Chesapeake's Downtown

4.7
400 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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RachelC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The raw Oysters from the James River were to die for! Soo fresh & tasty they did not even need any additives. Their smoked salmon from the cold platter was also AMAZING, so tender & perfect on the bread given with them. Would absolutely recommend to anyone who loves seafood!

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vipPat983
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Two thumbs up and five stars.
Chesapeake's Downtown is my go to place for taking my wife out for an authentic seafood restaurant experience. My wife had the broiled seafood platter which she said was excellent. Personally I don't eat any seafood or fish so I opted for the rib eye steak which was outstanding. Our waiter Mike was appropriately attentive and helpful.
We will be back.

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vipTonyaW
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful seafood and service. Great atmosphere. Loved it.

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Carla
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made the reservation with a focus on the quality of the meal but our waiter made the experience a remarkable one. Thanks Angie C!!!

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johnf
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always. Our server was wonderful and attentive. Love the downtown location!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Great waiter, the food was just ok. Shrimp was chewy and overcooked, flavor was good. The ambiance felt old and cheap versus what I though the location would be. Not a high class place in my opinion.

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ChrisJ
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my wife for a night out. The atmosphere was awesome. Food was good, my wife was a little disappointed in the calamari, too much breading. Drinks were great. Main course of haddock should be tried! Loved the snickers cheesecake. We will be back.

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vipKWALSH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the broiled seafood platter and my husband got the lobster tails. All fantastic!

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MelAK05
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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JudithM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always dine at Chesapeake's on special occasions. Great restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, out of town guests, etc.
We usually go all out and have at least a $200.00 evening, but choosing our meal can also make it affordable when we have a hankering for good seafood.
Thank you so much for a lovely 15th anniversary dinner.

Sincerely,
Judy Myers

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and atmosphere

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vipGpruitt1
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!! Got the appetizer sampler. It was a lot of food(all wonderful) also tried Sole, filet steak and lobster all cooked to perfection. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MarisaS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our meal was great and Shannon was wonderfully attentive and gracious! It was an awesome experience thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sharee was our server and couldn’t have been nicer! Overall great experience, will definitely be back as the food was good too.

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Catalucciii
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My fiancé and I went to Chesapeake's Downtown for a date night. Our service was excellent. We ordered some of the specials and absolutely devoured our food! My haddock was perfectly flaky and my fiancé's salmon was wonderfully complimented by an herb butter sauce. I highly recommend the crab bisque and the gumbo as well.

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TinaM
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great! Loved the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great and the service was outstanding. My son does not get good seafood very often and he really enjoyed it.

CK
CajunKatherine
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time since restaurants have opened back up due to COVID, we've had a wonderful dining experience. our server Mike, was exceptional. In fact, he made the whole experience top shelf! The crabmeat stuffed mushrooms were excellent as were the oysters on the half shell. We both ordered filets cooked to perfection.

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice seafood selection prepared well. Chicken and steak also on the menu for land lovers

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Ben was very friendly and personable! My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate our 1 year anniversary, and really enjoyed ourselves - not to mention the food was incredible!

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KennyS
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben is a fantastic server!

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Derek
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent aside from one portion of cod that my girlfriend got with her seafood platter. It was very bland. Everything else tasted great - my third time at this chain and definitely one of my favorite restaurants. We will be back!

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Carl
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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SteveS
E. Tennessee
17 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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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

We have been here multiple times and have gotten oysters before. In the past on the menu the listed price was for a full dozen. This time we went off the listed price but it was actually for HALF a dozen. Not a dozen. Nowhere was this stated. They’ve changed the menu format it appears. And unlike every other restaurant when they list the price of oysters they sneakily list what appears to be a dozen oysters as only half a dozen. Most expensive oysters we have ever eaten! And they aren’t even very good. What a disappointment. The menu format is very deceiving. If we knew how much a dozen would cost we wouldn’t have ordered them. Posting this so no one else makes this costly mistake. Very disappointed. Menu is deceptive. The food isn’t very good either. Not a whole lot of flavor, especially the broiled platter. We are always disappointed after we eat here, but being one of the only seafood restaurants in the area we keep coming back. Never again. Mediocre at best and super expensive. There are much better restaurants in the area if you are going to spend this kind of money.

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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
14 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
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Cheesy decor and mediocre food.

BJ
BrandonJohnson
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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viplkk1
Tampa
19 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.

MM
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.

FAQs

Chesapeake's Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (865) 673-3433.

Chesapeake's Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 400 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.