Sam's on the Waterfront

4.2
949 reviews
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
“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 Screw pile lighthouses, this uniquely crafted building on the water provides the most elegant of settings. Executive Chef, Matty Rose, will tailor your meal to meet any of your specific requirements. Staff will make sure that all your expectations are met.

Make no mistake about it, Sam’s is dedicated to providing the most fresh, creative, local dining experience possible! Sam’s has a truly 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 Annaplis 2 yys in a row!
Sam's offers the best live Music every Friday & Saturday Nights starting at 7pm.

Special Offers

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Voted Annapolis most romantic Restaurant, Join us for a Special Prix Fixe 5 Course Valentines Menu for just $75 per person., while sitting on the water and enjoying an incredible Valentines menu specially created by Chef Brendan. Free Parking
Our normal menu is not available on this Special Night.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 949 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Band was a bit loud.

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

Awesome annual Oyster Fest. We lost v Sam's anytime of the year!

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WS
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We came to enjoy lunch on the water and this restaurant was quiet and food was decent. Calamari was very good.
I think our food was pretty over priced for what we got, though.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took friends and family for New Year's Eve dinner and celebration. Food, entertainment and waterfront view made for a memorable evening.

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TI
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food at New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner. Service very prompt & professional, but not rushed.

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JU
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New Year’s Eve and we had a wonderful meal.

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MV
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The crab cake and lobster mac and cheese are fantastic! We had a great dinner by the water with great service.

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LO
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Christmas Eve

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner!

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r
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

We always enjoy the setting but the food was mediocre. No, let me change that: The cream of crab soup was awful. Salty beyond belief, thick with flour and very little crab. We couldn't eat it. Fish and Chips was average at best. Server was pleasant.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Got the fish and chips. The batter on the fish was shoggy.
Service was great, the band was nice. Would go back again.

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J
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sams made such a great anniversary for me and my girlfriend.. Amazing food! Kinda drafty so just bring a jacket.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Went for thanksgiving. The food was kind of cold. They ran out of bread. Plates took awhile to be cleared.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We have been to Sam's several times before but it has been quite a long time. We had a pretty good experience with them in the past but this was not one of them. We went on Thanksgiving day for their Prix Fixe 4 course dinner. We waited nearly 15 minutes for anyone to even check us in for our reservation. We were seated and ordered drinks. We were asked to order all 4 courses at once so they could plan it all out.

Most of the food came out pretty good but my Wife's "poached" egg on her bruschetta came out very obviously hard boiled as it was perfectly round (this should have easily been caught before leaving the kitchen) the waitress acted like nothing was wrong but eventually returned it to the kitchen and brought her a new one.

Portion sizes were much smaller than I expected for the cost of the meal. I can deal with small portions if the food is absolutely amazing but it just wasn't.

The waitress rushed us through our whole meal. Our next course was frequently brought out before we we're finished eating the course before. Our desert was laid out on our table before either of us were done with the main course and my wife wasn't even half done.

We were handed the check before desert was completed and felt rushed to get out of there.

I was even more put off by the fact that the restaurant felt the need to add mandatory 20% gratuity so we could not tip according to the less than stelar service we received.

We will not be returning to Sam's on the waterfront.

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JJ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was excellent. Bloody Mary bar was excellent. The waiter was nice but was not familiar with the sparkling wine list and seemed poorly trained.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and great food!

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DD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best rockfish dinner I have ever had, and I've had a few. Kudos to the new chef!

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SK
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great view of marina, great food and great service.

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great dining, food was excellent, service great! Wine list impressive. Love the atmosphere and want to come back for brunch and summer on the waterfront! Thoroughly enjoyed dinner. It was a bit loud for my husband with the live music but that enhanced the experience. Music was perfect dinner music. All in all a great first time at Sam's!

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s
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Terrible experience!! Loud bar, limited menu, very poor food, bad lighting, possibly trying to hide the run down appearance of the inside. We should have walked out before we sat down. I ordered panko encrusted rockfish. What was served was NOT rockfish. I think it was tuna but it was too dark to tell. It was dry and tasteless and the risotto it was served on was like glue. My husband ordered the rib roast which was very poorly prepared. Our daughter had the salmon which she politely said was okay. We will never return nor would we ever recommend this restaurant to anyone. Since our visit we have had several people, upon learning where we went for dinner, comment that they wished we had asked them. They said they would never recommend it to anyone. One friend who had lived at Chesapeake Harbor said that residents never went to Sam's because it was so poor. Needless to say, we will never go back nor would we ever recommend it to anyone. A very disappointing birthday dinner!!! We are well experienced at dining in excellent restaurants locally, nationally and internationally so know what to expect in a good restaurant.

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CD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The food was nice, some of the items on the menu were unavailable because of the brunch crowd and my rockfish was a little overcooked (only food miss, everything else tasted great). Bathrooms were not clean

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a very good experience. Food was delicious. Just a little too chilly with the air conditioner.

