Restaurants in Baltimore

Up to 50% Off Greek Food at Acropolis Restaurant

Fifteenth Street

$20 $11

(43)

Lamb shish kebabs, moussaka, shrimp saganaki, and other Greek entrees for two or four people

Up to 50% Off Food and Drink at Alonso's & Loco Hombre

Keswick

$30 $15

(48)

Burgers come stuffed with jalapeno poppers and bowls of spicy steak chili heat up the night for any diner

50% Off Greek Food at Ikaros Restaurant

Greektown

$30 $15

(295)

Classic Greek dishes such as braised lamb, surf and turf, stuffed grape leaves, moussaka, and housemade baklava

Up to 50% Off Southern Scratch Cooking at Saturday Morning Cafe

Downtown

$20 $12

Cafe serving all-day breakfasts such as biscuits and gravy also prepares gourmet sandwiches and entrees of cajun shrimp

50% Off at Waterstone Bar & Grille

Downtown

$30 $15

(84)

Wine bar and lounge serves pan-Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on rich meat dishes; recently opened for lunch in addition to dinner

Up to 51% Off Pub Food at Patrick's of Pratt Street

Hollins Market

$40 $20

(2)

Pub classics such as Maryland crab cakes and Black Angus beef burgers in a historical pub with original tin ceiling and brass cash register

50% Off Italian Cuisine at Ciao Bella

Little Italy

$40 $21

(163)

Chef Tony Gambino infuses fresh ingredients with Italian flavors to craft a menu of veal and seafood entrees and 11 homemade pastas

48% Off Italian Cuisine at La Tavola Ristorante Italiano

Little Italy

$40 $21

(473)

Chef Carlo draws upon his Venetian heritage as he conjures up made-from-scratch pastas as well as seafood and veal dishes

Half Off Southern Cuisine at Phaze 10

Mount Vernon

$30 $15

Diners feast on lunches and brunches of Eastern Shore gumbo, shrimp and grits, chicken and biscuits, or barbecue bourbon salmon

50% Off at Birdland Sports Bar and Grill

Cedmont

$30 $15

Bar steeped in Baltimore sports culture serves sliders, pastas, and dishes infused with a Southern flair

Up to 50% Off Diner Food at Sunnyside Cafe

Milton - Montford

$20 $11

Fruit tea known to draw in customers from other states, plus a popular chicken and waffle sandwich, as well as breakfast options

50% Off Turkish Cuisine at Cazbar

Downtown

$30 $15

Traditional Turkish dishes ranging from sausage-stuffed pides and flavorful spreads to doner kebabs and beef dumplings

Up to 50% Off Bistro Dinner at Gitan Bistro Cru

Canton

$78 $39

(14)

Enjoy house wine or cocktails along with French and Mediterranean appetizers and entrees at this cozy neighborhood joint

Up to 43% Off Mediterranean Food at Desert Cafe

Mt. Washington

$30 $17

Mediterranean dishes that include gyros, mango curry chicken salad, and kebabs

American Cuisine at Creme Restaurant and Lounge

Mount Vernon

$54 $29

Chefs incorporate contemporary flavors into dishes such as shrimp risotto, crab cakes, and roasted chicken

Half Off Upscale Pub Food at The RowHouse Grille

Federal Hill

$30 $15

(34)

Charming rowhouse serves upscale pub feasts of jerk steak, gator po' boys, P.E.I. mussels, and spice-rubbed salmon

50% Off Indian & Nepalese Food at Lumbini Restaurant

Downtown

$30 $15

(99)

Charcoal-roasted chicken, tandoor-barbecued lamb, and baked eggplant simmer in sauces and Himalayan spices

Half Off Seafood and American Cuisine at Captain James Landing

Canton

$80 $40

Chefs specialize in fresh seafood, such as crab-cake sliders and lobster steamed to order, inside a maritime-themed eatery by the water

Up to 46% Off at Moe's Southwest Grill

Inner Harbor

$10 $5.50

Tacos, burritos, and other nut-free southwestern dishes crafted from 20+ fresh ingredients such as grass-fed beef and cage-free chicken

Baltimore Restaurant Guide

When it comes to Baltimore dining, the famous blue crabs of the nearby Chesapeake Bay reign supreme. However, there is more to dining in Baltimore than crab, including local favorites such as the humble coddie and the mouth-watering pit beef. In recent years, Baltimore has grown into a rising star in the culinary world. Top chefs from around the world are putting down roots in this small city, creating impressive international cuisine and putting their own spin on classic Baltimore fare.

The popular Baltimore Inner Harbor features quality chain restaurants, but it is the surrounding neighborhoods where one can find Baltimore’s hottest culinary spots. Harbor East is home to the famed Charleston Restaurant, which serves sophisticated American food, such as its melt-in-your-mouth veal tenderloin. Try the fresh fish caught the same day at The Black Olive in Fell’s Point, considered one of the best Greek restaurants in the country.

Classic Baltimore food can be found further in the heart of the city. There is hot debate about where to get the best crab cake, but Faidley Seafood in Lexington Market is always on the list. The coddie, or codfish cake, is another local favorite. Seafood isn’t the only thing on the menu in the city. Baltimore is also known for pit beef: grilled top round that is charred on the outside but rare on the inside and sliced paper thin. Try it with spicy horseradish at Chaps, the most popular joint for pit beef in the city. For dessert, local bakeries sell the city’s famous Berger cookies. These buttery cookies with fudge topping have been around in the city for more than 125 years.

Whether looking for traditional local favorites or more innovative, international cuisine, Baltimore offers much more than one might expect from this small, but thoroughly charming city.

Top chefs from around the world are putting down roots in this small city, creating impressive international cuisine and putting their own spin on classic Baltimore fare.
 

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Mr. Rain's Fun House appears to have witnessed a stampede of exotic animals. On the curved surface of one wall, a flamboyantly colored sculpture of a walrus head stares from between two equally glitzy cows. There are no flowers on the tables—instead, peacock feathers wind upward from curlicued metal bases. Then there's the menu, which offers wild boar and pheasant sausage alongside housemade sauerkraut. From the rohan duck breast to the ruby-red trout, the entrees seek to capture the eye as much as the decor does, a fitting goal for a restaurant located on the third floor of the American Visionary Art Museum.

Bill Buszinski doesn't consider his methods entirely avant-garde, however. The self-trained chef grew up on a 200-acre farm, where he learned the value of made-from-scratch meals and the importance of leaving a trail of breadcrumbs when entering a 100-acre cornfield. His selection of seasonal dishes therefore relies on locally sourced meat and produce. Beverage director Perez Klebahn collaborates with Bill to invent handcrafted cocktails that complement the rotating plates, such as the To Autumn: Jameson Irish whiskey, acorn-squash liqueur, apple cider, Suze bitters, and lemon juice. Maria Buszinski rounds out the staff with her penchant for quirky art design, helping arrange a communal dining space that also hosts "pop-up" gallery shows and events from area artists.

800 Key Hwy
Baltimore,
MD
US

When 18-year old Casey Jenkins enrolled in the US Marine Corp, his only intention was to serve his country. After spending time as a line cook, however, he began a love affair with the culinary arts. When service ended, he took his skills to the next level by enrolling in the Culinary Institute of America. Over time, he honed his skills and eventually opened Darker Than Blue Cafe, known throughout Baltimore for its pairing of live jazz performances with low-country southern cuisine made from fresh, local ingredients.

The restaurant has garnered praise, voted Baltimore’s Best Soul Food by Voice Places. Diners sip peach-mango tea during all-you-can-eat Sunday jazz brunch, when live music fills the restaurant for a more melodious backdrop than a recording of Harvey Fierstein reading The Grapes of Wrath. They can also bring their own libations to enjoy with dinner, which features classics such as chicken and waffles topped with whipped cream, Cajun shrimp served over salmon cakes, and baby-back ribs.

3034 Greenmount Ave
Baltimore,
MD
US

As co-owners of The Dogwood, Galen and Bridget Sampson follow a simple mission of community involvement. Hiring and training people who are transitioning out of addiction, incarceration, and homelessness, the duo works to empower each toward self-sustainment through careers in the culinary arts. They also extend this local focus to their ingredients, sourcing meal components from sustainable, artisanal, and organic producers such as Liberty Delight Farms whenever possible. Chefs transform these into a menu of American and international recipes, which, like a snowman’s outlook on life, changes with the seasons. Local dishes such as crab-stuffed oysters buddy up with classic American meals such as bacon-wrapped pork chops and vegetarian dishes such as curry and moussaka. Servers pair many of these plates with eclectic cocktails and a seasonal wine list that highlights bottles from the Pacific Northwest.

911 W 36th St
Baltimore,
MD
US

“Pimlico is more than a dirt track bound by four streets,” explained then-Maryland Club president Alfred G. Vanderbilt 50 years ago. Vanderbilt was referring to Pimlico’s status as an “American institution,” a title it has earned as the country’s second oldest racetrack. Founded in 1870, Pimlico has weathered everything from World War II to the day steeds skipped work en masse to see Seabiscuit, and remains a popular destination to this day as host to the US Triple Crown’s second leg, the Preakness Stakes. In its four-star Terrace dining room, patrons dine on buffet breakfasts and lunches as they view thoroughbreds galloping to the finish line. Meanwhile, the screens in the venue’s Sports Palace project simulcasts of offsite races, and the patrons seated in the Jockey Club enjoy especially clear views of the competing horses without having to glue equine portraits to the insides of their sunglasses.

5201 Park Heights Ave
Baltimore,
MD
US

Inside the savory-scented digs of Honey Baked Ham & Cafe, spools of hardwood-smoked, spiral-sliced ham entice carnivorous palates. Here, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.

The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.

6483 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville,
MD
US

Helmed by executive chef Paramjeet Sharma, the cooks at The Mughal Garden keep an all-seeing eye on evolving culinary culture, spicing up their traditional, authentic Indian fare with contemporary twists. The lunch buffet, served Monday¬–Friday, satiates bottomless appetites, and the à la carte menus change lineups regularly to accommodate seasonal availability. Weekend brunch comes equipped with a dosa station, where diners can feast on Indian-style pancakes, which can be folded into breast pockets for an edible handkerchief, and the six-course Gastronomic feast splits dinner into equal appetizing parts. The restaurant offers many dining options, hosting dine-in service, delivery within a 3-mile radius, catering, and carryout for patrons to introduce their cuisine to a favorite highway overpass.

920 N Charles St
Baltimore,
MD
US