Restaurants That are ‘True Blue’ Maryland Seafood Purveyors

You just ordered Blue Crabs at a restaurant. They come back to the table, steaming hot with heaps of Old Bay sprinkled all over. There are a few lemons, maybe a side of malt vinegar. You’ve got your mallet, your knife, (maybe a bib) and a pitcher of cold beer to share the feast with friends.

But wait. Is that Maryland seafood you are about to eat? Fresh and locally caught? Maybe.

A female Atlantic Blue Crab (Callinectes sapid...

A Blue Crab may or may not be locally caught.

Or maybe not.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is working to help identify restaurants that sell Maryland-caught seafood as “True Blue” restaurants. With the help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s CBF Blog, we’ve got the list of True Blue restaurants as of May 2012.

We will update this list with new restaurants as they come into the program.

Bon Apetit!

Anne Arundel, Maryland

  • Vin 909, Annapolis MD
  • A Cook’s Café, Annapolis MD
  • Sam’s on the Waterfront, Annapolis MD
  • Wild Orchid, Annapolis MD
  • Whole Foods, Annapolis MD
  • Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn, Annapolis MD
  • Frank’s Seafood, Jessup MD


  • 13.5% Wine Bar, Baltimore MD
  • Alewife Baltimore MD
  • Atwater’s, Baltimore MD
  • Atwater’s, Baltimore MD
  • Cove Side Crabs Baltimore MD
  • Gertrude’s, Baltimore MD
  • Kettle Hill, Baltimore MD
  • Ploughboy Kitchen, Baltimore MD
  • Portside Tavern Baltimore MD
  • The Prime Rib, Baltimore MD
  • Ryleigh’s Oyster  – Federal Hill Baltimore MD
  • Tommy’s Downtown, Baltimore MD
  • Whole Foods – Harbor East, Baltimore MD
  • Whole Foods – Mt. Washington, Baltimore MD
  • Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore MD
  • Zeffert & Gold, Baltimore MD

Washington DC

  • Casion’s Eat Place Washington DC
  • Dino DC Washington DC
  • Grist Mill DC Washington DC
  • Whole Foods – Tenley Town Washington   DC
  • Whole Foods – Georgetown Washington DC
  • Whole Foods – P Street Washington DC
  • Whole Foods – Foggy Bottom Washington  DC
  • Wit & Wisdom Washington DC


  • Whole Foods – Bethesda, Bethesda MD
  • Angelina’s of Maryland, Brooklandville MD
  • Atwater’s,  Catonsville MD
  • Whole Foods – Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase MD
  • Today’s Catch, Columbia MD
  • Whole Foods – Kentlands, Gaithersburg MD
  • Graul’s Market – May’s Chapel, Lutherville MD
  • The Manor Tavern, Monkton MD
  • The Shark on the Harbor, Ocean City MD
  • Ricciuti’s, Olney MD
  • Olney Grill, Olney MD
  • Conrad’s Crabs, Parkville MD
  • Island Bar & Crab House, Piney Point MD
  • Whole Foods – White Flint, Rockville MD
  • Whole Foods –Silver Spring, Silver Spring MD
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Solomons MD
  • Atwater’s, Towson MD
  • Graul’s Market – Ruxton, Towson MD
  • McFaul’s Ironhorse Tavern, Towson MD
  • Garden & Garnish, Trappe MD

Outside Maryland

  • Bon Appetite Management Company, Palo Alto CA
  • Miya’s Sushi, New Haven CT
  • Cleaver Co., New York NY
  • Landmarc: Ditch, New York NY
  • Landmarc: Plains, New  York NY
  • Whole Foods – Tysons Falls, Church  VA
  • Whole Foods – Charlottesville, Charlottesville VA
  • Whole Foods – Springfield, Springfield VA
  • Whole Foods – Reston, Reston VA
  • Hooked Seafood & Sushi, Sterling VA
  • Whole Foods – Vienna, Vienna VA
  • Whole Foods – Short Pump, Glen Allen VA
  • Whole Foods – Old Town, Alexandria VA
  • Whole Foods – Fair Lakes, Fairfax VA
  • Whole Foods – Arlington, Arlington VA
  • Passionfish, Reston VA
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