Carrol's Creek Cafe
Carrol's Creek Cafe

Carrol's Creek Cafe

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.carrolscreek.com/
  • Phone: 4102638102x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Bello
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let Carrol's Creek help you plan an event that your guests will rave about. Custom menu’s designed around your preferences and location. Please call our Banquet department to start planning a party to remember.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th St.
  • Public Transit: Water taxi from downtown Annapolis.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: On-site parking validated for 2.5 hours.
A word from Carrol's Creek Cafe
Join us for our award-winning crab soup, fresh seafood, perfectly grilled steaks, and inventive appetizers, salads and desserts. Enjoy our great food with a panoramic view from inside or relax outside on our warm weather deck. Discover for yourself why Carrol's Creek Cafe is a favorite among Annapolitans.

Located on scenic Restaurant Row in Eastport, Carrol's Creek Cafe is a pleasant stroll across the Spa Creek Bridge from the historic district. Carrol's Creek Cafe offers ample parking and is a convenient Water Taxi ride from Annapolis City Dock.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Carrol's Creek Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
320 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (275)great for outdoor dining (250)special occasion (173)romantic (122)fit for foodies (106)great for lunch (89)great for brunch (80)neighborhood gem (72)good for groups (64)notable wine list (41)kid-friendly (19)hot spot (18)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (13)Show More
  • Magazine Cover Worthy Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Carol's Creek is a great restaurant. The food is pricey for dinner, however, the lunch menu is reasonable. The food is very good. It get's noisy on the deck. The tables are very close together.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great service from Suan for our anniversary and lucked up to have other couples in our area celebrating as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Creek delivers once again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a group of about 10 and everyone seemed to order something different. All the food was excellent. I was even able to customize/build my meal and it was oink-a-licious. This place has by far the best view in town/of the town, and the dining al fresco is divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • str8updave
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our first time and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The view was excellent. It was a bit chilly so we ate inside but we had the absolutely best view of the marina. We watched the sailboats come and go as the bridge opened. Food and service were excellent. We had the crab cakes and the caesar salad which was made at our table. Desserts were just OK. Key lime soufflé and cheesecake. I would def come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Best crab cakes! Service was very good. Great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best View in Annapolis
    FunTimes
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Carrol's Creek Café is aptly named. It has a beautiful view of Annapolis across Carroll's Creek - now called Spa Creek. We are frequent diners but the last time we ate there was for my Mom's 96th birthday. We were seated in a quiet section giving us a view of the Spa Creek Bridge, moored sail and power boats and of course, downtown Annapolis with the Naval Academy most predominant. As always, the service and food were outstanding. One of our favorite meals is the herb encrusted rockfish with crab over sun dried tomato and pesto risotto and spinach with a beurre blanc. The sea scallop appetizer and the Baked Oysters "Carroll Creek" are also favorites. Both the seafood and steaks are excellent choices and the service is always perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for food & conversation
    TalkerEater
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This friendly restaurant with excellent service is just the place for dining when you want conversation with your fellow diners. Beautifully set on the water, the food was wonderful, & the service was just attentive enough - not hovering but attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey fair food
    jrb33
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We went for my daughters birthday. The food was overpriced for the serving sizes. The outdoor dining made up for lack of flavor and price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere
    BigDaddy
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    It was a little too cool and breezy to sit outside on the water. Which also meant there was little boat traffic to observe. The view of the harbor is fantastic. Our waitress was on top of everything. The food was great and there was no rush to turn over our table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Best crab cakes in the area! Always a good choice of restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Re-discovered Gem
    KDWDOE
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We hadn't visited Carrols Creek in years. What a mistake! Our evening's experience from first to last was nothing short of fabulous. Starting with our friendly, informative, patient waiter, "Butter", to a Rockfish entree that I will remember forever. Our visit did not disappoint and we will be returning sooner rather than later. Carrol's Creek has one of the best kitchens in Annapolis b
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration Location
    BdayGirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    After finishing our 3-course birthday dinner on our 1st visit to this restaurant, we all left satisfied and smiling. Excellent presentation and flavor in the food, as well as outstanding service. Highly recommend for celebratory meals or casual dining on the outdoor deck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go there
    Acediner
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had never been to annapolis. All the locals love this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service/food
    GusCav
