Best Seafood Dive of the Chesapeake

Courtney’s Restaurant – Ridge, Maryland

Down near the southern tip of Maryland, at the very edge of the water bordering the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, is a personal Mecca of ours – Courtney’s Restaurant. We used to keep our boat at a marina that was within walking distance of the restaurant, so we became regulars over time. Breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, brunch, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, supper, whatever – it didn’t matter what time or occasion, Courtney’s was the place for us. Why? The amazing seafood.

In truth, the entire operation is the very definition of a classic seafood dive – the restaurant itself is a no-frills cinder block construct that was once an oyster shucking house from an earlier era with worn interior furnishings, surrounded by several of the original buildings that are in various stages of weathering and disrepair, with an uneven parking area that’s partially flooded at high tide, and a small RV campground that obscures the beautiful and expansive views of the water – but helps to pay the bills when business at the restaurant is slow.

The dining room – Ridge, Maryland
Decrepit out building – Ridge, Maryland
The parking area – Ridge, Maryland
After high tide – Ridge, Maryland

Unlike most other seafood restaurants in and around the Chesapeake Bay, this dive is owned and operated by 75-year-old Chesapeake waterman Tom Courtney and his wife, Julie, with increasing assistance from their younger family members. Here’s a video of Tom at work on the water.

Tom goes out on the water early every morning and catches, cleans, and preps all of the fish on their menu – before handing them over to Julie, who does all of the cooking. The dishes are simple and rustic, but the freshness can’t be equaled. The place is a long way from nowhere and the service is slow, but the food is totally worth the experience.

Braised fish – Ridge, Maryland

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Courtney’s Restaurant
Ridge, Maryland
June 2012
Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 zoom lens
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Food
Courtney’s Restaurant
Ridge, Maryland
August 2015
Sony RX100 IV digicam

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Dining room
Courtney’s Restaurant
Ridge, Maryland
February 2015
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Decrepit out building
Courtney’s Restaurant
Ridge, Maryland
May 2014
Apple iPhone 5S

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The parking area
Courtney’s Restaurant
Ridge, Maryland
January 2012
Apple iPhone 4S

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After high tide
Courtney’s Restaurant
Ridge, Maryland
August 2015
Sony RX100 IV digicam

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Food
Courtney’s Restaurant
Ridge, Maryland
May 2014
Apple iPhone 5S

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