Arrived for our 7:15 reservation and was immediately seated at a waterfront table and was introduced to our server Samantha (Sam). Ordered drinks and an appetizer. Both were brought out quickly. Delicious real Maryland Blue crab dip. Sam also brought us a complementary selection of spreads and crackers. We tried both the Maryland Crab soup and the cream of crab. Both were simply loaded with lump crab and delicious. We both ordered the Stuffed Portobellos for our entree with side salads and mac-cheese. Every bite was on point. The salad was a great mix of fresh veggies. The mac- cheese was creamy, thick and homemade. The Portobellos were stuffed with lumps of blue crab and shrimp. I'm not sure why the other reviewers thought the portions were small, all of ours were very generous and we are both normal diners. We both had to take home some of the portobello. Sam was personable, helpful and a joy to be around. All in all, I'm so glad I paid little attention to the reviews and dined here. We will be back!
Made the reservation for 6 and 2 of us arrived and checked in 15 minutes early. We were told our table was ready but we couldn't be seated until everyone arrived so we waited in the crowded area up front. 3 more arrived from the Eastern shore and our son was stuck in traffic coming from Germantown. We were told we couldn't be seated AND if he didn't show, we would have to be put on a waitlist, a party of 15 had come in while we were waiting plus the front was already congested. She finally did seat the 5 of us explaining they didn't make reservations for 5 people. Our server never showed up but a super nice server took us under his wing. The place was half empty, but I guess there weren't enough servers. We probably won't be going back and will choose to meet up elsewhere next time.
Went for the Wednesday night "Sinatra Night". The duo was very enjoyable, the food was excellent and the service was top notch. The bar was nice except for slot machines on one side. They weren't particularly noisy, nor were the players, but they definitely detracted from the ambiance. That said, they are well away from the dining room so they did not detract from the dining experience.
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!
Server was great. Had a soloist playing music which was good. Food was good for price.
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
Outrageously priced for the small amount of food. Very disappointed.
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.
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.
Very quiet, peaceful with a great view. Great service and food.
Wonderful place I always enjoy coming to this establishment.
Our brunch was outstanding from beginning, making our reservation on Open Table, to end the great service we received throughout the meal.
Great NYE dinner and dancing!
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.
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.
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
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Excellent Thanksgiving dinner for the family and friends
Food is good, staff attentive without being intrusive, fantastic views. Our favorite restaurant for special occasions.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Service was prompt, helpful, and courteous. Atmosphere was outstanding. We would definitely go there again.
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.
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.
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!
The food and service was excellent! I had a wonderful day with friends. The Maryland crab soup is a must!!!
Crab soup delish! Very convenient location and great view!
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!
Just average. But maybe our expectations were too high.
Service was excellent. Server was knowledgeable and personable. Food was fresh, delicious and nicely plated.
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.
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!
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.