Captain James Landing

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$30 and under
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Seafood
A Baltimore landmark since 1978, Captain James Landing Restaurant has earned the name "most unique eatery" in Baltimore City. For starters we are the only restaurant shaped like a merchant vessel. Five brothers created a restaurant in the 70"s with the goal of providing quality service to the citizens of Baltimore, Maryland as well as the thousands of tourist that visit our Monumental City. Our Waterfront Crab House (located adjacent of our restaurant) was awarded in 2012 "#1 Best Crabs in Baltimore" by Baltimore Magazine. Our Crab House is the one spot in the city where you can eat steamed crabs with a true waterfront seating. Water Taxi Stop #14 brings you right to our waterfront location.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had dinner here on a busy Saturday night at 8 pm. Service was a little slow due to the large tables adjacent to ours. We ordered oysters and were very disappointed when our server returned and said they had ran out of them. Otherwise our meals came out hot and tasty. Bar service was slow.

EG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Came here due to Groupon and recommendation from a friend. Waitress had a difficult time keeping our orders straight without writing them down, getting the side dishes wrong multiple times. The creamy crab soup was nice if not too creamy. The raw oysters served on ice were delicious but the meat was room temperature which was disconcerting. The broiled seafood platter was ok, delicious crab claws, oysters and crab cakes were good, the salmon was dry, shrimp and scallop were perfectly cooked but had no flavor. The rockfish was nice. Did not get dessert. Bill was higher than expected, turns out gratuity was included. Would consider coming back under certain circumstances, but I expected higher quality food for the prices.

DJ
E. Tennessee
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service!! Highly recommend!!

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood

c
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cakes were great the server was very attentive and we had a good time.

JC
Baltimore
60 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This establishment is a very popular neighborhood find known for the delicious seafood they sell and generous plate fixings and it continues to live up to the high bar that has been set.

KL
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

There crab cakes have a lot of filler and they put red peppers in them. It was just not my cup of tea. There service was amazing. I will return and try something different.

S
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Dined at Captain James for my birthday along with my mother. Restaurant week menu was pretty good. Although it was my birthday my mom seemed to enjoy her meal way more than me. She had the lamb, seafood chowder,lobster tail, and crem brûlée. My salmon was nicely cooked and the squid on top was okay. I didn’t particularly enjoy the seaweed and the shrimp Croquet had more rice than shrimp. I would give this restaurant another try in the future.

WB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had date night, great service and food, we will return

OT
Baltimore
65 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Casual lunch with two friends. Excellent service and tasty lunch selections. One of my favorite local breakfast and lunch stops. Good quality plus free parking across the street is added bonus.

N
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great, we had a Groupon but the place has so many menu items on special
So we could not use the Groupon with the special
But the regular menu items were over priced

TB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

At least my 6th dining experience and they never disappoint! Food was amazingly delicious, service was timely, and clean environment. I had 2 of my closest friends dine with me tonight for their first time at Captain James. They were very pleased with my choice of restaurants!

JF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing...every little bit of it.

S
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. 6 of us to celebrate mother’s birthday. Great service and food at reasonable price. Thanks.

JF
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Best service we have had anywhere in a very long time!

DS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening!

The food was amazing and plentiful. The waitstaff was friendly, attentive and added to the overall enjoyment of the dinner.

Will make this a return visit for certain.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food is always good.

k
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!! Great service!!!

DS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stuffed shrimp was excellent! Used a Groupon - price was great w Groupon. Also had cod fish which was very good. Great Baltimore restaurant!

BB
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We (5 top) arrived Sunday night 15" late for the reservation but were seated promptly. The fact that this downtown restaurant has an ample sized parking lot is a godsend, especially when arriving late. The restaurant was packed and noisy. Everyone loved their food, especially the Stuffed Chicken Imperial (warm and cheesy and crab filled chicken cutlet) and Crab Cakes. Plenty of warm rolls and soft butter (mmmm). The seafood stew was a bit spicy for 1 person's taste but that is a issue of personal preferences. A minor problem that I have a pet peeve about is the size of the water glasses. They were about 6 to 8 oz. and the servers had to constantly come over to refill people's glasses. It became a distraction. A simple remedy would be to use larger goblets. I believe that the server's would also appreciate it. Please be aware that the gratuity (in our case) was already incorporated in the bill.
Would definitely recommend the restaurant based on the food alone.

