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Charleston Restaurant

French 92 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

Charleston Restaurant Review: Southern sensibilities meet big-city sophistication, and diners are the lucky beneficiaries at chef Cindy Wolf's and partner-husband Tony Foreman’s lovely... — Gayot

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

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

Woodberry Kitchen

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

Woodberry Kitchen's farm-to-table dishes are prepared with care and ingredients straight from the Chesapeake; making it one of the freshest, well-prepared meals you can find in Baltimore — Afar Magazine

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

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

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

“A smash” since it opened and still “wildly popular”, this Woodberry New American in a “rebuilt old factory” hosts a “hip”, “boisterous” crowd happily devouring the “complex”... — Zagat

Bertha's Mussels

Seafood 82 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

Bertha's Restaurant Review: If only for the décor and atmosphere, one should not miss this tavern-eatery. As you step inside through a narrow passage, you are immediately immersed into... — Gayot

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

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

The Helmand

Indian 82 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

Helmand Restaurant Review: For more than two decades, Helmand has remained one of Baltimore’s most popular restaurants. It’s been an impressive run, especially for a place... — Gayot

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

Tapas Teatro Cafe

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

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

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

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

Tio Pepe Restaurant

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

Tio Pepe Restaurant Review: 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... — Gayot

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... — Zagat

You've heard the rumors and they are all true, well at least most of them. Tio Pepe's is the place to go for big filling tasty portions, and somewhat uneven service. Perhaps Tio has... — BlackBook

Old school, white tableclothed Spanish. — Not For Tourists

The Black Olive

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

One of the most visually stunning restaurants that your Kenneth Cole's will ever stride into. Brick lattice wine racks, hand-stitched linen tablecloths, rich corinthian leather (In the... — BlackBook

The Black Olive Restaurant Review: Take your waiter up on his invitation to join him in the kitchen for a view of the day's catch. Will it be the rockfish for you this evening? Or the... — Gayot

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 at this “authentic” Fells... — Zagat

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

Pazo Restaurant

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

A former machine shop in Harbor East hosts Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf's visually "stunning" "industrial-chic" destination for "scrumptious" Med tapas and entrees delivered by "attentive"... — Zagat

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

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

Glam injection for Charm City. Soaring former machine shop enlivened with amphorae, glowing chandeliers, pretty crowd. Two levels of casual elegance for digging into upscale Mediterranean... — BlackBook

Pazo Restaurant Review: Tapas, full dinners and tasting menus for six or ten diners dominate the offerings at this dining-and-dancing hot-spot, masterminded by Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf... — Gayot

Amicci's

Italian 81 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

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

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; thanks to the... — Zagat

Papermoon Diner

Diners 81 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 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

Papermoon Diner Restaurant Review: The Papermoon Diner is a piece of work. In fact, the whole place could be packed up and installed at the American Visionary Art Museum. Mannequins... — Gayot

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

Johnny's

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

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

Johnny's Restaurant Review: It’s no contest, really. Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman are Baltimore’s best restaurateurs, and when the masterminds of Charleston, Petit Louis Bistro,... — Gayot

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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Aldo's Restaurant

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

If you sent Aldo Vitale to Iron Chef he would kick Bobby Flay's ass. It may be a cliche' but dammit everything Aldo has done here conspires to create the perfect dining... — BlackBook

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” (and the liras) thanks to chefs-owners... — Zagat

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

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Cafe Hon

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

This funky eatery, specializing in comfort food and kitsch, is the centerpiece of Hamden's main drag of restaurants and shops, called The Avenue. — Fodor's

Elvis greets guests, but the real star at this Hampden institution is homey comfort food. — Frommer's

A "landmark" of "Baltimore quirk", this Hampdenite "marches on" following a "trademark dispute" over the word ‘hon' and a subsequent "Gordon Ramsay makeover" that tweaked the menu of... — Zagat

Iconically Baltimore, and primary sponsor of the "Hon fest", Café Hon is the embodiment of all that is wonderful, terrible, amazing and terrifyingly tacky about Baltimore. Kicked-up... — BlackBook

Cafe Hon Restaurant Review: Hon-in-chief Denise Whiting created a publicity firestorm when she trademarked the word “hon,” which Baltimoreans have long considered community property.... — Gayot

Ze Mean Bean Cafe

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

ZMB has style and grace, not to mention all kinds of wonderful things to put in your face. — BlackBook

"Slavs hankering for a taste of the homeland can't go wrong" at this "value"-priced Eastern European bistro in Fells Point, with "excellent" pierogi and the like, plus a jazz-inflected... — Zagat

Rib-stuffing Slavic eatery where you can get your fill of rich and tasty potato dumplings, pierogi, goulash and even chicken Kiev, most for affordable prices, though the service can be spotty — Rough Guide

You can count on an attentive waitstaff, a menu that maintains its ties to Eastern Europe (this area is rich in Polish and Ukrainian heritage) while trying new things. — Frommer's

Ze Mean Bean Restaurant Review: Slavic food has a special ability to banish winter doldrums and stir conviviality. And how lucky we are that such dishes as sour cream-lavished borscht,... — Gayot

The Prime Rib

French 80 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

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 (with branches in DC and Maryland Live! Casino) that's operating at the “top of its... — Zagat

The Prime Rib Restaurant Restaurant Review: Sexy black lacquered walls; a leopard-print carpet; a white, Lucite-topped piano complete with tuxedoed player teasing out jazzed-up standards... — Gayot

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Thames Street Oyster House

Seafood 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Expect “no surprises, just flawless execution” at this “classic” oyster house in Fells Point, where “informative” servers ferry “outstanding” East Coast seafood and “raw-bar treats”... — Zagat

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

Thames Street Oyster House Restaurant Review: Thames Street Oyster House is that Holy Grail of Baltimore gastronomy: the really good seafood restaurant that is chef-driven --- not part of... — Gayot

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Sotto Sopra

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sotto Sopra Restaurant Review: Chef-owner Riccardo Bosio has always kept his Northern Italian menu fresh by inviting talented young chefs to work a stint in his kitchen, bringing along... — Gayot

It's the “Maserati of Italian restaurants” purr fans about this “elegant and sexy” Northern Italian in a “tastefully” theatrical room with sweeping curtains and “colorful murals” housed... — Zagat

One of Baltimore's best Italian restaurants (and Charm City has lots of them), Sotto Sopra is situated inside a tony Charles Street townhouse. The food, a modern take on Italian classics,... — Frommer's

When in Mount Vernon and craving wine. — Not For Tourists

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Brewer's Art

Breweries 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

Brewer's Art Restaurant Review: Located in a Victorian townhouse in the heart of the entertainment district, Brewer’s Art succeeds equally as an elegant fine dining restaurant and as a... — Gayot

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

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Birroteca

Italian 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Believe it or not, you're still in Hampden. Almost like an alternate reality when you enter this rustic, family-style resto, seemingly unbefit the neighborhood. Perched under the Jones... — BlackBook

“If you’re looking for high-energy dining”, this “bustling” Hampden “hot spot” combines a “well-thought-out” craft-beer lineup with “delicious” Italian fare featuring “super” thin-crust... — Zagat

Amid stone walls and indie rock, Birroteca fires up delicious thin-crust pizzas in imaginative combos. — Lonely Planet

Birroteca Restaurant Review: Birroteca is a “destination” restaurant, but not for the usual reasons: it isn’t a drop-dead swanky, blowout-anniversary-dinner kind of place. In fact,... — Gayot

Birroteca is a newcomer in Baltimore's blossoming restaurant community. Beautifully situated in an old milling district of Baltimore, Birroteca is just a hop away from the ever crowded... — Afar Magazine

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Matthew's Pizzeria

Delis 78 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, which many consider the “birthplace of pizza in... — Zagat

Matthew's Pizza Restaurant Review: Years before pizza became a nationwide sensation, Baltimore had Matthew’s. Founded in 1943 in blue-collar Highlandtown, it was where generations of... — 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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