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Captain James Landing
Captain James Landing

Captain James Landing Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.captainjameslanding.com
  • Phone: (410) 327-8600
  • Hours of Operation: Restaurant Location:

    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 12:00pm; Brunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We offer complete catering services for special events and corporate functions. This allows you (the host) to enjoy your party while we do the work. Our wide range of delicious appetizers, amazing dinners, decadent desserts and impeccable service offers a perfect event for everyone.
  • Private Party Facilities: Captain James Landing- Seafood Palace, is a unique concept to Baltimore for Private dining and entertaining. Captain James Seafood Palace is not just a restaurant that looks like a ship. It"s a totally private venue known for its extraordinary cuisine, warm casual elegance and friendly, professional service. Captain James Seafood Palace is the perfect setting for dinners, business meetings, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, off-premise catering, crab feasts or just a great celebration!

    Please email our Events Coordinator and include your name,phone number, date, time, number of guests, and occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Marina (410) 327-8600

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Aliceanna Street
  • Public Transit: Water Taxi stop #14 brings you right to our deck!
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking for Guests
A word from Captain James Landing
A Baltimore landmark since 1978, Captain James Landing Restaurant has earned the name "most unique eatery" in Baltimore City. For starters we are the only restaurant shaped like a merchant vessel. Five brothers created a restaurant in the 70"s with the goal of providing quality service to the citizens of Baltimore, Maryland as well as the thousands of tourist that visit our Monumental City. Our Waterfront Crab House (located adjacent of our restaurant) was awarded in 2012 "#1 Best Crabs in Baltimore" by Baltimore Magazine. Our Crab House is the one spot in the city where you can eat steamed crabs with a true waterfront seating. Water Taxi Stop #14 brings you right to our waterfront location.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was tasty. We were a tad disappointed when went, we went on a Thursday because the steam pot was on special. When we arrived we were told they did not have the special that evening because their steamer was broke and hey did not offer any alternate specials. We specifically went for the steamer pot (which is awesome and very filling). The Sangria was great!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I had a groupon, so I took my friend there for her birthday. The food was great, but it was very loud. The only issue I had is with the way the waitress added 18% tip to the bill. I had $14.00 let on my groupon and she to me I had to get something else, so I had to order something of the menu to take home for $13.99, after that she brought the bill and added $14.00 for tip. Why wasn't it deducted from my balance. Overall, the food was excellent. I would back there just for the food."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My son's first outing in Maryland for blue crabs. Wait staff was wonderful in showing him the tricks to getting all the best matt out of the crabs. Cold drinks, hot crabs and warm atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Had the 1.5 lb lobster for $14.95 and that included 2 sides. Can't complain about that! What a value. The service was slow, probably because the waitstaff had to make their own drinks at the bar. That was a weird set-up. I enjoyed that the place is shaped like a boat and the kitschy boat decor. I wish that they would re-open the bar on the 2nd floor. I bet it has killer views. Definitely a good place for kids. Overall I liked it!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "lobster wasn't available although it was supposed to be on special that night, waitress was very rude, her $48 gratuity was included, took two hours to get our food. we had a table of 10 which this place doesn't accommodate very well."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The restrauant has a partial view of the bay. The food was very good. Our waitress was very outgoing and efficient. A Truly enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I read a lot of great reviews mentioning things such as great view but perhaps this refers to the Crab House vs Restaurant. Baesd on online photos I assumed a romantic view; not the case. In my Open Table reservation request I cited the occasion as a birthday & asked for romantic setting. First, a romantic ambience was impossible and secondly it appeared the staff received no such details re my request. Beyond first serving of water service was very slow. Waitress swapped out and after approx 19 minutes we had to ask for first serving of bread. Drinks were not overly impressive and food was good but the poor start to service had already sank the ship for us. Will not return. We spend a lot of money on dining and this was poor."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "If you are okay with frozen seafood, eat here. If you are okay with seafood that may not have been previously frozen but does not taste fresh, eat here. If you are okay with a restaurant serving mediocre food in our great seafood city of Baltimore, then belly up here. I hoped for so much more, but my hopes were crushed when I tipped back a warmish, lumpy oyster to go with my shooter. Thank goodness for the palate-cleansing properties of tequila! The large crabs appeared medium, granted I didn't measure them but my dining companions thought the same. Our server, Lindsay did a good job."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food is great but the adding of the gratuity the way they did wasn't. Will go again but check bill. The staff was superb."