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Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn

Seafood Restaurant and Nightlife Spot$$$$
Annapolis
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  • David H.
    "Try the Blackened Rockfish And Fried Shrimp With Crab Imperial"(8 Tips)
    Todd S.
    "Cantler's has the best blue crabs in the DC Metro area."(11 Tips)
    George Z.
    "My soon was friends with one of the Cantlers family"(4 Tips)
    Gina M.
    "Blackened rockfish bites and crab dip are awesome!!!"(5 Tips)
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  • John J.
    Really great/fresh seafood. Crabs are their specialty but everything else ordered I great too.
  • Marva H.
    Marva Harris-WatsonOctober 23, 2016
    Something or someone has changed and it's NOT a positive change;a major change in their shrimp salad seasoning, cream of crab texture and taste; fish sandwich smaller than the soggy tomatoes.
  • Raakin R.
    Raakin RollSeptember 19, 2016
    The lobster's there was indeed on point.
  • Derek G.
    Derek GaskinsAugust 5, 2016
    Great views and ambiance on the water. Crabs were ginormous and delicious!
  • Joe C.
    Joe CJune 29, 2016
    The crabs here are amazing. Locally sourced and super fresh. Everyone is really chill and the salads/sides are great too
  • Professor T.
    Beautiful view and great seafood. One outdoor table allows dogs.
  • Jen M.
    Jen MartinMay 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Crabs are a gamble. Tonight we had a dozen large we paid $85 for and half were carcasses of watery mashed potatoes. Highly upset. Although they gave us replacement crabs, they weren't much better.
  • Michele S.
    Michele SparksMay 12, 2016
    The food and service was wonderful.
  • Doug S.
    Doug SchutzApril 19, 2016
    the best Maryland blue crabs!
  • Juan L.
    Juan LlovetApril 17, 2016
    Crab. Crab cakes are delicious. Crab roll is very nice, and easy to eat. Rockfish is great!
  • George Z.
    George ZinkgrafApril 11, 2016
    You can get there by car and by boat. Need to be local to get there by boat.
  • George Z.
    George ZinkgrafApril 11, 2016
    Been coming here since 1980,,eating crabs and Rockfish always good service and foods. My soon was friends with one of the Cantlers family
  • gerald c.
    gerald critchfieldJanuary 30, 2016
    We had the Blue Crab and a kids meal. Awesome food and service. This was our first experience enjoying Maryland blue crab and it was awesome. Our server took a lot of time to teach us the "How to"!
  • micilin o.
    micilin odonaghueJanuary 7, 2016
    Order a dozen blue crabs for 2... With Butter, vinegar, and an hour to spare. It's intense. Thank the crabs.🦀
  • George Z.
    George ZinkgrafDecember 9, 2015
    Go there,for the crabs,all day anything made with crabs.
  • Loren W.
    Loren WorsleyNovember 9, 2015
    Omg had the crab cakes & rockfish on what happened to be most perfect day date ever. Those fish end up being the most tender perfect items I'd encountered in some time.
  • Marva H.
    Marva Harris-WatsonOctober 12, 2015
    Having the Fried Oyster Po'Boy Sandwich, which is a lunch special today. It's Crispy and flavorful. Cantler's is an Annapolis icon and I enjoy coming here......try the Calamari!
  • Yvonne H
    Yvonne HAugust 28, 2015
    The good was great
  • Yvonne H
    Yvonne HAugust 28, 2015
    The crabs were the bomb!
  • Dave B.
    Dave BrandAugust 23, 2015
    Outdoor seating, crabs, local beer.
  • Tasteful Traveler
    Tasteful TravelerJune 28, 2015
    Blue crabs, soup, rockfish
  • DC Dining Adventures
    This waterfront restaurant is a go-to spot for mouthwatering steamed Maryland blue crabs.
  • Matrix T.
    Matrix TeachesMay 25, 2015
    Don't waste your time with anything else, just get the CRAB!! The best I've ever had in the U.S?
  • Elle B.
    Elle BreezeeMay 24, 2015
    very crowded, line even to park. hostess, unable to tell us how long the wait would be, she was also very dismissive. We will not be returning. Shame, because the food is delicious
  • MM
    MMApril 15, 2015
    Crabs and beer!
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaJanuary 24, 2015
    You're gonna order the buckets of crab and your gonna get your hands dirty. Sit waterside enjoy the view and work those crabs.
  • Murray A.
