This guide is designed to provide some personal advice on the types and qualities of the various restaurants in St. Michaels and this area including Oxford, Easton, Cambridge and Tilghman Island. The comments about the restaurants are largely based on my personal experience as well as feedback from our guests . . . and may be augmented by rankings on TripAdvisor.com or other sources. Restaurants with a web site will be linked from their name . . just "hover over" the restaurant name to see if there is a link to their web site . . then click! In the last few years, fine dining has become more dominant over casual dining.
Will Workman (last updated May 17, 2015)
This category is for the average restaurants in this area. The food is generally straight forward . . somewhat better than your "fast food" restaurants . . but not the type of restaurant you would choose to celebrate a wedding anniversary, birthday or other special event in our lives.
Doc's Downtown (Easton) - at 14 N. Washington Street across from the court house. Serving modern American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Currently ranked # 11 of 20 restaurants in Easton on TripAdvisor. Call (410) 820-4100 for reservations.
House of Hun-an (Easton) - really good Chinese food with attentive service in comfortable tables and booths with white table linens and full service bar. Located at 201 Marlboro Avenue up from the Acme Market. Call (410) 820-4015 for reservations or take out. Serving lunch and dinner till 9pm (10pm on Fri/Sat). Prices are quite reasonable, especially the beer.
Hunter's Tavern (Easton) - located at the old Tidewater Inn in Easton at the intersection of Dover and Harrison Streets . . now ranked # 12 of about 40 restaurants in Easton. Creative American cuisine with a post-modern bar and both traditional (formal) and casual dining rooms plus outdoor patio. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to 9 PM (10 PM on weekends). Call (410) 819-8088 for reservations.
There are a few restaurants or markets in St. Michaels on the main road that are more for take-out food . . Dragon Express Chinese on the south side of town behind the Talbot Bank, the deli at Graul's supermarket (excellent chicken, cole slaw, potato salads, and more) on the south side of town, and the Village Shoppe (prepared sandwiches in deli case and full deli in rear) near the center of town. You can buy beer and wine with a very good selection at Graul's Market on the south side of town next to the Shell gas station and at the Village Market in town which sells flowers outside. The Acme in town also sells beer, wine, etc.
"208 Talbot" - now # 1 out of about 30 restaurants on TripAdvisor.com and Zagat rated, this restaurant under the original owner and chef, Paul Milne, and under the current chef (David Clark) brings in clients from near and far (especially the DC area). Located at 208 North Talbot Street next door to the Parsonage Inn and across from the maritime museum entrance. Comfortable dining in several dining rooms along with the bar area boasts some of the best wait staff in the area along with some creative cuisine. Limited but creative menu includes eleven appetizers from $11 - $14, eleven entrees from $26 to $35, and six sides at $5 each served from 5 until 9 pm (closed Monday & Tuesday in the summer, Sunday as well off-season). Call (410) 745-3838 for reservations. Clearly one of the best restaurants in St. Michaels!
Bistro Poplar (Cambridge) - part of the down town restoration at 535 Popular Street, an upscale dining experience with creative cuisine with a French flair. Open for lunch and dinner (closed Tues/Wed). Bistro menu for lunch and dinner . . can be expensive for lunch. Call (410) 228-4884. Currently # 1 of over 20 restaurants in Cambridge according to TripAdvisor.com.
Bistro St. Michaels - generally one of our best restaurants (currently #3 of about 30 restaurants on TripAdvisor.com offering "chic" dining near the bar downstairs, upstairs and on the front porch. In the center of town (403 S. Talbot) with limited on-street parking (consider parking at nearby public lots. Open for dinner from 5 to 9 PM, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Creative cuisine by British Chef, David Hayes, with the best steamed mussels along with other appetizers and excellent seafood, steak and more. Excellent wine list. Call (410) 745-9111. Our repeat guests often dine here one night during their stay.
