Details for Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina

Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina

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Average rating 3.4 stars from 52 reviews

Address 605 Second St
Chesapeake City, MD 21915-1220


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager




Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Very easy in and out, in a small harbor off the canal.





Tide & current additional info

Possible strong current at the harbor entrance.


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 14
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Harbor entrance shoaling to 5' at MLW. Keep closer to the seawall opposity city docks.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: They have a 70' T-Head.


Transient: 40
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.75/ft (2017-06-26)

Other price info: $2.75 per foot weekends.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included in slip price.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: On leash.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Chesapeak Inn Tender - call Andy and he will send out the tender to bring you in to the Inn from the harbor.

Pump out








Yes - Clean



No - Four miles away.



Yes - On location and will deliver to your slip. Others are within walking distance.


Yes - On location and more within walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi, ATT, and Sprint 3G 4 bars.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


C and D canal and small town with a variety of shops.

Reviews for Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina
Good night stay, 2017-05-10
Captain: , Herrington Harbor North (220)

We tried to land at the City Dock, but when we couldn't find deep enough water we landed at the Chesapeake Inn/Marina. We saw 5 feet at low tide. Met by Sean who tied us up quickly and gave us a great tour of the facilities. Food there was pronouced good. Showers needed some bleach, but worked well. All in all a nice stay before heading down the C&D canal.

Great things are happening at Chesapeake Inn Marina, 2016-10-31
Captain: , Georgetown, MD (46)

Halloween party was a blast, new dock master is awesome.

Chesapeake Inn, 2016-10-26
Captain: , Sandusky, OH (370)

Answered radio on 16 after I kept calling City which on Oct 21 is closed? Inn had great help and great food $1.50 ft day and it but hug wall on west side of red and verify depth with dock master before entering

Wonderful spot after the Delaware, 2016-10-26
Captain: , Montreal (60)

A great welcome after a bumpy and wild ride up the bay.
The dock staff are fantastic as they guided us in with a 7 foot draft. They carefully explained that at low tide we will settle in the silt but it will not harm. Will need to leave at better than low tide however

Despite confirmation, Chesapeake Inn was not prepared for my arrival., 2016-10-16
Captain: , Middle Rever, MD (28)

Despite having a confirmation number, the dock master was not aware of my reservation and was not prepared for the arrival of my 38' aft cabin. "How well can you maneuver your boat?", he asks, and has me squeeze into a slip in a fairway narrower than my LOA (I am good) with 6" of water under my hull, and props in silt. For a slip fee in excess of $100, I would have to say it was not much of a bargain. We missed breakfast and a walking tour of the town, as I needed to depart two hours earlier than I had planned when the boat next to mine and the boat opposite mine in the fairway left. Had I not done so, I risked damaging other vessels as well as my own. The dock master suggested that I not use Dockwa there in the future, even though their web site automatically redirects reservation requests to Dockwa,

Labor Day weekend, 2016-09-14
Captain: , All Season Marina (20)

Great place to stay....plenty to do ....and the hurricane was a no-show !! Will definitely be back again...

Chesapeake Inn on the C&D, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Philadelphia (10)

Great place to stay, Andy and the crew are a great help getting you docked up. Good food and drinks, great tiki bar and music.

Nice facility, but it's the dockmaster that makes it happen., 2016-06-16
Captain: , Hobe Sound, Florida (480)

We've arrived at the Chesapeake Inn Marina in the dark after a nasty passage up Delaware Bay from Cape May. We got there almost two hours later than predicted when we made the reservation, but Andy the dockmaster was still there, waiting on the dock. We decided to stay four nights to allow the weather to improve and so wanted to engage a mechanic to help service our engines. Andy made a recommendation of a local mechanic, and the service was performed and finished to our complete satisfaction the next day. Clearly, we are here in the off season (dockage rates are $1 less than listed here) and the Inn is not real busy, so there is no noisy or competing activity in the Tiki Bar or on the docks. And finally, the essentially basic boaters' bathrooms could benefit from some relatively minor fixes: a mirror above the sink; a modern, fast hand dryer; some weather stripping on the bottom of the door to keeep out the weather and the leaves; and some paint to make it prettier. Bottom line, we'll be back - and expect to see Andy waiting on the dock.

Prior review was in November headed south - this time it was June headed to Delaware Bay and north - and the place was beyond busy, but we never even saw Andy. The boaters' bathrooms could still stand some improvement and the harbor has shoaled even more than before, but it's still a fun place to be, it's convenient to the little town and the just the discounted burgers on Monday night make the stop worthwhile. Avoid going in at low tide, watch the sounder and stay closer to the wall than you thiink is right.

