Rod N Reel

3.9
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Seafood
Rod ‘N’ Reel has been a premier waterfront dining destination since 1946. While feasting on delicious local seafood you can smell the salt air and feel the Bay breeze as the bustle of harbor activity unfolds before you. Gilles Syglowski, Food Critic for What’s Up? Magazine, boasts, “Superb. The fish was moist and delicious…overstuffed with a smooth, tasty imperial crab mixture-a simply delightful dish! “Jumbo lump crab cakes have been the signature dish here for decades but tenderness, juiciness and flavor also abound in our certified steaks. Saturday Rise ‘N” Shine Breakfast Buffet, 7 am to 12 pm. Sunday Breakfast Buffet is wildly popular, 7 am to 1 pm, folks drive miles for smiles and an abundance of creative fare on Sunday. Lunch and dinner served 7 days.

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3.9based on recent ratings
3.7
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3.9
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4.0
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RF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rod N Reel is like going home for me and my family. Its very quaint but looks regal. Being on the water like it is, is always relaxing and if you are able to get a window by the water it is even moreso. We did the Christmas Breakfast Buffet with Santa and it is always a great experience! Children eat free with a paying adult after 9am and you cannot go wrong with all of the selections. You will never leave hungry as there is an omlette bar, fresh made pancakes, waffles and french toast.....best breakfast buffett I have ever been to. Their Sinatra Night Buffet is also nice. The ambiance is great. And the staff is always super friendly and they actually remember you when you come back which is unheard of these days. I don't give 5 stars often but for the price, the selection, the staff and the ambiance? 5 stars all the way!

JM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the neighborhood and this is the second year we have joined with our neighbors for Thanksgiving at the Rod & Reel . I always reserve a table for 5 at 5 and my reservation is always on time. The food is plentiful with a huge variety and is always hot and delicious. If you leave hungry that is your fault.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Would not recommend for seasonal dining. I’ve been there for brunch and it was great.

LS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thanksgiving Buffet had a variety of food and desserts. The environment was family oriented and we will be back again.

KV
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Parki in the new parking garage. They also have a shuttle between the garage and the resort which is helpful. Great views of the water.

EM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience when we visit. I like to bring guests from out of town to experience something new. Great food, service, and views.

JS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I would recommend them only because of the ambiance. The food wasn't that great. The dish that I got had about 6 separate pieces of lump crab meat and the dish itself was bland; not enough flavoring. For the price I paid I expected a lot more than that. Food portions need improvement.

LO
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Rod and Reel is a nice place. Free valet parking. Decent food. Would go again.

LT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent always great food and service. Will definitely be back again.

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Been going there for years. Brought my staff there for our first meeting. We will be back in the Summer.

Jai Jones
Addicted2bowling LLC

Rod N Reel
Responded on November 1, 2019

We look forward to seeing you again!

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NP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Food wasn't the same as years ago. It was really nasty!

AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Prepare to spend a few hours there as the service is pretty slow which gives you time to enjoy the freshly nade waffles and omelettes which are a huge success.

Rod N Reel
Responded on October 24, 2019

Hi ALucas, We apologize that the service was slow during your recent visit, but are happy to hear you enjoyed the waffles and omelettes at the breakfast buffet. We hope to see you again soon!

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B
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a birthday celebration. Food, service & view was good. Would have been a better experience without the flies in the restaurant.

TS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We always enjoy coming for the breakfast buffet, the only trouble is always running out of scrambled eggs. Drink service is slow as well but the overall experience is good.

Rod N Reel
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are happy to hear you enjoy our breakfast buffet and have shared your comments about the scrambled eggs and drink service with our F&B team as we are always striving to improve.

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W
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was very professional and pleasant.

SD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience1

There were flies and bugs everywhere not sure if it is because of the area but I shouldn’t eat where bugs and flies are

MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great plentiful buffet. Earlier is busier / louder. Go after 1130 and it's a bit quieter and more enjoyable. Also a better chance of getting a table overlooking the bay!

PL
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wanted lobster. Walked over to the tank and none of the lobsters were moving. One was on its side. Had delicious crab cake instead. Smith Island Cake was scrumptious

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Sunday brunch buffet was amazing. The food was delicious and plentiful. The price was very reasonable. The only complaint was we had to ask for our server to order drinks but after that the server was very attentive.

C
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I’d recommend the resort but not the restaurant. The food wasn’t great or worth the money. The service was fine and people were friendly.

