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Cantler's Riverside Inn

458 Forest Beach Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
410-757-1311
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Ranked #37 of 300 Restaurants in Annapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

It is a place worth going. Can't say it is a wonderfull restaurant but the experience with the hammer, the knife and the crabs is worth a visit! Food was excellent, service fine and the atmosphere great! We will be back there one day!

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Houston, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

So, first the good. The view is nice, the seafood is mild, (if that's your thing) and the service was warm and attentive. If it's not evident, we wanted to like Cantler's. It came highly recommended and we made a one hour drive, out of our way, to dine here. However when we arrived a fish plant odor met us... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Best seafood I've had in a long time, kinda pricey but very very good ( except the corn, that seemed like it was a week old ) if you haven't been, go now! You will enjoy it.

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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This is a drive and just not worth the hype unless you've never had the crab dinner experience/mess. I think there may be better places with better service and prices.

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Alexandria, VA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Nothing indicates freshness more than the offloading crates of crabs within just a few feet of the dining area. Great family restaurant atmosphere with water views. Service is exceptionally friendly and attentive. If you enjoy informal outside dining and great seafood, this is the place.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Recently attended for a great all you can eat crab dinner. The staff were good and for the most part on top of everything we needed... We did have to find our server twice once the night got slower but she was very nice. The crabs were great and the staff bring you out a tray of them so you're... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

I really don't see what the hype is all about. It might be 5 stars for locals, but for a tourist, it really isn't worth the drive or effort. More of a neighborhood bar, it is tucked back at the very end of a residential street. The views of the river is great, but sadly that is where it ends.... More

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Wash. DC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is, by far, the best place in Maryland to eat crabs. Food is fresh and cooked to order. A fun family place with a great view and super friendly service.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Best place I have ever eaten crabs, ever. AND the crabs were the best ever, huge and fresh! Best part is that it is ALL Maryland Blue Crab, not the imported crabs you find at most other restaurants. My family and I wanted to try a totally new place to get crabs on my birthday this year. We've been to... More

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Olney, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

One dozen of steamed extra large blue crabs, spiced with Old Bay seasoning. Cooked just perfectly - not overcooked as many seafood restaurants do. These are packed with meat, lots of meat, sweet - best steamed crabs I've eaten in a long time. Service was so-so. We had to remind our server many times. But the food was very good.

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