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Charleston Restaurant

French 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Baltimore's most-celebrated restaurants, Charleston serves beautifully prepared Southern-accented fare in a plush setting. — Lonely Planet

Whether you choose local seafood or beef, you know the food will be fresh, perfectly cooked, with delightful sauces and accompaniments. — Frommer's

Dining at Charleston's is so decadently magnificent it borders on obscene. — BlackBook

Chef-owner Cindy Wolf's inspired cuisine rivals anything in the region. — Fodor's

“no detail goes unnoticed” by the “superlative” staffers, who “spoil” guests with selections from co-owner Tony Foreman's “epic” wine list in a “stunningly beautiful” space. — Zagat

Woodberry Kitchen

American 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Elegant locally sourced food and menu creations; vegetarian positive. — Not For Tourists

Woodberry Kitchen has a cozy, relaxed atmosphere and the menu harks back to a simpler era. — Fodor's

Sustainable cuisine --- American food prepared using seasonal, local, preferably organic ingredients --- is the most influential restaurant trend of the early 21st century. — Gayot

The Woodberry takes everything the Chesapeake region has to offer, plops it into an industrial barn and creates culinary magic. — Lonely Planet

Hosts a “hip”, “boisterous” crowd happily devouring the “complex” farm-to-table “amazingness” delivered by “friendly, smart” servers who “aim to please". — Zagat

The Helmand

Indian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Mid-priced, dinner-only Afghan restaurant in Mount Vernon, with savoury dishes such as aushak (leek-filled vegetarian ravioli), koufta challow (lamb and beef meatballs) and the delicious... — Rough Guide

Diners make a “culinary expedition” to this Mt. Vernon “landmark” for “consistently amazing” Afghan fare (baked pumpkin is “especially recommended”) served by “gracious” staffers. — Zagat

Owned by Hamid Kharzai's brother, Qayum Karzai, Helmand serves outstanding Afghan fare in a casual yet elegant space. — Fodor's

The Helmand is a longtime favorite for its kaddo borawni (pumpkin in yogurt-garlic sauce). — Lonely Planet

The food is exotic yet accessible --- your most finicky friends will enjoy every bite --- and just keeps getting better. — Gayot

Tapas Teatro Cafe

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Connected to the Charles Theater, the place for art and indie films in Baltimore, the Tapas Teatro is a popular pre- and post-movie spot. — Fodor's

The best cafe next to an artsy movie theater that you will ever find. — On the Grid

Tapas are big in Baltimore -- and as pretty as Sascha's is, the food here is even better. — Frommer's

Tapas. Before and after a movie at The Charles, check out this neighborhood favorite. — Not For Tourists

It feels “fun and adventurous” splicing together a meal out of the “innovative” Eclectic-Med tapas at this “popular”, “energetic” Station North night spot next to the Charles Theatre. — Zagat

Tio Pepe Restaurant

Mexican 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If this “immutable” special-occasion “staple” in Mt. Vernon is “favored by people nostalgic for the Nixon administration”, well, longtime faithfuls explain it truly is “as great as it was... — Zagat

Occasions big and small draw boisterous revelers who want to party in Spanish --- this is one place you can laugh long and loud and no one will arch an eyebrow. Waiters in red-and-blue... — Gayot

Candles light up the whitewashed walls of these cellar dining rooms, where the menu covers all regions of Spain. — Fodor's

One thing is undeniable, Tio's fare is hands down some of the best Spanish victuals anywhere in the city. Just try and look presentable before showing up, okay? — BlackBook

Walk down the stairs into whitewashed rooms that resemble a wine cellar. Spanish artwork, wrought iron, and pottery decorate the tiny dining rooms that seem to go on and on. — Frommer's

Pazo Restaurant

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Visually "stunning" "industrial-chic" destination for "scrumptious" Med tapas and entrees delivered by "attentive" pros. — Zagat

Tapas, full dinners and tasting menus for six or ten diners dominate the offerings at this dining-and-dancing hot-spot. — Gayot

Small plates, huge space. A Mediterranean lounge and restaurant in a historic 1880s boiler works. — Travel + Leisure

An expansive 19th-century warehouse is now home to this fashionable, two-level restaurant serving Mediterranean-influenced fare. — Fodor's

Estate-grown rice for paella stylings, grilled duck with blueberry sauce, sea scallops and crispy ham. Wine list runs deep, too. — BlackBook

Aldo's Restaurant

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Aldo's perfectly prepared Italian entrees, candlelit dining rooms, and attentive service make this Little Italy's finest restaurant. — Frommer's

Visual titilating decor, intuitive servers and truly stupendous gastronomical delights that have been known to literally cause spontaneous combustion of orgasmic proportions. — BlackBook

