Backfin Blues

4.7
530 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Backfin Blues Bar & Grill offers the freshest, most succulent seafood, juicy Black Angus Steaks and Prime Rib, craft beer, specialty Martinis and after-dinner drinks; all hand crafted and made-to-order for your enjoyment. We do in-house and catered events. Chef Bob invites you to join him in his delectable living room. Sit back and enjoy some of the finest cuisine around, along with daily revolving specials !

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What 530 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
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SteveW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Had the blackened swordfish it was salty and dried out. Chef Bob was not there Wednesday night. Lobster bisque was great. We've eaten there many times over the years this was not their best effort.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Backfin blues is a great restaurant! Located in a cute little town in port deposit. I have been many times and have never been disappointed! Definitely a must try.

MB
vipMarkB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch menu! Great service and food! I had the Chesapeake eggs Benedict. Excellent! And I love their Bloody Mary!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New year’s brunch

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LouM
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

BackFin is usually very good but this time not so much. They were using the New Years eve menu on January 2 and with few options the prices were outrageous. Again, I would not have cared too much if the food was outstanding. It wasn't. I got the surf and turf and while the steak was tender there really wasn't much taste to it and the jumbo ship on top had no seasoning or topping and it was dry to the taste. On top of that our server Arial was really not into giving us a great experience. I had to ask for bread, refills and one person from our party of 6 had to get up to ask her for a drink from the bar. Just seemed she was more into her phone then checking up on her customers; especially a party of six were the lowest price dinner was $47. We love BF and will go back, we just didn't have a good experience this time.

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Mart
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our meals, and the laid-back, relaxed vibe. This place NEVER disappoints.

SM
SharonM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have come here several times now. Most recently for my birthday. The food has always been excellent. Well worth the price paid. The service on our last trip was very good too. I wish I remembered the name of our server. She was so nice and and helpful with our selections.

KM
KathyM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You can't go wrong with Backfin Blues. The food is outstanding, as is the service and atmosphere. It's fine dining in a casual atmosphere.

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vipLaurieF
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I am still completely blown away by the meal we had at Backfin. I am from FL where seafood is plentiful, but there is nowhere in FL that could possibly top this place. We all had the Stuffed Shrimp, and I expected shrimp with stuffing on top. What arrived at the table was one of the most outstanding dinners ever. The shrimp was tucked under the most delicious crab imperial. There was so many flavors happening with this dish I cannot adequately describe it. Simply delicious. And then there were the broken potatoes. So good. If you find yourself anywhere near Port Deposit, MD, and you like crab, do not miss the opportunity to go to Backfin.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Backfin blues never disappoints. Stuffed shrimp is my favorite. My husband loves mako shark and was super happy to see this on the menu. Delicious

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TammyM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service as always.

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Bushey
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The appetizers and main courses were hot and delicious. However, the side dishes vegetables and starch arrived either lukewarm or almost cold. I guess that the kitchen needs to pay more attention to temperature control when plating.

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BethW
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place! It's my favorite restaurant. The food is consistently delicious and the service is excellent.
I can't say enough good things about it. Omg try the Filet au poivre!!!It is insanely good. The chocolate lava cake is so yummy too.
You gotta go there!

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vipBillS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch was fantastic as it always is. Best eggs benedict anywhere with outstanding service.

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CollegeProf1
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very nice, even with their limited menu. I had the crab soup which was delicious and ths stuffed mushroom appetizer! Excellent!
My wife had the stuffed shrimp, also EXCELLENT!
Advice to customers, IF is raining, DO NOT park at the foot of the restaurant. Park on a hill or incline. It was raining lightly when we got there. So I parked at the back level parking area. After torrential rain while dining, my wife and I had to traverse the flooded back parking area that had about 4 to 5 inches of water to get to our car.

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BethO
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was fantastic. My husband got the breakfast pasta and couldn’t stop eating it, (even though he was already very full). We will definitely be making the trip from Baltimore to try some more of your delicious dishes in the very near future.

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WhitG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Never disappointed here. Had the filet and it was perfectly cooked and you could have cut it with a butter knife. Had a crab on crostini appertizer and I’m not sure what the sauce was but it was a home run.

JS
JohnS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

We enjoyed the food and service. Lobster was great and so was the stuffed shrimp. Only negative was the game show volume on the TV. It was louder than the background music. It took away from our dining experience.

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Churchville
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is one of our favorite places. We look forward to their email each week to see the imaginative offerings. The food is always delicious and service outstanding.

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Beth
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

GREAT food and service, as always. Highly recommend for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food for a fair price. We sat at the bar and had friendly service from the bartender.

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vipBillS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Backfin never disappoints. The food, drinks and staff are the best !!

