Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar

4.7
356 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Sweetbay Restaurant and Bar is a neighborhood restaurant designed to complement and enhance the lifestyle of our patrons from Southern Maryland. Our food is upscale american with a heavy seafood focus.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 356 people are saying
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Chris
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening, great service.

Will gladly return again.

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vipGregoryB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Look like it was short on staff and the eggs were cold. Very unusual normally excellent. Restaurant made everything right.

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vipXandozz
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Dinner specials are always my go to, but why wouldn’t u get something off the menu? Drinks are always tasty, service always accommodating, and food pretty much consistently delicious. Live music outside on a Friday night while having drinks and eating… ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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LarissaB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent! We will be back again and again!

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RnRCircus
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great service and excellent food. The pasta primavera included the best sun dried tomatoes I ever had. My wife raved about her crabakes.
The wine and cocktail selection is excellent however the beer choices were mediocre. I went away from the alcoholic beverage choices and had the freshly squeezed lemonade and I am glad I did.
Beware the noise level in this place is very loud.

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andover82
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. We sat outside on a beautiful evening. The meal and drinks were more expensive than other restaurants in the area, so we'll probably return only on special occasions.

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vipBritsky
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The food was good but for the price would have expected excellent. There was no ambience to the restaurant. I did not feel like I was having fine dining which is what the prices reflected. I felt like I was in a breakfast diner. Would not go back….

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vipK8Stev
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great time. The shared Filet Medallions were delicious. So were our Salmon and Shrimp & Grits entrees. Only drawback to the evening was the noise level since we were seated at a table in the center of the room near the bar. Service was great and location is charming.

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robertl
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sort of expected wearing face masks until seated. No one wearing masks - staff or customers. Seated in a two seat area fairly separated. Food - was excellent. Calamari appetizer, Shrimp and Grits and Scallops on mushroom risotto were both superb. (asked about Duck, Halibut and Scallops and was told Halibut and Scallops were favorites) Will try Duck next time. Bartender made a perfect Rusty Nail for both of us. Server not aware of what it was, but does now. Service was very good. Creme Brûlée was also excellent - We will be back soon

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charles
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service. The cream of crab soup and the shrimp tacos are both superb!

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WarrenW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pricey -- You get what you pay for !! Excellent food, huge portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! The food is delicious and unrivaled in this area. The service is also the best in SOMD. The price point seems a little high but you get what you pay for and Sweet Bay always delivers!

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Mike
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Relaxing experience with friends.

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RAPS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great accommodations as we arrived early.

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vipPaulH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly professional service. Will definitely be back.

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JohnJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I needed a date night out. I had heard great things about Sweetbay Restaurant and Bar, so I thought we would give it a try. It definitely did not disappoint. We started with a few drinks and a shareable starter. We had the pan seared scallops, and they were excellent. For our main course we both had the pan seared duck breast with fingerling potato’s. It had a reduction sauce of bacon, mushrooms, and spinach. It was outstanding. We were both to full for desert, but it all looked so good. We would definitely go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was just awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food presentation was beautiful and meal for all 3 was excellent. Noise level was high however..

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CheeseheadsinMaryland
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an early Tuesday reservation 5:30 PM because we know we get better service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is great quality and prepared perfectly. We live locally and live having such a great place close by. The service is great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Awesome service. I’m assuming the a/c was broken. It was very hot inside. Not our normal experience at SweetBay so hoping it is fixed soon.

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BarbaraT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was awesome. Mike, our waiter was terrific.

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JohnSmythe
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Steak was past well done. It was ordered medium. Duck was rubbery and improperly cooked . Duck breast should be roasted or seared so that the skin is crispy and the meat should have a texture similar to steak. This one appears to have been baked on low heat and served rare. The pasta primavera tasted overwhelming like sun dried tomatoes. Admittedly sun dried tomatoes are delicious, but there should be other flavors to compliment. The sugar crust on the creme brûlée was burned and tasted so. The ambiance is that of a roadside dinner on the tables and walls, but with chairs and lighting similar to a trendy inner city restaurant. The result is confusing and uncomfortable. Recommend eating outside if you must try this one at all. Or better, skip it all together and opt for any of the other fine restaurants in Leonardtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You have to order the calamari! So good, just the right amount of light breading and cooked to perfection! We so glad that the crab cakes were on the special menu...so good!

