Baltimore is known for its delicious Maryland crab cakes, a local specialty of the Chesapeake Bay. So where are the best crab cakes? You will find them on the menu at a wide range of restaurants from casual eateries to traditional seafood houses to upscale fine dining restaurants. Each destination prepares them in their own way, but the best ones are packed with jumbo lump crab meat and very little filler. There are dozens of great places that serve crab cakes and it is fun to try a variety of recipes to compare them across the region. These are the top restaurants in Baltimore for Maryland crab cakes.
Founded in 1886, Faidley Seafood is one of the oldest and best-known purveyors of fresh and prepared seafood in the Chesapeake region. Located in the "World Famous Lexington Market", it is best known for is its award-winning lump crab cakes. They are made by hand and average around 6.5 ounces. This is a casual dining destination and a unique place to visit as the market itself is the oldest in America. You can also order crab cakes to go or to be shipped anywhere in the continental United States.
The Fells Point restaurant features Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes served with Brussels sprout slaw, matchstick fries, and roasted red pepper tartar sauce. Pierpoint features an eclectic menu with local and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant also offers catering for all sorts of events as well as cooking classes for children and adults
Located near Back River, east of Downtown, the family-owned restaurant is known for its award-winning crab cakes as well as a menu including a raw bar, soups, salads, pasta, specialty sandwiches and pit beef, ham, and turkey. Monday night is crab cake night with a weekly special. Live entertainment is performed on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Located a few miles north of Downtown near Morgan State University, the family-owned neighborhood pub specializes in crab cakes and other casual fare. The crab cakes are 11 ounces with minimal filler and a touch of Old Bay seasoning.
The elegant Eastern Shore-Inspired dining room at the museum features Maryland inspired dishes including its traditional Gertie's Crab Cake, Crab Imperial, Single-Fry Oysters, Rockfish, PanFried Chicken, Corn Fritters, Crab Soup and more. The restaurant embraces the Farm to Table concept using local, organic ingredients whenever possible.
Located on the waterfront in Canton, the restaurant's origin dates back to 1964 where the original location was in the East Baltimore neighborhood of Gardenville. Bo Brooks is the oldest crabhouse known for its steamed crabs and seafood dishes such as crab cakes, crab balls, crab dip, crab soup, and much more.
Annabel Lee Tavern
Located in the popular Canton area of Baltimore, the eclectic menu features "upscale comfort" food in an Edgar Allen Poe themed tavern. The crab cake is a local favorite and the menu along with duck fat, sweet potato or jalapeno fries. Other dishes include items such as BBQ Shrimp and Grits, Crab Imperial Stuffed Salmon, Grilled New York Strip Steak Frites and more.
Jimmy's Famous Seafood
Since 1974, the restaurant has been a local favorite for its Maryland Crab Cake. The restaurant also features an extensive menu of soups and salads, sushi, steaks, pasta and other seafood dishes. Jimmy's offers a carryout menu, party platters, and banquet space to accommodate small and large gatherings.
Located in historic Fells Point, the restaurant offers an extensive menu of Maryland, Mid-Atlantic, and New England seafood dishes. The Cast Iron Crab Cake is comprised of fresh Maryland crab meat, grilled broccoli rabe, baked hubbard squash and pimento remoulade.
The largest seafood restaurant in Baltimore is a local icon that was established in the seaside town of Ocean City in 1956. The crab cake is an original family recipe, a classic Maryland-style mix accented by hints of tangy mustard, zesty lemon and a touch of butter. Other options include the Lemon Caper Crab Cakes and the Chili Lime Crab Cakes. The menu includes a wide range of other dishes. During the warmer months of the year, patrons can dine on the overwater dock with views of the Baltimore harbor.
More About Maryland Crabs
Want to learn more about the region’s most famous crustacean? See a guide to Things to Know About Maryland Crabs and learn basic facts, crabbing license information, dining tips, recipes, and a schedule of annual crab festivals.