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About Sam's on the Waterfront

“Well worth the Trip” Is what the Washington Post & many others 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 Screw pile lighthouses, this uniquely crafted building on the water, provides the most elegant of settings.Make no mistake about it Sam’s is dedicated to providing the most fresh, creative, local dining experience possible.Exec Chef Scot McMullen will tailor your meal to meet any of your special requirements & their staff will make sure that all of your expectations will be met.Sam’s has a truly 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" Sam's offers the best live Music every Friday & Saturday Nights starting at 7pm. Sam's Proud Mary's Dock Bar & Cafe open Seasonally

2020 Chesapeake Harbour Drive East
Annapolis, MD 21403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm;
Lunch: Tues - Sat: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour 3-7pm Monday thru Friday
Lounge Open Late Night
Sam's is open on Mondays from May 1st through Oct 17th

Cross Street:
Edgewood Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 263-3600

Website:
http://www.samsonthewaterfront.com/

Entertainment:
Offering the best local & live Acoustic entertainment every Friday & Saturday Nights starting at 7:00pm, Sam's also offers great local acoustic music Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights outside at Proud Mary's Dock Bar which is open seasonally (May through Mid October).
Cooking classes offered monthly!
Small craft whiskey dinner as well as scotch and wine dinners offered throughout the year!
New Years Eve Extravaganza!
And a variety of fun entertaining events all year long

Catering:
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the highly acclaimed “Sam's on the Waterfront”. You are very important to us & catering your next special event is our number one concern. As you enter, you step into a World of hip elegance and quiet charm; all tastefully appointed for your special occasion. Our staff is ready and able to cater to your every desire. We offer on and off-Premise catering with both Butler Service or a Plated Affair. With a catering menu of over 30 pages we can create any event you may be dreaming of. We do on and off premise catering.

Parking Details:
Avoid the stress of Downtown parking, Sam's on the waterfront offers Plenty of Free parking in our own private lot. We will pay for any ticket you receive while dinning at our restaurant!

You can also come by boat and get free docking while dining with us at our Dock Bar or in Chesapeake Harbour Marina

Executive Chef:
Scot McMullen

Private Party Facilities:
Sam's on the Waterfront can help plan or execute any private party which you can imagine. Inside or out let us make your next event unforgettable.
We also provide off site catering for all of your special events needs.

Private Party Contact:
Andrew Parks: (410) 263-3600

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Choose Sam's for all of your special Events: New Years Extravaganza, Traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Easter and Mothers Day Special Dinner menus! Wine, Scotch and Tequila & Beer Tastings, as well as great weekly Specials. We also do on and off premise catering, step out of the ordinary and into an event that will be like none other you have ever had.

Sam's on the Waterfront Ratings and Reviews

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3.5

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3.6

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3.8

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3.3

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Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (2)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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Cozy (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We four enjoyed Sam's. The food (especially the crab cakes) was very good and the service (Kevin) attentive.

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Fin place to take your boss your mother or a date. Live music and good food and drink makes for a nice evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The brunch food was delicious, the services attentive but not overbearing and the restaurant reasonably quiet, even during boat show weekend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

White table cloth restaurant, but not too formal that provided a quiet ambiance and attentive service even on a Saturday night during one of Annapolis' busiest weekends of the year.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our recent visit was overall very good. The one problem we encountered was at our dessert. The restaurant was not very busy and after ordering we waited a good 20 minutes. We had been served our coffee and we had finished that, and we were told that the manger had to present our flambe but was very busy. I saw him walking around many times and was not sure what he was doing. We had just about were ready to cancel the dessert when he finally came over,. We then had to relocate ourselves if we wanted to see the presentation because of our location near a fire alarm. He did not apologize for the lateness, just said it was busy. I did not see the reason for the delay since again the restaurant was not very busy, probably 5 tables.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Service seemed overwhelmed but only half tables were occupied. Food was good.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was a blind-dining experience. Never heard of restaurant, just used the app to find something by the water with parking that I didn't have to wait long for Sunday Brunch. I chose outside, finding indoors to be a little musky in odor. I had reviewed the menu online before getting there and was pleased with the selections. My brunch dish was pricy and Dennys does a better job with their skillet dishes than the hash dish I received with a barely melted slice of American white Kraft cheese on top. That blew my mind especially for the cost. Probably won't return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very friendly, accommodating and attentive. We drove up to the dock, parked the boat and were seated right away. The ambiance was wonderful. The staff were very attentive and friendly.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our server was awesome. She was very attentive along with the bartender. The older gentleman that greets/seats at the door could be more pleasant and personable. Other than that we had a good experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Lovely setting, but my wife and I were both disappointed with our dinners. She had Rockfish that was so smothered in a sauce that the fish was lost. I had an overpriced lobster roll that was a little tough, and not very flavorful. Oh well.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Our timing was unfortunate, and we were seated in an area along with a rehearsal dinner crowd. They were understandably loud, with little children running around, however they did have an impact on our enjoyment.

