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Charleston Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.charlestonrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (410) 332-7373
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French, Low Country
  • Executive Chef: Cindy Wolf
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Exeter Street (in the Thomson Prometric Building)
  • Public Transit: Next to Harbor East Marina, close to water taxi stops.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is complimentary.
A word from Charleston
Tony Foreman & Cindy Wolf's Charleston is located on the waterfront in the burgeoning Harbor East neighborhood. Chef Cindy Wolf is a three-time finalist for Best-Chef, Mid-Atlantic by The James Beard Foundation. Her award-winning, contemporary cuisine is rooted in the regional cuisine of France and traditions of the "Low Country" area of South Carolina. Chef Wolf's commitment to fresh, local, seasonal products is reflected in the prix fixe tasting menu, which changes daily. The menu is complemented by an award winning wine list of more than 700 fine wines, which are displayed in the wine library and are chosen by co-owner and wine director, Tony Foreman. An elegant yet comfortable ambiance & luxurious service complete the extraordinary dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "On a visit to Baltimore, we selected this restaurant for a mid-week dinner. We sat in the bar area to have a view of the water. It was truly a great experience. Our waiter, and the rest of the staff, were incredibly professional and knowledgeable. I 100% recommend this restaurant for the wonderful, world class food. We were able to explore some dishes that we would not have necessarily ordered an entire course of in at another restaurant because it was a tasting format. Highlights for us were the chicken/risotto dish, the shrimp and grits, and the sweetbreads."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "If I could afford it I would eat here every day. The level of detail to the food, service and the entire dining experience was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "in every way we had the dinner and wine menu......every taste was exquisite the wine was a great too. what can you say about the best it was excellent in every way and romantic"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Baltimore and tops in the region, no question. Highly acclaimed, consistent James Beard contender. Costly, but worth it for a special occasion. Quality food, ingredients. Fantastic wine list, amazing attention to detail. Great service."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food at the Charleston is fantastic and the wine pairings add to the experience. Great service, great food, overall a lovely time."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I started with an arugula salad which was light and perfectly dresssed. I followed with halibut and filet-both melted in my mouth. Finished with a goat cheese mousse- also great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is a celebratory, top of the line restaurant. You cannot beat the quality of the food, the service or the ambience ANYWHERE in the mid-Atlantic. This is my go-to restaurant for special occasions and I'm NEVER disappointed."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was our third or fourth time at Charleston to celebrate a special occasion (our wedding anniversary in this case), and as in the past visits, we enjoyed every moment. Charleston is known for an outstanding wine list but I enjoyed a festive gin flip cocktail. One of their signature dishes, the fried oysters, were sweet and tender with just the right amount of coating. I have never had a disappointing soup at any Foreman-Wolf restaurant and the corn chowder, delicate yet flavorful, was no exception. The spinach salad and the scallops with sautéed cauliflower and walnuts were also terrific. I finished with the opera cake, and had to take my share of the macarons and chocolates home because I couldn't eat another bite!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food at Charleston was amazing. Every course was delicious. Ambiance was perfect and service was terrific. Price was very expensive but well worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Although touted as an excellent restaurant, one of the best, our experience belied that. The menu is, well, strange: picking 3 to 6 tiny food items, (with 3 being least expensive), and then telling the waitperson what order you want them. A lot of work in what should be a easy dining experience. When each is brought to the table, the waitperson recites in rather great detail what's in the dish. A bit redundant, since the descriptions are printed on the menu. This kind of sequential meal takes quite a long time. We were there three hours. For this belabored meal, the bill for four with tip was $500. Sorry, but Charleston just didn't live up to its reputation, at least not for us."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We spent 2 years living in Baltimore and saved dinner at the Charleston for a celebratory night before our departure. And everything about it lived up to the two years of anticipation. It was a perfect evening - from the food to the service we could not have been more pleased. This was one of our top 3 best dining experiences we've ever had."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Amazing food, service, drinks, menu, environment, etc. Really don't have a single bad thing to say. Do the wine pairing with your meal! Our tab for two people exceeded $400 after tip, so just be prepared."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Really enjoyable dining experience although very expensive so great for special special occasions. Lobster soup was the most delicious I have ever had and soft shell crab was light and fresh and perfectly seasoned. All the food flavors are intensely vibrant which makes for outstanding memories. Suggest that bar service would be improved with an offering of something to nibble on when the drinks are served and not 15 minutes later. The bread service was really disappointing. Please remove the awful, dry almost tasteless cornbread, and wafer thin slices of baguette. These should not be served at a restaurant of this caliber! Definitely would return for another really fabulous celebration."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "If or when your in Baltimore and you enjoy great food and excellent service, do yourself a favor and have a meal here!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Charleston is always excellent. Wouldn't miss dinner here if I'm in Baltimore. My biggest problem is what to choose, since I love so many menu items. A nice problem to have!! Never had anything disappointing, everything is top notch."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The menu is creative and the wine list extensive and expensive. Everything we had in our group was delicious. Chef Cindi Wolf is creating real gems in her kitchen."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Friendly, impeccable service. Attention to detail, our needs were accurately anticipated. Inviting ambiance. Beautifully presented courses, wonderful touch to provide a plate of petit fours with dessert."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I would give Charleston 10 stars if possible!!! Came here to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and I must say this place was just wonderful. The food was beyond delicious, the ambiance perfect for a romantic dinner, and our waiter, Brian, completed the whole package. We had 2 wonderful surprises from the Chef, which were fantastic. I wish I could relieve the whole experience all other again. Definitely worth the price and if you have the $$ to spend then I definitely recommend going even if it isn't for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Multiple small innovative dishes with paired wines, elegantly served by a knowledgeable and well conditioned staff, in a lovely and hospitable environment, personally overseen by a Queen of the art, with a gargantuan price tag. Very special occasions may justify."