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Sam's on the Waterfront

2020 Chesapeake Harbour Dr, Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis, MD 21403-3584
+1 410-263-3600
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Overview
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible21%
Travellers talk about
“scallops” (12 reviews)
“flat bread” (2 reviews)
“brie” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
2020 Chesapeake Harbour Dr, Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis, MD 21403-3584
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited there to dine with friends. The food was below average in taste and portions. Rice Pilaf as a side was hard. Most of all waiters and waitresses were very unprofessional. They did not know how a server should serve food, unprofessional in their response...More

Thank 411Experience
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in town and a local recommended this place to us. We were so happy to have stopped in! The food was AMAZING! I highly recommend the crab cakes. The service was outstanding as well. Our server was Kelly, and she was amazing. She...More

Thank alexisureaglia
2020foodie, Manager at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the great review! We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the area.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a frequent diner at Sam’s and the food has been consistently outstanding since the new chef, Trevor, and sous-chef, Matt, have come on board.

Thank sjjl2018
Reviewed 9 March 2018

My crab cake was great and our server, Kelly, was so friendly and fun. Super atmosphere. I'm excited about them opening their outdoor bar with with the amazing view they have of the harbor.

Thank Josh P
2020foodie, Manager at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Thanks soo much!! outside dock bar opens April first and our annual Dock Bar opening party is Sunday April 8th 1 pm!

Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

After failing to make a reservation at Severn Inn for Sunday brunch, I randomly chose Sam’s for a water view, and it’s reviews were decent. Located in a gated community, the view is of the water, but it’s not spectacular, it’s just the neighborhood marina....More

1  Thank julesx4mclaughlin
2020foodie, Manager at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

So glad you made it to our hidden restaurant. Thank you for the review, we are sorry the view of the boats, marina, water and commuinty was not to your liking, but so glad you enjoyed the food, drinks and bloody's!! that is much more...More

Reviewed 1 March 2018

Frozen dessert, a hairy torte, cold coffee, and 2 and a half hours to have a mediocre, over-priced (Restaurant Week) dinner. One soup and one dinner came late and dessert took forever and service was so-so (it was not crowded). While the food was good...More

Thank GCLiii
2020foodie, Manager at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Wow, I am so sorry you felt your experience was a "Disaster". I was the manager on duty when you dined at Sam's, and was at your table no less then 3 times to make sure things were as you pleased. Yes your server did...More

Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

I had their Sunday brunch. Watery coffee and some very mediocre crab cakes. And this is Maryland after all, so if they can't do crab cakes well, I don't have high hopes for the rest of the menu. However, with a pretty view through oversized...More

Thank Kim F
KeepTripping, Owner at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Kim thanks for letting us know, Yes we did have some issues at brunch with several of our cooks. As a result both have been replaced as they were not performing to our standards. I can assure you should you come back, the food ,especially...More

Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Unknown to us they changed their rewards program and couldn't put us in the night we went. Said we should talk to Andy, the owner. Three calls and voice messages but no return phone call to resolve issue. We'll go to restaurants that appreciate return...More

Thank JEABethesda
2020foodie, Owner at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Thank you for review, I actually came to your table and spoke with you about our rewards program the evening you were dining with us. At that time I did explain to you that it had changed over 6 months prior and explained that you...More

Reviewed 27 November 2017

Their web site and their radio ad made it sound like their $55 Thanksgiving would be something special. It was not. Turkey was very salty and overly tenderized-possibly turkey roll, and dressing was full of huge hard cubes of bread. Sides were not much better....More

1  Thank joeboe2001
KeepTripping, Owner at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Joe I am very sorry to hear that our thanksgiving dinner did not meet your standards. Our turkeys were all cooked in house, as was our stuffing. I speak with the chef about the situation. Did you happen to mention it to your server our...More

Reviewed 20 November 2017

We've dined here numerous times in the past and service & food quality have sometimes been inconsistent. Nonetheless, the setting is picture-perfect, so we decided to take the chance. Fortunately, the stars aligned & everything was excellent during our visit. I highly recommend the mussels...More

1  Thank Jan D
KeepTripping, Owner at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Thank you Jan for the great review we are very excited about our new chef who is doing amazing things

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Response from TomR233 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you're correct: There are a few stairs. However, to the right of the last parking space (which is a handicapped space), if you walk toward the restaurant and pass under the stairs, there is a ramp that allows you to use... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$16 - US$30
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2020 Chesapeake Harbour Dr, Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis, MD 21403-3584
    (Edgewood Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Annapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 410-263-3600
  • E-mail
Description
"Well worth the Trip" Is what the Washington Post and many others say about Sam's on the Waterfront. Tucked away in the middle of Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Sam's is a true visual and culinary experience. Built in 1986 & designed after the historic Spider legged 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 dining experience possible. Their New Exec. Chef Chris Cherry (Formerly of the Wild Orchid will tailor your meal to meet any of your special requirements and 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. The menus change seasonally with weekly special. Winner of Wine Spectators & Wine Enthusiast "Award of Excellent" and Zagat's "Best Bet Award" Sam's offers the best live Music every Friday and Saturday Nights. Sam's outside Dock Bar & Cafe open Seasonally.
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