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True Chesapeake Oyster Co

4.7
4.7
220 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood


True Chesapeake Oyster Company is the first Maryland oyster farm to open a restaurant, featuring oysters raised on their farm in St. Jerome’s Creek, Southern Maryland. The menu revolves around these oysters — raw, roasted, and in signature dishes like Classic Rockefeller and Semolina Fried Oysters — complemented by varied seasonal entrees and fun departures on classic cocktails. The True Chesapeake team aspires to extend the restorative practices at the farm to the spirit of this restaurant with “restorative dining” -- a dining experience featuring the farm’s bounty and sincerely crafted to restore body and soul.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 913-6374

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Zack Mills

  • Catering

    The True Chesapeake Oyster Co. team would love to chat with you about your next event! Please email us at info@truechesapeake.com to hear more about our options for your celebration.

  • Private party facilities

    The True Chesapeake Oyster Co. team would love to chat with you about your next event! Please email us at info@truechesapeake.com to hear more about our options for your celebration.

  • Neighborhood

    Hampden

  • Parking details

    You will find our restaurant (and plenty of parking) beneath the historic smokestack at Whitehall Mill.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Drouhin Vineyards Wine Dinner

    $100.00 per person

    Feb 2, 2023 only
    From the caves of Burgundy to the Dundee Hills of Oregon, the Drouhin Family’s winemaking roots run deep, having taken hold in Burgundy’s best vineyards more than a century ago. All four Drouhin siblings are managing vineyards, winemaking and all aspects of both Burgundy and Oregon. They are proudly respecting nature and producing wines with the highest level of integrity and quality. Alexandra Calla will share her expertise in an approachable way for all guests to enjoy, from novice to more seasoned wine enthusiasts. Sit back and enjoy the Drouhin experience paired perfectly with the beautiful food of Chef Zack Mills and the True Chesapeake Oyster Co. team!
  • Grateful Brunch

    $45.00 per person

    Mar 5, 2023 only
    Grateful Brunch the first Sunday of every month! Come in and enjoy buffet style brunch and live music. $45 per person, oysters and beverage a la carte.
  • Grateful Brunch

    $45.00 per person

    Feb 5, 2023 only
    Grateful Brunch first Sunday of every month! Come in and enjoy buffet style brunch and live music. $45 per person, oysters and beverage a la carte.

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - Thu - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Happy Hour at the True Chesapeake Bar! From 5-7 enjoy $2 off cocktails, draft beer and wine by the glass as well as $2 True Chesapeake oysters raw or roasted!

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What 220 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Innovative

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Lively

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Seafood

  • Baltimore

    Kid-friendly

  • Baltimore

    Innovative

  • Baltimore

    Good for special occasions

  • Baltimore

    Lively

  • Baltimore

    Seafood

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  1. BP

    BenjaminP

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Way too much old bay i think they put too much on by mistake - like waaayyyy too much
  2. DS

    DavidS

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at True Chesapeake. It was outstanding! Wait staff friendly and informative. Oysters we tasty and very cold. Crab Mac and cheese excellent. If you want to go here but someone is not a seafood lover the burger is very tasty. And the bread! Two thumbs up.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and beautiful, delicious food. A very fun and lively place to go!
  4. F

    Fancy

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was very salty
  5. S

    Steve

    Denver

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were very impressed with True Chesapeake. The food was tremendous. I tried the Chicken fried snakehead, which Austin, our waiter, recommended and it was excellent. My wife enjoyed her pasta and salad. The farm-raised oysters were large and flavorful. We enjoyed the overall experience very much. Though it's within walking distance of Hampden, it feels far removed down near the Falls. The restaurant space was a dramatic renovation of an 1800s mill building, and the space was beautiful, though perhaps a bit loud. I will definitely return soon. The prices are on the higher end, but entirely reasonable when compared to other places in Hampden with far inferior quality. I recommend True Chesapeake to anyone.
  6. M

