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Top Five Seafood Restaurants In Annapolis Ranked

JC Phelps

Hey, y'all! Looking for seafood in Annapolis, Maryland? You should - and for good reason! "America's Sailing Capital" is home to some of the nation's best seafood! These are the Top Five Seafood Restaurants In Annapolis Ranked, as per Yelp. Do you see your favorite on the list? If not, tell me in the comments: what's your go-to spot for seafood in Annapolis?
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1. Boatyard Bar and Grill

Address: 400 Fourth St Annapolis, MD 21403

Phone: (410) 216-6206

Located on Restaurant Row in the historic maritime district of Eastport, the Boatyard is just a short walk or water taxi ride from Annapolis City Docks.  The interior is like that of an old yacht, with shiny white walls, mahogany, sea foam green ceilings and large wooden beams. The Boatyard's intent is to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay lifestyle. Pictures of local sailors line its walls and fish caught by local fishing friends are hung in the Boatyard’s Pilar Bar, named after Hemmingway’s fishing boat. Specials change by the day, but you won't want to miss their oysters on the half shell, oyster shooters (copperhead, cocktail, mary, cucumber), Maryland crab soup, and the "World's Best Crab Cake Dinner, Period", which features two jumbo broiled Maryland lump crab cakes). As they say: their crab cakes are "All Killer, No Filler"!

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2. Cantler's Riverside Inn

Address: 458 Forest Beach Rd Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: (410) 757-1311

An Annapolis, Maryland icon, Cantler’s waterfront restaurant and crab house has been serving the area’s freshest seafood to watermen, boaters, and land lovers alike for nearly four decades. Sheltered in the quiet waters of Mill Creek, Maryland and just minutes from Annapolis City Dock, Cantler’s proudly serves: Maryland blue crabs, crab cakes, crab imperial, clams, oysters, shrimp, fresh fish, lobster, scallops, and steamed hardshell crabs!

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3. Sailor Oyster Bar

Address: 196 West St Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: (410) 571-5449

Sailor Oyster Bar is a must-visit in Annapolis! While they have a large menu, look no further than freshly-shucked oysters on the half from Sailor. They feature Harris Creeks (MD), Cannon Coves (VA), Battle Creeks (VA), Wellfleet Selects (MA), White Cedars (MA), Jack's Points (ME), and Chelsea Gems (WA). Enjoy $1/ shuck tues – fri from 4-5:30pm!

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4. Carrol's Creek Cafe

Address: 410 Severn Ave Annapolis, MD 21403

Phone: (410) 263-8102

Carrol’s Creek brings you a new American tradition of dining that is founded in the time-honored heritage of a colonial town rich with seafood, culture, and style. You'll love their baked oysters (regional oysters topped, horseradish, house-made bacon, cabot vermont cheddar), jumbo lump crab cakes (roasted garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, mustard vinaigrette), and their herb-encrusted rockfish fillet (sun dried tomato pesto risotto, sautéed baby spinach, jumbo lump crab, beurre blanc).

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5. O'Learys Seafood Restaurant

Address: 310 3rd St Annapolis, MD 21403

Phone: (410) 263-0884

The plates at O'Learys are second-to-none. You'll drool over their cream of crab soup (jumbo lump carb, sherry), grilled oysters on the half (six freshly-shucked oysters grilled, garlic herb butter, parmesan, asiago, romano), crab cakes (brown butter squash, roasted jalapeno ranch, apple + cabbage slaw), crab mac and cheese (cavatappi pasta, blended cheese, jumbo lump crab, tasso ham, spinach, garlic bread crumbs), and bronzino (grilled mediterranean sea bass, roasted root vegetables, salsa verde, crispy capers).

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