Riptide by the Bay
1718 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231Neighborhood:
SeafoodPrice: $30 and under
Riptide by the Bay
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.riptidebythebay.net/
- Phone: (410) 732-3474
- Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Seafood, American, Burgers
- Executive Chef: Chef Ronald Chicas
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Entertainment: Live music! Please see our website calendar for upcoming bands.
A word from Riptide by the Bay
Riptide by the Bay is the result of atmosphere and culinary experience, utilizing local Chesapeake seafood that combines West Coast flavors and Baltimore’s Traditional Roots. More than a seafood restaurant and crabhouse, Riptide houses innovation and entertainment while overlooking the beautiful waterfront in Historic Fells Point. Riptide is alive with a flavor and acclaim that has consistently made us one of the best restaurants in Charm City! Fresh. Colorful. Fun. Riptide by the Bay is where the locals lounge.Continued
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Riptide by the Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 30, 2014
- Ambiance3.7Noise LevelEnergetic
neighborhood gem (47)vibrant bar scene (23)great for lunch (18)fit for foodies (17)great for outdoor dining (15)good for groups (15)hot spot (11)great for brunch (9)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (6)special occasion (2)notable wine list (2)romantic (1)Show More
- RipTides does it againTommytiaraDined on 11/22/2014Riptide is a good spot. I have eaten there many times. I love sitting outdoors even though seating is very limited. The food and service was as expected. What can I say I like the place!! I always go for their specials and the menu is constantly changing.....good stuffSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great spot!RiptidebytheBayDined on 11/13/2014We stopped by when we could not get into another restaurant and it was a great choice. Good menu. Great food and drinks! Our server had a great attitude and was very attentive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- yumDeedeeDined on 11/9/2014Delicious crabcakes eggs Benedict! Other choices sounded just as wonderful.Special Features:
- Very good overall.....BUT -dgerber58Dined on 10/31/2014The manager called me 20 minutes b-4 my reservation time (party of 8, made 5 days prior) to let me know that they were not going to be able to keep my reservation INSIDE the restaurant, & wanted to seat us out on the sidewalk. It was on a chilly October 31st evening...everyone wanted to eat inside, & my 85 year old MIL can't take the cold. I asked why I wasn't informed days earlier, & manager had no good answer. An angry hang up & call back a few moments later & we got the Host, who told us that he would make sure we had a table inside, so he certainly saved the day & the event. THEN, the place was half-empty when we were there - they could have had TWO MORE parties of 8!!!Special Features:
- It's a fun time!cgrat1Dined on 10/23/2014We took out of town friends here to eat crabs and other food. One of them is a vegetarian, and there were plenty of delicious options for her as well. Great food and great service!Special Features:
- Came up shortRegDinersVIPDined on 10/18/2014My fiancé and I went for a Saturday lunch. We both ordered the fish tacos and a cup of the crab soup. The tacos were horrible! Dry and tasteless. The soup was bland and needed salt at the very least. But what really made it a bad experience was the waiter. This guy seemed more interested in standing around doing nothing then doing his job. It took forever to get anything. I asked for salt, never got it from him. I finally had to ask one of the runners who brought it to me within seconds of asking. All the while our waiter was leaning up against the order station wall. The wall backed up to our booth and is see through so you could see everything he was doing. Save your money try one of the others great restaurants in Fells Point.
