Restaurants in Maryland

From down home crab dinners to elevated takes on seafood the best restaurants in Maryland offer a variety of choices, both gastronomically and culturally, and Maryland restaurants deliver on both a local and international scale.

Make a reservation at the much-loved Maryland restaurant, Black Olive, in Baltimore. Choose from the eatery’s selection of freshly caught fish (all on display right there in the restaurant) and indulge in a glass of the more than 5000 bottles of wine in the Black Olive’s cellar, specifically those made in the Greek tradition. For an equally intimate experience, consider hopping the bay and heading to Bistro St. Michaels for oysters in the French style. Enjoy a more communal experience at Cantler’s Riverside Inn in Annapolis and chow down on Maryland’s famed blue crabs pulled right from the Bay and served on long, shared tables.

If you’re looking to enjoy Maryland’s seafood culture in a Japanese setting, book a table at PABU, located in the Four Seasons Baltimore. As one of the best Japanese restaurants in Maryland, PABU has become the go-to place for sushi, sashimi and barbecue-like dishes prepared on a robata grill as well as Asian beers, wines and, of course, sake.

The latest restaurant from homegrown chef Chad Gauss whips up American comfort dishes in an industrial-chic dining room in the Hampden neighborhood.

Hampden, home of the aforementioned “hons,” is coming up in the culinary world. The team behind Woodberry Kitchen has opened this new coffee-driven spot, where nothing on the locally sourced, made-to-order menu costs more than $15.

At Canton's Fork & Wrench, English staples such as chicken liver mousse are served in a dark-wood space and beer flows from a custom-made tap.

You’ll want to get a sitter for a meal at this modern Japanese izakaya from chef Michael Mina, part of the Four Seasons Hotel.

This Fells Point classic, located right near a water taxi stop, is the go-to spot for gelato made with organic eggs, grass-fed milk, and high-quality ingredients.

Take in local microbrews, fish tacos, and indie bands in this locally loved restaurant housed in a redbrick colonial.

Just over the Severn River from Maryland’s capital, Annapolis, Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn sits on Mill Creek, which empties into Chesapeake Bay, the source of the restaurant’s famous blue crabs.

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Pick up the Oriole—turkey, corned beef, pastrami, Russian dressing and slaw served on sliced bread—or a shrimp salad to go at this 1913-vintage deli that’s so popular that it FedEx’s its sandwiches to fans across the states.

For $25 you get the following food extravaganza: fried chicken, homemade cole slaw, and fish chowder followed by all-you-can-eat steamed blue crab seasoned with Old Bay.