Details for Capt. Johns Crab House and Marina

Capt. Johns Crab House and Marina

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 20 reviews

Address 16215 Cobb Island Road PO Box 288
Cobb Island, MD 20625


After hours contact

Pro-Op message

ActiveCaptain boaters enjoy a 25% discount off transient slip price all season long.
ActiveCaptain boaters also when paying for two consecutive nights received third night free. (Electrical charges still apply)

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Full service seafood restaurant with outside seating. Transient slips available.


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Warren (Skip) yates



Bob Magorian

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MC, Visa, Discover, Amex and Diners Club.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Open 7 days a week.


If you entered Neale Sound from the east (the normal way), you must pass under a fixed bridge with 18 foot clearance at MHW.

Neale Sound from the west channel is well marked and has at least 7 feet of depth at low tide, except for 1 spot at the entrance (between R2 and G3 that was reported to be at 5.5 feet at low tide, April 2015).





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 5
Fuel dock: 5

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - YES

Additional info: Newly rebuilt in 2013.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 55
Beam max: 17

Other info: Dockside mooring for larger boats up to 75 feet. There is a power pedestal on the right side of the fuel dock as you approach it. If you don't fit in a slip, you can tie up here.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2017-08-21)

Other price info: BoatUS, MainaLife discounts and ActiveCaptain discount for transients.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Dual 30 amp. The power pedestals may be locked. When you check in at the office, they will come out and open yours if necessary.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - WiFi is available.

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas price$3.20/gal (2017-08-21)

Other price info: BoatUS gas discount is $0.10 per gallon.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - At a separate small dock to the left of the main docks. To use, tie up here and walk over to the office to get someone to turn it on.








Yes - Only available while the restaurant is open.




Yes - Basic items on site. Grocery store is within walking distance just across the bridge.


Yes - Some items are available across the street at Shymansky's store.


Yes - Restaurant on site and full to-go menu.



Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Bait and tackle.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Boat rentals.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi

Boat ramp availability

Yes - $5.00 Fee.



Other services


Reviews for Capt. Johns Crab House and Marina
great stop along the Potomac!, 2017-05-22
Captain: , Marthasville (573)

Great place and by far the best of the 3 marina/restaurants here and that's not including the BoatUS discount for transient slips!!

As others have said the fixed docks have been updated and compared to many, have full length finger piers so with current we were able to dock bow in with our 38 cruiser and still get off at the stern.

We were here during soft shell crab season and got a dozen, huge, LIVE soft shell for $40.

Ate at the restaurant twice and the crab cakes and fresh seafood did not disappoint!

Clean power and water. It didn't matter to us that there was no laundry and that the restrooms are part of the office/restaurant.

Management response:
Thank You so much for your visit and review. We look forward to serving you in the future.

Go for the Crabs, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Goose Creek (70)

This is really a restaurant with a dock. Friendly people, but not really marina focused. The bathrooms are in the restaurant, and don't include shower facilities. No recycling, weak wi-fi. They don't answer on channel 16 (phone ahead) and don't really offer to help you dock. We saw 6' of water at HIGH tide in the entrance channel. Still, the docks were solid and the power was good. the 25% Active Captain discount was much appreciated. I would stop again if in the area.
On the restaurant side, the Premium Crab Cakes are good - this is a very relaxed, family style restaurant.

Economical stop, 2016-06-01
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (420)

The reveiw from last fall appears out of date as the docks appear all new with new pilings and power pedestals. The approach from the west is not near as challenging as described if you follow the local knowledge advise.

Not much more than a piece of wood to tie up to ..., 2016-05-28
Captain: , Hobe Sound, Florida (480)

Of all the marinas we've stayed at since leaving Florida in early April, this one was the least hospitable and offered the least in the way of amenities. But the food in the restaurant was very good.

Nice spot on the Potomac, 2016-05-24
Captain: , Silverthorne, CO (419)

We found an ad in an old Waterway Guide and were enticed by the dock and dine aspect. It's no longer free to dock, but at $1.13 per foot with BoatUS discount (plus electric), it's very affordable. The transient slips are easy to get into with long finger piers. Very quiet, a little skinny getting into north channel but manageable. We enjoyed our Supreme Crab Cakes at the restaurant. The rest of the food offerings were simple but adequate. It's a nice walk across the bridge and around Cobb Island. A post office and small grocery store are just across the bridge.

Nice overnight stay, 2016-04-03
Captain: , Herndon, VA (42)

We spent a nice Friday night at the marina in August 2015. We approached from the north channel and had no problems. Dockhand guided us into a nice secluded slip as there were no other transients that night. Had a great meal in the restaurant and the whole experience was very affordable with the Boat US slip discount. We will stay here again.

Capt. Johns Restaurant, 2015-09-20
Captain: , ColonialBeach, VA (330)

Peers are in bad shape but the Restaurant is a good place to eat. You have to try the Sunday Morning Pancakes!

