11 of the Best Baltimore Crab Houses

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs

When it comes to experiencing all that Baltimore has to offer, eating at one of its fine crab houses fights to top the list.

Chesapeake Bay blue crab season runs from April 1 to December 15 on the Maryland side and finding the right balance of when in the crab’s maturation process we determine how delicious they tend to be.

What sets Chesapeake Bay blue crabs apart from blue crabs in more southerly regions are the changes in temperature. These crabs begin to fatten themselves up when temperatures get colder, thus adding plenty of flavors when you catch them at the right time.

So whether you prefer them steamed or as a crab cake or prepared a different way, here are of the most popular dining rooms for your next crab feast. Why not plan to discuss your interior design needs over a meal at one of these establishments?

LP Steamers


“A South Baltimore Treasure” according to the Baltimore Sun, this is a place where you can learn the styles of wielding a crab hammer. The staff at Locust Point educate customers on how to pick and eat the finest steamed blue crabs.

Thames Street Oyster House


Located on the waterfront in historic Fells Point, Thames Street is popular to locals and tourists alike. Known for all of its seafood specialties, including oysters and crabs.

Faidley Seafood


More than 130 years old, this is the perfect marketplace to purchase your crabs to prepare at home, but also one of the best spots on the planet to get lump crab cakes.

Koko’s Pub


Known for 35 years for their large, moist and flavorful boiled crab cakes served in a lovely neighborhood pub atmosphere. Koco’s is family owned and operated.

Nick’s Fish House


Get your mallets ready for cracking Nick’s steamed crabs or eating in our out with their famous crab cakes. This is a place for a quiet dinner or a crab feast.

Captain James Landing


One of Baltimore City’s most unique eateries, Captain James is shaped like a merchant’s vessel offering the rare spot to be served steamed crabs in waterfront seating. Serving Baltimore County for more than 40 years.

Jimmy’s Famous Seafood


Whether dining in or getting them shipped across the country, Jimmy’s famous crab cakes are an experience unto themselves. 

Mama’s on the Half Shell


Priding itself on the quintessential Baltimore seafood restaurant experience, Mama’s crab cakes and raw bar provide a wealth of experiences.

Rusty Scupper


With three-story harborside dining, the views are spectacular while engorging on crab cakes oysters, and shrimp. The live jazz brunch is a must.

Schultz’s Crab House


Part of the Baltimore area’s proud tradition for more than 50 years, Schultz’s crab cakes will have you salivating. Still family owned and operated.

Bo Brooks Crab House


A Lighthouse Point landmark since the 1960s, Bo Brooks prides itself on being a place for crab lovers.

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