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Alewife
Alewife

Alewife Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alewifebaltimore.com
  • Phone: (410) 545-5112
  • Hours of Operation: BAR HOURS:
    Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Thursday- Sunday: 11:30 am - 2:00am
    KITCHEN HOURS:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday 4:00 pm-10:00 pm
    Late Night: Monday-Thursday 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm, Friday & Saturday 10:00 pm - 12:30 am, Sunday 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
    Lunch: Thursday - Sunday 11:30 am - 3:45 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chad Wells
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: please visit www.alewifebaltimore.com for information on special events both on and off site!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. Fayette Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: In addition to metered street parking there are three parking facilities within one square block of Alewife. The Avalon Parking Garage on Baltimore Street, the Hippodrome Parking Garage on Greene Street or the Apex Garage on N. Eutaw Street.
A word from Alewife
Alewife is a nationally acclaimed craft beer bar and award winning restaurant in the heart of Baltimore's city center. Alewife features a rotation of 40 taps of the finest craft beers from around the world, full bottle and wine lists, hand crafted cocktails and a seasonal menu of modern American/regional cuisine including Baltimore's best burger, the now legendary Smoke Burger. Alewife is conveniently located directly across from The Hippodrome Theater, directly next door to the Everyman Theater and a short walk from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, First Mariner Arena, The Baltimore Convention Center, M&T Stadium and many city center hotels. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Got the smoke burger with duck fat fries since they had good reviews, however the burger was dry and not cooked medium as requested also I've never had duck fat fries before so i cant compare them to anything but they just tasted like regular fries but with rosemary seasoning and a little burnt. Pretty expensive for the quality of food, but maybe it was because it was quite busy when I went. Wait staff was pretty nice though."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "... But today's fine was lacking! Service was attentive, but our server didn't seen very informed about beverage choices. My food was great, as always, but two friends ordered mussels from the happy hour menu, which came out with a strong fishy smell and were very tough. They did take them back willingly, and the rest of the experience was good overall."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Very much an after work crowd. Lucky to get to eat in the "small" vault which was fun and a little creepy. Highly recommend Mac n cheese w/ bacon."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent from the waiting time, presentation, taste and great attention to details."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I've been to Alewife a few times when visiting Baltimore. The food and service are very consistent. The food is good - better than typical pub food but nothing out of this world. A friend and her family were visiting from Tampa for a baseball game and we needed a kid-friendly meeting place that was close to the park. Alewife seemed like a great choice. My friends enjoyed the meal and REALLY enjoyed the beer selection. One of the kids enjoyed his alligator tail - even though we warned him it was probably imported from Florida. My friend is vegetarian and there were even some good options for her. All-in-all, it was a very good choice for a pre-game nosh."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The menu looked pretty good online and it did NOT disappoint. 40 taps with really good beer. We got the burger and the boar sliders and both were perfectly cooked and excellent. Beautiful bar area, love the little tables squirreled away. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The fish tacos were great, as were the wild boar sliders. Good food and company."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Menu, ambiance, decor - all unique and worth the visit. Great beer selection but the service was even better."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great beer selection, but several of our items (burgers, sliders) were overcooked."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My dining partner had mussels and duck fat fries, which she said were very good. I had a vegetarian grain and vegetable dish that was so spicy it was almost inedible. The menu mentioned a curry sauce, but not how spicy the dish was. The vegetables in the dish were also quite crunchy and undercooked. There was no offer to adjust the check or offer a comp drink when I told the server about the problems with the dish. Would go back here for drinks, but not food."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Right across the street from the Hippodrome .. great beer selection (ever changing), very good food, cool atmosphere. What more could you ask for before or after a show?"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great for pre-theatre dinner and drinks. calamari salad, cheeseburgers and mussels are always good."