Tuesday, July 21, 2015

For the Inquiring Minds

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!
In 2000, 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!
The décor 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
Over the 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!
Many thanks for choosing to dine with us!
~ Skip and Ellen Zahniser

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Start of Our 33rd Season!

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.

Current Hours 
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.
See you at The Dry Dock!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Our Taste of Solomons Offerings!

We are pleased to be participating in the
15th Annual Taste of Solomons
offering three delectable tastes 
Saturday, March 28th
from 11:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.!

Chesapeake Fiesta Oyster Shooters
Vodka with Bartender Jon's pretty famous Bloody Mary Blend
with a Chipotle-Lime Old Bay rim!

Crab Remoulade
Crab Salad with crackers

Chef Ben's Lamb Stew

 Here's how it works: 
Food is "purchased" using $4 tickets.
Each serving/portion is one ticket.
Tickets can be purchased at all participating restaurants,
as well as at The McNelis Group.
For complete details about the Taste of Solomons,
please Click Here.
See you at The Dry Dock!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Our Special Menu for Calvert County Restaurant Week!

February 20th – March 1st, 2015

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 
in a tomato vodka cream sauce 
with peas & crumbled bacon
over penne pasta
Chef’s Crème Brulee



~ Menu Two ~
Choice of either 
House Salad or Caesar Salad
Surf & Turf
5 oz Beef Tenderloin & 4 oz Crab Cake
with spinach & mushroom sauté
whipped potatoes
Chef’s Crème Brulee


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Special Menu on Two Special Nights!

~ special menu ~ 

to be served on Friday, February 13th


Saturday, February 14th

3 COURSES  for  $49 per person 

Flute of Champagne 

~ SOUP ~

Cream of Crab 
Winter Harvest Bisque 

with Warm Sweet Bacon Vinaigrette 


Surf & Turf 

8 ounce Beef Tenderloin 

with choice of 
6 ounce Lobster Tail 
4 ounce Crab Cake 
Roasted Garlic Truffle-buttered Whipped Potatoes
Roasted Asparagus 

Our regular menu will also be available.
Reservations strongly suggested. 
Please call 410-326-4817.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Love, Love, LOVE!

~ Fabulous news ~
Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year!
You bring the LOVE and we provide
the romantic setting
amazing appetizers,
creative cocktails,
delectable dinners,
wonderful wines,
excellent espresso, 
sensational sweets!