Ship Watch Inn

401 1st St
Chesapeake City, 21915
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As part of my wedding package at the Chesapeake Inn, I got some kind of deal at the Ship Watch (I think one free night's stay on my wedding night? It's been a few years!). We went to check the place out and decided to have our entire wedding party stay there the night of the wedding. What a GREAT decision that turned out to be! The Ship Watch is GORGEOUS inside and out, with a beautiful view of the river. The brunch was out of this world! We're planning an anniversary weekend there in a few months, and we can't wait.
This B&B is located in the very sweet town of Chesapeake City. Built in the 1830s and 1840's, it is delightful to stroll around in. The little houses are very charming and you really can imagine what it must have been like to live there at that time. My family and I stopped by the Ship Watch Inn on a weekday. The inn is perfectly pleasant (comfortable bed and bathroom), but nothing compared to the hospitality and detail-orientedness of some B&Bs. The rooms are simply appointed (though they have lovely views over the canal) and the breakfast is nothing to write home about. I fear that in this day and health-conscious age, pancakes and bacon and a small serving of fruit just doesn't cut it. No choice of breakfast items and an inn employee who was extremely unpleasant serving us breakfast did not make for a very satisfying start to our day. I was drawn to this place based on the reviews but I am not sure I'd give it much more than 2 (maybe 3) stars based on the service.
My wife and I have tried to make a habit of weekends away from the kids twice a year...and if it means we can only get one night out, so be it. We tried to make a night out in Havre de Grace, but after last-minute calls got us stonewalled by our preferred B&B, we opened up our search area and decided on Chesapeake City, and the Ship Watch was picked due to the wonderful views of the canal. And... What a great B&B the Ship Watch proved to be. We arrived around 6:20 PM- after check-in hours- but found the key easily and made ourselves at home. Muffins and fudge awaited in the dining room, along with a Keurig. Once we made it up to the Kent room ($140/night) on the third floor, the views at night were impressive, but nothing compared to the views by daylight the next morning. Besides the room/balcony views, the room itself was perfect...the bed was extremely comfortable, furniture/decorating was tasteful, and the room was very clean and well-maintained. Breakfast the next morning was great, if not simple- waffles and fresh fruit, bacon, coffee, juice, and aforementioned muffins.We had a nice chat with Renee and enjoyed her immensely...some people are just plain cut out to run a B&B. Though checkout was at 11 AM, and unfortunately we had to check out, yet she let us remain in the Inn's parking spaces until after noon. We enjoyed the morning spent in Chesapeake City, and got a feel for the town with a church bazaar, the pet parade, and the offerings of the shops on Bohemia Street. The Bayard Inn provided a wonderful Friday night dinner, also noteworthy. Though 24 hours is a short time frame for a "vacation", the Ship Watch certainly did its part in making those 24 hours wonderful. Yes, we're fans, and wouldn't hesitate to return...hopefully, for 48 hours next time!

(410) 885-5300

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Crab Shack

1919 Augustine Herman Hwy
Chesapeake City, 21915
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I was new to the whole Maryland crab process. I decided to ride along to pick up the crabs that ere going to be the main attraction for a huge July 4th event. As soon as we pulled up, I could smell the Old Bay... Three guys met us at the car and quickly went to grab our bushels of crabs. They laid down a tarp or something in the back of the SUV and loaded in three large wooden containers filled to the top with crabs. When we brought the bushels of crabs to the party, it was game on. The tops of the crates were popped open and I saw the most beautiful display of Old Bay coated crabs...I couldn't snap a photo quick enough before people started pulling them out and tearing them apart. I waited to hear the reactions to the crabs, again, these are picky Maryland crab lovers, so are the crabs from Crab Shack going to cut it? Well, they more than cut it...apparently many other places had small crabs that were a disappointment. So, the crab experts assured me that these were the real deal. So if you are a resident, or going to try Maryland crabs for the first time, I would highly recommend Crab Shack.
Awesome crabs!!! Great seasoning... This place is a little gem near the Chesapeake Bay!! We have a party coming up and this place is well worth the two hour drive to grab a bushel!!
Looked this place up as I was in the area for dinner, had good reviews. A little out of the way, but not hard to find. Friendly and quick staff, service was great. I had a crab cake sandwich and a cup of crab bisque. Both were excellent and very filling, despite looking small at first glance. On the pricey side, but worth it in my opinion.

