters who tie right up to the dock, this restaurant overlooking Island Creek has one dining room that actually juts out over...Read More

  • 14. aqua terra

    $ | Seafood

    This funky restaurant gives history-minded Annapolis an alternative to the colonial flavor found at most other downtown eateries. Inside are...Read More

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