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Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar, Leonardtown, MD

Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar

4.7
4.7
574 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

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Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (240) 309-4148

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Private Dining Room seats between 8 and 14 diners. This room is by reservation only. Please call the restaurant to make reservations.

  • Neighborhood

    Leonardtown

  • Cross street

    Park Ave

  • Parking details

    Parking available on the Square. Large Town Parking Lot directly behind the building. Large Town Parking Lot behind hotel.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 574 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Best Service

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    American

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  1. TE

    TedE

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I make my own cream of crab soup with hand picked jumbo lump crab meat, a touch of mace, lemon peel, dry white wine, half and half, whole milk and other seasoning. My husband and I felt that my soup was better than Sweetbay. The crab cakes were good, but I believe the addition of the bacon was not needed and took away from the overall flavor of the crab cake.
  2. H

    Hollywoodgirl

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful atmosphere, considerate and attentive wait staff and delicious food. Sweet Bay never disappoints. Thank you
  3. H

    Hollywoodgirl

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sweet Bay never disappoints! Our meal was delicious and the service was excellent. I had the blackened salmon and my husband had the pork chop. Both were delicious and plated beautifully. Thank you for a relaxing evening while enjoying a delicious dinner. See you again soon
  4. WH

    WilliamH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a winner! Food was exceptional, service was great. Best in Leonardtown. We will be back soon.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Would love to see some new additions to the menu - especially for vegetarians instead of just salads & pasta.
  6. TW

    TimW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, a hometown feel, and great service!
  7. SB

    StephanieB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and nice social spot! Everything was very clean and it was such a nice atmosphere. Staff were super nice and welcoming! Food was delicious and drinks were perfect! Definitely enjoyable!
  8. MS

    MarkS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    I thought the food and service was great. It is incredibly noisy, dishes crashing together, music too high and the sound reflections from the ceiling were quite loud, difficult to talk.
  9. JA

    JACB

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    My spouse and I have tried Sweetbay a few times now, and each time, we've been disappointed with the quality of the food relative to the high prices. The outdoor seating is lovely and the staff are kind, but we've decided that this restaurant is not really for us.
  10. B

    Bill

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was great. I had the paella which was delicious my wife had the other guest had the duck and the shrimp and grits. Everything was cooked as it should be there was plenty of food and the food was delicious. We sat outside and while we were there the sun had set and they opened up the sides and the roof of the overhang since there was no bright sun and it was just a nice night.
  11. Y

    Yvette

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting Sweet Bay and we throughly enjoyed the ambience and Sunday Brunch! Our server was excelled and the food was delicious. Will definitely be returning for a date night.
  12. G

    Georgetowner

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous in every way from start to finish! Amazing server, excellent cocktails, to-die-for food! We almost blew off brunch here….so glad we didn’t! LOVED everything we had!
  13. JL

    JoeL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had dinner at Sweetbay late Saturday afternoon, 03 September. I ordered the beef tenderloin entree. The tenderloin was grilled to perfection (medium) and was beautifully presented on a bed of mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. A glass of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon complemented the meal. Dessert was creme broulee. Quality of food was outstanding. Service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing.
  14. CW

    CoreyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant for a date! I would not hesitate to return.
  15. SS

    SusanS

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food but expensive (as are all restaurants these days). Sat at an outside table with live music on the square, which was very nice except for the flies (I realize, not controllable by the restaurant!). Service was pleasant, but a little more time between table visits than we needed. Overall would recommend, but we might choose indoors next time!
  16. t

    tjqtasters

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious, innovative food and great cocktails. Always greeted with a smile and it's nice to see the owner work with his staff and engage with patrons in a friendly, appreciative manner. Most of the service staff have been around for while which is nice to see and says a lot. Kenneth has served us on this visit and before - pleasant, professional and knowledgeable about the menu and food preparation. So glad to have this restaurant in Leonardtown!
  17. J

    Jsk44

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Wonderful food and service. Outdoor seating is a nice option with shade, privacy and fans. The extensive food and drink menu offers something for everyone. Recommend the shareable appetizers and considering the specials. Service was spot on and not rushed yet attentive. One of our favorite dining spots that makes every occasion special.
  18. GR

    GRPDS

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is exceptional. They are very careful to ensure that they prepare wonderful dishes that handle my wife's list of food sensitivities and allergies. Dinner isn't cheap (the typical dinner is in the $30-$40 range) but worth every penny. Due to continuing concerns about Covid, we choose to sit outside. The outdoor seating at Sweet Bay is great, but it can be a bit noisy as it is located on Leonardtown Square, and while it's traffic, cars go by from time to time.
  19. P

    Paradocs

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Menu has nice variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian choices. Bottled wines are all premium labels with premium prices. Red wines by the glass minimum $14. Very good food quality but overall pretty pricey. Good for special occasions but be prepared for a big bill. All hard surfaces and close spacing of tables makes it extremely noisy.
  20. CK

    ChristineK

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly efficient service. Excellent food. Noise level a little high.
  21. SJ

    SarahJ

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was fantastic! Definitely recommend reservations. Overheard host telling folks that they were sold out for the evening.
  22. MM

