Maryland Crab Houses:

A Chesapeake Tradition

An Annapolis, Maryland icon, Cantler’s Waterfront Restaurant and Crab House has been serving the area’s freshest seafood to watermen, boaters, and land lovers alike for nearly four decades, sheltered in the quiet waters of Mill Creek, Maryland and just minutes from Annapolis City Dock.

Come as you are to Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn

Where the watermen gather for fresh seafood & steamed Maryland blue crabs 7 days a week, all year ’round.

Our dishes are all served piping hot and ready to enjoy in the atmosphere reminiscent of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay heritage.

For more on our offerings, please explore our menu.

Maryland Blue Crabs

Crab Cakes

Crab Imperial







Land Lovers Platters


Steamed Hardshell Crabs


Open everyday at 11am
Sunday thru ThursdayFull menu till 10 PM
Friday & SaturdayFull menu till 11 PM

Free docking for patrons arriving by boat!


We are taking reservations of 25 or more people Monday-Thursday. All smaller parties are on a first come first serve basis. We do not reserve crabs. We have limited parking, so please carpool if possible, and there is no RV or trailer parking.

Jimmy & Linda Cantler


Cantler’s owners and founders, Jimmy and Linda Cantler, are native Marylanders. Jimmy worked as a waterman on the Chesapeake Bay. The Cantler family has worked in the seafood industry for five generations.

In 1974, Jimmy started a restaurant dedicated to serving fresh seafood in a casual family atmosphere. Today, all seafood is inspected by experienced handlers to ensure only the highest quality product reaches our customers.