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michaelm
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love coming to Back Fin Blues. The food and service are always outstanding. Thanks for being our “go to” special place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was excellent - food was delicious and portions were generous. Thinking of trying brunch next...

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SherriR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was awesome. Our table was close to the kitchen and it was very loud.

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SherriS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. The food is always amazing!

DG
DaveG
West Virginia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Food! The Stuffed Shrimp was great! The Crab Louis Appetizer was very tasty! Always great food everytime! Highly recommend it.

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jjsp
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

My ordered included a $48 filet mignon dinner which when brought the to table was rather cool/cold to the touch.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was super fresh!! Loved sitting at the bar and being able to watch the action in the kitchen!! Superb staff and drinks were amazing!!!!

MB
vipMarkB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a great meal! We sat outside on a lovely evening listening to a duo playing at the bar across the street. Excellent service!

J
Jaybug
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Backfin has always been our “go to “ for fine dining and excellent service . We’ve been going there since Jay and Bob opened .
Bib has always been very strict on quality and variety on the menus
Unfortunately our special dinner last night was a disaster ... something you would expect from Golden Corral !
My wife’s crab cake was excellent .... initially .. her broccoli was cold ... actually ice cold like it came out if the fridge .. she asked to have it heated and they obviously just put the whole plate in a microwave because when she got it back she said the crab cake was dry and tasteless ! That’s the good part
My meal was the $30 Queen cut of prime rib ordered medium rare but when the waitress delivered it , it was about 1/8 of an inch thick and well done ... couldn’t have been more than 10 ounces ( for a Queen cut ) and it was obvious that it had been reheated and NOT cut from a freshly cooked rib roast . So the waitress looked at it and agreed that it was well done and she took it back ... the NEW prime rib was now even smaller .. maybe 8 ounces .. and cut in an angle so 1/2 of it was really well done and the rest was medium . .. I asked the waitress what she thought and she said it was very small and well done again .. I asked where Bob was and she said he was out of town and my response was that Bob would have NEVER let this meal out of his kitchen to which she agreed . Our waitress was excellent and handled the situation very well .. we were very cordial and only expressed our sadness that the food had gotten this poor .
Our waitress went to her manager and explained the situation and she gave us a gift card that PARTIALLY covered my meal which we graciously accepted BUT the manager could’ve come out to apologize to long term customers but she chose not to .
My hunch us that Bob isn’t coming back to oversee his restaurant and unfortunately this is what Backfin will become in short time ... a high priced restaurant with average to worse food ....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Food was good but they made us use cheap plastic cutlery and paper napkins because they ran out of silverware and cloth napkins.

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JennyJ
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Over priced kids meals. Twirly pasta with butter on it and 4 medium sized shrimp on top for $15. Regular pasta and marina $9 plus drink price. Calamari appetizer was fried with fried bell peppers so you could not remove the peppers or tell what was calamari or peppers until you ate it and the amount of peppers definitely were doubled the amount of calamari you got. For 2 kids meals, 2 entrees, sodas and 2 appetizers bil was over $120. Very pricey for what you get

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BFood
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Stuffed shrimp was excellent, and our waitress was very attentive, even though we were seated outside. Food was prepared well.

DB
DaveB
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Backfin Blues is awesome. Every meal I have ever had here was fantastic. There is a true chef in the kitchen. This place is a gem with varied and excellent food and a menu that changes to keep you coming back over and over!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my family in for a nice brunch. Everything was wonderful. We plan to go again soon.

J
Jand
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The menu was somewhat limited for the evening. We had the crab dip for an appetizer, as there were no clams. I had the standard twin crabcakes and birthday hubby had the sea bass. We both had sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts for sides. We had a nice bottle of Malbec. I thought everything was fine, but hubby said that he did not like the sea bass. Apparently, the bass did not like him either, as he had digestive problems for the rest of the evening.

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RayF
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

An unexpected find in Port Deposit. Food and ambience were very nice. Recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another phenomenal brunch at Backfin Blues . Great food .. great atmosphere and great service!

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MindyD
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was great too. I have only one issue and it was with another customer who was sitting directly behind our tables at a table in the bar area who was so loud and vulgar with her language I couldn't even hear what my husband was saying to me. Fortunately she didn't arrive until dessert otherwise I truly believe I would have had to ask the staff to either ask her to tone it down or move us to another table. I heard more F bombs in 30 minutes than I have heard in 6 months!

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You can order delivery directly from Backfin Blues using the Order Online button. Backfin Blues also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 378-2722.

Backfin Blues is rated 4.7 stars by 530 OpenTable diners.

Backfin Blues does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/backfin-blues-bar-grill-port-deposit/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.