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b, A Bolton Hill Bistro
b, A Bolton Hill Bistro

b, A Bolton Hill Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.b-bistro.com
  • Email: eat@b-bistro.com
  • Phone: (410) 383-8600
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: George Allen aka Big George
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The best of b bistro offerings is available for your guests. Call and ask about catering and party platters. You'll get the personal attention of our house manager and chef. b bistro knows you deserve nothing less.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mosher
  • Public Transit: 3 blocks from the Mt Royal Light Rail stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample parking on the beautiful tree lined streets of historic Bolton Hill
A word from b, A Bolton Hill Bistro
Since it opened in May, 2003, b bistro has been one of the most praised restaurants in Baltimore 'the critics choice' in annual 'best restaurants' ratings in the Baltimore Sun, BALTIMORE Magazine, and the City Paper. Come see what all the excitement's about. Sample fresh and imaginative b bistro cuisine with a range of daily specials and an eclectic, non-fussy, and reasonably-priced wine list. Enjoy dining in Bolton Hill, one of Baltimore's most stately and historic neighborhoods.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Mt first time here. I had the Rockfish and my guest had the scallops. Mine was slightly overcooked to my taste but the sauce and the presentation were superb. The scallops were large, 4 to the plate, and perfectly cooked. The sauce and presentation was on point. The side dish of fresh asparagus was perfectly cooked, not too soft, which I hate. The bread and olive oil prior to the meal was excellent. The choice of wines by the glass was limited. We advised the staff that we had tickets for an event and they managed their service accordingly. The service was attentive without being obtrusive."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I love that b is nestled into Bolton Hill. the food was great and the wait staff was especially good, helpful and friendly without being overbearing. I'm excited to come back in the spring for outdoor seating."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We have been a few times to b Bistro and have really enjoyed our meals every time. The food encompasses many elements at the same time... creative, comfort, delicious fresh ingredients."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "we had an absolutely great time. Our only glitch in the evening - one member of our party ordered a medium burger. It came pretty rare. She ate a tiny tad of it, but when the waiter came back, and she told him she had ordered a medium burger and this was rare, his response was "do you want me to wrap that up? He missed the point unfortunately. Otherwise all of our appetizers, entrees and desserts were fantastic."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "restaurant has an outstanding chef and really great wait staff we eat out often and one of our favorites very affordable wine list"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My friend and I ordered a glass of wine each, and on the menu there was the glass and bottle price. when we recevied the bill the price was different, and when asked, I was told I ordered the large size glass and not the small one ($ 8.50 vs $11.00). well iguess I did not read the fine print and it was certainly not on the ordering side of the menu. waiters should ask which size the customer wants if there are in fact two sizes. wonderful food."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food was great. The place is small and got very cramped with 4 people."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the portions rather large. I had the fried oysters in spinach aoili, which almost did not seem fried, the batter was so light. The rockfish with clam broth and potato/broccoli puree was delightful, with all the flavors blending in a new, but flavorful way. The restaurant is in a charming neighborhood. There was a mixture of diners and you got the sense it was a true "neighorhood" restaurant; one that I wished was by me. The staff was friendly and helpful. Somewhat far from Downtown, but well worth it."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Highly recommended ... can understand the recognition b has gotten!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This cozy neighborhood restaurant is wonderful, tucked in a quiet residential location. It is casual, but upscale. The food was delicious. I had the duck, cooked medium rare-perfect. Perhaps the highlight was the service. Our server was charming. Attentive without being annoying, affable, helpful in helping with menu selections without being gushing. I would move to Bolton Hill just so I could wander down to this place for dinner."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "It was so much fun to eat in the little hidden away restaurant located in an out of the way neighborhood. The food and service were outstanding and although it is very small the menu was varied and the noise level more than acceptable."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "My fiancé and I were visiting Baltimore for the weekend and were looking for a non-chain neighborhood type restaurant when we found this place on Open Table. We had the creepiest waiter but the food was absolutely amazing! My fiancé had the gnocchi which was the best meal either of us had had in a very long time. I had the scallops with risotto which were AMAZING too (little too much watercress on top). We absolutely LOVED this restaurant and if were ever back in Baltimore would definitely check it out again. The neighborhood is really cute and quiet too."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "How long do you have to wait at the door before you get seated? Please treat ALL your patrons equally. There's a disparity in how visitors are treated. Other tables were available, we were seated right at the front door where my chair was hit by patrons leaving. I've been here many times. Service is usually good. I brought a friend by who was visiting from out of town. We are both minorities from different backgrounds. Asian and African American. I can't prove that our treatment had anything to do with that, but when I noticed how the following patrons were treated, it leads me to wonder. Please be attentive to all, equally."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Scallops were undercooked. Mussels were large, free of grit - delicious. Tuna Won-Tons - Won-Tons were greasy, tuna was fishy. Rockfish special would have been delicious, but was over seasoned - almost too salty to eat. At least the food was served nice & hot. Overall, pretty disappointing as usually food & service is terrific."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Although we had a reservation at 8pm, we were not seated until 8:20. After we were seated, everything was beautiful. Fettucine bolognese, shrimp and grits, duck fat fries, and the demi-glaze duck, all cooked to perfection. Very Euro-vibe to the place, which we loved. Highly recommended. Make sure to get a reservation!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went t b on my wife's birthday. We found good food, a warm ambience, and place for friendship--food for the soul. Extra bonus was discovering friends from "b 's" neighborhood who say they walk there regularly.They invited us to join them--food good friends,good for the soul!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Great waitress, strong mimosas, above average food, nice vibe. Could use a little re-design (I'm looking at you, floor) but overall a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My husband and I are so glad we found this restaurant just under a mile away from the Lyric. We both enjoyed the soup of the day - a creamy, buttery clam chowder which was served nice and hot! He had a delicious scallop dinner while I had an outstanding beet salad and spinach-artichoke ravioli starter. The staff was very attentive as well. It was the perfect meal before walking over to the Lyric to see a show."