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Sam's on the Waterfront

2020 Chesapeake Harbour Dr East, Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis, MD 21403-3584
+1 410-263-3600
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible21%
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“loin” (2 reviews)
“scallops” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
2020 Chesapeake Harbour Dr East, Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis, MD 21403-3584
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sams on the waterfront is a hidden little gem with amazing views of the water. Lots of boats coming in and out of this charming spot. Inside, you'll find the restaurant, very few people seated at tables, but only because this is more of a...More

Thank LaLasEpicAdventures
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My co-worker and I stopped here for lunch on our way to the capital for a meeting. The view is gorgeous..your on the bay, next to the boats and there is outside seating on the docks. (this is a working dock, not just a prop)...More

Thank RLM88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We live in Chesapake Harbour, the condo complex where Sam's is located. It is a very picturesque location right on the water, with fine views of the marina from both the inside and the outside deck tables. Unfortunately, in our experience the food has been...More

Thank DAGTucson
2020foodie, Owner at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi thank you for your review I welcome you to come in and meet with me. I know most of the residents of Chedaseake Harbour very well and our great customers. Hearing you have only been in 1 time in 5 years and you live...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

A friend and I decided to go to Sam's for lunch. I had not been there in many years so why not try it. It's in a great location with a view of a marina and water. Unfortunately, it was raining so we had to...More

Thank Qtfish
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Stella's meatball, one of their speciality, can be fantastic or mediocre. Same with service. Was looking forward to scooping in to get their great melt in mouth meatballs only to have tepid, almost hard ones with a bartender that refilled olives and others drinks before...More

Thank Ellenob1
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

The staff was extremely informative and pleasant. The manager even came by to verify everything was fine. We ordered the asparagus flat bread and fish tacos which were both tastey and prepared with care. Thank you for a great brunch.

Thank Lightblue3
ChuckLz14, General Manager at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Thank you for all the positive remarks. We look forward to taking great care of you in the near future. Sincerely, Chuck Lorenzetti.

Reviewed 27 June 2017

Sad but true, 6/26/17 We arrived by boat at 7:40 pm. We proceeded directly to a uncleaned table without checking in. Clearly a mistake. A lively 4 top next to us suggested we have the seat. 20 minutes elapse without as much as a “hello,...More

2020foodie, Manager at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2017

Dear Sir I am sorry to read your review. We are certainly not understaffed. Like most restaurants, we have a host and multiple managers and servers on. Last night we were very busy and we had a wait of up to 45 minutes to an...More

Reviewed 18 June 2017

Just ate at Sam's for Father's Day brunch. We have been there a few times before. Good food, nice atmosphere. However, today was a special menu for Father's Day. Nowhere on the little menu did it say they were including gratuity for all parties (never...More

1  Thank Melissa A
2020foodie, Owner at Sam's on the Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Melissa, I just read your review and I am terribly sorry about the response you received from our management. The response is completely incorrect, Please give me a call and ask for the owner (Andrew) as I would like to ask you some additional questions....More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

My wife surprised me on my birthday with a reservation at Sam's. Our first visit and not the last. Very scenic setting and on a beautiful evening, we had our first drink at the outside bar looking at the marina before our table was ready....More

Thank PHLee7ca
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Absolutely amazing! The service was great and food was incredible. Nice to be on the water, too! Great for couples or a group of friends.

Thank bingo0513
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26 October 2016|
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Response from TomR233 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you're correct: There are a few stairs. However, to the right of the last parking space (which is a handicapped space), if you walk toward the restaurant and pass under the stairs, there is a ramp that allows you to use... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$30
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2020 Chesapeake Harbour Dr East, Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis, MD 21403-3584
    (Edgewood Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Annapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 410-263-3600
  • E-mail
"Well worth the Trip" Is what the Washington Post and many others say about Sam's on the Waterfront. Tucked away in the middle of Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Sam's is a true visual and culinary experience. Built in 1986 & designed after the historic Spider legged Screw pile lighthouses, this uniquely crafted building on the water, provides the most elegant of settings. Make no mistake about it Sam's is dedicated to providing the most fresh, creative dining experience possible. Their New Exec. Chef Chris Cherry (Formerly of the Wild Orchid will tailor your meal to meet any of your special requirements and their staff will make sure that all of your expectations will be met.Sam's has a truly remarkable modern American cuisine w/ regional influences. The menus change seasonally with weekly special. Winner of Wine Spectators & Wine Enthusiast "Award of Excellent" and Zagat's "Best Bet Award" Sam's offers the best live Music every Friday and Saturday Nights. Sam's outside Dock Bar & Cafe open Seasonally.
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