Rod N Reel

3.9
940 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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Rod ‘N’ Reel has been a premier waterfront dining destination since 1946. While feasting on delicious local seafood you can smell the salt air and feel the Bay breeze as the bustle of harbor activity unfolds before you. Gilles Syglowski, Food Critic for What’s Up? Magazine, boasts, “Superb. The fish was moist and delicious…overstuffed with a smooth, tasty imperial crab mixture-a simply delightful dish! “Jumbo lump crab cakes have been the signature dish here for decades but tenderness, juiciness and flavor also abound in our certified steaks. Saturday Rise ‘N” Shine Breakfast Buffet, 7 am to 12 pm. Sunday Breakfast Buffet is wildly popular, 7 am to 1 pm, folks drive miles for smiles and an abundance of creative fare on Sunday. Lunch and dinner served 7 days.

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3.9based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So happy we could celebrate my daughter's 18th birthday and she could partake in the fun!

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LinwoodM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was a great experience there. Looking forward to returning soon.

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WilliamS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Restaurant was not crowded and the service was quick and efficient. The atmosphere was mostly of a gaming establishment rather than relaxed dining. There are gambling machines everywhere around the dining room and although most people were being quiet, it detracted from the ambience I expected of a high priced restaurant.

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oona
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Wouldn't go again for dinner. Lunch in the right weather might be ok. We had a reservation but had to wait while they cleared and cleaned tables. Our table still had sticky spots. Food ho-hum, certainly not worth the money they charge. Lots of crab dishes on menu. Most folks probably they assume they are getting local blue crab. I asked and was told that the crab comes from Thailand. They try to pass themselves off as a classy place but the proximity - noise and sights - from the slot machines detract from having a relaxing dinner in the ambience of an up scale restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

It was our first time to the location itself...we just went for brunch to get out of the house for the day — it just wasn’t at all what we were expecting, I guess??

We thought it was a stand alone restaurant, but it’s just a small section that’s actually attached to the Casino...Like the machines are a few feet away from the tables. It’s deff More like a holiday type breakfast situation, than a legit restaurant. It’s there for the hotel and Casino, but nothing I would recommend going to like we did on a whim just to eat. The food was nothing special...Kinda bland.

The decor and restaurant area are very dated.
Also not deep cleaned/maintained overall, for example: the ceiling tiles are longggg overdue for replacement. They are literally grey/black in all areas by the ceiling vents. Dust? Mold?

The large windows and view of the water were nice...and our waitress was great/friendly!

Again just not at all what we had envisioned.

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vipijromero
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had 7pm reservations and had to wait for our table to be cleaned. Bonus- it was a water view table so it was worth the wait.

Server took awhile to bring us waters, my husband's ice tea and my awaited cocktail were served first. Rod N Reel has a boisterous crowd in the "Bingo" slots area, but overall the ambiance was mellow for a Friday night. My Manhatten came in a chilled martini glass and was delicious although not traditional.

My husband got the cream of crab soup, which had a nice heap of hot crab meat on top. My husband commented that it was odd the soup was at a warm temperature and the crab meat must've been microwaved hot.

I got the Ceasar salad, and since I have Celiacs, no croutons. The dressing was good and rich.

We split the rockfish with crab imperial, which was the best part of the meal. The green beans cooked Al dente and the mashed potatoes were buttery. I also liked how the menu was easily labeled for food sensitivities.

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NicoleF
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Had to get some mac & cheese to go. Will be back again.

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vipSunnyside5
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not exactly what we were expecting. It was connected to a small casino, so there were a lot of people in and out. Staff was not available for seating right away. Server was rushed and all over the place for no good reason, it was hard to get a word out when speaking with our server, and even harder to get refills of water.

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Worldizabook
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Rod and Reel only has a sister restaurant for outdoor dining with a very limited beach pub menu. They are not able to use real plates or glasses, so sadly, there is a whole lot of plastic, including straws, wasted right next to the Bay. Food is meh and overpriced. Service was fine.

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LaDonnaK
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Over 50 years of eating there, the food has consistently gone down hill with 9/24 being the worse. Crab cake dry, tasteless and cole slaw bland, no seasoning to anything!!! Won't go back.

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AngieJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waiter a little slow and inattentive. Cocktail requested wasn’t available - no mint! Prices higher than expected.

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StaciB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had to cancel our order after an hour of being seated and told only one wine to select and took 30 minutes to receive. Placed our dinner order when wine was delivered to be told later due to a computer glitch it was never put in. We asked for our check because we were done waiting. Only two other tables occupied while we were there. Wait staff caught an attitude when we asked for check. Been there many times over 23 years in Calvert. Will not be going back.

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MonA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful view and location. highly recommend for a meal with the beach view

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FloydH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine with an amazing view of the bay. Food and service are exceptional. Our server, Jacob, was exceptionally attentive and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Food was mediocre at best. Definitely not worth the price.

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KellyR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food were tops. We had an issues with flies which was very annoying.

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BarryW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I’ve dined at rod n reel on several occasions the atmosphere is always nice the food is very good although it looks like the portions are smaller. Overall it was a good place to dine for my 32 wedding anniversary.

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Miya
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time with a great view!

