Wonderful ambience, exquisiteWonderful ambience, exquisite food (especially the lobster curry soup), and service that meets your every need. Went to The Charleston for a special occasion and it was certainly worth every pretty penny.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMSimply the best!We have frequented Charleston over the years that we have been in Baltimore because the dishes are thoughtful and well crafted, even with an ever changing menu. But for me, it's the restaurant's staff that puts Charleston above the rest. I am fortunate to frequent many of the best restaurants throughout the US- while I always enjoy a delightful meal it, I truly appreciate a solid team working together flawlessly within a restaurant. Charleston has the most wonderful group of individuals on staff. If you are ever in Baltimore, do yourself a favor and plan a dinner at Charleston- you will be glad that you did!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe BESTThis is hands down the best experience I've had in a restaurant of any type. The service was beyond expectation, so good in fact that it set a new mark for how a high-end restaurant really ought to be. The food was exceptional backed up with helpful and thoughtful staff and came out nothing short of perfect. The ambience was quiet, intimate, and perfectly fitting for such a great restuarant. After such a great experience, the price I paid for the meals was more than fair. If you've ever wondered what a perfect restaurant experience feels like, hastly make your way to Charleston. Even with high expectations it will still blow your mind.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstandingCharleston was simply outstanding in every way. Food melted in your mouth. Each bite was unique and fabulous. I wish I could dine here every day! Top of my list of favorite restaurants! Well deserved. Every detail was well planned and executed. Lovely!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMHigh expectations metI had been wanting to dine at Charleston for a few yearsn but I had balked at paying its high price point. However, for the occasion of finishing graduate school, I figured that it was now or never. The service was perfect and the food was some of the best that I have ever had. Each dish was flavorful and properly cooked without ant flavor being too dominant over the others. Although the portion sizes are not generous, I felt that I enjoyed the food more not having to try to stuff in each oversized portion. Too many nice aspects from this experience to recount here, but suffice it say, I will be returning for my next special occasion.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBest dining expericence EVER!Without question, the best dining experience EVER (in over 60 years!!).5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great experienceEvery visit helps lock in Charleston as our favorite restaurant in Baltimore. Attentive service from knowledgeable staff. Every one of our dishes was excellently prepared. There were four of us, and we each had four courses (not incl dessert) so we had lots to try from each of our plates. The halibut, lamb, and scallop dishes were truly noteworthy. It was one of our guest's birthday, and chef Cindy Wolf came out to the table to extend her wishes. She is warm and approachable - not always the case with other chefs. An excellent dining experience - you will not be disappointed.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful eating experience!My 2 sons and I enjoyed an outstanding dining experience last night at Charleston. The service was wonderful and the food, wine and presentation was outstanding!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful dinner for my wife'sWonderful dinner for my wife's birthday. She was very happy that several different people told her happy birthday throughout the evening. Food was fantastic and service was wonderful. A great experience that everyone should try at least one time.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMBest dining experience in Bmore.I took my parents there who are big goodies and they said it was better than restaurants they've gone to in Paris. The asparagus soup was to die for, fabulous menu, excellent wine pairings... A really special, elegant experience.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat nightMenu had great variety of choices. Food presentation was excellent and boy did it taste good. Staff were friendly and professional. I highly recommend the wine pairings BUT be prepared to walk home or take a cab. Can't wait to go back again5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways fabulousNothing more to say-Charleston is the best restaurant in the city.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary DinnerTaking advantage of a gift card lessened the "sticker shock" and overall it was an excellent dining experience. Exactly what one would want when celebrating a special occasion. An impressive range of food courses and wine accompaniments allowed us to sample a wide range of the menu offerings (allowing us to share twice the variety by each ordering a different set of courses). All levels of service were exemplary. We would highly recommend Charleston for that special dining occasion.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWould be total 5 star butWould be total 5 star but 1) service falls off at dessert, took very long for dessert to arrive by which time coffee was stone cold. -need to serve coffee and dessert simultaneously 2); no hand towels or hand dryer in ladies room -have no alternative but to drip dry4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOur third time there and itOur third time there and it gets better and better! Took some friends from out of town to dinner with us, everything was beyond amazing! Can't wait for out forth trip!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding in every wayIf Michelin were in Baltimore, this restaurant would be at the top of their list. We had trouble deciding what to order, everything on the menu sounded fabulous. Service is professional and friendly. The food is beautiful to look at and loaded with flavor. We had a drink, an incredible 4 course meal with wine pairings, tax and tip in the $350 area. Dessert is "complimentary". Yes, costly, but we felt it is worth every penny when you are ready for a very special dining experience. There are several dining rooms, we had a view of the kitchen, which I enjoyed.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMNEW FAVORITE!As a first-time patron, I can truly say this is my NEW FAVORITE RESTAURANT! The fried oysters were spectacular, the lamb was succulent, the lobster soup was amazing, and the desserts were to die for... OUTSTANDING!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful time and absolutelyWonderful time and absolutely amazing food. The unique menu allows you to order a number of different items (all items are smaller in size and and the traditional "courses" are not observed as you can choose 3, 4, or 5 courses of whatever you would like). Expensive but more than just dinner, it is an experience!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb Baltimore RestaurantCharleston is good on every test. Service, food and ambiance outstanding.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent, theThe food was excellent, the staff attentive and friendly, and an extensive wine list. Highly recommended.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWhile we thought everythingWhile we thought everything was fantastic, nothing stood out. We frequent fine dining restaurants and this one was overpriced for what you recieved. We could have eaten similar quality food and recieved the same excellent service at other locations for half the price. Again, it was wonderful, but the price was not worth it.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you want to be treatedIf you want to be treated like a king & queen, this is the place to go!
