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About Rod N Reel

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.

4165 Mears Avenue
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Saturday Breakfast Buffet: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday Breakfast Buffet: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
MD Rt. 261

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 257-2735 ext. 107

Website:
http://www.chesapeakebeachresortspa.com/eat-drink/rod-n-reel-restaurant

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking every day.

Executive Chef:
Rudy Volpe and Joe Misero

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rod N Reel Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (18)
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Good for a Date (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Romantic (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Live Music (5)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We booked thru open table and added the “special remarks” that it was my husband’s birthday. They had a nice table reserved for us. I’ve been there several times before and been very pleased with everything. This time, however, Service was slow, one wrong wine was brought, had to ask twice to bring bread, then had to ask for butter, then had to say husbands birthday (she didn’t charge for his dessert after I told her). So she fixed everything but didn’t even say “happy birthday.” Afterward a different table with a birthday got singing and candle/ cake. (I know this all sounds petty). We will return, I just think the special comment I made through open table should have been passed through to the restaurant and sufficient, and also think that the waitress needed more training? Food was very good as usual, and live music was great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Authentic, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This has to be one of the worst restaurants I have ever been to. My flounder which I ordered fried was chewy and tasted terrible. My macaroni and cheese side was cold and when I requested it to be heated up I was given a new one which did taste ok but I was told " this is a new batch you had the end of the last batch". The prices were very high for poor quality food. I would have preferred fast food over the food I received here. My husband ordered the "recommended" crab stuffed rock fish which wasn't bad but was small and the side dish of spinach tasted like the chef dumped an entire container of salt in it. We noticed the table across from us didn't eat the spinach either. I wouldn't recommend eating at this restaurant it is not 4 star quality.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

One of our favorite spots......Decided to head there after church with a group of 8. Sandy was awesome! One additional person surprised us and showed up. Sandy was very accommodating!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Have been coming to this restaurant since I was five years old. Love the atmosphere and the scenic views, and the food is still good.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We ended up here by chance, but it was a lucky find. The food was excellent! We'll definitely come back when we are in the area ... or go out of our way to get into the area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Service was prompt, helpful, and courteous. Atmosphere was outstanding. We would definitely go there again.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Our waiter Michael (not spelled this way) served us well. While we were there on a beautiful evening there was a brilliant rainbow over the bay. It was very special. My husband did not enjoy his seafood platter very well. We are a frequent visitor to this restaurant and the seafood platter is usually better. The fish was not very good this time. The oyster Rockefeller was delicious. I had Lobster tail and it was great and a good size. All in all a great evening.

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

A fantastic overall experience. Took my girlfriend out for our anniversary dinner and service was wonderful. Was given a table overlooking the Bay just liked I asked for on the reservation. Food was delicious and the ambiance was very quaint. Live music entertainment. Also given an option for a free dessert. Certainly higher priced but so so worth it.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

My husband and I stayed at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa so naturally, we went to the Rod N Reel for dinner (the restaurant is part of the resort). We looked over the menu prior to our arrival and were quite excited to have a fine dining experience for our first anniversary as a married couple-- the menu boasts fresh seafood and steaks for higher prices so we definitely thought we were going to be impressed. We were SO wrong. I ordered the Mariner's Platter which had "crab balls, shrimp, scallops, flounder, and oysters"-- everything was fried (horribly) and tasted like what you would get from a fast food seafood joint. My husband got the Crab Imperial which was salty and disgusting. We did not dare order dessert because it was surely some type of frozen/thawed cake of some sort. The food was just a DISASTER. But what was even worse was the service. The hosts had no idea what they were talking about (one gave us a breakfast menu and told us we could have it delivered to our room the next morning-- when we called no one answered the phone. Instead we went down to see that there was a breakfast buffet ((that should have been free)) for $16 per person- I could write a whole second review for this). Our server for dinner was named Shelby. She was obviously upset, and maybe she was having a bad night-- but her attitude was HORRIBLE. She was not personable at all, did not bring us any bread or ask how things were the entire meal. She was rushing us to leave (not that we wanted to stay) but as soon as we walked out the door we saw her jump into a car that peeled off in the parking lot in front of us. All in all the experience was terrible. The food was worse than any diner I've ever eaten at and the service was just as bad. I would suggest that if you are staying at the resort to venture out for food!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

The food and service was excellent! I had a wonderful day with friends. The Maryland crab soup is a must!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Casual, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Crab soup delish! Very convenient location and great view!