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TLaugh
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Very good service. Will definitely be back

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cathleen
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my sister's birthday, and the food was great as usually. Even with the construction for the resort and COVID 19 restrictions, we still had a great time and great service.

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LarryH
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Server was very pleasant. We look forward to returning soon!

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GuyS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Corv-19 pandemic has slowed business, but still a good place to go, make reservations first

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MrsLee
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made 9pm reservations for my husband and I to have dinner for my birthday. We waited all day and once we arrived about 10 minutes before 9pm we were told they are closed. Hostess said she could seat us but it would take a long time since they are closed. We explained we made reservations and received email confirmations. She said she understands it has happened to her before. I said we would go some place else since it was my birthday and I didn't want to wait forever or have the meal just thrown together. Every other restaurant in town closed at 9pm which being out of towners we didn't know. She never mentioned the resort had a bbq place still open till 11pm. I ended up cooking breakfast food for dinner at the air bnb we rented. Plus the photos also showed outdoor dining options however it was dine in only. The photos were for their Boardwalk Cafe. Would never recommend there especially for special occasions. Hostess said it must be a computer software issue.

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AngieJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent food, service and view. The waitress was a little stressed, but very good service.

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SIRAAJH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Absolutely fabulous view. We sat on the Patio with perfect view of the ocean; made us feel that we were on a resort in the Caribbean.
Service, although very friendly, was very slow and servers/hostesses were confused. (I wouldn't hold it against them, as it was a very busy Saturday night, and there was a wedding going on.

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EBGreen
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I've been to this restaurant multiple times throughout the years, usually for the brunch buffet and holiday buffets. This time it was for a sit down dinner, with a reservation. I'm not sure if the kitchen is used to small individual orders, however, the food took forever, and was not very fresh. COVID seems to have hit this restaurant pretty hard in the kitchen, leaving wait staff trying to make up for it. The wait staff and hostess desk were great, but our food and wait time hindered our experience.

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VickieN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Celebrating a birthday. The restaurant really needs to be remodeled. Very old carpet and booths. My seafood Norfolk was very greasy. Lots of fat and very little seafood. I had asked for Mac and cheese and received mashed potatoes. It was not of the caliber of a dish that cost $29.95. Very disappointed.

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Angie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined at Rod N Reel for our weekly date day, and it was really a wonderful experience. The food and scenic view were a delight to our senses. After eating, we walked out to the deck area to enjoy the view further. We will be back and highly recommend.

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CathyS
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Although our service was good, the food was just OK and very overpriced. We had 5:30 reservations and they were already out of bread for the table. We ordered hot crab dip for an appetizer for a group of 6. It came with 2 pretzels and we had to pay extra for 4 more. Everything on the menu comes with an over inflated price.

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JMT7378
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I was disappointed. I thought a restaurant near the water would have fresh seafood as an option, not the case. When you sit outside your options are all fried, and not local. We were disappointed to say the least!!

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PeejM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pleasant view of the water, good service, good food

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SChristine
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Still the best Cream of Crab soup in Maryland. Dining next to the water was refreshing and relaxing!

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JamesJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My wife and I sat for 30 minutes waiting for our drinks....my wife even had to pure her martini out of the shaker into her glass....the server just put the shaker and empty glass on our table and ran off. The dinners were mediocre......way over priced, my fried oysters were like rocks....unsat.....won’t go there again!! Terrible Service!

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Rosemaryd
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The french fries were good. The service was friendly but not attentive enough. The rest of our meals (fish tacos and mariner platter) were just awful. The tacos were tasteless and had too much mayo. The fried seafood on the platter wasn't seared at all and equally tasteless. The crab balls had no lump meat and little flavor. The crab dip was ok but not enough bread with it. We won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Oyster Rockefeller was delicious. Our waiter was very friendly and the view was beautiful.

Rod N Reel
Responded on March 16, 2020

We're happy to hear you enjoyed the Oyster Rockefeller, service and the view of the Chesapeake Bay. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon!

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CampHillfoodie
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This has been a favorite place for many years and I am disappointed that the food has gone downhill. Really? An ice cream scoop of mashed potatoes with absolutely nothing on it? Seafood is generally still very good, but I would give it close to zero on plating and close to zero on menu choices. They need a new chef pronto!

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JazzyJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was plentiful and hot ! Service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to celebrate my husbands birthday, Ian was our waiter very nice gentlemen, all of the food and drinks were prepared well....would've been nice to have some drink specials

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TonyaJ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were allowed to be seated earlier than I reservation time. The atmosphere was very relaxed. Server was great very attentive. The drinks were just right and you get alot of food for the reasonable prices. The Mariner's Platter was delicious the perfect sampling of different seafood. I will go again to this restaurant.

Rod N Reel
Responded on February 26, 2020

Hi TonyaJ, We're happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner and drinks with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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DarrylH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely meal at the Rod N Reel. Our server was warm & friendly, the food was absolutely delicious, and the overall ambiance was just lovely.

Rod N Reel
Responded on February 26, 2020

Hi DarrylH, We're happy to hear you enjoyed your recent dining experience with us! Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you again soon!

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FAQs

Rod N Reel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 257-2735 ext. 107.

Rod N Reel is rated 3.9 stars by 940 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.