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Jun 11, 2010 06:26 PM

Best Restaurants in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area

I will be visiting the Inner Harbor this summer and I am curious to know where to eat. I would like to a good place to get steamed crabs. I would also like to know a good place to for 4 guys to go to dinner that is not a chain. Can anyone help? I thank you in advance.

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    1. Surprisingly there's not a lot of crab places around the harbor, even though this gets asked quite a bit.

      I don't know helpful this will be, but here goes.

      Obrycki's is very close. I haven't been there, but I have heard they are decent if expensive. Bo Brooks in Canton is wildly inconsistent in the times I've been there. Once really good, second time subpar. I haven't been to L.P. Steamers either, mostly because one of our trusted crab Chowhounds says to stay away, so I do. I know Captain James Landing does them. On Tuesday (I think) Ryleigh's Oyster bar in Federal Hill is an easy walk from the harbor and has $2 crabs, but I don't think they serve them the rest of the time.

      What sort of place (type of food, price) are you guys looking for dinner? The Harbor proper is mostly crap chains, but there are good options either south or east of the harbor.

      Bo Brooks Restaurant
      2701 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21201

      Obrycki's Crab House & Seafood Restaurant
      1727 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21231

      Captain James Landing
      2127 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21231

      Ryleigh's Oyster Bar
      36 E. Cross Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

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      1. re: JonParker

        If they go that far they might as well go to Greektown, where there are four excellent Greek restaurants; Acropolis, Ikaros, Zorba's, and Samos.

        4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

      2. for dinner go to Fells Point to Henningers Tavern for dinner

        or go to Canton and go to Mamas on the Half Shell

        1. Harbor is all chains or crap that should be chains. Four guys? Head a little north to the B&O Brasserie or The Brewer's Art.

          Brewer's Art
          1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          1. Thank you everyone for your help!

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            1. re: thestickman1

              Another option is to take the Charm City Circulator (it's free) and venture a little further out from the Harbor. The routes are super direct and everything is easily navigated. I'd recommend Zella's in Hollins Market.


                1. re: HungryinBmore

                  Good suggestion and also on the Charm City Circulator route...

                  1. re: ronandaim

                    I respectfully disagree with sending visitors to wander around Zella's. If they need pizza, Bagby's in Harbor East or Isabella's in Little Italy might be appropriate, but our pizza is not that notable. Greektown or South Baltimore or Brewer's Art may be more enjoyable than the Hollins Market area for visitors if they were to want to travel, but I think they are requesting walking distance from Horribleplace...which means Little Italy/Harbor East at the furthest to visitors, maybe Federal Hill.

                    1. re: chowsearch

                      I stand by my recommendation of Zella's. I've never had anything there that wasn't very, very good. And it just a nice place where nice people work. Having never been to Bagby's or Isabella's, I can't vouch for them.

                      I do however agree that Harborplace is terrible. I meant only to suggest that the CCC offers free, easy transportation to many other nearby locations where the options are much more plentiful. The requestor--as always--can take it or leave it.