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Cantler's Riverside Inn

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458 Forest Beach Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409-5912
+1 410-757-1311
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Milford, Michigan
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439 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Must come here. Great location and setting. Love this place. Good food and drink choices. Right in river

Thank steve r
Annapolis, Maryland
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place caters to tourists and out-of-towners who may never have eaten a decent crab. The "all-you-can" eat is basically steamed crabs that most crabbers would have thrown back in the water to let grow another year. The "sides" are edible but by the time your busy server gets them to the table they are cold. Expect to wait in... More 

Thank WebgabDC
Annapolis, Maryland
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been eating crabs and clams at Cantler's for over thirty years, always reliable. Yesterday they served both soft shell clams and crabs that tasted like they had been cooked ahead of time, then reheated in the steamer when my order was placed. As a former commercial waterman, I know what freshly steamed seafood should taste like, and this... More 

Thank Lee M
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten and prepared crabcakes for many years. I NEVER order them anywhere except the state of Maryland. We finally went to this restaurant and it was fantastic. Karen, our waitperson, took excellent care of us. The food was out quickly and the lump crabmeat was about 25% larger than I can find in the store. The crab was... More 

Thank crabintennessee
Edmonton, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited DC and rented a car to find this place. This small restaurant sits at the end of the road and right beside the water. Our server was very friendly and the food came out fast! The crabs! Depending on what size of blue crabs you want, from medium to super size, it can run between $60-$110 per dozen.... More 

Thank Kimberlythai
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this campy seafood restaurant. It is legit. Picnic style, chalkboard menu with the Annapolis flair. High quality seafoods...lobster, clams and crab! Crab! Get the crab! This is our first go to place every time we plan a visit. THEY DO NOT take reservations and it seems like you are traveling through old neighborhoods that are forgotten....THEN hear the... More 

Thank sile597
Annapolis, Maryland
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cantler's never disappoints, providing yummy food for informal family (or family-like!) fun! Seafood (or non-!) choices abound, and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. You can't miss choosing Cantler's, 'though prime times can get pretty busy and mean a long wait. Call ahead if you're concerned about "time"....

Thank Marty S
Newton, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a treat. We made our way to Annapolis as we were heading to BWI and stopped off here specifically to sample their crab menu. It didn't disappoint. Steamers were HUGE and wonderful, soft shell crab sandwich, corn on the cob, and on, and on. We all loved it. Service couldn't have been friendlier.

1 Thank Ross O
Chestertown, Maryland
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574 reviews
367 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once you find this place... you will have taken a step back in time. This is what a Chesapeake family crab house is all about. It's at the end of the road... on the river... just short of the Bay. You enter... given some menus... and you seat yourself... inside or on the (heated) deck... at bench type tables where... More 

1 Thank Hokie67
Saint Louis, Missouri
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first trip to Cantler's was nearly 15 years ago. Going back recently, I realized that time had most certainly not applied rosy glasses. Was it fancy? Absolutely not. Was it perfect? Absolutely. If you love fresh, delicious crab with a bay breeze and without the pretense, there is no where better that I have found.

1 Thank Cathryn W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?