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Crabcakes were pretty good lots of lumps little filler, creme of crab not bad could use some extra sherry, You can spend some money there I was worried about not spendimg 80 bucks so i could use my groupon, surpisely bill was 92 .oo for 2 people, 2 entrees, one apptizer, 2 soups and a one drink, moderate to pricey I reckon. No frozen drinks bar has no blender. A bar without a blender for shame"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food, service and everything about this restaurant was neither bad nor impressive."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed our seafood dinner, I had a seafood combo with a lobster tail added, my wife a scallop dinner. The seafood dinner was plentiful, I would pass on the lobster tail. The soups were equally good. We enjoyed the dinner and went across the street to a on the water set up to take a dozen crabs, cooked very spice, for the next night dinner. The take out featured 3 sizes med. large, x large. They were actually small, med. and large. We had them the next evening with a neighbor and we enjoyed then after a reheating on a tray in the oven at low temp. We will go again, its was a nice finish to our day trip to Baltimore from the Phila. area."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "It's a decent place to go but little misleading in terms of location. When I say location, I mean that there's 2 different buildings with same name. One is by the pier and it's a crab shack where it's first come first serve. The other building is across from the parking lot and it's a restaurant shaped like a big ship, where you can make a reservation on Open Table. I honestly thought I was making a reservation at the crab place by the pier for Father's Day. The food was decent. The cream of crab soup was creamy and not salty like most of the restaurants I've been to. I ordered surf and turf which came with small sirloin, crab cake and two sides (rice pilaf and green beans). Like I said, food was good, but I wouldn't say great."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A great dining experience for our group ... plenty of scrumptious food ... sizeable portions - just simply a fantastic restuarant to enjoy the pleasures of the revived "Canton" area ... will visit again very soon ... keep up the great efforts ... to please all that come to dine ..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our server had no idea what she was doing, she did not know how to open and serve a bottle of wine. My father in law had to open the wine for her. Twice. If you're going to bring a $45 bottle of wine to a table, you better know how to serve it. Food came out of order, she couldn't find the beer I ordered and had gotten the name wrong anyway, and seemed to get easily confused by my daughter's dairy allergy. Food was ok, but not good enough for the prices charged, 4 adults and 1 child ran over $300. If the bill was $100 less i'd call it ok. The cream of crab was outstanding, but my wife's fish had bones, and my crab cake was obviously canned crab meat. We went because of a groupon. We won't be going back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "the food was good, the service was good, the place was LOUD"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Overall, a good experience. We started with oysters and they were served at room temp, almost warm. Not a good start. We then had the calamari and the shrimp cocktail. The calamari was good and the shrimp were a nice size, but once again, there was no chill on them at all. Same with our salads. Everything was room temperature. For our entrees, my wife had the broiled lobster tails. They had very little taste to them. I had the flounder and it was very good. The restaurant was out of their house sauvignon blanc by the glass. Not quite sure how that happens. I suggested they take one of the bottles from their wine list and serve it by the glass, but was told they can't do that. OK experience, not sure if we would rush back to try it again. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I ordered the broiled seafood platter and my husband ordered the shrimp stuffed with imperial crab. We enjoyed both! The hot rolls were also tasty. There were two disappointments with the meal. I ordered the cream of crab soup, which was bland with very little crab. I also ordered an amaretto sour that was strong on the sour and weak on the alcohol. I would definitely return, but would shy away from the mixed drinks and soup."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Casual atmosphere, great food, online reservation option makes it easy to confirm availability without a wait."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for our anniversary we traveled from NJ to visit Inner Harbor and made a reservation. The food is EXCELLENT and the overall experience was fantastic. Love it when you go to a place and make you feel welcome! The waiter was very attentive, the restaurant is very well set up and clean! Definitively will recommend this restaurants to all my friends. Loved It!!!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Our first time at Captain James Landing...we loved it! The server was friendly and attentive...the food was amazing (we ordered to different Benedicts...traditional for me and steak and mushroom for my husband). We also loved the decor...very wecloming! Also, a very nice full bar. Across the street the restaurnant has thier crab bar...crab, shrimp, etc...with a lovely view, outdoor dining....tables, umbrellas, music, food...what more could one ask for! Both locations are perfect! Can't wait to go back. Note: free parking lot!!