The service is top notch. Everything is explained in detail, the staff is very attentive, and each course is started with clean plates and silverware. The food is divine; even though portions are small, they are prepared with such care and quality that you want to savor each bite! Chef Cindy came out to greet her guests and is very gracious and humble.
My friends told me "to eat before you come" but I didn't find that necessary. Even my 260 lb husband thought the meal was filling. Of course he ordered the 6 course meal!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAn amazing dinner! Was takenAn amazing dinner! Was taken here for a date, and absolutely loved it!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been to CharlestonI have been to Charleston about 7 or 8 times and have previously done this survey. This is a great restaurant and the food is excellent.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb tranquil great foodSuperb tranquil great food professional staff. Would recommend to any serious foodie.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service was amazing! IThe service was amazing! I also enjoyed the freedom of ordering the courses any way I wanted. Next time I am in Baltimore I will be back!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was my husbands 60th birthdayIt was my husbands 60th birthday and it was a great place to celebrate. The staff was great and everyone wished him happy birthday. The bar tender was great. Third best cosmopolitan I have ever had. The waiter was excellent. We allowed him to pick our dinner and wine pairings for the evening. He made sure to call a taxi for us when we left and I appreciated that. Highly recommend this restaurant.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is very possibly theThis is very possibly the best meal I have ever had. And I have patronized some stellar restaurants. What is for sure, is the the service here is as good as anything I have ever experienced. Simply exquisite. The food is also incredible. I recommend it highly.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe overall dining experienceThe overall dining experience was one to remember. All of the courses were delicious and the presentations were impeccable. I would recommend The Charlston to anyone and I will be back very soon!4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMCharleston went out of theirCharleston went out of their way to make my husband's birthday dinner a memorable one. The food and service were first rate, worth the expensive price. We will definitely be returning for other special nights out and would go more frequently if we lived in Baltimore!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Best!!Outstanding! Charleston is a top notch restaurant with cuisine of the highest standard and service to match. If you are in Baltimore and need a place for a special occasion or merely to delight in all the best this earth has to offer, this is the place. Heck, if you just want a GREAT dinner go here!
We enjoyed every course. The Lobster Soup was the best I have had. The wine pairings are right on for each course. The staff is professional but not stuffy .. they are enjoyable to converse with.
We have eaten at many of the country's highest rated restaurants and would rank Charleston among the very top. We actally enjoyed dining at the Charleston so much that our next visit to Baltimore when depend upon having reservations.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMMost creative, interesting,Most creative, interesting, inventive - this is no cookie-cutter. Get with Michelin and Relais - Charleston has become one of the best restaurants in the United States!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMFrom the moment we steppedFrom the moment we stepped into the restaurant, the atmosphere and service was superb. Overall, an excellent dining experience to celebrate my birthday!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall, it was another wonderfulOverall, it was another wonderful experience; however, there were some minute disappointments. We were met at the door by a lady, I can only describe as "snobby". She looked at us, did not greet us and just stared at us. So, I had to "explain" that we had a reservation. Then, there was a man at another table near to us who kept using his cellular phone. It is unfortunate that the staff did not step in to ask him to refrain from using his phone. It definitely ruined the atmosphere. Fortunately, after some intense staring and comments from us, he stopped. We were also disappointed that it seemed that Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolfe, both of whom were present, did not stop by our table but stopped by the other tables.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOur dinner was wonderful,Our dinner was wonderful, and the wine pairings were superb with each course. Dinner was served at a perfect pace. We did not feel rushed through dinner, but there wasn't a markable lull between courses. The service staff were all pleasant and very efficient. The desert menu lacked a little panache, but over all the experience was worth the expense. Our thanks to the Chef and staff.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMTook my daughter to dinnerTook my daughter to dinner for her birthday. She loves the food. I also think the food is the best! We asked for a table in the bar area. The view is very nice. The food was awesome. It is a wonderful dinning experience.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMAs good as Michelin Star restaurantWe savored tastes that would satisfy any foodie. Portion size was appropriate and presentation was lovely. Selection of dishes prepared with notable ingredients of excellent quality. The restaurant's menu is like a Prix fixe menu with the price varying only by number of courses you choose, but the entire menu is eligible. You could order three entrees OR my selection: the superb artichoke soup,a spinach-pear-spicy pecan salad and exquisite entree of turbot for the same price as any other three selections. My partner selected the 3 course with wine pairings and thought every choice of wine was perfect. We had the pleasure to dine at a few Michelin star restaurants and this rivaled their excellence, in our opinion.