Sam's on the Waterfront

4.3
1215 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
“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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1215 people are saying
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vipMaryLow
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent and the best crab cakes ever. Even the veggie flatbread and salads with way above average. Definitely recommend

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KenG
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great drinks, good food and great music o
for a Sunday afternoon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Wanted a Bloody Mary. Their mix was too spicy so the bartender made one with tomato juice. Just vodka & tomato juice. That’s not a Bloody Mary. I had to request seasonings, worchestire and horseradish to make my own. Used low quality tomato juice.
Ordered the crab cake melt with applewood smoked bacon. Sandwich was not grilled. Crabmeat was scant and the bacon near uncooked. Not crispy. $23.00
My father ordered the lobster roll. Menu did not say lobster “salad” roll. But that’s what he received and that was only made with claw meat. No lobster tail meat. 24.00.
In the past Sams had only the highest quality of ingredients.
My family has been patrons of Sam’s since it opened. Stopped when it changed management and changed menu to have a more Asian lean. Was excited to see the menu returned to more regional cuisine. Best thing today were the French fries and they were cold.

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Patty
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place on the water
Very loud inside so we went outside it was so nice
Great food

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vipCarolineH
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Sam's has the best lobster rolls and a beautiful view as well. We will miss them.

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Alsacienne
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice location away from the crowded Annapolis touristic spot

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CharmCityTraveler
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent view. My lobster roll was better than expected. the tomato bisque with lobster was very good, could've used a bit more lobster.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Great food and great service. Great date night.

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JohnB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Were looking for a good meal at an enjoyable venue on the water. Sam's is on the water and we enjoyed a pleasant outdoor table overlooking the marina. Our server was wonderful, pleasant, responsive and helpful. The food was just okay with a good appetizer, but entree's that did not quite live up to expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time with wonderful service and food!

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EricC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything thing was as expected.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We visited here yesterday for lunch. It was a nice day so we sat outside. Not one employee wore a mask. Service here was unfortunately not the best. The calamari was soaked in oil and the chicken was undercooked. We literally waited for over 30 minutes for our waitress to bring the check. After realizing she just might not return, we walked inside and asked the young lady at the front for our waitress to bring the check. While we were walking to the front, the outdoor bartender (I really wish I had looked at his name) grabbed a bunch of napkins and began sneezing uncontrollably in it. He proceeded to grab more napkins while wiping his hands on his uniform. I was officially grossed out ESPECIALLY considering COVID is live and in full effect going on. Needless to say, our check was almost $70 (definitely was not worth it) and I will never eat here again!!!

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Rese
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious! Sitting outside by the water and boats was a great relaxing vibe. Will definitely be going back!

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vipLadyjw
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Nice restaurant right on the water. Food was excellent. The waiter we had was so so. They added a 20% tip to the bill because it was over $100. We usually tip well over 20% but not this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great to be on the water!

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vipLinnie
Orlando
35 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great location, nice menu, food was OK. Dessert of Smith Island cake was dry and not very good - disappointing!! I’d give it another try because the Wedge Salad was delicious! Best part of dinner!

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vipFragranceCzar
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the fried Brussels sprouts appetizer. Great food and view of the harbor. Easy parking.

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ChuckS
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and view.
Entertainment was a nice add. Super tunes like James Taylor.

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PhiVer
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was surprisingly empty, even for a Wednesday evening. But we were sat by the window with a wonderful view of the Marina. Both the service and food were excellent. We expect to return.

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LisaA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Young male staff that left a little to be impressed about. (Nick) was cute, but not really concerned about being a server.
Scallop and Shrimp salad was recommended, but the greens were tough, old and on the verge of rotting. Interesting signature mocktail with muddled strawberry and seltzer which was quite good.

The view over the marina is lovely- that's probably their best quality. Hope the kitchen and staff can rise to better standards. Annapolis needs more fine dining experiences.

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mlp8415
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, food and ambiance. Took our time and were never rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time here and I throughly enjoyed it! The crab melt was wonderful. The Brussels sprouts were to die for. The portion sizes are huge which is nice because I had a ton of leftovers.

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PhyllisC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Outdoor seating provided a great view. Service was great.

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AsonjaS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very pleasant on the water and the weather was great. The servicer was attentive and the food was delicious.

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JoeH
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and consideration!

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tony
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location with wonderful view. Service was very good. Menu offered many choices and the food was good.

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KatherineB
Key West
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our server was very professional and friendly. The fish ‘n chips were in the dry side. Overall the restaurant looked a little “tired and when out” in terms of decor. It was noisier than we expected.

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Disappointed
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Took sons In memory of their Dad. I really wanted it be be special for Father’s Day. The food was salty and the crab cakes had too many shells. I told waitress but she made some excuse….don’t remember what she said.
I’ve been to this restaurant a number of times for lunch and have always been satisfied. I was disappointed with the experience.

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vipModelgirlver
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went there for Father’s Day brunch and they weren’t serving brunch that day. Was disappointed but our server was able to have that chef make my daughter a waffle, which was very nice.

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NicolaD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, good food

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susanj
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Friday Afternoon Lunch on the water - sat by the outside bar.

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krandst
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The crab cakes were lovely. I’ll definitely return to Sam’s.

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing with thoughtful quality service.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Views were great; nestled in between condos/townhomes - nice setting. Food was okay (spicy). Service was good. Would I go again; no.

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EllenK
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good. Shared the calamari app, and I had stuffed shrimp with risotto. The food was luke warm, not hot. The risotto was good but not as tasty as I had hoped. Waitress was very friendly.

The atmostphere would have been better with a little music piped in. We sat inside, and it was quiet enough that nearby customers could overhear our conversation, so not very romantic/private. They had live music outside, which was nice, but nothing inside to create a nicer ambiance.

I would go back, especially to eat outside with the live music, on a less humid night.
Clean, friendly and welcoming overall!

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vipFriend
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I went for lunch, my server never told me that Tuesday was burger day. Heard another server tell other diners.

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SteveR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Terrific service. The food and drinks were excellent.

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vipPamelasamaria
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and friendly. Food was delicious. We had stuffed shrimp and rock fish topped with crab.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Hidden gem with water view. Great for special dinner or to enjoy a beverage dockside.

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catbo
Key West
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I was disappointed in the Chicken Sandwich. There was only about 1/8 of an inch of chicken to the point that I couldn't taste it and the outer crust was overcooked. Not worth the $16. The server inside was wonderful but Kyle, the bartender outside would walk away from the bar several times and not reappear for over 15 minutes. I asked for a glass of ice water with our drinks and he didn't bring and walked away for 16 minutes. Luckly our server from inside was outside and gave me a glass. I'm ambivilent whether I will return. Also, they were out of Yuengling beer so that did not make my husband happy.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sam's on the Waterfront using the Order Online button. Sam's on the Waterfront also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 263-3600.

Sam's on the Waterfront is rated 4.3 stars by 1215 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.