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The Fish Whistle

98 Cannon St, Chestertown, MD 21620-1582 (Formerly Reiley's on the River)
410-778-3566
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Ranked #13 of 33 Restaurants in Chestertown
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Lambertville, New Jersey
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161 reviews 161 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Go for the view. Keep expectations in check! Since the Fish Whistle is the only restaurant in town actually on the river, it's fabulous for the ambience, particularly on the outside deck. Service was really weird (had to flag someone down after about 15 minutes), food can be so-so (crab dip in pretzel bread lacked enough crab but curry chicken... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The view from the deck was great. The food was just okay. At least they were quick in getting it to us and the service was just a little better than average. If you didn't get a sandwich, it seemed a little pricey.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The food wasn't bad, but the view from the deck was awesome. I do have to say that they were quick and polite though.

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Eastern PA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Fish Whistle is located on the Chester River at Chestertown, MD. While enjoying wonderfully prepared food, you can enjoy the constantly changing views over the river. The variety of boats is incredible this time of year. The food is a bit pricy, but the quality is really there. The crabcakes are excellent as is everything that I have tried.... More

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Sudlersville, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We eat here all the time. Food is like any other restaurant. Sometimes food is overcooked, but we just tell the waitress to redo it please. Price is right.

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Jessup, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended as one to eat at by the Visitor Center staff. Being told that it was on the water was very inviting on a beautiful July day. Myself and my husband walked in and asked the hostess if we could sit on the deck, she walked away to check and came back and said, "sure just seat... More

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Parkville
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

7-25-2014 our party of 6 adults and 3 toddlers arrived @ about 1 pm. Seated at a large booth just inside the door, little water view. No soft crabs, rock fish or shrimp salad. Some settled for a crab cakes, tasted like it was fried in old oil. Other entries were bland and equally as disappointing. Our lunch bill @... More

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Stafford
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

For those reading reviews of horrible service, we were greeted promptly and courteously. Seated immediately at lunch time on a weekend and order taken. Our food took a while but they were busy and there was a steady flow of beautifully prepared meals processing by our table. Great views of the schooner Sultana and river while we waited. Food did... More

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Philadephia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This review only pertains to its operation at Haven Harbor Marina's restaurant - not its Chestertown location. My party of 4 stopped in for dinner on 7/5. There was no hostess to seat us. We found a table and seated ourselves. We waited and waited and waited for someone to acknowledge us and brings menus. A waiter stopped by after... More

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Morgantown PA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We only had the crab soup and salad, but it was a great experience. Do not miss this restaurant when you are in Chestertown. Be sure to take a walk along Water Street to view the stately historic properties and gardens before or after your meal.

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