N
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure! Food, service atmosphere 5stars

BR
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My team thoroughly enjoyed our holiday outing! Very accommodating and our server was pleasant.

RM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome staff and food! Have had Christmas lunch for staff at our office there for years. They make it such a great event.

D
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The New Orleans style mussels were so good ... I hope no one saw me licking the plate! The calamari was fresh! I had no room for a main course after the appetizers, but that's ok. They were delicious (including the Brussels sprouts).

s
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was friendly and prompt. Menu options were many and they were flexible with the side dishes. Food was very good; I had a crab cake with lots of lump meat in it. MDW had scallops which were also quite good. Drink prices were also reasonable.

DP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Reasonably priced with a Groupon. Otherwise, not sure I would go. Oyster shots were good. Crab cakes were just okay. Better options in Baltimore.

TM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit for out of town folks looking for a nice place with great food.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellence service from our waitstaff Danielle

f
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience3

When we arrived we were 10 minutes late.
We were told the kitchen was closed, then under protest we were seated, and rushed through dinner by the waiter . We will not return....If the restaurant is closing at the time of your resevation, it seems odd not to mention that an 8pm closing for a restaurant with a sign outside that says 1am closing is odd. Granted it was a holiday. I was asked to re-confirm the reservation and at no time was an early closing ever brought up.

C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place was such a treat for a Thanksgiving dinner. The menu is pretty extensive but I walked in knowing what I wanted - considering the build up to going. Our waiter, Greg, was super personable and took great care of us. The portions were big and even though I came with an empty stomach (and did not order an appetizer), I still had food to take home with me.

So the good part, the food. I ordered the Crab Mac & Cheese and brussel sprouts. Neither disappointed. That Mac & Cheese tasted like grandma made it. It lived up to my expectations and was so delicious. I'd make the trip back up to Baltimore if the M&C mood struck. My wife got the escargot and baked sweet potato. I don't really have much to comment on for her because she really wasn't feeling well so..we'll consider it good. My mom had a crab cake, broccoli, mashed potatoes, and brussel sprouts as well. The crab cake was ginormous and looked very appetizing. As a crab cake aficionado, she had no complaints and spoke very highly of it.

All in all, great experience. I didn't dig too deep into these reviews because often times, I feel like people get on yelp to complain about restaurants instead of dealing with the issue at the restaurant. As a former server, I can say that talking to a manager goes a long way. If you're unhappy with something, don't get on Yelp and bash the place without speaking to someone in charge. I don't understand why people do that, but I digress.

When the weather is warm again, I'd love to come back and try the crab house side. My only complaint was my margarita... Next time I would grab a beer instead. It tasted like a midori sour with habenero tequila. I drank it but do not recommend.

TG
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very responsive to our needs. Food was served fast. Food was very good. It was hot, good flavor and very presentable. We will dine here again. Prices are very good. You will not be disappointed.

JK
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, its nothing more to say. The food is always good, customer service is always excellent. The food quantity is great for the price.

SH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was beautiful and delicious. Our waitress made sure everything was as it should be.

D
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We walked here from Fells Point - easy to find, neat concept. Away from the noisy tourist joints. We were greeted warmly, seated immediately, and drink order taken promptly. Oysters Rockefeller was well prepared and tasty. Main courses were large and also well prepared. Nice ambiance, not too noisy, casual atmosphere. Prices were very reasonable, particularly the specials. If we get Back to Baltimore, we'll certainly dine here again.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

クラブケーキが美味しかったです。

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, servers were great!

R
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another great experience at Captain James. Food was very good, as was the service.

RG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner w my wife.
Would go again

JR
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wait staff. Beautiful location. Great atmosphere. Fantastic food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service, food was good and reasonably priced. A bit noisy

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