Sam's on the Waterfront

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“Well worth the trip” is what the Washington Post say about Sam’s on the Waterfront. Tucked away in the middle of Chesapeake Harbour, Sam’s is a true visual & culinary experience. Built in 1986 & designed after the historic Spider Leg Screwpile lighthouses, this uniquely crafted building on the water provides the most elegant & stylish of settings. Executive Chef, Brendan Odea, will tailor your meal to meet any of your specific requirements. Staff will make sure that all your expectations are met. Dine inside or outside at our dockbar. Sam’s is dedicated to providing the most fresh, creative, local dining experience possible! Sam’s has a remarkable modern American cuisine w/ regional influences. Menus change seasonally w/ weekly special & many gluten free options. Winner of Wine Spectators & Wine Enthusiast "Award of Excellent" & Zagat's "Best Bet Award" & Voted best Burger in Annapolis 2 yrs in a row! Sam's offers the best live Musi

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GP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time. Food was fantastic, service was great. Couldn’t have a better view. Would highly recommend Sam’s.

CH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Weirdly, at 8:00 on a Saturday night they started setting up for a kids band contest right in the middle of the restaurant. It killed the whole feel of the evening with all these people running in and out and setting up equipment. Seemed strange for what was once a premier restaurant in Annapolis, and especially for a Saturday night.

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

My son and I recently dined at Sam’s after being unable to obtain a diner reservation elsewhere. I should have been forewarned based on the availability of the last minute reservation. I had the Steak Fritte special, my son had the Best Crabcake in Annapolis. There was nothing special about my steak. It was over cooked and smothered in a tangy sauce that must have been intended to mask the quality of the meat. My son’s crabcake was disappointing to say the least. As first time visitors to Annapolis we hope that other establishments have a crabcake that can truly lay claim as the best in Annapolis. In fact we know this to be true as we had a wonderful meal the previous evening at Cantler’s.

JD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Was unable to appreciate the openness of the restaurant because of the weather. Tables are well spaced, prices are reasonable, everybody loved their food. Offered a prix fixe menu during restaurant week which was a great value. Need to go back when the weather is warmer and enjoy the open air ambiance.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I decided to try out Annapolis Restaurant Week, and Sam’s on the Waterfront has a great menu set for the occasion. Upon arriving, we had no issues with parking and were greeted at the door by a friendly hostess. We made a reservation 20 minutes before arriving and were shown to our table immediately. We sat next to the windows overlooking the water and everything about the restaurant was peaceful and enjoyable. Our food was fantastic and the portion sizes were great considering they were to be smaller than the portion sizes when it’s not Annapolis Restaurant Week. Great experience! Great service by Kerrigan! Will be back again soon!

OT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service !

GM
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We decided to try Sams because they were participating in restaurant week and the offered menu looked good. The setting is on the water, a marina back bay but on the water. The service was good, we were waited on quickly and the waiter was attentive. The food honestly was mediocre at best. The crab soup was okay but lacked crab, one bite in the entire cup. My wife's calamari was cooked but not long enough to get crispy. Our sandwiches were lackluster, my burger was over cooked and bland and my wifes chicken sandwich was dry, very dry. One positive, their french fries are really good! Long and short, for us it was not worth the ride.

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and everyone was very professional. The restaurant has outstanding views and good Ambience. There was a band tonight and even the band with the music was not very disruptive or very loud it was actually very entertaining

BB
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Been here before and had better service. Went there for a Saturday night out. Server was overwhelmed and commented several times on how tired she was because it was a long day. Had to ask for water and drink refills a few times, did not get the routine bread basket. There were four of us, 3 ordered soup and one salad. The soups came and long after had to ask where the salad was.. it came 2 minutes before the meal. Food was good, great location. Will go back again

B
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent and the views were amazing, too!

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was outstanding

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to Chef Brendan, Andrew, Peter and Sam's entire staff for providing carry-out / delivery service during the covid-19 pandemic. I ordered from their family dinner menu over the weekend. The food was delivered quickly and hot and was a welcome change from my usual frozen dinners.

Please support this community favorite -- they are being innovative and responsible in times of crisis. I, for one, plan on placing additional orders until they can open again. I hope you will do the same. They are being there for us and I hope we are there for them, too.

AM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were two couples and had a delightful evening with excellent food. The service couldn’t have been better. It is a great place for celebrating a special occasion or just a weekday evening out. We highly recommend it!

DE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic. Everything was cook to perfection. One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in the DMV.

