O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Grillfish

3.9
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$30 and under
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Seafood
O’Brien’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Tavern is an Annapolis institution. We take pride in offering honest local Chesapeake cuisine in a comfortable setting. Our bar is legendary and well known in the boating and Naval Academy community. Our full menu is available until 10pm and we offer a late pub menu till closing. Check our calendar for after dinner music and entertainment.
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
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4.0
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3.8
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3.8
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

First time there. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very understaffed. Dirty tables every where. Multiple tables walked out because of lack of service. My wife got bottomless mamosa’s. It was like pulling teeth to get our waiters attention so she could order one. They sat a large party of frat boys next to my wife and baby and I. Their language was extremely vulgar and they were very loud. Very poorly ran restaurant. My steak was dry and over cooked but my wife’s omelet was great.

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Kodemeister7
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The appetizers arrived after the main courses. The only flavors detected on the dishes were salt and butter. The back patio did not have any lights so you could not see what you were eating. Enough said.

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vipMoxieone
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very poor service for brunch last Sunday with my husband.
Food was just ok. Sat outside as inside music was obnoxiously loud for day time dining at least. Took over an hour to get a simple Mimosa or iced tea. Raw Oyster dejection was good. Not sure we will try this place again due to the slow service.

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KeysTarpon
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sunday brunch 8/23/20. Excellent food! Ordered Eggs Benedict, Ruben Eggs Benedict & ham/cheese omelette. We definitely will go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service. Every dish we ordered was delicious-super shrimp! Cocktails were spot on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful night outside in Annapolis!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were fantastic. We sat outside and had 1/2 pound of shrimp. The shrimp were HUGE! Even people walking past made comments about how big and how good they looked. Our waitress was top notch, consistently checked on us to make sure we had everything we needed. Will definitely come back here.

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CosMom
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good, but service was less than desirable.

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MARCIJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

My husband and I opted to make a reservation for 5pm although we were able to get seated outside right away regardless of making one. I ordered a half dozen Skipjack oysters. Next time I'll try the Prime - I prefer a little more salinity. I also ordered the Seared Tuna app as my main entree. It came out WAY overcooked for tuna. I like mine rare - really how it should be served. It was still good, and the Asian noodles had nice flavor. My husband ordered shrimp appetizer - they were HUGE! He also got the Mac N Cheese with crab which was very good and decently priced. There seemed to be plenty of seating outside which was nice, we enjoyed live music from across the street. The prices were very reasonable. I would try the tuna again, maybe the cook was overwhelmed on a Saturday night.

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JK1960
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to O'Brien's. It was an excellent experience all the way around. We will certainly be back! The oysters were outstanding!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service and food were both subpar. Our server messed up our orders and our checks, and then said he didn’t want to fix them because it would be too much work for him. Portions were small and food was forgettable. I got the crab legs and for the money spent, I got a very small portion. The portions of the pasta were great though! I’d recommend the seafood Cajun penne. Oysters were decent as well. Come here if you want to eat without a wait or if you’re in the mood for oysters but I’d skip otherwise. Probably will not be returning, mainly due to the poor service.

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vipJulie
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my birthday and it was perfect. The crab cakes were the best I've ever had! The service from Jordan was impeccable. She was so sweet with my toddler daughter and nephew. We felt very safe with Covid. They took every precaution.

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LaytonC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good service. My Daughter enjoyed her Stuffed Rockfish A+, and the Oysters were excellent(A+). Crabcake was a B. Draft Beer was an A, and the overall atmosphere was a B+.

The service was an A, as the Waitress made frequent visits to make sure we were taken care of.

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Diner102715
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was the perfect place for a family meal celebration. Very family friendly and the food was great.

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LisaS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The raw oysters were tasty and cold. The crab cake -- a Maryland specialty -- was very crabby, but bland. The waitress specifically recommended the fries as a side, so we thought we'd get something special. But they were standard, salty, previously frozen restaurant fries -- nothing to write home about. But the roasted brussels sprouts were really good. Bottom line: They're surrounded by restaurants with better food, ambience, and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food etc was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was excellent!