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    we would certainly recommend tis restaurant to our friends. the food was very good and the service was excellent as well. we will definitely go back the next time we are in Annapolis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best outdoor dining in Annapolis!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This place is great! My girlfriend and I sat outdoors and the view can't really be beat. We ordered small plates which included their signature scallop dish, tuna tar tar, and peppered steak. The scallops were amazing, the peppered steak was small(even for a small plate) and the tuna tar tar was tasty but in my opinion the serving size of that plate could be dialed back a bit. They have a great wine/ craft beer list as well. I would DEFINITELY recommend this place for a special event or a first date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view -but
    insearchofgoodfood
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We found the view lovely and the food acceptable, all except for my husband whose food was not actually ordered. His meal arrived well after the rest of us finished. The server brought my salad with the dressing on it after 3 requests to have the dressing on the side. I guess she was having a bad day - these are only two examples of how below par the service was. Generally it is better than this at CCC.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a fan
    Bsel
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Came here for a romantic dinner and was not happy with the service or the food will not be returning. This seems like a place for an older more conservative crowd did not feel very welcome.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Nice Lunch on the Water
    ChooseyOne
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    While en route to Cambridge, MD, my family and I stopped in Annapolis to grab a bite and have a look around. We had a very nice lunch at Carrol's Creek and enjoyed the outdoor seating with a view of the water, State House, and Naval Academy. Lots to look at while dining. Service was friendly, food was very good (crab cake sandwich was delicious) and the parking is convenient.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food/view, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our waiter payed almost no attention to us. He gave all other tables bread and came and talked to them numerous times. He came twice, once to get orders and once to give us our drinks. Had to flag him down to get bill. Otherwise great food and awesome outside ambience on the water!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A wonderful, romantic dinner!
    alleigh
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We celebrated our first anniversary at Carol's Creek Cafe on Saturday night. The table was perfect with a view of the water and the service was excellent. We took our server's recommendations and had the scallop app and the rockfish entree - everything was fabulous! The 'Happy Anniversary' card was such a nice, unexpected touch. Thank you for making the evening so special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant listened to my request of a water view table since we were celebrating a special event. We got the best table in the restaurant. The ambiance was great and the food was quite delicious. Everyone was pleased with their meal and the dining experience. I will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best in Annapolis
    KikiVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is my very favorite restaurant in Annapolis for many reasons - the food, the view, the service, the ambiance. I would highly recommend the risotto (the best ever) and the key lime dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always a gracious group of individuals focused upon service especially the front desk.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband had a GREAT experience
    ChrisO
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I was underwhelmed in my choices, but my husband loved his oysters and cioppino. Great waitress. Weather didn't cooperate with us sitting outside. Not a place I would return to if in town.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • casualdiner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Excellent food; wide variety on menu including small plates. Quiet atmosphere on Monday although I have dined here when the dining room is full. Service excellent, food timely, never feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We always enjoy eating at Carrol's Creek Cafe. The food is always good. It is in a good location in Annapolis
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Evening
    Annapolis50
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Took four out of towners here on Aug. 16th. It's our go to restaurant to show off the beautiful Annapolis view. The food and service were very good. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly without being overbearing. The soft shell crabs (one of the specials that night) were HUGE. Everyone had something different and it was all delicious. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easily the Best Dinner of our LIVES
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    WOW! To start, we were traveling into Annapolis for a birthday celebration and ended up choosing where to eat based on a locals recommendation. Thank God she told us to come to Carrols b/c it made for the best dinner of both of our lives. The ambiance was great, the host station helped me multiple times get comfortable (whether it was lending me a pair of sunglasses or moving us inside b/c of the heat) they made us truly feel like we weren't inconveniencing them at all. Our waitress Swan was delightful and extremely helpful. Everything from the bread and butter to the entrees and dessert was phenomenal. We will be back VERY OFTEN!
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  • Anniversary Celebration
    AlvinB
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    So glad we ignored the few recent negative reviews. We came to celebrate our 29th anniversary & were not disappointed. The food was delicious & the service first-class. As requested, we were seated outside so that we could enjoy the waterview. Service was prompt & courteous. I had the small plate empanadas filled w/beef tenderloin, wild mushrooms, & gouda cheese. Served with guacamole & roasted pepper sauce. Excellent, very tasty. My main dish was the vegetable & mushroom risotto in an acorn squash bowl. Delicious. My wife enjoyed a salad & crab cocktail. We were going to walk off the meal but we were offered complimentary desserts. We shared the flourless chocolate cake, a perfect ending to a perfect dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience!
