Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Capital Region

With rushing rivers and mountain vistas, city centers and country escapes, the Capital Region truly is a place for all seasons

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Capital Region

Places along the way

Avery's Maryland Grille
9009 Baltimore Rd
Frederick, MD 21704

Callahan's Seafood Bar & Grill
1808 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21702

Cameron's Seafood
5731 Buckeystown Pke
Frederick, MD 21704

Firestone's Culinary Tavern
105 N. Market St
Frederick, MD 21701

JB Seafood
308 Main St
Myersville, MD 21773

Liberty Road Seafood & Steak
10524 Liberty Rd
Frederick, MD 21701

Lighthouse Seafood
12051 Old National Pk
New Market, MD 21774

May's Restaurant
5640 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704

Red Horse Steak House
996 W. Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21703

Rube's Crab Shack LLC
17308 N. Seton Ave
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar
41 S. Market St
Frederick, MD 21701

West Pointe Crab House
1440 W. Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21702

All Set Restaurant and Bar
8630 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Bethesda Crab House
4958 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

Black's Bar & Kitchen
7750 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

Chef Tony's
4926 St. Elmo Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

CK Seafood Inc
13820 Old Columbia Pk
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Crisfield Seafood
8012 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

GrillMarx Steakhouse & Raw Bar-Olney
18149 Town Center Dr
Olney, MD 20832

Nantucket's Reef
9755 Traville Gateway Dr
Rockville, MD 20850

O'Donnell's Market
1073 Seven Locks Rd
Potomac, MD 20854

PassionFish Bethesda
7187 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

The Grilled Oyster Company
7943 Tuckerman Ln
Potomac, MD 20854

Bond 45
149 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745

Casey's Crab Co.
3244 Fort Meade Rd
Laurel, MD 20724

Jerry's Seafood-Bowie
15211 Major Landsdale Blvd
Bowie, MD 20721

McCormick & Schmick's-National Harbor
145 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745

McLoone’s Pier House-National Harbor
141 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745

Proud Mary Restaurant
13600 King Charles Terr
Fort Washington, MD 20744

Red Sky Steak and Fish House
14707 Baltimore Blvd
Laurel, MD 20707

Sauciety Restaurant
171 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745

The Fish Market
7611 Old Branch Ave
Clinton, MD 20735

Wayfarer Restaurant
7401 Suratts Rd
Clinton, MD 20735

The Walrus Oyster & Ale House
152 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745

While the Capital region of Maryland surrounds Washington, D.C., it isn’t directly on the Chesapeake Bay, yet it still has plenty to offer the crab and oyster lover.  Waterfront restaurants on the wide and lazy Potomac River provide an ambience similar to those on the Chesapeake.

In Oxon Hill, check out Sauciety: An American Grill for spicy steamed hard crabs, soft shell crabs and oysters. National Harbor serves up raw oysters at several restaurants, and McLoone’s Pier House at the harbor presents steamed hard crabs for the authentic Maryland crab-picking experience.

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Off the water in Frederick, Maryland’s second largest city, you’ll find a culinary paradise. Firestone’s Culinary Tavern has a raw bar and uniquely crafted dishes to supplement your appetizers. Also check out Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar. Steamed crabs are served at West Point Crab House. If your visit is during the summer, look for the seasonal Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale from Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. This crisp, citrusy ale was brewed to highlight the bold character of Old Bay Seasoning used to enhance steamed Chesapeake Blue Crabs and other seafood dishes. The Capital Region is such a dynamic area for foodies, that new dining opportunities are constantly coming on line.  

See a list of seafood restaurants in the Capital Region.

Museums, Festivals, and Events

Maryland serves up a diverse menu of seafood festivals, crab derbies and waterfront attractions. Explore maritime museums to discover what it was like to be a waterman in decades past. Try your hand at tonging or running a trotline, when you spend the day on a watermen’s heritage tour. See the unparalleled majestic beauty of a skipjack or log canoe race, both traditional watermen’s boats. Catch all the Chesapeake has to offer!

See more of the Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail.

The Waterfront at National Harbor features J. Seward Johnson's beloved sculpture, "The Awakening."

Maryland Lore

A deadrise is the traditional type of fishing boat commercial watermen use to set and pull crab pots on the Chesapeake Bay. Its wooden hull has a sharp bow that quickly becomes flat along the bottom. The rear of the boat has a large open work area, and the front has a small cabin structure.  

Make a quick trip to downtown Frederick — a foodie’s favorite with great restaurants like Brian Voltaggio’s Volt — Frederick has also quickly become a capital of the country’s thriving craft beer scene with stalwarts like Flying Dog, Brewery. Don’t miss the Museum of Civil War Medicine. And definitely catch a show at the Weinberg Center for the Arts where top comedians and bands from all over the world stop in to play.

Photo By: Tourism Council of Frederick County

Trails in this Region

Capital Wine Trail
Legacy Wine Trail