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martyd Aug 18, 2009 02:18 PM

My wife and I are celebrating our anniversary in September. We are thinking of going to St. Michaels for the weekend. I'm looking for lunch and dinner places in the general area. Would like to have 2 fine dining experiences for dinner, if that is available in the area. Other more casual places for lunch would be fine. We've been to the Crab Claw, which was fine for lunch, but would like to try other places.

  1. Meg Aug 18, 2009 02:34 PM

    Highly recommend 208 Talbots, even over the dining room at the Inn.

    Great food and a nice, romantic atmosphere - completely non-stuffy.

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      puffinsmuffins Aug 18, 2009 02:37 PM

      I would definitely look to Key Lime Cafe and Ava's for lunch.

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      1. re: puffinsmuffins
        tartuffe Aug 18, 2009 05:33 PM

        Bistro St Michaeel's has always been good--and you might check out places in Easton, Tilghman Island, aand Oxford

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        poohbear315 Aug 18, 2009 05:47 PM

        I would echo the recommendations for 208 Talbot and Bistro St. Michaels as your two fine dining experiences for dinner. I was there two weeks ago and had an outstanding meal at each restaurant.
        208 Talbot (www.208talbot.com) has been getting a lot of regional press, so I suggest reservations. They are closed Mondays. I had a delicious back porch lemonade cocktail, outstanding fried oysters for an appetizer, a yummy whole roasted bronzino with anchovy butter for dinner, and the best pecan pie I've ever had. The service and ambience were lovely.
        Bistro St. Michaels (www.bistrostmichaels.com) is open Thurs-Mon for dinner only. The atmosphere is a bit more casual than Talbot, but just a bit. No one seemed in a rush to dress formally for dinner at either place. I enjoyed very fresh oysters on the half shell, quite good crab cakes (jumbo lump with little filler) and tabouleh salad for dinner. Again, quite capable service.
        Enjoy your anniversary!

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          RC51Mike Aug 19, 2009 04:53 AM

          And I would suggest you go early and stop at Rise Up Coffee, the drive-thru stand on the way into town.

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            puffinsmuffins Aug 19, 2009 07:51 AM

            Rise Up is great if you are on the road... but, if you want a really nice, friendly place to sit, I recommend St. Michael's Perk. The owner is really very sweet!

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