Cafe Hon
Cafe Hon
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Cafe Hon

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafehon.com/
  • Phone: 4102431230
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday-Monday 9am-3pm
    Light Fare: Sunday-Monday 3pm-4pm
    Dinner: Monday-Thursday 4pm-9pm,Friday & Saturday 4pm-10pm,Sunday 4pm-8pm

    HON Bar
    Monday-Saturday 4pm-close
    Sunday 10-Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Denise Whiting
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private Party Space for 30-60 Guests. For more information Contact Debbie Harris.
  • Entertainment: Friday Night Karaoke 10pm-1am Hosted by: Landis Expandis

    FREE Live Music Every Saturday 10pm-1am
  • Special Events: September-June Friday Fresh Shucked Oyster, 5pm HON Bar
    Every Saturday Live Music 10pm HON Bar
    Every Friday Night Karaoke 10pm HON Bar hosted by: Landis Expandis

    Home of HONfest June 2012

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Roland Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Off street parking behind Cafe HON. Enter from 36th Street
A word from Cafe Hon
For a true Baltimore experience, one you can share with your
family and out of town guests - the very best Baltimore has to
offer - come in for a HON experience. Baltimore Sun critic Rob Kaspers
writes, "the decor is theatrical, but the food is real and flavorful."
Open since 1992 and home of Hampden's first brunch,
Cafe HON prides itself on offering Baltimore's Best bread pudding,
and every dessert, gravy, sauce, soup, and dressing is made from scratch. Cafe HON welcomes families and large groups, and our children's menu has lots of tempting options for the little Hon's. If hanging in a bar is more your style, check out the HON Bar right next door. The HON Bar offers a full menu plus Happy Hour 7 days a week. Stop in for a ice cold beer and our award winning HOT wings.
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Cafe Hon reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Friday evening with the Girls
    Friday
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    This was my first visit to Cafe Hon and it was amazing. The food was great and the customer service was excellent. I loved the family oriented atmosphere. Great place !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much better than I remembered it
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    I remember going to Cafe Hon when it first opened and thinking that they charged a lot for not a lot of food. I specifically remember their Hon potato sides being meager. Maybe I just eat less nowadays, but I thought their portions were much better balanced. The brunch entrees were very good. We'll be back. I was also surprised that it was as empty as it was. I also remember it being very crowded back in the day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An off day at Cafe Hon
    icemanVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    We went to Café Hon for lunch on July 4th, having been there many, many times over the years, and having always been very pleased with our experiences there. This time, it was a great disappointment. We ordered sandwiches, which were very "skimpy", and they took an awful long time to arrive. It seemed like all the customers orders were slow coming out. I think the problem on that day was in the kitchen: maybe short-staffed; maybe more business than expected; even possible that the kitchen staff was new and inexperienced. Will we return? Yes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Hon
    Travelwiz
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    The restaurant received a face lift since my visit last year. Not as 50ish. Crab Cake was Maryland Meat, needed a little more Old Bay. Bread Pudding was excellent. Waitress was friendly and was knowledgeable about the menu.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Crazy good food - fun setting!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    LOVE the food as MUCH as the decor!!! My husband, daughter and I each got different things for lunch and dessert - and EVERYTHING was "eyes-roll-back-in-your-head" yummy!! The wait staff was fun, prompt and informative, too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun at Cafe Hon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    For a nostalgic trip back to the 50s, Cafe Hon is the ticket. A pleasant diversion in the Hampden section of Baltimore, the restaurant serves comfort food that pleases in a retro atmosphere that feeds the nostalgia of the old and the curiosity of the young. An asset to the charm of Baltimore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cafe Hon
    OutOfTownVisitors
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    This was our 2 visit. Our first visit was good. Fun atmosphere good food a bit pricey and slow service. Our second visit was different. It's been 2 years since our last visit. The menu selection was not the same, service was quite slow and the food was okay. Again a bit pricey. It was interesting that we got in with no wait. I wonder why.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go there once
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Cafe Hon is a nice place to go for lunch once, mostly to say you've been. The interior has been redecorated with many items coming from IKEA. It looks cute. On our visit we waited 20 minutes for our food, shrimp salad (very good) and an egg sandwich (OK). The ladies room is miniscule with only 2 stalls. One was out of order and the one that worked was so small you could hardly move. Three patrons were waiting in this area the size of a closet. Not sure how they get away with this for a restaurant of this size. Sorry to say I will be in no hurry to return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Hon Brunch
    spoon13
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    was disappointed that with a reservation we were seated as one of the few tables in the "bar" area as opposed to the more common rooms, where the real flavor and ambience of the cafe shines. As such, it was quiet and not "happening" where we sat. the food, and we all ordered breakfast fare, took forever. good enough place, was hoping for a better experience, did not get it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Nice Mother's Day Brunch
    Petal0309
