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Cantler's Riverside Inn

458 Forest Beach Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409-5912
+1 410-757-1311
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“steamed crabs” (78 reviews)
“steamers” (30 reviews)
“hush puppies” (54 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
458 Forest Beach Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409-5912
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1 - 10 of 802 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We decided before our daughter and son in law went back to Ohio it would be great to have Crabs. They were fantastic!

Thank Harvey D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went with a group for Birthday/early dinner to pick crabs. Decent casual dining. They had the paper down and mallets ready when we arrived. Pretty basic, corn on the cob, crab and apple sauce. I think that covers gluten free. Always love a casual atmosphere....More

Thank suzieq442
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Cantlers is an absolute must visit if your travels bring you to the Baltimore or Annapolis area. Grab a seat on the back porch and enjoy a tray full of steamed crabs. Doesn't' get any better! Parking can be a challenge but the staff manages...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 6 days ago

The crabs are what people come here for. This little restaurant is right on the river. You can see the fresh blue crabs stacked up in cleaning tubs on the bottom floor. The place is abuzz with families all sitting at outdoor picnic tables under...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two friends recommended Cantler's; one for the crab cake and one for the cheesesteak so we ordered both. The jumbo lump crab cake was very good but there was more filler than I expected. They serve it broiled but it may have been better fried....More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an off the path small restaurant that is absolutely fabulous. The service was very quick and very friendly. The food value was good also. My group got there at 10:50am because they open at 11:00 and we found the place already 50% full...More

Thank cancerbeater
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the crab cakes and crab caprese salad! It is very casual and overlooks the river. Definitely recommend this place!

Thank dcare
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for an early lunch on the covered patio overlooking the river, where we watched ospreys fishing. Crabs were hot and fat. The calamari was probably the best I've eaten. It was lightly floured, then fried, but it wasn't a bit heavy, and the sweet...More

Thank Diane W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brown paper as table clothes told me this was going to be fresh and potentially messy seafood. Crabs are just that and everyone knows "Maryland is for Crabs!" Maryland can be proud of this place. If I was with other, perhaps I would have chatted...More

Thank dantheman993
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love seafood of all types and found Cantler's to be right up there meeting my expectations. Quality was good and service prompt. Most importantly, you gotta get the crab hat - pay the bartender.

Thank LVR44
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How crowded will Cantler's be on a Tuesday? Do they accept reservations?
24 June 2017|
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Response from sile597 | Reviewed this property |
They get a crowd...but the have indoor and outdoor seating. No reservations ever. Great crabs! Clam strips...I'm hungry.... Have a great time. GPS it or you will get lost it is in a residential area.
Ivan W
This review seems to be at odds with the majority of other reviews that rave about the food. However I did notice a few similar reviews about the very poor quality of food. I'm thinking of going and would like to hear more about the quality of the food as I'll be taking out of town guests and want it to be a good experience.
12 February 2017|
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Response from Andrew_74D | Reviewed this property |
Everything that we order was of great taste and quality. The place itself is attractive inside as well the outside covered terrace. I'll be back there anytime.
Phyllis C
Hotels nearby to stay for the night?
11 July 2016|
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Response from 5sports | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the Westin in Annapolis, about a 10 min drive. I didn't see anything in the immediate area of the restaurant. Maybe check for a VRBO.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 458 Forest Beach Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409-5912
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Annapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 410-757-1311
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