Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Annapolis dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Annapolis Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

7 Lebanese Taverna Cafe
Twenty-three years ago, the Abi-Najm family opened the first Lebanese Taverna. The restaurant now has 5 locations and enjoys a loyal following. The Lebanese Taverna in Annapolis Harbour Center is the newest addition to the family. Less formal than its counterparts, it is well-known for its wide range of mezza or appetizers as well as its delicious, well-priced chicken and lamb dishes and relaxed family atmosphere. (410-897-1111)

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6 Joss Cafe & Sushi Bar
Don't be alarmed by the staff's loud shouts of "Iras-shai!" They're simply welcoming you to this unique, upbeat little restaurant located in the historic district. Excellent cuts of meat and fresh ingredients make Joss Cafe and Sushi Bar a delightful choice for either lunch or dinner. The menu includes a wide selection of traditional Japanese cuisine as well as fine wines and Japanese beer and sake. Though the restaurant can get crowded, the experience is well worth the wait. (410-263-4688)

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5 Jalapeños
Don't let its unassuming appearance fool you -- Jalape?os is a treat for the senses. Featuring classic cuisine from Spain and Mexico, this restaurant offers tantalizing dishes served in a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Though famous for its high quality Tapas Bar, Jalape?os also serves a variety of appetizing Yucatecan dishes including hand-stuffed jalape?os and chiles rellenos. Reservations are recommended at this popular, west-side establishment. (410-266-7580)

4 Cantler's Riverside Inn
This Annapolis icon may appear ordinary, but it's been a local favorite for over three decades. Just minutes from the Annapolis City Dock, Cantler's serves heaping plates of piping hot blue crabs, oysters, clams and fish. This restaurant, consistently voted Best Crab House in Annapolis, prides itself on its "come as you are" atmosphere so be sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds. (410-757-1311)

3 Sly Fox Pub at Reynolds Tavern
Situated on Church Circle in Historic Annapolis, Reynolds Tavern is the oldest tavern in town. The gorgeous 1747 Georgian inn is brimming with colonial charm and offers a full, traditional English tea with a variety of brews as well as decadent scones and desserts. The menu also features light lunch options and uncomplicated, but fantastic dining in the evening. (410-295-9555)

2 Les Folies Brasserie
This enchanting restaurant evokes images of 19th-century Paris. Murals, high ceilings with tall columns, mirrors and the copper-topped bar provide an appropriate background for the restaurant's sumptous French cuisine. Les Folies Brasserie has the largest raw bar in the Washington area as well as a nice selection of French comfort foods, wines and specialty coffees. No detail is spared in this charming establishment. (410-573-0970)

1 Harry Browne's Restaurant
Located across from the Maryland State House in Historic Annapolis, Harry Browne's is the place to "see and be seen." The restaurant's elegant main dining room is reminiscent of a 1920's supper club and is the perfect backdrop for its award-winning cuisine including Rockfish Maryland and Classic Maryland Crab Cakes. Whether for lunch, dinner or a private party in the exclusive Wine Cellar Club, Harry Browne's is an Annapolis mainstay. (410-263-4332)

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Lebanese Taverna Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Kosher, Take Out
Cuisine: Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
Joss Cafe & Sushi Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Take Out
Jalapeños 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Latin, Mexican, Spanish
Dining Options: Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cantler's Riverside Inn 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly
COST: $$
Sly Fox Pub at Reynolds Tavern 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, British, European
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - ANP
COST: $$
Les Folies Brasserie 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
COST: $$
Harry Browne's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Group Friendly, Wine Cellar
COST: $$$
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