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

THE VIEW AND OVERALL ATMOSPHERE IS WONDERFUL! THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS AND THE SERVICE IS EXCELLENT! THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO DINE! I TRAVEL FROM AN HOUR AWAY!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Just average. But maybe our expectations were too high.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Service was excellent. Server was knowledgeable and personable. Food was fresh, delicious and nicely plated.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food, service and ambiance were all excellent. Even though we arrived early for our reservation, staff found seating for us. We will definitely come back again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Made reservations online for 4, ended up with 5 people. They were quickly accommodating when we arrived- Good start....but went down hill after that!
Took the waiter 10 minutes to take our drink order, and he never asked if we would like any appetizers. When he brought the drinks 10 minutes later, WE had inquired about appetizers which we ordered -came out 20 minutes later. That's when he took our dinner order ( you do the math ...40 minutes later!!!) We arrived 7:45pm and dinner wasn't served until 9:00pm!!! 3 adults and 2 kids...When dinner was finally served, my nephew (8yrs) had to wait an additional 10 minutes for his mac & cheese meal. How hard is Mac & Cheese? We all had our meals except him...Really? 1 adult sent her fish dinner back as it did not smell or taste right and they forgot the added on crab cake for another dinner
When I approached the manager about waiting so long for our dinner, he very unpleasantly and curtly informed us that it was very busy, with No apology or empathy what so ever.
Not at all interested in dining at this restaurant ever again!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 3, 2017

The entrance to the restaurant was not clearly marked (to us at least) and we ended up in a very crowded, noisy not very pleasant game room upstairs. When I asked someone how to get to the restaurant, I was told to go through the tavern which also was not so good. It wasn't until we were leaving that we saw the main doors opposite the hotel entrance. The view is outstanding and the food was very good. Our server was attentive though not terribly outgoing. We were treated to dessert on the house since it was our 49th wedding anniversary. We came back because we had been here many years ago when we were dating so it was a nostalgic trip.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Worst dining experience in my life and ruined our famil birthday celebration for my wife. We waited over an hour for our food and when it came it was only Luke warm except for my step sons chicken that was burnt. The mananger tried to make things right but it was too little too late. Pity but ther are plenty other area restaurants where you can get better prepared food, better service at a better price. No second chances for this place

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

I was very delighted that Rod and Reel offers vegan options and are very accommodating when it comes to customizing a dish to make it vegan.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Delicious meals, great server, perfect atmosphere for my husband's 40th birthday celebration

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Nice location looking out at the marina, and we were able to watch a band performing on the outdoors stage that night. We went fishing that day, and the restaurant offers a fantastic option to cook your fresh catch for you - it was delicious! Other food was good, too, and the nightly special was a very reasonable price (regular menu items a bit pricey).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Some confusion whether we could use a coupon at the outside tables - so we dined inside. The staff were very nice about it but communication lacking. Service was not as good as usual - refills on drinks very slow, food brought out at different times. Bread on sandwich was partially burned. Not our normal nice experience! Sarah, the hostess, was terrific as always !

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

We have never been to Chesapeake Beach area before and thought it would be a fun experience. The area is nice the restaurant/hotel /spa is also nice. The service was poor it literally took 15 minutes to get a drink. OK, there was a concert on the plaza and we excepted the poor bar service at that time due to the circumstances. Then we ordered appetizers and entrees. When the food came it was our entries and no appetizers, the server (not ours) who delivered the food was very nice and said they would take the appetizers off our order. So we ate our entrees. The food was only ok, My order came with beer battered onion rings (2) which were the best par t of my meal. Unfortunately, there were several sewer flies flying around the table which, made for an unpleasant conversation and lots of hand swatting... Our server did come by once while we both still had plates full of food to ask if we would like to see a dessert menu??? I think our expectations of this Hotel/Spa / Resturant were higher than average because of the location and the ambiance. I would not recommend this location for a private or nice night out. This is definitely a destination for couples - groups with low expectations. Last note - I asked the server when she asked if we wanted dessert if she knew about the appetizers and she also said she would make sure they're not on the bill. Once the bill came there on the ticket was our drinks, entrees and our appetizers... really disappointed in the service, even though the food was not great the service really tarnished the whole evening... price was one drink each and toe entries $88.00 - I eat in DC and Annapolis a lot! This was way too much to spend for the service we received and over all experience...