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The "b" bistro has an imaginative standard menue and an ever-changing list of specials that are sometimes sdpectacular. Entres ranging from perfectly prepared sweetbreads ro duck in a variety of very tasty presentations, a baby beet salad and sinful desserts. The wait staff is informed, attentive and gracious, never disappointing. Occasionally, the music doesn't suit my taste, but that's a very minor inconvenience. We regularly have dinner at the "b" before the symphony."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Had a great Sunday brunch with girlfriends, at an outside table. A wonderful waitress who never rushed us, and always checked in. Food was delicious too! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "Everything you eat here will be of the highest quality and will also be well-prepared and beautifully presented. There is a nice mix of things you will see on other restaurants' menus, but there are some inspired items unique to b, too. The charcuterie and cheese are always outstanding. The only downside to the experience this time was that it was really warm in the restaurant. We still had a great time, but we wish the dining room were more comfortable. The pistachio sundae with Turkish figs and honey is fabulous. There is no hard liquor in the house, so be prepared for wine and beer only."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The small plates and entrees we ordered were fantastic. The service was very good. This is a very small place, so be sure to have reservations."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were six and all loved their meals. The French Onion Soup was excellent! Grouper Fantastic! There was something for everyone. We all felt we needed to come back so we can try some other selection."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "decided to check this place out for restaurant week as per a friends recommendation... i was extremely pleased! the food was great and came out quickly and all the staff seemed very nice/attentive! I'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The service was great - staff had noted the two requests I'd attached to the reservation form and took care of both - we had a window table and the server had spoken with the chef about my husband's dairy-free food choices and knew exactly what he could have, including what the chef was able to adjust (everything clearly prepped fresh for individual diners - so often at restaurants there's already cheese in the pre-prepared salads etc but not here). It was restaurant week and I feel like we got a great deal - the food was delicious, service was friendly and prompt, we were not rushed at all - we will definitely go back and have already recommended it to others."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "chicken was very good. flourless chocolate cake was too rich and without the flour it really was just mushy. we shouldn't have ordered it.... ice cream sandwhich was excellent. husband hated the burger but the fries were good. my husband felt ill after eating the burger even though it was well-cooked. he said that he could taste that it was burnt and that upset his stomach overnight. for the price, i thought the food should've been better but its a very nice place- ambience and service was great too."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great little place in a historic neighborhood! Our waitress was very friendly and attentive :)"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Wasn't sure I wanted my first visit to b to come during restaurant week but had a meeting in the area and decided to go for it. Glad I did. There were really nice entree selections and they added some additional choices to those posted, most notably Blue Point oysters on the half shell-perfect! My pork and lamb bolognese was yummy with homemade pasta. And the scallops with crisp pork belly a winner! It's very tight inside and the noise level is pretty high but it ends up feeling energetic and not annoying. I look forward to going again."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We had Brunch at the "B" because we had previously experianced a great dinner at the restaurant. It was in the summer and we ate outside. The Brunch was also delicious! My only comment is that the tables are tight and so it was not very comfortable inside for eating."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This restaurant was chosen for a birthday celebration. Our waitress was attentive and enhanced the celebration with a champagne toast. Our food choices were very good. I felt a bit put off by the manager who bumped into me several times and made me feel uncomfortable, almost as if to push us out."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Every dish was delicious! I had the pan roasted grouper over crab risotto with sun-dried tomatoes; my boyfriend had a steak with lobster mac and cheese and asparagus. We loved every bite. Glad we live nearby so we can go back to try other dishes."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I was frustrated to find that the restaurant only offered the 4 course prix fixe; there was no option to order individual entrees. I knew about the prix fixe option on Valentine's Day, but I thought it was just that: an option. I found myself paying more than I intended, for food that was honestly quite subpar. Nothing I had was bad, but it certainly wasn't a fantastic meal. b bistro is not vegetarian friendly, either; they had alternatives, like the tofu au poivre, but only one entree option: I either had the tofu au poivre, for example, or nothing at all. For the first and second courses, I could choose from a small cheese plate, an arugula salad (on a bed of ham, though), or a plate of vegetables. I will not be returning or recommending."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Made a reservation but upon arrival were told this was restaurant week and all dishes were $30 with no substitutes or changed allowed. We left without eating and went elsewhere."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "B Bistro Is a wonderful find in Bolton Hill, Baltimore. I have dined here several times, and each meal is better than the last. The menu is varied, and eclectic, without being over-the-top different for different's sake. The restaurant is a converted corner townhouse, with scenic windows giving a nice view of the neighborhood. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Loved the food...Not so jazzed on the wine list..."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband took me here for Valentine's Day and the pre-fix menu was amazing, the service, ambience, wine and cheese list. I would highly recommend this gem."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Clint is a great waiter...always attentive to diner's needs and understands the flow of dining, always available but never intrusive. The food is creative and fun. Great spot for brunch."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Over the years I just have not figured out why this charming place with interesting and good food can't find wait staff who are pleasant, friendly and interested in giving customers a great visit. They continue to make me feel like a burden"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "We came here with a group of 8 friends for Sunday brunch. All agreed this was an outstanding experience - a great setting and lovely service. But the food was amazing - everyone needed a taste of the other plates to discover how consistent and high quality the food was."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Four if us had a great time. Salads were very good, especially the poached beets. Tofu poivre disappointing as we expected a peppery dish but good. Mahi, veg plate great."
    Dined on 2/1/2014