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Sam's on the Waterfront, Annapolis, MD

Sam's on the Waterfront

3.9
3.9
1155 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
“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 Musi

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:30 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 263-3600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brendan Odea

  • Catering

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the highly acclaimed “Sam's on the Waterfront”. You are very important to us & catering your next special event is our number one concern. As you enter, you step into a World of hip elegance and quiet charm; all tastefully appointed for your special occasion. Our staff is ready and able to cater to your every desire. We offer on and off-Premise catering with both Butler Service or a Plated Affair. With a catering menu of over 30 pages we can create any event you may be dreaming of. We do on and off premise catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Sam's on the Waterfront can help plan or execute any private party which you can imagine. Inside or out, let us make your next event unforgettable. We also provide off site catering for all of your special events needs. Call us at 410-263-3600 for all of your special occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Andrew Parks: (410) 263-3600

  • Neighborhood

    Annapolis

  • Cross street

    Edgewood Road

  • Parking details

    Avoid the stress of Downtown parking, Sam's on the Waterfront offers Plenty of Free parking in our own private lot. We will pay for any ticket you receive while dining at our restaurant!You can also come by boat and get free docking while dining with us at our Dock Bar or in Chesapeake Harbour Marina. 410-268-1969

  • Entertainment

    Offering the best local & live Acoustic entertainment every Friday & Saturday Nights starting at 7:00pm. Sam's also offers great local acoustic music Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights outside at Proud Mary's Dock Bar which is open seasonally (May through Mid October).Cooking classes offered monthly. Small craft whiskey dinner as well as scotch and wine dinners offered throughout the year!New Years Eve Extravaganza and a variety of fun entertaining events all year long!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,155 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. CP

    CarolynP

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This establishment has been a neighborhood favorite for many years. We were fortunate to celebrate our friend's birthday before the restaurant closed its doors for good on 9/26/21!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful restaurant. A true shame it is closing. The food & service were fabulous and the location & view was amazing. I’m hoping they find new owners that appreciate this gem!
  3. KN

    KristinN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. Great relaxing outdoor spot!
  4. ML

    MaryLow

    New York Area

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was excellent and the best crab cakes ever. Even the veggie flatbread and salads with way above average. Definitely recommend
  5. KG

    KenG

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great drinks, good food and great music o for a Sunday afternoon.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Wanted a Bloody Mary. Their mix was too spicy so the bartender made one with tomato juice. Just vodka & tomato juice. That’s not a Bloody Mary. I had to request seasonings, worchestire and horseradish to make my own. Used low quality tomato juice. Ordered the crab cake melt with applewood smoked bacon. Sandwich was not grilled. Crabmeat was scant and the bacon near uncooked. Not crispy. $23.00 My father ordered the lobster roll. Menu did not say lobster “salad” roll. But that’s what he received and that was only made with claw meat. No lobster tail meat. 24.00. In the past Sams had only the highest quality of ingredients. My family has been patrons of Sam’s since it opened. Stopped when it changed management and changed menu to have a more Asian lean. Was excited to see the menu returned to more regional cuisine. Best thing today were the French fries and they were cold.
  7. P

    Patty

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice place on the water Very loud inside so we went outside it was so nice Great food
  8. CH

    CarolineH

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Sam's has the best lobster rolls and a beautiful view as well. We will miss them.
  9. A

    Alsacienne

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice location away from the crowded Annapolis touristic spot
  10. CC

    CharmCityTraveler

    Baltimore

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent view. My lobster roll was better than expected. the tomato bisque with lobster was very good, could've used a bit more lobster.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. Great food and great service. Great date night.
  12. JB

    JohnB

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Were looking for a good meal at an enjoyable venue on the water. Sam's is on the water and we enjoyed a pleasant outdoor table overlooking the marina. Our server was wonderful, pleasant, responsive and helpful. The food was just okay with a good appetizer, but entree's that did not quite live up to expectations.
  13. JN

    JenniferN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time with wonderful service and food!
  14. EC

    EricC

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything thing was as expected.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    We visited here yesterday for lunch. It was a nice day so we sat outside. Not one employee wore a mask. Service here was unfortunately not the best. The calamari was soaked in oil and the chicken was undercooked. We literally waited for over 30 minutes for our waitress to bring the check. After realizing she just might not return, we walked inside and asked the young lady at the front for our waitress to bring the check. While we were walking to the front, the outdoor bartender (I really wish I had looked at his name) grabbed a bunch of napkins and began sneezing uncontrollably in it. He proceeded to grab more napkins while wiping his hands on his uniform. I was officially grossed out ESPECIALLY considering COVID is live and in full effect going on. Needless to say, our check was almost $70 (definitely was not worth it) and I will never eat here again!!!
  16. R

    Rese

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious! Sitting outside by the water and boats was a great relaxing vibe. Will definitely be going back!
  17. L

    Ladyjw

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Nice restaurant right on the water. Food was excellent. The waiter we had was so so. They added a 20% tip to the bill because it was over $100. We usually tip well over 20% but not this time.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great to be on the water!
  19. L