    Murray AbbottOctober 13, 2014
    Omg unbelievable experience very good
  • Jordan O.
    Jordan OSeptember 20, 2014
    Crab house
  • Robert C.
    Robert CarterSeptember 18, 2014
    Last night in Maryland - steamed crabs with Anna. Somethings are just the best.
  • Stephen F.
    Stephen FraserSeptember 1, 2014
    The steamed clams are excellent. Would recommend them to anyone accustomed to New England lobster shacks.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GAugust 10, 2014
    Holy crabs. All you need to do is order any type of seafood to have a fantastic meal. Go look at the sail boats and live crabs on the back deck.
  • Cherry Qianyun L.
    Cherry Qianyun LinAugust 4, 2014
    seafood sampler!
  • Pat D.
    Pat DowJuly 18, 2014
    Great crabs and fun riverside dining
  • Rose K.
    Rose KrakowiakJuly 13, 2014
    The best crab dip I have ever had!!
  • Erie
    ErieMay 26, 2014
    If there's an insane wait look for seats at the bar!
  • Eric T.
    Eric ThomasApril 24, 2014
    Fresh seafood, I will be back
  • Gregg B.
    Gregg BanseApril 20, 2014
    Go for the large crabs. Eat outside if you can.
  • Alan L.
    Alan LiuApril 19, 2014
    Steamers is a must
  • Michael K.
    Michael KeanApril 12, 2014
    One of my all-time favorite places....
  • Gabe J.
    Gabe JohnsonDecember 16, 2013
    Worth the effort it takes to find the place. Blue Crabs meet the mallet. T-Shirt for sale at Horses Cut Shop Shirt Co. http://www.horsescutshop.com/cantlers-riverside-inn-t-shirt.html Read more
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonigNovember 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    best crab dip there is
  • Jane B.
    Jane BrowneSeptember 11, 2013
    Lovely setting an good food - a must for blue crab. Soft shell crab were fantastic .
  • Greg M.
    Greg MilburnAugust 27, 2013
    Allyson is the best server there...
  • Seek Up G.
    Seek Up GrasshopperAugust 14, 2013
    Do you drink liquor? Well don't ever bothering ordering a double tall. Overcharge & way under pour.
  • Robert D.
    Robert DempseyAugust 10, 2013
    Excellent. Arrived at 11:15 and already busy. By the time we left (1.5 hours later) there was a line of cars 20 deep waiting to get in. Both the service and food were excellent. Def going back.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HackbarthJuly 31, 2013
    It's tough to beat a pile of crabs and beer on a summer day.
  • Dana
    DanaJuly 28, 2013
    Love! There is no better place to eat.
  • Lexi H.
    Lexi HaJuly 25, 2013
    Always a great time! Get a table outside. Order a dozen to share with the family and get your hands dirty. Crabs are caught fresh daily. A must stop in spot whenever we pass through Maryland.
  • Frank D.
    Frank DavisJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Worth the wait!! The crabs were unreal!!! I have grown up eating crabs and have eaten them everywhere, but these were simply awesome!!!
  • Bill C.
    Bill ChurchJuly 11, 2013
    It's Messy!
  • Cheryl C.
    Cheryl CussonJune 17, 2013
    Ate at Jimmy's yesterday. The Super Crabs were delicious. Get there early, they don't take reservations and it was quite a long wait. Mind you, it was also Fathers Day. :)
  • Darolyn M.
    Darolyn M.May 25, 2013
    Let them know if crabs are mushy... They will replace them.
  • Sarom e.
    Sarom eOMay 6, 2013
    place your crab order in before you order drinks or appetizers!
  • David H.
    David HarrityMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Blackened Rockfish And Fried Shrimp With Crab Imperial
  • David H.
    David HarrityMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Blackened Rockfish And Shrimp With Crab Imperi
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.December 22, 2012
    Try the Hushpuppies
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.December 22, 2012
    Try the Seafood Pesto Penne
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.December 22, 2012
    Try the Lump Crab Cakes Platter
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.December 22, 2012
    Try the Crabs
  • Jess B.
    Jess BNovember 5, 2012
    If you have never eaten blue crab, they will show you an easy demonstration! You will be a pro in no time, and the crab is sweet and delicious!
  • Michael Patrick Joseph G.
    Michael Patrick Joseph GallagherOctober 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    We have never had a bad time here. Just a real nice place to relax.
