Your vacation travels to Annapolis will be memorable for many reasons, including the comfort and luxuries found in your At Home Annapolis sanctuary, but for many, the best part of any getaway is the opportunity to taste the foods that are distinctive to the region they are visiting. As you can imagine, our beautiful city on the Chesapeake Bay has a lot going for it on the restaurant circuit, offering a variety of establishments you just will not find anywhere else. This guide to the best of the best, the top five locals-only Annapolis restaurants, will ensure that your visit to paradise will be the tastiest experience of your life!
Level – a Small Plates Lounge, 69 West Street
There are many reasons you may be feeling it is a tapas night, from a small appetite to wanting the chance to taste a variety of different foods, but there is only one choice for a small plate serving restaurant and Level is that choice! Offering an ever-changing menu of sophisticated elegance, every plate is wonderfully presented, innovatively prepared, and oh so very delicious. The spicy tuna tartare is our favorite at the moment, but we can’t promise it will still be on the menu during your visit, so please, explore the menu freely and discover your own favorites.
Evelyn’s, 26 Annapolis Street
As you might expect from a Maryland destination spot, there are many places in town serving powerfully delicious breakfasts, but Evelyn’s manages to squeeze into our number four spot (and number one breakfast spot!) by the grace of their all-day breakfast menu. Open every day for breakfast and lunch, we absolutely crave her take on a breakfast classic, the sweet potato biscuit and gravy dish which features a giant fluffy sweet potato biscuit covered in the most delicious chorizo gravy. An excellent breakfast may not change your life, but it will definitely set the tone for a new day, and if you want your day to get off on the right foot, choose Evelyn’s; you will not be disappointed!
Smashing Grapes Kitchen & Wine Bar, 177 Jennifer Road
While most of our choices are classic restaurants that have been around for more than a few minutes, our number three choice, Smashing Grapes, is a brand-new spot that is destined to become a family tradition for Annapolis natives and visitors from all over the world! They DO have a second location in Gambrills, but this delicious spot is a Maryland native, featuring wine dinner events, offering wine tastings and classes, and offering a menu that is described as a California Mediterranean fusion of fantastic!
Boatyard Bar & Grill, 400 4th Street
Maryland is famous for crab everything, especially their crab cakes, and if you have followed any of our At Home Annapolis blogs, you may have heard of the Boatyard Bar & Grill! Serving award-winning crab cakes in a casual space that makes you feel welcomed, it also offers bayside views, cold beer, and an unbelievably delicious Maryland Crab Soup! You can’t go wrong with any item on the menu at the Boatyard Bar & Grill. Because it can be difficult to find a restaurant that is family friendly, we debated about switching this sweet grill to the number two spot, but as you will see, true love won over family!
Lewnes Steakhouse, 401 Fourth Street
Romance is important in every relationship, and as everyone knows that the quickest way to your heart is through your stomach, Lewnes Steakhouse comes in at number two, offering juicy steaks, smooth drinks, and a romantic atmosphere that will spark the smoldering embers of your love! Still offering a strong carryout menu but open for in-person dining after brief pandemic closures, this longstanding tradition in the epicurean world of Annapolis is a favorite of everyone who gets the opportunity to experience it! Do not forget to try their crab cakes or crab balls; you just cannot get better in the state!
Luna Blu, 36 West Street
Featuring a menu filled with your Italian classics and walls covered in murals that will take you back to the old country, if only for the meal, Luna Blu never fails to please! Sit under umbrellas on the patio, watching the world go by or stick to the air-conditioned coolness of the inside; to be honest it does not matter where you sit, just that you choose to visit! Every Wednesday and Saturday night is the bay famous Dinner under the Stars, (reservations are strongly recommended) where you can enjoy a big plate of lasagna, a silky glass of red wine, and the live music played by talented local musicians!
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