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Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach, MD

Rod N Reel

3.2
3.2
886 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant is a premier waterfront dining destination in Chesapeake Beach, MD. Enjoy expansive views of the Chesapeake Bay while feasting on a delicious meal and sipping a fun cocktail, glass of wine or local beer. We’re open 7 days a week serving breakfast from 7am to 11am and lunch and dinner from 11am to 9pm Sunday-Thursday and from 11am to 10pm Friday & Saturday.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 257-2735 ext. 107

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Frederick Daniel

  • Private party facilities

    Our Chesapeake Beach Resort features several wonderful options for an event with a view. Choose from the elegant Chesapeake Ball Room or the functional and attractive Hotel Board Room. Have fun in the sun! Enjoy your social event or company function outdoors on our beach. The possibilities are endless. Beautiful breezes on the waterfront, gorgeous views and open space treat our guests to the ultimate Chesapeake Bay experience. Our Chesapeake Ball Room is ideal for conferences, banquets, receptions, meetings and holiday parties. It accommodates up to 350 guests and can be divided for smaller, more intimate affairs. On a clear day, you can see the Eastern Shore from anywhere in the room.No outside food or beverages are allowed. Need a custom cake or menu? Please contact us for more information on our options. Thank you!

  • Private party contact

    Banquet Sales: (866) 312-5596

  • Neighborhood

    Chesapeake Beach

  • Cross street

    MD Rt. 261

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking every day.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 886 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.2
3.2 based on recent ratings
  • 3.3Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Scenic View

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    The sea food wasnt fresh. It has the appearance of fine dining, but the layout inside is that of diner. Between the food, limited menu, and layout, I would not recommend.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    The food was okay but they have a fly problem!
  3. EM

    EatnMore

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was great as always. Service was a little slow, but he eventually got it right.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Food was horrible, for the price
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The ambiance is a little dated but the food was very tasty. The serving sizes are great and they know how to cook dishes to perfection. The fried chicken (you get four big pieces) was well fried, the collared greens were done right, and the mac and cheese was made with good quality cheese. If the food was seasoned a little more it would have been 5 stars! I got the fish and chips and the fish was very fresh! You must get the chocolate cake, it’s very moist!
  6. LH

    LisaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    I went for Saturday dinner. Restaurant was relatively empty. I'm guessing bc it was raining. Service was terrible, food was cold.
  7. CH

    CampHillfoodie

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    So sad that this once great restaurant has declined this much. While the service was very good--primarily because the restaurant was practically empty at 6:30--the food was mediocre, and the portions were small for exorbitant prices. Dinner for two cost more than $115 with only one alcoholic beverage, two regular drinks, one shared appetizer, one shared dessert, and two entrees. I would have expected so much more for the money. My advice is to go to one of the other, better restaurants in Chesapeake Beach.
  8. OS

    OctaviaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Located across the from the outside lobby entrance of Rod N Reel Resort. Great customer service and convenient parking. The meals are delicious with customer centric prices.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food
  10. l

    lolitag

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was mediocre for the price. Cream of crab had very very little crab. The crab cake was mushy. The calamari was superb. The crab dip was bland. The lac and cheese was not good. Just not good for the money. However, the atmosphere and view were amazing.
  11. JS

    JeffS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was good. Service was great. Price was reasonable. Someone sitting a couple of tables over decided to have music playing on their phone while they ate their dinner and had it loud enough to share with the others around them. If it wasn’t for that, I would rate the ambiance better.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Seated promptly at a nice table by the windows with a view. Flies (dead and alive) were all over the window sills and we started swatting them away the minute we sat down. Service was good. Calamari app was fine, but wasn’t served with lemon (nor were our seafood entrees), I ordered fish and chips. When they arrived I knew something was wrong. The smell of ammonia wafted up from the plate. I took one bite and had to spit it into my napkin. The fish was well past it’s prime and the smell and taste were noxious. The sever took it away and removed it from our bill. Neither the manager or chef ever came to the table. You’re a seafood restaurant serving spoiled seafood?? Come by and apologize you cowards. Absolutely disgraceful having the server take your lumps for you. Any manager or chef worth their salt would stop by the table and take responsibility. Not here apparently. It was our wedding anniversary, we got married at the resort so we wanted to visit again. That was the last time we ever set foot in that poor excuse for a seafood restaurant.
  13. S

    Satisfied2

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience3
    The Server on this date was helpful and is a valuable employee. The visit was enjoyable so I returned on June 29, 2022 and was charged $5.00 extra for a cheese and cracker (bread) which was provided at no charge on the previous visit. After speaking with Jen, she refused to remove the $5.00 from the bill and gave the customer numerous excuses , not knowing I was at the restaurant a few days prior and ordered an entree as I did on the recent visit. I asked for a business card and was given every excuse why I could not get a business card but instead provided me with the number of Mary Donovan, who is supposed to be the manager that “conveniently” just left the restaurant. This was unacceptable to a paying customer that has no problem paying the required bill for service.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    When we arrived, no one was at the hostess station. After we sat down the waiter came over and greeted us and poured water into our glasses. He then welled away. After several minutes our waiter returned. He asked for our dinner orders; never did he ask about our drinks. We spoke up about our drinks. While waiting a very long time without our drinks, the manager happened to stop by our table. I mentioned that we hadn’t gotten our drinks yet and he resolved the issue. All entrees were very expensive but tasted good. The seafood Norfolk lacked spice. There was no option for sauces for the chicken sandwich. Our waiter did not stroll over and ask if we needed anything while we ate. Overall, we do not plan to dine here again.
  15. P

