Backfin Blues

4.7
658 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Backfin Blues Bar & Grill offers the freshest, most succulent seafood, juicy Black Angus Steaks and Prime Rib, craft beer, specialty Martinis and after-dinner drinks; all hand crafted and made-to-order for your enjoyment. We do in-house and catered events. Chef Bob invites you to join him in his delectable living room. Sit back and enjoy some of the finest cuisine around, along with daily revolving specials !
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BrandonM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service and freindly atmosphere. Highly recommend

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WaltN
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for brunch and it was great. The only problem was presenting the "Local Flavor" gift card. They said they couldn't take it because we had to spend $45. I pointed out that that said it was for take-out. After waiting for over 20 minutes for a resolution it was determined that we only had to spend $30. as was stated on the certificate. We also asked 3 times for a bag to put remains in and that was never fulfilled by our waitress. The brunch was tremendous but spoiled a bit by mix up.

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DavidsonJack
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We decided to do brunch and were pleasantly surprised by not only our easy requested accommodation outside but also the new value priced special of 3 eggs etc for $9. Bailie, our server, could not have been any more pleasant and welcoming. We also got to chat with owner Bob Steele who visited out table. Great way to start a Sunday!!!

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vipJillW
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Backfin! The food is amazing and staff and service is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful gem in the heart of Port Deposit! Food, drinks, service and ambiance were all top notch. Will definitely be back.

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JoanR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome like always. Service was remarkable. Our server was very helpful with the menu.

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Renaldo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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cliff
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled Caesar salad and blackened Ahi tuna were really good

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JohnS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent. The waitresses were pleasant, knowledgeable of the menu and we could not ask for anything more. The main courses were cooked to perfection and we said as much to them. If I had to point out a very minor complaint, it was the stuffed mushrooms - they were prepared as a casserole - not what I expected but good.

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Lynn
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were on the covered porch. Everything was great, food, service and the bloody Mary's are exceptionally good.

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DawnJ
E. Tennessee
18 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Amazing chef. Great service

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DianeB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, as always. The very critical comments are that it was warm inside the restaurant and that the noise level is high due to the kitchen area being divided from the dining area by only a partial wall. But that doesn’t keep us from coming back.

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JOHNS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Backfin Blues, we wanted to try somewhere new for our 17th wedding anniversary and we loved it. We will be back! We already have recommeded BB to our friends. :)

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CelesteW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Appetizers, cocktails, main course and dessert! All delicious! The atmosphere was great and so was the music! It was a perfect evening out!

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GayleZ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prices are a bit higher but the food is worth it. We had the salmon and cod and they were prepared perfectly. The server was on top of things without being overbearing. Music was a bit loud but she had it turned down when we asked. Perfect night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and service

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JoyceH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Love Backfin Blues!

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JamesJ
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was my second time at Backfin Blues. After my first experience, I decided to give them a second try. During my first visit, I ordered one crab cake which cost $27. Unfortunately, it wasn't a $27 crab cake -- it was okay but lacked unique flavor which should set it apart from other restaurants. This time we tried "Lobster Bisque." After not seeing any aspect of a lobster in it (not even the tiniest grain) we were told that it is "lobster accented" -- no actual lobster was involved in the creation. Additionally, it was a rather runny soup -- not an actual bisque (the soup was not removed from the final check). Overall, Backfin Blues truly did give me the blues. Definitely not worth the money.

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gijoejr53
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good but even better now then before Covid. Had poached pear salad with twin crab cakes, steamed broccoli and grilled zucchini, each done to perfection as was everything else that was brought to the table. Our waitress Bailey was excellent, very attentive and on the ball. Will get back there very soon.

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StevenD
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and everything about the experience here was great. It was expensive and the parking was bad

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tastefullyold
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

We have been regulars since Backfin opened but since owner chef Bob retired the place is not the same. Our food came out cold after we were there for an hour and a half. We sent it back and when it came out again it was still not hot, we ate it but the fish I had was small and very salty my wife’s lobster tail was six ounces at best for $42.00. It will be a long time before we return.

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vipTeeTimeMike
Philadelphia
247 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Backfin Blues was a nice experience. Food was delicious, especially the crab cake and broiled lobster tail. The only negative was the zucchini medley was basically uncooked and rather raw, which I informed our server. Server was great and checked with us to make sure we enjoyed our meals. Some of the menu items were a bit pricey but we’d love to return to try some of the steak dishes. Well worth trying this place out.

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JoyceH
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough about this place. The food is consistently delicious. The staff is consistently perfect. We ate outside and it was a beautiful night. I have written reviews many times and they are always the same. Outstanding ! See you soon!

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vipSeanB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and go there regularly. Great food and great town.

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RobertY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience every time we are there. The food is always good and unique. We always try something different. We look forward to our next dining trip there.

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TAS6082
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was jammed packed and even though we were told they were minus servers the staff worked very hard to keep everyone happy. It was 10 of us and our service and food was outstanding.

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LilliB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was, as always, outstanding. Perfect Eggs Benedict and wonderful pork chop topped with an egg. Only downer was they no longer have the craft cocktails they once did. I ordered a classic margarita- should be 2 parts good tequila, 1 part Cointreau and a dash of fresh lime. I even paid up for Herradura tequila. I got a tall glass (?) with what could have been Herradura but I'll never know because it was a tall glass full of sour mix. It was like a "cocktail" they would serve at TGI Fridays. We will keep going back for the excellent food but save money by just drinking water with our meals.

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vipJonK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual.

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WilliamK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In an out of the way location but well worth a visit. Outstandingly prepared food whether meat or sea.
Wedge salad is large- we split a “small” one and it was just right. Filet mignon perfectly medium rare. Crusted salmon excellent. I don’t know how they prepare their crispy Brussels sprouts but they were delicious.
We’ll go again.

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Donna
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always the food was great. The table directly next to us had a dog who laid next to our table and seemingly begged throughout our entire meal . I’m a dog lover but wish the server would’ve picked up on the location of the four legged friend and said something to the owners 😏

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vipLaurieF
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This was my second visit to Backfin Blues, and it was every bit as good as the first time I was there. We had the stuffed shrimp and a filet, and both were excellent. This place is truly a culinary experience not to miss. I can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a great find. We had an early reservation. The service and food were both great. The pace of the meal and the atmosphere were very relaxed. We will return.

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jamesn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

great food. great service at bar. nice decor.
overall, great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Backfin Blues is one the area's best restaurants. Casual atmosphere with excellent menus. The best part in our opinion is the staff!

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SueL
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time there. It's a quaint Main Street-little town feel. I ordered Lobster tail w/crab imperial and my husband got the Crowned Filet w/lump crab. Both were INCREDIBLE! His steak had a Grand Marnier sauce that was absolutely delicious! As a side, we both got the smashed potatoes, which we dipped into his sauce. I also got the grilled zucchini side, and he got the grilled Brussel sprouts. Everything was prepared to perfection and absolutely delicious. The service was great as well. The only issue we had was with parking. There is no designated lot. Most spaces you do find are reserved for other locations. It's tough when you are unfamiliar with the area. Won't stop us from coming back, though!

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Peanut
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Seated outside on balcony; hot and loud. Food overcooked and/or poorly presented. No refills of drinks offered by waitress. Manager made excuses because they were busy. Very disappointing.

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JoanieL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back Fin is one of our all time FAVE restaurants!!! Always a great experience!

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EricY
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was phenomenal. The pork chop was the beat I've ever had.

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HenryW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to eat and the service was excellent.

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Backfin Blues is rated 4.7 stars by 658 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.