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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (10)
Waterfront (10)
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Sunday Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Casual (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Cozy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Authentic (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Wait for order was long and restaurant was not particulerly busy, but seafood entrees were very fresh and well prepared, so wait was worth it!

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

Server was great. Had a soloist playing music which was good. Food was good for price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Our waitress was horrible once our food was delivered I ask for bread/butter and ketchup she never returned until we were done eating when asked about ketchup and bread she apologized stating she was busy gave our check did not even ask us if we wanted dessert

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Outrageously priced for the small amount of food. Very disappointed.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a great time at brunch celebrating a birthday. Making reservations was a breeze, we walked in were seated in under 2 minutes. Well worth the drive and effort to get there in the rain. We will continue to come back! The food is amazing, the price is a good value as well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We went yesterday for my husband's birthday. This is not our first time here -- it is our favorite breakfast place. I always book Rod and Reel for meetings and social gatherings with my friends. So many selections and great food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very quiet, peaceful with a great view. Great service and food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful place I always enjoy coming to this establishment.

Tags: Seasonal, Late-night Find, Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our brunch was outstanding from beginning, making our reservation on Open Table, to end the great service we received throughout the meal.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great NYE dinner and dancing!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for dinner New Year's eve. Reservation was made and we were promptly seated upon arrival. Beautiful atmosphere and view. The food was absolutely amazing. The appetizers were delicious. Clams with chorizo and the oysters Rockefeller were perfectly cooked. The chateaubriand was fork tender and melted in your mouth! The lobster and seafood Norfolk were incredible! Even the sides were delicious. Hands down one of the best meals i have ever had. Fine dining at its best. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas night dinner, ran out of many entrees. Food was lukewarm when it was served. I hope the waitress was undertrained, she was not attentive at all.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Reservation was for 12:30 PM. Three members of the party arrived early. When the remaining party arrived at 12:35 our table was not ready. Eventually we were seated in the area where the buffet was being served even though we were not orderering the buffet. After half an hour a waitress arrived and told us this wasn’t her section. Finally someone appeared & took our drink orders. It was an hour before our lunch order was taken. Food was delayed & when it finally arrived it was cold. For a birthday celebration it was disappointing

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We celebrated my husband's 78th birthday at the Rod N Reel on Dec 6. We had such a good time and the restaurant looked wonderful! I loved the poinsettia tree and all the holiday decorations!! The food was good and the service was excellent by Kelsey. I have celebrated my 50th and 61st birthdays here. Just a very good restaurant and always a good time!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was plentiful and the quality was good. Lots of options to meet everyone’s taste. The Santa was great and the picture was a nice touch. However, our service was awful. We sat for more than 20 minutes before we were ever greeted by our server and then it was a quick one at that. No description of the buffet or drink specials. We asked about the drink specials for the brunch and she was annoyed to have to tell us. We ordered a mimosa and a Bloody Mary. The Bloody Mary tasted like watered down cocktail sauce. She did not clear our plates, but once.
The tables were crammed in the room with hardly room to move between them. When we were ready to pay we had to wait another 10 min. for our waitress to come back.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner at Rod and Reel. There were many food options for a family with so many tastes. Everyone was pleased with the meal. The old folks had traditional Thanksgiving meal of carved turkey, mashed potatoes (white and sweet), green veggies, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dessert and coffee. The young people explored all of the offerings. I think all six of us had a different dessert and wow, what a value. We had fun and everyone left happy!

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Dinning experience was great.
However the on line reservation systems was not very good. We made reservation and then were called and informed the time was not available.
Not happy.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2017

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!! My family and I dined for Thanksgiving. The buffet looked very appealing and the smells that were being let off by the food attracted us even more. Once we got our food, that was another story. The corn pudding basically ran off of my plate and was not cooked thoroughly. The green bean casserole was mushy, the cod wasn't even identifiable as it was chopped into pieces and we constantly had to wait for food to be cooked since none of the staff was watching the pans that needed to be refilled. Our server Dave was nice but had way too many tables as he kept forgetting our drinks and scratching his head to remember. We waited twenty minutes for our check so that we could pay and be on our way. I thank God that I am a good citizen because the way that I was feeling, I should have just left without paying. $238.00 for what???? I voiced my concerns to the manager on duty and he gave us coupons for free bowls of soup on our next visit. I left them on the table because we will not be returning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent Thanksgiving dinner for the family and friends

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food is good, staff attentive without being intrusive, fantastic views. Our favorite restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 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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vip
 (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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 (Baltimore)·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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 (Baltimore)·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Crab soup delish! Very convenient location and great view!

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 (Washington DC)·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 12, 2017

Just average. But maybe our expectations were too high.

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 (Washington DC)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Baltimore)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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