    Pamela

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Our waitress was extremely kind. Had she not been we probably would have left before ordering. They lost our reservation. We were seated and ordered. One hour and 15 minutes later we got our food-two very simple shrimp platters. So mediocre for the price. Never again.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Male server with long hair needs training His service was bad and slow
  17. VA

    VADM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Although short staff and Father's Day, meeting the reservation time and service was good. A limited selection of foods was a big help, but you should not have ran out. You knew your demand.
  18. S

    Susan

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our server, Easton, was great. Nice view but they had the clam shell set up for the band that night so it blocked most of the view.
  19. BH

    BillH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Server was courteous and cheerful. Herb crusted rockfish was like eating over seasoned old fish - VERY disappointing. Crab soup had no lump crab. Collard greens over seasoned. Best part of the meal was the side salad. Small black moths flying around the table. Unlikely to ever return.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Happy birthday
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had to remind them it was a birthday celebration.
  22. TH

    TiffanyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! The Food was great and really fresh tasting too!
  23. JW

    JosephW

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was excellent and the service was friendly and responsive.
  24. JS

    JudithS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Despite it being Memorial Day weekend, we were able to get a window table with a great view (early reservations helped) and we all had the Seafood Norfolk which was fantastic and worth every penny (be sure to dip some bread into the garlic white wine sauce...) Wine selection by the glass was limited but passable. Went before; will go again.
  25. AJ

    AngieJ

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    I was disappointed there was no brunch selection for breakfast even though it said brunch on the reservation page. The menu selection it too limited but I guess inflation. It was a less than stellar experience
  26. D

    Dinner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view or the water was awesome, you could watch the boats come in and out. The food was also awesome, I had the stuffed shrimp, my wife had the fried oysters. We had the calamari for starter’s . Everything came out in a timely manner and tasted very good. Overall a great experience.
  27. I

    Imartine

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The Rod and Reel is outdated and the food was not worth the price we paid. The filet I ordered was 40 bucks with two sides. The meat was not as fresh as i would have liked, it was a little stringy. Two sides were mashed potatoes and mac an cheese. The mashed potatoes were good, i cant say that for the mac an cheese though. It was like the cheese was not creamy enough. I wont be going back.
  28. F

    F16pilot71

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good, portions a little small for the price. Service was awesome. Misael was a great server.
  29. BH

    BernieH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Mothers Day
  30. HE

    HEWICKINMD

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday lunch. Made reservations and almost Seated almost immediately. Hostess was welcoming. Waiter greeted us upon being seated. Very friendly & attentive. My French Dip sandwich was DELICIOUS. Meat was tender, roll was soft, au jus wasn’t too salty. Fries were hot & crispy. Will definitely come back
  31. J

    Jdubs369

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The food and service were both decent enough. The French Dip sandwich was quite good in fact, the meat was well seasoned and not overly fatty. Which is the downfall of many a French Dip sandwich! The crabcakes were also very good. The seasoning and texture were spot on. The only problem was the excess amount of bone/shell we found inside. Our server was very friendly and took good care of us from start to finish. Overall we were very happy with the experience and can honestly say you should give this place e a shot! 😁
  32. D

    Disappointed

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience4
    Server was nice but took too long to get to us for drinks and the wait for food was too long. Shrimp imperial returned still half defrosted, one order of Fish had to request condiments.
  33. A

    Alex

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The area has definitely developed since I visited last time so there's more parking options. The food was just as good as last time!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The food was flavorless. I will not be returning again
  35. TT

    TaniaTheTraveler

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    It was okay, nothing more.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Had an 11am reservations and never got seated until 1130 and that was only because I asked could I just take whatever table they had place was almost empty yet I couldn't get seated. Sat for another 15 mins until the hostess took my order not even the waiter. Food took forever and again it wasn't even crowded. Also you might want to change your website it says brunch 8am-1pm our group wanted breakfast not lunch.
  37. CG

    CariG

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    The food was expensive and flavorless. Our server was very slow and unwilling to work with us to order for our picky toddler.
  38. J

    Jeff

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    The service was good and friendly. The food was comparable to a high school cafeteria. No taste. Bland at best. Mashed potatoes were hard. The crab dip was a sprinkle of crab on top of a bowl of cheese. Salmon was sour, filet mignon was bland, vegetables were boiled and bland. I remember being there four years ago and the food was good the ambiance of the room was great but now it's a waste.
  39. JH

    JaniceH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate Breakfast. Lunch, and Dinner at this restaurant, and we were very pleased with the food and the service each time. The staff went above and beyond to make our visit a good one.
  40. CM

    CrystalM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect date. The food was delicious and the customer service from Wayne was impeccable.

FAQs

Rod N Reel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 257-2735 ext. 107.

Rod N Reel is rated 3.2 stars by 886 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Rod N Reel

4165 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Additional information

  • Cross street

    MD Rt. 261

  • Neighborhood

    Chesapeake Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking every day.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Frederick Daniel

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (410) 257-2735 ext. 107

  • Private party facilities

    Our Chesapeake Beach Resort features several wonderful options for an event with a view. Choose from the elegant Chesapeake Ball Room or the functional and attractive Hotel Board Room. Have fun in the sun! Enjoy your social event or company function outdoors on our beach. The possibilities are endless. Beautiful breezes on the waterfront, gorgeous views and open space treat our guests to the ultimate Chesapeake Bay experience. Our Chesapeake Ball Room is ideal for conferences, banquets, receptions, meetings and holiday parties. It accommodates up to 350 guests and can be divided for smaller, more intimate affairs. On a clear day, you can see the Eastern Shore from anywhere in the room.No outside food or beverages are allowed. Need a custom cake or menu? Please contact us for more information on our options. Thank you!

  • Private party contact

    Banquet Sales: (866) 312-5596

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