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About Iron Rooster

Whether you're looking for breakfast all day, lunch, supper or drinks, at Iron Rooster you'll find a new twist on traditional comfort food, legendary hospitality, and a real sense of community. Join us every day for breakfast, lunch, supper and late-night drinks. Whenever you're here, you'll enjoy delicious food, a cold drink, and an extra helping of hospitality.

12 Market Space
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Breakfast, American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

AM Happy Hour: Weekdays from 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
PM Happy Hour: Weekdays from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 990-1600

Website:
http://ironroosterallday.com/

Parking Details:
Free valet with validation on Friday and Saturday nights.

Executive Chef:
Chef Aaron (Moose) Musinski

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Iron Rooster Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (22)
Great for Brunch (16)
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Fun (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Waterfront (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Authentic (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I visited Annapolis and were excited to try the Iron Rooster. We were seated at a high top table in the bar area. From the start, our server was inattentive and dismissive. Our food order arrived from a different server as a "carry out" order. We stated that we did not order our food to-go, and assumed it was a mix-up with a different table. Our food came out a few minutes later, and had clearly been dumped from carry out containers. My husband's food was lukewarm and he flagged down our server to tell him. The server was defensive, argumentative and unapologetic. He brought his food back a few minutes later; it has clearly been microwaved. After this, our server never returned to our table, though he did walk by multiple times which was uncomfortable and awkward. The bartender (who was wonderful) stepped in and gave us our check and cleared our plates. The food was fine. It was nothing special, nor did it meet our expectations. The service was unacceptable. We would not return, nor we would recommend the Iron Rooster to a friend.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined 7 days ago

The cake on cakes and the crab deviled eggs were delicious! We went for the Annapolis Light Show Boat Parade. The restaurant was on a wait, but they sat us right away with a reservation. The service was excellent! Would definitely come back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The "Cakes on cakes" was wonderful, however the Seared Tuna was overcooked. The created Pop-Tart was wonderful. Come early and prepare to wait.

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had never been there and were pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was a little more casual than I expected but the service and food was better than expected. We will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I went to Iron Rooster because someone recommended it. I was excited to go and went the day after Thanksgiving. The restaurant was fairly empty. The food was really tasty but what ruined it for me was this other customer who was talking so loudly it was obnoxious. We didn’t complain we just ate our dinner quickly and left. The food was good but it wasn’t a menu that I would return for again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

They changed their cocktail list and eliminated certain drinks, which was disappointing. They also changed some of their recipes and executed both the shrimp and grits and the fried green tomatoes poorly. It was a Saturday night too, so a little surprised they didn't have a better chef that evening. Quite disappointed as they are usually great.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

I actually made the reservation for Saturday morning at 8:30am. I received a confirmation email, but when we arrived at the restaurant, we were told that they do not accept reservations on the weekends. The host informed us that our reservation would automatically be 'bumped' to the next day when reservations were accepted - for us Monday at 8:30am. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table, and they wouldn't cancelled the reservation for Monday. This experience makes me wonder why they accept reservations at all. Our waiter was great and the mixed berry pop tart was delicious. The waffle was very heavy however and did not make up for the frustrating reservation nonsense.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I was kinda disappointed this time, i always get the same delish shrimp and grits and convinced the rest of the table to do the same, it was very soupy and looked like it was rushed out before it had time to cook in the spices and get a thicker gravy as is what makes this dish so great! I hope this was a one time miss..

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Another amazing dinner at Iron Rooster! Our server Greg made the experience even better! HIs excellent service and suggestions made the evening extra special. We love to come to a local spot and see the Annapolis culture...Midshipmen, families, friends.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Despite a reservation for one person, I was seated 10-15 minutes late and after larger parties that walked in (without reservations) arrived (I was seated at a table for 4, so it's unlikely they were waiting for a smaller table).