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MS
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

We selected Sam's, a favorite restaurant of ours, because its tables are widely spaced making it good for conversation and we have enjoyed the ambiance (on the water) and food on previous visits. What a disappointment!! Although we were seated at some distance from the bar and its live music, the singer was quite loud. However, the band left well before we finished dinner. We ordered 3 items to share: a caesar salad, which was fine--and large; fried oysters and a seafood pasta. The "oysters" consisted of a lot of fried items but the oysters were either very small or in at least one case, non-existent. by the time we finished the appetizers we were the only people at the tables. Yet it took the better part of an hour for our pasta dish to be served. It was separated in two dishes with an extra plate for shells as it should be. But the very large scallops were cold. We returned the dishes to the kitchen and it took 10 or 15 additional minutes to be reheated. The seafood pasta now was quite good. We complained to the manager about the "oysters" and the long wait for food. He comped the food. (We also had a bottle of wine.) Because the manager made up for the experience, we will definitely return and hope that future meals will be up to Sam's usual standards.

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BD
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Disappointed in the limited brunch menu for Sunday afternoon. Wanted a quiet place on the water so went away from downtown Annapolis to Sam's. Have come to Sam's by boat on good weather days and it's been great, but the limited menu and constant cheering from the bar due to the Sunday football games made it seem more like a Sports Bar than a nice restaurant.

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KV
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place with wonderful live music (acustic) Water views of boats

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S
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Got a call a few hours before our reservation telling us the restaurant was closed. Reportedly all the Kitchen staff had walked off the job.

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t
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The food was weak and the service was blah. The place was empty and we still had the order wrong and NOTHING special. Very disappointed!

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Chosen because of being on the waterfront and had last-minute seating available. For being a Saturday night - during Labor Day weekend - we were surprised at how empty it was. Despite this, it took over ten minutes for our server to make his first visit to our table, and thirty minutes to get our drinks. There were two portable AC floor units right by our table, yet we got the feeling these weren’t so temporary. Food was unimpressive and service overall was plain awful.

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w
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

This was a terribly slow experience, which showed lack of proper management.

The kitchen was understaffed and the waitstaff had not been trained as to how to handle such a situation. Bread, the simplest of already cooked things, took multiple asks. At some point the manager came by, when the food finally had arrived, not to initially apologize, but to ask how our food was. Instead of comping drinks or appetizers or applying a discount to the meal, he offered dessert. Dessert? That would mean more time!

Unfortunately, this was a most disappointing meal.

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JA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Aside from the outdoors bartender yelling and cursing horribly to another employee right in front of us (last Sunday August 26th), we enjoyed our experience. The food was great and valuable and the scene was to die for!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

We only ordered light fare, and it was good. The ambiance is noisy, fun, and casual out on the deck. The musician on the night we were there was fantastic. The only real negative was slow service. Took too long to take our food order, took FOREVER to get the food, and took a long time to handle the bill. It was busy, but not THAT busy.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Sit outside or at the bar. Dining room is not a great experience.

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s
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the mussels and rockfish and both were delicious.

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M
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Late food and wine: unprofessional server no AC; meal was unsatisfactory compared to menu descriptions
This restaurant comes highly recommended. It was to our standards, awful.
We will not be back

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DD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The best part of Sam's is the ambience--it's right at the Chesapeake Harbour Marina--and it's fun to watch the boats both large and small coming and going. This restaurant is not living up to its potential though. We were there for brunch and were told that there were no specialty coffees available; no latte or cappuccinos which one would expect at brunch. In the past, Sam's use to offer those drinks. Maybe the machine was broken. Surprisingly there was no tea available either (ran out of tea bags). Someone there needs to be paying attention to details more closely and keep up with ordering. Two in our party ordered the shrimp and grits. While the dish was good, it did not reflect the ingredients stated on the menu--instead of sausage it had bacon pieces and it was quite spicy, which no warning was given on the menu. Fortunately we liked spicy but customers should be warned. Our server Jason was fantastic--very attentive.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The location is beautiful and the service was good. However, the rockfish entire was spoiled, the scallops were rubbery, and the pasta was dry. Couldn’t eat our meal so we had to leave. They did remove the meals from the bill so that is something. Will not return.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

So slow tonight. Close to 2 hours to get food. Like this place but need to make service more of a priority.

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C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The lettuce in my dinner salad came out wilted and brown in many spots so the server took it away. A new salad was brought out after my family finished their meal. Th restaurant was not busy and there was no compensation or apology for the inconvenience.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We were 3 couples visiting Annapolis for the weekend. I remembered seeing the photo of Sam's last Spring when we visited, so we went there this time around. There was a table of 8-10 behind us and they were noisy and not too thoughtful to the waitress. We thought she was wonderful.
The food was fabulous, especially the Cream of Crab soup. It was a fun evening with good friends.

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