TM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second Valentine’s Day at Sam’s and it was fantastic!!! The food was delicious, the ambiance was perfect. I will go again and again!!! Oh and 2 single long stem roses to end the night... one for my wife and I.

L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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KK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Sams on the Waterfront on Sat. 2/8. Melissa was our server and she was excellent in recommending appetizers while waiting for all guests to arrive and spacing an appropriate amount of time between courses and was efficient in getting drink orders since our guests did not all arrive at the same time. She answered all questions on the menu and was even able to customize a couple of things. We will definitely come back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience4

Rude guests / way too noisy. Should increase prices

c
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Sam's on the Waterfront, and it was a great first visit. The food was good, the waitress was great and we enjoyed ourselves. We will go back in the spring or summer, when we can sit outside and enjoy the surroundings.

n
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

enjoyed the seasonal change of menu offerings. the fried chicken is delicious and ample, and, will see me through the winter!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dinner!

ED
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were great. Loved the fried deviled eggs! I can’t stop talking about them.

W
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the view very romantic perfect for dates
Food was delicious
Fair pricing
Staff was very friendly and knowledge

AM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Beautiful setting. Disinterested server. Main dishes, one very bland, one overcooked. Dessert tasted like frozen pie.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Low quality food - Very expensive bill . NEVER AGAIN

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and attentive service staff. Delicious food. Up to the rim mimosas. Only strange thing was restaurant was vacant yet they sat people directly next to us.

m
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. A lot of different choices for our party of six. Our waitress was very attentive, without being on top of us. It is nice to go to brunch and have the option of lunch or dinner, and to leave full and satisfied. And the view was amazing!

AL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinning experience here. Took my wife for our anniversary. The view is beautiful, the food tasted great, and the service was excellent. It was just a little bit pricey but still had a great time here!

r
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A beautiful venue. The food is consistently good. Unfortunately, the live music was way too loud and not very good. it was overpowering in such a small setting.

OT
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Went there for lunch, wife had rockfish and I had crab stuffed shrimp, the food was delicious, very pleased.
Service was outstanding, our server took very good care of us.
There is not a bad seat, there is a good view of the inlet from anywhere in the restaurant.
Noise level is really loud!, very difficult to have a conversation. The restaurant had two large groups while we were there, large groups are always noisy. There are hard surfaces every where, no noise abatement.
This was our first time there, we will g back.

SS
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for a nice dinner away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

j
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience5

Sam's on the Waterfront is in a beautiful setting. Not only do you have access to the water, but the many boats docked in the marina are on full display. The real issues are the food and service. The food is very average and not particularly good. If they were going for casual, but good I wouldn't have any issue. I had the tacos and my guest had the rockfish. Neither was appetizing. We started with calamari, that was good, but nothing spectacular. The server was confused. He told me I could order a certain martini, then came back and said they didn't make that drink. Overall not worth the money.

Y
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I asked for rare n the Salmon and they actually did it on a nice thick slice. Hooray. The Rockfish grilled was really the only disappointment. OK but kind of ordinary.

Risotto delicious. Vegetables cooked just right.

The view on the waterfront is nice but really up close on the boats so not spectacular.

S
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I have always enjoyed Sam's, particularly outside. But the weather was not optimal for brunch so we opted for a table near a window. Dirty windows, dirty and a bit spacey server, nobody in the bloody place! Not a good sign. My Chesapeake poached eggs were good, but my friend's dirty hash was not good at all but she didn't want to complain. She did tell the server at the end, but there was no response. Won't be going inside again but will stick with their outside bar area for happy hour - which I loved this summer - ambiance, service, food and drink were all splendid outside.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Love Sams and will be back. Waiter was inattentive after food first came out, never came back to check on drinks.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal outside on the water. Our pup enjoyed too! Be sure to get the scallops appetizer. Delish!

OT
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The service was not good! The server was busy and we understood, however she was not attentive at all. We had to ask for a togo box and drinks several times. The manager was nonexistent. He did not do table visits and did not help the front of the house. For my second time time eating here, super disappointed in the overall service.

A
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was slow even though restaurant was not busy. Overall very good.

R
Puerto Vallarta
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance...fantastic crab benedict....wonderful fun waitress......good time had by all

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We asked for a table by the window and were told no. There was only 1 other table occupied in the restaurant while we were there. The hostess was not friendly and, when we had a problem with our bill, the manager was equally rude. Food was good but not worth putting up with all the other stuff. We won’t be back.