Highlight of a visit to Baltimore
There were no Blue Crabs when we went there, which was a little disappointing. Nevertheless, the food we got were substantial, delicious, and still worth the trip. I definitely liked the crab dip's creaminess and flavor—so much that we ordered more toasts. (A good moneymaking tactic though: Serve only a few toasts so that people fork the money for more.) The beers we ordered were not as cold as we would have wanted.
Even though it's by the bay, the main dining area is at the back of the restaurant, so no view can be enjoyed. Only those outside and by the bar could see the bay, which I have to say, is gorgeous even at night.
I don't really have any quibbles besides these. Riptide by the Bay is a must-visit when you're in Baltimore.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Real positive surprise. Terrific
Real positive surprise. Terrific food at reasonable prices. Seafood chowder rocks
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Overall great meal. Blue
Overall great meal. Blue crab was not yet in season but the snow crab was excellent. Loved the crab Mac n cheese. The warm potato salad was incredible. My father had the mussels. He is a huge mussels fan and said that this version rated near the top of his list. Surprisingly the ribs were also very good. Fun and relax atmosphere. Highly recommended if you are looking for seafood in a non tradition tourist trap restaurant.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Anbience!
Sat at the tables outdoors and enjoyed a wonderfull lunch. Food was very good especially the seafood chowder which was recommended by various reviews. Service was very attentive and offered many suggestions from the menu. I will surely go back and experience something from the dinner menu.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Waited a long time for steamed
Waited a long time for steamed crabs - over an hour.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was outstanding --
The food was outstanding -- best crab cake sliders ever -- the fish and chips amazing and the bourbon sauce was great. My children loved the crabs and the king crab and we were all very happy with our selections. We celebrated my daughter's college graduation and we are so pleased that we selected Riptide to have our dinner celebration.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome find on our Memorial Day weekend trip to Baltimore. We loved the place so much we went Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights! Half price bottles of wine on Sundays is perfect for an early evening/ sharing with friends, the food is phenomenal, local, and well-priced. Staff is fantastic. Also live music on many nights (a solo musician). He played awesome 90s and modern stuff when we went.
Oh, and if they have freshwater oysters, GET THEM.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I used OpenTable to search the area and found Riptide! We were extremely happy with the restaurant. The food was yummy and affordable!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an incredible evening with our server, she was very knowledgeable about menu items. We were ordering crab and a shipment had just came in so we had appetizers while they sorted the crabs. We had a dozen Mediums which were priced very reasonably. Our server was great, very attentive and personable. Definitely would return for another great evening!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good casual dining
Right on the Main Street in Fells Point, Riptide was recommended by our hotel for dinner so we gave it a shot. The interior is nicer than most (casual) in the neighborhood. The menu has some traditional MD items like blue crabs, but other items as well. The food was good as was the service, friendly and helpful.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The blue crab was amazing, service not great. Had to wait a long time to get refills on beer.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Baltimore Crab spot
We had a great dinner here consisting of shrimp pot stickers, peel and eat shrimp, and a dozen delicious crabs! The food was great, our waitress was incredibly friendly and helpful, and the drinks were fantastic! Must try the watermelon jalapeno margarita! It was delish!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get the crabs!
Absolutely an amazing experience enjoying a ton of Maryland crabs for my first time. Try the crab dip too! Delicious!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Crab Dip!
We enjoyed Riptide by the Bay for its wonderful seafood, its casual ambiance, and its historical and charming Fells Point location.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Fells Point Find!
The staff is personable, attentive & all smiles. The Watermelon Jalapeno Margariita & Strawberry Basil Lemonade. Both were a little off the beaten path- thankfully! Great flavors. Super fresh tuna tartar was excellently done, allowing my friend to finally agree raw fish/sushi (style) could be delicious. Streaming HOTTT, well seasoned crabs and tasty potstickers completed our meal, with a couple more drinks, before we finished up with a key lime sort of mousse, ice cream mix with pieces of candied lime (yum!) with a cookie placed in the center.
I'd recommend Riptide to anyone interested in a fun, comfortable atmosphere, great food and food flavors, top service and some wildly interesting Mixed drinks (beer out wine).
