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Riptide by the Bay

3.7
315 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Casual
  • Authentic
Riptide by the Bay is the result of atmosphere and culinary experience, utilizing local Chesapeake seafood that combines West Coast flavors and Baltimore’s Traditional Roots. More than a seafood restaurant and crabhouse, Riptide houses innovation and entertainment while overlooking the beautiful waterfront in Historic Fells Point. Riptide is alive with a flavor and acclaim that has consistently made us one of the best restaurants in Charm City! Fresh. Colorful. Fun. Riptide by the Bay is where the locals lounge.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Burgers
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Hours of operation


Lunch:

Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner:

Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(410) 732-3474
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Ronald Chicas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between S. Ann St. and S. Broadway
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Parking details
Meter parking is available on the streets. There are also several parking garages available in close proximty.
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Public transit
Cabs, Water Taxi
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Entertainment
Live music! Please see our website calendar for upcoming bands.
http://riptidebythebay.net/

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Riptide by the Bay is equipped and ready to make your next private event memorable with top-notch accommodations. Whether you want to entertain a special occasion dinner party or impress your colleagues with a corporate function, we are here to make it spectacular

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What 315 People Are Saying
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3.8
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3.3
service
3.4
ambience
3.6
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60% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had really been looking forward to trying this place, but did not even stay long enough to order drinks. We were seated at a table with food bits on it, the booth seats were dirty, and the restaurant smelled. The toilet was clogged. Usually we will at least try a place, but we didn't feel comfortable ordering food for our little one here, much less ourselves.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Attractive setting and ambiance, but food was so-so and service was not very attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Came for the crab legs and were not disappointed. I got my boyfriend hooked on them in the past so we drove here from PA to enjoy them while exploring Baltimore for the weekend. The service was good. We weren’t a huge fan of the beer selection but we didn’t come for the beer so it wasn’t a big problem. The pina colada frozen cocktail was delicious though.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very good seafood. No complaints on anything.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Third time to eat and drink here. This time was really disappointing. Service wasn't good. Food was overly spiced. Returned one app because it was too spicy to eat even by me who loves spicy food. Drinks were nothing special.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This is a great spot on Thames St. to eat. We were in the mood for seafood and were happy to find Riptide via a search on yelp. We chose it because the pictures looked like the seating was slightly more spread out than some other locations in that area. There were 4 adults and a toddler. We had enough room at our table and the area we dined in (upstairs) was indeed spread out. Although the service was slightly on the slow side, the food was delicious. We also had a few cocktails that everyone really enjoyed. There was a nice seafood selection including large platters big enough to serve a group. The food was priced a bit on the high side but everything was really delicious so it was hard to complain about that. We really enjoyed our time there. The biggest downside was the parking was pretty tough on a Friday night.

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1.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Restaurant was closed- didn’t receive any communication from the restaurant. I assume this was due to weather- there was snow earlier but roads were cleared and most snow had melted by early afternoon. Luckily many great bars and restaurants were open. We had a great night!

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1.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I made the reservation through Open Table to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I have always had good experiences with their reservation system. Unfortunately, I did not this time. The restaurant was closed and neither the restaurant nor Open Table notified me. It was embarrassing to say the least.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We come to Riptide almost every time we drive up to Fells Point. Skip the lines and the prices at Thames Oyster House, and go to Riptide. You will be happy!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was very good and server was friendly and helpful, but the seating system was atrocious, the place was horribly noisy (ending with an overwhelmingly loud bar singer) and the booze was horribly overpriced ($17.50 for a Manhattan? Give me a break!).

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

If you looking for good service and good food, Riptide is one of the areas best eateries and bars in town. Just don't ask for dessert. Apparently they were out of dessert on a Friday evening.

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1.0Dined on January 4, 2018

I wish I could have eaten here and given a great review, but after making a reservation, I showed up and the restaurant was closed. I understand there was snow but I even checked the website and facebook page and there was no mention of the restaurant being closed. I was in town for business.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was delicious the service was great,the price was very reasonable and the people were friendly

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was not good and was not very warm. The service was terrible, getting drinks was very difficult. Definitely would not recommend this to anyone.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was delicious and fresh/homemade, and the service was great. They make their own pasta and have their own crab boats on the bay seasonally. The portion size was rather small, especially the lobster ravioli, which was only 4 ravioli for $22 with no bread served. We made a reservation for 2 and they saved a table for us right by the window with a nice view of the harbor and Sagamore Pendry hotel. There was a little noise from the kitchen, because there is no kitchen door, but it wasn't overly crowded or noisy.

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2.0Dined on December 18, 2017

My office went 2 years ago for our holiday lunch and it was GREAT...which is why we decided to go back this year. However, the food wasn't the best. The sea bass was cooked with TOO MUCH butter...one in my party couldn't eat it because of that very reason...she had to order something else. The drink options were limited...and there was only 2 options for dessert.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

The Riptide came to us with high recommendations. We thought we would fine a very fine"white tablecloth" establishment and were surprised to find a small little restaurant. The food was fantastic. Order the crab cakes! They were SO TASTY!