(410) 885-2662

Restaurants, Seafood Markets

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The Real Mccoy Dairy Creme & BBQ

2544 Augustine Herman Hwy Rt 213
Chesapeake City, 21915
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Great ice cream and home town Americana sandwiches with fresh ingredients.

(410) 885-2491

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Bayard House Restaurant

11 Bohemia Ave
Chesapeake City, 21915
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We had pear and blue cheese flat bread and the best burger! Have been at the Bayard House before but never at their outdoor bar. Great views, low key. I f you are tired of three hustle and bustle of the CI, stop by here.
Super cute and lots of fun!! Great atmosphere, much better than the Chesapeake inn and marina, which is a bit touristy.
Located under the Chesapeake City's Well known "Bayard House Restaurant", is a Cozy, Charming, Intimate, little Gastro Pub. A popular hang out for locals, this little pub is a warm, inviting spot to hang out. The food is GREAT, service is GREAT, atmosphere is COZY, & INTIMATE. There's a separate room facing the Canal, where you can watch the ships go by. Daily Specials make their "Happy Hour" hard to beat. Thursdays Boast $4 Glasses of wine "The Mondavi Line", and Half Priced Clams & Mussels. I Suggest the Drunken Mussels-served in a Tequila Lime Broth, with Andouille Sausage. Served with the "BEST" Garlic bread I've ever had. The Crab Bisque is Creamy, and DELICIOUS! I chose the Fried Oysters and Shrimp platter. Enough for two people, Plump, Juciy, and Tender, the Shrimp and Oysters were fried perfectly. The Sea Salt Caramel Cake served with Ice Cream was to die for! The Helpful Bar Staff will help you make the proper decision on what to order. Staying at the Cottage, approximately 30 steps away, was an Excellent Choice for lodging in the area! The Cute Fishermans Cottage, circa 1849, can be rented at the Bayard House Hostess Desk upstairs. This is an EXCELLENT, LOCAL, WINTER GETAWAY!! Local Unique Shops all within walking distance, along with winter events in the town, including a public Ice Skating Rink! From South Jersey, it's approximately 40 minutes from the Delaware Memorial Bridge. A Great Getaway! I can't wait to go back. ENJOY!! Chef Gary Curry

(410) 885-5040

Seafood

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Bohemia Cafe & Bakery

PO Box 583
Chesapeake City, 21915
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I went hear with my very hungry family late one morning. The number of people in the place at 10am on a Thursday was surprising. Right when you walk in is a big display case of delicious-looking pastries. Tempted by a sweet breakfast, but in need of a hearty savory one, we ordered 5 breakfasts between four people. The Vegetable Omelet was perfect, as were the Apple-Molasses pancakes in a honey-butter! Also, the "cinnamon french toast" is a cinnamon bun cut in half, french toast-a-fied, and topped with fresh berries. What an excellent idea.
This is a nice place to have lunch. The chili was very good and the cornbread was freshly made. The grilled cheese sandwich was nicely done, but the fries were bland. Service was pretty quick and friendly.
Great place for comfortable casual dining. A must stop in Chesapeake City!!! Try the eggs Benedict as they are prepared perfectly with a great hollandaise sauce!!

(410) 885-3066

Bakeries

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Tap Room

201 Bohemia Ave
Chesapeake City, 21915
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Might be most overstated crabs ever. I gave this place 2 trys to be fair. Both times I had dry, overcooked and small crabs. Not what I wanted coming to a crab joint. I give two stars only cause the fried goods were tasty, the hush puppies were excellent.
Best crabs around! The all you can eat crabs were amazing. Debbie and Scott couldn't have been more accommodating. Definitely worth the trip!
We were regulars at the Tap Room when we lived in Delaware, but haven't been in years. Thought we would stop back to visit Chesapeake City, and have some crabs. We both had crabs, my wife ordered a dozen of the Jumbo garlic style. They were very large and full of meat. I went with the "all you can eat" and ate about 2 dozen. They were mostly #2s. Service was good, and our waitress was very attentive. Our main disappointment was that the crabs were not "Steamed to order", they had already been cooked, and were re-heated and served. My expectation is fresh cooked crabs. I do not want crabs that i have no idea when they were live, that morning, or 3 days ago. We will most likely be back, but I will check first to see if they will "steam fresh crabs" for me. There is a difference!

