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Best Baltimore Seafood Restaurants


Nothing is more disappointing than going to an oceanfront restaurant, only to discover that the bland fish you're eating was frozen between being caught and being served to you. The best seafood is fresh, and prepared in such a way as to accent the natural flavors of the sea without overwhelming them. Presented in alphabetical order, here are the 2014 top seafood restaurants in Baltimore.

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Bertha's Seafood
12/20
734 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
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Jazz in the bar and free bumper stickers reading “Eat Bertha’s Mussels” are added attractions at this atmospheric maritime restaurant. More...

The Black Olive Greek
15/20
814 S. Bond St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
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An expansion gives us even more reason to love this Greek-style fish taverna. More...

Bo Brooks Crabhouse & Restaurant Seafood
11/20
Dining Room at Bo Brooks Crabhouse & Restaurant, Baltimore, MD Baltimore Marine Center
2780 Lighthouse Point, Ste. A
Baltimore, MD 21224
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An Inner Harbor view and a spicy pile of steamed hard-shell blue crabs await. More...

The Chesapeake American
13/20
Dining Room at The Chesapeake, Baltimore, MD 1701 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

A quarter-century after its closing, an old-school favorite returns with a casually classy new-school look and menu of American fare. More...

Faidley's Seafood
Quick Bite
Lexington Market
203 N. Paca St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Belly up to this old-fashioned lunch counter for one of the best crabcakes you're ever likely to taste. More...

Gunning's Seafood Seafood
12/20
7304 Parkway Dr.
Hanover, MD 21076
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Don't let the strip mall façade turn you off --- this is crab central, with all the local specialties. You'll find luscious crabs steamed, fried, batter-dipped and more. More...

Henninger's Tavern Contemporary
14/20
1812 Bank St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
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Atmospheric, funky, and decorated with a whole flea market’s worth of vintage miscellanea, Henninger’s offers a surprisingly soigné fine-dining menu. More...

Kali's Court Mediterranean
13/20
Dining Room at Kali 1606 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
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Although Kali's Court does offer uncommonly pleasant digs for dining, it is the fresh grilled fish and pan-Mediterranean menu that draw crowds of loyal customers. More...

Mama’s on the Half Shell Seafood
13/20
2901 O’Donnell St.
Baltimore, MD 21224
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As the name suggests, this seafood restaurant shares ownership with nearby Nacho Mama’s, and specializes in oyster preparations. More...

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks Seafood
13/20
Harbor Inn, Pier 5
711 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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A selection of fresh seafood that changes daily is the stock-in-trade of this waterfront restaurant, one of a nationwide chain. More...

Ocean Pride Seafood Seafood
11/20
1534 York Rd.
Lutherville, MD 21093
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Steamed hard-shell crabs are a year 'round draw at this suburban institution. More...

The Oceanaire Seafood Room Seafood
14/20
Spinnaker Bay Building
801 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Enjoy cocktails in the lounge, oysters at the raw bar, and ultra-fresh fish at this restaurant designed to recall a classic 1930s ocean liner. More...

O'Leary's Seafood Restaurant Seafood
14/20
310 Third St.
Annapolis, MD 21403
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Clear flavors and a seafood menu that runs from straight-up to inventive makes O'Leary's a serious contender for an Annapolis best-in-show. More...

Pierpoint Regional American
14/20
1822 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
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Chef Nancy Longo's Fells Point bistro has moved from pacesetter to stalwart in its years on the scene. More...

Rusty Scupper Seafood
12/20
402 Key Hwy.
Baltimore, MD 21230
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A water view and a seafood-heavy menu with international flourishes are the draws at this Inner Harbor mainstay. More...

Ryleigh's Oyster Seafood
13/20
36 E. Cross St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
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Among the new breed of restaurants that add a “fine dining” gloss to casual tavern fare, this handsome Federal Hill bar shines in the seafood department. More...

Shanty Grille Seafood
11/20
3410 Plum Tree Dr.
Ellicott City, MD 21042
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Howard County’s lightly upscale crab house has been expanded and re-imagined and with a new name, look and contemporary menu. More...

Thames Street Oyster House Seafood
14/20
1728 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231

There’s much to love at Thames Street Oyster House, from its casual, classy bistro décor to its super-fresh seasonal seafood. More...

Watertable American Regional
14/20
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel
202 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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The dining room may not have a nautical flavor, but the view and the food both showcase the glories of local waters. More...



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