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“Cantler's - Now a tourist destination (at least in summer)”

Cantler's Riverside Inn
Ranked #10 of 356 Restaurants in Annapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Cantler's has changed a lot through the years. It's a great spot to get crabs, but is often overrun with tourists in the summer. I recommend the crabs and the rockfish.

Thank Caroline M
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This place is just like I left it 20 plus years ago... crabs just as good, prices up a bit. Wonderful place on the water to spend the afternoon eating soft shells or a few dozen blue crabs in Old Bay seasoning....

Thank KerryHoliday
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

This is a "down home" style, waterfront seafood extravaganza. You have the choice of inside or outside on the large deck to engage in the crab feast of the year. This is Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab country and this restaurant is famous for fresh caught crabs and local fresh fish selections. There is also a large bar at one end of the inside dining room. The location is on a cove within a residentail neighborhood and occupies about an acre of land along the water which affords a good deal of parking availability. The menu is a about local caught seafood and is delicious. You can have your choices prepared anyway you desire. I would have to say the environment is "get down and get dirty" with it. You won't find white table cloths here, nor would you want to. Eating crabs is fun and pretty messy, but most definately worth all the effort. They also have wonderful clams and oysters if you are into the bivalves. Being raised along the Jersey Shore, my wife and I love this style of restaurant at times because it doesn't require a lot of polished table manners. If you are in search of great seafood, locally caught fresh choices for a decent fair market price, this is the best place to park it in Annapolis. Have a ball, and enjoy the good life!

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Thank Jazzdaddy
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We arrived in Annapolis on a beautiful day from Alexandria, for a carefree day of fun [the town of Annapolis and the Naval Yard] didn't let us down but thirst and hunger finally got to us so we headed here as it was highly recommended by "Southern Living" and others.
We were not disappointed [finding a parking space is difficult, as you have too waite in your car for a opening b4 the attendent will let you in too their parking lot] the atmosphere was great (very casual) and the food even better. Had delicious (they come spicy) platter of hard shell crabs and 4 beers $$49.00 but it was enough for the two of us.
I believe the price range should be indicated higher..
The service was good, our waitress great and the food arrived in a timely manner especially considering how busy they were.
I can usually find something to criticize, but this meet my expectations for a crab joint.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is becoming one of my favorite crab joints. You MUST arrive when they open at 11am to ensure a good table outside (view of the river) and the "big ones." They consistently have "Supers" (usually about 6 1/2 inches) and the service has never let me down. They have great hush puppies -- just order a side... that's enough for three/four. If you come late, be prepared to wait. You might even have to wait in your car on the road in. When the lot is full people wait in their cars for the next spot to open. Lines/crowds are not as bad now (October) and the crabs are still decent size. Last weekend we got a dozen x-large -- no Supers. After you eat walk down to the docks and check out the live wells with crabs, horseshoe crabs, fish, turtles, you name it.

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1  Thank dcmonkey
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