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About Riptide by the Bay

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.

1718 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Burgers

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner:

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

Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
Between S. Ann St. and S. Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 732-3474

Website:
http://www.riptidebythebay.net/

Entertainment:
Live music! Please see our website calendar for upcoming bands.
http://riptidebythebay.net/

Parking Details:
Meter parking is available on the streets. There are also several parking garages available in close proximty.

Public Transit:
Cabs, Water Taxi

Executive Chef:
Chef Ronald Chicas

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

Private Dining

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

Riptide by the Bay Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.7

ambience

3.5

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (13)
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Local Ingredients (5)
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Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Good for Anniversaries (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Healthy
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

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

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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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·Dined 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。

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Waterfront, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 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!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 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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·Dined on September 17, 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.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 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

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food was mediocre. Place felt dirty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 31, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Great neighborhood place for creative takes on fresh seafood.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 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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·Dined 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.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Food options were great, but the food was TERRIBLE! Sea
food soup was watery,the sauce on the Tuna appetizer was terrible.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2017

This place is a joke. Seriously, the only people who eat here are those who can't get a table at Thames Oyster House. I order a dozen blue point oysters, muscles and Chilean sea bass. Well, oysters and muscles never came until they brought the sea bass. Sea bass was waaaaay over cooked and the muscles, if you can call them that, we small and nasty. No chance the oysters were blue points as they claimed. And the bartender serving us is in the wrong business. Terrible service, attention and all around experience.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great for a quick bite after work or weekend with friends

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Excellent excellent excellent. The crab dip, fried oysters, lobster ravioli, and fettuccine carbonara with shrimp are all great. Even dessert was amazing.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Less than 60 seconds after entering a drunk lady almost knocked my girlfriend over

Tags: Bar Seating, Waterfront, Live Music
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We were on the prowl for some crabs! The crabs here were good...but much more expensive than LP Steamers, and it took a while for us to be served. We also got an appetizer of clams that was not a great value, and was supposed to come with bread that didn't arrive until we'd finished the whole thing. I'm unlikely to return.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Great experience! Great location-and wonderful staff, we brought our kids/dog and enjoyed fresh Maryland crabs. Typical crab boil, alaskan crab, crab cakes, and seafood--and of course crab dip starter! Great atmosphere! Great food and drinks! Thanks!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We took our son there for his birthday - first timers. The table was ready as promised (the street parking was a little challenging) and the atmosphere was casual, but fun. We ordered drinks and a mussels appetizer. The mussels were very good and it was a decent-sized portion to share among 3 adults. I ordered the sea bass, which was moist and delicious. It was served with gnocchi and asparagus. Very filling and satisfying while being somewhat healthy, as it was in a broth. My husband had the soft-shell crabs, which were tasty, but it was his first time trying soft-shell crabs, so it was kind of a challenge for him. Our son had the pan-seared scallops over the lobster risotto. He really enjoyed it, but wasn't able to finish it as it's a large portion and he got full. Lucky for him that his parents were there to polish off the small amount he left over. Scallops were perfectly cooked and the risotto was rich and you could taste the lobster. We would be happy to go back another time.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We came here as part of my friend's bachelorette celebration and it was perfect. The food was delicious, there was live entertainment but it was still quiet enough to maintain a conversation, and the service was great.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Was a very nice restaurant came their looking for good crab cakes. And didn't disappoint!!!!! Had booked a 8:15 reservation got to the place half hour early and were able to seat me even as crowded as it was.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 16, 2017

This was my first time dining here and it was fabulous. Our waitress, Jessica was awesome; great service and very attentive. The food is top notch. I suggest the Griiled Atlantic Salmon and Lobster Ravioli. The scenery makes the dining experience worthwhile. My new favorite spot😊

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Dinner was so-so. Great gnocchi sidedish but the swordfish was so tough it was hard to cut with a knife. Didn't eat it and waiter didn't ask why...because he was largely unavailable...nice but not attentive We waited for drinks...for a while. Total experience was eh!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Food was fair. Service was very slow and non-attentive. Would recommend skipping dinner here and just go to the bar. Would not recommend getting the steak as it was not cooked well or too specification. Crab cakes were however very good.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I will not be returning to Riptide. It took us over a hour to get our meal which was 2 dz crabs, calamari, and chicken wings. And, we never received the chicken wings. Then we could not find the server for him to give us our check. While we were still eating, the restaurant staff was cleaning with strong chemicals, which is great, just not when I'm eating. We could also see the frustrations on other patrons as well. It was a disappointing night.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Service was HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!! Food was reheated!!!!!! And for $48 for six crabs...they were extremely small. Terrible experience.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We found it on Yelp, wanted authentic non tourist fare and this place delivered. Crabs were awesome.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Very disappointed with service. My wife and I visited on Saturday and only wanted crabs. We did order a couple of drinks and fried oysters and Greek salad. The food was delicious and so were the crabs. Our service was not good at all. The server spent such a long time between checks in and we consistently were without water. The server was not attentive at all, but that was a shame because she started out perfectly. There were also a huge number of flies over the ceiling area that was irritating. The server made our visit 2 star'ish in addition to the fact that the restaurant did not have any regular mustard. We like our crabs with mayo and mustard, but unfortunately had to use Dijon Mustard instead.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great food. Crabs, clams and shrimp were delicious. Service is quite slow for no apparent reason. I would definitely go back because of the quality of the meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene
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