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BRENDIN
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Nice and quiet ambiance.

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kimM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We were seated at almost 9pm. Our waitress was very nice and did a good job. The ambiance quickly went downhill when the pounding music from the bar started.
Wish we had earlier reservations for dinner.

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vipSeabass
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great time for all! Went to a game at Navy stadium and stopped in after. Very fun place, good service and the food was perfect, especially the oysters, and the beer selection was awesome. Delizioso!! -and I'm not even Italian. If you're looking for a nice relaxing pub in the heart of Annapolis, this is the place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Christmas Day. Despite being shorthand, both the service and food was great.

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MikeH
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food options and friendly service. We had a great dinner there on Christmas.

MJ
MaryJaneO
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went to O'Brien's for Christmas dinner. The food was good but the service was very slow. There weren't enough servers plus it didn't seem like they were assigned areas of the restaurant; the servers had tables all over the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable service and the waitstaff was so great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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joanneb
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We have had many nice dinners here in the past. This last visit was awful. Four of five meals came out. Tho one meal for our pregnant daughter did not. We had to flag down our waitress to ask about it. She finally came back and said it never got submitted to the kitchen. All of our meals were finished before a random person brought out my daughters food. The waitress finally came back and said the meal wld be comped. A manager came and said the same thing- and that the kitchen was busy. Our waitress was not very attentive. And we had less than a pleasant family meal. Very disappointing...

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MarkW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were extremely happy with where our large group was seated, the service was great and the food was very good. Our table was upstairs and our poor waitress had to run up and down the stairs to wait on us. She did a great job and was very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Sooooo loud but we were able to move to a table in the back and it got a tiny bit quieter. We ate at 4:30 so It wasn’t even prime time but regardless food was good!

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JimB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Haven’t been to O’Brien’s in quite a while. What a pleasant surprise. We will be going back on a regular basis.

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vipNancyM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We would recommend O'Brien's but only if you eat in the bar area. We came to the restaurant in the afternoon to watch football and had a great time. Food and service were great so we came back for dinner. Big mistake. The food was mediocre (other than the awesome cream of crab soup) and the service was lacking. We'll be back but NOT for dinner.

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Tennisfan1
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Travel to Annapolis for the weekend. Disappointed with dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for dinner the night before Thanksgiving!

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JanetU
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

For those who ordered the raw orders, crab cake, they were not disappointed. The other meals were not very good, some inedible, but most too polite to send back. Wait staff was excellent, very accommodating, noise level from giant tv screen in back room got very loud, but staff was accommodating in turning down until we left.

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StevenJ
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Angry clams were way over sized more like chowder clams, which made him very tough.

Rockfish dinner with the shrimp sauce on top was horrible

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time at my birthday party! They gave us a great space and they were very accommodating with the festivities. Really good food, loved the crab dip and really enjoyed the salmon for dinner.

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golfer
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location for downtown Annapolis. Broad seafood menu. Our meal completely met our expectations at reasonable prices.

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NancyT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It is more of a bar than restaurant. Food was just O.K.

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MamaWelsh
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was decent, ambiance just a big room, a little loud. No major complaints, but nothing exceptional either. Service was great and accommodating.

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kp703
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to O'Brien's on a Saturday evening. The restaurant has a perfect location right in the heart of Annapolis. The server was very polite and prompt. I had a dozen mussels and the fish tacos. Both were very good. Only downside was that we were seated in one of the back rooms where there was little atmosphere and only three other tables occupied. It was quiet but we were looking for a more lively night out. Would definitely go back but next time, we will grab a seat at the bar or wait for a table outside.

FAQs

O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Grillfish offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 268-6288.

O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Grillfish is rated 3.9 stars by 46 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.