Nice, quiet town., 2015-11-21
Captain: , Hampton, Virginia (289)

We stayed at Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina on November 2nd for the evening and really enjoyed the stay. The marina is fine in a well protected basin just off the canal. The (little) town is charming and has several good restaurants. The water is a bit shallow up against the T-heads. Our draft is right at 5 feet and we were churning up a good amount of silt at 1/2 tide. It's a soft bottom though so should not present problems for those in the 5 foot or less range. There's a good restaurant right there at the marina and several others within walking distance. The canal itself is definitely worth the trip if for no other reason than the scenery, particularly from Chesapeake City westward into the river and the upper Chesapeake Bay.

Dockmaster and staff are outstanding, 2015-10-06
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (30)

Andy the dockmaster here and the staff at the restaurant/marina go over and above when it comes to service. We were looking for a safe harbor to wait out 2 nor'easters and the possibility of huricane Jouquin taking aim at Cape May and the Chesapeake when we happened upon this marina. We called the number listed in Acive Captain without much hope of reaching anyone at that hour (we had tried unsuccessfully to reach others that were closer) and were relieved to have the phone answered by the restaurant staff that transfered us to the night manager of the restaurant immediately. He told us he had a dock for us and guided us in. It was dark, raining with winds gusting to 30 mph but he and another employee came out to help us dock and tie-up. They were in their dress shirts and pants but didn't blink an eye. The next morning Andy, the dockmaster, came down to the boat to welcome us and see what we needed. He suggested we move to another dock to lessen the effects of the wind and waves and helped us do that. We waited out 4 more days of rain, wind and high tides pushed in by a 2nd nor'easter that brought record rain and flooding in Cape May and some of the Chesapeake areas. Andy was always around to see if we were ok and if we needed anything. What a port in a storm! To make things even better, the upper restaurant was excellent and the tiki bar and downstairs sports bar and grill were just what we needed. Great job Andy and staff!

Restaurant (and Marina), 2015-09-16
Captain: , Hilton Head, SC (1234)

Their focus is the restaurant first and marina second. Make sure you tell them your draft when they assign you a transient slip. We did but it was only a few hours (and a falling tide) after the dockhand had helped us tie up, I ran into him and he asked how much we drew and said "it gets kinda shallow there so we could move over to the other dock". Too late. No big deal, but glad we were not planning to leave until mid-tide the next morning as the fuel docks over at Schaefer's don't open until 9am.

Two private shower / bathrooms are accessed from the restaurant patio area - so it's a bit strange walking by tables of diners, but we boaters are already used to being the subject of this spectator sport.

The restaurant upstairs was fine. Like I said, they run a better restaurant than marina.

Not Bad..., 2015-07-07
Captain: , Philadelphia, PA (141)

This place has something for everyone. Mostly typical Chesapeake bar food, but now with sushi?!? I've not had it, but have heard that it is good. We mostly do the pizza's, oysters, and flatbread. The weekend brunch here is fantastic, and really well priced. They have a decent ouside deck, but it can get pretty loud. You can eat upstairs inside if you want, and the bar has a nice torch-lit deck overlooking the basin. If you're going by water, watch the tide. There's not much water approaching the dock. After plowing our way to the dock on a mid-tide (5' draft) we were pretty much stuck for the next five hours. We didn't mind - just napped off lunch! Good view and neat town.

Friendly staff, crazy tiki bar, 2015-06-15
Captain: , Annapolis (104)

Stayed im the anchorage on a Saturday night. They get close to 1,000 people at the outside bar, so it is loud until 2:00 a.m. Restaurant was better than expected. Tommy, the bar manager, was helpful and entertaining.

Great place but totally nuts in summer, 2015-05-27
Captain: , Haiku, HI (251)

Summer weekends are a mob scene with all spaces filled, cigarette boats revving, drinks delivered to the docks, standing room only in the Tiki bar. Great if you want to get into the swing, not so much if you just want to relax. Or walk a dog, as the only way off the dock is through the Tiki Bar where everything is happening. On the plus side, it is protected and easy to access and a good stop for the run to Cape May. And the frozen drinks are killer.