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous service!When I ordered a somewhat unusual pre-dinner cocktail, our waiter actually coordinated getting the ingredients from Charleston's sister restaurant. I couldn't believe it! And the cocktail, a pisco sour, was fantastic. My husband and I both ordered the chef's recommended menu, which included a to-die-for crawfish bisque. We'll definitely be going back!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMA True GemCharleston is an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lives. Food is incredible and the wine pairings are outstanding.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a perfect evening.We had a perfect evening. The waiter was quite attentive and the wine list very impressive and we selected a wonderful Chardonnay (Littorai) that will be our new favorite. The only real "problem" that we had was deciding on our food selections as the menu was filled with so many tempting dishes. Each of the four of was convinced that theirs was the best! The desserts were wonderful as were the little candy sampler. My only "regret" was not saving enough room to sample from the spectacular cheese table. A memorable evening from arrival to departure.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMNice, in so many ways, fromNice, in so many ways, from beginning to end- Excellent service and food!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had dinner at CharlestonWe had dinner at Charleston on March 29, 2013 after a very special occasion and wanted it to be memorable. I was not disappointed and it exceeded all expectations. We travel all over the world and pride ourselves in minding little gem restaurants that are always memorable. Charleston was magnificent. The service was impeccable and it was so efficient and low key that you forgot about being served, everything flowed so effortlessly and beautifully. The food was out of this world, creative and all the ingredients worked so well in each course. I chose the five course with wine, and I highly recommend getting the wine selections with the courses. Chef Wolf came out and welcomed us, and it was such a classy thing to do. 5 Stars!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMTook my girlfriend there forTook my girlfriend there for her birthday and it was a wonderful dining experience. Excellent service and the food was cooked perfectly. We had a great time and we would definitely go back again.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMCharleston is absolutely wonderful.We had heard a lot about Charleston and how good every thing was, although expensive. This past Tuesday was our 30th wedding anniversary and we decided to splurge some and give them a try. Are we glad we did. From the time we walked in until we left, not one thing was less than exceptional. We were treated like Kings in every way. The food, wine, and service could not have been better. Yes, it is expensive but it's worth every penny. Charleston should be on your "bucket list".3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMService was Great and Attentive.Service was Great and Attentive. Atmosphere was Chic/comfortable.The food was Amazing and wine pairing was perfect! The food was great except for 2 little mistakes ( Foie Gras was slightly overcooked,and the squab was under cooked so hard to cut through) These were quickly corrected and a re-do was offered automatically without question. What impressed me even more was the owner/chef came out personally to apologize for the mishap and offered the replacement. It is seldom that you see a celeb chef in their own kitchen.This was a refreshing surprise. I had the 6 Course Menu with wine pairing, so much food! It was great, would have liked smaller portions,by the end was getting stuffed to enjoy the last couple of dishes.Amazing a must go! Wil3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe experience at CharlestonThe experience at Charleston is always wonderful. The food is different from any other restaurant and the staff treats the patrons like royalty. Of course, the customer pays for both, but it is worth it.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb ambience and service,Superb ambience and service, with superlative food !3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a wonderfully thoughtThis is a wonderfully thought out, well executed restaurant. The food is exquisitely prepared with a real point of view. The staff, to a person, is about excellence in execution. It was my third or fourth visit, (I'm from Philadelphia) and I think it only gets better.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful!!!From the time my boyfriend and I entered the restaurant on 21 March 2013,the service was impeccable. The food was expertly prepared and very tasty. Please make sure you have the Lobster Soup. It is beyond reproach. I love this place. My boyfriend, who is a foodie and has visited many restaurants, says that by far this was the best restaurant he's ever been to!!! Kudos to the Chef and her entire staff. True Professionals!!!!!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMCharleston consistently providesCharleston consistently provides the best dining experience in the Baltimore/DC area. The food is excellent, the portions are perfect, the service is attentive but not overbearing, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly and the owners regularly make rounds among the diners. It is just a superb experience all around. When the bill comes, no matter how high (and it will be high), you will feel like it was worth every penny.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AM