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "As a total foodie, I make it a point to try any city's "specialty" when I visit. In the case of Baltimore, this has always been the crab.. and specifically, the crab cake. Over numerous visits, I have sought out the best.. and while I have found many which were exceptional, I think Captain James Landing may have the BEST. First of all, the portion is huge (two cakes nearly the size of baseballs). Secondly, there is basically NO filler (it is all jumbo lump crab meat!). Thirdly, the price is VERY reasonable. When in Baltimore, make it a point to go here. Be sure and make a reservation though.. it is extremely popular! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We visited the restaurant for the first time and I was very impressed. The waitress was right on top of everything. The ctabcakes were excellent. Would definitely go again."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Been there before but this time we had problem with both the waiter staff and the kitchen. It took way to long for someone to notice that we a party of 4 had been seated. Once the waitress noted we were seated and we had not drinks or food she took care of us right away. When the food came out my friends had order food with fries and they fries were cold, the waitress did take care of the problem right away with a new order of hot fries. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We came back again, after just 2 weeks. Great seafood platter with lobster tail. Terrific drinks. Thanks, again!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I'm went because I had a Groupon, the food was just average. It was very loud, I felt like I had to tell to be heard at my table. The restaurant has it own parking lot, but everyone else parks there and it's not enforced. I probably wouldn't go back. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Went here many many years ago when I was in high school (around 1994). Moved back to MD from ATL in 2011 and got around to going back after seeing a groupon in 2013. Me and my guy went-amazing gin dirty martini and stuffed chicken imperial!! Totally loved it Andy boyfriend enjoyed the seafood platter! Romantic, sweet, great service, and delicious food-could not ask for more(; "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "A friend and I had a really nice early dinner at the landing. We made sure to try as many things as possible. The Stuffed mushrooms weren't falsely advertised, they are a "must try." Portions were decent considering the price. Would definitely go back for crabs on the water. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I've long been a fan of Capt. James Landing's crab cakes. Decided it was a good location for a mini reunion with former colleagues, one of whom now doesn't live in Maryland and would want a taste of the Chesapeake. We had a lovely evening -- the food was very good, portions are huge, service was polite, and the renovation a step up from the former decor. This was the second time the hostess demonstrated how clueless she is. I highly recommend the restaurant replace her before she hurts business. I'm not sure if I'll go back, even when I'm craving a great crab cake."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "After being a little disappointed that there was a prix fixe menu, quickly got over it and enjoyed some great food. Crab cakes were great but the surprise of the day was the Crab Mac n Cheese. It came baked in individual crocks and was an instant hit with everyone!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The renovations inside Captain James are great. Can't wait to come back to go to the Crab house. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Chosen on a whim, the boat-shaped dining room was as pleasant as the people and food. The choices and the quality were both high; our treatment was that of a welcome guest. Highly recommend. Two notes: Make a reservation! While we were waiting on a Saturday, a walk-in was advised of a four-hour wait to be seated. And, unless you're alone or sticking to the lowest-priced menu items, tip is included -- they add 18 percent gratuity to anything over $75, regardless of party size."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food and atomsphere great. Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Excellent seafood and beef. Will return. The waitstaff were pleasant and informative. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Crab cakes were kind of dry/disappointed in the prime rib and the seafood platter was good except for the fish which was dry."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Great crab cakes. Get the seafood platter; the crab cakes are just as big as the ones on the crab cake entree, plus you get a ton of other delicious seafood."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Food was delicious, portions generous, and prices very reasonable."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Being right on Baltimore Harbor eating crabs was a treat. Beautiful spot, nice atmosphere, and fast and friendly service. Lots of fun."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We have been to Captain James before they renovated. While we loved the food--always fresh nicely and traditionally prepared seafood--we didn't love the old school atmosphere. We learned that the owner's son took over and redid the place. It looks great! Super-cute nautical theme and we thought some menu updates as well. The food is still wonderful and served in those traditional crocks we love. We've had the crabcakes, scallops, crab imperial-stuffed shrimp (no breading, yay!), and flounder. All were traditionally prepared, moist, fresh and flavorful.It used to be a hard sell to friends because of the old style dining room--no longer! Service was great. Loved it!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "There was some really good food - crab stuffed mushrooms - but then the main entree was not work $23 or even $10 the pasta sauce was awful and desert, Oreo cheesecake went straight in the trash after my first few bites. Service was amazing though as was the atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/27/2014