Good stop in the C&D Canal, 2014-11-02
Captain: , Kent Narrows, MD (200)

We stopped at Ches Inn and Marina three times in the past month. Andy, the dockmaster, is always pleasant and helpful. With an MTOA discount for five boats we paid $1.75/ft. This time we paid $2.25/ft without that discount (delivering my son's boat from CT). The floating docks are very new but there is thin water near some of them (one of our Grand Banks 42s was basically on the bottom when they left), and some of the slips are very tight to get into. This time we tied to a T-head and had no problem. The restaurant, bar, and Tiki bar right at the marina are very good. Only the restaurant was open this time, October 29th, and the food was average and the price above average. There are only two heads/showers for the transient boaters, which are more than adequate, but not great. All in all, it is a good stop when transiting the canal.

Restrooms Need Attention, 2014-09-13
Captain: , Stuart FL (758)

It's a great location. Andy the dockmaster could not be more helpful. On 4 stops over 2 years, it seems the rest of the staff could use some "happy" pills. Shower / restrooms are spacious and could be top notch but need to be cleaned more often. Showers are mildewed and scummy; floors always wet and littered with leaves / paper. Latest visit, only three transient boats tied up for the night, so can't blame it on "the big crowd." Next time will give Schaeffer's a try.

EXCELLENT place for a drink, snack, dinner..., 2013-11-15
Captain: , Narragansett RI (234)

Came here for a drink and dinner whilestaying at the free dock. Excellent bartender, friendly people, had great time.

C&D Canal Chesapeake City MD, 2013-09-17
Captain: , Sandwich (722)

The marina is adjacent to their outdoor restaurant and bar making the stay a bit noisy. The restrooms were private and clean. Not much in the way of a downtown. Good for an overnight transitting C&D Canal.

a nice stopover, 2013-07-03
Captain: , Mashpee River (507)

Have stopped at Schaffer's several times, but I found this much more pleasant. Yes, a llittle pricey, but helpful dock people, good food, and our stop, good music as well

a pleasant little town, 2013-06-24
Captain: , Knapps Narrows Md (450)

I have stayed in Chesapeake city many time helping friends move boats but this was the first time we had our boat there. We arrived early and Andy, the long time dockmaster is always there to help you tie up and try and learn how he flips the dock lines to a perfect tie to the cleat. Floating docks make it easy. Since we were early, we had a chance to walk around town and discovered a lot of quant shops for the admirals and several good restaurants. Also good places to walk the dog,

Convenient stop, 2013-05-21
Captain: , Rockport, Texas (130)

Easy in and dock. The dockhand was most helpful.
It was a little rocky at times but not bad. On a positive side, the Pina Colada was terrific!
Restrooms clean - good for an overnight stop.

Convenient stop at the C&D Canal, 2013-02-24
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale FL (271)

Good docks. A bit of current at the piers closest to the entrance. Helpful dock hand. Wake from a passing barge can be felt every now and then. Town is very cute. Nice opportunity to strech your legs. Food at the restaurant was OK. Service was good friendly. It's so close to the docks it can surely be noisy during weekends. The town blasted its siren at 2:00 AM summoning their volunteer firefighters. My young crew had a scare of his lifetime as he thought a tornado was apporaching !

Great town to visit Historic Quaint, 2013-01-31
Captain: , Occoquan VA (60)

Historic town with a nce quiet restaurants and coffee shop near by that meet my criteria: Not a chain! Friendly locals and a great summer stop. Try to get the free dockage next to the paid dockage. Same location, much better price.

Party Place If That's Your Scene, 2013-01-12
Captain: , Browns Cove, MD (402)

We got slips here during the week this past Summer for the first time and yet the place was hopping. Outside bar was active, fun and had great bartenders. Many reviewers mention that transient slips seem like an afterthought and I would agree, especially bathrooms/showers but fun place overall. Food was decent at the marina and town is very historic and quaint. NO POOL though so if you are there in Summer prepare to be hot or run your AC.

Chesapeake Inn & Marina, 2012-10-04
Captain: , Pelican Marina, Elizabeth City, NC (131)

Decent dock ; really rocked hard with a barge passage over night. Showers & toilet could really use a cleaning! Easy walk into town but no groceries nearby without a ride. Restaurant right here, convenient but noisy.

If you go to the bar, bring you credit cards, 2012-09-18
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

I found it extremely expensive , extremely!

Captain: , YORKTOWN, VA (383)


Overnite after the July 4th fireworks, 2012-07-05
Captain: , Solomons, Maryland (133)

If anyone out there is a big fan of Captain Ron this place is the closest thing to St Hogue as you can get. I just wanted to drive my sailboat into the sea wall and turn at the last second just like the movie.
Floating docks are great, no problems getting in at high tide. Dock hand did not have a clue about docking boats.
Atmosphere at the Restaurant is great! Very carrbbean like. Beautiful women everywhere!!!
Tour of town takes 10 minutes. Did not get a chance to checkout the museum.
The bathroom at the marina leaves much to be desired. After you walk through the resturant and bother people to get in the restroom, it is a disgrace. it was like being in a gas station. Flies, no AC and showers I would set foot in!

Wonderful surprise on the C&D, 2012-06-20
Captain: , Huntington Beach, CA (589)

Expecting a mud hole anchorage, instead we found a welcoming waterfront and a well maintained village of historic homes & businesses. Go and enjoy it!

Don't go out of your way!, 2012-06-12
Captain: , Gore Bay (80)

Just a "so-so" stop. Expensive for what you get. No laundry, wifi not available, lots of noise from restaurant. Better off anchoring or getting on the free city docks. The transient boater aspect of the operation is not well done.

You Kidding Me?, 2012-06-06
Captain: , Chalreston, SC (40)

Expensive tourist trap. They have a license to steal. Best left to the 20-somethings before you get any common sense. Its the perfect place to rock and roll all night...both in their go fast boats and becasue of the ever-present ship wakes.

Only in a Pinch, 2011-08-31
Captain: , Egg Harbor Township, NJ (30)

Noisy, forget about sleeping. Anticipate being up till 2:00 am. The bathrooms are in a strange location for those staying overnight. You have to walk through the dining area amongst customers trying to eat. The whole overnight concept looks like an afterthought. When I walked in to pay the person greeted me with a "Whats Up", while looking down and texting on a cell phone Then they took my 75 bucks for a 27 foot sailboat. The only person who was really helpful was the Dockhand who I tipped heavily. Noisy, loud, but convenient.

Chesapeake City Marina and Restaurant+Chesapeake City, 2011-08-22
Captain: , annapolis (391)

Marina is fine albeit expensive; $2.50/ft during weekdays plus electricity. Dockhands helpful but other personnel just so-so. No maps of town. In town, many "shoppes" for those who enjoy shopping. Tap Room restaurant excellent-had wonderful mussels and plump fried clams. Town has C&D Canal Museum by Corps of Engineers. Worth a visit.

Nice stopover in the canal, 2011-07-03
Captain: , Beach haven NJ (510)

One of my favorite stops. This is a great place to dock. The best kept secret is the Tap Room in town. By pass the local restaurant in the marina and ask for directions to the Tap Room. it is a good walk but worth it. Best seafood restaurant i have found in 30 years of cruising.

A Nice Stop with Calm Water and Good Eats, 2011-06-09
Captain: , Kings Point, New York (80)

We docked our 54' motor yacht in the calm waters of this quiet basin in the DC canal. The tiki bar was great for beer and nachos and the restaurant at the Inn served up a wonderful dinner. The town is very small but the waterfront is quite nice. This is barely a complaint, but the "dockhand" who came to assist was really a waiter from the bar with no boating knowledge. No worries, we excused him and handled the lines ourselves. I recommend the marina.

Weekend slip - Fun party atmosphere but not if you go to bed early, 2011-06-06
Captain: , Atlantic City, NJ (320)

Just spent the past weekend at the marina. For sailboats over 30' can be a little tight to maneuver on the C dock but take it slow. The dock hands were helpful and the restaurant / tiki bar are just footsteps away. The private bath / shower facilities were clean and well maintained. There is a small gift shop but if you need groceries or other items there is nothing convenient. So stock up before you arrive. There were bands playing on friday from about 1:00pm till they close down at 1:30pm. So it can be a bit noisy if you do not plan to stay up till it closes.

Best spot on the C&D, 2011-06-02
Captain: , Newark, DE (250)

This is my favorite restaurant in the area! The food upstairs is amazing! The food downstairs is... good. The chesapeake pizza is out of this world! The drinks, atmoshpere, staff, and patrons are 5 stars!
Floating docks, showers and restrooms and also dinghy service to boats anchored in the cove is available by calling the restaurant on either radio or phone. There are plenty of speciality shops in the quaint town. A great weekend destination for local boaters looking to relax and blow off some steam, and a great place to connect with fellow cruisers during the season.