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Although we were a little disappointed that Cafe Hon did not have a special Mother's Day Brunch menu we were not let down by the food and charm of the cafe. We were promptly served chocolate covered strawberries while we viewed the menu but that was the only thing prompt about our visit. The waitress didn't take our order for 30 minutes and it took another 45 for our meal to arrive. That was a bit frustrating considering there WASN'T a special menu not to mention the fact that the table next to us arrived after us, was served and left before we received our meal. But, we did enjoy the food once it arrived. The charm of the cafe and the delicious food made up for the slow service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day at Cafe Hon
    ckwlVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We had a great time. Our waiter couldn't have been friendlier or better in his timing. Food was mixed- can't go wrong with pancakes or french toast, they were wonderful. Eggs were way too buttery, they didn't even taste like eggs. Club sandwich was traditional and good. Lots of vegetarian options. Chocolate covered strawberries as a special treat for mom were a thoughtful touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kitchy cute with great food too!
    lnflnf
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    We just LOVED our meal at Cafe Hon!! Of special note -- their grilled cheese, bacon and chicken salad sandwich and blueberry cherry crisp pie. Also, delicous -- the special turkey burger filled with STUFFING!! I thought the place was going to just be retro funky but the food shines here and I will be making 'lots of repeat visits!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not special
    RichC
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    A group of us had lunch at Cafe Hon. They have a fairly limited selection for lunch. To be honest, I can't remember what I ordered (it's been 8 days). There is nothing wrong with this place at all, but there's not much to distinguish it from any other lunch place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome experience
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    My girlfriends and I really had a great time at Cafe Hon! The food and service was awesome. We cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very slow service. French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Very slow service. French fries cold Coffee never offer for breakfast/brunch All this with 3 tables in the whole restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place for brunch.
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Wonderful place for brunch. The quality of the food was outstanding and a great value. The staff was very attentive, including the restaurant manager who took the time to come over to our table and chat. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great funky local place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    great funky local place. A $20 cab ride from Harbor East but worth every dollar!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was a busy Sunday for brunch...
    JunoVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    It was a busy Sunday for brunch... the hostess was clearing tables, which delayed the seating of people waiting in line. They looked understaffed as the servers were slow getting around to each table. But as always the food was excellent and our server was very friendly and attentive (when the restaurant slowed down a bit) All in all good food and good price and good server too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food was very average.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    the food was very average. I had the crab Benedict and the crab cake was only about 3 oz each over done and back fin that was very dry. my husbands pancakes were over done all this while we waited for 25 mins for our brunch and they were not that busy with over 5 tables vacant around us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great waitstaff. The fruit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Great waitstaff. The fruit cup was full of delicious, fresh fruit. Lots of hot coffee!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hopping place, was having
    EricFromLongIsland
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Hopping place, was having issue with ac when we visited. Sweltering heat in late March... Crab cakes and burgers well received. The mexi salad was a disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When I used to live in Hampden,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    When I used to live in Hampden, Cafe Hon was a staple, albeit not memorable dining experience. This was seven years ago. Recently we decided to brunch up there on St. Patty's Day because we figured we could avoid the drinking leprechauns all over the city. It was a great choice, because Cafe Hon's food at this point was FANTASTIC. We had the creamed chipped beef, the super grits, corned beef hash, and the crab cake benedict. Every meal was spot on. Cafe Hon, thank you - we will be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So maybe you won't go to Cafe
    NotQuiteAFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    So maybe you won't go to Cafe Hon for fine dining... You go because it's Bawlmer, it's Hampden. it's a tradition, and it's just a fun place to be. The food is fine, trust me, and it's very reasonably priced. If you want some authentic atmosphere, a good time with friends, and a very family-friendly atmosphere, Cafe Hon is a good choice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sadly not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    I was looking forward to going th Cafe Hon. There were 4 of us and 2 of us had Grilled Cheese with French Fries. I could not get over how high the price was for a diner. $9 for grilled cheese was just dumb. There was nothing special about it. The fries were frozen and reheated and did not taste good. I was very disappointed and probably will not return. I would have been fine paying $90 for dinner (keep in mind 2 were grilled cheeses) if it tasted good. For that price it needs to be amazing. Over all I went because a friend was visiting from out of town and wanted to go but we left thinking for that price we could have eaten at a nicer restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Although the menu is creative,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Although the menu is creative, the food was not tasty. Two of us had grits, and they needed salt. I'd prefer smaller portions with more finesse.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a fun place to start