Latitude 38 (Oxford) - one of my personal favorites in this area, we take the ferry from Bellevue over to Oxford in the evening and drive out to the outskirts of this town on Rt. 333. Currently ranked # 1 of 7 rated restaurants in Oxford at TripAdvisor. The only "gas station" and gourmet restaurant and bar that I know of . . . really, I am not kidding . . but I have not seen anyone pumping gas into their car during dinner! Creative menu with 1/2 portion entree selection . . very cost effective if your partner is not that hungry! Their "Latitude 38 baked oysters" (in season) topped with crab meat and peppered bacon are superb with their home made rolls. Dinner entree's include their fabulous crab cakes, steak, lamb, veal, fish and chicken with Prime Rib on Wednesday night and Lobsters on Thursday. Take the ferry over late in the day and enjoy a fine meal, wine list and dessert then drive back via Rt. 333 to the Easton bypass and back out Rt. 33 to St. Michaels. Call (410) 226-5303 for reservations. Open for dinner 5 - 9pm (10 pm Friday/Saturday) and closed on Mondays with Sunday brunch from 9 till 2pm.
Mason's (Easton) - at 22 South Harrison Street just below the Tidewater Inn. Excellent choice for both lunch and dinner . . consistently good food expertly prepared and served in the dining room or out on the courtyard in warmer weather. Call (410) 822-3204 for reservations. Closed Mondays. Ranked # 4 of about 40 restaurants in Easton at TripAdvisor.com. We had a wonderful lunch last fall and dinner recently with friends at this restaurant . . clever menu with $20 featured set of wines . . one of our favorites in Easton.
Out-of-the-Fire (Easton) - at 22 Goldborough Street near the center of town. One of my favorite restaurants in Easton with creative menu, wood fired pizza oven, excellent wine selection by the glass with wine bar in rear. Casual but elegant dining choice with great wait staff and the owner, Amy, from Napa Valley who really knows her wines! Parking on the street or the bank parking lot next door. Open for lunch or dinner (closed Sundays). Call (410) 770-4777 for reservations. Ranked # 2 of about 40 restaurants in Easton at TripAdvisor.com.
Pope's Tavern (Oxford) - a charming restaurant at the Southern end of town (504 S. Morris Street) where the main road bends to head back to Easton. Currently ranked # 7 or 7 restaurants for Oxford . . but only 5 reviews. Modern American cuisine in a lovely old home or inn. Call (410) 226-5220. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Open for dinner from 5:30pm until 9pm (or later - call).
Robert Morris Inn (Oxford) - reopened last year by a fellow from Scotland (the charming Ian Fleming) along with Chef Mark Salter who spent 16 years running the kitchen at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels. This 300 year old Colonial Tavern has its charm . . the property and dining room remain "historic" but dated. Ranked # 4 or 7 restaurants for Oxford. Open for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30pm for dinner . . call (410) 226-5111 for reservations.
Theo's Steak House -
Bay Hundred (Tilghman Island) - reopened this spring with new Chef (Bill Dickey) and improved menu . . . Call (410) 886-2126. Pleasant setting along the waterway with outdoor Tiki Bar. Recently moved up to # 1 of 4 restaurants for Tilghman Island on TripAdvisor.com.
Bridge Restaurant (Tilghman Island) - reopened with new chef and owner as Grassini's Bridge Restaurant. We had a very pleasant dinner there last year outside along the waterway as the sun set and we watched the bridge open several times to let boats through. I had the broiled rockfish with lots of crab imperial on top (mostly lump crab meat) with a twice baked potato and vegetables . . a steal at $23 for the quality and portion. We had started with the steamed mussels (Prince Edward Island) with blue cheese inserted just before serving in a broth with onions, wine and bacon . . very tasty along with the bread. Looks like a winner . . . recently voted Best New Restaurant in Eastern Shore Magazine. Ranked at # 2 of 4 restaurants on Tilghman Island. Call (410) 886-2929. Open 11 AM for lunch and closes at 9 PM (Closed Wednesdays).
