It’s summertime, which means it’s time to partake in a great Maryland tradition – eating steamed crabs!
Not sure where to find the heaviest, spiciest, and sweetest crustaceans?
No worries, we’ve polled our team members and compiled a list of our top 10 local spots. So call up your crew, grab your mallet, and get picking!
An Annapolis icon, Cantler’s waterfront restaurant and crab house has been serving the area’s freshest seafood to watermen, boaters, and land lovers alike for nearly four decades. Sheltered in the quiet waters of Mill Creek, Cantler’s proudly offers an amazing array of fresh delicious seafood, a great atmosphere, and water views – probably why it’s made the list for Best Crabs in Maryland and is consistently voted Best Steamed Crabs. Oh, and if you’re arriving by boat, no problem! Cantler’s provides free docking while you dine.
CONRADS, Parkville and Joppa
Conrad’s is family-owned, and they also catch their own crabs. Tony Conrad has been a commercial waterman for the past 13 years, so he is able to bring his crabs right off the boat and offer them directly to you! What’s one thing we love? Conrad’s has the same great seafood at two different locations. One is a seafood restaurant (in Perry Hall) and the other is a Seafood Market (in Parkville), which is perfect for bringing crabs home for crab feasts outside on the deck at home!
THE POINT CRAB HOUSE, Arnold
In the mood for great food and great views? The Point Crab House is a perfect spot. Here you’ll enjoy award-winning casual waterfront dining with fresh and local Maryland/Chesapeake dishes. Don’t just take our word for it – because we’re clearly not the only ones who love it here. The Point has collected many awards – making the list for Best Crabs in Maryland and voted Best Maryland Crab Soup, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Waterfront Restaurant, and Best Place to Take Out of Towners.
Whether you’re looking to dine in, carry out, or host a crab + bull roast for 300 people, Salerno’s is your answer. Priding themselves on down home goodness from the land of pleasant living, they’re known for their delicious food at affordable pricing, friendly staff, and weekly specials and coupons. Hello $1 crabs!
BLUE POINT CRAB HOUSE, Reisterstown and Westminster
Blue Point Crab House, where only the best are steamed, is a family-owned business with two locations to serve their dedicated clientele of local crab lovers. They’ve been voted Best Steamed Crabs, and are also famous for their crab cakes, shrimp salad, and steamed shrimp with onions. #YUM! Be sure to check out their Facebook page to learn about their free crab giveaway and their current special of $2 crabs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
SEA KING SEAFOOD MARKETS, Ellicott City
The King family has been satisfying the cravings of Maryland seafood lovers for over 60 years with fresh, delicious seafood. Family-owned and operated since 1963, Sea King is a favorite in the Baltimore-Washington area and serves the finest in prepared, cooked, and raw seafood. Whether you’re stopping in for a freshly-prepared meal, or looking for ingredients to create your own feast, you won’t be disappointed.
Stopping in Sea King? Come see us at our Ellicott City office, we’re less than a mile down the road!
COSTAS INN, Baltimore
A Baltimore tradition, Costas is a family-owned business since 1971. Their crabs are world famous, but there’s more to it than just steamed crabs. They have award-winning crab cakes and pit beef, as well plenty of entertainment including live jazz music and 10 TVs for Sunday football. If you’re craving crabs but reading this in another state, no worries! You can now place an order from Costas online and have it shipped to you nationwide.
BETHESDA CRAB HOUSE, Bethesda
Speaking of tradition, Bethesda Crab House is certainly a Bethesda summer tradition and a local favorite! Opened in 1961, this self-proclaimed “no-frills crab house”offers oysters, shrimp, crab cakes, Alaskan King and Snow Crab legs – but their specialty is the Maryland Blue Crab.
Insider tip! Their jumbo crabs do go quickly, so call ahead to reserve them.
BILL’S TERRACE INN, Essex
When you’re craving steamed crabs in the middle of February, Bill’s Terrace Inn has you covered. Hot, steamed crabs are served here all year round! Mr. Bill’s is ranked the #1 crab house in Baltimore by Baltimore Business Journal, but it’s not just a crab house. It offers a diverse menu filled with great dishes that will delight the seafood lover and land lover alike.
THE WOODBINE INN, Woodbine
One of Howard County’s most historic dining experiences, The Woodbine Inn is a local tradition in the small town of Woodbine. The building itself speaks for its history. Enjoy a variety of menu items, especially fresh seafood and steaks. If you haven’t tried their steamed crabs, you’re missing out!
73rd Annual Annapolis Crab Feast, Annapolis.
If you’re looking to feast on Maryland blue crabs today, check out the 73rd annual Annapolis Crab Feast at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Arguably the world’s largest crab feast, the event is an all-you-can-eat/drink party organized by the to raise charitable donations for local community and cultural organizations. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., get a taste of the famous crabs that have been a Maryland staple for centuries.