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Sam's on the Waterfront

) #136 of 269 Restaurants in Annapolis €€ - €€€ American, Bar, Seafood
2020 Chesapeake Harbour Dr East, Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis, MD 21403-3584
+1 410-263-3600
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible22%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
€€ - €€€
2020 Chesapeake Harbour Dr East, Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis, MD 21403-3584
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing! The service was great and food was incredible. Nice to be on the water, too! Great for couples or a group of friends.

Thank bingo0513
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While the food is pretty good, this place really needs updating. It's such a shame that the beautiful marina view is tarnished by old, dirty and torn carpet, spider webs over some light fixtures, etc. 20 years ago this was a nice place, but now...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Great waterfront bar and grill. You feel welcome and at home. Lovely views of the water. Nice outdoor area for warm weather.

Thank suzettemrut
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

I had quiche with asparagus brie and salmon..with a side salad just delicious...my boyfriend had a grilled salmon wrap with crab soup...also pretty yumm...gorgeous view of the waterways...waitress was friendly...

Thank spa59
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Based on other reviews I was hesitant in eating at this restaurant. As previously mentioned by other reviewers, Sam's is located in a gated community and sits directly on the water. We had reservations for eight and were immediately seated. The hostess was attentive and...More

Thank brandonrenold
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Peter James and his music did it again. He provided the cherry on the top of a great evening. In a day when service is lacking in many places, Sam's is not one of them. The service was exceptional and the server made wonderful suggestions...More

Thank kcvictoriousinjc
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Sam's restaurant, at the head of a beautiful marina, is Chesapeake Harbour's own--a walk-to dining spot within the Chesapeake Bayfront community of townhomes and condos in Annapolis, MD. It's a friendly place, with daily and weekly specials within a menu that features fine dining options...More

1  Thank Barbara J
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

A Saturday night dinner with friends. Not successful. Seated next to a table of 12 having a very good ( noisy) time. And our waitress was their waitress. 20 minutes to place a drink order. And too noisy for us to even chat. Food was...More

Thank JRN P
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Food and service was outstanding. The view of the marina and the sunset added to the dining pleasure. Although there was no draft beer, they have a fine selection of bottled beer.

Thank Jochaz
Reviewed 5 November 2016

The view was outstanding. The restaurant is in a gated community, so I felt very safe while dining. The restaurant is located in the middle of a marina, very nice. My favorite dish was the Firecracker shrimp. The service was awesome.

Thank Dee A
2020foodie, Owner at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this review

Dee thank you for taking the time and sharing your feedback. Have you tried the Scallop Martini appetizer?

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Is the restaurant wheelchair accessible??
25 October 2016|
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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
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2020 Chesapeake Harbour Dr East, Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis, MD 21403-3584
    (Edgewood Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Annapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 410-263-3600
  • E-mail
"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.