Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs

Best Places to Get Maryland Steamed Crabs

Both Bryan and I grew up in Maryland, and when you are from Maryland, you eat Maryland steamed crabs. But since we moved to Denver 24 years ago, we were a little rusty on the best places to go. Over the past year or so, we have been back and forth to Maryland for family stuff quite a bit, which has allowed us to reacquaint ourselves with crab houses all over the state. So, I thought I would share my go-to list of the best places in Maryland to get steamed blue crabs. Everyone has their faves, especially the neighborhood dives – so please add yours in the comments!

Eating Maryland Crabs

When To Eat Maryland Crabs

Summer is the best time for crabs as they move up the Chesapeake Bay during the warm months. The truth of the matter is, some places in Maryland, especially in the winter, are shipping in crabs from Louisiana – which are just fine – just wanted you to know. Of all the places below, you will get the best crabs closest to the water. This seems obvious, but sometimes you can’t get across the state and need a fix.

Cost of Maryland Crabs

Crabs – at any time of the year – are expensive. I listened to a couple gasp in shock when the server told them the prices the last time we were out. Obviously the cost changes depending on the season, but “all you can eat” will typically be $35-55 per person, all small crabs, with a time limit. We like to sit and enjoy the act of eating crabs, so we usually choose this option – but if you know you will only eat a certain number of crabs, it may be less hassle and less cost to get some large or extra large (upwards to $100 per dozen) and go to town.

How To Eat Maryland Crabs

Don’t know HOW to eat crabs? Here is a video from Visit Annapolis that covers the basics. Skip to minute 1:40 if you just want the instructions. Trust me, everyone has their own opinions on this! For example, I don’t pull out the claws first – no way! Ask your server to guide you if you have questions.


Best Places to Get Maryland Steamed Crabs


Bo Brooks // Baltimore

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs // Annapolis

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Cantler’s Riverside Inn // Annapolis

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Crab Claw // St. Michaels

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Crabtowne USA // Glen Burnie

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Fallston Seafood // Fallston

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Hemingway’s // Stevensville

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Locust Point (L.P.) Steamers // Baltimore

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Mike’s Crab House // Riva & Pasadena

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Ocean’s Pride // Lutherville

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


The Point // Arnold

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Schultz’s Crab House // Essex

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


Ship’s Cafe // Catonsville

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Suicide Bridge // Hurlock

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Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs


That’s my list! Who would you add?

Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs

This article has 4 comments

  1. Katie Clark

    I have never been to Maryland, but when I go someday, I’m definitely going to check this out again!

    • Aimee

      Thanks Katie! Hope you can go – and I can tell you all the historical sites to visit too. 😉

  2. John Mason

    Great list – thanks!

  3. Denis Mountain

    I must say that your list is very bang on. All these places are really good especially buddy’s Crabs & Ribs as their deluxe menu covers offers the best seafood and steaks.

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