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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 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

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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4.3

service

4.2

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4.4

value

4.0

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (9)
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Good for Birthdays (6)
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Good for Anniversaries (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Live Music (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
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Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 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!!!!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 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!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·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

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Live Music, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Romantic, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Healthy, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Baltimore)·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.

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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·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%....

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve at Sam’s has become our family tradition - 4 years in a row now. Having younger children, we go to the early seating. It’s almost always a fantastic experience with amazing food. This last year was slightly off though. In the past, they’ve been fine with kids ordering off a limited kids’ menu rather than the prix fixe, but not this time. It also seemed like the portion sizes for the prix fixe menu were somewhat skimpier this year. Still, overall we were pleased with our experience and will continue to go back for both NYE and other occasions throughout the year.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Enjoyed the ambiance, service and the meal. Will return when in town.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Unique menu and delicious food in a quiet setting. Great for special occasions or a group get together. Chefs are amazing. Highly recommended.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Completely disappointed. I have been there numerous times before. Went there for Christmas Eve dinner, our server was completely inattentive. Would not even refill the waters, or bring bread to the table. Misquoted the specials. My wife’s rockfish was prepared horribly. No bananas for the flambé. What restaurant runs out of bananas? And they were completely presumptuous by factoring in a 20 percent tip for a party of four. Won’t be going back. I drive past plenty of restaurants where I can spend $50-$60 per person and have a much better meal.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Birthday celebration. Few guests were in the restaurant, so it was more quiet than normal. Excellent service, great food, and the guitar player/singer was very good. It was a great choice.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dinner was wonderful. But Sams changed their frequent rewards program without letting me know. I signed up for the new program and asked if my dinner could be included. I was told that it could only be done by the owner who was not in. I called Sams several times in the past 3 weeks but my calls have not been returned. This is not customer appreciation. I will take my business elsewhere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic ambiance. Quality seafood. Stellar service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our reservation was for a party of two at 6:00 pm for the special Thanksgiving menu. The restaurant was very busy that evening but it appeared there were plenty of servers. When we were seated, our waitress asked us for our dinner order and we had to ask her if we could have a cocktail first! We had our cocktails and then ordered our dinner -- the traditional Thanksgiving entree and sides. The food was fine. We had also ordered dessert -- the Pumpkin Cannoli with chocolate chips and caramel. I had ONE chocolate chip in my Cannoli. Neither of us had any caramel with the Cannolis. When we received our check, a 20% gratuity was already added for this dinner for two. The actual menu for this Thanksgiving dinner stated that the price was $55 per person, "not including tax and 20% gratuity." This did not, to us, give us advance notice that there would be an automatic 20% gratuity added to our check. We chose to not cause a problem at the restaurant and paid the check but vowed that we would not return. In sum, we felt rushed with our dinner, received a dessert that was not as advertised, and were unfairly charged at 20% gratuity.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We've dined here numerous times and, to be honest, service & food quality have sometimes been inconsistent. Fortunately, the stars aligned on this visit & everything was excellent. I highly recommend the mussels & calamari for appetizers. The crab cakes are "the real deal" & are delicious. And, of course, the setting can't be beat!

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Lovely! Friendly service well prepared food. Hope to go again when I'm in the area.

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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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 (Baltimore)·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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 (Miami)·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 12, 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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 (Hawaii)·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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