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Alex
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This my first time here and it was an amazing experience from start to finish. Will definitely be visiting again to try more of their delicious food.

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MAUREENB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent dinner Wednesday evening. The ceviche was amazing. Both specials (crab cakes and red snapper) were delicious. Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our son’s 16 birthday, so we wanted to take him somewhere special. Food and service were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Really impressed at how efficient the staff was. Food was delicious. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was our server. Awesome job! Dinner was delicious. Girlfriend had the special which was Seabass and I had the Paella.
I had the tuna tartar for app, girlfriend had a house salad. We shared the key lime for dessert. Nice place.

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DebbieS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Server needs more experience which I understand.

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TomG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special with the great regular menu. My wife had the sea bass on rice special and I had the chicken Marsala which was enough to take home for lunch.

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vipElizabethF
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food & service! Thank you!

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Nathanr
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My Wife's only complaint was the server seemed to socialize with his co-workers and was not quite attentive to the customers

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Reggie
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Halibut was good n good portion. Corn n avocado salad was really good.
The Duck Breast was way overcooked, tasted like liver, small portion. On veggies, Not much spinach or mushroom, plenty of pancetta.
so 3 stars because the fish dinner was good n the Duck Breast dinner was nothing to brag about

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Duke
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Anniversary

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DJ76
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This was our second time eating here and both were bad experiences. First time was on Father's Day and then Sunday. Had a reservation, arrived and seated inside right away. No on came to greet us. Hostess, Bar tender, and several of the servers saw us just sitting there. It was very busy outside. Started raining and everyone started to come inside. Someone finally came to our table but only to say we are taking half of your table since it is just the two of you and we have people from outside coming in to sit. I asked if a server was every going to come to our table now that we had been there over 30 minutes. Only reason we had not left was the storm and my daughter had really wanted to eat there for her special occasion. Hostess finally noticed we had nothing not even water. When a server came over she seemed annoyed that she had to help us. No one ever apologized. We ordered an appetizer and our meals along with drinks from the bar. The drinks were good. Everything else was cold. The traditional Egg Benedict hardly had any Hollandaise on it and the eggs were cold and tasted like vinegar. My daughter got the French Toast with fruit and the fruit was bad. It was so mushy and sour. Server never came back so we could not even let her know about the food. Very over priced for the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There aren't many places to have a gourmet meal in this area so Sweetbay really stands out for its creative cuisine. The service is always outstanding in our experience but the food is better some nights than others. Last night, our party enjoyed the rockfish special (broiled and served on forbidden rice -- delicious -- with romescu sauce); pasta primavera (nice assortment of vegetables w/ the pasta); brussel sprouts (broiled with excellent balsamic); and fennel/arugula salad (w/ citrus fruits and blackened shrimp). Nice selection of wines as well.

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vipmsAnnandale
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We love Sweetbay! The chef prepares delicious tuna tartare, shrimp ‘n grits, scallops & risotto and we even enjoyed steak frites! One of our shrimp ‘n grits entrees wasn’t served as warm as usual and one of the oysters on the half shell had lots of shell in it (others on the platter were fine though). Surprised that crab cakes were off the menu. Also surprised that our waitress wasn’t around much either as we had unusually long wait for initial cocktails and wine refill. Nonetheless we enjoy Sweetbay and always look forward to dining out “on the Leonardtown square.” They’ve set a high bar for restaurants in Leonardtown and the entire DC/MD area.

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debbym
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a special occasion dinner and it made for a good time out. The server was attentive without being over bearing. Food was amazing. Had their red snapper special...best fish I have had. And the paella was to die for. Only complaint was the risotto...tasted great but was a bit gummy. Still, I highly recommend this restaurant.

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MerlonD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday. The food, service, atmosphere was all excellent! We will certainly return soon.

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You can order delivery directly from Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar using the Order Online button. Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 309-4148.

Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 356 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.