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We have eaten here before but this time, had totally different items. The mussels were huge and flavorful. My husband loved the pate! The restaurant is in an enviable location with the theaters so close!! Make sure you make a reservation!! Excellent service as well."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Noted in the reservation that we were going to theater. Arrived at 6, told server that we were going to theater. Order taken at 6:30. Picked from the starred items (starred as quick for pre-theater). Received food at 7:20 with curtain at 7:30. From bolting the food I was distracted throughout the performance by the resulting heartburn. Nice folks, but strictly amateur hour. Go for the beer if you have an evening to spend in an extremely noisy environment, but otherwise steer clear."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food, service and attention to the fact that we needed to end our meal with time to be seated in a relaxed way at Everyman Theatre which is next door."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is a wonderful place for before or after a show at Everyman Theatre! It's right around the corner from Everyman and across the street from Hippodrome. Food is interesting and tasty and they have a long list of beers, if that's your thing."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Alewife was really great with our pre-show dinner, but they didn't have a few things that seemed a bit silly (i.e., hot or cold tea). The food was good and our server was very attentive. I've been before and I'll definitely go back if I'm in the area for a show."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "If you find the Alewife dinner menu online, keep in mind that it's eclectic and, in some cases, unusual offerings belie the quality and deliciousness of the food. If you like beer, I suggest you start with one of their 40 draughts, using it to chase down the deep fried artichoke hearts. My wife chose the crab cakes, which were done in the classic Maryland style. They had minimal filler, and were meaty and tasty. I chose the smoke burger, which was worth the advertised extra wait. The ambiance of the 19th century historic location coupled with the passable service rounded out a pleasant pre-theater meal. You will likely find me here before my next trip to a show at the Hippodrome."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Alewife is our go-to place when we see shows at the Hippodrome (we're from the DC area, not local Baltimore folks). Very relaxed atmosphere, great choices for food, sports on TV (we were able to watch Terps' NCAA baseball regionals) and unique beer choices to try."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My no recommendationn would be based on the noise level. There isn't a chance one can carry on a catch-up conversation with a friend. The chicken portion was small but light and delicious. We would have enjoyed a warm roll with this dish. The Cabernat Sauvignon that we ordered was especailly nice."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I have tried this restaurant several times because it is close to the theatre but I have been disappointed by the food each time. The restaurant is also very noisy."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had party of 4 on a Tuesday evening. We were greeted warmly, seated quickly and the waiter was fabulous. Helped with food and beer selections!! It was busy and fun!! Great place to start off an evening at the Hippodrome!!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Five of us went to Alewife for a light dinner prior to going to the Hippodrome to see The Celtic Woman. Our first waiter was very nice and attentive. Three of us ordered the fried oysters and tomato soup. The were great. Two order the salads with chicken and they were good too with a large piece of chicken on top. We split the cheesecake for dessert. WE enjoyed our visit. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Went off of Open Tables recommendations and it was awesome!!!! the food, the beer list, and even the old rustic feeling of the building was cool! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "If you are really into fancy expensive beers, this is your place. Service was inattentive, slow, poor unless you wanted to talk fancy expensive beers. Food was mediocre. Not recommended"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "While the menu and drinks are good, we were seated in the old bank vault room which was really terrible. You are isolated from everyone and the only people you see are the ladies who miss the turn into the ladies room and walk a bit too far. There is absolutely no décor in the vault and its a bit awkward being seated in there. The service was not great either because you can't even see the servers to flag them down if you need something. It was really not a great experience."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great place to have fun. Good food, excellent service. Would definitely recommend"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "If for no other reason, go for the Bacon Bloody Mary. Really tasty unique drink, in fact, have two! Tried both burgers on the menu (not during the same visit...), the beef and the black bean, and both were excellent. Our server this past time was fun and attentive, but did not hover. A bit pricey, but it is in the "theater district" right across from the Hippodrome, so I guess that's to be expected. That being said, I did not feel ripped off cause everything was great. We'll definitely go back. Reservations are a good idea, especially if there is a show happening that night across the street."