Chesapeake's Downtown

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376 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Chesapeake’s Downtown derives much of its authentic Eastern Shore qualities from décor that features genuine nautical antiques and artifacts. Pairing this cozy, seaside ambiance with welcoming service and fresh ingredients has made it the perfect spot for creating memorable moments.

As part of the Copper Cellar Family of Restaurants, Chesapeake’s Downtown offers fresh seafood that’s sourced daily, local, handcrafted microbrews, an extensive wine list and prime-graded beef. Chesapeake’s Downtown is known for live Maine lobster, Maryland Crab cakes, a variety of fresh fish, and assorted oyster selection.

Chesapeake’s Downtown features a Sunday brunch and happy hour in the bar/lounge. Full menus — including gluten free options are available and can be enjoyed on our patio. Free onsite parking.

Whether you come for the food, the drinks, or the atmosphere, you’re in for an unforgettable experience at Chesapeake’s Downtown.
What 376 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Carl
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was very attentive yet not over so. Food was cooked perfectly,

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SteveS
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood in a comfortable environment. Some may say the decor is dated...but I appreciate going to a place that is familiar and not needing to "upgrade" to the latest trend. The emphasis is on the food...which is as it should be.

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StacieM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

If you eat here you MUST have the crab bisque soup!!! Ours had huge chunks of crab and the broth was silky and wonderful. I highly recommending that you overlook the outdated decor on the wall. Go there for the Food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Maybe our server was having a tough evening. This will not prevent us from returning. Scallops are wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were almost chocking on our food the waiter rushed us through everything. The appetizers were just about taken away before we were finished because the entrees were ready. He did a lot of suggestive selling showing us other patrons’ meals as he walked by our table to serve them. He was showing us their desserts too while we were still eating our meal. When we turned down dessert (meal not even done) he was ready with the bill and corked the wine we were still drinking. The food was good, we think. We really weren’t given the time to enjoy it despite absolutely no one waiting for a table.

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TedG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a trip thru Knoxville........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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YvetteC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic place for seafood! The lobster was perfect. Bacon wrapped scallops are a must!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Crab bisque was just ok. Seafood gumbo for 2 at our table. Way overfilled with okra, light on seafood

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stacy was amazing and food was some of the best seafood we have had this far from the ocean

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JeremyK
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Chesapeake's. This was a fantastic meal. The service was sift and attentive. The drinks were good. Everything about this experience was pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a reliable spot. Food and service were outstanding. Reasonably priced wine list too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

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vipKAR1
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Cheesy decor and mediocre food.

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BrandonJohnson
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Our waiter was so kind, and had great recommendations.

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viplkk1
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best service. Thank you Cherie for taking such good care of us. The food was amazing and we will definitely come back.

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MountainMoment
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Raw oysters were great. Crab bisque was good, blue crab cocktail was great, crab cakes were great. Fried seafood platter was OK. French fries were limp and greasy. Shrimp and fish were OK. Scollops were great. Bottom line, their fried foods were not the best while the other foods were quite nice.

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vipnyc25
Naples
47 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good meals as always. Crab dishes are a standout.

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vipderekc
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular as usual consistently great for 30+ years

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner on the patio.

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vipDavidS
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and our waitress was outstanding! I would definitely recommend the restaurant to anyone.

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BrantP
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous. Had the oysters and crab cake for appetizers, entrees were the lobster and the broiled seafood platter. Will definitely be back.

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vipnyc25
Naples
47 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service as always. Crab cakes are a must.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was very nice. Our server was amazing, I wish I could remember his name!! Food was pretty good. Not the best but definitely not the worst. I got lobster tails and there was something off about one of them but overall pretty good. My husband loved the in house beer.

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taylorT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family night! It was wonderful. Our Waitress Elys was amazing!

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RichB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood and service! Overall well worth it and and enjoyable experience.

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vipnyc25
Naples
47 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the crab imperial which is a great dish and buy for the price. Excellent restaurant. We will return often.

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vipGrillman
Detroit
51 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We've eaten here before, and returned for the consistency and great food. As part of the Copper Cellar family of restaurants, we find them all to offer great food, at a good price, with consistently good quality and service levels. On this occasion we stopped in for a quick snack at the bar after a day of touring the area. Had the Spiced Blue Crab Fingers and Seared Ahi Tuna appetizers, paired with a couple of Belvedere Vodka martini's, and walked away completely satisfied. To be noted, Chesapeake's regular menu offers a great selection of fish and seafood fare, uncommon in its extent of offerings.

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TracyP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing entrees and veggies! Loved the fried oysters, crab imperial, creamed spinach, neva potatoes, and onion rings! Barely room for dessert, but GLADLY made an exception for the scrumptious Delaware pie. Server was nice and attentive. A wine-less 2 for $90 option would be nice

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Great food. We had the absolute worst waitress. No drink refills, items left off the plate, told my husband his favorite beer wasn’t offered on tap and we had to ask her to check 3x. We will refuse to sit in her section next time. We’ve been going to Cheasapeakes since 1998 and this was our only bad experience.

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JonD
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fail to be impressed with the food here. Food is always above average and the atmosphere is perfect for a seafood restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

For spouses bday

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KathleenP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good meal, great service and really appreciate the Covid safety precautions!
Location is great. Decor is dated - would love to see an upgrade like your location near Turkey Creek!

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GaryT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is phenomenal. This is our choice for every special occasion dinner. It is a little pricey but it's well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Anniversary

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Anniversary
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Restaurant, Excellent Service, Overall Great

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cold seafood tablet was fresh, generous, and will definitely be ordered again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we have had in Knoxville! Great service and great food!

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vipWhnjr
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good as always.

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vipnyc25
Naples
47 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good is beyond excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Best Seafood in Knoxville

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Chesapeake's Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 376 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.