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Bowley's on the Bay, Middle River, MD

Bowley's on the Bay

4.6
4.6
69 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Chesapeake Bay’s newest restaurant & dining location. Located waterfront in Bowleys Quarters, our new indoor restaurant, Bowleys On The Bay is sure to be your new dining destination. Located inside Long Beach Marina at 800 Chester Road in Bowleys Quarters Maryland, we are easily accessible by boat or by car. Our Summer resort style destination & beach dining is now complimented by our new indoor dining area.

We are not taking reservations at this time.

During the Summer months, walk our beach, grab a waterfront outdoor shaded table, sit under a swaying palm tree, enjoy amazing views & a cool Island vibe with our tropical soundtrack. During our off season, come grab an indoor bar stool, high top table or dining room chair & get cozy with an amazing menu selection.
We offer weekly specials, a Sunday Brunch & more.
Please check our Facebook daily & our website for updates on all the wonderful times you’ll share with us this coming year.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
    Sun 9:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 335-8613

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kelvin Flores

  • Neighborhood

    Bowleys Quarters

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 69 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Outdoor Dining

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Scenic View

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyable Mother’s Day dinner

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday party

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    If you are not white DO NOT go here to eat! First, they wanted to put us outside, then after being seated we had no service no water no drinks for over 20 mins.. food was cold and under cooked.. not to mention the fish and chips was more like 3 fish nuggets! Will never go back here! People who sat down after us got there food before us! And there were no other darker skin folks in the dinning area at all! It felt very racist! Horrible service and experience!!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nick the waiter was wonderful & very attentive, great with food & drink recommendations!! The view was amazing & overall a great dining experience!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual I had an amazing time, great food, great drinks and a beautiful atmosphere!!! Love it!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent customer service and ambience!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friend and I wanted to try the brunch and it really was fantastic! There were a lot of choices - not boring and not weird!! Everything tasted great and we plan on doing brunch once a month now!!

  8. G

    Grkmom

    Baltimore

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Dinner at 5 was perfect as we had a window seat in the bar area watching sun setting and the small aircraft flying low in landing approaches to Martin State Airport. We sat at the only table that wasn't bar height and so glad that this table was available. Sometimes sitting on high seats with our legs bent back to the stool foot rest is uncomfortable and leg circulation is restricted. Again we ordered the appetizer fried green tomatoes with crab meat and loved the lightly breaded fresh green tomatoes served on a bed of spring mixed greens and topped with generous lump crab. There was a drizzle of a light and tangy sauce that was perfection with a sprinkle of Old Bay spice. Our meals of salmon and another of filet mignon were delicious. The reason for 4 stars on food was my steak meal was cooled down and so was the salmon dish. However the dessert of warm caramel syrup over cake donut holes in a small cast iron skillet served with vanilla ice cream ended our meal on a 5 star overall review. Again management stopped by to check on us during our meal. This is a well run establishment and we highly recommend it!

  9. G

    Grkmom

    Baltimore

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Once again we were highly satisfied with the food, service, ambiance, and management. We dined with another couple who had not been at this establishment. They were so very impressed with everything even though they had some dietary restrictions. They were able to find dishes to fit their desired diet. The choices of seafood delighted them with plenty of healthy choices. Our waitress Lizbeth was always checking on us and was very pleasant. Even the management made several brief check ups on our satisfaction. We love this place and recommend going there. Thank you to the chef, management, and staff for a perfect dining experience!

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    Grkmom

    Baltimore

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The three of us had a light lunch of fresh mohito drinks and several appetizers shared. We ordered the fried green tomatoes, sesame shrimp, fish tacos, Roasted Brussel sprouts and then apple cider donut holes with ice cream. So surprised at how each appetizer was fresh and full of great flavors. Each one was presented beautifully with lovely light garnishes. The shrimp was butterflied open lightly breaded and fried with hints of black and white sesame seeds in the crispy batter. Our fish tacos were two nice sized soft shell tacos with lightly fried battered cod straps, crispy cabbage, and drizzled over with a sauce that had a slight kick of heat. Fried green tomatoes also breaded lightly and fried to perfection accompanied with fresh salad baby greens and feta with lumps of crabmeat. Brussel sprouts were served in a cast iron skillet with crispy outer leaves, warm steamy interiors and had a syrprizing taste similar to delicious buttered popcorn! 😋 yummy! Finally the beautiful dessert had about six or seven donut holes that were almost cake like in a warm cast iron skillet drizzled with caramel sauce and served with a large scoop of premium creamery ice cream. We left very happy with the service, food, ambiance and a desire to return once again. Our compliments to the management, serving staff, bartenders, and mist of all to the chef who prepared our unforgettable dishes!!!!

