🙂 = Kids’ menu, many awesome options on adult menu for everyone, changing tables in bathrooms. Fairly noisy because of the boats, music, and the large size of the deck. Thus, a noisy toddler fits in just fine.
🙁 = Can be a bit noisy if the music is loud. If you want a quiet, peaceful lunch, this may not be the best setting.
Notes: Live music is an almost daily occurrence at the Chesapeake Inn Deck. There are also daily specials (e.g. Mondays – burgers are ½ off. Tuesday – pizzas are ½ off. Wednesdays – tacos and nachos are ½ off, at dinner time). Specials and bands change, so check the website before you go. Oh, and if you behave well, ask your parents to take you to Canal Creamery, a small ice cream “shack” just down the street from the Cheasapeake Inn, with picnic tables to get your sugar overload right on the water. FYI: The deck is open every weekend from November – April, and it is open 7 days a week from May – October.
The Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina (the bottom floor, also known as the Deck) is a restaurant where you can arrive by car or your own private boat. Due to our lack of water transportation, we arrived by car. Chesapeake City is about 15 minutes from the Delaware border, and it is an awesome place to go when the weather is nice. The restaurant has parking, but on the weekends, it can fill up quickly and is only valet ($4). During the week, you may be able to self-park in their lot, depending on how busy they are. We wouldn’t count on this though. Chesapeake City has free street parking all around town, and it is a super cute city with some antique shops and little stores. There are also large, older homes and B&Bs to admire. We recommend looking for parking on 2nd and 3rd streets, only a few blocks from the restaurant. That’s what we did.
Once we got to the restaurant, there is a small indoor dining room (where the restrooms are, with changing tables), but the best part of visiting this restaurant is the views, and any table on the outdoor deck has a great view of the C&D canal. Thus, we encourage you to come when the weather is great so you can sit outside too! The high chair and kids cups with straws arrived very quickly, and the menu was so extensive that it took us a while to decide what we wanted. There was a kids’ menu (hidden inside the regular menu), known as the “kids crew,” with items like chicken tenders, hot dogs, mozzarella sticks, pasta, and cheese ravioli, but we chose to focus on the seafood. The regular menu had so many things to choose from and could satisfy even the pickiest eater! There were paninis, burgers, and seafood sandwiches. Appetizers, pizzas, pastas, salads, and sushi. Mommy and daddy said that we should have a seafood lunch, and we loved that idea! We had a salmon roll from the sushi menu (sushi is actually something we really love), and it was cut in small pieces that made it easier to eat (it’s just seaweed, salmon, and rice). The calamari came with either traditional seasonings (fried with light Old Bay) or tequila style (with sautéed banana peppers, fresh garlic, sweet corn, cilantro, and red peppers in a tequila sauce). Mom and dad ordered tequila style as it sounded more interesting. They were worried it would be a bit spicy for us, but we actually really liked the corn in it, and our parents ate the peppers that we weren’t excited about.
For the main courses, we had a rockfish burrito (the fish was beer battered and fried), that had a very good portion of fish, some avocado, and siracha aioli (it’s like a mayo and is only a tad spicy, but if you don’t like spice at all, ask for it on the side). The burrito also came with some tortilla chips, and for no extra charge, we got some fries instead. We gobbled it up! There were many pizzas on the menu (that were baked by brick oven!) that could satisfy any palate, but since we were on a seafood kick, we got the Chesapeake Bay pizza with mozzarella, fresh crabmeat, shrimp, and some old bay. We ate a bit of it (our parents ate the rest), but we probably would have appreciated the cheese lovers pizza more, which was served with monterey jack and mozzarella cheeses. One pizza is big enough to feed 2 kids and probably served a bit more than an average adult could eat. Mommy also got the tuna bites (sushi-grade tuna, pan seared, and raw) from the appetizer menu. We had no interest in trying it – but she didn’t expect we would. It looked like a pretty large portion!
The live music started in the midst of our meal, and we loved watching the band. We also enjoyed watching the people on the boats and seeing the boats go by. It was good entertainment before our food arrived! After we were done eating, we happily wobbled back up the street to town and enjoyed walking around the streets and into the stores before heading home. We will be back!