Traders Seafood Steak & Ale Restaurant Review

August 13, 2013

005 (2)Since the weather was very pleasant, I decided a day at Chesapeake Beach would be nice. I called a couple of friends to meet me for lunch at Traders, a restaurant I had heard about and somewhere I had not been before. From the parking lot, the facade was quite nice. There were benches along the walkway with an awning that led to the front door. On the side of the building was a long porch where one could dine or just sit. The front of the restaurant was landscaped quite nicely with flowers. Doing a little history on the restaurant, I learned that Traders had originally been the Seabreeze Restaurant for many years, before being purchased in 2000. The building got a much needed facelift, after being damaged by the tornado in 2008.

003 (3)As I approached the door, it was opened by the hostess, and she asked me if I was dining alone. I told her that I was expecting a couple of others and that I was a little early. Business was quite steady, and the diners seemed to be enjoying their food. I took a walk around the dining area and noticed at the end of the room there was an opening that led to a bar and gaming machines. It was fairly busy with a number of people playing the machines. I walked back to the hostess and asked her to seat me until the others got there.

I was seated near the entrance to the game room and noticed there was a blind across the window, separating the dining area, which closed off the view to the gaming and bar, which was nice. On my left was a ramp that led up to a buffet style room. They offer a large breakfast buffet on Sunday mornings. As soon as my guests arrived, we ordered appetizers, which was the fresh veggie tray and the Traders Sampler. The vegetable platter consisted of broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, celery and cherry tomatoes. The veggie tray was very fresh and served with Ranch Dressing for dipping. The Traders Sampler had 3 wings, 3 tenders, 3 mozzarella sticks and 2 loaded potato skins. The chicken was nice and tender and the mozzarella sticks were crisp on the outside and perfectly melted on the inside. We all agree that the loaded potato skins were too cheesy and less cheese would have been better.

006For our entrées we chose the Grilled Reuben with a side of sweet potato fries, the Fried Flounder sub with a side of Coleslaw and the Prime Rib sandwich with sweet potato fries. The entrées were humongous. The Grilled Reuben was awesome and the sweet potato fries nicely done. The Fried Flounder was done to perfection, lightly breaded, crisp on the outside and flakey on the inside, with a mild taste. The Coleslaw was fresh and crisp. The Prime Rib sandwich came with au jus for dipping and was cooked to order. The steak was tender and had good flavor.

Although we were not able to finish everything, we decided to have dessert. What is a good meal without dessert? Yes, we ordered dessert; triple chocolate cake, lemon cake and ice cream with chocolate sauce. The lemon cake was unusually sweet with a lemon flavor but moist. The triple chocolate cake was nothing special and the ice cream was ice cream.

007 (3)The positives were great appetizers and entrées and for hungry diners, large portions. I was hoping for some great desserts but not this time. The service was wonderful with prompt attention to detail and being welcomed at the door was a nice touch. Bottomless cups of coffee and soda are always appreciated. The place had a very welcoming, homey feel.

The menu is quite extensive with many breakfast items as well as lunch and dinner fare. There are soups and salads as well as sandwiches and subs. And you can have an 8 oz. burger your way. And if an 8 oz. burger isn’t enough, you can order the Big Marty which is 12 oz. All sandwiches are served with a choice of one side. I liked the fact that breakfast is served 7 am to 1:30 pm while lunch is served from 7 am until 4 pm. It is great for those getting off overnight work or those who sleep late. Dinner is served 4 pm to 10 pm. And the dinner menu has many choices from lite fare of soups and salads to hearty meals that include steaks, seafood, chicken and even lasagna. They offer all items to go. One day I will go back and try their Chicken Chesapeake with lump crabmeat in a Bearnaise sauce. It sounds so good. And they do offer a children’s menu.

012I think the deck would be a great place in the cool of the evening to enjoy a drink at the bar or get a bite to eat while listening to entertainment.