  11. D

    Dennis

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pleasantly surprised at the food quality for the price. My wife and I both got the filet mignon which was perfectly cooked. Very good serviceand nice atmosphere. I'll be back.

  12. B

    Baypuffin

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Very relaxed great dinner/lunch. Place was very empty due to early hour and snowy weather we really enjoyed the meal. Plan to return soon.

  13. NS

    NikkiS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Meal and service was outstanding! I can't rave enough about Bowley's on the Bay.

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    Phishmonger

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Third time here recently. Food and service great. Introducing friends to the venue. Hope to be back in the near future.

  15. CJ

    CindyJo

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Party of 4, and everyone enjoyed their food which included the roasted beet salad and short rib poutine specials, the blackened Mahi Mahi, fish and chips, fish tacos, fried green tomatoes, creme brulee, cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake. The food and drink specials were priced exceptionally well, and they have an extensive wine selection. We thoroughly enjoyed our newly engaged waitress (can't recall her name, but she was great)! The outside tent was down so we were able to enjoy the beautiful view at a high top bar side table. Can't wait to return in warmer weather to enjoy outside dining!

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    Grkmom

    Baltimore

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Dinner for us began at 5 p.m. as the only couple in the restaurant but by the time we finished our desserts the entire place was packed with people with every seat taken including the bar area. Yet we didn't realize it was so busy because the noise level was relatively low until we got up to leave, looked at the bar area as we walked out and also noticed the parking lot was full of vehicles at the doorway entrance. The food was very good but not spectacular. We had crab cake and gnocchi meals. The crab cake was a nice size but not huge. The gnocchi had crab, spinach, red peppers in a light cream sauce which I enjoyed but couldn't finish. Both of us shared an appetizer of fish tacos. They were the highlight of our meal and the best fish tacos we ever had; two nicely battered fried cod pieces each in a light soft taco round surrounded by crunchy shredded cabbage and drizzled with a zesty dressing that had a bit of a hot kick to it. We agreed to order two taco appetizers next time along with a soup and that would be our meals. Dessert was our favorite donut holes with ice cream and a flourless chocolate cake. They were presented beautifully, warm cinnamon sugared donut balls in a small cast iron skillet drizzled with caramel sauce and served with vanilla ice cream. The chocolate cake was more like a dense chocolate pie with a dollop of whipped cream, chocolate lace decoration form standing on top and drizzled with raspberry syrup and a few fresh raspberries! We liked our meals and will return to try other things on the menu. However, the favorite meal from the summer, seared scallops over pasta, was no longer on the menu. Hope they bring that winning meal back!

  17. G

    Grkmom

    Baltimore

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a couple of great meals of salmon and the other was pork chop. We ordered sides of slaw, spinach, mashed potatoes, and mushrooms. The salmon came with roasted cauliflower and spinach which was moist and tasty. The pork chop was tender and moist as well. I loved the coleslaw because it was crunchy, cut julienne style and had a light dressing. Then came dessert of cheesecake and spiced donut balls with a scoop of ice cream. Yum!!! Overall the meals were great.

  18. SQ

    StevieQ

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was nothing short of a 10/10. Unique food options + traditional options. Cooked to perfection, great presentation. Not cheap, but what's the old saying - you get what you pay for? Our server couldn't have been any more friendly, accommodating, and generally helpful and attentive. This was my first time here, and I can say without question I'll be returning.

  19. k

    keithc

    Baltimore

    90 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    This is a one and done restaurant, go for the atmosphere and not the food. The food is hit or miss with maryland crab soup that has almost no crab and charged a bowl for a cup portion, bland unseasoned steaks, vegetables and dry bread pudding after waiting 15-20 minutes to receive.

  20. MB

    MelissaB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great service. Good food.

  21. S

    Shadia

    Baltimore

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Mother’s Day Weekend. Wait staff seemed overwhelmed which was odd as there were many empty tables but I guess the large parties were stressful. We were a party of 2. Didn’t receive a drink menu, had to request things from other waiters...overall it wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t great. The steamed shrimp and Brussel sprouts were good. Bowley’s burger was a bit underwhelming. I’d return solely for the Brussel sprouts though.

