Annapolis Restaurants

Vin 909 Winecafé

909 Bay Ridge Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21403
410-990-1846

American
Pizza

 

$
$15.00
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
Vin 909 in Eastport is one of the best pizza joints in the region, and certainly the best in Annapolis. But there's a lot more to love on the menu than just pies. The whole menu from chef Justin Moore is a winner, so feel free to explore. But don't forget the pizza.
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2 Stars (5/13/2015) — 2015 Spring Dining Guide
"Not much has changed at my favorite place to drop anchor in Annapolis. The one-time bungalow continues to pour nothing stronger than beer and wine, skirt steak continues to be served with a Moroccan accent in a black skillet, and lines invariably form the moment the doors open for dinner, as if Vin 909 were the only place to dine in Eastport. Good pizza will do that to a restaurant. … Chef Justin Moore sometimes relies on guests to name the special pizzas. One combo prompted an “Oh my God!” from its recipient. Ever since, the thin-crusted OMG and its cover of local speck, asparagus, cumin-spiked olives, three cheeses and chive oil have been part of the menu’s permanent collection." See Full Review…»
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No. 14 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"If you came only for the pizzas, you’d leave happy. Unlike most boutique pies in the area, these are cooked in a brick oven and topped with a hand more indulgent than judicious. With crusts this good, you can feel confident in trying a combination that lesser places could never pull off—say, foie gras and truffles. Small plates are just as worthy: Chef Justin Moore has a keen imagination and a refined palate, and the selections on this menu-within-the-menu—a soft mound of mozzarella with gelatin-molded pearls of balsamic vinegar, a plate of gorgeously fresh steamed clams—are rendered with care. …" See Full Review…»
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Preserve

164 Main St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
443-598-6920

American


 

$$
$24.00
 

★★½

Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Preserve is a locally-minded, casual American restaurant from the husband and wife team of Jeremy and Michelle Hoffman, both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America. Both worked at some of the finest kitchens in New York before moving to the area to work for Cathal Armstrong's family of restaurants. Now out on their own, they oversee a welcoming restaurant with a comfort food menu centered around what's fresh, local, and sustainable.
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2 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015
"The best food news out of Annapolis this year was the debut of Preserve, an American notion from husband and wife Jeremy and Michelle Hoffman, who came from Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, where he cooked and she captained. Some dishes — a funky fondue made with dried corn, a peppery chicken pot pie that swaps egg noodles for a pastry cover — mine the chef’s origins in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Others — minced pork lettuce wraps, griddled rice cakes heaped with sunchoke chips and ignited with harissa — suggest a kitchen cooking in the moment. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 27 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"The mom-and-pop is ordinarily a simple place, humble and homey. And by one measure, this one, across from the legendary diner Chick & Ruth’s Delly on Annapolis’s Main Street, obeys convention. It doesn’t take long to discover, however, that what young vets Jeremy and Michelle Hoffman have come up with is a sophisticated, smartly run operation that belies its low-key intentions. Jeremy—an alum of the kitchens at Per Se, Nobu Fifty Seven, and Restaurant Eve—has crafted a small, focused menu that showcases both his global training (in particular, a facility with Asian flavors) and his Pennsylvania Dutch heritage (say, a lusty plate of pork with sauerkraut). …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
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Cantler's

458 Forest Beach Rd
Annapolis, MD 21409
410-757-1467

Seafood


 

$$$
$25.75
 

★★

Average Value

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Cantler's is the undisputed king of Annapolis crab shacks. It's way off the beaten path, and is always packed, but there are few better places to spend an afternoon by the water picking crabs.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (4/26/2007)
"Nothing says summer like an afternoon picking Maryland blue crabs on Cantler's patio overlooking Mill Creek." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A touristy favorite for crabs in Annapolis."

Potato Valley Café

47 State Cir. # 100
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-267-0902

American


 

$
$7.75
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Although Potato Valley has a few sandwiches and salads to round out the menu, it's primary focus is baked potatoes, with choices ranging from butter and sour cream to chicken curry with pineapple.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… The wisdom of this venture is to know that, done right—from sourcing the highest-quality, most mineral varieties to cooking them at just the right temperature and for just the right time—a baked potato is a beautiful, satisfying thing. The simple option—a hot, sliced spud topped with cheddar and butter—is divine, but so are any of the more tricked-out varieties, including one that looks on paper to be disastrous (onions, mango, lime, and garlic butter) but is among the best fast-food plates we’ve ever eaten. …" See Full Review…»
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Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls

188 Main St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-280-2254

Seafood


 

$
$12.95
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Mason's isn't exactly famous but its lobster rolls are definitely fresh and high quality. They're served on the traditional buttered, split-topped rolls with a light coating of either mayo or butter moistening the sweet meat. Lobster salad and lobster BLT variations are also available, as are crab and shrimp rolls and New England clam chowder.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Now is the time to hit this tiny sandwich shop, before winter returns and owner Dan Beck is forced to rely on frozen lobster. Until then, he’s sourcing much of his titular product from a small outfit in Maine that claims to be able to trace every large-clawed crustacean back to the boat where it was harvested. …" See Full Review…»
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Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).