Just as you might expect, there is plenty of seafood and waterfront to be found in St. Michaels, but there is a plethora of other dining options as well. Let’s start with seafood, though, since you should probably sample some of Maryland’s finest while you are in the area.
Seafood in St. Michaels
My pick for seafood dining with a view is The Crab Claw (open March through October). It’s not overly fancy and when the weather is warm enough you can dine at casual picnic tables right on a deck overlooking the beautiful bay.
The menu spans classic crack-and-eat steamed crabs alongside a range of steamed and fried seafood favorites. On my last visit I went for steamed Cherrystone Clams served in a bucket with drawn butter—perfectly fresh and satisfying.
For laid back drinks, snacks and music from April through October head to Foxy’s Harbor Grille. The menu here features steamed seafood, sandwiches, fish tacos, and other casual grub. When I stopped by I couldn’t resist ordering a crab pretzel: a Bavarian-style soft pretzel topped with creamy crab dip and melted cheese, how can you go wrong? Plus there’s a full menu of fruity cocktails, craft beers, a water view, and a general atmosphere that made me think of Key West or some other tropical destination, making this a key spot for settling into vacation mode.
All-Out Italian Dinner
Looking for something a little more upscale? One of the newest restaurants in Saint Michaels is Limoncello, an Italian restaurant and wine bar with an extensive menu of antipasti, pizzettes, pastas and entrees.
On my lunch visit, I started with one of my favorite traditional Italian salads, the Finocchietta featuring arugula, blood oranges, fennel, pomegranate seeds, toasted pistachios, olives and lemon vinaigrette. I know the combination might sound odd, but the bright flavors are refreshing and satisfying, making for a lovely meal starter.
Next, I couldn’t resist the funghetti pizzette featuring wild mushrooms, ricotta, Gorgonzola, speck, and truffle oil. The pizzette hit somewhere between a pizza and a flatbread with a nice, crispy crust (this would also be perfect for a crowd to share as an appetizer), and the flavors were earthy and satisfying.
To finish I had to try the restaurant’s namesake Limoncello Martini featuring house-made limoncello and Stoli vodka shaken, then topped with house-made lemon foam and fresh lemon zest. The drink was just the right balance between sweet and sour, making for a satisfying end to the meal.
Homemade and High End
208 Talbot (closed during January) is another elegant dining option with a romantic, dimly lit atmosphere. There’s also a tavern menu with a nice wine and craft cocktail selection if you’re looking for a drink. When I dropped by the bar for a light snack late one evening, Chef/Co-Owner David Clark personally served me the lobster pierogi. This amazingly indulgent dish features three house-made pierogi filled with Maine lobster, whipped potatoes, sauteed leeks, and mascarpone cheese. All that is topped with a sherry-lobster-garlic sauce and chive creme.
I also tried the bourbon bread pudding and butterscotch pot de creme. Both were indulgently divine. All desserts, even the ice cream, are made in house so save room. If you go during a busy season, I also suggest making a reservation.
For a complete list of restaurants in St. Michaels, Maryland, check out the St. Michaels Mayland Business Association.