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Jun 25, 2008 10:50 AM

Seafood Restaurant in Baltimore

Looking for recommendations for a seafood restaurant nearby Camden Yards. Small group of guys from NYC going to a ballgame for a low-key bachelor party. The bachelor doesn't eat meat or shellfish (but does eat fish), so we're looking for a place with good seafood (and crabs for the rest of us).

Preferably someplace relatively nice, price not a huge issue, but we will be going to a night game after dinner so we'll be dressed somewhat casually.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Also any recommendations for good bars in the area for after the game, for a bunch of guys in their early 30's.


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    1. Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton, no crabs but great crab cakes!

      1. I'd recommend Nick's Fish House for the before game meal. A fun place on the water a quick cab ride from Camden Yards. They've got a website that should give you a good idea of what they offer. If you're hoping more for walking distance, I suppose you could go the tourist route and hit Phillips at the Inner Harbor, but I really think with your group you'd enjoy yourselves more at Nick's. As for after the game, you can wander over to Federal Hill and take your pick of bars around Cross Street. Mother's, Magerk's, Stalking Horse, Ryleigh's are all good choices, but you'll pass plenty of options that should do you guys well.

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        1. re: rpb

          I wouldn't recommend Phillips to the neighborhood rats, but Nicks is definitely the closest for crabs. Obrykis is another choice that's fairly nearby.

          Bars are not a problem. Federal Hill is full of them. Ryelighs and Dog Pub are the ones I go to, but VMMV. It's no problem to walk from bar to bar until you find something that suits.

            1. re: KAZ

              I think Jon meant YMMV: Your mileage may vary.

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          1. You may want to consider Johns Stevens. While some have complained of decline in quality compared to recent years, it's got a great bar with a local vibe where you can order some great steamed seafood: clams, shrimp, mussels. No crabs, though. They may have some good fish dishes. I haven't been there in a while, perhaps someone who had been can recommend something.

            About 6 houses down from Johns Steven's is the Wharf Rat. Great bar, homemade brews, very casual, and a very Bawlmer vibe. Great beer, I remember their Ace Pear Ale very fondly.

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            1. re: venera

              Neither of those are that close to Camden Yard.

              1. re: JonParker

                A short cab ride, or a long walk. But still, better than the slim pickins near the ballpark...

                1. re: kelarry


                  Good stuff. :) Now I have a total hankering for it!!! And it's not even noon!

                  1. re: venera

                    Oliver's doesn't make Ace Pear Cider. Ace does. Wharf Rat just keeps it on continuously. You should try Blackthorn Cider. Apple flavors, but really crisp & not overly sweet. YUM.