(410) 885-9873

Italian, Seafood

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Tap Room

201 Bohemia Ave
Chesapeake City, 21915
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Always great at the Tap Room. Crabs always the best, u peel shrimp excellent, corn on the cob the best! The owner is friendly too. Afterwards walk down to Canal Creamery for ice cream and watch the boats on the water.
Have to go with two stars for this visit. First time here, no real draw to come back. I grew up with crab places ... So the paper on the table cloths etc., is to be expected Service was .. Ok. Just took the order & brought the food. The soft crabs were advertised as "whales "... Nope. Pretty small and only warm when they were served. Lastly - the cash only thing. Really- in today's world - we would have tried more, but were no going to roll the dice on the ATM in the lobby.
Food was good, but because of the poor service, they get two stars. Service was absolutely horrible. The server didn't bring my soup that went with my meal. At time to pay, we were surprised with "we only take cash, but there's an atm in front". At no time did we see "cash only" posted. So we get money from the atm and I ask for change of a $20, requesting a $10 and 10 ones...instead the server comes back with a $10, $5, and five ones. Apparently directions aren't their forte. I won't even comment on what we saw the chefs wearing....to give just a bit of a picture...cut off sleeves, no gloves, and dreadlocks hanging around for hair to get in the food. Never again.

(410) 885-9873

Italian, Seafood, Sandwiches

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Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina

605 2nd St
Chesapeake City, 21915
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We spent an afternoon at the tiki bar on the deck at the Chesapeake Inn. Mind you, we didn't WANT to spend an entire afternoon there, but the service was so very slow, we didn't have much choice. If you enjoy a loud venue with a very tacky tiki-bar feel where the drinks are outrageously expensive and the service is slow to non-existent, then this is the place for you. If you decide to order a pizza, here's rule #1: don't. If you must order a pizza, see rule #1. Conch fritters were balls of seasoned dough -- there was no conch discernible in either taste or texture. The calamari was good as was the edamame. Burgers were very mediocre served with a delicious side of ice-cold fries. A nice garnish of ancient tomato and wilted lettuce rounded out the effect. To be fair, the burger had a nice crunch, not from searing the meat patty on the grill, but rather from the extra stale bun. On the bright side, I didn't have to worry about brushing my teeth afterwards as the bun provided more than adequate abrasion to remove any plaque along with a thin layer of enamel. How can you go wrong with DJ Doug on the deck whipping the crowd into a frenzy with his special blend of recycled humor and insipid trivia? Where else do you go to see Cecil County's power elite with their fanny packs and mullets blazing in the sunshine. Other reviews here are right on the money (so to speak) when it comes time to pay the bill: you will be floored by just how expensive this place is. It's hard to imagine this venue is able to stay open, but apparently the boating crowd and tourists have more dollars than sense. There are many other establishments in the area where you can enjoy competent service and decent food at far less expensive prices. If you enjoy being ripped off with poor quality and poor service, then this is the place for you.
We have been going here for a couple years...mostly sit out on the deck because it is dog friendly. Fun relaxing place with good foods.
Had a very nice dinner here. The food is very good. Two warnings: 1) the service is not much better than you get at a Fridays or Applebee's (and you would expect better at a place in this price category) and 2) there is only valet parking, so have $4 ready when you pull into this place (yeah, I didn't expect to pay to park on top of the $50+ per person I paid for the dinner). On a positive note, they did have a pretty good wine list that includes a good choice of $20/bottle selections.

(410) 885-2040

Seafood, American (Traditional)

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Maria’s Italian Restaurant

2525 Augustine Herman Hwy Ste A
Chesapeake City, 21915
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I like this pizza joint!....the pizza is good!....I love their nachos!....clean and pleasant place to dine.
I once ordered the fish dinner. The tartar sauce I was given expired that day. It was rancid and disgusting. If expect to see me again they will need to make some things from scratch like tartar sauce. When I mention the tartar sauce to the server she acted stupid and did not offer to get a manager or an apology.
Third strike, they're out! I have been here three times now, and each experience was the same as the last... SLOW!!! Service is friendly, which earned them an extra star. The food wasn't worth the insanely long wait each of the three visits. We won't be back. Ever.

(410) 885-5577

Pizza, Italian

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Apo’s Pizzeria

2850 Augustine Herman Hwy
Chesapeake City, 21915
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Known as the smallest piece of pizza known to mankind. If you can't get anything else, it will do OK

(410) 885-3000

Pizza, Food Delivery Services

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