KK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The place smelled horrible. The manager was more worried about fixing her slot machine than refunding the money I lost inside of it. And our server was slow and not very knowledgeable about the menu. Food got mixed reviews guests but overall it was not great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around!

y
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went there for our anniversary dinner. Some of the food cans cold and they had reheat the food. The service is average and the food is ok. I probably would not go back. Overpriced for what you are getting for

C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic tasting well proportioned seafood dinners. Will return soon!

AL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service was good, but the food was great. From the appetizer to the dessert. There’s nothing like a quick getaway, with fantastic food to complete it. Rod & Reel was actually referred to me. I’ll make sure to pass it along 💯.
-Alesha B.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very Nice place for a special lunch. Really beautiful rear exterior.

ND
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was great. The server was attentive and personable. Our overall experience was outstanding. We look forward to visiting with you again very soon.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except the flies. Really hard to enjoy your food and family when we’re constantly swatting flies.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We had a very enjoyable day. But, our lunch was warm, crab cakes were order, as well shrimp, the greens and mac n chesse. Food could have been hot...

Thank You,

TO
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The breakfast buffet on Sunday was great. Tons of options. Service was good and friendly. No one seemed bothered with my family with 4 kids 6 and under.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food1service2ambience5

Food was tough liked it was nuked, greens were salty, mashed potatoes was too dry, had to ask for gravy for the potatoes. Creme brûlée wasn’t lit on fire in front of customer. Service was ok but had to ask for lemons for my iced tea several times. For the price of the food, the food could be better or cooked fresh.

P
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had reservations but when we arrived our table was not yet ready for us even though the restaurant was less than 1/2 full. Our server was friendly and got our order correct (6 of us) with the exception of putting our entire order (appetizers and meals) in at the same time. As we all know once your food comes you are no longer interested in an appetizer. I felt they should have offered to take them off checks. She admitted she rang them in all together. Didn't do a great job checking back for drink refills or other needs. Food was good. Everyone enjoyed their meal, but next time will try the outdoor restaurant.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Loved it last year but when the kids are complaining about so many flies that was too much. Scrub the place down and it will be nice again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Rod N Reel is very over priced. The food was average at best and definitely not worth the price.

Avoid the cream of crab soup. It was the consistency of mayonnaise. The waitress returned it to the kitchen and the cook agreed it shouldn’t have been served. The issue should have been realized when spooning it out.

Also, the buffalo wings were served with the buffalo sauce on the side. I’ve never ate at a restaurant which serves their buffalo wings dry.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Is only recommend this restaurant if staying at the resort. The food is decent, we ate there about 4 times and there were 4 of us so tried a lot of meals. Everyone is very nice and accommodating. They seemed a little disorganized almost like it was a new restaurant. But they try hard. Soups were awesome and homemade- these were the yesterday’s soup specials (because they taste better the next day!). Crab cakes and steak were great. Salads weren’t presented well but fresh and often were missing ingredients listed. Side dishes were hit or miss (mac n cheese a no, coleslaw very good). So if you are staying there I’d say give it a try!

F
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a reservation for 4 p.m. We were seated at 3:55 our table was ready with a beautiful view. There was a dissatisfied customer who made a scene. However, our waitress, Brittany, appeared to adapt and we proceeded with placing our dinner order.

The food was good but out of the four carrots on the plate only two were eatable. The other two were not fully cooked and could not be cut with a knife. The price does not match the portion of food received. The seafood Norfolk was tasty but it was a small portion compared to the price. The stuffed shrimp were three medium-sized shrimp. My husband was hungry by the time we arrived home.

We enjoyed being together for our birthdays and probably will visit again in the future.

D
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Went for dinner and it was pretty good, but very pricey. Went for breakfast the next morning and was totally displeased! We had omelettes that had no seasoning and the home fries were soggy and no seasoning. We were the only ones there, so it was not busy, and I had to get up and get our waitress in order to get our bill and pay.

CI
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had our Anniversary dinner here and it was great. Service was fantastic and friendly staff. Thank you!

I
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience1

The entree I had was horrible (fish and chips). Lacked any flavor and the fish had a slight green cast to it. I didn’t eat it after seeing that. My husband enjoyed his meal. I enjoyed my Caesar salad and creme brûlée. The server (Natalie) was wonderful. I expected better quality food considering the first rate profile at the bottom of the menu of the executive chef.

AS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The view was nice. Food was fine. Service lacking. Requested surprise Anniversary dessert on open table and called ahead for it. Did not happen. Waited over 10 minutes to be greeted by our waitress. Water not refilled, No bread. No return for dessert or coffee. Left before dessert. No manager walking around to see how things were.