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and Precious Ambiance
Great service and the food was fresh and delicious. The neighborhood is romantic and so is the restaurant- in a casual way.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable time with colleagues
For of us in town for a conference had a nice meal here. The crab cakes were just OK, but the drinks were great and the other food was good. Service was a little slow, but very friendly.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood restaurant
This is a great little spot in the middle of the great Fells Point neighborhood. The ambience was good and the food was excellent! I highly recommend the Maryland crab dip and the lobster ravioli. They had live music which was a bonus for us. Lots of locals so you know it must be good. Was suggested by the front desk of the Hilton Garden Inn on presidents street. The service was also excellent and very friendly.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Staff was very friendly, took
Staff was very friendly, took good care of us without standing over us. The Margaritas were excellent. The ambience was comfortable. I had the grilled Aha Tuna, which was excellent, cooked to perfection. The rice had a little too much coconut for my taste. The location was perfect for an evening walk along the water afterwards.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was terrific. The food was wonderful. We dined at Riptide during Restaurant Week, each course was masterfully prepared until we reached dinner. From the seafood chowder and and coconut shrimp to the lobster tail and lobster ravioli, each item was perfectly seasoned and palette pleasing. However, dessert hit a flat note. I'd recommend skipping the chocolate brownie mousse combo. Though a brilliant idea in theory something in the execution went terribly askew and it was not the fabulous party in mouth I had planned as the ending. Still the other items more than make this restaurant worth the trip and the drinks were great too!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Om nom nom
Maryland crab baby, nothing beats it! Great atmosphere and good service, crab dip was nice and creamy and the crab was as great as expected. Recommend this restaurant for a late night crab snack. A little loud so maybe not the best place to bring a first date.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Used OpenTable to make a 7:00 PM reservation. We arrived 15 minutes early and were surprised to be seated immediately. The food was excellent and came quickly. The service was very friendly and fast. I read the other reviews before selecting Riptide for dinner and was concerned about the slow and sloppy service but left without any of those concerns. I will say that it may have a lot to do with which server you get. I did hear a table complain about their appetizers taking very long to be served but our server was on top of everything. The noise level was not a factor for us but if you are looking for a quiet dinner then this is not the place for you. Overall I had a great time at the Riptide by the Bay!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great, our service was a bit weak but I think our server was just very busy. Overall, I could tell the service staff was very nice and attentive.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Caught up in the Riptide!
Dive in to this authentic seafood shanty for some of Baltimores best! We feasted on a dozen 72's and a "to die for" crab dip with corn on the cob rolled in old bay...all was superb...great beer selection and great service equals one very happy family. This is the real deal in Fella Point..run don't walk....and come early for the jumbos as the biggest crabs were gone by 6:30pm...loved every bite
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cute bar with great food
We came over here after a ravens game and it was perfect. Laid back but great nicely priced food!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and great service,
Great food and great service, I would dine here again. Only down side was we were there for hard shell maryland crabs only to find out all the crabs, yes all the crabs had been reserved by a couple or group. We never knew you could do that.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific location in Fells
Terrific location in Fells Point - went for the crabs but they were out - service was terrific
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real Maryland crab experience
Loved our experience at Riptide. The place was jumping with live music and rowdy Ravens fans but we had a fairly quiet table in the back where we could enjoy the music without feeling overwhelmed. My daughter had never eaten whole crabs before and the waiter patiently demoed how to open them. She had a great time smashing them with the mallet. A dozen small were more than enough between the two of us. We didn't even finish the fries and corn we shared between us.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Riptide isn't quite, but then, I don't believe it's supposed to be. In the heart of Fells Point is a restaurant with an excellent menu chock filled with seafoods and all sorts of clever comestibles. I love their food, from the Mahi Mahi fish tacos and Baked Local Oysters (my favorite), to the seriously delicious club sammiches.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, friendly service
I am not a soup person, but I wanted to take my friend's crab bisque! I only had one spoonful and I can't stop thinking about it. I had the Chilean sea bass. It was nice...I loved the pea hash that came with it. I would definitely go back but probably for takeout only. There isn't much of an atmosphere.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
this restaurant was simply delicious. They gave you a quality seafood without too much of uptight atmosphere. It was awesome.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM