True Chesapeake Oyster Co

4.6
161 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

About

Before booking, please note: in accordance with COVID-19 state and local re-opening regulations, we are open for both indoor and outdoor seating at this time. These areas are by reservation only. Outdoor seating is reserved on a first come first serve basis upon arrival.

True Chesapeake Oyster Company is the first Maryland oyster farm to open a restaurant, featuring oysters raised on their farm in St. Jerome’s Creek, Southern Maryland. The menu revolves around these oysters — raw, roasted, and in signature dishes like Classic Rockefeller and Semolina Fried Oysters — complemented by varied seasonal entrees and fun departures on classic cocktails. The True Chesapeake team aspires to extend the restorative practices at the farm to the spirit of this restaurant with “restorative dining” -- a dining experience featuring the farm’s bounty and sincerely crafted to restore body and soul.
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MarissaH
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome socially distanced spot for drinks and appetizers. Grateful the employees were taking temperatures and everyone was respectful of masking. Would definitely return!

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TomM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New seasonal additions to menu were great. Had bow tie pasta with clams and summer veggies. Caesar Salad with oyster croutons is world class. Had new dessert - peach galette with brown sugar bourbon ice cream. Wow.

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LYPG
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dine-in since lockdown. I'm glad we picked True Chesapeake Oyster. They took great care of customers' health, including checking the temperature at the door, hand sanitizer on the table (that smells like fresh lavender), and properly distanced tables. Food was phenomenal. The steamed shrimps just screamed freshness and the softshell crabs with fried scallions were such delightful combination. Adding them to my list of favorite restaurants in Baltimore.

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vipMichaelK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were fantastic -- as were the entrees. Chef Zach and his team are knocking it out of the park -- and the staff is very sensitive to public health concerns and made us feel safe and well cared for -- a great experience overall.

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viplove2eatout
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this place. The oysters were delicious. I have never had a bad oyster there. The food is super good. Servers etc are super attentive and nice!

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vipmax280
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delectable local oysters and other seafood favorites. Killer bourbon Old-Fashioned. Amazing burger too! Owner's really care about your patronage. Ample parking, outdoor dining option, and they are following all C-19 protocol. Just an awesome place.

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vipBill
Baltimore
155 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second post-Corona virus visit, but our first with guests. We had a good time, although the outdoor tables are too small to maintain social distancing when eating, drinking or chatting. That said, all the other appropriate precautions were in place and we felt reasonably comfortable being there. The menu is limited but delicious, and anyway, we came for the oysters. There were only two varieties listed on the menu but we asked and then ordered a third that was not listed. Very satisfactory. The outdoor dining area is pleasant on a hot summer evening and the drinks were good. We will come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for anniversary celebration and had a great time at the restaurant.

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Kirsten
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Chesapeake is definitely doing its part to keep patrons and employees safe. We ate on the patio and it was perfect even in the 90 degree heat. Our food was great. Crab cake, salad, fried soft shell, oysters Rockefeller, asparagus, and cocktails. All thoughtfully prepared and presented.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal as always !

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Bmorek
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent covid compliance. Would go again! Felt v safe

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HelenN
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Would highly recommend. Did a great job of making us feel COVID safe

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vipMorris
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant had it all together! Great seafood - very fresh! They raise their own oysters which allows them to bring them to their patrons a good price for one of the best values.

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vipBill
Baltimore
155 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was our first foray out since the COVID-19 shutdown began. We ate outdoors where the tables were well-spaced, although there is no way that four people seated together can remains six feet apartment; table is too small. Hostess left her post frequently to spray disinfectant, so a few people wandered past her stand without checking n and getting temperatures checked. Most people wore masks until seated. The menu was smaller than before the shutdown, but the food was well prepared. I asked our waiter not to pour our wine for us, since each time he did so we were not socially distanced. Nevertheless, others came by to pour water, check on our meal, etc. Funny how much this matters right now. We will go back, but not for a while.

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TroyA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome staff and the food was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the new patio is perfect for outdoor dining. Perfect Friday night.

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TraceyD
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to begin eating out again, this is a great way to start. Felt as safe as is possible. Sat outside, wore masks in, staff all had gloves and masks. The oysters were OUT of THIS WORLD! We'll be back.

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vipBOS1
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cake was one of the best I've ever had. Excellent patio dining, and their infection control procedures were very well done and much appreciated.

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CortneyM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were super accommodating and the food was amazing, as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner.

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vipSamA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside because of COVID and it was perfect. The food was amazing and fresh. The cocktails were classic but unique. I cannot wait to go back.

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MBaltimore
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely physically distanced outdoor cocktail and appetizer. Beautiful setting, friendly staff, delicious drinks and food.

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vipJasmineB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine and food. It was just what we needed. :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor deck - service impeccable. Even tho menu was limited there was enough variety for all 4 of us. Plan to return soon!

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vipElizabethK
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great safety protocols for outdoor seating during COVID. They take everyone’s temperature upon entering, tables are spaced 8 ft apart, and they’re consistently cleaning with wipes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their second night open after being closed due to the cronavirus and dealing with the new serving rules. Our experience was excellent. We look forward to many more meals at this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor seating. Felt very safe with COVID precautions. Great food, lots of drinks to pick from. Will definitely be going back!

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TomM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Trouble picking from many excellent choices.
Very professional service and appealing wine list

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vipAsianreporter
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great cocktails. The spaghetti was very tasty and the duck was outstanding.

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Alrom999
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My wife found her crabcake to be small, mostly filler and claw meat (no lump at all) and heavily seasoned with plain Old Bay. Not what a local expects, and not what you'd expect from a spot that markets itself as local.
The rest of the menu is great. We'll continue eating here, just avoid the crabcake.

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RickJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent! From drinks to dessert👍

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

beautiful location and incredible service! oysters, oysters, oysters. we tried raw and Rockefeller and they were off the charts! wife had the rockfish and is was superb. the monkfish was a bit over cooked, but oh well! definitely worth a visit and looks like plenty of “bar” seating.

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KatieH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely from start to finish. We were celebrating two birthdays and they brought glasses of bubbly for the whole table with candles on the glasses of the birthday girls. Highly recommended.

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BS48
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The location is difficult to find, but once you're there, it's a beautiful facility inside. Overall, our meal was just okay. The server was overly attentive at the beginning (literally coming by every 3 minutes to top off my barely sipped water glass) only to disappear when we needed the check. The food was just okay. The plating was lovely, and everything looked amazing; however, the flavor was lacking. The crispy potato side dish lacked seasoning and most of the potatoes were mealy and under-cooked. The steamed mussels were tasty, but no better than any other place. The oysters were much more mild than we're used to, which isn't a bad thing, just a taste preference. Lastly, the spaghetti and clams that everyone recommended was just okay.
We won't be back, but it was fun to try someplace new.

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vipCharlesA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at True Chesapeake! The food is always perfect, the service is incredible and the entire ambiance it always just right.

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Drew4060
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really very good food, service and atmosphere. A bit pricey but unique enough you won't feel bad about paying once or twice.

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foodispleasure
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The space is terrific and the oysters are the best.

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ChristopherE
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly smooth operation. Service was excellent, foood was incredible, and atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming

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vipEatingagain
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We arrived and were pleasantly greeted by a friendly hostess. She directed us to the bar while our table was being prepared and we had some cocktails. The bartender was nice and accommodating...
Once we were seated the experience shifted - the server was forgetful(forgot our second round of drinks entirely) and the food was disappointing to say the least.
Clam dip - I don’t recall getting a single clam piece
Monkfish dish was awful - dry, fishy, room temperature and mostly one big bone!
The recommended clam pasta dish - sauce was pasty and all one could taste were chives
Although, both oyster appetizer dishes were great and enjoyed by all.

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vipMindy
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Good was bland and unrestrained. Mushroom toast had zero flavor. Crab cake, which I was told was "hand picked" by Amy twice, did not have a single lump of crab in it. Total mush. Brussel Sprouts also lacked flavor. The entree portions were small and we left hungry. Amy was inattentive and lacked enthusiasm. Restaurant is pretty but I won't go back.

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True Chesapeake Oyster Co is rated 4.6 stars by 161 OpenTable diners.