Dock Bars of the Chesapeake Bay

We have compiled a PropTalk and reader-suggested list of some of the best dock bars in Chesapeake Bay Country. We’ve sorted the bars alphabetically by Upper (north of the Bay Bridge), Middle (Bay Bridge to Virginia line), and Lower Bay (Virginia line to Virginia Beach), but we understand that we may have missed a few. Always remember to take along a designated skipper/driver for your adventures, and if we missed your favorite spot, email [email protected] for inclusion.

Row Boat Willie’s Dock Bar

Why go to the beach when you can come to the island? Enjoy our breathtaking view of the Bay while drinking your favorite beer or sipping on an icy, frozen drink. kitchen open during bar hours.

Lowes Wharf


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Upper Bay
Dock Bar Location
Brewer’s Landing Bar and Grill Back River
Broken Oar Bar and Grill  Nabbs Creek at Nabbs Creek Marina
Carson's Creekside Dark Head Creek
Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina Back Creek
Dock of the Bay Miller's Island
Harbor Shack Rock Hall Harbor
Hard Yacht Café Bear Creek at Anchor Bay East Marina
Island View Waterfront Café Browns Creek
Jellyfish Joel’s Tiki Bar Fairlee Creek at Mears Great Oak Landing Marina
Lee’s Landing Dock Bar Susquehanna River
Little Havana Patapsco River
Long Beach Marina Restaurant Frog Mortar Creek at Long Beach Marina
Nauti-Goose Restaurant North East River
Nick’s Fish House Middle Branch Patapsco River
Rams Head Dockside Furnace Creek
Raw & Refined Patapsco River
River Watch Restaurant and Marina Middle River at Hopkins Creek
Row Boat Willie’s Dock Bar Miller’s Island, Bill's Yacht Basin
Schaefer’s Canal House Back Creek
Shanty Beach Bar Eastern Shore Chesapeake Bay, Tolchester Marina
Signals Grille and Deck Sassafras River at Skipjack Cove Yachting Resort and Marina
Sue Island Grill and Crab House Sue Creek
Sunset Cove Frog Mortar Creek
The Beach Bar  Furnace Creek
The Crazy Tuna Bar & Grille Hopkins Creek
The River Shack North East River at The Wellwood
The Sea Horse Inn Oakleigh Cove
The Seasoned Mariner Back Creek
The Wellwood North East River
Tidewater Grille Susquehanna River
Tiki Lee's Dock Bar Back River
Waterman’s Crab House Restaurant and Dock Bar Rock Hall Harbor
Middle Bay
Dock Bar Location
Abner’s Crab House and Marina Fishing Creek
Angler’s Seafood Bar & Grill Back Creek
Annie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House Kent Narrows
Big Owl Tiki Bar Kent Narrows
Blue Point Provision Company Choptank River at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Boardwalk Café Western Shore Chesapeake Bay at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa
Boatyard Bar and Grill  Eastport, near Spa Creek
Cantler’s Riverside Inn Mill Creek
Capsize OXMD Town Creek
Capt. Tyler’s Crab House Somers Cove
Characters Bridge Restaurant Knapps Narrows
Charles Street Brasserie Back Creek
Cheshire Crab Bodkin Creek
Coles Point Tavern Potomac River
Courtney’s Seafood Restaurant Smith Creek
Davis’ Pub Eastport, near Back Creek
Dockside Restaurant and Sports Bar Rockhold Creek
Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar Monroe Creek
Donnelly's Dockside Deep Creek, Magothy River
Drift Inn Crab House Patuxent River
Fisherman’s Crab Deck Kent Narrows
Foxy’s Harbor Grille Miles River
Happy Harbor Restaurant Rockhold Creek
Harris Crab House Kent Narrows
Hemingway’s Restaurant Bay Bridge Marina, Kent Island
Hidden Harbour Café Back Creek, off Patuxent River
Kentmorr Restaurant and Crab House Kentmorr Marina, Kent Island
