Navigating Thanksgiving: Waterfront Dining on the Chesapeake Bay

Load up the boat and have the family float to Thanksgiving dinner this year. In the Chesapeake Bay region, several restaurants offer not only delectable Thanksgiving spreads but also the unique option of arriving by boat, even as the boating season winds down. Let’s explore these picturesque dining destinations.

1. Kent Island Resort: A Historic Escape

Location: Cox Creek, Kent Island Boat Accessibility: Accommodates smaller boats with a draft less than 3 feet


Situated on the waters off Cox Creek, Kent Island Resort beckons with its blend of country house allure and picturesque views. This newly renovated and recently reopened resort offers an idyllic escape on the Eastern Shore. On November 23rd, the resort will host their Thanksgiving Grand Buffet, featuring an array of dishes from fresh shucked oysters to traditional roasted turkey with giblet gravy. The on-site restaurant and bar, 18TWENTY, promises inventive cocktails to complement the lavish feast.

2. Rusty Scupper: Baltimore’s Waterfront Gem

Location: Inner Harbor Marina, Baltimore, MD Boat Accessibility: Easily accessible from the Inner Harbor

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Escape the kitchen and head to Rusty Scupper for a stress-free Thanksgiving Feast. Overlooking the Inner Harbor, this restaurant offers a sumptuous buffet featuring traditional Thanksgiving dishes and more. The feast is priced at $85 per adult and $45 for children up to 10 years old. Reservations are required for this delectable dining experience.

3. Chesapeake Inn: Waterfront Elegance

Location: Chesapeake City, MD Boat Accessibility: Marina with 60 slips for easy boat access


Gilda and Gianmarco Martuscelli have transformed Chesapeake Inn into one of the premier waterfront locations on the eastern shore. Whether you’re looking for a dreamy waterfront wedding, a private event, or a special occasion dinner, the Chesapeake Inn has it all. Their Thanksgiving menu offers a delightful array of starters, salads, entrees, and delectable desserts, ensuring a memorable holiday celebration.

4. Saltine: A Culinary Haven in Norfolk

Location: Norfolk, VA (Walking distance from Waterside Marina) Boat Accessibility: Walking distance from Waterside Marina


While not directly on the water, Saltine in Norfolk, VA, offers an exquisite Thanksgiving feast. They’ll be exclusively serving their a la carte dinner menu and Chef specials all day. Indulge in their special 2-course Prix Fixe menu for just $45, featuring delights like Heritage Turkey and Cracked Pumpkin Pie. Reserve your table today and make this holiday unforgettable.

5. National Harbor Marina: Options Galore (Check Website for Updates)

Location: National Harbor, MD


While current information is pending, the National Harbor Marina near Washington, DC, typically hosts a range of restaurants offering Thanksgiving feasts. Options include succulent dishes from places like SUCCOTASH, BOND 45, and more. Keep an eye on their website for updates on this year’s Thanksgiving offerings.

This Thanksgiving, elevate your dining experience by the Chesapeake Bay. Whether you choose the historic charm of Kent Island Resort, the spectacular views at Rusty Scupper, the elegance of Chesapeake Inn, or the culinary delights at Saltine, you’re in for a treat. And, for those near National Harbor Marina, a smorgasbord of options awaits. Gather your loved ones, set sail, and savor the flavors of a waterfront Thanksgiving to remember.