In Baltimore, it’s hard to see a food menu without seafood. Due to the city’s proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, fresh crabs, oysters, mussels, and fish make frequent appearances in restaurants throughout the city. If seafood isn’t your thing, no sweat; Baltimore has such a diverse food scene that you can definitely find a delicious meal to fit your preferences. If seafood is your thing, then we hope you already know you’re living in the right place!
Although you’re likely to find crab cakes, oyster shooters, steamed shrimp at any spot in town, there are some spots that do it so well, we can’t help but share. So here at Homies, we’ve come up with a list of staples in the Charm City seafood scene for those of you craving a fresh catch:
- Grab a mallet and get crackin’ at Nick’s Fish House located down in the Port Covington area of Baltimore. Although a little out of the way, residents travel from all over the city to sit outside on their waterfront deck, crack open some crabs, and sip on orange crushes.
- Serving residents crabs since 1964, Bo Brooks is one of the best spots for crabs in the Canton-area. With an outdoor tiki bar, extensive seafood menu, and a coveted city-parking lot, this spot is a great spot for a relaxed waterfront dinner or a day-drinking session with the crew!
- Consistently ranked amongst the Best Crabs in Baltimore, and a great Roommate Date idea for those of you living in Federal Hill/Riverside/Locust Point neighborhoods, this spot is a staple in the Baltimore seafood scene. There’s nothing more ‘Baltimore’ than a bucket of crabs and a few Bohs on a sunny afternoon spent atop the L.P Steamers rooftop deck.
- Love seafood but your roommate/significant other/friends could do without? Easy solution: head to Mount Vernon Marketplace where The Local Oyster serves up seafood alongside a variety of other vendors to suit any craving or dietary preferences. Need other spots to check out in Mount Vernon? We got you covered here.
- Located on Federal Hill’s popular Cross Street, Ryleigh’s Oyster House has a menu filled with seafood options. And with an oyster hour every Tuesday-Friday from 3-7PM ($1 local oysters, $4 Drafts, $5 Bubbles, $6 Wines, $7 Small Plates), there’s no way you can go wrong!
- Canton’s second claim to seafood-game fame sits on the corner of Hudson St and Linwood Ave. Lee’s Pint and Shell is another great city spot for both happy hour + oysters. They serve up 50 cent local oysters Tuesday-Friday, 4-7PM. Oh and add in $3, 16oz Natty Bohs. No joke.
- One of Baltimore’s most iconic oyster houses, Thames Street Oyster House, is located on the Fells Point waterfront. Although the name indicates the restaurant’s notariety for their vast raw bar selection, including oysters from Baltimore as well as the West Coast, Thames Street has a menu full of top quality seafood selections. Some community favorites? Lobster Rolls, Lobster Mac & Cheese, and of course, crab cakes!
- If you’re more into mussels, Baltimore’s got you covered. Specializing in this variety of mollusk since 1972, Bertha’s Mussels is located on Fells Point Main Street and offers guests mussels alongside a solid selection of local brews. Don’t feel like driving? The restaurant is only a short walk from the Fells Point Baltimore Water Taxi stop!
- Unique not only in it’s building, Captain James Landing provides guests with a unique seafood experience. The restaurant offers guests quality seafood of all varieties, but they are most notably known for their crabs! The restaurant’s crab house, located on the waterfront between Harbor East and Canton, offers up All-You-Can-Eat Crabs for $34.99 Monday-Thursday, 4-9PM along with a la carte menu options. Double down and hit up the crab house’s Happy Hour, Monday-Friday, 4-7PM.
- Out in Southeast Baltimore, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood has a well-established following for their crabs – crab legs, blue crabs, crab cakes, etc. A good crab cake is never overlooked in Baltimore, and with consistently positive reviews about the restaurant’s customer service, Jimmy’s got it all, hon. You can also keep an eye out for their food truck roaming around Charm City!
Most of the spots above are great for a roommate date, happy hour, casual dinner, or weekend lunch. If you feel like getting fancy for some fish, also be sure to check out Loch Bar in Harbor East. Love seafood so much you need a whole day of it? Snag tickets to the upcoming Baltimore Seafood Fest!