    Linnie

    Orlando

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Great location, nice menu, food was OK. Dessert of Smith Island cake was dry and not very good - disappointing!! I’d give it another try because the Wedge Salad was delicious! Best part of dinner!
  20. FC

    FragranceCzar

    Cincinnati

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Try the fried Brussels sprouts appetizer. Great food and view of the harbor. Easy parking.
  21. CS

    ChuckS

    Greensboro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and view. Entertainment was a nice add. Super tunes like James Taylor.
  22. PV

    PhiVer

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was surprisingly empty, even for a Wednesday evening. But we were sat by the window with a wonderful view of the Marina. Both the service and food were excellent. We expect to return.
  23. LA

    LisaA

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    Young male staff that left a little to be impressed about. (Nick) was cute, but not really concerned about being a server. Scallop and Shrimp salad was recommended, but the greens were tough, old and on the verge of rotting. Interesting signature mocktail with muddled strawberry and seltzer which was quite good. The view over the marina is lovely- that's probably their best quality. Hope the kitchen and staff can rise to better standards. Annapolis needs more fine dining experiences.
  24. m

    mlp8415

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, food and ambiance. Took our time and were never rushed.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time here and I throughly enjoyed it! The crab melt was wonderful. The Brussels sprouts were to die for. The portion sizes are huge which is nice because I had a ton of leftovers.
  26. JA

    JASI

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Outdoor seating provided a great view. Service was great.
  27. AS

    AsonjaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Very pleasant on the water and the weather was great. The servicer was attentive and the food was delicious.
  28. JH

    JoeH

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and consideration!
  29. t

    tony

    Baltimore

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great location with wonderful view. Service was very good. Menu offered many choices and the food was good.
  30. KB

    KatherineB

    Key West

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our server was very professional and friendly. The fish ‘n chips were in the dry side. Overall the restaurant looked a little “tired and when out” in terms of decor. It was noisier than we expected.
  31. D

    Disappointed

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Took sons In memory of their Dad. I really wanted it be be special for Father’s Day. The food was salty and the crab cakes had too many shells. I told waitress but she made some excuse….don’t remember what she said. I’ve been to this restaurant a number of times for lunch and have always been satisfied. I was disappointed with the experience.
  32. M

    Modelgirlver

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Went there for Father’s Day brunch and they weren’t serving brunch that day. Was disappointed but our server was able to have that chef make my daughter a waffle, which was very nice.
  33. ND

    NicolaD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service, good food
  34. s

    susanj

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Friday Afternoon Lunch on the water - sat by the outside bar.
  35. FC

    FrederickC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice Veiw, no matter the weather. Just to look through those picture sized windows at the water.
  36. k

    krandst

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The crab cakes were lovely. I’ll definitely return to Sam’s.
  37. MS

    MichelleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing with thoughtful quality service.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Views were great; nestled in between condos/townhomes - nice setting. Food was okay (spicy). Service was good. Would I go again; no.
  39. EK

    EllenK

    Naples

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was very good. Shared the calamari app, and I had stuffed shrimp with risotto. The food was luke warm, not hot. The risotto was good but not as tasty as I had hoped. Waitress was very friendly. The atmostphere would have been better with a little music piped in. We sat inside, and it was quiet enough that nearby customers could overhear our conversation, so not very romantic/private. They had live music outside, which was nice, but nothing inside to create a nicer ambiance. I would go back, especially to eat outside with the live music, on a less humid night. Clean, friendly and welcoming overall!
  40. F

    Friend

    Washington DC

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I went for lunch, my server never told me that Tuesday was burger day. Heard another server tell other diners.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sam's on the Waterfront using the Order Online button. Sam's on the Waterfront also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 263-3600.

Sam's on the Waterfront is rated 3.9 stars by 1155 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Edgewood Road

  • Neighborhood

    Annapolis

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:30 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Avoid the stress of Downtown parking, Sam's on the Waterfront offers Plenty of Free parking in our own private lot. We will pay for any ticket you receive while dining at our restaurant!You can also come by boat and get free docking while dining with us at our Dock Bar or in Chesapeake Harbour Marina. 410-268-1969

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brendan Odea

  • Entertainment

    Offering the best local & live Acoustic entertainment every Friday & Saturday Nights starting at 7:00pm. Sam's also offers great local acoustic music Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights outside at Proud Mary's Dock Bar which is open seasonally (May through Mid October).Cooking classes offered monthly. Small craft whiskey dinner as well as scotch and wine dinners offered throughout the year!New Years Eve Extravaganza and a variety of fun entertaining events all year long!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (410) 263-3600

  • Catering

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the highly acclaimed “Sam's on the Waterfront”. You are very important to us & catering your next special event is our number one concern. As you enter, you step into a World of hip elegance and quiet charm; all tastefully appointed for your special occasion. Our staff is ready and able to cater to your every desire. We offer on and off-Premise catering with both Butler Service or a Plated Affair. With a catering menu of over 30 pages we can create any event you may be dreaming of. We do on and off premise catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Sam's on the Waterfront can help plan or execute any private party which you can imagine. Inside or out, let us make your next event unforgettable. We also provide off site catering for all of your special events needs. Call us at 410-263-3600 for all of your special occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Andrew Parks: (410) 263-3600

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