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Sam's on the Waterfront

4.2
831 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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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Cuisines
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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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.
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Neighborhood
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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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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
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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.
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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
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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 7 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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Greenglass (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 7 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!

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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%....

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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TJPsu (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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Disappointed (New England)
2.0  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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MisterOz (Baltimore)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic ambiance. Quality seafood. Stellar service.

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Barbara (Baltimore)
2.0  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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StarsAligned (Washington DC)
4.0  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!

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vipCapsFan (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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FrankT (Baltimore)
4.0  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.

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vipGeno (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  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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AnnMarieP (Chicago)
5.0  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.

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Dave (Baltimore)
3.0  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.

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AjaanBill (Baltimore)
3.0  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.

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James (Washington DC)
4.0  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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