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Charleston Restaurant

French 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

“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 89 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

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

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

Seasonal goods from farmers' fields direct to your table. Stout agri-decor feels warm and homey. Local produce and traditions filtered through new American cookery yields savory twists. — BlackBook

The Helmand

Indian 85 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

An elegant favorite beyond kebabs. — Not For Tourists

The Afghani dishes at this Mount Vernon family restaurant are many a Baltimorean's go-to comfort food — Tasting Table

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

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

Tapas Teatro Cafe

International 84 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

"Chic" is the word for this uptown restaurant where tapas reign supreme. It's a go-to hot-spot before or after a film at The Charles Theater next door. — Gayot

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

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

Tio Pepe Restaurant

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

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

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 years ago”. — Zagat

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

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

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

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

Aldo's Restaurant

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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 “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

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Matthew's Pizzeria

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

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

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

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

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Brewer's Art

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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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

The Black Olive specializes in impeccably fresh seafood — 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

“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 →

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

The sweets are still tops, of course, but the menu has been expanded to include panini and muffalleta sandwiches, salads, chicken potpie, and Maryland crab soup. — Gayot

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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

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

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

“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

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Gertrude's

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

In the Baltimore Museum of Art, this casual yet classy spot cooks up creative Maryland cuisine. — Fodor's

Chef and cookbook author John Shields has created a restaurant filled with local delights -- making this place a destination in itself. — Frommer's

Institutional cooking rarely gets raves, unless that institution is the Baltimore Museum of Art, where chef and cookbook author John Shields has run this elegant, relaxed space since 1998. — Concierge

Zagat reviews are compiled from individual user reviews. Zagat reviews are compiled from individual user reviews. — Zagat

Farm-to-table menu focuses on regional specialties, such as fried oysters, Virginia-style pork barbecue, rockfish and, of course, crab cakes. — Gayot

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