He who desires but not acts breeds pestilence, which in turn is the source of most failed movie remakes. Act on your dinner desires with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fine American cuisine and drinks at the contemporary Blue Hill Tavern. Located in the heart of Brewers Hill, this modestly upscale eatery masterfully merges a classically conditioned menu with an un-snooty atmosphere and complimentary valet parking. This Groupon is valid for dinner only.
The vibrant space of one of Baltimore’s finest neighborhood gems lays the backdrop for the meal to follow. The Blue Hill Tavern's modern and sophisticated décor sends ripples of dining auras swirling throughout the restaurant. A private dining room is also available, and if the weather’s right, you can dine outside. Blue Hill's dinner menu offers a diverse selection of diverse tastes. Start with a tasty appetizer such as scallops ($14) or pork belly ($12), but don't get over-appetized, because you'll want to save room for a mouth-moistening entree. Try the seared duck ($22), mushroom Wellington (shitake, portobello, feta, spinach en croute, and onion sauce, $18), or tuna ($24), and don’t forget to pair your meal with a bottle of wine. Prolong your experience with a dessert drink or a dessert dessert that includes such items as lemon pudding, crème brûlée, and chocolate silken pie (desserts are $8).
Baltimore magazine describes Blue Hill Tavern's atmosphere in depth:
- In a transitioning part of town known as Brewers Hill, the new Blue Hill Tavern is a beacon of refurbished sleekness—from its classy vertical sign to its renovated beige exterior. But wait until you go inside. The building—within sight of the Natty Boh warehouse—has been dismantled and reassembled to wow visitors with a sophisticated spaciousness. Open stairs with chrome railings lead upward to a second-floor bar, balcony, patio, and dining room. Huge windows add light to the cerulean-blue accents and dark-wood floors and tables on both levels. The downstairs bar even has a cascading waterfall. – Suzanne Loudermilk, Baltimore
A reviewer from the Baltimore City Paper enjoys the cuisine as much as the surroundings:
- ...the food walks a line between over the top and modern classic, clever and fussy. Based on a recent Friday night visit, though, it almost always succeeds. – Mary K. Zajac, Baltimore City Paper
- Absolutely THE BEST crab cakes you can buy ever. The muscels [sic] and Kobe burger are also better than anywhere else I have been. The atmosphere is quite delightful and very modern, great looking, and still comfortable. Very clean restaurant with great staff and beyond awesome food. My new favorite restaurant, I go once a week at least. – Chris Tharp, Urbanspoon
Blue Hill Tavern
Segmented by awnings and gently protruding balconies, the cubic exterior of Blue Hill Tavern conceals a young yet illustrious kitchen where, as City Paper extols, "usual entrees become unusual." Critics have indeed taken note of the chic tavern’s dinner menu, whose sous-vide prepared meats and seasonal ingredients recently turned heads on Baltimore magazine’s list of the area's best eateries in 2015.
Smudges of robin's-egg blue punctuate the tavern’s two-story dining room, where pearlescent curtains shade tabletops from the afternoon sun as patrons look over the lunch menu’s gourmet sandwiches and simple bar snacks. Outside, diners peruse the wine list or head up to a balcony peppered with high-top tables, fire pits brimming with glassy blue stones, and hopscotch courts drawn with drizzles of aromatic truffle oil.