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“Probably a lot of fun with friends” 3 of 5 stars
Review of McGarvey's Saloon and Oyster Bar

McGarvey's Saloon and Oyster Bar
8 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401-1804
410-263-5700
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Ranked #30 of 307 Restaurants in Annapolis
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Overland Park, Kansas
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“Probably a lot of fun with friends”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I traveled to BWI very early on a Sunday morning and had a lot of the day to entertain myself. So I drove over to Annapolis and walked through the Naval Academy and down by the water. I stopped into this place for lunch and sat at the bar.

The grilled fish sandwich was very good; the slaw was average at best. The bartender, when he was engaged with you was very polite and nice. But for very long stretches of time he was preoccupied with family members (or regulars) who were also seated at the bar. So he was mostly interested in talking with them, and that resulted in me setting there probably 20-30 minutes longer than I needed to, while waiting to order, and then waiting to pay.

That said, I bet this place would be a blast with a bunch of people on a Saturday night or even at a happy hour during the week.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Annapolis, Maryland, USA
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“Don't miss this iconic Annapolis Saloon!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

For consistently good food and a welcoming spot for locals and visitors, McGarvey's never disappoints. The raw bar is as good as it gets, the salads are always perfectly fresh and the menu items range from full dinners to great snacks. Chicken wings to steak and fish, oysters to crab cakes....all top shelf. With a special nod to military, you'll find fighter pilot helmets lining the top of the front bar which serves up "Aviator" lager on tap! You'll also find small plaques with names of couples who met at this wonderful saloon and later married. A lone sailor or business person will always find a friend to converse with at this fine Annapolis institution. Not to be missed while visiting Annapolis!

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“Quintessential Annapolis institute. A must visit whole in town.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Really good pub style food. Excellent raw bar. Very fresh. Service was great. Good later crowd. Lights go down, good music pumps up.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hobe Sound, Florida
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“Weekend to Relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a very good "old fashioned" style bar with a Navy flair. The staff and customers are as friendly as can be. The food selection is excellent, both seafood and other. Beers are on tap and reasonably priced. Highly recommend for some fun, food, and people entertainment.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent oysters”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

Fresh plump delicious cold water oysters,good selection of craft beer friendly helpful staff. I'll be back

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