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    What a fun place to start out the weekend. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really enjoyed brunch- had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Really enjoyed brunch- had a good time- love the place and always will.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for dinner. Although
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Went for dinner. Although the restaurant was short staffed, the servers and hostess were pleasant and hard working. Unfortunately, the food was poor. The 5 people in my party each order something different. Nothing was very good. Even the hamburger was of poor quality. Maybe the restaurant is better for breakfast.
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  • A group of 4 of us went to
    BmoreHon
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    A group of 4 of us went to Cafe Hon for a special occasion and were so pleased with the service and atmosphere. The server, whose name escapes me (she was going to school for radiology) was funny, upbeat, and attentive. The atmosphere is fun and eclectic and just what us party goers needed. The food was tasty and appealed to us all; who were searching for that comfort food vibe. And the drinks! Whew! We got the partytinis and they were adorned with fun stuff that required multiple picture taking opportunities. Overall, a nice little spot I'd go back to again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The manager did not makea
    RussVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    The manager did not makea very good effort to find us a nice table, even though the restaurant was not very crowded. Food was good, but nothing special. My grilled cheese was disappointing as it was quite small.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While we had a great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    While we had a great time at this entertaining restaurant, I must say I wasn't too impressed with the food or the service. Brunch menu was fair and service the same. I am glad we went to have experienced the ambiance and the flamingo but probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quintessential Baltimore!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    This is quintessential Baltimore. I love taking out of towners up here to check out the lovely pink flamingo with pearls and the life sized Elvis greeting you. The food won't blow you away, but it's decent. And they have turkey sausage which a friend of mine was happy to see as an option at brunch. I haven't been there for dinner, so note that I'm only reviewing brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My first time at the Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    My first time at the Cafe Hon and it was great. The server was cheerful and gave us good suggestions. Parking was ample on the Ave (36th) in front. I'd happily go back, and I'd happily recommend Cafe Hon to a friend.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Book club took a field
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    Our Book club took a field trip and were won over by the wait staff and management who accommodated our large party. Everyone had a delicious dish and we shopped the neighborhood afterwards truly a fun filled day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was good and the
    SuperOTVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    Everything was good and the oysters were fresh and excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made reservations for my husbands
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Made reservations for my husbands BDay.. Family of 5.'table was given away when we were only 10 minutes late which is not bad since the parking was insane! We had to sit at anbooth which was tight. Everyone was very nice food was great big portions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Pre Christmas Tradition!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    We went to kick off the Christmas season...a visit to Cafe Hon and a walk to 34th Street. We got there at 6 so it was relatively quiet. Most of us had burgers...a serviceable wine list. Our one youngster with us was very happy to have the grilled cheese. Contrary to other reports, our burgers were very good and cooked as ordered. I might have chosen one of the sandwiches but saw that the BLT and BALT were all on Texas toast.....way too much bread. Our burger rolls were in good proportion to the very large burger. We did not go expecting exquisite food. We got what we were looking for and it was a fun night. Plus the Lights on 34th St experience was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the Best I've had there....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    I enjoyed my trip to the Cafe Hon, although it was more for the environment and company than for the food. Thursday's visit - the cream of crab soup was overly salty and didn't appear very creamy, the salmon was dry, the green beans smushy (not steamed, seemed boiled), and the rice was smothered in butter. All in all, no flavor/spices to speak of and very disappointing. Since I was there for a fund raiser, I did enjoy that - very good atmosphere and had a wonderful time. Denise and Lisa are excellent hostesses! Cafe Hon has the personality, atmosphere and service; now it needs to concentrate on the food - prep, quality of cooking, and consistency!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to eat in Hampdon.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    We came to Hampdon to see the Christmas lights and enjoy a nice meal. The Cafe Hon had the atmosphere we were looking for. We ordered the hamburgers, fish-n-chips and for dessert had the bread pudding. Everything was awesome, especially the coleslaw. Loved sitting by the window. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Cafe Hon is the best way to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Cafe Hon is the best way to get a taste of Baltimore style food. I think there could be some more traditional foods added but that won't deter us from coming back. It is a wonderful experience with friendly waitresses and all the staff is just wonderful. It has been a yearly tradition and will continue to be a tradition in our family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet