Established in the 1790s and incorporated after 1868, Berlin has always attracted hungry tourists. With plentiful hunting and fishing on the Eastern Shore, the village has always been a hotspot for tourists interested in fresh, delicious food. At one time, colonial travelers stopped at the Burleigh Inn, situated at what is now South Main Street and Tripoli Street. In fact, the town’s name Berlin (pronounced BER-lin) may have developed as a contraction of the words “Burleigh” and “Inn.”
Berlin, Maryland, was once named Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Town in America in 2014. The town’s wide variety of eating establishments certainly helped the village earn this honor.
The Top Restaurants in Berlin, Maryland
Blacksmith Bar and Restaurant
Blacksmith Bar and Restaurant offers “farm to table quality” products from local farmers, bakers and other local suppliers. The focus of Blacksmith Bar and Restaurant is on local, small and handmade products. The lunch menu includes fresh salads, small plates such as smoked salmon quesadillas and “Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes,” house burgers and veggie burgers, empanadas and tacos, crab cake sandwiches and more. The dinner menu offers mouth-watering choices, such as Wild Alaskan Salmon Provençale, boneless short ribs and even slow-roasted cauliflower.
Blacksmith Bar and Restaurant is located at 104 Pitts St. This establishment is open for casual fine dining Monday through Saturday at 11:30 am until 9:30 pm, serving lunch and dinner.
Located inside a renovated movie theater, The Globe Restaurant and Bar is an American-style restaurant that showcases music and art, as well as delicious food. Guests can enjoy live music shows; these shows are usually free. The Globe also has an art gallery and bar.
The Globe’s menu features scratch-made soups, salads, small plates, big plates, “enough to share” plates, sandwiches and desserts. Seafood burritos, roasted portabellas and crab cake dinners are among the top dishes. Sunday brunch is available.
The Globe Restaurant and Bar is at 12 Broad Street in historic Berlin.
Assateague Crab House
Assateague Crab House is an all-you-can-eat delight. Open since 1985, this family-owned business has established solid relationships with local seafood suppliers to develop a spectacular menu. Aside from an amazing selection of crab dishes, entrees include mouthwatering seafood platters, stuffed shrimp, steamed lobster, scallops, flounder, grilled tuna steaks and more. Landlubbers can feast on steaks, ribs and chicken.
Diners can experience Assateague Crab House by going to 7635 Stephen Decatur Hwy.
Rayne’s Reef Soda Fountain and Grill
Rayne’s Reef offers the perfect burger – never frozen – and hand-dipped ice cream that is certain to delight every member of the family. Established in 1901, this landmark serves many American favorites, such as Reuben sandwiches, cheese steak sandwiches, wraps, salads, shakes and more.
Rayne’s Reef is located at 10 N Main St in Berlin, Maryland.
Southgate Grill features indoor and outdoor seating, a family atmosphere, an affordable menu and quick, friendly service. Fresh fish of the day, surf ‘n’ turf, crab cakes, seafood platters and steaks are available for lunch and dinner. Diners can choose from a number of freshly made sandwiches, such as mini Italian subs and rib eye steak sandwiches. Southgate Grill even offers a late-night menu.
Southgate Grill is located near the south gate of Ocean Pines, at 11033 Nicholas Lane.
Crush N Crab
Crush N Crab is “bringing the beach to Berlin.” This family-friendly restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, and even offers a full menu for carryout. Menu items include mussels, clams, shrimps, capers, blue crab claws, rockfish, oysters and more. Diners can even cap off their meals with homemade Chesapeake Bay Farms ice cream.
Crush N Crab serves crab from its location at 525 S. Main Street in Berlin, at the corner of South Main Street and Rt 113 in Downtown Berlin. It is right across the street from the Northern Worcester Athletic Complex.
Fins Ale House and Raw Bar
Fins Ale House and Raw Bar is for those who like their food fresh – really fresh! Fins Ale House and Raw Bar is the local go-to place for fresh fish, choice raw oysters and local craft beer.
Fins Ale House and Raw Bar is located at 119 North Main Street in Berlin.
Gull Creek offers all day dining for maximum convenience and enjoyment. The food at Gull Creek rivals some of the best restaurants in Berlin. Our senior living community is home to many who love cooking and gardening and desire full-size kitchens for making home versions of the cuisine offered at the best restaurants in Berlin. We also have numerous amenities, such as a beauty salon/barbershop, to help diners look their best before a night out on the town, as Gull Creek is conveniently located near many of Berlin’s finest culinary destinations. Contact us today to learn more about our senior living community in Berlin, Maryland.