It’s Crab Season! Our Guide to Baltimore’s Best Pickings

You’re walking along the inner harbor appreciating everything Maryland has to offer when you find yourself wondering what to do with your evening. Then you remember, where else in the U.S. can you get a fresh crab cake sandwich or simply a big bushel of crabs to sprinkle endless amounts of old bay on? Baltimore is known for its crab feasts and there are a number of restaurants not far from Union Wharf that prepare them in the most delicious ways.

Captain James Crab House
The only restaurant shaped like a Merchant vessel; Captain James allows you to enjoy their award-winning steamed crabs right on the water while enjoying a bit of Baltimore History. Built in the 70’s this restaurant has perfected the art of preparing crabs and was voted the number one crab house—even Oprah stopped in here for some crabs! Located just past Fells Point, it’s a very short walk from Union Wharf.

Riptide
By the Baltimore Waterfront Promenade, and just steps away from Union Wharf, is Riptide, serving traditional crab cakes and steamed crabs by the harbor. While you are there, be sure to try their Crab tots, that are made with crab dip, crab meat, cheese and old bay, or their Crab Pretzel. What more could you need?

Bo Brooks
Located in Canton at Lighthouse point, Bo Brooks is famous for their steamed crabs. A popular tourist attraction, this restaurant attracts customers from far and wide. They prepare a mouth-watering crab soup as well.

Locust Point Steamers
LP Steamers is known for their friendly service and fresh crabs! Whether you are new to picking crabs, or consider yourself a connoisseur of sorts, LP Steamers is the place for you. LP’s crab picking techniques have been passed down from generation to generation and the staff will happily show you how to enjoy steamed crabs to their fullest.

Nick’s Fish House
This restaurant has a beautiful waterfront deck that will allow you to enjoy the Baltimore air on the water while you eat your crabs. Open year round for lunch and dinner, the steamed crabs are endless.

Take Your Crabs To-Go
Want to have your crabs to go and eat them in the courtyard or club room? These seafood carry-out joints are sure to hit the spot!

Chris’s Seafood
One of Baltimore’s favorite crab pickup places, Chris’s Seafood offers steamed crabs in their very own old bay and spice seasoning. You can even have their crabs delivered to your door. They are family owned and truly care about their customers

Gaffney’s Crabs
Located on South Highland Avenue, this family run business serves everything from shrimp, to soft crabs, to steamed crabs. They run frequent deals, so stop in for some steamed crabs or take out!

Blakes
This carry-out offers perfectly seasoned crabs and shrimp. They are also involved in the crabbing process and could tell you where every one of their crabs comes from. The best thing is that they sell crabs year-round. You could even stop in during January to satisfy your Maryland crab craving!

County Adventures
Need to get out of the city? These Maryland famous crab places are sure to hit the spot, and are only a short drive away.

Costas
This famous restaurant is known for their broiled jumbo lump crab cakes, cream of crab soup, and of course, steamed crabs. It has been the destination of many celebrities, including Patricia from Southern Charm, that were looking for Maryland’s best crabs.

Mr. Bills
Combine two of the things you love with Mr. Bill’s crab house and sports bar. You can order a bushel, cover it in garlic butter and old bay and watch the game, all at once. Not to mention that they occasionally host live music.