Outside bar is open Monday to Friday 4 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 2 pm to 11 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 9 pm.
8132 Bayside Road
Chesapeake Beach Md


Open: 7 am – 10 pm 7 days a week013 (2)
Serving Breakfast 7 am – 1:30 pm
Serving Lunch 7 am – 4 pm
Serving Dinner 4 pm – 10 pm

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18 Responses to Traders Seafood Steak & Ale Restaurant Review

  1. Anonymous on August 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Who did this review and how are you associated with Traders. This all looks suspiciously like an unpaid advertisement.

    • Karen on August 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

      I disagree – look at the reviews by of many places in Calvert and St. Mary’s – all over the area to eat – none are signed. I believe the reviewes need to be done “under cover” by regular people to get a true honest experience and not be harrassed by anyone. All the reviews ready very similar with hours of operation and overall experience so your suspicious for no reason.

    • SMNEWSNET on August 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Restaurant Reviews by Southern Maryland News Net are done anonymously. We do not solicit or work for any restaurants. The restaurant has no prior knowledge that we are coming there and when we are there, the staff does not know who we are or what we are doing. All food ordered is paid for by the reviewers. As far as the restaurant or place serving food knows, we are just some customers having lunch or dinner. The restaurant usually finds out after the review is on site, sometimes as much as two weeks later.

  2. Anonymous on August 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I didn’t enjoy their food crab cake platter was cold my sisters and I spent $106.00 on 2 platters and a crab dip appetizer3 ice teas the waitress and manager where arguing about who made a. reservations for a party of 30.we will never go back!!!

  3. Anonymous on August 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I think they have the best breakfast in the north end of the county. I haven’t had lunch or dinner since the remodel but I always enjoyed the food and staff.

    • Karen on August 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Absolutely the BEST breakfast in Calvert County. Lunch and Dinner are great too and the staff friendly, hard working and courteous to customers.

  4. Anonymous on August 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

    The servers are horrible and the place is trashy.

  5. LynForrest on August 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

    All the restaurant reviews are always blandly positive. I always want more info — is the food home-made, or did that fish come from a box? are the fries made in-house, or did they come frozen in a bag?

    • Anonymous on August 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Exactly! Unfortunately most of the places reviewed in this area are all probably getting thier meals off the same delivery truck.

  6. Buck Wyld on August 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I have enjoyed breakfast and dinner at Traders. The food is really good, I especially like their Rueben, YUM. Traders staff is very friendly and attentive, which makes for an enjoyable dining experience. I drive all the way from Oxon Hill to get me a fine meal at Traders. Their chicken is slamm’n good! Get some!

  7. Martha Stewart on August 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I think this place is nasty.

  8. Anonymous on August 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    This place disgusting… Breakfast is okay but by the time you wait for the table and crap service you will have no choice but to stay for dinner.

  9. Anonymous on August 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Ever since the cook retired the food has gone downhill
    She really is missed and kept the place running.

  10. Super Freakette on August 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Maybe some of these “customers” are ex-employees, who was fired, because they be nasty! Stop haten on the good food and the staff workers, cause you got fired. You just nasty, that’s all. You know that’s right. Keep using your WIC cards, since you don’t have a job and stay out of Traders, try McDonalds next time!

  11. Bobby J on August 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Who cares? That place is full of drunks and stinking gambling addicts from DC. Food? It’s mediocre at best. Head to Solomon’s for some decent food and NO derelicts from DC or Landover.

  12. Julie on August 15, 2013 at 7:44 am

    No derelicts in Solomon’s? Are you kidding me? Read the paper clown, there are derelicts everywhere!!! I would rather go to Traders with drunks and gamblers and great food than go to Calypso Bay in Solomon’s and get stabbed!!

  13. Calvert Girl on August 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    One less derelict in Solomon’s, since you hang out at Traders. Have fun with your drunk gambler friends. I guess when you flush a toilet on Solomon’s, it ends up in Chesapeake Beach, at Traders. You must be the clown at the bar, wrapped in toilet paper!

  14. Anonymous on August 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I did not enjoy my experience at Traders. I went one time and the service sucked. The food was average but our waiter and the manager both seemed very racist and did not want to serve me. They like the bikers and the gamblers. Real good citizens are not welcome there…especially black people. They wont get my money. I don’t gamble there. Just go to the Rob and Steal for a good time.