The last saturday in June is canal day! The cove will be full of boats and drunken debauchery. Stay clear if this is not for you. In fact you will probably not be able to get in unless you come about a week before this event. It is Chesapeake City's equivalent to Mardi Gras - a site to be seen and enjoyed, and generally barely memorable the following day. The town has the small town street fair feel during this weekend and walking from one to the other is like visiting to different planets!

Party Place, 2011-05-19
Captain: , Camden, ME (443)

Nice little town with good selection of restaurants. Excellent protection from wind and waves. The restaurant sees big crowds in season with live bands, so it can be noisy late if your slip is near the restaurant.

Fun Stop, Quaint Town, 2011-04-15
Captain: , Chester Springs, PA (189)

Very busy on weekends, may have to anchor out & use water taxi (free by Inn). Decent casual food downstairs, better upstairs but not for swimsuits. Dock master Andy can give you cool line-handling tips. Live music sometimes, nice dockside bar. Walk into town and you have more restaurant choices, depending upon your mood and/or guests.

Nice Place, 2010-10-15
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

We enjoy staying here and the resturant is good, as are many other's. Nice town to walk around and eat at many places. Neat history. Good ice cream. Marina is fine.

Chesapeake City has been dredged!!!, 2010-09-17
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1164)

This very convenient stop is again open, thanks to the Army Corps. Ample water at the entrence and around the marina for any boat that the docks can accomodate. Docks need upgrading, weak planks and small cleats. OK power and good water pressure. The resturant is very good. Helpful and knowledgable dock hand as well as courteous office staff taking reservations.

Chesapeake Inn, 2010-08-02
Captain: , Dallas, TX (726)

Great food. Helpful dockhand. No fuel the only minus. We were here on a Monday night so it was pretty quiet. Definately will be on the list of stops in the area.

Good food, great scenery, 2010-07-26
Captain: , Cornwall PA (421)

We boated in here only once. Got quick help at the dock, good service in the restaurant, and the food was pretty good too! We also walked around the interesting little town, with shops for antiques, ice cream, etc. Small, quaint and worth the trip!

Crabcakes!, 2010-06-09
Captain: , Trenton, NJ (83)

The best crabcakes on the far, anyway.

Chesapeake Inn-Party Ho!, 2010-02-28
Captain: , Waretown, NJ (58)

Overpriced Restaurant with a bar/grill dockside. Expensive dockage ($2.75/ft) for what you get, and very roudy/loud on weekends. No fuel; washrooms not the best. Still, its a safe overnight while transiting the C&D Canal. Dockmaster very helpful & capable; reach him on VHF9/16. But the restaurant staff clueless about dockage.

If you don't mind the noise and overpriced food, its a safe tie-up.
If you have the time & daylight to push thru to the west, there's better overnite stays there

First Come First Serve, 2009-10-06
Captain: , Kent Island (50)

Call and ask for slip space for a few hours and they say first come first serve. Call us when you get near. Doesn't work very well on most weekends as your guessing the entire trip up. We've been SOL many times. They say anchor in harbor and taxi in, if you have ever been here there is little opportunity to anchor properly due to crowded harbor. Lousy system if you ask me so we've found other destinations for the afternoons.

LOL, 2009-08-01
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

Love it for what it is.....a party place, especially on the weekends. But beer was only $2 at happy hour and the crab pretzel (although sounds gross) is VERY good. Tue is 1/2 pizza night. The waiter staff is slow and not to bright, so take that into consideration.

Cheasapeake Inn, 2009-05-29
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Overpriced and loud. ($2.75/ft on weekend). Called and the staff didn't know what the price was or if there was availability. I'm guessing they are taking advantage of the canal. If you are headed eastbound there are slim picking once you get to the bay.

Also, you may want to discount the star rating, since it appears the dockmaster got on posted a very good rating.

Convenient stop, 2009-05-19
Captain: , Stafford, VA (1077)

This is a convenient stop when transiting the C&D Canal. The staff is friendly and we have found the heads to be clean. The restaurant's outside deck can get noisy on the weekends.

Rip Off, 2008-10-29
Captain: , Newark, DE (3)

Completely overpriced and dont even mention Canal Day. I think they charge you for even mentioning Canal Day on their property.

Captain: , CHESAPEAKE CITY (74)


Memorial Day 2007, 2007-07-13
Captain: , Marlton, NJ (171)

Slips are limited (40 transient). Lots of locals pull in for the bar and band. Limited menu at dockside. Good restaturant upstairs. Heads are dirty and need work. Noisy and crowded on the holidays. Limited room to back in a single screw boat.

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