Waterside dining is one of the distinct pleasures of a visit to Annapolis. All along the bay, restaurants offer everything from casual fare to gourmet cuisine, served with stunning views of the shore and city skyline. The star attraction is crab, whether steamed and served with drawn butter, sautéed in a sauce and ladled over pasta or deep fried in the famous Maryland Crab Cake. For a luxurious dining experience, try The Severn Inn. It features “low country” Maryland cuisine with a Creole influence, and it overlooks the U.S. Naval Academy. The view – and the hard shell crabs – are both impressive at Cantler’s Riverside Inn. The exotic flavors of the Caribbean spice things up at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, where you can enjoy your meal and the world-famous “Painkillers” right on the dock.  The whole family will savor the spread of seafood at Skipper’s Pier Waterfront Restaurant, which also has a children’s play area.

When you’ve had your fill of seafood, other American favorites such as prime rib and hand-cut, aged steaks await. The Greystone Grill specializes in tantalizing steaks and chops, and the locally owned Lewnes’ Steak House is the only restaurant serving tender-aged U.S. prime corn-fed Midwestern steaks. For those with more international tastes, Les Follies Brasserie is an Annapolis favorite, serving bouillabaisse, cassoulet, duck confit and other French cuisine in a casual bistro atmosphere. The Mediterranean meets the Chesapeake at Kyma Restaurant, where you can savor small plates of tapas and mezzes prepared with ingredients from the Chesapeake region. Fresh salsas and other authentic Mexican fare can be found at El Toro Bravo, and Nano Asian Dining boasts the longest sushi bar in Annapolis. After a busy day of exploring and shopping, dining in Annapolis is a well-deserved treat!