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Sam's on the Waterfront
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Ranked #183 of 358 Restaurants in Annapolis
Price range: US$16 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Edgewood Road
Description: "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.
Reviewed 3 December 2013

I've been to Sam's many times and under several different management regimes and Chef's. The food is always good, and on occasion even can be great. There is a new chef to Sam's, although he's been around Annapolis for quite some time, and most recently at the Wild Orchid. The current dinner presentations are a little dated (yet very tasty) in that it is not the newer school of thought on culinary presentation techniques or portion sizes.

Some key highlights of Sam's ...
- very good to great local musicians play on Friday and Saturday nights
- local's hang at Sam's and almost always out number visitors
- there is a great tiki bar during the warm months - and some transient boat slip are available, so a good dining destination by boat
- the food is good, sometimes great
- the prix fix menu is a good deal if you're looking for multiple courses
- desserts are really good and quite creative

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1  Thank Winterstime
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Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

Great setting, decent ambiance, attentive waitress and a chef asleep with the order. Pricey for all combined. Though I will come back.

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Thank TerrySchaefer
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Service was good, food was decent, standard American fare. They have a lovely dock setting in a marina within a private housing complex. Pets are allowed at the outside tables. My husband had the crab cake, which was quite good. My lobster roll was average.

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Thank FranC-NJ
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Just dined here this past weekend with my husband & a friend.

Located in a gated marina, and situated right over the edge of the harbor water, it's location can't be beaten. Unobstructed harbor views for the window tables through floor to ceiling windows.

Also dining outside along the boardwalk and surrounding the bar. Live music outside on weekends too. This boardwalk is right alongside visiting luxury yachts. Very nice atmosphere.

Just had two gripes, which I hope the restaurant might read about here ... as it's just feedback.

One was that I ordered an "asparagus salad" ..... which was really looking forward to because I love asparagus. When I got it, I had two thoughts: one, that I got the wrong meal, and other thought was that the waiter had just put a bowl of salsa in front of me. And if I wasn't confused enough until the waiter told me that WAS my asparagus salad, I was almost actually offended that someone could pass this off as a salad ... not to mention the star ingredient hardly featured at all. I tried to be gracious and eat it, but the taste was so bad (somewhere between salsa and spaghetti sauce) that I resorted to eating just the asparagus pieces in there ... which were a few very woody stalk ends, no tips.

That was it ... I just had to say something. Fortunately the waitress was very accommodating and understood totally that this meal was misrepresented on the menu ... and she brought me a plate of deliciously seasoned baked asparagus ... with the tips! She also took it off the bill and didn't charge for the replacement meal.

The only other thing was the state of the carpet just inside the building - maybe they have super heavy traffic on the weekends and change it out regularly, I don't know ... but don't look at it if you want to enjoy this otherwise lovely place.

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2  Thank JaneYost
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

This place is not in downtown or main stream annapolis but is only 5 min south and has less crowds and justbas great water views. Food is so so, cant go wrong with some good drinks and amazing water front atmosphere! Sarah our server was outstanding.

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1  Thank Annapolismom88
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