From seafood to sweets, Dorchester County offers up delectable tastes

Restaurants and bars in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are open with indoor dining; many also have outdoor seating (weather permitting) and/or carry-out. Because some places are experiencing staffing challenges, it’s best to call ahead to make sure they’re open.

The listing below includes independent Dorchester County restaurants, as well as local food producers serving up everything from produce to seafood to meat. Delivery service and some errands are offered through the local business Beat the Rush Delivery. Some restaurants use DoorDash. 

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Top picks for delicious crabs, oysters, and fish

Seafood is big here in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Our watermen harvest crabs, oysters, fish, and more. Crab and oyster season Crab season is April through Dec. 15; oyster season is Oct. 1 through March 31, but you can get crabmeat and farmed oysters all year long.  You’ll find crab and oyster dishes in many of our restaurants – crab cakes, crab soup, crab dip; plus oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, oysters Rockefeller, and more.  Enjoy the goodness in our restaurants or bring a cooler so you can take some local seafood home. A few ideas:

ArtBar 2.0 in Cambridge, MD | Visit Dorchester


New restaurant, lounge, and art gallery offers food, drink, music, dancing, and a passion for the arts. Open Thursday to Sunday at 420 B Race Street in Cambridge. Event space available.

Ava's Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Cambridge, MD | Visit Dorchester


Indoor and outdoor dining (weather permitting) available. 443-205-4350. Also offering carry-out; order online. Usually open 11:30am-9pm (til 9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays). Closed Wednesdays.

Bay Country Bakery - Dorchester County, Maryland

Bay Country

Donuts, breads, pastries, pies, breakfast sandwiches, and more. Usually  open Mon-Sat 7am-1pm, in store and drive-through. They’re also accepting custom cake orders. 
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Bella's of Cambridge | Visit Dorchester

Bella’s of 

Pizza, strombolis, more. Carryout; 410-901-3394; Outdoor seating available (weather permitting). Menu on their Facebook page. Usually open Sun-Thurs, 12pm-8pm;  Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm.
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Black Water Bakery - Cambridge, MD | Visit Dorchester

Black Water

Indoor and outdoor seating (weather permitting) as well as carry-out. Usually open Thursday through Monday,  7am-3pm. Order online at
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Blue Ruin cocktail glass | Visit Dorchester


Serving both inside and outside (weather permitting) with cocktails, beer, and wine, plus a full food menu for dinner and Sunday brunch. (Outdoor seating is out front and in the alley behind Blue Ruin.)  Carry-out also available; order online. Some live music on weekends in their outdoor cocktail lounge. Usually open Tues-Thurs,  4pm-12am; Friday–Sat, 4pm-2am; Sunday, 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays. 
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Boats and Hose Restaurant, Taylors Island, MD | Visit Dorchester

Boats & Hose

New restaurant located in the former Taylors Island Grille, 514 Taylors Island Rd., Taylors Island. Named for both the marina and volunteer fire company located by the restaurant. Serving up a variety of seafood. Open Thursday through Sunday. 

Bombay Tadka, Indian restaurant in Cambridge, Maryland | Visit Dorchester


Offering dine-in service, reserve at 443-515-0853 or online. Also offering carryout and delivery. Order online or at 443-515-0853. Usually open Tues-Thurs, 11am-2pm; 4-8pm;  Fri-Sat 11am-2pm; 4-9pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 413 Muir St., Cambridge. 

Cambridge Dinner | Visit Dorchester


Open for indoor dining, 6am-10pm daily. See menu on their website.

Cambridge Farmers Market | Visit Dorchester

Farmers Market

More than a dozen vendors offer a wide range of food and beverages, including produce, meats, eggs, cheese, mushrooms, sweet treats, adult beverages, crafts, and more. Open Thursday from 3 to 6pm at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Usually open May through mid-October.

Carmela's Cucina | Visit Dorchester


Indoor dining with full menu. Outdoor seating (weather permitting) available only for limited menu items. Reserve at 410-221-8082. More details on their Facebook page.
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Choptank Oyster Company | Visit Dorchester

Oyster Co.

