Hidden Gems

Go where the locals go! Find hidden gems tucked along the water, along beautiful country roads, or just about anywhere in St. Mary's County!

Visitor Favorite

Chief’s - Your Neighborhood Bar

44584 Tall Timbers Road, Tall Timbers, MD 20690

38.16552 -76.53432

(301) 994-0772

Enjoy hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and good times at Chief's - Your Neighborhood Bar, a local favorite.

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Courtney’s Seafood Restaurant

48290 Wynne Road, Ridge, MD 20680

38.1095 -76.40616

(301) 872-4403

Local crab & seafood house in operation for forty years. Daily fresh-caught seafood including crabs and rockfish. Reputation as the quintessential, end-of-the-road seafood dive.

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Morris Point Restaurant

38869 Morris Point Rd, Abell, MD 20606

38.25307 -76.7329

(301) 769-2500

The spot was originally a grocery and seafood packing house. Now it's home to diminutive Morris Point Restaurant overlooking Canoe Creek. The cozy interior opens to…

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Visitor Favorite

Quade’s Store

36783 Bushwood Wharf Road, Bushwood, MD 20618

38.28407 -76.80497

(301) 769-3903

Quade's Store is a traditional waterfront country store, bar, and grill. Featuring homemade soups, desserts, crab cakes, burgers and other home-grown and seafood favorites. 

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Ruddy Duck Seafood & Alehouse

16800 Piney Point Road, Piney Point, MD 20674

38.12833 -76.49261

(301) 994-9944

The Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse is a vibrant waterside space where unique dishes, fresh seafood, and artisan-crafted beer are delivered with passion. Enjoy a creative…

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Sandgates Inn Restaurant & Crab House

27525 North Sandgates Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659

38.41324 -76.60859

(301) 373-5100

Crab house with other in-season seafood specialties such as rockfish and oysters. Outdoor dining along the Patuxent River. Side-by-Side with SeaBreeze Restaurant, this has been a…

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Reluctant Navigator Restaurant

PO Box 9, 18521 Herring Creek Road, Tall Timbers, MD 20690

38.16902 -76.54496

(301) 994-1508

Offers extensive menu with weekend specials. Steak, seafood burgers. Sunday morning buffet. Located at Tall Timbers Marina and adjacent to public kayak launch.

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Sea Breeze Restaurant & Crab House

27130 South Sandgates Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659

38.41309 -76.60744

(301) 373-5217

Varied menu of local seafood including crabs. Outside dining along the Patuxent River. Swampy's Tiki bar with live music throughout the summer. Pier with boat access.…

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Sunset Cove Waterfront Restaurant & Snorkel’s Bar

16244 Millers Wharf Road, Ridge, MD 20680

38.11501 -76.40139

(301) 872-5000

Located at Point Lookout Marina. Waterfront dining at it's finest on Smith Creek with a magnificent view of daily unsets. Serving local seafood, steak, sandwiches, salads,…

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