O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Grillfish

4.1
67 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
O’Brien’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Tavern is an Annapolis institution. We take pride in offering honest local Chesapeake cuisine in a comfortable setting. Our bar is legendary and well known in the boating and Naval Academy community. Our full menu is available until 10pm and we offer a late pub menu till closing. Check our calendar for after dinner music and entertainment.
What 67 People Are Saying
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vipStacyB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome to be out and about again! Excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

They were so full downstairs that they put us in a large room upstairs. It was very quiet with very few people and completely different from the festive atmosphere downstairs. The servers were very attentive and the food was good but we missed being downstairs in the more bustling area.

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vipSherryE
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the weekend brunch. The french toast is amazing !

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vipOnlygirl
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Went for brunch w/my girlfriend. I ordered a custom omelette w/crab meat. My gf ordered veggie omelette add spinach & bacon. When our food came I had bacon & mushrooms not what I asked. My gf didn’t have any mushrooms or bacon. Somehow it was mixed up but the manager did take care of us by comping the bill. We will try it again.

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DwayneM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we were seated immediately, we had a reservation through Open Table. Drinks and Oysters came quickly. Server was Angel and he was fantastic. Just enough attention, if we needed anything he was always available. Had not been to O'Briens in a long time. Will be back soon.

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vipSherryE
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu. Our server Steve was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great experience from arrival thru dinner. Service was attentive and friendly. Food was great!

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vipJewelM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Murphy took good care of us.

The creme brulee French toast is a must!

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JLBrn
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table on the patio garden area. It was a little chilly but they turned an extra heater on for us and the area was nicely lit with lights. The food was delicious and service was attentive. We had a great first date!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had no idea their food was so good! We usually just go in for drinks. They have a large selection of dinner options and we really loved their food.

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CHRISTOPHERR
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Ribs were hard to get off the bone and very dry. The shrimp and oysters were very good.

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Barbara
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience with only 25% capacity the service and food was outstanding.

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vipRegionalVisitor
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an exquisitely good meal with great service and reasonable prices. The seafood (crab soup, shrimp stuffed with crab imperial, shrimp salad) was as good as any we've ever had in the Annapolis-DC area -- and the side dishes accompanying our meal were extraordinarily tasty. The atmosphere was safe, clean, and welcoming. We also loved the location right in the historic dock area. Can't wait to return during a future visit to Annapolis.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here for Christmas dinner as we were traveling and not many places were open on Christmas Day. The food was phenomenal, perfect Christmas seafood dinner. Our waitress was very polite, friendly and prompt. We will continue to come back anytime we are in the area!

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PeterW
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Great oysters and bar. Food was excellent. Service was light due to COVID impact to businesses. Great place to visit and enjoy!

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vipPonyo
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The cream of crab soup is a must try. Ribs are good.

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vipalan9054
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good and the wait staff was attentive.

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vipReginaM
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Jennifer, our waitress was wonderful! The noise in the dining area was loud and the food was over priced and fair at best.

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Jademan
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ate outside due to Covid. Best part of meal were the Margheritas. Food was ok. Nothing to write home about. Good for bar hopping...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caitlyn my waitress was AMAZING!!!! She was on top of everything and the food/ Bloody Mary were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

If it was for the company and lication I would give this a negative score. The food was awful. The fried oysters were covered in a coating that was thick, full of grease and some were so dry you couldn't eat them. Please get a new fry cook or a new recipe, that takes prude in serving oysters. Will not go back or recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

First time there. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very understaffed. Dirty tables every where. Multiple tables walked out because of lack of service. My wife got bottomless mamosa’s. It was like pulling teeth to get our waiters attention so she could order one. They sat a large party of frat boys next to my wife and baby and I. Their language was extremely vulgar and they were very loud. Very poorly ran restaurant. My steak was dry and over cooked but my wife’s omelet was great.

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Kodemeister7
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The appetizers arrived after the main courses. The only flavors detected on the dishes were salt and butter. The back patio did not have any lights so you could not see what you were eating. Enough said.

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vipMoxieone
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very poor service for brunch last Sunday with my husband.
Food was just ok. Sat outside as inside music was obnoxiously loud for day time dining at least. Took over an hour to get a simple Mimosa or iced tea. Raw Oyster dejection was good. Not sure we will try this place again due to the slow service.

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KeysTarpon
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sunday brunch 8/23/20. Excellent food! Ordered Eggs Benedict, Ruben Eggs Benedict & ham/cheese omelette. We definitely will go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service. Every dish we ordered was delicious-super shrimp! Cocktails were spot on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful night outside in Annapolis!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were fantastic. We sat outside and had 1/2 pound of shrimp. The shrimp were HUGE! Even people walking past made comments about how big and how good they looked. Our waitress was top notch, consistently checked on us to make sure we had everything we needed. Will definitely come back here.

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CosMom
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good, but service was less than desirable.

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MARCIJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

My husband and I opted to make a reservation for 5pm although we were able to get seated outside right away regardless of making one. I ordered a half dozen Skipjack oysters. Next time I'll try the Prime - I prefer a little more salinity. I also ordered the Seared Tuna app as my main entree. It came out WAY overcooked for tuna. I like mine rare - really how it should be served. It was still good, and the Asian noodles had nice flavor. My husband ordered shrimp appetizer - they were HUGE! He also got the Mac N Cheese with crab which was very good and decently priced. There seemed to be plenty of seating outside which was nice, we enjoyed live music from across the street. The prices were very reasonable. I would try the tuna again, maybe the cook was overwhelmed on a Saturday night.

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JK1960
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to O'Brien's. It was an excellent experience all the way around. We will certainly be back! The oysters were outstanding!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service and food were both subpar. Our server messed up our orders and our checks, and then said he didn’t want to fix them because it would be too much work for him. Portions were small and food was forgettable. I got the crab legs and for the money spent, I got a very small portion. The portions of the pasta were great though! I’d recommend the seafood Cajun penne. Oysters were decent as well. Come here if you want to eat without a wait or if you’re in the mood for oysters but I’d skip otherwise. Probably will not be returning, mainly due to the poor service.

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vipJulie
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my birthday and it was perfect. The crab cakes were the best I've ever had! The service from Jordan was impeccable. She was so sweet with my toddler daughter and nephew. We felt very safe with Covid. They took every precaution.

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LaytonC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good service. My Daughter enjoyed her Stuffed Rockfish A+, and the Oysters were excellent(A+). Crabcake was a B. Draft Beer was an A, and the overall atmosphere was a B+.

The service was an A, as the Waitress made frequent visits to make sure we were taken care of.

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Diner102715
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was the perfect place for a family meal celebration. Very family friendly and the food was great.

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LisaS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The raw oysters were tasty and cold. The crab cake -- a Maryland specialty -- was very crabby, but bland. The waitress specifically recommended the fries as a side, so we thought we'd get something special. But they were standard, salty, previously frozen restaurant fries -- nothing to write home about. But the roasted brussels sprouts were really good. Bottom line: They're surrounded by restaurants with better food, ambience, and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food etc was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was excellent!

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BRENDIN
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Nice and quiet ambiance.

FAQs

O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Grillfish offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 268-6288.

O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Grillfish is rated 4.1 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.