Oysters available to general public; 443-521-6425 or order online.
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Cindy's Kitchen | Visit Dorchester


Offering indoor dining. Open for breakfast and lunch; usually open Mon-Sat, 6am-2pm. See menu and specials on their Facebook page.
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Dish | Visit Dorchester

Don Chuy

Open for dine-in or carry-out. 410-228-2969.
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Dorchester Pizza | Visit Dorchester


Serving pizza, wings, burgers, subs, and more. 100% fresh homemade dough. See menu on Facebook page. Located in Secretary. 
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E+L Quick Freeze | Visit Dorchester

E&L Quick

Open with breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, more. Carry-out. Check their Facebook page for daily specials.
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Emily's Produce | Visit Dorchester


The market is open for in-person shopping usually April through December with produce, meats, cheeses, jams and jellies, as well as prepared foods, ice cream, baked goods, and more. In the winter months, Emily’s is still offering items for purchase online and for pick-up at the market. 
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Great Expectations Farm | Visit Dorchester

Great Expectations

Beef and pork, chicken, and speciality sausages; check Facebook page for latest. Located in Rhodesdale.
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Hoopers Island General Store | Visit Dorchester

Hoopers Island
General Store

Offering carryout service inside and call-ahead curbside delivery outside; 410-397-3123. Store is open with food/supplies. Usually open Mon-Sat 5:30am-7pm, Sun 8am-7pm.
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Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture | Visit Dorchester

Hoopers Isl.
Oyster Co.

Offering oysters and other seafood and seasonings in their store at 837 Chesapeake Drive, Unit B in Cambridge, MD. Also offering oysters harvested daily and shipped overnight. Contact 443-812-8366 or email for more. 

Seafood Markets - JM Clayton's Company - crab meat | Visit Dorchester

J.M. Clayton

Offering pasteurized crab meat and fresh crab meat in season. Usually open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. Order at 410-228-1661.
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Johnny's Tavern | Visit Dorchester


Indoor and outdoor dining (weather permitting). See menu on  their Facebook page (click on Menu tab). Usually open Tues-Thurs, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-2am; Sun 12-8pm. Closed Mon. 410-943-3624.
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Jones Mini Mart | Visit Dorchester

Mini Mart

Open with snacks, alcohol, more.
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Katie's at the Airport | Visit Dorchester

Katie’s at the

Offering indoor dining and limited outdoor seating (weather permitting). Also offering carry-out; call  410-901-8844. Usually open Mon-Tues 8am-7pm; Thurs-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 8am-12pm. Closed Wed.
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Kool's Carry Out | Visit Dorchester

Carry Out

Usually open Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm; 410-228-2828.
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Kool Ice & Seafood | Visit Dorchester

Kool Ice
& Seafood

Open with lots of sales on seafood;  Usually open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm;  410-228-2300.
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Layton's Chance Winery in Dorchester County, Maryland | Visit Dorchester

Layton’s Chance

Open with indoor seating inside the tasting room and, weather permitting, with outside seating (feel free to bring your own seating). Also open for to-go orders. Order online at or at 410-228-1205.  They also ship. Frequently offering live music and other events on weekends; check the schedule on their website. Usually open Mon-Thurs, 11am-5pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, 12-5pm.

Lil Bitta Bull BBQ in Cambridge, MD | Visit Dorchester

Lil Bitta
Bull BBQ

Offering on-site dining and take-out of slow smoked daily wood pit BBQ. Often offering live music on weekends.Usually open Wed-Sat, 11am-9pm. There’s also an axe-throwing facility upstairs

Waterman's Crab Feast | Visit Dorchester


Open with crabs, oysters, mussels, clams, shrimp; order at 410-228-5032. Usually open daily, 9am-5pm during crab season; check their social media for hours during the off season.
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Madhouse Oysters - aquaculture from Hoopers Island, MD | Visit Dorchester


Offering direct to consumer sales of locally farmed oysters. Order here

Maiden Maryland Sweets & Treats, Cambridge, MD | Visit Dorchester

Maiden Maryland
Sweets & Treats

Open with more than 30 flavors of  ice cream. Indoor and outdoor seating available. 
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Mandala Pies | Visit Dorchester


Offering made-from-scratch pies, both sweet and savory. Outdoor seating available. Full pies and slices available daily, preorders warmly welcomed but not required. See the menu and pre-order on the Mandala Pies website. Usually open Wednesday-Sunday 11-4pm. 

