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O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern, Annapolis, MD

O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern

4.3
4.3
389 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri–Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Fri–Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (410) 268-6288
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Available upon request. Catering Menu
  • Private party facilities
    Welcome to O'Brien's Private Dining/Events. Please explore our private event spaces and catering perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Our Private Event Coordinator: (410) 268-6288
  • Neighborhood
    Annapolis
  • Cross street
    Main Street Annapolis and the Waterfront
  • Parking details
    400 parking space public lot within a block of the restaurant. Free street parking after 7pm.
  • Public transit
    Free bus service 10am to 10pm everyday rotates from the Waterfront (Market Square) up Main Street to all remote parking lots and West Street.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 389 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greater Annapolis

    Good for business meals

  • Greater Annapolis

    Good for groups

  • Greater Annapolis

    Neighborhood gem

389 Reviews
  1. JaneR

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for restaurant week. They were out of one of the 2 choices of dessert & did not offer a replacement. Since we did not care for the only option, the meal was overpriced for what it was. The cup of cream of crab soup was a bit too salty for my taste, but the crab cake was good & the Brussel sprouts were wonderful.

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  2. CathyM

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Awful place from the moment we walked in. We enter, I say "I have a reservation through OpenTable, party of 2." A very rude hostess tells me I didn't have a reservation, that "she just got here," and they didn't have any tables to accommodate 2 diners, only for parties of 4-6 or more. After whispering at the hostess stand with another employee and giving us dirty looks, she magically discovers a wobbly table in the bar and seated us at it while rolling her eyes. Mediocre food: cream of crab soup was watery with hardly any crab, and while it had a decent flavor, I had to put 2 packages of crackers in it so it didn't feel like drinking a bowl of heavy cream; filet was cooked correctly but not seasoned and overall very blah; the mashed potatoes tasted instant and the gravy that came with them tasted like it came out of a jar; creme brulee had no crunchy glaze; we've had better cheesecake from a supermarket. We ordered cocktails from the bar, and if you don't know how to make a good bourbon cocktail, just say you're a terrible bartender and try and recommend something else. Server was polite, but not attentive. Of course we still tipped 20% because the server isn't responsible for the rude hostess, poorly made cocktails, and awful food. Couldn't wait to pay our check and leave. Around 30 min after we left and 90 min after the initial reservation time, the same rude hostess calls me, doesn't say "hello, may I speak with...?" just says "This is Obrien's, are you coming in for your reservation or not?" I was appalled at her rudeness and firmly responded, "are you kidding me? we already ate and left!" and hung up on her. With so many better options in Downtown Annapolis, save your time and money.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. The blackened grouper was very tasty. Perfectly seasoned. Marketa our wait staff was excellent. She gave us the suggestion to combine the Maryland crab and cream of crab soups which was a superb taste.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and service was ok. Oysters were awesome.

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  5. TwilaM

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. The crab cake was AMAZING!! Will definitely be back!!

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  6. KeithW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We looked up a place to dine for New Year's Eve and came across O'Brien's. The reviews looked good and the menu had good choices. After venturing there, I would recommend for sure! The food was very good, better than expected. Service was good as well. It did start to get crowded by the time we were finishing (around 10pm), but most were heading to the bar - so much so that there was a small line out the door to get in! We will definitely go back for the food, good choice if you're considering.

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  7. James

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice dinner. It met all expectations. Thank you.

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  8. LeslieH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Very disappointing. Mediocre food; overpriced; atomosphere so-so. Would not recommend. Standard, mediocre. Lukewarm soup; not well made; overpriced salads.

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  9. SarahJ

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Somewhat slow service. Took an extended period of time to get server to a settle check due to Large parties being sat in his section.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Worst Night of My Entire Life Where do I even start? I went here recently for dinner and drinks with my family and we are all over the age of 21. We showed them our IDs and they accused my 27 year old sister of using a fake ID and refused to serve us. When we tried to explain that our IDs are real, they proceeded to kick us out of the restaurant. Even customers nearby told us the situation was absolutely bizarre and out of control. The bartenders were the rudest people I’ve ever met. This experience ruined my entire night and we left without eating dinner. DO NOT GIVE THIS ESTABLISHMENT A SINGLE CENT! I’ve never seen anything like this. Ever.

