Welcome to Main Ingredient Café, where we specialize in comfort gourmet food and provide a distinctive neighborhood restaurant, where you can enjoy time with friends or a break from the office in our casually elegant dining room. We feature uncommonly fresh fare sourced from local gardens and waters, making our café the perfect place to visit as a regular breakfast guest, or, as a special occasion favorite.

Join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner seven days each week and try one of our signature dishes, such as our popular Craisin Chicken Salad or Herb Crusted Salmon. We promise you’ll find something on the menu for every palate, and we invite you to discover the best Annapolis has to offer.

“What is the Main Ingredient? The answer is quality: quality of ingredients, quality of preparation, and quality of service.” — The Capital, Entertainment Guide

We gladly accept reservations for breakfast and lunch for parties of 8 or more daily, and accept all reservations for dinner. Reservations are accepted for select holidays. Please feel free to call and inquire.

What is the Main Ingredient?

“The answer is quality; quality of ingredients, quality of preparation, and quality of service” -The Capital Entertainment

The Main Ingredient Café is a favorite among Annapolis locals, boasting a reputation as the neighborhood café in Bay Ridge. The ambiance is casual and comfortable, where one can feel right at home having an elegant dinner and equally comfortable showing up for breakfast with shorts, t-shirt and newspaper.

We are a full-scale restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. In addition to our traditional breakfast offerings, we have a loyal following at lunchtime, offering trademark items, like our craisin chicken salad, café salad, spiced tea, and pumpkin muffins. We also offer an elaborate dinner menu, where the executive chef has created a menu influenced by regional cuisine and global flavors.

We take pride in our reputation for excellent food, superb presentation and unparalleled client satisfaction.

Voted Best Comfort Food, Best Dessert and Best Cupcakes 2012 ~ What’s Up Annapolis
We gladly accept larger parties.

Cafe Hours

Sunday – Thursday 7:30AM – 9:00PM
Friday – Saturday 7:30AM – 10:00PM

Saturday 7:30AM – 12 (noon)
Sunday 7:30AM – 2Pm

Monday – Friday 11AM – 5PM
Saturday 12 (noon) – 5PM

Lite Fare
Sunday 1PM – 4:30 PM

Monday – Saturday 5PM – close
Sundays 4:30PM – close

Looking to cater your corporate lunch or event?

Contact Us

914 Bay Ridge Road
Annapolis, MD 21403
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