Maryland Blue at Madison Bay in Dorchester County, MD | Visit Dorchester

Maryland Blue
at Madison Bay

Seafood restaurant by the waterfront in Madison serving lunch and dinner. “Fresh caught and fresh grown.” Eat in or carry out.

Millies Roadhouse | Visit Dorchester


Open for indoor seating and carry-out. Usually open Wed-Sat, 7am-9pm. 
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Mom and Pop's Family Restaurant | Visit Dorchester

Mom -n- Pop’s

Offering inside dining, take-out and delivery; 410-943-0222. Usually open Mon-Wed 6am-2pm, Thurs-Sat 6am-9pm, Sun 7am-2pm. 103 South Main St., Hurlock.

Neck District Grill in the Neck District near Cambridge, MD | Visit Dorchester

Neck District

Indoor dining and carry-out. Outdoor seating available (weather permitting). Reserve at 410-228 3052. Breakfast and lunch daily (except Monday); dinners available only on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 5:30pm.  Usually open Tues-Thurs, 5am-6pm; Fri-Sat, 5am-8pm; Sun, 8am-2pm. Closed Mon.
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Crabs at Ocean Odyssey, Cambridge | Visit Dorchester

Ocean Odyssey
Crab House

Open seasonally, usually April until December. Steamed crabs, full bar, and more. Indoor and outdoor dining as well as carry-out. Usually open Mon, Thurs, and Sun 11am-8pm; Fri and Sat 11am-9pm. Closed Tues and Wed.

Soft Crab Sandwich | Visit Dorchester

Old Salty’s

Inside seating available; reserve at 410-397-3752. Carry-out also available. Usually open Wed-Sat, 11am-8 pm and Sun, 11am-6pm. Closed Mon and Tues. See menu at
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Overflow Cafe | Visit Dorchester


Offering dinners to go with curbside pickup; pay what you want. (The base cost is usually $8 per meal.) Please pre-order at 443-477-6291. Pick up Tues-Thurs 5:30-7:30pm. Check their Facebook page for the week’s menu. 
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Palm Beach Willie's | Visit Dorchester

Palm Beach

Open seasonally, usually April through December. Offering indoor seating in their floating restaurant and outdoor seating at their outdoor tiki bar with water views. There’s often live music on weekends. Usually open Fri and Sat 12-10pm; Sun 12-8pm. 
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Paul's Pub Bar | Visit Dorchester


Eat in, carry out, curbside pick-up and business delivery; 410-901-1212. Beer, wine, mixed drinks also available. Outdoor seating available. Located inside Choptank Bowling Alley and Billiards.
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Pirate's Cove Oyster Co. in Dorchester County, MD | Visit Dorchester

Pirate’s Cove
Oyster Company

Oyster farm on the Choptank River. Order online at

Peking House | Visit Dorchester


Open for dine-in as well as carry-out. Order online at Open Mon-Thurs, 11am-9:30pm; Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 12-10pm; Sun 12-9:30pm.
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Pizza Ziya | Visit Dorchester


Open for carry-out and delivery; call 410-221-8585.

Plaza Tapatia | Visit Dorchester


Offering indoor dining and carry-out; 410-228-7808; menu at Usually open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sun 12pm-10pm;  Sun 12pm-9:pm.

Pop's Old Place Farm | Visit Dorchester

Pop’s Old

Store usually open on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7pm and on Saturdays from 10am-2pm with beef, lamb, pork, eggs, and honey. Check their social media for the latest.