- Good food, okay serviceNYCvisitorDined on 10/16/2014The food was great! Definitely recommend getting an appetizer as well if you want to be satisfied because the portions were fairly small. The service was a bit slow especially because the restaurant was not very crowded. Would definitely go and try it out again though.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- jerseyfoodieDined on 10/12/2014Nice place but nothing special. The soups were disappointing but the crab cake sandwich and shrimp salad sandwich were both very tasty, good bread, nice spice profiles, and a lot of seafood not a lot of filler. nice neighborhood place and not over priced.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Crab NightGillianDined on 10/7/2014Lots of fun to eat Blue Crab off brown paper table cloth along with delicious draft beer. Only complaint was the service was not attentive and we had to ask more than once for things such as catsup and another beer. We were there early so the place was not crowded.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/20/2014the crabs were small and pretty light with claws missing. the rest of te good was just ok. it seemed like a fun atmosphere for a drink at the bar but I would not rush back to eat hereSpecial Features:
- Fun dayfourbeesDined on 9/13/2014Riptide is in Fells Point, a must see area when visiting Inner Harbor. There were many events at Inner Harbor that day and every place was packed. Our reserved table was ready for us and in a quieter area of the restaurant. The bar was loud and busy, as were the sidewalk tables. This had no impact on prompt friendly service. Cocktail menu offered fresh unique drinks, average prices, good quantity and quality of ingredients. Clam appetizer was yummy tho the up charge for bread to soak up the wonderful broth was bush league. Entrees were on the small side but sufficient and, again, fresh and flavorful. Prices were good for the area. There are many restaurants in Fells Point. I'd keep Riptide on your list.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great SpotnjfoodieDined on 9/12/2014Even though my group arrived over an hour late past our reservation (thank you Francis Scott Key) we were treated very well by the hostess who found us seating outside right away. It was perfect as it was a beautiful late summer night. The food was fresh, prepared well and delicious. I had fresh oysters from a selection of at least 6 different kinds and each were described by our server. Fresh and great. I opted for the crab cake entree and was not disappointed. Drinks were large and the service was good. Definitely would go back. A great findSpecial Features:
- Crabs without the crab shack vibesamantha2161Dined on 9/6/2014We liked this place so much this was our second trip that day! It in the evening and we came back for the $2.50 crabs. Though the price had gone up to $4.50/ea it was still a great experience and the mediums were big and meaty. It's also a dining restaurant but it perfectly mixed the two. I didn't feel like I was sitting in a nice restaurant hammering crabs and I didn't feel like I was in a dirty crab shack either. The service was excellent and attentive. The only complaint I have is that we had reservations for 2 and we were sat at a tiny two top when there were plenty of open 4 top booths. Walk-ins were directed there right away; if felt like they had saved this tiny 2 top because we were courtesy enough to make reservations.Special Features:
- Surprisingly goodcamkingVIPDined on 9/3/2014Riptide by the Bay doesn't really look much from the outside, but the food I had there was tremendously good. I had the crab dip (using my Water Taxi Letter of Marque discount coupon!) and the Atlantic salmon. It was late lunch time, so not very busy at all, but all the staff were friendly and checked in with me now and again to see how I was doing. There are so many eateries to try at Fells Point, but this one will be on my list to visit again next time I'm in Baltimore.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great service & good food!HollyDined on 8/31/2014Our server was wonderful--incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. The food was very good, but as a born and bred Baltimorean, I was a little baffled by the idea of bacon on so many seafood choices (bacon on top of a crabcake?). Let's face it, though, most people love bacon. . . .Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BobbieDined on 8/30/2014Love Fell's Point and particularly The Riptide. Tried to get in on Friday so made reservations for Saturday. Food was great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/30/2014Perfect. While all the other people milled around the street after the football game we sat like we were in Paris at an outside cafe. Hostess was awesome , I have 2 more trips to Baltimore this fall. Will use this service again. Do you have other Fells point restaurants that use this service?Special Features:
- Great place to dine with friendsHalfnoteVIPDined on 8/28/2014We were nine people who hadn't seen each other for a while. We were served quickly and efficiently. We had a long table which was perfect for conversation. The food was really good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Horrible service and fair food!DatenightDined on 8/25/2014Service was horrible! Slow, delivered food to wrong people at table, and sat for 20 minutes before we even got our drinks! Waitress never came to check back once food and drinks were delivered. Food took a very long time to come out. Drinks were strong and good. All the food was average or below average. Nothing special. Do yourself a favor and walk 20 yards down the street to thames st. Oyster house!
- Kid Friendly Option in Fell's PointOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/23/2014The main appeal of Riptide by the Bay is that it is kid friendly in the bar saturated area of Fell's Point. Their food was okay, the portions aren't oversized, the restaurant is cramped. But they do have a kid's menu and the crab cakes were good. It's nice after a day in the Inner Harbor with the kids to be able to go somewhere more interesting than Hard Rock Cafe for dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sticky, Limp and LameScubasanDined on 8/11/2014I haven't sat at a table this sticky since the aftermath of kindergarten lunch, but we were getting crabs so we knew it would get covered with butcher paper. But that sticky table predicted the meal to come. The waitress warned us the crabs were only medium and small and she was right. Not bad, but not much. The Hawaiian Ahi Poke was delicious but it was spoiled by the stale pita chips. That limpness extended to their french fries which drooped in what had to be days old oil. The grilled mahi mahi taco was bland. The only plate that succeeded was the gouda Burger, despite the stinginess of the gouda, but.... it's a burger. The $5 Margaritas almost blunted the effect, but not enough.