    Megan

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Service was warm and accommodating, energy and atmosphere were lively, and the food was delicious - bone marrow crab dip, caesar with crab cake, raw oysters obviously, and brussel sprouts.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service.
  8. c

    charmcitydad

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first time visiting, it was on a Wednesday evening in January. My son and I were in the mood for raw oysters and they did not disappoint! We sat at the bar and enjoyed the happy hour drinks and discounted oysters and then sat at a table for a lite supper afterwards. Beautiful space and very cordial staff. I look forward to visiting again soon.
  9. J

    Jmelbeach

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails to food was delicious! Our server Margaret was such an enthusiastic earnest person who enhanced our experience. The bone marrow appetizer is stellar. Loved our experience.
  10. WE

    WyattEarp

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful!
  11. DH

    DotsiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again our date night was fabulous at True Chesapeake Oyster! Our starters, roasted oysters, blue crab dip with grilled bread and crispy homemade potato chips, were a great start and our entrees, fried oysters and seared rockfish, were delicious. Thanks to Margaret, our cheerful server and Patrick Hudson ( my Pawleys Island buddy) for a wonderful evening. Dotsi Morgan Hoffman
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service in a comfortable environment.
  13. EL

    ElsieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing brunch spread for New Years Day! Food was incredible!
  14. RF

    RussellF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was awesome! Great selection. Please do again soon. Caleb Stine is sooo good. What a great way to start the new year. We sat at the bar and service was outstanding ! Can't wait to go back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. We'll be back soon
  16. C

    Chasneka

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Birthday & New Year’s Eve Celebration! Setting is beautiful. Drinks nice! Briny martini is VERY BRINY. Food was delish. Our party had it all oysters, fish, steak, chicken. Desserts delish too! THANKS FOR A GREAT EVENING!
  17. KK

    KellyK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were blown away from the moment we walked in. The good was phenomenal, the atmosphere was awesome…can’t say enough great things about this restaurant! A true gem
  18. AN

    AmandaN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! Great food, nice setting. It's our new favorite restaurant.
  19. R

    Remarkable

    Baltimore

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We have been here several times before and were very surprised how packed it was on a Wednesday night. We have been there only on weekends previously and have never seen the dining room so crowded. We were seated promptly and a few other tables were seated around the same time. It quickly became obvious that they only had a few wait staff working and it took quite some time for anyone to come over to our table. When someone did, it was a manager who explained they had two servers leave because of a family emergency and that they were very understaffed but he would be taking tables and they would get through it. The long and short of it is that his excellent communication about the reality of the situation made what otherwise would have probably been a very negative experience, one that was actually really good. We had a large party and enjoyed our lengthy meal (about two hours) because we no long had any expectations of things moving quickly. The food was excellent and the service (all things considered) was attentive. Even one of the owners (I believe) showed up and started pitching in and came over and asked if we needed anything. This was a perfect example of how to handle a difficult situation well. Cudos to the staff for a job well done.
  20. TV

    TedV

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This may be the best restaurant we have been to this year. Everything was excellent from the front staff, to the wait staff, to the kitchen staff. The food was excellent as well as the service. All the drinks were also well done.
  21. K

    Karen

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of 9 had a great experience on a very busy Christmas Eve. Appreciated the attentive service where everyone on the staff pitched in to keep things moving. Dishes were terrific and the menu worked for a wide range of palates. Thank you!
  22. TM

    TomM

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Venison cannelloni was delicious, particularly on a cold night. my wife had the hand -cut spaghetti with clams. Guest pastry chef added 3 fabulous cakes. food is best in Baltimore
  23. B

    Brian38

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A great pre-Christmas meal. Very festive and warm on the year's coldest night!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent bar seating & happy hour specials w/ great service, food & drinks!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Patrick was our waiter. He provided us with knowledge about their farm raised oysters and why Maryland Crabs are better than everywhere else. We left full of food and knowledge. We had oysters on the half shell, oyster Rockefeller, blue crab Mac & cheese and crab cake. Nothing was left behind. Also the Guinness Blond bread was a great start. If we are in the area again, we’ll definitely be back.
  26. RB

