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The Kitchen at the Imperial

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208 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620 (Formerly Imperial Hotel)
+1 410-778-5000
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon 11:30 - 21:00
Wed - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Chestertown, Maryland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very well prepared lite fare. I like to eat outside at a table and take in the view on downtown. Dinner inside is also good. I had brunch once - very nice. In an old hotel next to the theater. Two blocks from the river. In the middle of the historic shopping area. The owner/cook Steve is a great guy... More 

Thank RidgeRunner801
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrated our 17th anniversary and food was good, service very good and the ambiance quaint. Would recommend without hesitation and will visit again.

Thank Welltraveledellicott
Chestertown, Maryland
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

I had an excellent meal with co-workers. I tasted the Pan fried oysters and crab dip for apps - both delicious. For a main course, 16oz Rib Eye cooked to perfection and very flavorful. Washed it down with the highly recommended chocolate bread pudding - very rich, very chocolate, and probably best shared. I did not see the total bill... More 

Thank Jeff N
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91 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is the second time I have eaten here, both times was during the Sultana Downrigging. Last year was a lot better and I take it they were having problems this year. The wait was long, and they seemed a bit short staffed. However, we made reservations early, and did not have as long a wait as other folks who... More 

Thank BmoreExplorer
Farmingdale, New Jersey
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Steak Salad and Shrimp Salad, entree size, for lunch. Sounds easy, right? Big bowls, small salads, a few cranberries, a smaller amount of feta cheese, and mixed lettuce greens that were WELL passed their prime. No bread offered. This was at 2 in the afternoon on a Friday. The kitchen was hardly overwhelmed...as were we. The women's bathroom was clean... More 

Thank Diane B
Conestoga, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The food, atmosphere and staff were amazing. I can not wait to return again. My husband and I were getting married the following day and enjoyed our time in Chestertown. Great restaurant.

Thank mommes3
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We were visiting Chestertown in hopes of finding a vacation house and were really looking forward to trying local restaurants. The hotel is quaint, the restaurant looks nice but the service was awful. We waited and waited and waited to be acknowledged after we were seated then were told that "there's a big party in the other room and we're... More 

Thank barbarafS4425HQ
Steve Q, Owner at The Kitchen at the Imperial, responded to this review

I have to admit, I am scratching my head over this review. While we have won awards, voted on by customers, for our gluten free options we do not sell ourselves as a gluten free restaurant. That being said, just as we go out of our way to cater to vegetarians, vegans, lactose intolerant guests or other allergies/issues, we also... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Crab dip was just OK. The mushroom appetizer (thyme infused over polenta), which sounded so good was tiny and not memorable. My wife and I both had the rockfish with crab and it just wasn't very well executed. The service was good and we were able to find a decent wine at a good price. A shame since it's an... More 

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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We recently had dinner at the kitchen. The wait staff was exceptionally pleasant and the chef owner came out to talk to several of the tables (although not ours) The food was very good. I had the crab balls which were extremely tasty (small portion but not expensive) and the rockfish which was prepared very well. My companion had the... More 

Thank Michael P
Steve Q, Owner at The Kitchen at the Imperial, responded to this review

Michael. We are going for "top of the world", but will take "better than good". Thanks for taking the time to review us. Sorry I did not get to talk with you, I try to talk to everyone I can but kitchen duty keeps calling. I am particularly happy to hear how on point my service staff was, that is... More 

Wheaton, Maryland
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

One weekend while I was exploring downtown Chestertown (taught at the college that summer), stopped at this restaurant for a late lunch. Service was okay as was the food. Also, there were flies all over the inside of the restaurant, which is gross when you are trying to each.

Thank pnickel613
Steve Q, Owner at The Kitchen at the Imperial, responded to this review

Sorry you found us so...average. We worked really hard on the decor and ambiance to set ourselves apart from the other restaurants. No, we don't have the water front view, but I would put our back patio against any location in the county. Since you did not mention any food, I cannot comment on what it was you had to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 32
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 208 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620 (Formerly Imperial Hotel)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Chestertown
  • Phone Number: +1 410-778-5000
Casual fine dinning in a relaxed environment. All food made from scracth. Offering lunch and dinner 5 days a week, with a tapas menu available in the Tavern. Sunday offering a Bloody Mary Brunch with a build your own Bloody Mary Bar starting at 10am, dinner on Sunday starting at 5pm. Outdoor seating both front and back.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?