  • Bernie
    BernieSeptember 9, 2012
    Crab cakes and blackened rockfish were great! Love sitting next to the water near the docks. Really nice to be able to see crabs/ fish from the boats to the tanks. Not many like it now
  • Gary
    GaryAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a table outside close to the bay and enjoy the view while eating on some good grab.
  • Wil E.
    Wil E.July 29, 2012
    Best known for its juicy Maryland blue crabs. If you come hungry, you'll want to delight in Jimmy's Crab Feast, a tasty combination of steamed crabs, mussels, and shrimp.
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYJuly 16, 2012
    This Chesapeake Bay eatery is famous for its crab dip appetizer and crab sliders. Read more
  • Bobby D.
    Bobby DixonJuly 8, 2012
    Amazing Amazing food and service.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SmithJuly 6, 2012
    Delicious food. AWFUL HOSTS. Beware of how terrible the three in front are. Rude, uncaring attitudes with little service help. Wont go back because of how crappy they are.
  • M S.
    M SilbersteinJuly 5, 2012
    Best crabs I've ever enjoyed. Worst wait possible. Go early. Limited parking and long waits. Totally worth the pain. Make a reservation to be safe. Off the beaten path. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BurghardtJune 3, 2012
    Great crabs. The place rocks!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BurgessMay 11, 2012
    Waited 15 minutes after seated for wait staff. Empty dining room. Just left, no one even said anything
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GrifkaMay 5, 2012
    Get Jimmy's seafood platter. Best deal around.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RowleyApril 27, 2012
    What's the difference between squid and octopus? Who cares?!? You get them both when you order the calamari! Yummy!
  • Leondra
    LeondraApril 10, 2012
    Best crab dip n town!!!
  • Wendy C.
    Wendy ChenApril 2, 2012
    Definitely order the cream of crab soup. best I've tried, to date. (the rest of the menu is just as amazing!)
  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey MakowkaMarch 26, 2012
    You wouldn't think it, but they have incredible onion rings.
  • Yogi 💋
    Yogi 💋March 19, 2012
    Try the steamed crabs - Steamed Super Crabs! It was sooo good and meaty
  • David A.
    David AldridgeFebruary 3, 2012
    The Crab Cake Sandwich is phenomenal. Best I've ever had.
  • Sandra H.
    Sandra HongNovember 29, 2011
    Stuffed. Jumbo. Shrimp. Wow.
  • Naptown .
    Naptown 💪 LarryOctober 26, 2011
    The crabs are always good and it has a great atmosphere out on the elevated water side deck.
  • Diane D.
    Diane D.October 7, 2011
    My favorite hideaway to bring out of town guests.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RenengerSeptember 3, 2011
    If there's a wait, take your little ones out back for some crab spotting, boat watching & dock walking.
  • Lauren Z.
    Lauren ZAugust 6, 2011
    Grab a table with an umbrella, super hot if you don't
  • Road Unraveled
    Road UnraveledAugust 1, 2011
    The best place for authentic Maryland Crabs. A little tricky to get to, but totally worth it.
  • Sarah Marie G.
    Sarah Marie GerrityJune 13, 2011
    Bangin' hushpuppies.
  • Leland P.
    Leland PetersenApril 10, 2011
    Best Maryland Crab experience. Great food, fast service.
  • Naptown .
    Naptown 💪 LarryFebruary 15, 2011
    It's buried back in a residential neighborhood so it's a little hard to find, but Definitely the best crabs on the Western shore of the bay (Annapolis).
  • Gina M.
    Gina McNayOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Blackened rockfish bites and crab dip are awesome!!!
  • Sam H.
    Sam HuxleySeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Come early, come hungry, come often.
  • Todd S.
    Todd SchorleSeptember 9, 2010
    Cantler's has the best blue crabs in the DC Metro area. Sit outside and order the medium size crabs and a can of Yuengling beer.
  • Cristian L.
    Cristian LiuSeptember 6, 2010
    Watch out for the line! Two hour wait last time I came (Labor Day weekend though)
  • Zach M.
    Zach MazerSeptember 2, 2010
    I had my first crab there and I was hooked
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LeeMarch 19, 2010
    Seafood and beer by the can. My kinda place.
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 9, 2010
    Cantler's waterfront restaurant and crab house has been serving the area's freshest seafood for 3 decades. If seafood is your thing, than this is the place for you.
  • Jim M.
    Jim MaloneAugust 16, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    sit out on the deck overlooking the creek in the summer with your closest friends/family and several dozen steamed crabs
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