12 Seafood Restaurants In Annapolis, Maryland

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Maryland’s 350-year-old capital, Annapolis, is a vibrant city renowned for its charming colonial history and venerated sailing tradition. With more 18th century buildings than anywhere else in the country, Annapolis is a great destination to spend time with your family and experience the cultural activities and explore the culinary scene that showcases the region’s seafood fare. For the thrill-seekers, you can rent a boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay further. From shacks serving the world-famous Maryland blue crabs to waterfront dining spots with stunning views of the harbor, restaurants in Annapolis offers a little something for every taste. Let your taste buds savor the perfect meal in the sailing capital of United States. Learn more about the best seafood restaurants in Annapolis, Maryland.

1. O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Think of Annapolis without mentioning seafood. Quite impossible, right? One of the restaurants that capitalize on the rich seafood of this region is O’Brien’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Tavern. It prides itself in offering exquisite Chesapeake cuisine on its menu and in a comfortable setting. Situated in downtown Annapolis near Naval Academy, the restaurant is a spacious and casual dining spot famous to locals, tourists, and boaters alike. Its menu transitions from full to late-night pub starting at 10pm.

Dinner music and entertainment set the mood of the place, just check its website or social media pages for the updated schedule. Moreover, O’Brien’s is one of the destinations for Annapolis ghost tours featuring its haunted banquet house.

O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern

Address: 113 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Website: O'Brien’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern

Opening hours: Mon - Thu : 11am - 12am; Fri: 11am - 2am; Sat: 9:30am - 2am; Sun: 9:30am - 12am

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2. McGarvey's

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Seafood fans, gather at McGarvey’s for a feast of your favorites. From the restaurant’s Waterman’s Sampler of fresh, steamed shellfish to jumbo lump crab cakes, the servings are certified Chesapeake-sourced. Aside from the traditional appetizers, pasta, and sandwiches, take your best bet from its raw bar menu. You can choose from a selection of fresh mussels, steamed shrimps, local oysters, and clams.

The establishment is well-decorated and has a nice friendly vibe. As an Annapolis tradition for over 40 years, the restaurant knows that funky music can keep its space more interesting. Catch the acts here for a fabulous opportunity to sing along. Should you be looking for a place to host a full-service dinner, a private buffet, or a get-together, McGarvey’s is more than happy to serve your needs.


Address: 8 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401

Website: McGarvey’s

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 11:30am - 12am; Wed - Sat: 11:30am - 1:30am; Sun: 11:30am - 12am

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3. O'Leary's Seafood Restaurant

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With courteous staff and exceptional seafood entrees, O'Leary’s is a fantastic place to sample the freshest seafood of Annapolis. O'Leary’s offers an intimate setting and an inventive menu that is perfect for romantic dinners and family get-togethers. The restaurant is located in a historic home just a block away from the water and reservation is recommended since the restaurant does not feature a huge space.

O'Learys Seafood Restaurant

Address: 310 Third Street, Annapolis, MD

Website: O'Learys Seafood Restaurant

Opening hours: Sun - Thurs: 5pm - 9pm; Fri & Sat: 5pm - 10pm

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4. Wild Country Seafood

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Posted by Wild Country Seafood on Saturday, June 12, 2021

This old-fashioned seafood store situated in Maritime Eastport offers dining options that include fresh crabs, oysters, rockfish and perch that was caught from the bay in the morning. Dedicated to bringing the old crab shack feel to the area, this Annapolis crab restaurant offers all types of fat local crabs and crab meat. The restaurant also features party platters that include peel-and-eat shrimp platters, crab ball platters, peeled shrimp platters and shucked raw oyster platters.

Wild Country Seafood

Address: 124 Bay Shore Ave., Annapolis, Md. 21403

Website: Wild Country Seafood

Opening hours: Wed: 3pm - 7pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 7pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm

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5. Seafood Palace Buffet

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Posted by Seafood Palace Buffet on Thursday, October 8, 2020

This restaurant in the forest plaza store is committed to serving the best variety of American, Japanese and Oriental food. Their menu includes prime ribs that melt in your mouth, beef and pork ribs, ham, sushi, Maryland steamed crabs and an unmatched assortment of fish. The restaurant also offers promotions that include free drinks and coupons with the purchase of buffet meals.

Seafood Palace Buffet

Address: 81 Forest Plaza Store A, Annapolis, MD 21401

Website: Seafood Palace Buffet

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9.30pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10.30pm

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6. Boatyard Bar & Grill

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Posted by Boatyard Bar & Grill on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

From succulent crab cakes to tasty lobster rolls, this nautical-themed spot offers incredible seafood fare in Annapolis. With great downtown vibes, attentive staff and amazing food, this spot is a hit for seafood among the foodies of Annapolis. The restaurant features charming decors and a beach setting with a busy bar that bustles with events and night outs.