The food was ok, and the server just ok as well. I doubt we'll return.

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

My entree was so disgusting I had to send it back. This restaurant is horrible.
Stay st home!!

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Two of our three meals were quite the disappointment. The fish in the fish and chips order was mainly batter, with the fish being a minor player.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We thought it would be a nice place for Sunday brunch on the water. When we arrived, the staff looked at us like they're not used to seeing people of color at the restaurant. Once we were finally seated, we had a friendly, but inexperienced waiter.

There were only 2 other parties inside the restaurant (one loud group of women) when we arrived, but it still took forever for our appetizers of
bland calamari and bland lobster Mac and cheese to arrive. The lobster Mac and cheese had a good amount of lobster, but the mac and cheese tasted like it came from a box. It was a watery mess. We then waited at least 30 more minutes for our main course to arrive. No one refilled our water glasses or checked to see if we wanted more water. Once we got our food, our kids liked the Nutella strawberry French toast. My shrimp and grits lacked flavor. My wife's meal of of lobster hollandaise was average. We ordered one bloody Mary that tasted like it was watered down or the Bloody Mary mix was old and needed to be tossed out.

Bottom line... we won't be back. The food was mostly below average. We did not feel welcome. The only upside was the friendly waiter (even though he was inexperienced and told us he'd just started).

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·Dined on August 22, 2017

We returned for a Kobe burger special. The prior week, the meat was outstanding. This time , the burgers were extremely overdone, but we opted not to return them, because we felt guilty about waste. We did mention this to the waitress and to two hosts near the door. They did apologize. The waitress does not know about serving properly, which means refraining from clearing the table at any place, until all have finished eating. This instruction should come from the top down to the servers.
Not a great lunch out!

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 21, 2017

It was a beautiful day, everything is wonderful. Really enjoyed it.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2017

A friend and I decided to go to Sam's for lunch. I had not been there in many years so why not try it. It's in a great location with a view of a marina and water. Unfortunately, it was raining so we had to sit inside. There very few people there and it took some time to find someone to seat us. I must say I noticed a rather musty smell when we entered. When we first were seated, I noticed that the knife at my place was not clean and so asked for another- I understand this can can happen. I ordered a lobster roll. The roll was very small and rather bland. I was enjoying the nice, fresh crisp fries when I noticed a hair on the plate under the fries.... and at $23.50 for lunch I expected a bit more lobster.

My friend said her crab cake was okay. The service was quite slow despite the fact that there were few diners there. All in all though a most disappointing experience.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great place with great food. Met an old friend for dinner

Tags: Waterfront, Live Music
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great meal! Will come again. Love the crab cakes with shrimp risotto.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was good my wife had shells in her crab cakes though. Service was average to below average the restaurant was half full but still very noisy. The outside bar was full and very noisy. Extremely casual customers, men and women wearing tank tops and flip flops. It says waterfront but it's in the back of a marina surrounded by condos. No ocean view or walking afterwards. If your looking for ocean front fine dining look elsewhere

