There's nothing more delicious and delectable than Maryland Blue Crab! Here are some hot-spots where the locals like to roll up their sleeves and dig in. Explore Maryland's Crab & Oyster Trails and enjoy steamed crabs, soft shell crabs and oysters fresh from the bay.
1 Cantler’s Riverside Inn - Annapolis
City Dock, the Naval Academy, Chick N’ Ruth’s and Cantler’s Riverside Inn. Annapolis just wouldn’t be the same if you took any of those away. Nestled into secluded Martin’s Cove, Cantler’s is the quintessential Maryland seafood restaurant. A feast on one of the long, family-style tables out on Cantler’s covered deck is a must for any seafood lover. And take the kids downstairs to the dock where catch tubs show off the latest catch right off the dock!
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458 Forest Beach Rd
Annapolis, MD 21401
2 Hard Yacht Café - Baltimore
You have to call a day or two in advance for crabs at this secluded, Dundalk gem, but it is well worth it. The crabs are big, bursting with meat and are set off by a bright, crisp spiciness that hits high on the pallet. And the view can’t be beat! Hidden away on Bear Creek in the Anchor Bay East Marina, Hard Yacht is beautiful and a great place to catch a Ravens game. Insider’s tip: Don’t miss the conch fritters, they’re the best you’ll get anywhere.
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8500 Cove Road
Dundalk, MD 21222
3 Mr. Bill’s Terrace Inn - Baltimore
Just east of Baltimore City in Dundalk, Mr. Bill’s is easy for outsiders to miss, but that’s OK because Mr. Bill’s is always packed with locals in the know. Mr. Bill’s has been serving up some of the best steamed crabs on the planet in its unpretentious, welcoming dining rooms. And the adjoining sports bar means you won’t miss a play.
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200 Eastern Blvd
Essex, MD 21221
4 Waterman’s Crab House - Rock Hall
Calling Waterman’s legendary is an under-sell. With its sweeping views at the top of the Chesapeake, ice-cold cocktails on the waterfront deck, rocking live music and steamed crabs big enough to carry Fay Wray to the top of the Empire State Building, Waterman’s has been a Rock Hall institution for more than 40 years.
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21055 Sharp St
Rock Hall, MD 21661
5 Kahler's Crabhouse - Baltimore
When Marylanders talk about a crabhouse, Kahler’s is pretty much what we’re talking about. This secret spot on Philadelphia Road in Rosedale may be a ways away from the water, but they’ll set you up with great traditional Maryland seafood to go, or grab a seat in their upstairs dining room and relax with good friends and a couple of dozen jumbos. And if you’re old-school, Kahler’s crab fluff is the stuff of deep-fried dreams.
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8036 Philadelphia Rd
Rosedale, MD 21237
6 Kentmorr Restaurant and Crab House - Stevensonville
A great family location to relax, enjoy good food and scenery, or spend a day on the bay sportfishing with the local charter boat captains or sitting on the beach watching the kids play in the sand and swim in the bay. The restaurant’s location provides one of the finest views the Eastern Shore has to offer for your Chesapeake Bay experience. Award winning crab cakes, local crabs, fish, and oysters add to your enjoyment of one of the world’s finest estuaries.
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910 Kentmorr Rd
Stevensville, MD 21666
7 Harris Crab House & Seafood Restaurant - Grasonville
Eat indoors or out while enjoying fresh steamed, broiled or baked seafood.
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433 Kent Narrow Way North
Grasonville, MD 21638
8 Captain John’s Crab House - Cobb Island (Southern Maryland)
Eat ’em down on the marina deck, eat ’em in the second-floor dining room with great views of the marina, or eat ’em in the back seat of your Chevy, but make sure to eat ’em! Captain John’s on Cobb Island has been bringing in local watermen for good reason: exquisite steamed crabs.
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16215 Cobb Island Road
Newburg, MD 20664
9 Higgins Crab House - Ocean City
The big red sign with the giant crab and mallets at 31st and Coastal has been an OC institution for generations, and with good reason. Pick up a bushel to take home or dine-in on the patio for all-you-can-eat steamed crabs and fresh corn-on-the-cob. And now there’s a second location at 128th to double the deliciousness.
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3102 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842