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Chef Chad has stepped up his game with a revised menu that hits the sweet spot for a neighborhood bar/restaurant. Excellent preparation of crab cake and shrimp appetizers. We hope he keeps the chicken liver pate and roasted brussel sprouts on the menu. The can't miss item is the smoke burger - be sure to bring your appetite for that burger, for it truly is the largest one we've seen in a long long time."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We ate here a couple of years ago before heading to the theatre across the street. It was great back then. This time we were so disappointed. The food was less than impressive, the atmosphere has deteriorated into a basic bar scene, the cushions on the banquette were torn and had stuffing come out, the railing on the steps going up to the ladies room was very, very rickety. I had the wild boar sliders and the bread was so stale and dry it was inedible. The roasted brussels sprouts were undercooked with no hint of the balsamic vinegar drizzle mentioned in the menu. The obviously premade cheesecake for dessert was good, but $8? As a pre-theatre venue this place could really be amazing with a little more attention to detail. We won't be back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Third visit to Alewife & once again -- very good. The food is fantastic and the beers are unending. Difficult to choose. The service has always been great."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Had a 6:30 show and it worked out great. Got in at 5:15 and had our meal and were gone at 6:15. Food was good, not great. Prices were ok. Service was ok, as well."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was overpriced, but tasty. I had oysters Chesapeake that were "lite fare" but should have been under appetizers. The menu claimed there was crab involved with the recipe but there was no crab meat in the dish. The oysters were fried but allowed to sit prior to being served so they were not hot but the sauce was tasty. I had to ask my server for a knife and fork and sugar for coffee. We went after a Sunday matinee at the Hippodrome so it was not busy but the service was not very good. The location is great if you are going to the Every Man Theater or the Hippodrome but I will not go there to eat again. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Although we always enjoy our meal , Alewife is in serious need if renovations . The cushions are threadbare and the word trim is scratched and worn . With the price of a few beers and a meal on the high side I would expect the fit and finish of the restaurant to be much higher ."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "$120 for 2 for a quick pre-theater dinner; lots of beers, a few wines, eclectic food menu"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My friend and I occasionally enjoy a show at the Hippodrome, which is across the street from Alewife, so we typically dine here before the performance. The food is very good and reasonably priced. Alewife has an extensive selection of beers and also some nice, mid-level wines. I especially love their salads and soups. The service is outstanding. The wait staff is very friendly and take the time to answer any questions we have. I have recommended Alewife to friends, who have also enjoyed dining here. As for my friend and myself, we will continue to return for our pre-theatre meals."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "After not liking this place when it first opened, we thought it only fair to try again since the menu looked to be much improved. First of all, this is the place to go if you don't want to talk to your table mate. This place is so loud my ears hurt when I left. The gumbo on the menu listed no sausage, the waiter said there was no sausage in it. It was loaded with sausage. The snake head was to have been blackened. Its coating was sweet with what tasted like cinnamon in it. Hoping to fair better with dessert, we asked for a dessert menu. Only one dessert was available: cheesecake with caramel and sweetened pecans which sounded grossly sweet."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I have enjoyed all my meals at Alewife but this last time was a bit different. We were seated upstairs on the balcony and the noise level made conversation with my guest very difficult. Service is always prompt and friendly but they were already out of one of their lite fare entree's at 6:15. We did make a tastey substitution. We ordered the roasted brussel sprouts which had a great taste but could have been roasted a bit more to make them tender. We use this restaurtant for our pre theatre dinners due to the convenience of parking but I think I will be trying something different next time in town."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Booked a pretheater dinner for 5:45. By 6pm, the place was full and loud. Service was fine. Calamari was great. The rest of the meal was good. Great beer list. But - it's LOUD. Almost too loud to have a normal conversation. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Food was good and craft beer menu was impressive, as usual. Service was not great, but that was unusual as service was very good during past visits. I'll chalk it up to lateness. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014