O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern

3.8
119 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.
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vipShelbyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience3

we saw a mouse when dining here for brunch….. food was very ‘meh’. this was my third time giving them a chance and i’m just not able to bring myself back again :(

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CLoowho
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

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TammyO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had brunch. It was lovely. The service was great, as well as the eggs benedict! Would definitely go back!

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viporlandolover
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Manager? Too quiet. He came over we said hi he ignored us. Definitely heard us we got half smile. A little embarrassing. Few moments later asked what we’d like to drink. Then we were handed off to someone else. She was nice. Good pretty good. Didn’t like army. Expected old tavern feel. Big open room with 70’s appeal.

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vipmike
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice. Pleasant outdoor dining

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great space!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our family was there for the firework in Annapolis in the 4th of July. The location was great but the foods were terrible. The mashed potatoes were made from instant box and the salmon and the rice was too sweet to eat. The food was overpriced for the quality of each dish. The crab dip tasted like cheep cheese dip. We will never go back there again.

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ToddL
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was sat at 4:15. Waited until 4:35 to see a waitress. Never saw one. We got up and left. Terrible service.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at O’Briens! Our server was excellent, as were the stuffed shrimp and Mac and cheese with Backfin Crab! My Orange Crush was one of the best I’ve ever enjoyed. The only downside of O’Briens are the acoustics. It’s very loud (especially if the clientele are boisterous) to have table conversation. But if you don’t mind the noise, everything else is fabulous-including the location!

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

In all fairness out waitress clearly did not want to be there. After rolling her eyes she would ask a question like oh where are you from but then look away because she still did not really want to be there - the question was to cover up the eye roll. Drinks were overpriced and did not seem made correctly. Salad came out with out protein - protein took so long we passed. Other servers seemed great but honestly did not live up to the hype at all. Food was just ok and again I will pay for an expensive drink if it is good. Not worth the time or money at all.

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ShariR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, great service, and really good food!

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PeterS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Group of friends

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Main course arrived before first course was finished. Clean up after guests, especially on the floor was lax.

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Chesna
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This second visit at the restaurant was a disappointment. It looks like the staff was overwhelmed because it was fathers’ day Sunday. There were many errors in our orders and our server disappeared periodically. Some members of our groups received their drinks ‘coffee’ and food very late. My own order was correct but was a major disappointment. I ordered ‘steak and eggs’ but the steak looked pitiful. It could have been an order from Deny’s. I was a return customer but the majority of our group were first time guests and will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for a birthday celebration! Drinks and food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ran out of brunch foods. Less than stellar service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Fish was dry & hard. Had to send it back. Could only eat the fries

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Olivia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

My partner and I decided to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather while eating out dinner. We arrived at 6:45 on a Monday and we were seated immediately. Within 2 minutes, our wonderful server greeted us and we placed an order for drinks and apps (cream of crab soup, Chesapeake mussels, oysters and calamari) since we only had 15 minutes until HH was over. Our drinks took a little while since the bartender was backed up but they were worth the wait. We then ordered our main dishes (crab cake dinner and fish & chips). The soup came out first and then the mussels, oysters, and calamari. The oysters tasted strange and had a cloudy appearance. The calamari and soup were good but the mussels were awful. They had no flavor and looked like they'd been reheated or something. The bread that came with them was so hard you could barely bite into it. Fish and chips were soggy but tasted alright. Crab cakes were really good! Overall, the quality of the seafood is not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day was amazing. Our service and drinks were awesome

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vipajk1502
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic! Food was amazing at a reasonable price!

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VenetaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was very friendly. Even though she placed the incorrect appetizer order for me hef apology was greatly appreciated. The food was good and tasty. Will definitely revisit.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were outside…
Very busy Saturday night…
Noisy music nearby
Food only ok

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We were disappointed in our meals. The service and ambiance was very nice

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vipMisswan
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This is definitely a tourist spot. The food is decent and the wait staff is great. The prices are pretty high for mediocre food. They don’t have very many vegetarian options which most pubs do. Great people but just ok food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

The restaurant was n army empty and we waited 30 mins for drinks and an hour for food

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Asmith
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The check in process with microphones created an atmosphere that the patrons were on an assembly line. Manger at one point was getting after servers. The soup was cold, waitress couldn’t explain difference in oysters. Alcoholic drinks were bit mixed properly and the wine ordered had tainted.

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DL3033
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I was served old caesar salad with the corresponding results.

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Maureen
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner. Seafood galore - we had shrimp, clams and scallops. So good!

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DreneeB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Started off a little shakey b/c our waiter left after giving us water and took a long time to come back.. however he made up for it. His service after that was excellent, he was attentive without being overly attentive, and he really made our bottomless mimosas amazing!! The food was delicious and the price was very very affordable.
I will be visiting again and again, for sure.

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vipFoodLover
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really good food. I enjoyed the mussels and my son’s filet was very good.

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Joyce
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Easter Sunday dinner. We wanted seafood, so we headed to Annapolis. Beautiful weather, so the downtown area was packed and buzzing. Luckily, there is multi-level garage parking available. The street side tables were too busy for us, so we were led to the private patio. It was the perfect place to eat delicious food snd drink. Service was great; not overbearing. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They advertised a patio, but we sat on the street (which was fine, but then don't advertise a patio). The only heater was not working. We had minimal service due to being outside and long waits for our waiter. They gave us old menus as they couldn't find the current ones. The online menu was outdated and we were disappointed they did not have the food items we came for. Burger and MD crab soup were great, mussels were very meh. Experience was fine but not great, and wouldn't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A few issues with our order but they were quick to correct. Would definitely come back.

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JenniferR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We went for date night. The food was bland. The waitress was nice. I was expecting a little more especially since it was restaurant week.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Both oyster and mussels were not tasty - very disappointing for Annapolis!

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vipDante
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I went here for BRUNCH! The food was amazing and our waitress was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service, forgot several items and food was bland.

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WilliamK
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Waitress was serving in two different rooms, have to go get her several times. Separate server served salad, but forgot dressing. Took so long to get salad. Meal came one minute after salad. Stuffed fish was bland and not hot enough. Place was only half full so crowd was not the problem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Post covid so I think the staff haven’t quite scaled up to demand. Seated on time, staff weren’t aware of the restaurant week promotion, the restaurant also changed some of the options from the website as well but didn’t update page. Somewhat disappointed. Food arrived slow, possibly communication delays with kitchen staff; others who seated after us got food first ; but also can point to post covid scaleup issues that should go away over time

FAQs

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

O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern is rated 3.8 stars by 119 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.