Clearview at Horn's Point (Cambridge) - two miles to the West of town along the Choptank at 5650 Country Club Road with a wonderful sunset view of the great Choptank Bay. Rated # 9 of 17 restaurants for Cambridge with only 6 reviews. Serving both lunch and dinner with a great happy hour from 3 to 7pm with 1/2 priced appetizers and oysters at $1 each. Prime Rib Special at $20 on Thursday evening and lovely Sunday brunch from 9am until 1pm. Call (410) 221-0521 for reservations.
Crab Claw - this restaurant is "St. Michaels" to many tourists coming by boat or car to the town over the past 45 years. Next to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and ideally located on "Navy Point" which was the center of the seafood packing houses over one hundred years ago. Known for steamed "hard shell blue crabs" and cold draft beer with dining outside on the dock or upstairs in the two dining rooms. No chef on staff . . keep to the basics and it will be OK. Also, they do not accept credit cards . . use the ATM machine downstairs to get your cold hard cash to pay them! You go here for the setting on the harbor and the boat activity and so you can tell everyone back home you went to the "Crab Claw" . . Call (410) 745-2900. Ranked # 14 of 19 restaurants in town at TripAdvisor.com.
Crab and Steak House - you will find St. Michaels Crab & Steak House at 305 Mulberry Street where it ends at the harbor. Extensive seafood menu with inside and outside dining plus large noisy bar inside. Call (410) 745-3737. Generally quite good seafood with noisy bar scene inside . . nothing elegant about the menu. Ranked # 4 out of 19 restaurants in town at TripAdvisor.com
Foxy's Bar and Grill - outside dining on the harbor next to the Town Dock and Crab & Steak House. Under new management this spring with expanded menu. Simple grill menu (cheeseburger, tuna, chicken, crab cake) with lots of cold beer and bar area . . . "home of the ten once Martini". Lots of activity on Wednesday night as the sailboat races conclude and on warm days and evenings. Currently ranked # 12 out of 19 restaurants in St. Michaels. Call (410) 745-4340.
Harrison's Chesapeake House (Tilghman Island) - the oldest dining establishment in this area, the Harrison family (now in the 5th generation) still own and operates this traditional Eastern Shore dining room overlooking "lower harbor" on the East side of the island facing the Choptank Bay. Food is served family style with excellent fresh fish (largest private fishing fleet on the East Coast), crab cakes, friend chicken and much more. Full service bar with outside Tiki bar on the harbor. About one mile from the bridge on your left side after Dogwood Harbor. Currently ranked # 3 out of 4 restaurants on Tilghman Island rated at TripAdvisor.com. Call (410) 886-2121 for lunch or dinner.
Masthead Restaurant (Oxford) - wonderful sunsets from the deck or the inside dining room and bar in cooler weather, the food here is generally quite good and they also serve local hard shell steamed crabs and lots of seafood. At the end of Pier Street in the southern part of town. The restaurant was rebuilt in 2001 after hurricane Isabel destroyed the old "Pier Street" restaurant . . same owners of the superb "Latitude 38" restaurant at the edge of Oxford. Not the best trained wait staff, but the setting and food at reasonable prices make up for it. Call (410) 226-5171. Rated # 6 of 7 at TripAdvisor.com for Oxford.
Schooner's Landing (Oxford) - a unique boat dock and bar with outside dining in warmer weather and inside dining room and bar if the weather turns cold or nasty. This is a busy place in warmer weather . . .we often launch our Boston Whaler boat at the Bellevue ferry landing, run up the beautiful Tred Avon River and return to this restaurant for lunch or dinner with plenty of cold beer. A good selection of seafood, appetizers and sandwiches . . at reasonable prices. Currently ranked # 3 out of 7restaurants in Oxford on TripAdvisor. Call (410) 226-0160 or just drop in. Open for lunch at 11:30am and dinner until 9pm (closed Wednesdays). The Scottish Highland Creamery with excellent home made ice cream is on the North side of the building and open every day noon till 9 PM (10 PM Fri/Sat) until Sept. 6th.