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    cindic

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    A little disappointed this time. Waited 15 minutes for a waitress to come to our table. Was charged $24.00 for a crabcake sandwich which was the same price as the entree. I believe I was charged the wrong price. Crabcake was delicious.

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    mnelsona

    Baltimore

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took our mom's there for Mother's Day and it was an excellent time. Both the food and the service were spectacular. Coffee steak and pasta, turkey club, Pirate burger, cheesesteak, crabcake were all excellent. Would definitely go again!

  24. R

    Red002

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bowley's on the Bay is one of our favorite restaurants. Chef Kelvin never disappoints!! I tried the Mahi and was very impressed with the dish. Cooked to perfection. Audrey is relatively new to Bowleys and was a fantastic server. Very attentive and check on each time see walked by our table. I have never had a disappoint visit

  25. DL

    DonnaL

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love it here. The food, service and atmosphere are exceptional. The beach is gorgeous and well maintained. And I shears Greek “COVID safe”. Bravo!

  26. JJ

    JudyJ

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were there on a beautiful 80 degree day and the restaurant was busy. However, not only was the food good but the service was excellent. Our server was awesome, not intrusive but very attentive. I've been there several times and will be many more.

  27. L

    Larry

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice place to eat and have a good meal with a few drinks. Good service like the location.

  28. WS

    WilliamS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely delicious, great service, great people..........

  29. SF

    SilverFork

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first visit to this restaurant. We were pleased by the diverse menu, portion size and quality of the food. The server and food runner were extremely pleasant and attentive. We will be back!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is absolutely my favorite local spot. The new addition is immaculate and I've never had anything I didn't thoroughly enjoy. The staff is attentive and the managers are constantly making sure you're happy. 6/5 stars.

  31. G

    Grkmom

    Baltimore

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress, Bella, was very attentive and made sure we had everything we wanted. The place is very quaint on a cove with plenty of outdoor seating but make sure to reserve. Inside is tastefully decorated in nautical themed blues and white, driftwood, oars, but not in a way that is outdated. The food was outstanding. We had the corn and crab chowder, scallops on angel hair, rockfish bites, and banana bread pudding. Also tried the cheese burger and fries which was on a nice sesame bun with leaf lettuce and tomato. Very fresh tasting for a burger meal. The chips served prior to the meal were made in house using a root vegetable similar to potatoes but was so much better! We were very pleased with the entire experience.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always satisfied with our server Alex she is awesome. Kyle and John are awesome always make us feel like Family. Food is awesome!!!

  33. EF

    ElizabethF

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Totally fun! Great summer vibe on a sunny day in the middle of April. We’ll definitely be back. Can’t wait for summer. Oh and the portions were huge! We will adjust our ordering in the future :)

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience5

    The food was good but our server didn’t put in half of our order which was disappointing. She also wasn’t good with following up.

  35. AF

    ArnoldF

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, We eat there twice a week. Rain or shine, inside or outside is great.

  36. K

    Kdubswife

    Baltimore

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hidden Jewel of Essex. We were totally blown away by their service, facilities, views and oh my the food was so delicious. Cooked well served well and the prices are way reasonable for the amount of food. They are doing something special here.

  37. TF

    TruFeeback

    Baltimore

    79 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Outside - at the waters edge - on a blustery Saturday evening. Short on propane for heaters, short on staff for the Covid rush made for diners short on patience. Well constructed menu with broad offerings. Once the summer boating season is underway and kitchen renovations complete, we’ll return for a shot of redemption.

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    darylm

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Mark Allen was great !!!!! Fun time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. TD

    TowsonDiner

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service and very good food. Nice vibe and friendly atmosphere. Will go again.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Donna our server stated she had been the morning bar tender and they got so busy she stayed. Mind you it was about 8pm and she was still in the best mood ever. They were pretty busy but I did notice the manager walking around greeting different parties in the restaurant. The food was beyond amazing and I will definitely be returning for another dinner with my family. 10 out of 10!

FAQs

Bowley's on the Bay offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 335-8613.

Bowley's on the Bay is rated 4.6 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Bowley's on the Bay

800 Chester Rd Middle River, MD 21220-4322

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bowleys Quarters

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
    Sun 9:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kelvin Flores

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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