Ordered a martini and specified the three ingredients; bartender took the liberty of adding green olives. When I declined the drink, the server was gracious, but the bartender was mad (I viewed him arguing with the server; he was specifically mad about the high end vodka used and having to discard it). After several minutes of watching him rant and the server returning to my table empty handed, I asked her to cancel the martini. While she assured me it was no trouble, I told her I witnessed the bartender and his drama and was canceling the drink.

The entree portions are small for the price. Two pieces of asparagus as the vegetable? The food is below average. It's unclear why this place is so popular. After three days, I still have not received my open table points; my points are generally added the next day from the other restaurants I have booked through open table. Go elsewhere; there are much better dining establishments in Annapolis.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Absolutely tremendous experience. Our table was ready exactly on time. The food was tremendous. The staff was great. We can't wait to comeback!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was amazing and I would go back in a heart beat. Our server on the other hand could use some lessons in how to be friendly. Our table decided he was definitely in the wrong field of employment. I would have happily given our experience all 5 stars except for the server. he was a downer.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Good food. Good service. Definitely an Annapolis staple. Could have made the grits a bit creamier. We’ll be back. And very soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

At USNA for a lacrosse event. Have brought through most of my family over the years on visits and always great staff, high energy, comforting food, and an amazing location. Will be back

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Iron Rooster has really gone downhill over the last year. Cursing by staff members in a room with children, waiters going MIA after being told that we were in a rush (after 1.5 hours of also being MIA), ridiculous waits for food (which then came with a nice long black hair) and flagging down people to pay (which trust me after that 1.5 hour mess, I was very tempted to just to get up and walk away).

Once seated I noticed that the upstairs host was constantly circling and talking, my husband heard him cursing, which isn't good for a kid friendly restaurant. The entire production of him seating people upstairs was really distracting and loud. This had never been noticed the other half dozen time I had come here.

The host realized that we had been waiting 45 minutes for our food - salad and tacos, heard me complain about it being ridiculous that everyone that came after us was served dinner and even grabbed our server to ask her what was going on, but didn't come over to talk to us or help the situation. Salad and tacos - I could understand the wait if the food had actually required cooking, but both items were assembly mainly, purposefully ordered because we under a 1.5 hour time crunch and wanted coffee.

Our server who was absolutely horrendous, was constantly walking through the room, but not stopping at any of her tables. Other staff brought out all of the meals including out own. I had to flag her over at least twice to let her know that there was hair in my food, once it did show up.
The highlight of the night was telling her after a 1.5 hour dinner, we were in a hurry to leave. This was the time that our all of a sudden, friendly and chatty waitress decided to go chum it up with another table, we waited 5 minutes and then flagged someone else down for the check. . I'm not entirely sure what her role was, besides being a speedbump in our attempt to have a nice dinner before going to the colonial players.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

If you can snag one of the few outside tables, I highly recommend it! We started with the gravy fries - Excellent! I ended with one of the home made pop tarts - Fabulous! But, I have to say that the food in the middle was just okay. I had biscuits and sausage gravy - very little sausage and rather bland. Biscuits were dry. My companion had catfish and also said it was a bit dry.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The pot pie is really good. As was the shrimp, the mushrooms were an interesting combo.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Perfect for a breakfast with family. The food was delicious and I would definitely recommend trying the homemade pop tart.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Reservation made and confirmed by Open Table. Special request for a table on the first floor to accommodate guest on crutches. Greeted with a friendly hello and recognized (crutches probably helped) for our request.
Great chicken and waffles, and new discovery fried green tomatoe appetizer. Thanks for being our best stop during the boat show.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great spot for breakfast!!! Please totally disregard my previous review as I was describing a different restaurant!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The pot pie was excellent but you must taste the handcrafted "pop tart"

