good as expected
The singer who performed in the bar that evening is a friend of ours, so we decided to have dinner and see her at the same time. It was a fun evening. We had two of their higher-end sandwiches, the lobster roll and the Waygu burger. Both were delicious, as was the fried oyster appetizer. Overall, a good experience, as usual, which is why we go back.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of our favorite restaurants,
One of our favorite restaurants, we invited friends from BEthesda. All found the food outstanding. Service also excellent. No music because it was a weekday. Unfortunately, our Open Table reservations never made it to the restaurant, but they were able to acommodate us.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
We attended to celebrate a
We attended to celebrate a birthday. He noted ambiance and enjoyed live music. Wait staff was professional and accommodating. I had to call to change reservation but still arrived later than scheduled. We were immediately seated and our apologies were graciously accepted. Service and food excellent. Definitely an excellent experience. Highly recomnend
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was visiting my son (in
I was visiting my son (in college in the area) and thought we'd take the short drive to Annapolis, see the city and have a bite to eat.
We found out that Sam's is not in the city proper (about 10 miles away), but decided to keep our dinner reservation, and are very glad that we did.
Sam's is Fabulous! Terrific food, a very accomodating and efficient waitstaff, and a lovely view of the marina. There was a live band at the outside (dockside) bar area, so some extra noise came with that, but not enough to disturb conversation, plus I think my son and his buddy enjoyed the band. We're planning our next visit back!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Sam's expecting
We went to Sam's expecting an up-scale and expensive restaurant and what we found was restaurant with a lovely environment and very reasonable, delicious food. We had the steak frites with the steak done perfectly, and a fabulous chocolate dessert. We shall return!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The view is what we'll go
The view is what we'll go back for. Situated on the dock of a marina, it makes you feel like you're on vacation.The food was all good, but nothing spectacular. The cream of crab soup was really a cream soup base with a handful of lump crab meat tossed in after cooking. Tasty but not the classic cream of crab you would expect. The short ribs were delicious but still had all of the fat you normally see on an uncooked short rib - none had been trimmed off. The blueberry cobbler was a huge disappointment, tasted dry and not sweet at all - did the chef forget to add sugar? Bananas Foster was tasty but too much ice cream and not enough bananas. The outdoor dining area is small along the narrow dock - and overshadowed by the large yachts.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sams is always reliable for
Sams is always reliable for good food and service. I love the location and there is always free parking.
5/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet dinner with a view
The inside of Sam's was too quiet for my taste on a Friday night, but I did enjoy the view of the marina. There was a band outside but no seating was available. Oh and there was food. I had a salmon and lacked flavor. There was a butter sauce on the plate, but I would have needed it on top of the fish or on the side to make it memorable. You definitely need to order sides because the entree came with two pieces of bok choy that were also bland in flavor minus the sections that caught a drizzle of sauce. My dinner date had short rib. They had good flavor, but were a little too fatty for me. Maybe because the restaurant is inside of a gated community this isn't a busy place.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly, quiet atmosphere
Great place for small-medium parties. Off the beaten path, but worth the trip! Local gem!
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & view
This restaurant is not on a main street - it's actually in a gated community (residence is not required, though). So - it is a tuck away place. The view is spectacular - right on the docks and you can wave to the boaters who will see you through the windows. The food is very good, and we've always had great wait staff. There's both indoor and dock side tables & waiting. They do have indoor and outdoor bars as well. A great place to go to get out of the main stream - but still stay upscale. We will revisit often.
An added benefit - there are several items on the menu that are gluten free. We can vouch for the restaurant steering completely clear of wheat on their selections.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
My family and I went to Sam's
My family and I went to Sam's on the Waterfront and had an amazing lunch.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth it for the abience
Sam's is a reliable restaurant. Not great but good. Enough variety on the menu to satisfy but not bewilder. But when the weather turns warmer and they open up their dockside bar and deck it's a great place to go. The weather was perfect (which helps), the mussels and chopped salad were excellent, chicken was good not great. Service was competent and friendly (a rare combination). Going to Sam's in bad weather--okay if we're in the neighborhood; in good weather--let's go to Sam's neighborhood.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated a friend's birthday
Celebrated a friend's birthday and from the moment we arrived until we left the service was great -- not too intrusive -- and the food was great. Weather was gorgeous & views of the marina enhanced our dining experience. Will go again.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Little short on supplies
It was a beautiful Sat evening and was still early, so I was surprised to hear there was no crab dip, no calamari and no shrimp. Wasn't sure to ding them on food or service for this--I eventually went with service. Great view of the harbor and nice shade to chill under. Solid wine list and delicious cocktails. Food was pretty good, if not outstanding. Live music just started when we were leaving, but she had a great voice and wasn't intrusive. First time, will definitely go back and hope for better next time.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
off the beaten path and just what I was looking for. Had a great time and the food and service was great. I would highly recommend this is stablished ment for a special occasion or quiet night with someone.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food by the water
I went for a weekend retreat with my mother. Sam's was the perfect finish to our day of spa services and shopping. The view of the water was awesome and the food was perfect! I will definitely go back next time I'm in Annapolis.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice waterfront restaurant
Found this restaurant on Open Table and it was awesome. Great waterfront view, excellent food, and nice live music.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for any occasion.
