The residents and visitors to Annapolis dine at many classic restaurants that are a central part to the history of the city.
Guides will often highlight the colonial era seafood pubs that opened during the 1700s in Annapolis. One example is Reynolds Tavern, considered to be the oldest tavern in Annapolis MD. Inside the Tavern is the Sly Fox Pub, which offers a number of loaded fish sandwiches and platters — along with an assortment of traditional pub fare. Besides being a fish restaurant, the Sly Fox is also known for its entertainment and casual atmosphere. The Middleton Tavern Oyster Bar and Restaurant, dating back to 1750, is located right on the waterfront, so customers will always know they are eating the freshest seafood. For a more family friendly seafood restaurant, the Boatyard Bar and Grill hosts small gatherings and includes plenty of seating for a big family. This seafood restaurant also has the honor of being voted the best family restaurant in Annapolis. If you’re feeling like Italian, Luna Blu, located on the addition to West Street is worth a try. A newer restaurant is O’Leary’s. At O’Leary’s, customers are offered New American styles of typical fish platters, such as Thai barbecued Mahi Mahi and conventional Maryland dishes like Maryland crabcakes.
Besides the seemingly overwhelming numbers of seafood restaurants in Annapolis, there are dozens of good restaurants offering something a little bit different. We might point people to Carpaccio Tuscan Restaurant. This upscale Italian restaurant serves a wide variety of Northern Italian food with wine pairings. Harry Browne’s Restaurant is located in the historic district of downtown Annapolis and offers a Sunday brunch and a dinner menu with a good combination of fish and steak. If all you want is the steak, you might head over to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which serves top of the line steaks with upscale drinks in a relaxing lounge atmosphere.
Several Annapolis hotels also feature their own restaurants. One of our favorites is inside the Loews, called Breeze. It’s also one of the favorites of local and regional food writers for featuring local, seasonal ingredients. The food is upscale Maryland fare with a twist – like a BLT Panini or the classic crabcake sandwich served BBQ style with coleslaw on top.
From seafood to upscale dining, Annapolis citizens have any place at their disposal no matter what their appetite is. The visitors and citizens of Annapolis dine on excellent, friendly, and high-quality food — especially the seafood.