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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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
7 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
15 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
31 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
4 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
19 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.

JL
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A bit expensive but both of our meals were very good. The location is also really nice. Would return but maybe only for a special occasion due to the price.

CW
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent dining experience on the water in Annapolis. Every dish to the table was well presented and delicious. One of my family's favorite restaurants. We brought friends with us on this outing and they were raving as well.

LD
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The stuffed shrimp was delicious. Can’t wait to go back. Great water view.

NM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was really nice. A good view, good food and the service was okay. The only thing was the bathroom was very nasty and it smelled horrible. There water in the soap dispenser and no papertowels. It was also at the opening of the restaurant.

CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience2

The waitress misheard our order and only brought half the items we ordered. 2/4 people got meals. She put our order back in incorrectly so the wrong items came out. It was 30 minutes after the first half got their meals that the second half of the party got their correct meals. The food was not good and too expensive. I do not recommend.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Our server Shawn was outstanding. He made great recommendations and made us feel very welcome. The food was good and the scenery was beautiful.

AM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I expected much more for the cost of the food and drinks.

DF
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The worse dining experience ever. We booked Sams to see a local band Guava Jelly. To begin with the gentleman at the front desk may have been having one of those days. He did not look welcoming on seeing us and I would prefer not to speculate why. Front facing staff should always be mindful of their disposition when dealing with the public, just to give you guys feedback. After asking to be seated outside so that we can see the band, he indicated there were no nearby seats, no problem so we were led begrudgingly to our seats on the patio. We waited for about 10 mins before we got service and we had to ask one of the waiters. A gentlemen came by and asked us what we wanted. He seemed pleasent. He took our drink orders and we waited and waited. We even had to ask another wait staff to follow up. The wait was so excruciating we just got up and left. What was embarrassing is that my mother in law was visiting us from out of town and it just soured the evening. As folks who have patronized Sam’s before, we were deeply disappointed. We definitely will not be coming back anytime soon especially since there are so many good dining options available.

RO
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE THIS WATERFRONT RESTAURANT. THE CHEF IS VERY TALENTED! THE SOFT SHELL CRABS WERE AMAZING AND PERFECTLY PREPARED. I HAD THE STEAK AND I LOVED IT. THE WAITER SHAWN WAS THE VERY BEST AND WE ASK FOR HIM EACH TIME WE EAT HERE. THE MANAGER PETER STOPPED BY TO SEE HOW WE WERE DOING... VERY NICE TOUCH! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

OB
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I had out of town company visiting and looked for something on the water. Never been here so gave it a try based on reviews.

Comments -
Cocktails were very watered down. to the point the re order of a gin/tonic was just tonic
We were 3 families in the restaurant. So attention to detail should've been good in the kitchen. It was not. The noodles ordered in the pasta dish were extremely over done and hard.
The appetizers were overpriced for what was served;
$15 for scallops - Only three for the serving???
$10 for crab stuffed deviled eggs. Only two...Really?


The ambiance was excellent and Shawn, our server, was great. The overall quality does not warrant a return visit.

AD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food at a great location! Beautiful for relaxing getaway dining.

V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Enjoyed a nice dinner with a great view overlooking the water. The food, while not great, was not bad either and I would recommend this restaurant to friends just for the location.

OT
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service, wonderful view and delicious Lobster rolls. Thank you

R
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant/view on the water. Food was delicious and service was outstanding.

RO
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch was very relaxed with a great view of the marina. My salad with grilled salmon was fantastic, tons of flavor! The fish and chips were plentiful and delicious and the grilled rockfish was delicious as well. Our waiter Shawn was exceptional and he added a lot to our awesome experience!

SA
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great and the server was great. The location was not of my liking since it is in a gated neighborhood community away from the Annapolis waterfront activity. The host was a young gentleman who did not offer us a choice of indoor or outdoor seating but instead insisted that "they had us reserved for an indoor table for 2" suggesting the indoor dining option was dictated by reserving through Open Table which was a bit annoying.

FB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner made special by the staff

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

For the price the good was eh. The server was new so I’ll give a pass there. Took forever for very weak (all ice) drinks to arrive. $9 salad of lettuce & pumpkin seeds was quite small. Scallops were nice but 2 for $15 seems a bit steep even in this town. It was a very hot day, sat on the indoor porch. No one could figure out how to get the fans on. Overall VERY disappointing

VS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view. Very good food. Visiting the area for a week and we ate here 4 times.

J
Charleston
50 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and ambiance. We are NC coastal residents and appreciate well prepared seafood. I’m confident that you’ll not be disappointed.

RO
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first dining experience at Sam's in about 15 years, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

The host was very pleasant and we were seated promptly. The atmosphere is nautical and the marina views are fantastic! There were quite a few vessels which pulled up to the dock, whose owners took advantage of the outdoor seating.

Our waiter, Shawn, was extremely impressive and quite a dapper gentleman.

The wine List is respectable and very on point for full bottle pricing.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Half Price Burger night. The burgers are Fantastic and the fries are great too! We took home the Seafood Pasta, which was delicious! The Chef here is obviously talented!!! We also enjoyed the deviled eggs, calamari and the crab soup!

I certainly recommend Sam's for every occasion. I also very highly recommend requesting to be waited on by Shawn, who greatly added to the special ambiance of our evening!

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Over priced, small portions.

GF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in the Annapolis area for a family funeral. Our family wanted some good seafood with hopefully a view of the water and sunset. While Open Table did not allow us to specify our request the restaurant management accommodated us very nicely. Thank you!

LF
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sautéed soft shell inAnnapolis. This restaurant is a pleasant surprise.

DD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This restaurant has a very nice water view from any table. Had the crab eggs Benedict which was very good! My advice to the kitchen though is to stop dicing the hash brown potatoes; their perfect little squares make them look like they were poured out of a frozen food bag. Something with a hand-cut look would be preferable for a restaurant of otherwise good caliber.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant, sits on the Annapolis Harbor. Great views