Town Dock Restaurant

Written by on February 16, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – St. Michaels, Maryland

Town Dock

How I heard of this place: Friends and travel companions – from Arlington, VA to St. Michaels, MD and beyond!

Type of cuisine:Town Dock Restaurant, located in the historic waterfront village of St. Michaels, offers a full selection of fresh seasonal dishes with amazing views of the harbor. Seafood is the house specialty, but locals know Town Dock for much more including signature steaks, chops, pastas and seasonal specials. Coupled with an extensive wine, beer and cocktail selection Proprietor Jon Mason personally invites you to experience the “heart of the harbor”.”

Town Dock Menu

Ambiance: Every seat at the Town Dock is a good one: with a prime water view.

Town Dock Seating

The rounded building, floor-to-ceiling windows on all sides, mezzanine layering of seating areas, and the live pianistic and vocal acoustics of Joe Martone, the candle-lit ambiance and tables set far enough apart that every conversation is intimate, private, and the experience of enjoying every moment: priceless.


What I ordered: To start, Crab & Artichoke Dip ($11): lump crab meat and chopped artichoke hearts are folded into a blend of cheeses, baked until bubbly and served with toasted crostinis.

Crab Dip

Panko Fried Oysters ($10): four jumbo fried oysters sit on top of a house-made garlic aioli.

Fried Oysters

Oyster Stew ($7): traditional Eastern Shore flavors with plump oysters in a creamy broth.

Oyster Stew

Each meal was served with a side or Caesar salad.

Caesar Salad

For our main entrees, two orders of BBQ Ribs ($15 for the half order/$22 for the full rack), braised slowly and then marinated for 24 hours and finished in the oven with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, served with French fries and creamy cole slaw. One with a crab cake side ($12).


Seafood Risotto ($27): a creamy and velvety presentation of Arborio rice scented with saffron and studded with seafood, finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon and coarsely ground pepper.


I enjoyed the daily special: Red Curry Grilled Salmon and cantaloupe with a balsamic reduction ($25) served with a side of seasoned rice and vegetables.

Red Curry Salmon

What I loved: The cole slaw, impressively was creamy, sweet and tangy – all in one! Crispy and fresh, it created one of the highlights of my meal at Town Dock. I also truly loved and enjoyed the tomato vinaigrette accompanying my side salad.

Side Salad

While the spicy curry and sweet reduction made for a rather strange combination of flavors on my otherwise perfect salmon, the flavor and execution of the rice was stunning; not to mention the abundance of oohs and ahhs I heard from around our table.

Why I loved it: Intimacy in our seating, a vast darkness across the waters outside, the classic 80s music, remade and so smooth and coolly performed by our pianist, not to mention the best company and great food…For what more could I ask?


Cost: Average to high ($15 – $27 per dinner entree)

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