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Charleston Restaurant

French 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

This is very much a grown-up place in cuisine, price (the prix-fixe menu starts at $74), and attire. — Concierge

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

Regional American/French restaurant Charleston serves up dishes such as sautéed heads-on Gulf shrimp with Andouille sausage and Tasso ham with creamy stone-milled grits. — Forbes Travel Guide

Cindy Wolf's Lowcountry-inspired tasting menus have anchored Baltimore's fine dining scene long before the tony Harbor East neighborhood was even named. Most of the tables in the serene... — Tasting Table

Woodberry Kitchen

American 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

"Farm-to-table" is the concept here, but it's done exceptionally well by chef/owner Spike Gjerde. — Frommer's

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

This place has garnered praise for its big flavors and dedication to local ingredients, including Chesapeake oysters. — Time Out

The Helmand

Indian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

The Afghani dishes at this Mount Vernon family restaurant are many a Baltimorean's go-to comfort food. Must-order plates, like the slow-simmered lamb meatballs and challow (rice) and... — Tasting Table

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

An elegant favorite beyond kebabs. — Not For Tourists

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 kaddo borawni — Rough Guide

Tapas Teatro Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tio Pepe Restaurant

Mexican 85 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

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

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

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

Old school, white tableclothed Spanish. — Not For Tourists

Pazo Restaurant

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

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

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

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

In a city noted for its ethnic restaurants, this Fells Point place is the sweet spot for tapas. — Concierge

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

Aldo's Restaurant

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

Have a meal under the skylight in the pillared two-story central dining room and you'll swoon over both the decor and food. Chef Aldo Vitale prepares unabashedly rich Italian fare. — Fodor's

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

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

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

“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 →

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

You'll usually find casual Amicci's crowded with local families and young couples who don't want to spend a lot on good Italian food. — Frommer's

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

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

The Prime Rib

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

“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

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

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Brewer's Art

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

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

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. — Zagat

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Bertha's Mussels

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

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

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

Green bumper stickers across the state command you to 'Eat Bertha's Mussels.'. — Lonely Planet

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

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

Wit and Wisdom

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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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 →

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

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

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

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The Black Olive

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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Johnny's

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

Johnny's is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu filled with old-fashioned goodness. — Frommer's

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

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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 →

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

Brooks serves its famous crustaceans year-round, along with a menu of Chesapeake seafood classics. Locals know to stick to the Maryland crab soup, crab dip, jumbo lump crab cakes, and fried oysters. — Fodor's

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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Papermoon Diner

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

This funky and eclectic diner has something for everyone. — On the Grid

“Unique and lovable”, this “quirky” Charles Village diner is “the definition of kitsch” with its “tchotchke”-filled dining room and “super-fun menu” of burgers and comfort fare. — Zagat

This funky restaurant is a college student favorite, but anyone with a sense of fun will like all the toys and knickknacks lurking about. — Frommer's

The ceilings and walls of this funky, colorful diner are plastered with toys and other interesting objects. — Fodor's

The real draw here is the anytime breakfast – fluffy French toast, crispy bacon and bagels with lox. — Lonely Planet

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