Porter Soul Food Restaurant | Visit Dorchester

Porter Soul Food

Open for indoor dining, take-out, and drive-thru. See menu on their Facebook page. Order at 443-225-5175. Usually open Wed-Sat, 11am-7pm. 
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Portside Seafood Restaurant - Cambridge, MD


Full-service indoor and outdoor seating (weather permitting).  410-228-9007. See menu. Usually open Mon and Wed-Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-8pm. Closed Tues.
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RAR Brewing | Visit Dorchester

RAR Brewing

Serving up food and beverages inside in three adjoining spaces – taproom, Chessie Burger, and LabRARtory with craft cocktails. No reservations needed. Usually open Mon 12-9pm, Tues-Thurs 12-10pm, Fri and Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. 

Rise Up Coffee in Cambridge, MD | Visit Dorchester

Rise Up

Cambridge location open regular hours. Outdoor seating available (weather permitting). Order online or by phone at 443-225-5734. Usually open daily, 6am-7pm.
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River View at the Point | Visit Dorchester

River View
at the Point

Offering inside and outside dining (weather permitting) as well as carry-out.  410-228-0870. Usually open Wed-Sun 11am-8pm. 
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Simmons-center-market | Visit Dorchester

Center Market

Produce, meats, paper products, cleaning supplies, etc.  Stop in the store or do curbside or delivery; call 410-228-4313. Usually open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm., Sat 9am-3pm.
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Snappers Waterfront Cafe | Visit Dorchester

Waterfront Cafe

Open for indoor or outdoor dining (weather permitting) as well as carryout; order by phone at 410-228-0112. See the menu

Soft + Salty Seafood, Dorchester County, MD | Visit Dorchester

Soft & Salty

Hard crabs, peelers, crab meat, crab cakes, shrimp, and hot and cold prepared foods. Plus homemade ice cream and milkshakes. Call 410-476-3069.
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Crab Cake | Visit Dorchester

Suicide Bridge

Full-service indoor dining, outdoor dining (weather permitting), as well as carry-out. Waterfront restaurant and outdoor tiki bar. Call 410-943-4689 to order carry-out; menu on Facebook page. Usually open Wed-Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-8pm. 
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Taylors Island Family Campground in Dorchester County, MD | Visit Dorchester

Taylors Island
Campground Store

Open Fri-Sun. Delivery available; call 410-397-3275. 

Sweets | Visit Dorchester

T’s Divine

Order online or call 443-477-6263; curbside pick-up. 
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ThaiTalian Infusion Cuisine | Visit Dorchester

Infusion Cuisine

Delivery through Beat the Rush Delivery Service; order at 443-225-6615 or online.
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Total Fine Foods Outlet Store | Visit Dorchester

Total Fine Foods Outlet Store

Offering fresh and frozen foods including seafood, beef, pork, and poultry. Open Mon-Sat 9am-7pm. 

Verona Pizza | Visit Dorchester


Open for carry-out and delivery; order at 410-228-2399.
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Vintage 414 in Cambridge, MD | Visit Dorchester

Vintage 414
Wine Bar

Wine, beer, and cocktails served with small plates, cheese boards, and flatbreads. Dine inside or outside (weather permitting) or carry-out. Offering special three-course carry-out meals on Thursdays; check social media for details. They’re also a retail shop with wine, beer, specialty foods, and gifts. Located at 414 Race St. Usually open Wed 11am-8pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 12-8pm. 
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Warwick River Cafe | Visit Dorchester

River Cafe

Offering indoor seating. 
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Water's Edge Grill at the Hyatt Chesapeake | Visit Dorchester

Water’s Edge Grill
at the Hyatt

Indoor seating only for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open daily at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort. 

W.M. Abbott + Son Oyster Co - Fat Duck Oysters | Visit Dorchester

W.M. Abbott & Son
Oyster Co.

Now offering their farm-raised Fat Duck Oysters to the general public. Order at 443-614-4033. Learn more on their website.
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The Woolford Store | Visit Dorchester


Eat on site or carry out.  410-228-3020; menu online here.
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