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Interesting Rehearsal Dinner Venue in Annapolis?

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ESteiger Mar 5, 2007 06:25 PM

Does anyone have any good recommendations for a relaxed rehearsal dinner in Annapolis or nearby area? We were thinking maybe an outdoor crabfeast (August), maybe something near the water - something unlike the stodgy typical rehearsal dinner and where more people can be a part of it.... Any ideas??

Thanks!

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    Denise Mar 6, 2007 04:00 AM

    Cantlers is the first thing that comes to mind - informal, on the water, and serves crabs.

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      Chownut Mar 6, 2007 04:35 AM

      Cantlers is a very small place, would be jampacked in August, and view is not that great. A better option may be Harris Crab House in Kent Island. They have indoor seating, rooftop seating, and ample outdoor bench seating, with a great view of the Bay including sunset. There is even a mini boardwalk. You might be able to reserve the rooftop or outdoor dining area depending on the size of your party. Access to and parking is a bit better at Harris.

      http://www.harriscrabhouse.com/

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        mandyb Mar 6, 2007 08:28 AM

        I had my rehearsal dinner at Buddy's Crabs and Ribs.....they do crabs there...its not outdoors but its got a great view of downtown annapolis and its very laid back and casual. We didnt have crabs at mine but I am sure you could.

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          bordeauxfan Mar 6, 2007 11:22 AM

          I'd consider the Severn Inn in Arnold, on the river across from the Naval Academy. They have a large room for private parties, with lots of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water, as well as an outdoor balcony.

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            ESteiger Mar 7, 2007 10:57 AM

            Thanks, everyone! I'll check out Harris Crab House. Also, I've heard good things about Mike's Crab House for this kind of thing - any thoughts?

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              Denise Mar 7, 2007 02:19 PM

              Yes, I completely forgot about Mike's. I have only been there for lunch, but it fits your criteria.

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                chesapeake72000 Mar 8, 2007 02:02 PM

                It's not by the water, and I don't know if they do party's like this, but Sputnik Cafe in Crownsville, just outside of Annapolis is a real funky place. It has a wonderful outdoor garden area, and an adjoining "meditation trail" or something like that, that goes from the parking lot into the woods. It's Asian fusion with a twist, and they have a very interesting and diverse wine list. It is certainly casual and different -- stodgy it's not.

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