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Sam's on the Waterfront

831 reviews
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$30 and under
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“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 New Exec Chef Trever Champion 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 is open Seasonally
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(410) 263-3600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Scot McMullen
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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.
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Private party contact
Andrew Parks: (410) 263-3600
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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.
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Cross street
Edgewood Road
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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
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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
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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.
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
What 831 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was fresh and delicious. Hubby had the seafood linguine and I had chef’s special: fresh mussels, crab leg and Maine lobster tail over smoked grits with curried cauliflower. It was so good!!!!!!

Greenglass (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Quite frankly, Sam's is one of a kind. Although the menu is somewhat small its creative and you can't beat the view of the wealth floating in front of you. Most importantly the servers treat you like family. During a pouring rain storm our server Jason, came to our table, poured us some of our wine and excused himself and drove a bar patron back to her boat slip to ensure she got home safe. THAT is going "Above and Beyond" and we commend you Jason. Cheers!

RICHARD (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This place exceeded my expectations . The server was nice and quick . The live blues was nice and inviting . Just a fantastic place to dine & impress at the same time

Ralph (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We really enjoyed the food and had excellent service throughout the dinner.

TGross (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

I love, love, love Sam's!! For many years, my family and I have cherished this restaurant. It is truly our hidden neighborhood gem. The entire menu, including the bar options, is simply phenomenal. However, I was displeased on Tuesday, February 6th during the winter menu release night because our server decided that he should tip himself $14.83 on a $36 tab. While this is not typical of my Sam's experience, it is one that put a sour taste in my mouth.

ElaineJ (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I enjoyed EVERYTHING about the night. The service was awesome!! The food was very fresh and tasted wonderful! The only thing that I will speak on is the music in the bar area was a little loud for our table conversation. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the music but we had a difficult time talking over it. But, the next time, if there is live music, we will ask for a table away from the bar.

frankc (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

4th trip here dining room was terribly cold and the live entertainment was just too loud for the space. Not a bad performer but not a volume appropriate for the space . Service was fine. Food was not very good. My salmon was incredibly small for a dinner portion at 28$... It was served.on an appetizer plate.

vipMA200 (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Enjoyed the OysterFest so very much. Delicious oysters and we certainly enjoyed them raw and in stew. Would not have gone if it had been held outside, but inside was comfortable and everything seemed to be working well. Live music was wonderful background without being overpowering. Great job, Sam's.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We went here for new years eve. It was very laid back with a great view. I had the sea bass and my wife had yhe lobster. The food was very good with leaving us full but not stuffed. We will be going back

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

While the food and service were both good, this place made me give a credit card just for a reservation, and then they automatically tack a 20% gratuity to a table of TWO! I mean, I understand when you get big parties to automatically add gratuity, but a table of 2 people?!?! Plus normally auto gratuity is 18% but they assume 20%. I will never go back just for this fact. And the thing is, I ALWAYS tip over 20%....