The beautiful woodwork is reason enough to visit Aldo's once, but it's the well wrought Italian cucina that will bring you back for more. — Gayot

It's easy to see why Aldo's has won so many awards in the past decade. Have a meal under the skylight in the pillared two-story central dining room and you'll swoon over both the decor... — Fodor's

“Splendid”, “old-world Italian” cuisine is “served with class” by tuxedoed waiters at this venerable Little Italy “gem” that's “worth all the hype”. — Zagat

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Amicci's

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At this self-proclaimed "very casual eatery," you don't have to spend a fortune to get a satisfying taste of Little Italy. — Fodor's

Tasty, super reasonable Little Italy red sauce mainstay. — Not For Tourists

This local icon serves up traditional Italian comfort food at reasonable prices. Seafood-lovers and vegetarians will be especially pleased. — Lonely Planet

Inexpensive yet tasty fare in the heart of Little Italy. — Gayot

There's "plenty of cheese and sauce to go around" at this "reasonably" priced, "family-friendly" Little Italy longtimer in a "simple" space decorated with movie posters. — Zagat

The Prime Rib

French 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When that strip steak comes it will be lush, dry-aged, and seared to a caramelized finish. Roasted prime rib, heaped with fresh horseradish, will be juicy and ultra-flavorful. — Gayot

Bustling and crowded, this luxuriously dark dining room is just north of Mount Vernon Square and a five-minute drive from the Inner Harbor. — Fodor's

Do as they do in “Mad Men” – “dress up and have a martini” – at this “classic” Mt. Vernon steakhouse...that's operating at the “top of its game”, delivering “fantastic” “slabs of meat”. — Zagat

In the heart of Mount Vernon, this restaurant has been dishing out the beef since 1965. — Frommer's

Facilitating engagements, retirements, rehersal dinners, anniversaries and gastronomic excitement for over 40 years. — BlackBook

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Thames Street Oyster House

Seafood 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Like many historic buildings in Fells Point, Thames Street Oyster House has lived several lives, functioning as a brothel, saloon, and gift shop before opening in 2011 as a seafood... — Fodor's

“classic” oyster house in Fells Point, where “informative” servers ferry “outstanding” East Coast seafood and “raw-bar treats” washed down with “excellent draft beers”. — Zagat

An icon of Fell's Point, this vintage dining and drinking hall serves some of Baltimore's best seafood. — Lonely Planet

Desserts are seasonal; try the peach cobbler made with the farmers market's freshest in summer, or a sumptuous bread pudding to ward off winter's chill. — Gayot

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Brewer's Art

Breweries 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s easy to “fill up on beer” because the “housemade” Belgian-style brews are “affordable and delicious” at this “bohemian bourgeois paradise” in Mt. Vernon where the “sophisticated” New... — Zagat

From hearty continental bistro fare (steak frites) to imaginative chef's creations (grilled spring lamb loin with white bean hummus), the seasonal menu is full of standouts. — Gayot

Decent microbrews and superb culunary creations assure that BA is worth putting on your dinner playlist. — BlackBook

Part brewpub, part restaurant, and part lounge, this spot in a redone mansion feels young but urbane, with an ambitious menu, a clever wine list, and the Belgian-style beers it brews itself. — Fodor's

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Bertha's Mussels

Seafood 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Fell's Point landmark is known for its mussels and music. The decor is shabby chic, with dark walls and plenty of accessories proud of their age. — Frommer's

The tag-line has attained bumper-sticker immortality of the level that a pilgrimage to Bertha's is required eating to earn your gastronomical PHD. — BlackBook

Seafood. Dark, dank, and famous for its mussels. — Not For Tourists

This “old-school” Fells Point “institution” is famous for its “sweet, huge mussels” served with “out-of-this-world” dipping sauces by “friendly” staffers. — Zagat

Classic, affordable seafood restaurant, tucked away behind a tiny Fell’s Point bar. — Rough Guide

Wit and Wisdom

American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The “enticing” dishes “look as good as they taste” at Michael Mina's “creative” New American at the Four Seasons in Harbor East. — Zagat

The food also tips its hat to comforting pub fare --- lobster corn dogs and the Bourbon Steak burger are Mina signatures --- and the menu leans to regional, wood-grilled seafood and steaks. — Gayot

Wit & Wisdom, created by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina, serves regionally influenced modern American comfort fare. — Forbes Travel Guide

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Miss Shirley's

American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With amazing pancakes, omelets, and French toast, this upscale cafe has become the go-to destination for unbeatable breakfast and brunch. — Fodor's

Hungry? Miss Shirley will get you something good to eat, hon. Coconut cream-stuffed French toast, oatmeal with apples and pecans, pulled pork and fried egg sandwiches, fried green... — Frommer's

