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The Best Seafood Restaurants in Baltimore

The OpenTable Team

People flock to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor not just to visit the Maryland Science Center and The National Aquarium, but also to sample the incredible seafood that Baltimore is famous for. While it’s true that there are plenty of seafood-focused restaurants near the Harbor, Baltimore offers a plethora of such eateries throughout its neighborhoods, from Canton to Oldtown and Westport to Bolton Hill. So just where do residents and diners in the know go for seafood? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve studied the data from thousands of restaurants to help diners eat at the favorite places of OpenTable’s most prolific and demanding foodies. Sample some of the freshest softshell crabs and oysters from the nearby Chesapeake Bay or break open a lobster flown in from Maine—whatever ocean treats diners crave, they’ll find them when they book a meal at one of these restaurants serving the best seafood in Baltimore.

Restaurants:Citron, City Cafe - Baltimore, Gunther & Co.
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Towson, Mt. Vernon, Canton
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Citron

$$$$·American·
Towson
861 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Bar Seating
Citron sits in the northwest corner of greater Baltimore, overlooking Quarry Lake. In nice weather, diners can sit on the lakeside patio or terrace (open year-round)—the location sRead more
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Baltimore / Maryland

City Cafe - Baltimore

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon
2,423 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
City Café looks like an arty, modern take on a classic diner, and its menu carries that vibe through its many appetizers, salads, entrees, pasta, and sandwiches. More than half of Read more
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in Baltimore

Gunther & Co.

$$$$·American·
Canton
1,417 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
This converted brick brewery on Brewer’s Hill houses a spacious restaurant with open kitchen and a fresh, local take on classic American fare. Perfect for a date night or a businesRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Baltimore / Maryland

Loch Bar - Baltimore

$$$$·Seafood·
Harbor East
507 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Loch Bar, on the ground floor of the Four Seasons hotel, occupies prime real estate on the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This raw bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating anRead more
91% recommended
Hot Spot in Baltimore / Maryland

Ampersea Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Harbor Point
201 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Modern in both décor and attitude, Ampersea combines the ethos of locally sourced food with the spirit of community-building. Produce served here is often grown by urban farmers thRead more
84% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Baltimore / Maryland

Gertrude's - Baltimore

$$$$·American·
Charles Village
5,641 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
Gertrude’s, in the Baltimore Museum of Art, has served as a bastion of local, farm-fresh Chesapeake Bay cuisine for more than two decades. Diners here rave about consistently good Read more
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in Baltimore / Maryland

Aldo's - Baltimore

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy
2,180 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Aldo’s isn’t just one of the best places for Italian food—it also serves some of the best seafood in Baltimore. The elegant two-level dining room gives a hint of the meal to come, Read more
95% recommended
Romantic in Baltimore / Maryland

Mama's on the Half Shell

$$$$·Seafood·
Canton
241 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Worth the Drive
This popular Canton pub offers cozy seating both indoors and outside. While the tavern-style eatery’s atmosphere might fool diners into expecting a menu full of hearty burgers and Read more
93% recommended
Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland

Michael's Cafe

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Timonium
1,580 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Depending upon where diners sit, Michael’s Café has the vibe of a chummy men’s club (think dark wood, leather accents) or casual gathering place (industrial lighting, high ceilingsRead more
96% recommended

Bluestone

$$$$·Seafood·
Timonium
4,594 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Although not an intimate dining experience, Bluestone more than makes up for its restaurant chain vibe with good service and good food. Neither the lunch nor dinner menus are largeRead more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Baltimore / Maryland

Roy's Baltimore

$$$$·Seafood·
Harbor East
2,164 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Like other Roy Yamaguchi locations, Roy’s in Baltimore offers upscale dining with a decidedly Hawaiian twist. It’s still some of the best seafood in Baltimore, but the emphasis is Read more
87% recommended

Basta Pasta - Timonium

$$$$·Italian·
Timonium
877 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Basta Pasta in Timonium is the second of the chain’s three Maryland locations, all offering Italian pasta and seafood meals. Slightly reminiscent on the inside of a Greek taverna, Read more
93% recommended

Costas Inn

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
264 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
Costas has been serving the freshest crabs, flown in daily, for nearly 50 years. It’s the perfect place for casual get-togethers both large and small, with a noisy, slightly boisteRead more
94% recommended
Good for Groups in Baltimore / Maryland
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Oceanaire Seafood Room - Baltimore

$$$$·Seafood·
Inner Harbor
3,429 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
For fine dining right near Baltimore’s Waterfront Promenade, check out the Oceanaire Seafood Room. White tablecloth service and artfully presented meals are perfect for a special nRead more
91% recommended
Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland

Barrett's Grill

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hunt Valley
2,205 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This contemporary restaurant sits in a shopping mall north of Baltimore, offering lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends. Live jazz on Tuesdays and Thursdays is Read more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Baltimore Suburbs

Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·American·
Ellicott City
261 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar in Ellicott City is a casual eatery with a low-key, rustic vibe. While the menu features seafood stalwarts like the ubiquitous crab dip, shrimp & grits, and Read more
88% recommended
American in Baltimore Suburbs

The Capital Grille - Baltimore

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,928 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
No two Capital Grille locations are the same architecturally, but the restaurants in this extensive national chain share a clubby steakhouse atmosphere with lots of leather and wooRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Baltimore / Maryland

Captain James Landing

$$$$·Seafood·
Fells Point
1,158 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
The exterior of Captain James Landing tells diners they’re in for some of the best seafood in Baltimore. That’s because Captain James looks like an ocean-going ship, complete with Read more
90% recommended
Seafood in Baltimore

The Grill at Harryman House

$$$$·American·
Reisterstown
1,247 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
In Baltimore’s northwest suburbs, the Grill at Harryman House serves modern American cuisine in a slightly eclectic, casual setting (muted lime green walls, exposed brick, zebra-stRead more
95% recommended
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Minnow - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Seafood·
Federal Hill
497 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
Follow the school of fish on Minnow’s exterior into its utilitarian interior and discover a relatively new favorite on the Baltimore restaurant scene. Minnow serves dishes inspiredRead more
94% recommended
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