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

I took my mom here 12/2/17 for a birthday brunch and the food was amazing, music was great but it was extremely cold which prevented us from relaxing as I was shivering and had to eat with my coat & scarf on.

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Crab cake sandwich tasty but not the same temp in middle as outer layer. Hand cut fries awesome. We were there at 12pm on a Wednesday- easily have a conversation.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was very good and the service was excellent. Definitely worth a visit in Fells Point.

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2.0Dined on October 26, 2017

The service was less than stellar and we were charged full price for Happy Hour drinks.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2017

We went there for blue crabs and we got them. They put paper on the table, brought out the most amazing crabs, smeared with old bay, along side some hand cut fries and this yummy granny smith apple cole slaw. The crabs were sweet & juicy. So was the slaw.

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1.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Bad service- waitress never asked if we wanted refills and never checked on us. Food was subpar and very small portions. I wish I had listened to the bad reviews.

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2017

会社の上司と来店。スパイシーな粉にまみれた蒸し蟹(ブルークラブ)の甲羅をハンマーで叩き割りながら豪快に食べる。美味しく、楽しい食事になり、上司も大満足。家族、友人との食事にオススメ。

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2017

The seafood chowder was outstanding! I also had the crab cakes with potatoe salad. The crab cakes were great but i thought the pototoe salad had too many ingredients. Overall very tasty meal. Soup/Entree/soda- $50 a person including tip

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Every time I am in Baltimore, I go to Riptide by the Bay. Their seafood chowder is so good that I struggle to only order a cup instead of a bowl- even when I know it means I'll never finish my entree. YYUUUMMMMY!!!

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Overall experience was average. The crab cake was mostly filling and very disappointing. However, it did not say it was lump or back fin so I should have known. Drinks were good and appetizers were a little above average.

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

We were under the impression it was upscale. But we didn't know it turned into a club. They sat us right next to a loud speaker. We were wanting a romantic date. The crab was Tony. Not worth the money.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Amazing Maryland Crab Soup! Nice service. Quality of food good however did not care for the crab ravioli - did not seem homemade and flavor of crab potato mixture and cheese sauce off. Cheese sauce on top of ravioli, the worst - processed cheese is not what I would expect for $22 a dish.

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3.0Dined on September 3, 2017

The noise level is off the charts. If you go, request a table upstairs if you want to have a conversation with the folks you are with. Cocktails and food good; service average.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was very good. Wouldn't recommend the muscles however the crab legs and the soft shell crab was out of this world!

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

The hostess was very friendly but other than that the service sucked. The waitress stole from me. She added a tip onto my debit card without my knowledge. The food was ok

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Food was mediocre. Place felt dirty.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2017

Nice spot to sit and talk. Drinks were good . Food was different.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2017

The oysters Rockefeller were disappointing, but the crab Beignet were delicious

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Food was amazing, get the Mahi Mahi Tacos they were amazing. Great service

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2017

The food and service were both fantastic! I would definitely go back and recommend to friends!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2017

Great neighborhood place for creative takes on fresh seafood.

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1.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Spent 55 mins to bring out the food. The portion of food was very small. Over charged price for restaurant week lunch menu.

$18 dollars for two mini crab beignets (1st course, little crab meat with corns) and bowl of seafood bisque (2nd course, with not much ingredients in it), I will never come back or recommend to my friends.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2017

I tried this restaurant with my family on a whim because it had 2 features that I was looking for: it was near the waterfront and offered fresh seafood. It was an additional surprise that the day we ate dinner was the start of restaurant week. The 3 of us took advantage of the restaurant week offerings starting with the Southern Crab Beignets appetizer, then Lobster Ravioli for the entree, and finishing with the Key Lime Crumble for dessert. My mom ordered the same, while my dad went for the MD Softshell Crab for his entree.

All 3 of us were floored by the appetizer - the Southern Crab Beignets could easily be turned into a full dinner and you would not leave disappointed. The Softshell Crab was, again, exceptional. Their crabs are packed with flavor and in my dad's words, "It was the best I ever had." I would agree with that (even though I only tried a small bite). Moving on to the Lobster Ravioli, there was no "exceptional" flavor there. Our server did recommend it and it was still "good" however, you will feel as if the Lobster Ravioli did not meet the standard that the Crab set. Perhaps the lobster just did not have the same inherent flavor as the crab, or there was something missing from the sauce, or the ravioli was overcooked (there was a definite mushy, potato-like texture inside the ravioli, like a pirogi). One last note is the portion size - there were only about 5 average-sized raviolis on the plate, as if it were the size of an appetizer rather than a full entree. In contrast, the Softshell Crab dish was an appropriate size.

The Key Lime dessert was light and had a pretty good flavor. Perhaps due to the small entree size for me, I was unfortunately still hungry after dessert, which was the size of a small juice glass. There were clearly no leftovers at our table, so we went out to a nearby ice cream shop afterwards.

Overall we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, despite these small snags. If I judged the crab alone, I would rate it 5 stars.

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