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was the first visit for us, chosen to celebrate my wife's birthday. Everything was absolutely perfect from the moment we arrived. The food was simply amazing, and the suggested wine pairings were spectacular."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The best service I have ever experienced. Simply incredible."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Cindy Wolfe works with simple fresh locally procured ingredients and with extraordinary good taste and imagination makes dishes with flair and flavor. Don't miss the potato chips in the bar, the soups and other beginning dishes. The menu changes with the season and the wine pairings add an additional dimension. The staff is professional and welcoming. This would be a two star restaurant in France."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Terrific dining experience. Incredible encrusted foie gras and terrific lobster bisque. Attentive, but not intrusive, service. Definitely the best restaurant in Baltimore."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This place is a little over the top. I took some VIPs visiting to Baltimore and wanted to show them Baltimore's finest. I was disappointed. The beer selection was overly IPA and labels I had never seen, The wine list is extensive but too many $500+ wines and not enough lower dollar. The service was attentive but confused. The food was very good but the experience left me a little dismayed and disapointed. Think I am done with Charlestons."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "It is simply the very best in Baltimore and on a par with many of the better restaurants in the U.S. and abroad."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "If you like fine wine and food that is out of this world, then the Charleston is the place for you. From the moment you pull up to the curve, you know you are going to have an amazing experience. Be sure to do the wine pairings, you will be glad that you did, and try the lobster bisque. My daughter and I did the 4 course with wine pairings, but normally we only do 3."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "If you want a place to have a romatic dinner, this is your place!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We think Charleston is the best gourmet style restaurant we have experienced, and we have a lot of experience. Their menu approach of picking 3, 4, 5, or more selections to build your own unique dinner made up of moderate portions along with optional wine matches is outstanding. Great ambiance and attentive service. It's been several years since we dined there and they still remember us and greet us as old friends."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Rated the best restaurant in Baltimore (Baltimore Magazine), I'd rate it one of the best restaurants in the country. And, the meals are priced accordingly. Great for a special occasion. The food and service are excellent. We were seated at the table right next to the rest rooms. I told them I don't sit at tables near a rest room. They quickly reseated us. Nice to see a place rated 'the best', and they still try to do better. An interesting menu - you decide on how many courses, then pick that number of dishes off the menu. They are proportioned evenly, but you can order all appetizer dishes, or all entree dishes - whatever your palate desires. I go back often for dinner. But, there are other fantastic places near by."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Servicesimply did not work with one person being everything from head waiter to sommieler to bus boy for at least 7 tables. Evey aspect was slow ! Food when it came was excellent"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "When we entered the restaurant, a host greeted us very warmly. He asked "Which of you is the birthday girl?". My friend was pleased when he immediately wished her a happy birthday. The evening was a success. The menu with a greeting to her had been prepared. I will definitely recommend Charleston to all of my friends and associates."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I loved, loved the place. The service was outstanding form the parking attendant to the host, waitperson, and servers and the food to die for. I read a negative review and I could not figure what restaurant, the reviewer was talking about. Spectacular food - can't wait to get back."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I must say, this is quite the experience. I will overlook the fact that our head waiter did not make small talk with us and he was occasionally hasty with his placing of silverware (/sarcasm). That aside, we had a great experience here. The staff was very catering to us and did not make us feel weird since it was our first time at the establishment and we don't do fine dining often. They did a great job explaining all of the menu items and making recommendations. The food was pretty amazing. They take some of the more "southern" cuisine and spruce it up to create these delicious gourmet dishes. Portions were bigger than your standard fine dining, so totally worth it."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I took my wife here for our 1 yr wedding anniversary and was very excited and curious to see what the hype was about. After it all I wouldn't change a single thing. The Charleston is an amazing restaurant, staff is attentive and respectful, ambiance is perfect for a romantic evening out, food is top-notch (and I don't even consider myself a "foody"), and the list goes on and on. Our server was attentive and professional, very knowledgable of all the menu items and wine pairings. The price is expected but well worth every penny. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a special evening. Definitely will go back!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We loved our dining experience at Charleston. It was our 40th wedding anniversary and wanted something special. The food was perfect and the atmosphere was great. Quiet and plenty of room, didn't feel like you were joining someone else's table. It is pricey but worth it!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It was our 25th anniversary. We would have felt special if the waiter/restaurant was more invested in our celebration. Perhaps gave a small token to celebrate the event, ( a truffle or piece of candy ?), maybe offered to take a picture without having to ask. A little too reserved, although the bus girl was adorable! Felt that the wine list did not offer many pinot grigio choices and had so many overly priced items - a bottle for $1800.00 seriously??? Very limited choices of any moderately priced items on your wine list. Overall, the food was exceptional and we enjoyed our evening. We will come again to your establishment."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "control and variety sets this place apart - service was attentive and well-timed - seating near entrance a bit noisy"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants I visited in the last months.. A menu perfect for trying different dishes in one sitting..Service was flawless ... A gem in Baltimore.."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Unique. Small multipy courses. The food and servcie was excellent. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "20th anniversary dinner was great. Service was outstanding, as always. We each had the 4-course with wine pairing, and thoroughly enjoyed it."
    Dined on 5/29/2014