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Honestly, the restaurant was clean, service was friendly and kids enjoyed their crayons and silly string. Nice touch on those. However, the food was absolutely awful. The bread was stale, fish was greasy, Mac and cheese was powder-y, chips were tasteless, fish tacos were sweet (not even sure how that is possible), even the ranch tasted weird (like it had mayo in it). We really wanted to like it because it is pretty out there, and people were friendly. But again ALL of the food was a disaster. One bad dish maybe go back, but how you mess everything up is beyond repair.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

If you're there on a Saturday evening, there is always a wedding going on which can be fun to watch the ceremony or the wedding party running around. However, this can cause the service to be a little slow or for them to run out of glasses. Our waitress was super nice and willing to split our party's bill into 7 different checks! She did seem a little overworked though, and would sometimes not attend to our table for 15-20 minutes at a time. Overall, if you're not in a hurry and like a lovely view of the Chesapeake Bay, this is a good place to go!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Seated promptly. Good food. We had a view of the bay. Waited a short while for our food. Order was correct. Prices a little high. Salad was $7.50 but it was very good. The ice cream was $6!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Good gluten free options although out of crackers. Friendly, personable staff. Food was good. View pretty. We weren't rushed or pressured. Our waitress remembered us from 3 months earlier!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Worst service we have ever had. Waiter was rude and forgetful. We live in Texas and met a local friend there for dinner. They had never had such a bad experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The dining experience was great. Celebrating our 36 year wedding anniversary was coupled with great service, food and atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Enjoyed revisiting a childhood favorite--but was floored by the sprawling facility, and sad to hear that the Rod 'n Reel will soon disappear. Glad we had reservations on a hot Sunday night in July. Fun to watch people dancing to live music, fishing boats coming in, and my beloved Bay. Food was overpriced for quality, though. Servers and hostesses all friendly and polite.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Made a reservation online on a Friday night. Table was ready, service was prompt and food was authentic. A bit pricey but worth not waiting for a table. I recommend the rockfish with crab imperial.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

First time at Sunday Brunch (have been to Saturday brunch a few times). Had heard years ago, that Sunday brunch also offered seafood. I guess that's changed. Overall, a decent brunch for the price. Food was good. Omelet line long, but I know it's worth the wait. Peach Bellini's were awesome. Loved our server, Patti. Will definitely return!

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I love the location and the steak. I have been to this restaurant several times and am becoming a regular customer. I usually come back with a new friend every time but I also go alone.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our meal. The server had great customer service and very attentive. The manager was extremely friendly and welcoming. He really seem to genuinely care, which make you want to return. Good food and service!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2017

I loved loved the view of the water. Very nice ambience and the service was great. The food was a bit pricey and just average. Overall a pleasant experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Made my reservation with Open table for 1, I was not seated until 1:45. I was told because of the wait I would be seated at a table with a view. But she gave the table to someone else. We were then stuck in a end booth with a regular chair, that you had to squeeze into and there was no view. I was ok with having to wait, because brunch was very busy but I dont like being lied to.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Really enjoyable. Stayed overnight and had dinner before a show. Very convenient to have everything in one place. Everyone of the staff where very friendly. Food was very good. Hotel was clean & quiet.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We enjoy visiting Rod and Reel at least a couple of time a years. The view is wonderful as well as the entertainment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I have been to Rod N Reel for brunch several times and was well pleased. I was not however pleased with the dinner options for Father's day. The service was great for our large group.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We went to Rod & Reel for Father's Day. Despite making reservations, we were required to wait for a table 20-30 minutes for a table. Our waitress didn't know much about the menu so our questions weren't answered. The food was very good but we had to wait a long time to get it.

I'd be willing to try to restaurant again on a normal day. Maybe the service and wait time will be better.

Tags: Waterfront
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