The Best Seafood Restaurants in Baltimore

The OpenTable Team

People flock to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor not just to visit the Maryland Science Center and The National Aquarium, but also to sample the incredible seafood that Baltimore is famous for. While it’s true that there are plenty of seafood-focused restaurants near the Harbor, Baltimore offers a plethora of such eateries throughout its neighborhoods, from Canton to Oldtown and Westport to Bolton Hill. So just where do residents and diners in the know go for seafood? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve studied the data from thousands of restaurants to help diners eat at the favorite places of OpenTable’s most prolific and demanding foodies. Sample some of the freshest softshell crabs and oysters from the nearby Chesapeake Bay or break open a lobster flown in from Maine—whatever ocean treats diners crave, they’ll find them when they book a meal at one of these restaurants serving the best seafood in Baltimore.

Restaurants:Citron, Gunther & Co., Loch Bar - Baltimore
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Towson, Canton, Harbor East

Citron

$$$$·American·
Towson
1,528 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic

Citron sits in the northwest corner of greater Baltimore, overlooking Quarry Lake. In nice weather, diners can sit on the lakeside patio or terrace (open year-round)—the location s...

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84% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Baltimore Suburbs

Gunther & Co.

$$$$·American·
Canton
1,933 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

This converted brick brewery on Brewer’s Hill houses a spacious restaurant with open kitchen and a fresh, local take on classic American fare. Perfect for a date night or a busines...

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95% recommended
American in Baltimore

Loch Bar - Baltimore

$$$$·Seafood·
Harbor East
796 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch

Loch Bar, on the ground floor of the Four Seasons hotel, occupies prime real estate on the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This raw bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating an...

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95% recommended
Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland

Ampersea Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Harbor Point
763 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

Modern in both décor and attitude, Ampersea combines the ethos of locally sourced food with the spirit of community-building. Produce served here is often grown by urban farmers th...

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89% recommended
Most Booked in Baltimore / Maryland

Gertrude's - Baltimore

$$$$·American·
Charles Village
6,281 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch

Gertrude’s, in the Baltimore Museum of Art, has served as a bastion of local, farm-fresh Chesapeake Bay cuisine for more than two decades. Diners here rave about consistently good ...

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95% recommended
Great for Lunch in Baltimore / Maryland
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Michael's Cafe

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Timonium
1,931 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

Depending upon where diners sit, Michael’s Café has the vibe of a chummy men’s club (think dark wood, leather accents) or casual gathering place (industrial lighting, high ceilings...

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93% recommended
Great for Brunch in Baltimore Suburbs

Bluestone

$$$$·Seafood·
Timonium
5,348 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

Although not an intimate dining experience, Bluestone more than makes up for its restaurant chain vibe with good service and good food. Neither the lunch nor dinner menus are large...

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98% recommended
Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland

Costas Inn

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
273 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly

Costas has been serving the freshest crabs, flown in daily, for nearly 50 years. It’s the perfect place for casual get-togethers both large and small, with a noisy, slightly boiste...

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95% recommended
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Oceanaire Seafood Room - Baltimore

$$$$·Seafood·
Inner Harbor
3,872 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

For fine dining right near Baltimore’s Waterfront Promenade, check out the Oceanaire Seafood Room. White tablecloth service and artfully presented meals are perfect for a special n...

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89% recommended
Romantic in Baltimore

Barrett's Grill

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hunt Valley
2,702 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

This contemporary restaurant sits in a shopping mall north of Baltimore, offering lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends. Live jazz on Tuesdays and Thursdays is ...

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96% recommended
Most Booked in Baltimore Suburbs

Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·American·
Ellicott City
568 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date

Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar in Ellicott City is a casual eatery with a low-key, rustic vibe. While the menu features seafood stalwarts like the ubiquitous crab dip, shrimp & grits, and ...

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91% recommended
American in Baltimore Suburbs

The Capital Grille - Baltimore

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,360 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays

No two Capital Grille locations are the same architecturally, but the restaurants in this extensive national chain share a clubby steakhouse atmosphere with lots of leather and woo...

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93% recommended
Best Service in Baltimore / Maryland

Captain James Landing

$$$$·Seafood·
Fells Point
1,366 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food

The exterior of Captain James Landing tells diners they’re in for some of the best seafood in Baltimore. That’s because Captain James looks like an ocean-going ship, complete with ...

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93% recommended
Kid Friendly in Baltimore
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