The Dry Dock
opened in 1980, upstairs in the little square building to the left of the
present one. It wasn’t originally designed as a restaurant, and had a tiny two
burner sauté kitchen and 10 tables. It soon became very popular with locals and
boaters alike, serving fresh creative food, and great drinks!
when designing a new marina bathhouse, we had the opportunity to incorporate a
new, slightly larger Dry Dock on its second floor, and add a porch for outdoor
dining. Both the new and the original Dry Dock buildings were designed and
built by our talented craftsmen here at Z’s!
remains the same as the original: our antique decoy collection and collection
of gifted yacht club burgees was moved to the new location, and the boat up in
the rafters, a lighthouse keeper’s sailing peapod c.1800s, which was
custom-built by Zahniser’s in l983, was returned to roost. Half-models and
pictures of boats built here at Z’s adorn the walls
years, the Dry Dock has hosted many interesting people, among them: Bob Hope,
Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, author Tom Clancy (who was the boatyard’s insurance
agent until he published The Hunt for Red October!), Al Hunt and PBS’s Judy
Woodruff, Walter Cronkite, Ted Koppel, Steve Busch and family (Anheuser-Busch)
and a very big and charming NFL player, who shall remain nameless! But our most
interesting guest is you!
As you know, things really heat up in Solomons during the Spring/Summer season so we strongly recommend that you make reservations if you would like indoor seating. However, you do not need reservations to dine on our deck, but please understand that it's first come, first seated.
We know that sometimes it's a snap decision, "Hey, let's go to The Dry Dock!" Please know that we will do our very best to accommodate you when walk through the door. That may mean taking a seat at the bar for a while - not a bad thing. To increase your odds of getting a table: show up when our doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Monday ~ Thursday 5:00 p.m.
with last seating at 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 5:00 p.m.
with last seating at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 10:00 a.m.
with last seating at 2:00 p.m.
Beginning Memorial Day Weekend
we will open for dinner on Sunday nights 5:00 p.m.
with last seating at 9:00 p.m.
Many thanks to so many for your continued patronage of the Dry Dock Restaurant ~
an owner-managed and operated fabulous restaurant! We always enjoy welcoming new friends and seeing some of the same faces that we saw back when we opened 33 years ago! We are committed to serving the freshest food possible. We are a from-scratch kitchen & source our products locally whenever possible.
The Dry Dock is pleased to be a participating restaurant in this year's Calvert County Restaurant Week! In addition to our fabulous standard menu, Chef Ben will also be whipping up two creative & tantalizing cuisine options. Our "regulars" have come to trust in great food from our kitchen, fantastic bar service, and an awesome dining experience in our restaurant for over 30 years. If you haven't yet made it to our restaurant, then this is the perfect time for all of us to get acquainted! See you at The Dry Dock!
~ Menu One ~
Choice of either
House Salad or Caesar Salad Shrimp, Lobster & Crab