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  11. anthony

    Philadelphia

    294 reviews

    5.0

    294 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went here for a casual dinner with family on our first night in Annapolis for the Military bowl. Perfect spot. Good upscale bar. Food and drinks were good. Service was attentive.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were visiting from out of town and happy we made reservations at OBriens! Our table was ready on time, the service and food were great - and we got to watch the Eagles game as requested. Fun lively atmosphere was just what we were looking for. Can’t wait to go back!

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  13. TammyS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We made a last minute reservation on Christmas Day and what a great place for a Christmas Dinner! Thank you for being open!

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  14. DavidG

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Christmas Day dinner at one of the few restaurants that were open. The crab cakes were delicious, as was the crème brûlée. The service was not the best, but it looked to be understaffed and harried. Who wants to be forced to work on Christmas? The busser/table setter appeared to do his best to noisily clear and set the tables. The bar noise made quiet conversation difficult. But, overall we had a good meal and everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves. We will be back soon.

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  15. LivLetLiv

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed our Christmas Day lunch at O'Brien's. We were delighted to know that they were open. It is a great bar and grill, very diverse menu.

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  16. CindyB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent, and everyonhe really enjoyed thier meals. I thought it was a little pricey for our selections, but everything is more expensive now

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  17. BrianF

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked on a Saturday night. Everyplace else in Annapolis had no availability so we were a little concerned they had availability. But turns out it was very nice. Place was crowded, has a nice large bar area and plenty of quiet tables. We sat near the bar so a little louder that other areas. Our server was friendly and attentive. Our food came out quickly. Portion sizes were large and we had a great evening.

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  18. JonathanC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food and friendly service. We'll certainly be back.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy night, the 2nd Thursday is Midnight Madness pre-Christmas. We took the 2-top next to the bar and window so was very loud at times … but the dinning room in the back would have been quieter. For enduring the loud volume we got to watch Annapolis walk by the window. FINALLY A CHEF WHO KNOWS HOW TO MAKE REAL FISH & CHIPS!!! I’ve been in a search in Annapolis for REAL Fish $ Chips. I’ve always been disappointed until now. The new chef at O’Brians NAILED IT! They were perfect. The only thing missing was being wrapped in butcher paper … but they were PERFECT .. the best I’ve had outside of England.

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  20. JohnA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Historic bar & building with excellent top floor dining space

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  21. AnnieG

    Philadelphia

    66 reviews

    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Busy night with the Army/Navy game on and the Eastport Yacht Club parade about to start. Surprisingly, the service and food were very prompt, all accurate. Chris, our server, was excellent! Friendly and just the right amount of checking in on us.

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  22. PickyEater

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stopped in for a Monday lunch, reportedly a quieter time than is typical (which was good for us). Each of us had the cream of crab soup and found it delicious. One of our party had a crab cake sandwich, which contained one of the thickest, crabbiest, free-of-bread-filler crab cake we've ever seen. The other two had the penne with vodka crab sauce, and found it not only delicious, but so generous that we took more than half of it home as leftovers. French fries served with the crab cake sandwich were also very good. Service was polite and efficient.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We had reservations but the ignited and put us at the bar anyway. When they were seating other without reservation at tables. It was very loud The server was wonderful. Hostess was clueless

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  24. DonaldC

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food. Best crab cake sandwich in Maryland!

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  25. JasonC

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great. She was very attentive and pleasant.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Lackluster dining experience. Enjoyed a warm Saturday night sitting out on Annapolis Main Street, but the table and area was dirty and cramped. Service was slow, but friendly. We had ordered and started to eat when told they were closing early for a bar party. Dinner was cut short for the party. Food was ok, definitely not worthy of recommending. Will try another restaurant next time.

