Sam's on the Waterfront

4.3
987 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
“Well worth the trip” is what the Washington Post say about Sam’s on the Waterfront. Tucked away in the middle of Chesapeake Harbour, Sam’s is a true visual & culinary experience. Built in 1986 & designed after the historic Spider Leg Screwpile lighthouses, this uniquely crafted building on the water provides the most elegant & stylish of settings. Executive Chef, Brendan Odea, will tailor your meal to meet any of your specific requirements. Staff will make sure that all your expectations are met. Dine inside or outside at our dockbar. Sam’s is dedicated to providing the most fresh, creative, local dining experience possible! Sam’s has a remarkable modern American cuisine w/ regional influences. Menus change seasonally w/ weekly special & many gluten free options. Winner of Wine Spectators & Wine Enthusiast "Award of Excellent" & Zagat's "Best Bet Award" & Voted best Burger in Annapolis 2 yrs in a row! Sam's offers the best live Music every Friday & Saturday Nights starting at 7pm.
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J
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food other than portion sizes are off compared to the price you pay. Me and my wife had to pay $15 for 3 scallops and tasteless risotto. Other than that this place is perfect.

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JJ
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyable food, very good service, great view! Would return

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Z
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Major problem...I was served uncooked chicken twice! After cutting the chicken the first time to see blood running from the bone, then returning it only to get a new plate of chicken that was uncooked! I decided not to eat at all but my guess enjoyed their salmon dish. Anyone that understands the health dangers of serving uncooked chicken realizes it is highly dangerous and this must be treated as a major “all hands on deck” event to resolve the problem!!!! Good luck to them and I hope they get it together for further patrons.

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Q
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Go for the marina view and ambiance. Food was average. Crabcake was good but had a filler. Mozzerella cheese in the caprese salad was slightly grainy without the smoothness one expects. We went on Mother's Day. The service was slow, but ok considering the crowd.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time with my family, loved our food, and had some nice live music in the background. But next time I will bring a sweater

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JS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service wish there were more options on the menu. Food, waiter, wine and view was all perfect

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FL
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first visit and not disappointed. Nice setting in a marina with attentive service and good food. We will return to sample more of the menu

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MG
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In from out of town. We had a lovely early dinner, overlooking the harbor. Great service, nice food, lovely time. Thanks! We’ll be back.

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KC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 5

Wait staff were not attentive. Strange because they only had one other diner in the restaurant. That diner had to correct her tab because it was wrong. Also, make sure burgers are cooked as ordered. Medium well should be medium well not rare.

Waterfront view was nice, but the facility needs to be spruced up.

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AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Nice little hide away for a dinner with beautiful views. Good variety of dinner options, but don't expect a gourmet meal. One disappointment was slow service. Had to ask for water, bread, etc. and they were slow to make that happen. However, I would recommend you give Sam's a try.

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RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my fiancé there for data night and it was perfect. I was my first time there and I can’t wait to come back again.

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SJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, amazing view. Went for dinner on Easter. We plan to return to try the brunch.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Dining with friends. There was a special pre-fixed menu that included salad or soup, main course and dessert at a very reasonable price. At the time of our reservation, they were out of the key lime pie which was disappointing, but they added a cheesecake option. The food was delicious as usual. We will continue to go back to Sam’s.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place far exceeding expectations. Outside bar was beautiful and a great spot to relax before dinner. Food was outstanding. We had Sams Seafood Pasta and the Stuffed shrimp-amazing. Service was good, timely. Ambiance was great! This is definately a place we will come back to often!

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VV
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely time. The staff was pleasant and attentive.

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D
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Very slow service and ordered a dessert that it took them half an hour to tell us they couldn't do. Not sure why it would be on the menu?! Location and ambiance are excellent, but quite loud and there are better values for better food in the Annapolis area.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Had a great dinner there! The food was superb and the staff was friendly. Our server was new and a bit slow, but overall a great time!

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with our friends from Delaware and appreciated the accommodation for our plant-based - vegan friend (me) !

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CN
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Sam’s was wonderful. Family and I had a good meal and the waterfront location was a bonus.

