When it’s time to eat during your adventures in Annapolis, there are plenty of restaurants in the area determined to give you the best meal of your life, and the Boatyard Bar & Grill just might top the list! Open every day of the week for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks, this is where sailors, fishermen, tourists, and homeowners come together to enjoy good food, refreshing beverages, and views of the bay guaranteed to linger in your memories long after you have returned to your landlocked life at home! Reasonable prices will allow you to return more than once, offering more memories to mull over!
Boatyard Bar & Grill Located at 400 Fourth Street
From the outside, the cheerful yellow siding and light blue shutters give the appearance that this the Boatyard in Annapolis could be a seafarer’s home; you can almost see the wife of a fisherman peeking out the windows, awaiting the return of her man! The sign over the entrance and the red peaks of umbrellas perched over patio tables, of course, take away your initial impression, as they both reveal that this is where you are about to have the best crab cakes you’ve ever tasted. Inside, distressed wood tables surrounded by simple bar stools and wooden chairs sit on faded wood flooring. Casual, inviting, and friendly, the ambience of Boatyard Bar & Grill is just one of many reasons it remains a popular establishment. Other reasons include friendly staff, ice-cold beverages, and a menu that is designed to please!
There’s so much goodness on the menu, we almost don’t know where to start; but since the Baltimore Sun has chosen the Boatyard’s crab cakes as being the best, we’ll begin with those! Containing far more crab than binding, there crab cakes are large, delicious, fresh, and worth coming back for time and time again! If you ate nothing else, we can promise you wouldn’t feel that you missed anything, but with such a large menu, you’re probably going to want to try a few other things at the Boatyard in Annapolis.
Starters include crab balls and conch fritters, scallops and bacon, and regatta nachos fill you up fast, so be prepared to bring home a box or just stop at appetizers! The main menu includes a variety of surf and turf items, offering everything from the aforementioned crab cakes to Busha Brown’s Jamaican Style Pork Chop to a thick and juicy Black Angus Filet Mignon. Sandwiches, salads, and pizza are popular choices on both the lunch and dinner menus, while their “Thank God I’m a Country Boy Breakfast” found on both their brunch and breakfast menus is loved by growing boys and hungry fishers all over town. A special dessert menu contains delicious treats such as the local favorite Maryland Smith Island Cake, made from nine layers of yellow cake topped with fudge frosting and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. One bite and you’ll immediately understand why this cake is the official state dessert of Maryland!
Need to Walk Off Those Extra Dessert Calories?
After a heavy meal at a gourmet restaurant, there is no greater delight than enjoying a quiet walk under the light of a full moon! Take a walk by the bay, enjoying quiet conversations with your favorite traveling companion and feeling the breeze coming off the waters cool your overheated cheeks. Head to the historic district for a little window shopping if the stores are closed, or if you happened to enjoy a hearty lunch at the Boatyard, walk off the calories as you participate in a little retail therapy! The Historic Annapolis Museum Store on Main Street is chock full of historic reproduction gifts, and at Christmas they celebrate with their 12 days of Jingle special sale that starts on December 12th and lasts through Christmas Eve! Kokopelli, also on Main, offers humorous décor items, stylish clothing, and other cute doodads that you won’t be able to live without.
After Dinner Entertainment
Of course, Annapolis offers an exciting nightlife, as you might expect from a military town, and the opportunities to play after your dinner at the Boatyard Bar & Grill are numerous! Practice your “survival instincts” with a visit to Mission Escape Rooms. Located at 40 West Street, this fun business stays open until 10 or 11PM, giving you plenty of time to play! Defeat the Mad Dentist by figuring out the clues and escaping in less than an hour or figure out the Legend of the Sasquatch before the timer runs down. Also offering a UFO Crash Landing Room and a Once Upon A Crime Room, everyone in your group will have the time of their lives showing off their mad skills in beating the clock! Want to end the night with a cocktail and the company of strangers who will soon become friends? A visit to the Heroes Pub, 1 Riverview Avenue, is sure to hit the spot! Featuring a firehouse themed space, over 30 beers on tap, and offering live music to enjoy while you sip, Heroes is a hero to us! Over the holidays, special Christmas premieres will be held at the Annapolis Shakespeare Company, located at 1804 West Street; in 2020 they have re-opened after the pandemic and are offering performances of A Christmas Carol and Holiday Swing. We are so excited to welcome back this special part of seasonal nightlife and can’t wait for you to experience it as well!
Leftovers Enjoyed by the Light of the Stove
Because there is bound to be leftovers, bringing them back to be devoured in peace and quiet in the kitchen of your At Home Annapolis Maryland escape promises to be the best part of your getaway! Reserve your stay today!