    NumNum
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed our 10th Anniversary dinner here. Lovely view, awesome food, excellent service. A+ all around. Ambience was for the indoors setting overlooking the water - just perfect for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood and service
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a wonderful seafood dinner. Crab cakes were the best we have had anywhere. Caesar salad made at the table. Great service. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Water view and OK food
    DCWILLVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very nice water views and the hostess and waitress were pleasant and the service fine. The restaurant's version of oysters Rockefeller were just alright and only 4 to the plate. Steamed clams were streamed to much but perhaps a dozen in the bowl. Breads were not very tasty and another set was asked for which were plain but good. Double lobster tails were well prepared as were the accompanying vegetables. Wine list was fine. The menu offered Chilean sea bass but the filet was thin, salmon and the ever present rockfish filet, a seafood soup and that was about it for sea food. Not bad, not great. Once again a water view restaurant with average food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Winepro
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Number one the food was excellent. Our server was friendly and attentive. It was raining so we had to sit inside but the view was still very nice. Not a fantastic value, but not overpriced either. We went on a Tuesday and all wines were half priced. That really helped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food.. why so empty?
    TrussyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Went to Carrol's Creek on a Monday evening with my family - it's a large restaurant and it was almost deserted, apart from a few tables on the deck. I was surprised it was so quiet, yes it's Monday, but in such a hot tourist spot? Initially it didn't feel so welcoming with the family, our kids are on the cusp of not needing it - but no children's menu and no suggestion from the waiter on accommodating them - but... the service was really good from that point, the view from the deck is lovely, nice wine list and the food was excellent. Highlight was the signature dish - herb encrusted rock fish, loved it. The kids chose from the "little plates" menu and they were happy - but I wouldn't recommend for fussy kids. Really enjoyed our evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Scenic View
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've been here several times, typically for dinner. This was our first time going for brunch. I was a little disappointed they discontinued their brunch buffet. My daughter ordered the rock fish, which she loved. I ordered an omelet, which was nothing to jump for. The grits were very good! Our waitress was knowledgeable and when she came to our table she was attentive. Outside dining is always the best. However, they should remove the spider webs, daily, before they open. So, if you like dining on the water, this place is for you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MarchK
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Excellent in all categories. Our server, Swan, was warm, professional and efficient. The food was great. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view of the water
    guestisland
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The best restaurant in Annapolis to sit on the water. They have an elevated deck so you're up above everything. The rockfish was great, definitely a favorite and apparently their most ordered dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely evening on the deck
    SharonSue
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We celebrated my birthday with dinner on the deck; it was a gorgeous evening. The crab salad was light and delicious. The Caesar salad was cold and crisp (note: they do not make it table-side when you sit outside). I had the red snapper, one of my favorite fishes that you don't see often....yummy. The bread pudding was also very tasty, although I would prefer to pour my own sauce over it (the server just dumped the entire bottle of it onto my plate, before I realized what was happening...so of course I was forced to eat it all). :-) We always go to Carrol's Creek for special occasions and with out-of-town guests, and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Lunch!
    Cucuburu
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband and I took a day trip to Annapolis from Frederick so we could enjoy the water/seafood and had heard we MUST try Carrol's Creek Cafe from a couple of different friends. I'm so glad we did! We were seated outside and had a lovely view of Spa Creek and the little bridge. Our waiter showed up immediately and was very attentive and helpful in picking out dishes to try. I had the Sea Scallops appetizer, those little nuggets wrapped in phylo dough nests and served with lardon spinach and crabmeat. Worth the hour trip just for those. The mussels were fresh and grit free and the main course of Rockfish was crispy on the outside, flaky in the middle. Well played, you know your seafood! the ONLY flaw I had was the weak coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular evening
    Greg
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My wife and I went to Carrol's Creek on my birthday. We sat outside. Now, granted we were lucky enough to be there on one of the most spectacularly comfortable evenings ever, particularly considering it was in the first week of August when it's normally hot and humid, but better to be lucky than good. Great soup, great meals, wonderful view. All things considered, it was one of my favorite meals of all time. I did not need a reminder of why Carrol's Creek is our all-around favorite restaurant in Annapolis, but this would have done the trick.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.