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T
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Great crab cakes! Live entertainment was really really good

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DD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went for dinner on the night Sam's was featuring 1/2-price entries. The place was packed including the bar. Our server was fantastic: our dink orders were taken quickly and served right a way. So too were our dinner orders.
I ordered the strip steak which was served with a blue cheese and bacon sauce. That sounded rather salty to me, and a good way to ruin a steak, so I ordered the steak with the sauce on the side. Glad I did because the sauce would have totally masked the flavor of the steak which was cooked to perfection as was the broccoli and fingerling roasted potatoes. Probably the best meal I have ever had at Sam's. The server even asked if we wanted bread with the meal, something that had been lacking in the past.
So, I highly recommend the steak dinner; just order the sauce on the side! We will be back!

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TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful view and delicious food. Hidden gem in Annapolis.

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m
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fabulous way to end a Friends Weekend. Brunch on the water was a perfect ending. Service was great, food phenomenal.

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P
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Really enjoyed our evening there however it was Friday night with live music and it was a bit loud and difficult to talk over. Lovely setting and very good food and service. We would certainly go back when we are visiting the area again.

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RW
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent find!!! I will definitely be returning... This place is a hidden jewel.

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BJ
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sunday brunch for restaurant week
Fantastic location on the water. Cool view
You are in a gated community but the attendant gives you a parking pass and is very friendly

Cool deals
All you can drink mimosa Sunday
Half priced wings

Snow = 2 drinks for one at bar

Keep up with the cool events like dat Tuesday and such

Crab bisque soup was excellent

Will be back for a date night or Sunday brunch

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EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

The appetizers were great. The meal lacked flavor but we thought it was brunch but it wasn’t!!

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PD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sams on the Waterfront is a great place to eat. This was our first time here and we were impressed. We were seated quickly and served quickly. Also our food came out quickly , tasty and hot. Our sever was very friendly and helped us to pick good entrees for the night. We will definitely be returning.

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D
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised with my experience there..I hadn't been there in a very long time ! I was worried it was going to be super expensive, but it wasn't. They had some very reasonable choices, but the menu choices are not huge...but good decent choices...You can find something. What I liked the most besides the food being good and reasonably priced, was the ambiance was excellent ! There was a duo playing music and they were great & made the time spent there extra nice ! The bar looks inviting, so I plan to go back and enjoy eating and listening to music again !

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A bit of a mix up on the reservation, manager took care of it quickly. Great food and service as always.

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PN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Valentine's Day experience! We loved the friendly staff and patrons, too. The meal was delicious.

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BK
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

First time visit was Valentines day (and SO's birthday). The menus looked delicious and we shared each offering for the first 2 courses. First, I want to say that the food was well prepared and delicious. Several courses came out cold, but since the food seemed cooked properly, I will assume that the real issue was service. The food was poorly paced, wrong courses were brought to the table and 2 of the 3 hot courses came out cold (not at the proper temperature). We had a manager come by and try to make things right but even he made us a promise that was not followed through. Its a shame because if the food is really as good as we believe, management and service has made us not likely to return. The music that night was good and the restaurant has a good wine list. My SO's dessert had a candle for her birthday, so that was one thing they remembered. We asked to see their regular menu but that never happened. By the end of the night, we really just wanted to leave. The manager told us that our table was the only one that had a problem that night (although our server brought a wrong dish to the table next to us) so maybe we just had a bad experience. But a bad experience on a first experience does not bode well.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I went for Valentine's Day and enjoyed their fixed price menu. We had a table by the water and fantastic service. The food was delicious. There was a 2 piece band playing in the bar area which was a nice touch -- not too loud. Prices were a bit on the high side but it was Valentine's day, and again, the food was very good.

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GT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Those donut holes are amazing! Views were fabulous Service was excellent Bloody Mary mix was perfect!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very quiet. Very few patrons while we were there. A gentleman on guitar singing was just the right amount of volume to enjoy. Food was really good.

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CJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great: food, service, ambiance, value. We will definitely be back!

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F
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time experience and can’t wait to return! We had a large group and some food allergies and small children on our group and they couldn’t have been more accommodating. Our meal was wonderful from appetizers to dessert!!

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SB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and the Bloody Mary bar and Chesapeake Benedict should not be missed!

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MY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food & exceptional service! We plan to return someday.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Band was a bit loud.

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