The Best Seafood Restaurants in Baltimore

People flock to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor not just to visit the Maryland Science Center and The National Aquarium, but also to sample the incredible seafood that Baltimore is famous for. While it’s true that there are plenty of seafood-focused restaurants near the Harbor, Baltimore offers a plethora of such eateries throughout its neighborhoods, from Canton to Oldtown and Westport to Bolton Hill. So just where do residents and diners in the know go for seafood? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve studied the data from thousands of restaurants to help diners eat at the favorite places of OpenTable’s most prolific and demanding foodies. Sample some of the freshest softshell crabs and oysters from the nearby Chesapeake Bay or break open a lobster flown in from Maine—whatever ocean treats diners crave, they’ll find them when they book a meal at one of these restaurants serving the best seafood in Baltimore.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Citron, Gunther & Co., Loch Bar - Baltimore
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Towson, Canton, Harbor East
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Citron

$$$$·American·
Towson
1,668 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance

Citron sits in the northwest corner of greater Baltimore, overlooking Quarry Lake. In nice weather, diners can sit on the lakeside patio or terrace (open year-round)—the location serves as an inspirat...

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Best Ambience in Baltimore Suburbs
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Gunther & Co.

$$$$·American·
Canton
2,110 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

This converted brick brewery on Brewer’s Hill houses a spacious restaurant with open kitchen and a fresh, local take on classic American fare. Perfect for a date night or a business lunch, Gunther & C...

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Outdoor Eating in Baltimore / Maryland

Loch Bar - Baltimore

$$$$·Seafood·
Harbor East
920 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

Loch Bar, on the ground floor of the Four Seasons hotel, occupies prime real estate on the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This raw bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating and enforces a dress c...

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Hot Spot in Baltimore / Maryland

Ampersea Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Harbor Point
891 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating

Modern in both décor and attitude, Ampersea combines the ethos of locally sourced food with the spirit of community-building. Produce served here is often grown by urban farmers through restaurant-sup...

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Scenic View in Baltimore / Maryland

Gertrude's - Baltimore

$$$$·American·
Charles Village
6,266 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasions

Gertrude’s, in the Baltimore Museum of Art, has served as a bastion of local, farm-fresh Chesapeake Bay cuisine for more than two decades. Diners here rave about consistently good food and consistentl...

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Lunch in Baltimore / Maryland
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Michael's Cafe

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Timonium
1,992 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions

Depending upon where diners sit, Michael’s Café has the vibe of a chummy men’s club (think dark wood, leather accents) or casual gathering place (industrial lighting, high ceilings, communal tables). ...

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Lunch in Baltimore Suburbs

Bluestone

$$$$·Seafood·
Timonium
5,466 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Although not an intimate dining experience, Bluestone more than makes up for its restaurant chain vibe with good service and good food. Neither the lunch nor dinner menus are large, but meat eaters an...

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Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland
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Costas Inn

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
264 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Child Friendly

Costas has been serving the freshest crabs, flown in daily, for nearly 50 years. It’s the perfect place for casual get-togethers both large and small, with a noisy, slightly boisterous atmosphere and ...

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Oceanaire Seafood Room - Baltimore

$$$$·Seafood·
Inner Harbor
3,770 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries

For fine dining right near Baltimore’s Waterfront Promenade, check out the Oceanaire Seafood Room. White tablecloth service and artfully presented meals are perfect for a special night out. While the ...

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Special Occasions in Baltimore / Maryland

Barrett's Grill

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hunt Valley
2,824 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating

This contemporary restaurant sits in a shopping mall north of Baltimore, offering lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends. Live jazz on Tuesdays and Thursdays is the perfect accompan...

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Lunch in Baltimore Suburbs

Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·American·
Ellicott City
647 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch

Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar in Ellicott City is a casual eatery with a low-key, rustic vibe. While the menu features seafood stalwarts like the ubiquitous crab dip, shrimp & grits, and calamari, it also su...

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Fit for Foodies in Baltimore Suburbs
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The Capital Grille - Baltimore

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,442 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date

No two Capital Grille locations are the same architecturally, but the restaurants in this extensive national chain share a clubby steakhouse atmosphere with lots of leather and wood, and white tablecl...

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Best Service in Baltimore / Maryland

Captain James Landing

$$$$·Seafood·
Fells Point
1,409 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual

The exterior of Captain James Landing tells diners they’re in for some of the best seafood in Baltimore. That’s because Captain James looks like an ocean-going ship, complete with deck dining and port...

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Child Friendly in Baltimore / Maryland