“Down-home cooking at its best” cheer fans of this...daytime mini-chain where the “extensive” menu of “dangerously delish” American fare features many a “Chesapeake” or “Southern” “twist". — Zagat

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Matthew's Pizzeria

Delis 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Crust, sauce and cheese are in perfect harmony” at this “insanely good” deep-dish purveyor (they also offer thin crust) in Highlandtown. — Zagat

Huge salads, spaghetti with homemade sausage or shrimp, bountiful subs and homemade sorbets round out the menu. — Gayot

Old-style hole in the wall that still boasts the city’s best slices – rich and tangy, with a solid crust and traditional ingredients, or toppings like crab and home-made meatballs. — Rough Guide

At this little hole in the wall, they know how to make a perfect pizza: soft chewy crust, tomatoey sauce, and the right amount of gooey cheese. — Frommer's

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Sabatino's Italian Restaurant

Delis 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sabatinos IS Little Italy, if you've only got one shot to get the flavor of Little Italy go with Sabatino's it's an offer you can't refuse. — BlackBook

The cooking may be mainstream Italian-American, but the service is genuinely caring. — Gayot

Everything from the ‘Bookmaker' salads to the “homemade” pastas is “generously” heaped up in a way that's “more grandmother's kitchen than posh” at this eminently “reliable” “red-sauce”... — Zagat

For more than 50 years, Sabatino's has been known for its exceptional cuisine. Everyone will tell you to get the house salad with the house dressing, which is thick and garlicky. Simple... — Frommer's

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The Black Olive

Seafood 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu is all organic and heavy on the fresh seafood, though it also features such classic Greek dishes such as kleftiko (oven-baked lamb) and Greek village pie. — Frommer's

Greek starter standards such as Tzatziki, Hummus, and Grilled Sardines in Grape Leaves. Masterfully complimenting the if-it-were-any-fresher-we'd-be-underwater-seafood. — BlackBook

Expensive but succulent Mediterranean restaurant that has affordable meze (small plates) like grilled octopus salad and calamari, as well as pricier entrees like rack of lamb, crab cake platters and lobster tail. — Rough Guide

“Swimmingly fresh” fish is whisked from the ice display to be “prepared simply and beautifully” in the “delectable Greek style” before being filleted tableside. — Zagat

The Black Olive specializes in impeccably fresh seafood. Let the waiter give you a guided tour of the catch of the day, which reclines on a bed of ice in the kitchen case. You can have... — Fodor's

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Johnny's

Mexican 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An “elevated”, “clubby” take on an American diner, this breakfast-through-dinner Roland Park hangout from Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman offers an “eclectic”, California-inspired menu... — Zagat

Chef Kiko Wilson adeptly mixes Latin, Pan Asian, Southern, and California flavors. Tender coffee-rubbed short ribs are balanced by a crunchy daikon cole slaw with miso-ginger dressing.... — Fodor's

The marketing mavens pushed this new Cindy Wolf–Tony Foreman eatery (see Charleston review) as an upscale diner. Although they have a room with an old-style ... — Frommer's

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Bo Brooks Crab House

South American 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Right on the Canton waterfront showcasing stupendous steamed crabs, colossal crab cakes and phenomenally fresh seafood. — BlackBook

If you don't like crabs, they also serve crabs. — Not For Tourists

Picking steamed crabs on Bo Brooks's waterfront deck as sailboats and tugs ply the harbor is a quintessential Baltimore pleasure. Spend a muggy summer day cracking into warm, spicy crabs... — Fodor's

This is where Baltimoreans take their friends for steamed crabs. — Frommer's

The menu includes dozens of seafood dishes, with a couple of burgers and some salads thrown in for variety, but nothing quite measures up to those huge, meaty crabs. — Gayot

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Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop

Italian 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Vaccaro's Death by Chocolate is the most dastardly, delightful, decadance since the speak-easy during prohibition. Cannoli's, rum cake and tiramisu round out Vaccaro's big three. — BlackBook

This Italian bakery used to epitomize the saying, 'œLife is uncertain, eat dessert first.' The sweets are still tops, of course, but the menu has been expanded to include panini and... — Gayot

To top off a perfect day, stop at the always-busy Vaccaro's for dessert and coffee. The modern Italian design is new but the old recipes for cannoli, pastries, and tiramisu are still here. — Frommer's

Vaccaro's serves some of the best desserts and coffee in town. The cannolis are legendary. — Lonely Planet

Great spot to load up on cheesecakes, cannoli, cookies and other sweets, and to indulge in the kind of delicious gelato they make in the Old Country. Part of a local chain. — Rough Guide

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