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The Hostess and server needed some better people skills. They were very short with no personality. Food was great would definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I’ve been here many times. It is usually pretty good. Great spot for comfort food. This time, tho, we were in the dark far back corner. The restaurant was understaffed and it took way too long for service. I will go back but the gold has lost its luster a little bit.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had a reservation and arrived early. We went into the bar for a drink while we waited for the right time. First we sat at a table in the bar and when the waitress gave us menus we said we only wanted a drink while waiting for our table. She scowled at us sending the clear message that we were not welcome at a table. We got up and sat at the bar. The bartender tossed menus at us without asking us if we new what we wanted (we did). When he came back 5 minutes later we ordered drinks. He asked to see IDs and when my wife explained she left her wallet at the hotel, he refused to serve us. I'm 63 and my wife is 46. Seriously? We left, never to return. Lots of good restaurants in Annapolis with good and polite service to chose from.

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Amazing. We were pampered on our anniversary. You must have the homemade poptart. Easily a dessert for two. We will definitly come again.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service was low - the service seem to be doing you a favor to assist you. Not an open fun experience. Food was good and location was clean

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Met with three out of town friends, one of whom had never been here before. Everybody enjoyed their choice - three different salads (peach with chicken, fried chicken, and taco), crab cake Benedict, and veggie omelette (my selection, which I'd order again in a heartbeat - yummy!).

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2017

First of all, I am totally mystified as to how this place ever received 4/5 ratings.
The service was poor, server had trouble answering questions about the wine or the food preparation. She kept having to go find someone who knew something. Our dinner came out about 3 minutes after we got our appetizers. The food itself was awful. We ordered the "crab cakes on cakes", it was tasteless, the crab meat was mushy, there was supposed to be a hollandaise sauce, couldn't find any. The 2 stalks of asparagus were overcooked.
Considering the quality of everything, the prices were ridiculous.
Also, the dinnerware that the food was served on was cracked and stained, looked like it came from some yard sale.
I certainly will not be returning any time soon!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Best place for comfort food bar none. If you feel like getting breakfast for dinner, go here. If you feel like getting huge portions for lunch or dinner, go here. I've never left hungry. My wife loves the Dinner Flatbread (get it with lump crab) and I bounce between steak & eggs, cinnamon roll french toast and one of their HUGE sandwiches.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food was delicious, but our appetizer came out with our meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Fantastic food in annapolis -
Great comfort food!
Right in the heart of the historic
District!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food was a bit average. Ordered a salad and it was drowned in salad dressing which is a huge pet peeve. Ordered pimento cheese appetizer and it was just okay. We didn't finish it. The burger was flavorful but I ordered it medium rare and it was cooked too long. Too dry. Highlight of the meal was the chicken tenders - delicious. Overall, go with friends if you want some good apps and a drink. Don't go expecting to be wowed.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

I was very pleased with the service and food. Took my goddaughter, her sister and brother for
get together and celebrate her birthday. It was a wonderful day! Having it hard to walk they reserved a table that was easy for me to get to. Good service. I will come back again!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We come back again and again because we love the food (I'm up for any place that has breakfast all day!), the staff, the location. We love to hang out in Annapolis and Iron Rooster is our Number 1 restaurant. The staff is so friendly and even seem to recognize us now. We'll be back soon.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 10, 2017

You must make a reservation. Parking on the street is by meter but there is a public lot off the main drag. The servers were very helpful and easy to talk to. Didnt rush us our the door.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The food is delicious, great menu choices and the environment is fun. We had breakfast there.
Highly recommend it!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 6, 2017

food was good. the waitress was good. enjoyed! lots of options for lunch as well. I had only been for brunch. amazing pop tart

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Service was good,food was good. They are not flexible with subsitions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Went for a special birthday celebration, but not one staff member even mentioned it! Food was disappointing (even the pop tarts were kind of doughy), service was okay but not friendly. Probably the end of a long day for them. I wouldn't recommend IR for dinner, think I'll stick with breakfast from now on.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

NIce first time to Iron Rooster for family visiting in the DMV area

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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