Great spot for any occasion. Indoor outdoor makes no difference, same great service same great food. Scenery is also great.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our 3rd time at Sam' and once again we found it to be pretty much perfect. The service is great - quickly available when needed but not pushy. The food came promptly and was delicious. I tried the rockfish this time while my husband had my usual normal of Steak Frites and both were perfectly prepared. The fries are to die for and are worth a trip there just by themselves!
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch at the marina
The lunch menu offered many choices. We had the lobster roll and crabcake sandwich. Both were very good. The sweet potato fries were excellent. The view was lovely but it was a view of the marina and not a view of the bay. Parking was plentiful and free.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
19th Wedding Anniversary
Sam’s was very cool. It was perfect for our occasion. It was just the two of us out celebrating our 19th anniversary. The music in the background was subtle and we were able to have a conversation. Our 8:30 pm reservation was met with no wait. Sam’s closed at 9:30 the night we went. We left there about 10:05 pm we were not rushed, service did not disappear and we had a good time. Looking forward to returning to Sam’s for a good time, great food and at a reasonable price. Thanks
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
About an hour from DC and an easy drive takes you to a great little waterfront restaurant. Definitely not a Crab Shack but sometimes you don't want that rustic "over the top' casual queue for a wooden table, lots of noise and messy eating. Comfortable dining inside with great views or slightly more casual outside but with equally great views - and no queuing! Reservations are taken.
Great brunch food, tasty, well prepared and interesting. The lunch and dinner menus also looked inviting and will certainly take us back there again to enjoy on another occasion.
Nice wait staff, although did get a little confused, taking our order and charging us for something they forgot to bring. No matter - it was easily fixed, but it wasn't a busy morning.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just moved into Spinnaker Run and found this "gem" right around the corner! We took friends there for our first visit and were not let down, what a great little place so close to home! It sits on the water and has outdoor dining with an outdoor bar as well as a beautiful dining and bar area inside. The food was GREAT! If we thought we could get away with it, we'd have licked our plates! Salad, Pasta, Chicken, all dishes were really tasty and satisfying. You should visit!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great evening at
We had a great evening at Sam's. We were there for the half-price hamburger night and had the best burgers of any restaurant yet! The service was great and very accommodating as to our individual preferences on toppings and sides. Management also graciously provided a terrific substitute wine for the one they happened to be out of at the same price. In addition we were seated just where we wanted to be. Together with the delicious meals, these personal touches and kind attention make Sam's a special spot.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the top four waterfront locations in the Annapolis area with NO parking challenges. Beautiful setting, excellent service and attention to detail. The Crab dip app is one of the best I have had and the choice of scallops very nicely presented and tasty.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great romantic ambience. Quiet, friendly and scenic. Good food.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Brunch with Marina View
Nice selection of menu items for Sunday Brunch -- Crab Benedict, Bananas Foster French toast, and an egg/sausage/veggies scramble called Hangover Hash, and Beignets with Dulce de Leche. All were tasty, but the potatoes and beignets were a little overcooked. Fun to watch the boats while eating!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our choices from the extensive menu showed the kitchen had a deft hand with seafood. Service was friendly and timely. Jazz from the 2 person group was enjoyable until the tempo and volume cranked up a little too early, making conversation difficult.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice waterfront dining
Departure from other location-rich venues in that the food was excellent. The butternut squash lasagne drew raves from the table.
Service was very good, although clearly our waitress was new to working in a upscale establishmnet. Her enthusiasm, speed and attentiveness more than made up for it. Would definitely visit again.
Decent wine list that was fairly priced.
Great location, service and dining experience.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almost perfect, except for one goof
Everything about our meal was fine ... except for one big goof. The special was a Salmon Wellington. The salmon was perfectly done, the brussels sprouts and sauce were spot on ... but the puff pastry was completely burned on the bottom. Not good. My guest's crab cakes were just right -- loads of crab, little filling, and nicely seasoned and broiled. Desserts were OK but not particularly memorable (the pear cobbler was pretty forgettable).
Would I return? FOR SURE! On balance, the restaurant tried hard, and you can't argue with the salmon entree being taken off the bill. Our waiter was really, really nice -- just the right amount of friendliness without being intrusive. A classy guy named Ian; be sure to ask for him if you go.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Although this restaurant is hidden away in a gated community it was not hard to find if one used GPS. The Sunday brunch had live jazz which was a very nice plus. The food was good and the service was excellent. We had bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's. The portions were large. It was a bit pricey for the location, and the water view was restricted to the marina but otherwise it was a pleasant experience.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM