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Alewife Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alewifebaltimore.com
  • Phone: (410) 545-5112
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Thursday & Friday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 12:00pm - 1:00am (Lunch and Brunch coming soon)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking 7 nights a week
A word from Alewife
Alewife will be opening this Thursday, the 16th of September. Cocktails. Wines. Full kitchen. 2 floors. 2 bars. 'We hope to bring our passion for the beer world to Baltimore. We have a fantastic space. We will hold beer fests, dinners, tastings, special events. There will be a mug club. Hoppy hour madness. Limited releases. U.S.. beer premiers. And regular quiet days.'-owner Daniel LaniganContinued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "This may have been the third time that I ate at this restaurant before attending a show at the Hippodrome, The restaurant is way too loud. Our table for two was squeezed between a table of four and a table of two. I could hear the conversation of the table of four better than I could hear my husband sitting across from me. The food was pretty good. We paid more for our dinner than we thought it was worth. Soup was $7.00 and it was a very small portion. My husband and I eat out a lot. I don't mind spending the money if I enjoy being at the restaurant and enjoy the food."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Alewife is very convenient for pre-theater dining. The food is good and plentiful."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This is a great place with a lot of character. It is across from The Hippodrome, which makes it perfect for pre-theater dining!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I held a small get together of co-worker's at Alewife on a Friday evening. I called earlier in the day to make a reservation but they said they couldn't accept one from a party that large on a Friday night. However, they would try to keep a section open for us in their back room. When we arrived at 10:45pm they delivered on their promise. A large table was already set up for us. I really appreciated that they were able to accommodate us since they were pretty busy. The food is excellent. I've been there before and the tomato soup/grilled cheese is amazing as is their house burger. The only drawback is the noise level. It is rather loud. But if you can handle bar noise then this is a great place to go."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was delicious! The building is amazing. There were alot of eclectic beer choices. I really liked the place and the food, but would've enjoyed myself alot more if the service would've been better. Our server was very unattentive. Waited at least 30 mins to pay our check. Another server actually came and got us another round because he never came back to check with us."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I loved that The Alewife asked inn advance if we were attending the theater. They did everything they could to get us out on time and the wait staff were excellent. The food is good for a pub and what I expected. Fresh, well plated, but not memorable. The noise level was hard on my aging ears, but those a bit younger than me probably won't mind. A very nice, casual place."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Unfortunately my theater stand by Alewife was not very good. We arrived on time for our reservation and were promptly seated at a table. The banquette bench we were given was worn through the foam and deteriorating. After 10 minutes without being greeted we asked to see a server. We were huffily greeted and when we asked for our cocktail order she returned to tell us an ingredient was frozen and to pick another one. When we selected another she rushed off to another table. 10 minutes later she still hadn't entered the order into the system. At this point we spoke to the hostess, cancelled the drink order she was putting in at that moment and left. Terrible service and bad experience. Usually I have good luck here but not this time."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "arrived early so we sat at the bar. wife and i had such a good time that we stayed at the bar the whole time. Food was great, the beer and cocktail selection was great, barkeeps were knowledgeable and very friendly. Would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We love the beer selections, and mixed drinks, the burgers r fantastic, and the crabs cakes my wife got were the best. No filler, all meat. It's a nice laidback atmosphere. They have a few TVs as well if u want to catch a game."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We visited on a Friday evening and the place was jumping, despite no event that night at the Hippodrome or the stadiums. (Which leads me to believe that if there were an Orioles game or a play, it would have been standing-room-only at Alewife.) We were seated quickly at the table we had reserved for dinner, and our waitress was very efficient in bringing our beer orders and taking our dinner orders. The burger & duck fat fries were the most delicious ones I'd had in years. One of my dining companions had occasion to chat with one of the owners and he was a very friendly man. I look forward to bringing future out-of-town guests to Alewife."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Been to Alewife in the past. Beer selection, food, and service is outstanding. Was headed to the circus at the arena and coudnt think of a better reason to grab a good beer and dinner before hand. Went w my wife and 14 year old. Arriving near 6 PM is great as there is often ample street parking for free. Had one of the best beers ever after being offered a taste by our server. I had never seen it before, and the Alewife often has choices like this. Pub food, but prepared uniquely and very tasty. Servers are efficient and knowledgeable on all aspects. Food was prepared quickly. Awesome experience."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Came on a Wednesday evening around 6 before going to an event at the Baltimore arena. Great location, right around the corner within walking distance. Got the duck fries after reading reviews and they were not a big deal. Tasted like regular ol fries with a bit of seasoning on top. Wanted to try the smoked burger and was told cheese comes INSIDE the burger so I passed as I am lactose sensitive. My friend ordered it and when cut open we saw no sign of chesse mixed in the burger meat. Had my hopes set on the burger and was mislead. Settled for mussels instead and sauce was fair to okay. No hostess at enterence, seated ourselves and waited for server. Suddenly a guy in street clothes walked up."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Disappointed with food and service. It was not busy and yet we waited too long. The chicken in the Caesar salad was burned, the lettuce had an unpleasant taste, and the hot water tasted like it was from a coffee pot. The ladies room is very far from the sitting area and the place is in great disrepair. Would not return or recommend to anyone. Sorry...but youasked!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Friend gave us tickets to Everyman Theater and we went to Alewife before the show. Had a great beer called Left hand milk stout...very smooth. We did a number of apetizers for dinner but the standout dish was the Thai Chicken Wings."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was good, service was great. Beer selection was amazing. Prices were a bit high, and the place was loud, even at 5:30 on a Saturday. Great for a happy hour or fun night out with friends."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Took my family from out of town here, and they loved it. Huge (really huge) beer list! We got the wings and cheese plate to start. Both were great - really enjoyed the wings. I got a burger for dinner and it was AMAZING. Best burger I have had in Baltimore."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We booked this reservation before a show at the Arena...We got there at the apointed time. We were seated right away and although reservations were recommended, we did not need to make a reservation as there was plenty of open seating...They advertise a large beer list but the first 6 items we selected they were out of...it became necessary to ask the waitress for samples and recommendations before settleing on drinks...The food we ordered took about 40 min to deliver...it seemed that the younger you are the more attentive the waitress is as we saw very little of our waitress but could see her spending a lot of time at other tables with younger guests. The noise level was way too high and the chairs uncomfortable...disapointing experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed the wine/beer and food before theatre at Everyman. The bar is noisy, but food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Alewife is the perfect solution when you can't decide where to go with friends. They can take small groups and large groups. There is something there on the menu for everyone. Plus, the beer and wine selection is incredible! If you want dessert, however, this is not the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "One of my favorite spots on the west side of downtown. Great food, awesome beer selection, cool space. It's usually just a bit too loud for me on a Friday for dinner, but we got tucked away in this special little space (an old confessional?) and it was perfect - so comfortable I hope we didn't mess up any reservations for the rest of the night! Now that I know about that space I'll probably call WAY in advance and reserve when my parents are in town!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "First disappointment was ordering a Gibson and the waiter informing us the bar did not stock cocktail onions. Sheesh! What self-respecting bar does not stock cocktail onions?! Next, I tried to order the soup of the day, but was told they didn't have a soup of the day. Then, one of our party ordered fried oysters and the plate arrived with a few tiny oysters in a sea of lettuce! definitely not worth the price. Similarly, the duck came as one little duck leg on the plate, not enough for a dinner. I ordered the hamburger, which was delicious, thankfully."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Alewife is a great place for us to have dinner before Everyman. Somewhat nosy, but food and service more than make up for that. If you're a beer person, offerings are extensive. Food has been consistently good, and staff very accommodating."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Wonderful food and great location to the Hippodrome Theater."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Good food and awesome beer selection. However, to keep customers returning you must be able to serve their meal quicker than an hour and a half!!! 90 minutes is a tad too long to wait. Management did get involved...reduced our bill and threw in a free round. My group was not upset when we left...probably because we drank a good deal waiting for our meals:)"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Good spot for a solid burger and beer (pub grub atmosphere and menu) pre show at Hippodrome. Make a reservation -- it gets packed."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Right across the street from the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore, cool interior in an old bank, ever changing list of craft brews and great food at a reasonable price. What else could you ask for? We've been several time and NEVER have we be disappointed with the ambiance or food."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were 20 minutes early to our reservation. Hostess was unfriendly, but we had a drink at the bar and waited for our table. We were seated on time, but didn't see our waitress for at least 15 minutes after sitting. Luckily we had read a menu at the bar, so we ordered right away. Then we waited. After another 30 minutes, no food, no drink deliveries...she did not come back to the table once for any reason. Two other tables in the room got up and left in frustration. Another 5 minutes...she finally came by and said the food would be there quickly. We said we needed it now, or we can't stay. Another 5 minutes, and we gave up. We left, hungry. They either seat too many people, or have vastly inadequate staffing levels."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Seated at 12:30 for a pre-Hippodrome lunch. Ordered right away and told our server it was because the Book of Morman started at 2. People all around us were served. 45 minutes later, still no food, and no one stopped by our table to explain so after snow hour, one of us got up to find out what was happening. When approached we were told our food was coming. That gave us 15 minutes to eat if we wanted to walk to the theater and have a restroom visit before the 2 and 1/2 hour show. Guess we should have made the reservation 2 hours before the show. Food and drinks were good as usual. We just had no time to enjoy them."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We attempted to eat at Alewife prior to seeing Book of Mormon at the Hippodrome. We informed the restaurant when making our reservation that we were attending the show. The waiter came by when we were seated to give us water and tell us to order as soon as possible so that they could get us to the show on time. We ordered immediately. The waiter came by one other time to refill our water. After waiting an hour for our food, we walked out. While walking out, we saw the server carrying our food but it was just too late. The show was starting in 15 minutes. Another problem with the restaurant is the volume. You can barely hold a conversation which was a problem for us considering how long we were there waiting."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We we for Valentine's Day and it was perfect from beginning to end. The food, the service, the ambiance. The staff is friendly without being overbearing. Service is timed perfectly, you are never rushed and never waiting. Drinks were fantastic. I had a kir and a kir royale - they knew how to make them and they knew the difference (not a lot of bartenders would!). Our appetizers were delicious, our steaks were prepared perfectly. Dessert was to die for. No complaints at all, no suggestions for how they could be better because they were perfect."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "It was so noisy we could barely be heard across the table. I won't go back again, which is too bad because it's really convenient to the Hippodrome, the food and wine were great. Perhaps they could find some way to seat people who don't want to be part of the bar scene in another area."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great location of you are attending a Hippodrome show. Small menu but good choices. Food is good - but I would only go back if I was going to the theater. Would not go back otherwise. Restaurant is very loud - not easy to carry on a converstaion."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Perhaps my expectations were off base. I found Alewife noisy, crowded, run down and grungy. The food was mediocre and overpriced. As a neighborhood dive, I guess if fills the bill. As a venue for a relaxing dinner before a show, forget it."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Everything was great, except they made a mistake on the bill/check. Still waiting for them to fix it 2 days later."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had tickets to see a 6:30pm show at the Hippodrome on Sunday. Being that the restaurant is so close to the theater, I made a reservation for 5:00pm, thinking we would have plenty of time. When we arrived it was pretty crowded, which I expected, but there was no organization at the hostess stand. The one hostess working seemed completely overwhelmed with the crowd, and it took a while to get seated. The food itself was mediocre and there were only a few dishes marked in the menu, as quick options for pre-theater diners. Our server was great, and the beer list had a lot of choices. Overall, I think Alewife had a neat bar atmosphere, but I wouldn't recommend it for a pre-theater meal unless you get there really early."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We went to Alewife which is right across from the Hippodrome. It has an excellent draft beer list. The empanadas on the light fare menu are very very good. The empanadas crust was perfect and the filling was delicious. They come on a plate with a serving of thick refried black beans to spread on the empanadas and a drizzle of sauce along with some spring greens. And you can get additional empanadas for $4 each."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We had 12:30 reservations which should have been enough for a 2pm matinee across the street at the Hippodrome. They were oversold and we didn't get seated until 1pm. Only saw our server to take our order. I asked specifically if the fish tacos had raw onions as I am allergic to them and was assured no. After waiting so long, I went to search for our server and asked could they even bring us fries. Our food came at 1:45 - my fish taco had raw onions so I sent it back and my friends inhaled their food in 5 minutes. They were letting people without reservations to order from the bar which slammed the kitchen. Poor service for people who took the time to plan ahead. Put a damper on a what should have been a great day."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were repeatedly told sorry for the delay and that the food wad on the way. Yet it never came. We left without even being served a slice of bread! Needless to say we won 't return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a 6:30 reservation on a Friday evening, arrived at 6:33 and checked in with the hostess who then answered the phone and spent 5 minutes taking a carry out order. Before seating us, she walked the order back to the kitchen. When she returned, it was 6:40 and she told us we would have to wait a few minutes. She said we were late and they gave our table away despite the fact there was an empty table right in our view. We were seated at 6:45 at the table that was empty the whole time. Our waitress took our order at 6;45 for the entire meal as we explained we had tickets to the show at 8. Our appetizers took 30 minutes, our main courses never came. We left at 7:45 pm."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Service took forever and when medium well burger arrived it was rare. Didn't have time to send back. They took it off bill, but left hungry"
    Dined on 2/28/2014