O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern

4.1
159 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.
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vipETFishman
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first stay in Annapolis, and we dined at O’Brien’s the night before Thanksgiving. There was a huge crowd of young people at the bar there for what is apparently one of the big bar nights of the year. However, we were in the separate dining room, so the noise level was very manageable. We had a wonderful server who pushed through the crowd to make sure we were well taken care of. She made excellent wine and food recommendations. We started off with the special—99-cent oysters on the half-shell. Wonderful. For our main courses, we had the very large portion of the sesame tuna and the excellent crab cake dinner. Both were nicely prepared (and kudos on the crispy Brussels sprouts accompanying the crab cake). They let us take our time, even though the place was filling up with people half our ages. Would definitely return.

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LarryB
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service, highly recommend.

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Chesna
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The restaurant had a nice casual ambiance. The food is not fancy but very well prepared. I had a nice time with my family. The server was really polite.

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Scout
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fun place to go. We had a nice corner table for 4. Food was excellent, but noise level was high. Waiter forgot to bring us a couple of things we asked for, but it was busy that night. It is a good tavern. Seemed to have 2 bars. One in the front and in the back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought the young adult ministry of our church to dinner for our monthly outlying and the food was wonderful, service was excellent.. even for a large party we still received the time and attention we needed. My husband and I will return soon for a date night!

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GenevaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was a great choice for a business dinner during the week. There was plenty of room for a larger party and the noise level was just right for conversations. The food was delicious and the service was even better.

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BobW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They seated us quickly and got us our morning coffee quickly. The food was good, it came pretty fast and we had a lovely time. We were seated near the bar within in view of most of the TV sets and when we sat down the show playing was innocuous but then it became a Vetrinarian show and they started to do surgery on screen. This upset my wife and she asked that the channel be changed. The waiter went to ask the bartender to change the channel and he did not. A second request was made and eventually the channel was changed. The wait staff were very understanding and apologized profusely. Evidently the bartender does not allow anyone else access to the remotes. Of the 15 or so TVs in the bar 10 0f them had been showing that channel. Just not restaurant fare in our opinion.

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LindseyJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend. Party of two and we were seated right away. Had the large oysters as an appetizer, and the honey glazed salmon with rice and broccolini as the main course. To drink, had the New Fashioned followed by the Dark and Stormy. Everything was delicious, and service was great. Definitely will return.

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jamess
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eggs Benedict with the mimosa brunch was nicely done! Our party of 9 well taken care of thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere. Our server was lovely and the manager was very attentive

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DanielleG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place to eat. Open Table made it easy. Parking garage around the corner with plenty of parking. Amazing specials during the week. Food comes out fast, hot and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best crab cakes! The food is always great. The atmosphere is lively and fun.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was quite tasty, but the vegetables looked old and hard so we didn’t really try to eat them.

Our service could have been better since we kept asking for things like a cup of ice or extra napkins several times before we got it. Our main waiter sometimes ignored us when we tried to flag him down and he rolled his eyes when we asked for a paper receipt as well.

Overall, although the food was quite good the service we got countered the high tab we paid on our bill.

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place to get together with old friends. Crab soup and crab stuffed shrimp were delicious.

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Diner102715
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We were the only people in the dining room. The place was empty with the exception of the bar. The food was okay but our server was not. We ordered 1/2 dozen oysters and he doubled the order. Since we kept them, we were charged but did not want to see them thrown out. When I ordered my sandwich, he automatically said "two?". He would have brought two sandwiches for no reason. The soup was warm, not hot. The fish was greasy in the fish and chips meal. We were there in February 2020 and the food and service was much better, pre-covid so these issues may be covid related. Just disappointed. I might try it again but not anytime soon.

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AnnieB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was a nice place to meet friends for lunch. Nothing outstanding. Service was excellent.

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SabrinaR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the brunch! Always a favorite when visiting Annapolis

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vipKevinJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary weekend with Friends

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vipRoberto
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible Service, the waitress brought a coffee for my husband without a spoon, I tried to find someone, I had to go and find a waiter, I asked for a spoon and he told me to grab a plastic one, in a very rude way. The food is not that good and I am sure that is the reason the place is almost empty

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vipLouD
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice meeting place for friends. Great variety of choices on the menu and service was good. Only issue-tables we’re not cleaned and sanitized between customers…I watched a busser clear and reset a table full of crumbs…how about some food safety training!

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vipEllenM
Cincinnati
55 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu and food preparation
Historic building
Service from all staff excellent and welcoming

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had been there many time years ago.. definitely not like I remember. Very harried and my wife ordered salmon with rice and received mahi mahi with potatoes.. the table near us received our order. The server very good and apologized but it was too late by then.
Anyway the quality wasn’t as I recalled and we will not be going back.

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SamW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was fantastic. Even during the boat show, the service was fast and the food was excellent.

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StevenS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They must be short staffed. Walked out after 40 mins, no drinks. I felt bad but it was a special nite out and I couldn’t risk a disappointment

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vipNaptown
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The crab cake sandwich and ahi tuna appetizer was delicious!

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Jason
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were down in Annapolis for the Boat Show and decided to check out O'Briens for dinner. As I only ever really went to O'Briens meeting friends at the bar prior to this visit, I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. Definitely will be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service quick despite the large number of people. Good times!

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Mike
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Rcpa
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Busy holiday weekend and the place was mobbed
Service was excellent
Food was average, what I expect from a high volume kitchen

Perfect place for a the end of a long day for beer and hot food

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BAstar
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations and they texted us right on time.
Our server was a fantastic young man in college who was respectful and knowledgable with patients.
The drinks are cold and delicious.
Appetizer was crazy delicious (Osters Rockefeller)
Stuffed shrimp and steamed shrimp for dinner was full of taste without a lot of fillets.
Highly recommend 💛

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and enjoyed great food, service, and atmosphere! 5 stars

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vipKarim
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Nice location dining on the sidewalk. Food is fair at a high price

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Mike
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great/attentive service. They were thoughtful and placed us in a semi secluded outdoor area.

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FredB
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a good lunch with friends.

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JenniferG
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

East reservation. Great service with Katie. The food was fantastic. Highly recommend.

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DanielleG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and amazing!

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VickiW
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Not one of my best experiences. Food, for the cost, was mediocre. Crab bisque was not hot enough, nor was my entree. Crabcake was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Horrible service, server did not communicate properly. Manager disregard and or didn’t care about customer satisfaction.

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Steve
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Good crabcakes and burgers. Draft Beer was warm with no frosted glass. Service below expectations on a non-busy day. I would definitely come back if they correct those 2 things.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The service was awful, all the food came out at the same time and we didn’t get a chance to eat our appetizers and salads before our meal. The food was not good and I would not come back.

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 4.1 stars by 159 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.