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The Robert Morris Inn
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Ranked #2 of 9 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $48
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Once the home of Robert Morris who gained fame as "Financier of the Revolution". General and later President George Washington was a close friend and visited Robert Morris often. In more recent times author James Michener outlined his famous novel, Chesapeake here and fell in love with our renowned crab cakes.Now the Eastern Shore's most unique historic restaurant with rooms under celebrity Chef Proprietor, Mark Salter and Ian Fleming.Enter the Inn and step back 300 years: a pristine yet historic interior welcomes with timber beams, panelled walls and open fires in the cooler months. Through to Salter's Tavern featuring historic red brick walls and old slate floors, with magnificent fires in the cooler months and offering casual outside dining on our Terraces and Veranda during balmy warm summers.This is a truly historic Inn, cosy with a natural patina running through. Friendly, great cuisine and understated professional service.
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The food was good but seemed way over priced. We live on the Eastern Shore so we are used to paying a little more for sea food especially at a nicer restaurant. The atmosphere was nice. There was a large fireplace in the room we sat in that was cozy but it wasn't quiet. We could hear the noise from the bar in the adjoining room. The noise wasn't bad. We could still talk to each other without yelling. We would probably go back but we may try some other restaurants in the are first. The waiter we had was nice but seemed a little preoccupied. I ordered a soup and could have sworn I asked for a bowl instead of a cup. The waiter brought a cup out. No biggie it was an easy fix. We also ordered a beer and didn't get it till we asked about it a second time. Still an easy fix and didn't really affect out opinion on the place.

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Innspiration, Owner at The Robert Morris Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2013

Thank you for visiting our Inn and pleased that overall you enjoyed your experience. Our food and beverage service team will review the service points you raise and hopefully previous reviews along with your own experience, will give you the confidence to return. Our prices are pretty similar to other operators in the area and of course we do operate our early diner "Winter Comfort" menu every night except a Saturday, which is very value driven. On top of that we have our $19.95 Lobster and Surf n'Turff nights and those are the lowest prices anywhere in the area. So please check our web site before you dine next as we post all our menus and offers there and on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you again and showing you the full value of what we have to offer.
Regards
Ian & Mark

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Without question, the Robert Morris Inn has one of the best cream of crab soups on the planet. Plenty of crab in the bowl, a bright crab-and-spices flavor, and pleasingly thick without burying or muddying the flavor. Hitting just the right balance on that thickness is critical. There are only one or two other places--anywhere--that are in the same league with the Robert Morris Inn. I would go home a happy man just for the soup, but the menu offers so much more. There were five of us on a special occasion and the Robert Morris didn't disappoint.

The crab spring rolls are inventive and sinfully wonderful. Another reviewer said it, and he was spot on: You'll be tempted to buy one spring roll appetizer and share, but don't. If you're going all the way to Oxford, don't scrimp. The crab spring roll is amazing.

Fried oysters appetizer. It's good there were five of us, so we could get a taste of this Eastern Shore dish as well. And here we were just at the appetizers!

Among the entrees, we can usually pick a person who "wins" by getting the best dish, but choosing a winner was just about impossible. The scallops and risotto dish is WONDERFUL and lives up to the hype, the crab cake is certainly excellent (not best-on-the-planet, but still excellent), and the eastern-shore-caught flounder that's used in the plainly-named "fish and chips" measures up WAY higher than its billing. But I guess the winner had to be our son, who had the Robert Morris Inn Seafood Platter--because he got a small portion of practically EVERYTHING.

Dessert? Really? (Yes. You're on the Eastern Shore and they've got TWO versions of the famous Smith Island cake.) I almost never have room for dessert, but for genuine Smith Island--we shared. Plus there was the unlikliest dessert of them all--a chocolate carrot cake--which doesn't sound appealing, but is a house success story. It turns out that it's a family recipe that came from Chef Salter's wife, and it's quite the hit.

Hint's? Several:

Polish up the credit card and don't be surprised. This is special occasion time and this is world-class fare.

If you're driving from the St. Michaels side, DON'T let your GPS direct you through Bellevue. :-) That's the ferry. There are only a 1000 yards left to go, but the ferry is closed in the winter. And after sundown. It's a pretty ride--don't get me wrong. But if you want to take the ferry, make sure you plan for it. If your GPS doesn't take you through Easton, then you're on the wrong road.

No, there's no dress code. The food is upscale, but the Inn still seems to embrace the casual vibe of customers who may have sailed into Oxford, instead of driving.

And a special thanks to Chef Salter for coming out to check how we liked the dinner. It was only a few minutes but we especially enjoyed that visit.

Thanks!
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Innspiration, Owner at The Robert Morris Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2013

Wow what a wonderful review. Thank you so much for your generous comments and kind words. I really enjoyed meeting you and appreciate both your business and feedback. Your comments on the ferry are absolutley correct. Even though it only runs in the season your GPS will insist on guiding you to it, so check it is running before leaving home. They have their own website too so check under Oxford Bellvue Ferry.
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Mark

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We had dinner and snacks in the bar area which was right next to a big fireplace. Meredith was awesome with her recommendations, drinks and overall service. Fairly upscale food for such a quaint place.

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Innspiration, Owner at The Robert Morris Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2013

Thank you for joining us at The Inn. It is a great place to escape the winter cold and the roaring fires, red brick walls and ancient timbers create a great atmosphere. We do have a great building here in a historic town but more than that some fabulous staff. Meredith does provide a wonderful service but also a great manner. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Ian & Mark

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

My husband and I ate at The Robert Morris Inn the day after Christmas. We were so stuffed from all the good food over the holidays but are certainly glad that we stopped in here during our stay at Sandaway. I started with a very lovely martini that was the bartender's special. We shared a mixed green salad with goat cheese which the waitress suggested could be put onto two plates. It was a lot of salad for one so I'm glad we shared! We both ordered the oyster pot pie (no sharing this time though!). We figured it was something we couldn't get back home and on the eastern shore, we should enjoy the oysters! It was topped with a puff pastry so not heavy like a traditional pot pie and not excessively large. It was served with a side of winter vegetables. We really enjoyed it and on a cold and rainy night, it was a great choice. We finished off the evening by sharing a chocolate carrot cake. Yum! It was at this point that the Chef came out to check on the diners (things were slowing down as it was about 9 pm at this point). He was very friendly and we discussed the Maryland state dessert they also had on the menu. He made the rounds through the room and spent a good amount of time at each table which we thought was very nice. The restaurant has a nice ambience - especially as we were sitting near the large fireplace. Definitely would recommend and we'll plan on coming back again when we visit Oxford again.

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Innspiration, Owner at The Robert Morris Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2013

Delighted you enjoyed your experience and it was a pleasure to meet and chat with you. I really relish the opportunity to step out the kitchen and talk to my customers. Thanks again and I look forward to welcoming you back.
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Mark

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Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

The proximity to our room at the Sandaway B&B made this our final stop of the day! We came in for a few drinks and a snack before heading back to our room. Three hours later and a new friend....

The food was good, albeit a bit salty. However we are not salt people so it may have just been our palettes.

The cozy atmosphere and fireplaces make it a great wintery escape!

The best part of our visit was Merridith, the bartender. Very personable, very knowledgeable and accommodating! And we laughed a lot!

We will be back and will bring our dog as it is a dog friendly establishment!

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Innspiration, Owner at The Robert Morris Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2013

Dear Jennifer
Thank you both for coming across and using the Inn and delighted you enjoyed your evening with us. We have some fabulous staff with us and as you note Meredith has a growing fan club who all appreciate her professional service and friendly manner. We look forward to welcoming you back, with your dog.
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Ian & Mark

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