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207 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221-1532
410-687-1422
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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 3
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Don't Go Out of Your Way for this One

We haven't been to the River Watch Restaurant in over 20 years since we moved out of the area & probably won't be back for another 20 years. My husband and I thought the prices were high compared to the portions we received but maybe you are also paying for the view of the water. During our visit... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Laura R
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Abingdon
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
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Abingdon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We haven't been to the River Watch Restaurant in over 20 years since we moved out of the area & probably won't be back for another 20 years. My husband and I thought the prices were high compared to the portions we received but maybe you are also paying for the view of the water. During our visit, when the... More 

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Abingdon, MD USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We recently went there to meet up with our friends. This was the first visit for all of us. We went to listen to the live band and eat drink and have fun, we sampled the appetizers. Our favorite was the bacon wrapped shrimp. The shrimp were huge! We all had sandwiches that were generous portions. The drinks were not... More 

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Baltimore
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67 reviews 67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I will start off by telling the positives of this restaurant. There is plenty of parking and it does have a good location as it is located on the water. Now for the not so good...the menu selections are limited, overpriced and the food is bland. I had not been to this restaurant for about 30 years so when I... More 

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Essex, Maryland, United States
2 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Food and service are consistent. My wife and I enjoy it 3 months out of the year sitting out on the water front.

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50 reviews 50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Something should have told us to turn around when we went on a Friday night at 7pm and there were only 2 other people in there but we did it anyway. Started off by ordering the oyster app. Pretzel with crab dip and scallops wrapped in bacon Well, the oysters were supposed to be 6, only brought out 3. 1... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My roommate and I were bored at home on a very nice Sunday afternoon. We decided on River Watch as our diversion of choice. We had a wonderful time! We sat at the outside bar with John as our bartender. He made us the most awesome mudslides which tasted great on a warm summer afternoon. We decided on salads and... More 

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I am a executive chef I brought my wife in on wensday , we had the crab dip wick had way to Many scallions and was very greasy. After we ordered the 10$ crab cakes Wich were horriable had to get both meals comped off the mash potatoes were sour the vegetables tasted like they came out of a bag... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went as a group to hear a local band during the late afternoon. Seating was immediately available outside. Our waitress was very attentive. Most of us only had drinks. A couple had food and it looked pretty good. Band was great with plenty of room for dancing.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

I walked up to the Hostess Station. The girl asked how many, I said 3, she said OK about 15 minutes, I said ok. We waited about 30 minutes and no one had said ANYTHING to us. So I went over and asked how much longer, she said she didn't know, but as soon as a table opened we were... More 

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Lutherville
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Poor manners. Unpolished wait staff. Food was actually good but we had to wait such a long time to be seated and waited on even though we had a reservation. Wait staff have no personality.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 207 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221-1532
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 410-687-1422

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Delicatessen, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?