Smashing Grapes - Annapolis

4.5
218 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
A fusion of Mediterranean and California Coastal cuisines, paired with world class wines and craft cocktails that will transcend the expectations of even the boldest of palates.

This is something very new and completely unique both to our region and the larger food scene. Smashing Grapes brings what is timely and special about the West Coast food scene to the Mid-Atlantic region.

Smashing Grapes boasts an expansive wine lists of bold reds and crisp and tangy whites from Spain, Argentina, Germany, California and beyond. In addition to its broad wine list, Smashing Grapes’ seasoned chef, Matthew Newland, crafted a menu highlighting Coastal California inspired dishes with sustainably sourced, unique ingredients.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 218 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LisaA
Denver
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Had lunch with some girlfriends.
Food was fine and the service was great!

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BrendaW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Service. Lobster roll was delicious! The atmosphere is nice environment for conversation and relaxing meal. Highly recommend it to anyone wanting a nice dining out experience.

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vipCarynW
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic, and the servers are so friendly, kind, and on-it.
It was a perfect evening, and beautiful weather. Thanks for another wonderful dining experience!

DE
vipDorothyE77
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved being outside, although the roar of Route 50 is ever present.

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KarenR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I must say Mathew was outstanding amazing polite and helpful.

I think the server was Christa or something like that she also was awesome. Can’t say that about the people at the door they were just ok they could use a little improvement. Otherwise 5-10 stars for Mathew and the server christa

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TimC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The sommelier was very informative and was an unexpected touch. Bit on the pricey side but plan to eat there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. You must try it

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Service is terrible & food is ok

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the restaurant and food so much last weekend in my girls trip that I had to take my husband back today. :-)

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NANCYG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CJ Was wonderful and took very good care of us. We sat on the patio, so he obviously did a lot of running.

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vipkewe
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I know it's difficult during covid, but restaurants have been very booked lately. The managements should ensure adequate staffing to provide service for their guests. This is a high end restaurant with excellent food, but we had difficulty getting our preferred table in the bar area, had painful waits for everything, and appetizers and entrees arrived at the same time. I hope they figure this out as we'd like to return.

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NettieC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was excellent. Service was lacking. Waiting for wait staff probably added an additional 45 minutes to our visit.

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vipBillH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good Sunday brunch. Food, atmosphere and service all excellent.

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PatriciaR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The restaurant is very cute inside, nice decor and great lighting, big outdoor dining for when the weather is good. It is an expensive meal out. I felt the servings could have been a bit more, ie, the calamari for the price was on the smaller side compared to other restaurants. My entree was good, I had the Miso Honey Marinated Sea Bass, it was just not heavy on the veggies or may have been nice with something added to make a more fulfilling meal. I'm willing to spend but after $140 spent for 2, I was still hungry. Staff was friendly. My first thought is compared to the other choices in the area for the value I might not choose them first but may go back for a special occasion or a date for drinks and appetizer since it is so cute inside.

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vipReginaB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love love this place. You've got to try the buffalo cauliflower and the lamb meatballs...delicious! We all enjoyed our entrees and the dessert. CJ and K's recommendations were on point. Ask for them when you visit. They will take great care of you!

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BMJo
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

margherita flatbread and the red sangria were both great!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Reservation for 6, only 4 chairs and place settings once we were seated. Took another 10 minutes for the manager to realize we hadn’t been seen and he brought us water. Another 10 min go by and our waiter asks if we want appetizers. Food was average for the price. I’ll probably go back and try again because I’ve heard so many good things just didn’t experience the hype. I don’t think we were there at an exceptionally busy time, but maybe our waiter had tables on the opposition side of the restaurant, who knows.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great.
Food was delish.
Ambiance was perfect.
Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. The service was great and the food was too. I’ll definitely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aside from the confusion over my reservation (which they fixed) the food was excellent, beer was cold and my wife said the wine was delicious. Our server was very attentive. Definitely going back

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DevanyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I honestly wish I could give this place more than 5 stars. From the service to the food, and the drinks everything was amazing. Some of the best customer service I've ever received. Our waiter was Robert and he was superb! Everyone else was also super friendly, informative and willing to provide many suggestions! Went with my best friend and we both got the Ranch Water drink. A light, refreshing drink for spring/summer. For appetizers, we got the Shrimp Diablo and the Calamari. For our entrees, my best friend got the Steak Au Poivre and I got the Grilled Salmon. Alllllll of the food was so fresh and light. We felt like we ate so much, but weren't completely stuffed which is good! We even had room for dessert. We already booked our second reservation and are excited to try more! Definitely recommend!!!!!

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TKelzz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Environment, amazing wine selection. Staff was very friendly!

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Priss
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

First visit there with my girlfriends and like the ambience of the restaurant. We sit outside which was nice. Our waiter was not good he took a minute to come take our initial drink order. He got that wrong and didn't apologize for it. I didn't like his service. The food was good. I will give the restaurant another try and hope get another waiter or try the location in Crofton.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I had a great experience & would definitely go again. I had the cinnamon swirl French toast & it was amazing. The service was spot on & the food is delicious. The wine is a +

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
21 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A little disappointed. Expected a very nice experience, got average. Food was good but not exceptional. Too many restaurants in area that are exceptional.

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KMcKenzie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My family and I had an excellent experience. I enjoyed the lobster 🦞 special along with the great selections of wine 🍷. The staff was wearing their masks 😷 and were very friend and courteous to their customers.
The kids menu had a great selection.

Overall I am very pleased with the menu options and will be returning soon. 😍

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HopeL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I went on a Tuesday night, 6pm and it was crowded. Overheard that outdoor seating is first come first serve. I was seated swiftly since I had reservations. Ordered dozen of oysters which were good. Short rib tacos, they said the meat was marinated for about 72 hours but unfortunately for me it was dry even with the little sauce they put on the tacos. Since that was dry it turned me off from getting the special which was braised short rib. I asked the waiter if it was the same rib and he said yes. I opted for the lamb chops cooked medium well. They were ok. I expected more. Lacked flavor and was overcooked. Vegetables weren't cooked enough. Everything lacked flavor with this dish. Ordered 2 lemon drop martinis. The first was ok. They forgot the sugar rim and the second one was too off balance more on the tarty side with little alcohol. Decided not to get dessert.

The manager was helping deliver food to tables. He managed to stop at what seem to be EVERY table AROUND us....NEVER asked us how OUR food/service was and seemed to not want to make eye contact; wonder why that was? Hhmmm...I digress, moving on....Our waiter was all over the restaurant the entire time we were there instead of being assigned to one area which tells me they were understaffed. Which made it difficult, time consuming and irritating to let him know that I wasn't 100% happy with food and service.

I wanted to like this places so bad for many reasons but unfortunately I think I will give it some time to work our kinks or whatever it may be before I return.

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vipLizzie
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner, the weather was great, we were able to sit on the patio.
The menu is extensive as is the beer and wine list, good choice for a relaxing meal.

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Hiccups
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Love the concept but the execution was not great. We waited a long time for drinks and sour server was very busy but we could see 2 floor managers and 2 hosts standing around doing nothing. Food was very good and I will try it again hoping for a better experience.

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adriennej
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The spicy crab bisque was phenomenal! I also ordered the lobster risotto, which was cooked perfectly. Our Sommelier was very courteous and worked with us to identify a nice wine. Definitely going back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews