Crab Houses & Restaurants


 

My definition of a crab house is any restaurant that serves hot steamed Maryland-style hard shell crabs. You know that you're in a crab house as soon as you walk through the door, the smell of steamed crabs is in the air and you hear the sound of wooden mallets banging against crab and table as hungry diners crack into the succulent claws. As you look around you see paper-covered tables with trays of cooked bright orange crabs, mounds of discarded shells, pitchers of ice cold beer, shakers of Old Bay seafood seasoning, and bottles of apple cider vinegar. And, yes, there's the occasional basket of piping hot shell-on spiced shrimp! Ah, the memories... there's nothing quite like the atmosphere of a genuine Chesapeake Bay crab house.

Most crab houses are located on the water where they can be reached by car or boat, but there are some good land-locked crab houses too. This list is by no means complete as it would be impossible for me to know of every single crab house. So, if you know of a good crab house that's not listed here, please send me a note so that I can include it!

Please note that a "Recommended" crab house is one that I've visited personally (or one that a trusted friend has visited.) In order for a crab house to earn a "recommended" ranking, the crab house must serve "steamed to order" hard shell crabs. This means that the crabs take a minimum of twenty minutes to arrive at your table because that's how long it takes to steam up a batch of fresh blue crabs; any sooner and you're probably being served warmed-up crabs. As my good friend Whitey Schmidt always says, "If the crabs show up at the table in ten minutes or less, send them back!"

 


 

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Northern Chesapeake Bay

 

Gabler's Shore ** OUT OF BUSINESS ** Aberdeen, MD  
Hillside Inn Restaurant Rt 213 Centreville, MD 410-758-1300
Howard House Tavern 101 West Main St Elkton, MD 410-398-4646
Marylander Crab Shack 1004 Proving Ground Rd Aberdeen, MD 410-273-7815
Price's Seafood 654 Water St Havre De Grace, MD 410-939-2782
Wet Willy's Crab Deck 2207 Pulaski Highway Edgewood, MD 410-679-3939
The Tap Room 201 Bohemia Ave Chesapeake City, MD 410-885-2344
Woody's Crab House 29 S Main St North East, MD 410-287-3541
= Recommended = Boat Dockage = Waterfront View

 

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Baltimore Area

 

Al's Seafood Restaurant 1551 Eastern Blvd Essex, MD 410-687-3264
The Barn Crab House Joppa & Harford Rds Carney, MD 410-882-6182
Bill's Terrace Inn 200 Eastern Blvd Essex, MD 410-687-5994
Bo Brooks Crab House 2701 Boston Street Baltimore, MD 410-558-0202
Crab Shanty 3410 Plumtree Dr Ellicott City, MD 410-465-9660
Costas Inn 4100 Northpoint Blvd Dundalk, MD 410-477-1975
Glenmore Gardens 4813 Belair Rd Baltimore, MD 410-488-2366
Gunning's 3901 S. Hanover St Baltimore, MD 410-354-0085
Mariner's Landing 601 Wise Ave Dundalk, MD 410-477-1261
Obrycki's 1727 East Pratt St Baltimore, MD 410-732-6399
Ocean Pride 1534 York Rd Lutherville, MD 410-321-7744
Salty Dogs 4011 North Point Blvd Baltimore, MD 410-388-0515
Schultz's 1732 Old Eastern Ave Essex, MD 410-687-1020
Sea Hut Inn 729 Frederick Rd Cantonsville, MD 410-788-0388
Sea King Seafood Market 8219 Liberty Rd Baltimore, MD 410-655-0110
= Recommended = Boat Dockage = Waterfront View

 

Northern Chesapeake Bay | Baltimore Area | Annapolis Area | Middle Chesapeake Bay | Potomac River | Southern Chesapeake Bay

 

Annapolis Area

 

Blue Channel Inn 1258 Bay Dale Dr Arnold, MD 410-974-0777
Bellas Sports Bar & Restaurant 1052 Cape Saint Claire Rd Annapolis, MD 410-757-0747
Buddy's Crabs and Ribs 100 Main St Annapolis, MD 410-626-1100
Cantler's Riverside Inn 458 Forest Beach Rd Annapolis, MD 410-757-1467
Cheshire Crab 1701 Poplar Ridge Rd Pasadena, MD 410-360-2220
Hayman's Crab House 310 Solomons Island Rd Edgewater, MD 410-956-5656
Kaufmann's Tavern 329 Gambrills Rd Gambrills, MD 410-923-2005
Kentmorr Restaurant 910 Kentmorr Rd Stevensville, MD 410-643-1362
Maritime Cafe at McNasby's 723 Second St Annapolis, MD 410-295-9022
Mike's Crab House 3030 Old Riva Rd Riva, MD 410-956-2784
= Recommended = Boat Dockage = Waterfront View

 

Northern Chesapeake Bay | Baltimore Area | Annapolis Area | Middle Chesapeake Bay | Potomac River | Southern Chesapeake Bay

 

Middle Chesapeake Bay

 

Abner's Crab House 3748 Harbor Rd Chesapeake Beach, MD 410-257-3689
Bobby D's Chesapeake Grille 421 Deale Rd Deale, MD 410-867-0750
Buckmaster Seafood 34 Mears Ave Chesapeake Beach, MD 410-257-7113
Captain Leonards Route 235 Mechanicsville, MD 301-884-3701
Captain's Galley ** OUT OF BUSINESS ** Crisfield, MD  
Chesapeake Landing Route 33 St. Michaels, MD 410-745-9600
Clarke's Landing Restaurant Clarke's Landing Rd Hollywood, MD 301-373-8468
The Crab Claw Mill St St. Michaels, MD 410-745-2900
Drift Inn 41301 Riverview Rd Oraville, MD 301-884-3470
Fisherman's Crab Deck 3032 Kent Narrows Way Grasonville, MD 410-827-6666
Harris Crab House 433 Kent Narrows Way Grasonville, MD 410-827-8104
Harrison's Chesapeake House Route 33 Tilghman, MD 410-886-2121
Higgins Crab House 1216 S Talbot St St. Michaels, MD 410-745-5056
Pier Street Restaurant 104 W Pier St Oxford, MD 410-226-5171
The Red Roost 2670 Clara Rd Whitehaven, MD 410-546-5443
St. Michaels Crab House 305 Mulberry St St. Michaels, MD 410-745-3737
Sandgates Inn 1555 Sandgates Rd Mechanicsville, MD 301-373-5100
Seabreeze Restaurant & Crab House 1505 Sandgates Rd Mechanicsville, MD 301-373-5217
Side Street Seafood 10th & Main St Crisfield, MD 410-968-2442
Skipper's Pier 6158 Drum Point Rd Deale, MD 410-867-7110
Solomon's Crab House Route 2 & Route 4 Solomon's Island, MD 410-326-2800
Stoney's Seafood House 3944 Oyster House Rd Broomes Island, MD 410-586-1888
Suicide Bridge Restaurant 6304 Suicide Bridge Rd Hurlock, MD 410-943-4689
Surfside 7 48 South River Rd Edgewater, MD 410-956-8075
Waterman's Crab House 21055 Sharp St Rock Hall, MD 410-639-2261
= Recommended = Boat Dockage = Waterfront View

 

Northern Chesapeake Bay | Baltimore Area | Annapolis Area | Middle Chesapeake Bay | Potomac River | Southern Chesapeake Bay

 

Potomac River Area

 

Barefoot Green Restaurant 1017 Sophia St Fredericksburg, VA 540-373-2012
Bethesda Crab House 4958 Bethesda Ave Bethesda, MD 301-652-9754
Captain Billy's Popes Creek Rd Newburg, MD 301-932-4323
Captain Jack's Crab Shack 8624 Courthouse Rd Spotsylvania, VA 540-582-5359
Captain John's Crab House Route 254 Cobb Island, MD 301-259-2315
Captain Pell's 8815 Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 703-560-0060
Captain White's 7305 Richmond Highway Alexandria, VA 703-765-7900
The Dancing Crab 4611 Wisconsin Ave, NW Washington, DC 202-244-1882
Ernie's Original Crab House 1623 Fern St Alexandria, VA 703-836-1623
Evan's Seafood Restaurant Rt 249 St. George Island, MD 301-994-2299
Fairfax Crab House 8815 Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 703-560-0060
Gena's Hot Steamed Crabs ** OUT OF BUSINESS ** Clinton, MD  
Parker's Crab Shore ** OUT OF BUSINESS ** Colonial Beach, VA  
The Quarterdeck 1200 Fort Meyer Dr Arlington, VA 703-528-2722
Robertson's Crab House 11455 Popes Creek Rd Newburg, MD 301-934-3300
Tim's Rivershore Crab House 1510 Cherry Hill Rd Dumfries, VA 703-441-1375
Tim's II Restaurant & Crab House 5411 Pavilion Dr Fairview Beach, VA 540-775-7500
Wilkerson's 3900 McKinney Blvd Colonial Beach, VA 804-224-7117
= Recommended = Boat Dockage = Waterfront View

 

Northern Chesapeake Bay | Baltimore Area | Annapolis Area | Middle Chesapeake Bay | Potomac River | Southern Chesapeake Bay

 

Southern Bay Area

 

Crab Shack ** OUT OF BUSINESS ** Kilmarnock, VA  
Eddies Chesapeake Bay Crab House 2952 Campostella Rd Chesapeake, VA 757-543-7009
Landmark Crab House 6162 Main St Chincoteague, VA 804-336-5552
River's Inn 8109 Yacht Haven Dr Gloucester Point, VA 804-642-9942
Wright's Seafood Restaurant Wright Rd Atlantic, VA 757-824-4012
= Recommended = Boat Dockage = Waterfront View

 


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