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In Annapolis, life revolves around the water and from rockfish to blue crabs, you’ll be hard pressed to find a restaurant without fresh seafood on the menu. And for a town of less than 40,000 people, Annapolis has an outsized number of delicious dining options. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s favorite places to eat in Annapolis:
1. Joss Café & Sushi Bar. You won’t find many tourists here because the locals try to keep this place to themselves. Order up a soft shell crab roll or a Chesapeake roll for local flavor and sit at the sushi bar to watch the chefs work. Know that Joss doesn’t take reservations and tends to fill up quickly on the weekends with a wait time of up to an hour.
2. Lewnes’ Steak House. The Lewnes family opened their fabulous steakhouse in 1921 and business has been booming ever since. One of the local gems of the city, Lewnes’ has a very intimate atmosphere. Although steak is the focus here, the seafood is a great choice too — it’s local and fresh, fished from the waters just one block away.
3. Severn Inn. Located next to the Naval Academy Bridge, this waterfront restaurant serves great food that matches its amazing views of the Unites States Naval Academy and the Severn River. Seafood dominates the menu with dishes like the jumbo lump crab cake sandwich and the grilled fish taco. On a warm day, opt for a spot on the patio to watch the boats cruise the river.
4. O’Learys Seafood. This place is owned by locals and loved by locals. Just a stone’s throw from the water, the cheery yellow building houses a seafood lover’s haven. Pick any fish on the menu, tell your waiter how you want it cooked and enjoy.
5. Osteria 177. The tavern is run by Italian restaurateurs from Italy and serves fresh Italian coastal cuisine with a sexy atmosphere. Ask about the risotto of the day, always a phenomenal choice, and start with the memorable beef carpaccio.