    MattM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing! Cleaned off every plate from the calamari appetizer to the crab cakes and into the crem brûlée desert. Overall really enjoyed this restaurant as the service was superb! **New favorite place to go!!!** Highly/ highly recommend
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my 2nd time having a meal A little expensive but worth it
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    There was no air conditioning, doors were open for air, there were more than usual flies while we were trying to have dinner. The soda always seem to be flat. The road noisy was obnoxious. We try to dine at Sweetbay once a week n had family in from out of town n had talked up the restaurant n we were sorry that when reservations were made no one mentioned the air issues.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Mussels as an appetizer was nice but several of the dozen were served with shell closed which is a no-no. Waiter made no comment at all when told about it. The pork bellies sandwiches were tasty. Unfortunately the scallops with risotto was disappointing as the risotto was sticky and the scallops had a fishy smell resulting in us not eating the dish. The mushroom ravioli was good and the shrimp pasta as well but the pesto linguine with blackened chicken was just fair. Honestly, I understand prices have gone up at restaurants but four people costing $240 without any liquor drinks and before tip is quite high for the quality of meal received. For the cost, I’ll by-pass returning.
  26. J

    Jennie

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Loved my steak and the strawberry mojito. Great place to bring my old college roommate for dinner.
  27. DW

    DavidW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I have been here several times and it’s usually a decent meal food wise but there is room for improvement. Beer selection is very limited, you need a better selection of beer in my opinion. This place gets really loud near the back, need some sound absorbing material on the wall or something, we couldn’t hear the waitress talking about the specials. Also, the bathrooms have issues with the door locks. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. They added separate door bolt latches because the lock buttons on the non-standard door handles are hard to see for tall people and you don’t know how to lock the door. It’s a simple fix so you don’t walk in on someone!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming to Sweetbay! The food is always outstanding, and the cocktails are delicious. On our most recent visit, we ordered the steak and a Lobster pasta, a smoked old-fashioned and a watermelon martini. Really fantastic! If I could make only one suggestion, it’d be that the waitstaff be required to wear pants. For such a nice restaurant, it’s a bit distasteful that the female servers are all wearing incredibly short shorts.
  29. DT

    DawnT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful and fabulous! Cannot wait to go back.
  30. AW

    AndrewW

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great service, love the outdoor seating, not a bad selection however prices remain high.
  31. RW

    RayW

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in Southern Maryland! Quality service, delicious cocktails, appetizers, and entrees. Quaint location in the heart of Leonardtown.
  32. RJ

    RandyJ

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    If you don’t know someone that works there don’t go! This was my fourth time and I’ve always gone with someone who knew someone that worked there. I was so excited to take my son. We had reservations and arrived early. There were plenty of seats but we were seated right by the entrance. It was tough to hear and the waitress did not seem to like coming towards the entrance. I ordered a martini and I’ve had several martinis on my previous visits. They were great! I’ve never tasted such a bad or poorly made drink! Couldn’t drink it. The waitress did not pause long enough to notice until the end of the meal I had not touched it. We also ordered iced tea with our meal, never got it! It’s hard to explain. This is the 4th time I’ve been there. and if you look you’ll see I did a very nice review of this restaurant back in may. It takes a lot to make me criticize a place I liked so much, but I would seriously discourage people that don’t know any of the employees to dine there. Bottom line to me, it’s a wonderful place I just had a bad experience this time. The waitress was very polite and courteous. I hope to go back again.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was great. Service was attentive and not over bearing. Food was delicious. They have a great variety of menu items. We shared brussel sprouts and fried green tomatoes. The brussel sprouts were a little burnt and dry, but we were fine with it. The fried green tomatoes were done really well and the sauce was a tasty accent. I had the chicken and waffles. The chicken was perfectly seasoned, breaded and fried. The ambiance is relaxed and soothing. Can't wait to go back and try something new.
  34. R

    Rudy

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate both specials and were very good. Mussel app and Lobster pasta. Dinner was good as always. Jacob, our server was professional and polite as he managed our evening with ease. This is a well put together restaurant worth the drive anytime you want a great experience anytime without question.
  35. c

    charles

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. I had the tuna tartare for the first time and it was fantastic.
  36. LK

    LenaeK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was plated beautifully and equally as delicious. Atmosphere was pleasant. Server, Kenneth, was wonderful and attentive. Overall an enjoyable experience.
  37. AL

    AdeeLy

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall the food was good. However, My appetizer (Brussels Sprouts) were a bit tough and had an after taste. My entree (kale salad with salmon) and dessert (keylime pie) were delicious.
  38. H

    Hollywoodgirl

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night with my husband and another couple. We started with the oysters Rockefeller which were delicious. My husband had the crab cakes and I had the blackened salmon. Both dishes were delicious and beautifully plated. Our friends had the paella and the scallops. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. The drinks were outstanding and the service was accommodating and pleasant. We love SB and look forward to dining there again soon.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always! Definitely recommend the chocolate martini at the end of your meal. We had the salmon and the pesto linguine and 💯 recommend both!
  40. NR

    NormanR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was OK, not particularly outstanding for the price. Probably wouldn't rush back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

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 574 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 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar

22680 Washington St, Leonardtown, MD 20650-3882

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Park Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Leonardtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking available on the Square. Large Town Parking Lot directly behind the building. Large Town Parking Lot behind hotel.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (240) 309-4148

  • Private party facilities

    The Private Dining Room seats between 8 and 14 diners. This room is by reservation only. Please call the restaurant to make reservations.

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