Sam's on the Waterfront

4.4
1216 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
“Well worth the trip” is what the Washington Post say about Sam’s on the Waterfront. Tucked away in the middle of Chesapeake Harbour, Sam’s is a true visual & culinary experience. Built in 1986 & designed after the historic Spider Leg Screwpile lighthouses, this uniquely crafted building on the water provides the most elegant & stylish of settings. Executive Chef, Brendan Odea, will tailor your meal to meet any of your specific requirements. Staff will make sure that all your expectations are met. Dine inside or outside at our dockbar. Sam’s is dedicated to providing the most fresh, creative, local dining experience possible! Sam’s has a remarkable modern American cuisine w/ regional influences. Menus change seasonally w/ weekly special & many gluten free options. Winner of Wine Spectators & Wine Enthusiast "Award of Excellent" & Zagat's "Best Bet Award" & Voted best Burger in Annapolis 2 yrs in a row! Sam's offers the best live Musi

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1216 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLadyjw
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Nice restaurant right on the water. Food was excellent. The waiter we had was so so. They added a 20% tip to the bill because it was over $100. We usually tip well over 20% but not this time.

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vipLinnie
Orlando
35 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great location, nice menu, food was OK. Dessert of Smith Island cake was dry and not very good - disappointing!! I’d give it another try because the Wedge Salad was delicious! Best part of dinner!

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vipFragranceCzar
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the fried Brussels sprouts appetizer. Great food and view of the harbor. Easy parking.

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ChuckS
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and view.
Entertainment was a nice add. Super tunes like James Taylor.

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PhiVer
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was surprisingly empty, even for a Wednesday evening. But we were sat by the window with a wonderful view of the Marina. Both the service and food were excellent. We expect to return.

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LisaA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Young male staff that left a little to be impressed about. (Nick) was cute, but not really concerned about being a server.
Scallop and Shrimp salad was recommended, but the greens were tough, old and on the verge of rotting. Interesting signature mocktail with muddled strawberry and seltzer which was quite good.

The view over the marina is lovely- that's probably their best quality. Hope the kitchen and staff can rise to better standards. Annapolis needs more fine dining experiences.

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mlp8415
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, food and ambiance. Took our time and were never rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time here and I throughly enjoyed it! The crab melt was wonderful. The Brussels sprouts were to die for. The portion sizes are huge which is nice because I had a ton of leftovers.

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PhyllisC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Outdoor seating provided a great view. Service was great.

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AsonjaS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very pleasant on the water and the weather was great. The servicer was attentive and the food was delicious.

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JoeH
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and consideration!

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tony
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location with wonderful view. Service was very good. Menu offered many choices and the food was good.

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KatherineB
Key West
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our server was very professional and friendly. The fish ‘n chips were in the dry side. Overall the restaurant looked a little “tired and when out” in terms of decor. It was noisier than we expected.

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Disappointed
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Took sons In memory of their Dad. I really wanted it be be special for Father’s Day. The food was salty and the crab cakes had too many shells. I told waitress but she made some excuse….don’t remember what she said.
I’ve been to this restaurant a number of times for lunch and have always been satisfied. I was disappointed with the experience.

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vipModelgirlver
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went there for Father’s Day brunch and they weren’t serving brunch that day. Was disappointed but our server was able to have that chef make my daughter a waffle, which was very nice.

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NicolaD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, good food

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vipsusanj
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Friday Afternoon Lunch on the water - sat by the outside bar.

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krandst
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The crab cakes were lovely. I’ll definitely return to Sam’s.

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing with thoughtful quality service.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Views were great; nestled in between condos/townhomes - nice setting. Food was okay (spicy). Service was good. Would I go again; no.

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EllenK
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good. Shared the calamari app, and I had stuffed shrimp with risotto. The food was luke warm, not hot. The risotto was good but not as tasty as I had hoped. Waitress was very friendly.

The atmostphere would have been better with a little music piped in. We sat inside, and it was quiet enough that nearby customers could overhear our conversation, so not very romantic/private. They had live music outside, which was nice, but nothing inside to create a nicer ambiance.