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was very good and the service was good but a little slow. The desert (strawberry shortcake) was disappointing.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Though the food was good and the ambiance was fabulous, it took over an hour to be served dinner and the restaurant staff was unapologetic about the length of the wait. Unlikely to return in the future.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Outside seating on the harbor is a delightful experience. Good food with casual atmosphere. Our out-of-town group thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Probably one of the worst experiences I have ever had with an Open Table restaurant. My husband and I were looking forward to a nice meal with my brother on the waterfront outside of Annapolis. We arrived for our 1 PM lunch reservation, and it took about 10 minutes for a waitress to come and take a drink order. My husband ordered a wine, my brother stayed with his water and I ordered a specialty cocktail. It took over 10 minutes for my husband to get one glass of wine and then he had to actually go up to the manager to see where my cocktail was 10 minutes later. Then, another 10 minutes passed where we had to request a waitress to take our food order. We ordered basic entrées, my husband ordered a medium rare burger, I had fish and chips and my brother had a salad. Although our appetizers of soup arrived fairly quickly, the entrées took yet another 20+ minutes after the appetizers. My husband's hamburger was like shoe leather and completely over cooked. The waitress was really useless. And to top it off there was very little activity at the restaurant. So they could not use the excuse of being too busy. Really disappointing and I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. My worst experience when I was so looking forward to a fun meal with my brother.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Nice place to meet friends and family to enjoy some outdoor drinks and food. Outside bar area is right on the dock of the marina with a pleasant atmosphere. Indoor dining area is comfortable with great views of the marina from most everywhere. The food is above average and the waitstaff are very pleasant and attentive. It's a nice place for a relaxing meal with friends.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on July 9, 2017

Poor management and slow bad service. Waiter couldn't answer basic questions and didn't know what Splenda was.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We had a new waitress, and she was very pleasant, but had obviously no training. The wait time was ridiculous and the food was very disappointing. I had ordered a tuna wrap and the tuna smiled and tasted bad. My daughter ordered the cod tacos which was missing the avocado crema sauce. Except for the views, I would not return.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Brunch is excellent but only on Sundays. Other menus are pricey but everything we've tried had been very good. Mimosas are way overpriced for the size. Service has gone down the last several months, not sure why.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food was excellent. Food came out hot. The calamari was crispy and the sauce was a delightful change from the usual marinara sauce. The scallops over risotto was a hit. Overall, a great experience. We will definitely come back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Fine dining in a beautiful location. Sam's is located in a gated marina, and one can gaze longingly at the beautiful boats moored there. You can chose to dine al fresco or in the well-appointed dining room. Dress casually or wear a jacket. You won't feel out of place either way. Our service was outstanding thanks to Soledad. She answered all our questions and was efficient and affable throughout our dinner. All the dishes we selected were well prepared and delicious. It was our first trip to Sam's, but everyone treated us as old friends. Can't wait for the summer menu so we can return to try other treats.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Half of the appetizers and the entree came out together followed by the last appetizer about 10 minutes later. Some of the side items were forgotten all together. A discount on a drink was missed but corrected upon request. The burger was good though and the view and setting was nice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We had a enjoyable Fathers Day at Sam's on the Waterfront

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Portions are small with a high price tag! But the dessert was delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We had a great time celebrating Father's Day at Sam's! The waiter treated my dad very well, and the pre-fixe menu was delicious. The bottomless mimosas and bloody marys were an added bonus, and the view was the best part!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Bathrooms a little bit dirty otherwise very nice. Good delicious

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Due to the fact that there was a wedding rehearsal going on the restaurant was VERY loud. Our server was terribly slow. Food was good tho...might try the outside dining next time.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Food and view was good. Our waitress was good but service was slow. Need more wine selections by the glass

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Service was slow, kitchen took more than an hour to prepare the mediocre to poor tasteless meal. Best of the five dinners was a Coll's the Caesar salad with a crab cake. Seafood pasta served less than warm, Surf & Turf over cooked, crab cakes mediocre flavor, Rockfish over done. Everything was pretty much tasteless. One and done will not be back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 6, 2017

There were no tables available outside, so we were seated inside. There were very few tables taken inside. The service was very slow and the waitress pretty much ignored us. After 50 minutes were were still waiting for our entrees when we heard a loud crashing of plates. We figured it was out dinner. It took a good 5 minutes for the waitress to come over and tell us that she had dropped the tray with our dinner but it "wasn't her fault since the swinging door caught the tray". It took another 20 minutes for our dinner to arrive as they had to start over (understandable). The manager eventually apologized as he served our food and deducted an amount from our check (which I did not see since I was not paying). It was the right thing to do. The food was good, but the slow service and inattentive waitress (not deducting for the food on the floor) spoiled a nice evening.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The manager is the worst I have ever seen. Our waiter cut himself twice opening wine bottles. When we told the manager his staff needed help due to cutting himself

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