Excellent restaurant, nice docks, 2015-08-24
Captain: , Stafford, VA (1077)

The restaurant is the draw here, with great food and friendly service. Locals drive for miles to come here on Sat. night. The marina is just a fairly dilapidated dock with limited power. it's also under an 18' fixed bridge. To eat here (which we do a lot), we tie up at 1 of the other 3 marinas before the bridge (where there is usually always space available) and walk over (it's not far). 5/2013 UPDATE: The docks have been completely rebuilt and repowered. The outside slips are 18' wide. We now stay here whenever we visit. The staff is always very accommodating and helpful.

Nice all around, 2015-01-10
Captain: , Coles Point, VA (788)

Visited many times during 2014 season and was always met with pleasant service. The docks, which are relatively new in the last couple of years are sturdy and well done. Water can get a bit skinny, and my props were causing silt blooms as I maneuvered, but they stayed off of the bottom, even at low tide at the pump-out dock. There is a seagull/duck/bird problem, and regular maintenance of the docks (washdown) would be a big help as the lack of removal of the mess is a signal to other birds this is a safe place for them. The restaurant is a nice place to eat, however, and the people there are nice too. This marina is the best service in Cobb Island. No pool, no captains lounge, not many amenities ashore hold this place back from a higher rating.

Bay style restaurant on the Potomac River, 2014-09-09
Captain: , Occoquan Virginia (28)

The premium crab cakes were excellent. My friends had the all you can eat crabs and said they were some of the very good. This is a open family friendly restaurant with a dated interior, but very good food.

Great find, 2014-09-03
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (354)

Nice location, people and price! Active Captain discounts make this an all around great stopping point for ventures out to the bay. We came in from the east so we had to lower the VHF antenna to pass under the narrow bridge. We left to the west and found that way much easier. Was a bit worried about that but there was plenty of water for our 4 foot draft at high tide. The only negative was that there was no response to our hails on 16 or 9. Had to call by cell to make contact. When entering a harbour for the first time, there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to communicate quickly and easily with the harbour master.

Nice Restaurant & Marina, 2014-09-03
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (390)

Excellent Restaurant with some of the best all-you-can-eat crabs on the Potomac! Also nice, new dockage with excellent dock master (Skip) and Assitant (Bob) that did whatever they could to make your stay enjoyable. Also has a SMALL convenience/liquor store on-site, but nothing else really in walking distance. Good stay for sea food and lay-back marina.

Perfect Stop, 2014-08-29
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

We decided to stop here and styed three nights due to weather. Crab Cakes - buy the premium. Price of $1.13/ft with discounts is hard to beat. Not much in town, but there is a small grocery across the bridge, which is a nice walk. Staff is great. Docks are full finger piers for larger boats, so bow in in easy if you aer less than 55' . The ony thing that keeps it from 5 stars is no showers, or even access to a toilet after hours. But for the price, nice docks, even 50 amp power, water, ...., 4 stars. No one will help you dock, but the slips are so easy in/out, you do not need them unless winds are high. No current, and protected from almost all winds. See our warning on the 18' bridge in that posting. We did not go out the north end, but it looks dicey. We asked about it and I am sure we could have used it, but we were nervous about it. THe south entrance under the bridge is east to do.

Great Stopping Spot with discount, 2014-08-25
Captain: , Central Illinois (537)

We came from the west side with our Power Cat. Never saw less than 6-7 feet one hour after low tide. We have Depth gauge in each hull. Green side of channel was deeper all the way in and out.
They did answer the VHF, Helped us dock, and helped with pump out (which is free with an overnite stay) on the way out.

Great seafood, 2014-03-03
Captain: , Annandale Va. (265)

There crab are the best price ok, Depend on # of crabin river. Other food are the best too.

Good stop nice people, 2013-09-22
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (654)

We stayed two nights one was for the good food the next was a for a weather window. It is a lot like moving back in time, very laid back and the service was great, we'll stop agin on our way south.

Well Protected, marked 6' channel, new docks, 2013-06-07
Captain: , Huntington Harbour, CA (337)

Enjoyed visiting this area and marina/restaurant. The marked channe is 6' and we had no problems with our 4' draft even at low tide. New docks are completed and have water and power. He anticipates charging for a slip fairly soon. Restaruarnt is great and very friendly. Enjoyed my first ever soft shell crab sandwich - fresh crab, really excellent. Also, take a walk over the bridge to Scuttlebutt for happy hour, $1.25 beers when we visited. we appreciate the hospitality and small town atmosphere of this area.

Winter Availability, 2012-03-18
Captain: , Galesville, MD (160)

At 8AM in early March 2012, we went in search of gasoline for our dinghy. Other locations were closed. We were able to get fuel and some food supplies here. They were open early. Hailed Cobb Island on VHF 16 with our handheld and the Boat US crew directed us here.

Surprisingly good, 2011-04-05
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (124)

This place and the surrounding area is sort of like going back in time to the 56s-60s, but we very much enjoyed the food and atomosphere of Capt. John's. Old fashioned and good. One of the food highlights of our 10 day sailing trip on the Potomac in 2010.

Capt. John's Crab House, 2010-07-07
Captain: , Swan Point, MD (85)

The best restaurant choice in the vicinity of Cobb Island. Their Premium Crab Cakes are the best I have found anywhere on the Potomac. The blackened Tilapia is also very good. And, of course, the steamed Maryland Blue Crabs are alway good.

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