Ketch 22 Herrington Harbour South
Lowes Wharf Lowes Wharf Marina, Ferry Cove
Madigan’s Waterfront Occoquan River
Marker Five Restaurant Knapps Narrows
Mike’s Crab House South River
Mike’s Crab House North White Rocks Marina, Rock Creek, Pasadena
Morris Point Restaurant Canoe Neck Creek, off Potomac River
Palm Beach Willies Floating Dock Bar and Grill Slaughter Creek ​​​​​​​
Pirate’s Cove Restaurant & Dock Bar Pirates Cove Marina, West River
Portside Seafood Restaurant Cambridge Creek, off Choptank River
Pusser’s Caribbean Grille Ego Alley
Red Eye’s Dock Bar Mears Point Marina, Kent Narrows
Reluctant Navigator Restaurant Tall Timbers Marina, Herring Creek
Riverside Bistro Dennis Point Marina, Carthagena Creek
Ruddy Duck Seafood and Ale House St. Mary’s River
Sam’s on the Waterfront Chesapeake Harbour Marina, off Severn River
Sandgates Inn Restaurant and Crab House Patuxent River
Sea Breeze Restaurant and Tiki Bar Patuxent River
Skipper’s Pier Restaurant and Dock Bar Rockhold Creek
Snappers Waterfront Café Cambridge Creek
St. Michaels Crab and Steak House Miles River
Stan and Joe's Riverside West River
Stoney’s Kingfishers Seafood Bar and Grill Back Creek
Stoney’s Seafood House at Broomes Island Island Creek
Stoney’s Seafood House at Clarke’s Landing Cuckold Creek
Suicide Bridge Restaurant Cabin Creek
Sunset Cove Waterfront Restaurant Smith Creek at Point Lookout Marina
The Boathouse at Anchored Inn Rockhold Creek at Hidden Harbour Marina
The Crab Claw Restaurant Miles River
The Island Hideaway Back Creek
The Jetty Restaurant and Dock Bar Kent Narrows
The Lighthouse Restaurant and Dock Bar Back Creek
The Pier Patuxent River
The Pier Oyster Bar and Grill South River
The Point Crab House and Grill Mill Creek at Ferry Point Marina
Tiki Bar-Solomons Back Creek
Tim's at Coles Point Potomac River
Tim’s II at Fairview Restaurant and Crabhouse Potomac River
Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse Potomac River
Vera’s White Sands Beach Club Restaurant and Marina St. Leonard Creek
Lower Bay (Virginia)
Dock Bar Location
Capt. E’s Hurricane Grill and Tiki Bar Starling Creek
Catch 31 Fish House & Bar Virginia Beach
Chicks Oyster Bar Wolfsnare Creek
Cutty Sark Marina Restaurant Little Creek
Dock of the Bay Scott Creek
Dockside Seafood and Fishing Center Wolfsnare Creek
Lead Bellys Restaurant Fairport Marina, Cockrell Creek
Mallards at the Wharf South Branch Onancock Creek
Marker 12 Pop-Up Bar Mile Marker 12 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
Ocean Eddie's Seafood Restaurant Virginia Beach
Ocean House Waterfront Seafood Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach
Reedville Market Cockrell Creek, VA
Restaurant at Smithfield Station Smithfield Station Marina, Pagan River
Riverwalk Restaurant York River
Rudee’s Restaurant and Cabana Bar Lake Rudee, off Rudee Inlet
Something Different Urbanna Creek
Surf Rider Blue Water Sunset Creek, off Hampton Bar
Surf Rider Marina Shores Long Creek, off Broad Bay
Surf Rider Poquoson White House Cove
The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek Oyster Farm Marina, Kings Creek
The Shack Virginia Beach
The Shanty Cape Charles Harbor
The Surry Seafood Co. Grays Creek
The Tides Inn The Tides Inn Marina, Carters Creek, off Rappahannock River
Urbanna Seafood Restaurant & Raw Bar Robinson Creek
Water Street Grille York River
Waterman's Surfside Grille Virginia Beach
Windows on the Water Cafe Yankee Point Marina
York River Oyster Company Sarah Creek
Yorktown Pub York River