This downtown restaurant serves elegant, yet simple, French-inspired Southern cuisine. Take the fried oysters, for instance, in their golden-brown cornmeal batter, or the crab soup that's as creamy as most bisques. These are true examples of gracious living. Add the tranquil, pastel-colored decor and the expert service and you come up with a most enjoyable dining experience at Charleston.
This small Afghani restaurant in the midtown Mount Vernon neighborhood features an intimate, candle-lit dining room decorated in shades of rose. Traditional Afghani robes adorn the bare brick walls. The food is equally lovely. A typical meal would include the pureed pumpkin appetizer, followed by grilled chicken with mushrooms in a yogurt and sour cream sauce, and ice cream with mango, figs and dates for dessert. The Helmand is four-star dining in a lovely setting, all at affordable prices.
One of Baltimore's largest breweries, The Brewer's Art is set in a grand townhouse on North Charles Street. Spread out over two levels, the bar and dining room lies on the ground floor and the lounge and smaller bar area can be found on the lower level. House brews include the strong Beazly, Birdhouse Ale and the flavorful Resurrection. They also offer an extensive wine list, wide selection of whiskey and other spirits. Their reasonably priced food menu features delicious pubfare (sandwiches, small plates), intriguing entrées, continental cuisine and desserts. Gluten free and vegetarian options are also available. With its happy hours, plenty of seating options, impeccable service and guided tours (every other Saturday), The Brewer's Art offers guests a unique dining experience.
For more than 30 years, this downtown restaurant has been Baltimore's benchmark for upscale steakhouses. The signature dish shows why. The Prime Rib Steak is a tender 24-ounce behemoth, a full three inches thick. The rest of the offerings, including several fine seafood dishes, are just as good, if not as weighty. It's hard to believe, but the decor - black walls, gold curtains and leopard-print carpet - is somehow just right. Side dishes are a la carte, and the wine list is great.
One expects Italian restaurants to be romantic, and this Little Italy favorite certainly delivers. Dalesio's Of Little Italy's intimate dinning rooms are candle-lit and filled with fresh flowers, and the outdoor balcony seating is a near perfect setting for romance. The menu features many low-calorie and low-cholesterol entrées, like grilled shrimp and penne piemontese, which are perfectly healthy, yet still pack enough flavor to be worthy of Little Italy.
Situated in Fells Point, Thames Street Oyster Bar is any seafood lover's dream come true. A charming restaurant affording lovely views of the water, it serves some fantastic Maryland and Mid-Atlantic cuisine. Sit at one of the three dining areas and gorge on treats like lobster mac n' cheese, grilled New Bedford swordfish and seared Block Island scallops. House specialties include stuffed Maine lobster and New England clam and lobster boil. Enhance the seafood extravaganza with a cocktail or wine from the bar.
This elegant restaurant features floor-to-ceiling murals of cafe scenes and gilded mirrors. The owners redecorated the dining room in the mid-90s; only the cracked tile floor is original. To start, try a half-order of the gnocchi in red pepper sauce or sample from the tapas Bar. For a main course, the thin-crusted pizza is a nice choice. Made with homemade sauce and topped with mozzarella, it is a gourmet delight. For dessert, choose from truffles, fresh fruit served with ice cream and Profiteroles with chocolate sauce.
With its plush interiors, Topside is a rooftop restaurant that overlooks the Mount Vernon neighborhood. The eatery here consists of a bar right in the center which is surrounded by chairs facing the window. There is a specific section of this restaurant called The Garden Room, which is surrounded by lush green tropical plants, making it feel like a garden. The wooden decor and the seating arrangements give this place a modern upscale vibe. Topside is known for its finely curated list of craft beers that includes Thirstay (credited to Peabody Heights Brewery, one of Baltimore's earliest breweries). Other than that, the menu here is filled with recipes that use ingredients which are freshly sourced, which ensures quality. However, the best thing about Topside is its wide range of beer that can be found in thirteen taps and other containers including cans.
Combining beautiful views of Inner Harbor with the best of contemporary American cuisine, Watertable is a fantastic restaurant pick for a special occasion. The cuisine is mostly seafood, including some of the best fish and chips you'll find in the city. The lemon ricotta gnocchi, served with fresh seasonal vegetables, is a luscious vegetarian option. There is an tasty selection of desserts and the cocktails are known for their inventiveness. Reservations are recommended.
This old Owl has been perched up in a quiet corner of Baltimore town since the year 1900! With luminaries and dignitaries having patronized this place for decades, you can rest assured that you will be treated to nothing but the best of everything! Impeccable service and excellent food are the main highlights of this place. The bar displays some of the finest wines and beer and you can even go in for the local brew, Delaware's Dogfish Head, for it goes well with the freshly baked pizzas.