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  27. NDG0

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and service were really good. We sat on a side that had no tablecloths. But the other side did. That was very strange. Our lilo and stitch clad server was amazing, she was awesome.

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  28. Howard

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    When we were looking for a place to eat for our visit to Annapolis on the internet, we chose O'Briens because their website (viewed on our computer) indicated that crabcakes were half-off on late Sunday afternoons. When we were seated, the waitress said she didn't know anything about it, but she checked with management who also were unaware of it. As a result, we chose other less expensive items from the menu. If we had known this, we would have rather eaten at one of the restaurants on the waterfront that offered outdoor seating on that bright October afternoon. In the restaurant, we pulled up the website on our IPhone and discovered that the website looked quite different there with no mention of the crabcakes. The point here is that the various versions of the website as viewed from computer screens, IPhones, and IPads need to be checked for consistency.

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  29. Daniel

    Dallas

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Good place. Service from a young server who appeared out of it at times was a little sketchy, but overall good experience.

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  30. VeeValle

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There is always room to improve with anything in life! Ruben our server and his assistant (apologies didn't get his name) are excellent A+. They were professional, very helpful with everything, outstanding attention! The hostess escorted our whole party to the final destination upstairs A+. Lovely seating, great view of the fireplace. The bread with the crabdip very good, crabcake highly rated, crabsoup good, a bit thick, but delicious and filling. Ceasar salad- fresh!!! The waitstaff even found water containers for 4 dozen roses which were delivered by the florist for the BD celebrant. Great night, very enjoyable. I might have missed it but: the website should state there are many flights of stairs to the dining area. You did not know it, but we all were above 65yo and one was an amputee with a prosthesis. How many past incidences did a guest not be able to tackle the steps? TY

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  31. DebbieC

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was an unusual night on our part. On the way to restaurant, I became quite ill. I was with my adult son. He went into restaurant and explained the situation. They helped him order takeout from the menu. While waiting, he had a delicious cocktail. Our intended server could not have been kinder nor more helpful. We were so sorry to have our evening cut short; but, the service was outstanding and the food was delicious. My son especially enjoyed the meatball appetizer. We look forward to returning!

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  32. JohnF

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was Boat Show weekend and it was busy. We had a 6pm reservation and we were seated promptly. Service and food were excellent. Menu has something for everyone. We would go there again.

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  33. BradO

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    O'Brien's has a good mix or food options, trending toward Seafood and they are very good. Service was good on a Saturday night and the value was great. Highly recommend this restaurant in Annapolis, Md.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was top notch!! Wish I could remember what our waitresses' name was!

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  35. LouS

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super fresh seafood, efficient and friendly wait-staff, reasonable prices.

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  36. DerloisW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice atmosphere service was wonderful i will be returning very soon the oysters qere delicious

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fast, great value and ambiance!!! Brunch is really good!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Service friendly. High price, but expected for downtown Annapolis.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Waitress did not check on us except when she was bringing the food. Food was very mediocre. I ordered the Rockfish which was supposed to be lemon butter. It came out only seasoned with old bay. The broccolini was burnt not charred. The waitress said she was going to tell the manager when I complained about the Rockfish. No manager came to the table to address the issue. They took the rockfish off and charged me for the broccolini. Waste of $150 and a beautiful Sunday. We will never go back. The best thing was our drinks!

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  40. NatalieR

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed taking my parents here for brunch! We sat outside and they were really accommodating to us. Would come again next time we're in Annapolis.

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FAQs

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

O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 389 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern

113 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main Street Annapolis and the Waterfront
  • Neighborhood
    Annapolis
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri–Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Fri–Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    400 parking space public lot within a block of the restaurant. Free street parking after 7pm.
  • Public transit
    Free bus service 10am to 10pm everyday rotates from the Waterfront (Market Square) up Main Street to all remote parking lots and West Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (410) 268-6288
  • Catering
    Available upon request. Catering Menu
  • Private party facilities
    Welcome to O'Brien's Private Dining/Events. Please explore our private event spaces and catering perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Our Private Event Coordinator: (410) 268-6288
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