The Best Seafood Restaurants in Baltimore

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 Lists. 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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Citron, Gunther & Co., Loch Bar - Baltimore
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Towson, Canton, Harbor East
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Citron

$$$$·American·
Towson
1,605 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 serves as an inspirat...

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Best Ambiance in Baltimore Suburbs

Gunther & Co.

$$$$·American·
Canton
2,037 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 business lunch, Gunther & C...

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Best Ambiance in Baltimore

Loch Bar - Baltimore

$$$$·Seafood·
Harbor East
870 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

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 and enforces a dress c...

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Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland

Ampersea Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Harbor Point
862 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

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 through restaurant-sup...

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Outdoor Dining in Baltimore

Gertrude's - Baltimore

$$$$·American·
Charles Village
6,256 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion

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 food and consistentl...

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Great for Brunch in Baltimore

Michael's Cafe

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Timonium
1,965 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual

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 ceilings, communal tables). ...

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Neighborhood Gem in Baltimore Suburbs

Bluestone

$$$$·Seafood·
Timonium
5,385 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 large, but meat eaters an...

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Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland

Costas Inn

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
268 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly

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 boisterous atmosphere and ...

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Oceanaire Seafood Room - Baltimore

$$$$·Seafood·
Inner Harbor
3,801 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 night out. While the ...

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Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland

Barrett's Grill

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hunt Valley
2,754 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

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 the perfect accompan...

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Great for Lunch in Baltimore Suburbs

Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·American·
Ellicott City
613 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 calamari, it also su...

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American in Baltimore Suburbs

The Capital Grille - Baltimore

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,387 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

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 wood, and white tablecl...

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Best Service in Baltimore / Maryland

Captain James Landing

$$$$·Seafood·
Fells Point
1,391 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups

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 deck dining and port...

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Seafood in Baltimore
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