Boatyard Bar & Grill

Address: 400 Fourth St, Annapolis, MD 21403

Website: Boatyard Bar & Grill

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 12am; Sat - Sun: 8am - 12am

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7. Buddy's Crabs & Ribs

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This family owned and operated restaurant has been offering the biggest, fattest and spiciest blue crabs in town, to locals and visitors alike, for more than three decades now. Located in the corner of downtown main street, it is one of the best seafood restaurants in Annapolis that offers buffets, a full menu including entrees, sandwiches, fresh fish, seafood, steaks, pasta with a picturesque view of the Historic Annapolis harbor. Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs is super kid-friendly with an exclusive kids’ menu and welcomes children with balloons, coloring pads, crayons, and a goody bag. Do not miss the award-winning “Great big buddy crab cake”, their premium lump crab cake, the next time you are here.

Buddy's Crabs & Ribs

Address: 100 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Website: Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11.30am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11.30am - 10pm; Sun: 9am - 9pm

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8. Severn Inn

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Located on the eastern side of the Naval Academy Bridge, Severn Inn offers remarkable cuisines, exquisite drinks with panoramic views of the city. Dedicated to providing an unrivaled culinary experience in a casual setting, the restaurant features fresh catches, creative dishes, delicious wines, and impeccable service. Severn Inn also offers options for private dining events with a dining room that offers a great view of the Severn Inn, a full-service bar and special menu selections.

Severn Inn

Address: 1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21409

Website: Severn Inn

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11.30am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11.30am - 10pm

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9. Carrol's Creek Café

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Posted by Carrol's Creek Cafe on Friday, May 22, 2020

Overlooking the spa creek bridge, Carrol’s creek cafe brings Annapolis a new American tradition of dining, honoring the heritage of the colonial town’s culture and style. The restaurant serves its dishes prepared in a new American style of cooking that emphasizes flavor and innovation. The restaurant is the country’s first fine dining restaurant that features nut-free certification and prepares its bar beverages nut-free.

Carrol's Creek Café

Address: 410 Severn Avenue , Annapolis , MD 21403

Website: Carrol’s Creek Café

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11.30am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11.30am - 10pm

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10. Sam's on the Waterfront

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It is that time of the year Sam’s on the Waterfront’s Fall Menu Rollout with 1/2 priced Entrees for one night only this...

Posted by Sam's on the Waterfront on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

With an owner that has years of restaurant experience, Sam’s on the waterfront is a fine-dining restaurant that offers an award-winning menu and a wine list. The menus at Sam’s changes seasonally with new creative courses made from the freshest of local ingredients at affordable prices, in a fun and casual atmosphere. Sam’s features live entertainment on Friday and weekends and recorded funky music throughout the week.

Sam's on the Waterfront

Address: 2020 Chesapeake Harbour Dr. East, Annapolis, MD 21403

Website: Sam’s on the Waterfront

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11.30am - 9.30pm; Fri - Sat: 11.30am - 11pm

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11. Cantler's Riverside Inn

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Posted by Cantler's Riverside on Saturday, January 2, 2021

Cantler’s Riverside Inn has been serving fresh seafood to the locals of Annapolis for over four decades now. Located minutes away from the Annapolis Dock, the restaurant offers a menu that includes crab cakes, crab imperials, clams, oysters, shrimp, fish, lobster, scallops, land lovers platters, sandwiches, and steamed hard-shelled crabs. With an ambiance that expresses Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay heritage, this restaurant also serves fresh Maryland blue crabs seven days a week, all year round.

Cantler's Riverside Inn

Address: 458 Forest Beach Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21409

Website: Cantler’s Riverside Inn

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

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12. Chart House

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Formerly a historic boathouse, Chart House seafood restaurant offers a menu of delectable dishes made from local ingredients and gorgeous views of the Spa Creek. The restaurant features a sophisticated ambiance, a popular happy hour menu and some of the best seafood in Annapolis. From fresh fish specialties to succulent shrimp portions, the creative seafood menu in Chart House includes a cuisine crafted with an infusion of local flavors with a touch of the exotic.

Chart House

Address: 300 Second St, Annapolis, MD 21403, USA

Website: Chart House

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 4.30pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 4.30pm - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 9pm

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Get your seafood fix

Maryland blue crabs
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user bigbirdz used under CC BY 2.0

From tasty Maryland blue crabs to succulent lobster rolls, the above seafood restaurants in Annapolis are must-visits if you are looking to savor those fresh catches right from the sea to the table. Visit them and treat your tastebuds to the best selection of seafood fare in Annapolis.

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Frequently asked questions about the seafood restaurants in Annapolis

1. Which restaurants in Annapolis deliver food?

For those who want to enjoy seafood and other classic favorites in the comforts of their own home, you can avail of the delivery services of these restaurants: Chart House and Sam’s on the Waterfront.

2. Which restaurants in Annapolis provide takeout?

Easily enjoy a delectable meal from these Annapolis restaurants by grabbing a quick meal: i) Seafood Palace Buffet, ii) Severn Inn, iii) Chart House, and iv) Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs.

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