- What Fun!surfermermaidDined on 8/9/2014We were in Baltimore, setting up a college apartment for my niece. We walked to the restaurant, (so I can't speak for parking) and ordered crabs, waiting for her to arrive. She got to the table when the seafood arrived, and what a display! She loved it! We tried three different appetizers, and three different entrees: everyone was happy with what they received. The service was too quick between courses...tell them to slow down. :) I had the Ahi appetizer. Excellent. Fluke for dinner with macadamia crunch on top, NOT deep fried or covered with any kind of batter or nonsense, served over mushrooms and fresh flash stir fried snap peas. Perfect. Loved this place. WILL go back with my husband when we visit our niece!Special Features:
- agavegirl1VIPDined on 8/9/2014Riptide was good... my husband had the crabs, and he was very pleased. I chose a Restaurant Week lunch, and had only one small piece of Mahi Mahi in each of my 2 fish(?)tacos, and 2 small rectangles of polenta for an appetizer. My cucumber basil gimlet was excellent, and I would love the recipe! Our server seemed to be somewhat inattentive, sitting down when the place was very busy. Not sure we would return because there are other places we prefer in Fell's.Special Features:
- Good dinner spot in Fells Ptkeelyk1125Dined on 8/8/2014Went to for restaurant week, ended up ordering off the regular menu because we couldn't resist the scallops with lobster risotto. Scallops were good but not great, as i've had better. The crab dip appetizer was yummy, had a kick without being too spicy. Overall a good middle of the road dinner spot in fells, I wouldn't go there for a special occasion, but it was a step above bar food.Special Features:
- YummmJayelekaiyDined on 8/7/2014Lobster ravioli and tarragon mussels- TDF- to die for!!! Great spot right in fells across from the water.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An amazingneighborhood catch, love!kaileyDined on 8/6/2014We came here for restaurant week and the food was absolutely fabulous. I got the fried oysters, which were thankfully lightly fried so you could taste the quality of the oysters, which was excellent. Then I ordered for my dinner the swordfish skewers. Riptide in fact has the best swordfish. I had swordfish at Kali's court and it was much better at riptide. It was juicy, soft, and fresh. Then I got beignets which were good. The cocktails at riptide are amazing. A great price for what they give you. I was really impressed wth their cucumber. The cucumber chili cooler was amazing! I'm definitely going back. You must try! Also our waitress was great and gave us wonderful service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Small crabs, but great flavorSinecioDined on 8/6/2014Service was great, and the food was also very good. The peel & eat shrimp were fantastic. I wish we'd been there on a day they had larger crabs. Only the small crabs were available.Special Features:
- First Dining ExperienceBeachCruiserDined on 8/4/2014This was our first visit to Riptide By The Bay. Service was great, good selection of craft brews and the food was excellent. We were there during restaurant week and the choices fit our tastes. Key Lime Pie...yummy. Great way to finish the meal. Go there. Go now.Special Features:
- Restaurant WeekpmrthirdVIPDined on 8/4/2014Wanted to try something new for Restaurant week since I was in Baltimore for business. Never been before. Ordered the fried oysters for appetizer and fluke for entrée. Both were good and enjoyed but for restaurant week, I probably should have choose someplace else. I enjoyed the meal, just should have went on a normal day if that make sense. I'd like to go back and try other entrees.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not worth the hypeAjohnson711Dined on 8/3/2014After exploring Baltimore and the adorable neighborhood of Fells Point while on vacation, we wanted to try some good seafood. The service is lacking. Our waiter was not very attentive to our table, though he spent much time at the table next to us. I asked his opinion regarding two different dishes I was trying to decide between and he had no opinions and seemed bothered that I was asking. Additionally, my mother ordered the fish and chips and the fish was not properly seasoned at all. The batter was good, but the fish itself just fell flat. I ordered the tilapia fish tacos which had a very good flavor, but there was almost no fish. it was an amount equivalent to my pinky finger in length and width-not worth the money. Wouldn't go back.