I would go back, especially to eat outside with the live music, on a less humid night.
Clean, friendly and welcoming overall!

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vipFriend
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I went for lunch, my server never told me that Tuesday was burger day. Heard another server tell other diners.

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SteveR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Terrific service. The food and drinks were excellent.

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vipPamelasamaria
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and friendly. Food was delicious. We had stuffed shrimp and rock fish topped with crab.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Hidden gem with water view. Great for special dinner or to enjoy a beverage dockside.

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catbo
Key West
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I was disappointed in the Chicken Sandwich. There was only about 1/8 of an inch of chicken to the point that I couldn't taste it and the outer crust was overcooked. Not worth the $16. The server inside was wonderful but Kyle, the bartender outside would walk away from the bar several times and not reappear for over 15 minutes. I asked for a glass of ice water with our drinks and he didn't bring and walked away for 16 minutes. Luckly our server from inside was outside and gave me a glass. I'm ambivilent whether I will return. Also, they were out of Yuengling beer so that did not make my husband happy.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, exceptional server, delicious entrees and a varied menu. Perfect spot in the marina.

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vipAllisonC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service and food was very good but the restaurant and outdoor area needs a good cleaning. It smells like trash on the patio. The bathroom was dirty- trash overflowing. The setting is very nice but they need to better maintain the facilities.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We had a 1:15 reservation and I ordered the brisket sandwich. The meat was overdone, very lukewarm and salty. The server was very nice.

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Yomamma
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood we've had in a long time! The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. We had lunch there on Sat.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Noise level isn’t a fair question, there was a live band who was pretty good.

Definitely would visit again.

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vipKimH
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very nice girls night out. Our server was very nice and appropriately attentive. The lobster roll was excellent as were the fries.

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Laila
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Took my mother to Sam's for Mother's Day and we had a great time! The food was good, however, the menu was prefixed because it was Mother's Day. The fried deviled eggs and the crabcake were great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for Mother’s Day brunch and it was a great experience!

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RobertH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Highly recommended. Will be going back.

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Bran
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed Mother's Day at Sam's. First time there. A nice place for 79 year old Mom to sit and eat in quiet place while enjoying a view of the boats. The front desk initially refused to seat us until everyone had arrived. After looking at a half empty place and challenging the staff, the manager allowed us to sit. Food was good, not great. Place is pricey. $270 for four after gratuity. We'll be back, but its at this price most likely for special occasions of just simple lunch.

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KristenL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The restaurant had delicious food. Definitely worth the money. the only downside was the service was kind of slow but the server apologized to us. The bottomless mimosas were delicious and I will definitely be back when I am in the area.

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PamS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner to celebrate retirement. Service and food were great, music was too loud to the point of annoying.

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Rico
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Food was ok, very small crab cakes for the price. Service was very slow, after being seated bu a confused hostess we sat there for more than 20 minutes before anyone even came to the table, then another ten minutes to get a glass of water. The sounds of drunk cackling from the bar was distracting and the table next to us had some kind of arts and crafts session going on at their table with scraps of of cut up magazines scattered across the floor and selfie sessions flashing gang signs. Bad experience and I expected better based on feed back from patrons of the past. Im sorry I missed it in its glory days but those are clearly past.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food, service and waterfront setting was lovely. The noise was was extremely loud and pretty much ruined our dining experience. We couldn’t even have a conversation at our table. We were screaming and we still couldn’t understand anyone. We also had difficulty hearing our server when she was explaining the specials. There was a lot of noise coming from the bar (as it was completely packed). There is a musician performing live which is great, however his amp and volume were turned up too much during an early dinner seating (5:30) We asked multiple times if it was possible to turn down the volume with no response. We were enjoying the music it was just too loud for us to enjoy anything else.

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You can order delivery directly from Sam's on the Waterfront using the Order Online button. Sam's on the Waterfront also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 263-3600.

Sam's on the Waterfront is rated 4.4 stars by 1216 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.