St. Michaels Harbour Inn - upscale dining overlooking the harbor and pub style dining and bar downstairs with outside dining deck in warmer weather. "Pascal's Restaurant and Lounge" is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to 9pm (10pm on weekends). Cuisine is Modern American with Italian influence. Located at 101 N. Harbor Road accessed via East Chew Avenue in town. Currently ranked # 6 our of 15 . . probably should be higher based on recent guest comments due to new chef (David Hayes). Call (410) 745-9131 for info or reservations.
Tilghman Island Inn (Tilghman Island) - executive chef and owner, David McCallum, has created a fine dining venue along the Knapp's Narrows waterway next to the Chesapeake Bay. Lovely outside deck to enjoy a drink and appetizer in warmer weather or comfortable bar and lounge inside, then retreat to their new "Isabel's" dining pavilion with great views of the waterway and sunsets. Creative menu with outstanding "Wine Spectator Award" wine list. Call (410) 886-2141. The best choice for fine dining on Tilghman Island.
Town Dock -at 125 Mulberry Avenue on the harbor. Currently # 11 out of 19 on TripAdvisor with upward trend on reviews. Traditional menu with steak, rack of lamb, several seafood items including their crab cakes and Cioppino. Phone (410) 745-5577 for reservations. Very pleasant outdoor dining on "the dock" in nice weather with large bar and dining room inside.
Barlett Pear Inn (Easton) - see review at top of Gourmet Dining . . need to repeat here as this is an elegant dining room and bar in a beautiful brick home in the historic section of Easton. Rated # 1 of about 40 restaurants in the town . . a great choice for an elegant meal for a special occasion! Recently awarded the top rating by Zagat reviewers for all of Maryland! Call (410) 770-3300 for reservations!
Hyatt Resort (Cambridge) -a good 40 minute drive from St. Michaels, but a lovely resort with two good restaurants . . including the "Blue Point Provisions Grill" by the marina and overlooking the harbor. Call (410) 901-1234. Currently ranked # 8 of 17 restaurants in Cambridge on TripAdvisor. We celebrated our "anniversary" on the deck at "Blue Point" overlooking the harbor last July . . delicious pan fried Rockfish with cream sauce and some lump crab meat over a bed of twice baked macaroni and cheese and asparagus . . my wife had the seared scallops. We always have their "3 Amigos" or sampling of three seafood seviche as an appetizer. Food reasonably priced but wines are quite pricey.
Inn at 202 Dover (Easton) -this elegant inn just up from the main post office at 202 East Dover Street, offers stylish dining and classic cuisine in a formal dining room. Call (410) 819-8007. Ranked # 3 out of about 40 restaurants in Easton at TripAdvisor.com.
Scossa - at 8 N. Washington Street across from the court house, real Italians doing a first class job of getting us to think we are dining in Northern Italy! Superb Italian cuisine and wine list in upscale dining room and outside along the sidewalk in good weather. Open for lunch 11 AM (except Mondays) and dinner from 4 till 9 PM (10 PM on weekends). Call (410) 822-2202 for reservations. The place to "be seen" in Easton! Zagat rated and ranked # 2 of 20 on TripAdvisor.com for Easton restaurants.
The Inn at Perry Cabin -the most elegant dining room in this area, "Sherwood's Landing" (used for the wedding reception in the "Wedding Crashers" movie) overlooking the water at Fogg Cove. The chef turns out both creative and stunning cuisine. The food and wine list is pricey . . especially if you order appetizers, salads, wine and deserts . . but sometimes the quality or portions don't support the high prices. Call (410) 745-2200 for reservations . . . lunch served from noon until 2:30 PM and dinner from 6 to 10 PM. This is a good choice for that special event or to impress those who have dined everywhere around the globe. Currently ranked # 8 out of 19 restaurants on TripAdvisor.com . . . reviews have been on an upward trend with a new chef from last fall.
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