- Nice place, bad serviceFoodisFunDined on 8/3/2014I was really excited about taking my friends to a restaurant in Fells Point for brunch before they headed back out of town. The food was pretty good but the service took away from everything. Because we had seven people, the tip was included and clearly that meant our waiter didn't have to be nice or even pay attention to us. I don't think I'll be back any time soon.Special Features:
- Can't hear yourself talk!GoingOutShouldBeFunDined on 8/2/2014This Fells Point joint, like many others, is basically a bar that serves food. If you want to talk to anyone without screaming, it's NOT the place to go. If you want relax -- other than by drinking -- it's NOT the place to go. Wait staff horribly overworked. Cannot comment on food because noise level was so overwhelming only had one drink and left.Special Features:
- Wouldn't go back...JohnnyODined on 8/2/2014Riptide by the Bay was definitely a place that worries more about presentation of the food and the plate looking good, rather than focusing on taste and quality. Our server was not very attentive and disappeared after we placed a dessert order. We were later told our server left and we were transferred to another waitress and she was unaware of the change. I can't recommend this restaurant after this experience.
- Riptide by the BaycjmcgovDined on 8/2/2014The staff were very good but the food was just ok. What was really annoying is we went for lunch and ended up being served two small appetizers. The food was kind of cold as well. It wasn't worth the 15$ per person we paid.
- Remember, it's a bar.MichaelVIPDined on 8/2/2014We knew nothing about Riptide before eating there. If you keep in mind that it's a bar that serves pretty good food and not a restaurant with a bar you should be fine. However, if they try to seat you at the both by the hostess stand, request somewhere else. That's where the wait staff likes to congregate and hang out with each other. It's also where a waiters' station is complete with bus trays. If you sit there you'll be treated to the waitstaff hanging on your seat back, standing so close to your table that their butts are practically on it, and so much noise you can't have a conversation. That said, our waiter was very good. He was the only one we saw who seemed like a professional. Everyone else looked like they were just hanging out.Special Features:
- Looking for a place to eatFoodiolgaDined on 8/1/2014when you go out to eat and are paying a reasonable price, the food should taste better than what you cook at home. This is how I grade restaurants. I'm not a fantastic cook, but I can read a recipe and follow directions. Our waiter Clarence was superb, anticipating every need. having worked at a 5 star restaurant while in college I know not to ever send food back. I just will never go back. For appetizer, I had tuna tartare. The tuna was obviouly cut in small cubes days ahead and stuck in the refrigerator thus, It had no flavor And the avocado was just too green to be flavorful. Who cares about the sauce! The crab soup was worst, cold crab meat was thrown in a milky tomato based soup. Campbell does a better job! The dinner claws were old!Special Features:
- Lunch here for restaurant weekOnesarVIPDined on 8/1/2014Read about this place on trip advisor. We were lucky to sit out front ( instead of on the side). It's restaurant week so for $3 more than a regular lunch item, you can have 2!! The mussels were in a delicious sauce. Fish tacos fresh and very good. My biggest complaint was there wasn't even a slice of bread to accompany the mussels - we had had to pay extra for a few slices ( which were either stale or crunchy)... But wanted desperately to sop up that yummy mussel sauce!?! The Cobb salad looked good - not enormous for the price, and fried fish tacos were reported to be tasty as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Restaurant Week LunchAryzonaVIPDined on 8/1/2014Took my daughter and her friend here for lunch and all I can say is their OYSTERS are amazing!! Overpriced from what I've had in the local area for the exact same price but AMAZING nonetheless. What's to die for is the Maker's Mark baby back ribs, they were falling off the bone from tenderness and that sauce is out of this world. I'll be visiting again!!! They could step up their game on different drink variety. I mean not all people drink rail liquor.Special Features:
- Favorite place in fellsNfreibDined on 8/1/2014This is my favorite place to eat in fells it's so good! I've loved everything I've eaten!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 89 reviews are from the Riptide by the Bay reviews archive.
- good local feelingBulldogfanDined on 7/25/2014The food was what you expect from Baltimore. Fresh Maryland crab. We added the sea food chowder and it was good. Service was good. a small bar but very busy on a friday night.Special Features: