Unlike cinematic love scenes, cuisine can be enjoyed in the company of parents without embarrassment. Dodge future moments of uneasiness with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of eclectic Mediterranean-inspired dinner fare and drinks at Dionysus Restaurant and Lounge.
Dionysus satisfies Olympian appetites with a menu loaded with seasonal dishes and an extensive wine and beer list, served in a cozy and artistic atmosphere. Ascend stairs to a painting-lined dining room and reward well-behaved beaks with a juicy steak sandwich on a crisp baguette ($10), complemented by caramelized shallots, goat cheese, and peppery arugula that possesses subtle bite, like a tentatively penned satire. The house-made veggie burger of the day ($10) lassos a saucy bun into a prairie of free-range fries, and customizable 14-inch pizzas ($10) show off toppings such as pancetta and crab ($2/topping), or artichokes, spinach, and mushrooms ($1/topping). Patrons can also disregard the main menu entirely in favor of daily specials, which rotate synchronously with the sun.
On Friday and Saturday, sip frothy brews in time to live music, or revel in the glow of a flirtatious firefly on the outdoor patio. Creative types can draft freestyle dissertations during art openings every third Thursday of the month in the second-floor dining room, and studiously contemplate the meaning of a light bulb they mistook for a Dadaist installation.
8 E Preston St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21202Get Directions