    RachelB

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was absolutely wonderful. My party was large and a bit difficult to deal with and everyone's order was correct and delicious. My only critique is the noise levels within the room. The noise made it hard for us to hear our server and we could tell it was hard for the surver to hear us. Perhaps the restaurant can install drapes, and other noise absorbing elements to better the vibe.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is great, but esthetically this is a wonderful spot over Christmas time. We had oysters (both raw and oyster Rockefeller) both which were so fresh and delicious. We also enjoyed the steak, rockfish and snake head which were jam packed with flavor. Aside from the amazing food, our server Austin couldn’t have been more attentive and exceptionally nice!! Such a great experience, we will definitely be back soon!
  28. L

    Lancaster66

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing.
  29. LK

    LillyK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    This was a rocky experience for my family and I. We waited over 15 minutes after being sat at our table, for a server to come over and take our drink order. There was no introduction or "sorry for the wait", they just came up and asked if we wanted some thing to drink. After we ordered drinks and apps, our apps came and we finished them well before our drinks came. The rest of the meal followed with very poor, spacey service. We definitely felt like the table that was given to a server after the server thought they were going to be able to leave, so we had to pay for that. We were sat in an area where we were the only ones in the section. At one point, a group of managers (some kind of upper level associates) stood right next to our table and just talked about plans for the restaurant. It was very annoying, especially since the entire floor was otherwise empty and also, we were not getting service yet they were standing around talking. We ordered drinks, apps, entrees and dessert, spending a decent amount of money for a dinner on a Wednesday, yet the restaurant treated us like we were bothering them when they came to our table.
  30. DS

    DavidS

    Baltimore

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very pleasant environment. Great food with somewhat limited options. Friendly staff.
  31. TM

    TomM

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch I can remember: The Blue crab eggs benedict is to die for. But the hot donut holes and the biscuits are even better
  32. R

    Remsurfer

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit and it was great. We plan on going back often.
  33. AF

    AnneF

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Oysters were top notch and all of our food was delicious. Service was lovely. We will be back.
  34. SW

    StephenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great setting with comparable service accompanied by exceptional dishes.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow this place was awesome! Sad they’ve been open for three years and just discovered it! Beautiful restaurant. Rustic beams. Food outstanding. Service impeccable Cauliflower soup and rockfish were outstanding. Oysters served with fun sauces. My new favorite place!
  36. FC

    FlyingChef

    Baltimore

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    It felt like a restaurant in its first week, though it wasn't. We had to go and find the hostess to get our table, our server forgot what drink I ordered so I didn't get it until after I had finished my appetizer, almost no dressing on the salad, and no Splenda or Equal available with coffee. But the atmosphere was interesting, and both the grilled oysters and the rockfish were delicious. I would probably return, but not for a few months.
  37. S

    Smalltimorediner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Grateful Dead brunch - food delicious, band amazing, and great friends!
  38. TM

    TomM

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in Baltimore. Beautiful venue. Great wine list
  39. MT

    MyTwoCents

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a last minute table of 6 during a the busy holiday season. The food was wonderful. Our sever was a little green but she really tried hard and had a great attitude. Thank you for saving our last minute birthday celebration!
  40. b

    bryanr

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing and the service was just as good. This was my second time there and I’ll be back.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from True Chesapeake Oyster Co using the Order Online button. True Chesapeake Oyster Co also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 913-6374.

True Chesapeake Oyster Co is rated 4.7 stars by 220 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for True Chesapeake Oyster Co

3300 Clipper Mill Rd, Ste 400, Baltimore, MD 21211-2332

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Hampden

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    You will find our restaurant (and plenty of parking) beneath the historic smokestack at Whitehall Mill.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Zack Mills

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (410) 913-6374

  • Catering

    The True Chesapeake Oyster Co. team would love to chat with you about your next event! Please email us at info@truechesapeake.com to hear more about our options for your celebration.

  • Private party facilities

    The True Chesapeake Oyster Co. team would love to chat with you about your next event! Please email us at info@truechesapeake.com to hear more about our options for your celebration.

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