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 Thai Yum Restaurant

Federal Hill - Montgomery

$30 $15

(36)

Married chefs use hand-ground spices to flavor Thai classics and specialties, including green curry and frog legs

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

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

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

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

Up to 52% Off at 2110 Bistro

Charles North

$30 $15

After a crab-cake sandwich, vegan ribs, or a chargrilled T-bone steak, diners dig into homemade desserts made by the owner's grandmother

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Ikaros Restaurant

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

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

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

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

Half Off at Havana Road Cuban Cafe

Towson

$30 $15

(57)

Cozy Cuban retreat envelops guests in tropical vibes with colorful decor, snapshots, and authentic food—including an award-winning sandwich

Up to 58% Off at El Rodeo Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar

Towson

$66 $29

(55)

Tangy entrees such as salmon cremoso, rich chicken mole poblano, and burritos stuffed with seasonal veggies and tender steak

40% Off at Z-Burger

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(356)

Burgers with a choice of 20+ toppings and milkshakes in 75 flavors

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.
 

Select Local Merchants

To get a sense of The Greene Turtle's commitment to the neighborhood, one need only sit at the bar and look up. Dozens of mugs hang above the counter, emblazoned with the pub's logo and a unique number—each one belongs to a recurring patron. The Mug Club awards its members with draft-beer discounts and other specials, but more importantly, it allows loyal patrons to feel as though they own small slices of the venue without tattooing their names on the bartender's arm. This sense of shared familiarity is what fuels the entire franchise, which refrains from calling its locations "restaurants" in favor of friendlier terms: gathering places, communities, havens.

Many of the locations contribute more than mugs to their districts. Staff members who participate in the annual Tips for Tots program donate the entirety of one day's tips to a nearby Toys for Tots initiative, and Tuesday Funds for Friends events benefit local organizations. These efforts have been chronicled by press sources such as Food and Drink magazine, with features that liken The Greene Turtles' philanthropic generosity to the generous portions of comfort food that leave the kitchens.

From cheeseburger sliders and flatbread pizzas to handmade lump-crab cakes, the offerings on the menu embrace barroom traditions along with ingenuity. The steak and chicken entrees arrive with classic sides of green beans and yukon gold mashed potatoes, whereas the eastern shore mac ‘n’ cheese updates a comfort staple with chopped bacon, lump crab, scallions, and Old Bay seasoning. Diners can enjoy their meals by the glow of private flat-screen TVs—there's one in every booth—or beneath one of many larger televisions broadcasting sports games throughout the venue.

722 S Broadway
Baltimore,
MD
US

City Cafe: A User's Guide

Brunch Café | New American Dinner | Trendy Cocktail Bar | Dog-Friendly Patio
Sample Menu
  • Brunch: crispy oysters-rockefeller omelet with a side of chipotle grits
  • Dinner (small plate): espresso-rubbed-lamb lollipops
  • Dinner (entree): wild-mushroom ravioli
  • Cocktail: Cool as a Cucumber gin martini
Where to Sit: Since City Cafe is split into three sections, where you sit depends on your dining motives. Select from the café section (for morning coffee), the elegant cocktail lounge (for late-night and happy-hour drinks), or the cozy, split-level dining room (for more leisurely meals).

When to Go: Swing by for dinner on Tuesday, when every bottle of wine is discounted by $10 and select entrees only cost $15.

Inside Tip: When the weather's nice, ask your pooch to accompany you for brunch on the dog-friendly patio.

While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Sip a coffee while scoping out the tiny, but intriguing collection of books at Read Street Books (229 West Read Street).
After: Get your daily dose of culture at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (1212 Cathedral Street) or the Lyric Opera House (140 West Mt. Royal Avenue), both just blocks from City Cafe.

1001 Cathedral St
Baltimore,
MD
US

In order to replicate Low country-inspired cuisine, a chef should first stock up on fresh locally-sourced ingredients. The Low country, a geographical area along the coastal plain of South Carolina, stretching from Charleston to Savannah, Georgia, is known for its comforting and alluring tastes. Luckily for Neal Langermann, he's good pals with Hoppin' John, a supplier of heirloom grits from the Georgia mountains who only distributes his naturally pollinated, stone-ground kernels to chefs whom he trusts to do them justice. Neal has yet to disappoint his friend, preparing Hoppin’ John’s grits with a velvety clam broth, andouille sausage, and shrimp for a signature dish that won Baltimore magazine's award for Best Shrimp and Grits in 2012.

Langermann’s Charleston shrimp 'n' grits is one of the many reinvented Low Country classics on the restaurant’s menu. Basking in the sunlit dining room or perched at the upstairs loft bar, diners can savor fried green tomatoes, carolina gumbo, and bog country roasted chicken in a spicy Cajun sauce, before ending meals on a sweet note with a slice of housemade sweet-potato pie and a hug from the resident teddy bear. Langermann’s Low country-inspired fixings "surpass their humble origins," according to Baltimore magazine's 2011 list of its Best Restaurants. The article also notes the restaurant staff’s charming Southern hospitality, assuring visitors will “feel nurtured and at home" when presented with a helping of honey-glazed cornbread.

2400 Boston St
Baltimore,
MD
US

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

Banksy's Café chefs Will and Rob cultivate a cornucopia of light gourmet fare made from fresh ingredients. The menu's Higher Standards section plays host to hearty helpings such as the Bay Mac, a lump-crab cake buried beneath an avalanche of shrimp salad, lettuce, and tomato (a $13 value). Savvy chefs can also customize quarter-pound Angus beef burgers (a $7 value) with different types of cheese and dressing, enfranchising guests to vote for their favorite combo or accuse ambitious cheddar of gerrymandering. Alternatively, build your own sandwich from three varieties of meat and a choice of bread and cheese (a $7 value) or dunk a half-sandwich in a house-made soup (an $8 value). The chef plates each of the 13 options with a healthy side, such as mayo-free california coleslaw or cuban rice salad, depending on his whims and the current wind direction.

6080 Falls Rd
Baltimore,
MD
US

In the dead of night in 1976, the Abi-Najm family boarded a cargo ship bringing only what they could carry; an escape from Civil War in Lebanon called for a quick getaway. They traveled across the ocean to safety in Arlington, Virginia, where they were able to open a small cafe in 1979. To save money, they changed the eatery’s name from “Athenian Taverna” to “Lebanese Taverna” so that they only had to update one word on the eatery’s marquee.

From these modest beginnings grew a series of eateries that today comprises of six cafes and four quick-service cafés, all still operated by the Abi-Najm clan. One look at the menu explains the success: chicken shawarma, spicy hummus, lamb tartare—all Lebanese staples that helped the restaurant earn a spot on Northern Virginia magazine's list of 25 Iconic Eats. There's even kibbeh, or stuffed meatballs, which blend ground beef, lamb, almonds, and pine nuts into fried spheres suitable for felling miniature bowling pins on top of the table before entrees arrive. The decor is as striking as the cuisine; inside the Bethesda location, light filters through the colored glass lanterns that decorate the dining room.

719 President St
Baltimore,
MD
US