A wine lounge affords all the luxuries lavished on Roman emperors without the inconvenience of chewing your own grapes. Crown yourself ruler of the restaurant with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mediterranean cuisine and fine wine at Waterstone Bar & Grille.
Waterstone Bar & Grille serves a sophisticated menu of upscale Mediterranean fare in an elegant lounge setting. Snack on stylish small plates such as feta-stuffed lamb sliders, fashionably outfitted with sautéed red onion and tzatziki sauce ($12.50), or sample the gourmet dipping duo of hummus and tzatziki, served with a dunkable array of olives, dolmades, falafel, and pita ($12.50). Meaty options include marinated New Zealand lamb chops with fingerling potatoes and veggies ($15.50) to silence rumbling bellies and provide the energy required to impress dates with post-dinner tire-juggling tricks. Dine on seafaring dishes such as the seared sesame ahi tuna, served rare with lemon rice, sun-dried tomato salsa, and sautéed vegetables ($16.50), then polish off plates with an of-age quaff from the enticing beverage menu, featuring globally sourced beers and wines to boost diners' fluid fluencies.
Waterstone’s chic décor and focus on finesse-filled fare wrap eyes, palates, and their owners in classic comfort. Sip on liquid selections in the outdoor seating area, or pull up an upholstered chair in the coffee-toned dining room and fill flavor receptacles in tasteful style. Fans of beginning-of-the-week and mid-day eating should note that Waterstone is not open on Mondays and does not serve lunch.
Waterstone Bar & Grille
Lisa Markiewicz lends more than her zen-like surname to the wine bar and lounge she recently opened in Mount Vernon. Her extensive knowledge of pan-Mediterranean cuisine—including grecian tapas and grecian lamb chops—informs the menu at Waterstone Bar & Grille, and her love of the region’s signature libation shines through in a drink menu that features more than 100 wines sold at retail price.
The restaurant’s chic lounge space, recently opened for lunch in addition to dinner, strikes a balance between Old-World elegance and the hipness of the Mount Vernon neighborhood that surrounds it. Exposed-brick walls give way to plum pastels—a contrast mediated by the gauzy black curtains draped over windows and doorways, and the restaurant's prime location puts theaters such as the Hippodrome, Lyric, and Centerstage within close walking distance.
311 W Madison St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21201