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American, Bar, Seafood
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Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed September 12, 2022

My wife and I went there on a recent trip to rock hall. This place was somewhere I always wanted to go. Let's just say we could have eaten at any other place on the island and had a better experience. The food and drinks...were not great especially for the price. The A/C was broken or off. The workers seemed like they didn't want to be there. No wonder why the place is up for sale. Lessons learned Harbor shack for next time.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed September 5, 2022

This was recommended by everyone, but it didn't really live up to the hype. I had a seafood pasta entre, that was heavy on the pasta. The seafood and sauce was tasty. My fiance's entre was also just ok. The staff was very friendly and...helpful. The air conditioning was not working, but we sat at a table with the window open and the breeze was pleasant. Might give it another try, but would try somewhere else first.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 31, 2022 via mobile

We ate here prior to a sunset cruise. I wasn’t expecting much, however we had a good evening. Very nice service from Latonya. Crab dip was good despite being skimpy on the crab. I had a plate with shrimp, fish, scallops that was pretty good....The fish tacos were a little dry and had to much mayo. We enjoyed the view and being protected by umbrellas it wasn’t to hot even at 430pm on a 90 degree day.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 7, 2022

The worst crab feast ever!! First off. The greeting at the hostess desk was blah..... No personality It was very hot that day , so we decided to eat in . Our waiter Robert. Eh... He was ok. Just very shy and didn't know if...they even had the crab feast , so he had to go ask.... Came back and told us that if you want to order the feast you better put it in now . Ok ???? This is a seafood restaurant at dinner hour and not enough crabs ?? We got our order in. Crabs were overcooked, mushy, no flavor ...... Yuck 🤮 to top it all off it was a fly fest not a crab feast. We had to move outside it was so bad. Second round of crabs ,well we managed to pick out a few good ones but again over cooked and mushy and very small I heard these aren't even from Maryland they are from Alabama!? Seriously!? Maryland is supposed to be crab heaven! Complained to our server about our dinner and offered nothing Oh wait.... Dessert really? How bout a manager? We have been here numerous times. This will certainly be the last!!!! Thumbs down 1000% Our meals right in the bucket, where they belongMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 3, 2022

Maryland crab soup was on point with lots of crab, Crabs in my opinion are high (everywhere not just here) we got 6 large and my wife, and I were both full with 3. lady next to us showed us her Jumbo crab and it...was but not for me.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 26, 2022 via mobile

All You Can Eat Crabs for $45. No time limit. It was amazing. The service was excellent. Our waitress was the best. Air conditioning was having trouble. So cool to pull your boat up to and have a meal or just a drink in the...deck. The crabs are catch locally and excellent.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 15, 2022

My wife had the lump meat crab cake and I had rockfish. Both we’re delicious. The service was a bit brusque, but not enough to spoil the visit. We wold recommend.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 11, 2022

Only stopped for a drink at the bar. Service was slow. Drinks expensive for two light beers. $11 place might be good for crabs, but overrated No music because band canceled.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022

Sitting on the dock watching the sailboats and cabin cruisers come off the Chesapeake bay is the big calling card. Food was fair and expected for the setting. A no frills crab and seafood deck setting.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022

We went here with friends on a Saturday night to enjoy this excellent seafood place. Very basic set-up, but the food is absolutely delicious. Never had better crabs then here … compared to MA or SC or Southern Europe or even in China. Absolutely fresh...and super delicious …More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 25, 2022 via mobile

We were looking for a fairly quick meal before a show at The Mainstay in town and this was the place to go. Another place nearby had an 1 hour+ wait. Of course it was Father’s Day, so we were lucky to find anything! We...wanted outdoor dining, so we waited just a few minutes for a table. They are a bit understaffed for servers, but the ladies did a great job. The bussers were great team and kept on top of things. We asked our server, Kerri about time to get our meal and she said not long, she was correct. We ordered and were served within 15 minutes or so. Plenty of time to enjoy our food and not miss our event. Impressive kitchen staff. We shared a crabby burger, cooked perfectly and crabby chicken, both with fries. They were excellent. We will return to enjoy the beautiful water views, try the drinks and try another menu item or three.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 4, 2022 via mobile

We had a very good dinner, eating outside, at this classic Maryland crab house. On a Friday we had no trouble getting a seat outdoors at 530, but when we left at 730 they were packed. Our server, Sharon, was great, and, as this was...our first visit, explained the menu and offered several suggestions. We were in no hurry, so started with the fried pickles, which were great, all the while enjoying the house pale ale. Sharon didn’t rush us, and that was great. We watched the boats and the people. We initially thought of having the seafood trio (crab cake, scallops and shrimp), but decided to have one order of scallops and one broiled crab cake. Both were excellent. Later Sharon started describing the desserts, but we had her stop as soon as she mentioned the Smith Island Cake, which we shared. The evening was moderately priced (particularly by Baltimore prices), and fun. The food was very good, but not superb, and, sitting on the deck, we used plastic utensils (which we were told was Granny’s silverware). This is not fancy (shorts and t-shirts everywhere). But a very good way to spend the evening.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed October 12, 2021 via mobile

We visited today. Shannan was our waitress. She is fantastic and deserves a raise. Whatever they are paying her is not enough. We started with soup, mussels and oysters. Everything was amazing and delish. Fresh food great drinks. Service was on point. Then we had...the seafood quesadilla and shrimp Caesar salad. All excellent.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 7, 2021

We've been going to Waterman's for six years now. It's the first place we go for dinner when traveling to Rock Hall. When traveling the Eastern Shore, you want seafood, and they have a wide selection. My lady savored Maryland crab soup and fish tacos,...while I indulged on locally caught rockfish, fries, and pickled beets. The portions are so large, there is never any room for dessert. When we visited they were very short-handed on staff, yet still managed to get food out hot. Seems like every time we go, Sharon is our server. She never gets flustered and always manages a smile. Great service.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 25, 2021 via mobile

We’ve eaten here 99 + 1 times and have never gotten skunked on their fresh & delicious steamed crabs until this visit. Not their fault by any means as there just are no crabs being caught right now. We had a great time nonetheless enjoying...shrimp, wings, burgers, tacos and more than a few ‘refreshments’. A favorite and a must go-to whenever in Rock Hall!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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We called a day ahead because we had a party of 14. We were there on a Friday night and the outside tables were full, inside was not. our tables were reserved outside and we were seated right away. We were seated at 3 tables... More
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WATERMAN'S CRAB HOUSE, Rock Hall - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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Waterman's Crab House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4