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Donna's - Cross Keys
Donna's - Cross Keys

Donna's - Cross Keys Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.donnas.com
  • Phone: (410) 532-7611
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 11:00am; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, American
  • Executive Chef: Ian Standford
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Donna's is well done for it's sandwich and salad platters, and can also cater any level of luncheon or dinner party

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Northern Parkway
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Lots of private lot parking immediately in front of restaurant, with ample handicapped parking
A word from Donna's - Cross Keys
From its roots as Baltimore's leading coffee bar/cafe, Donna's Cross Keys has evolved to offering a full restaurant menu with fresh, inventive, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Enjoy your meal with some of our premium wines, innovative cocktails or craft beers.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Known for coffee, I was a bit surprised by the full menu. The specials were light and fresh. Nice to have another choice for an impromptu dinner in the 'hood!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Donna's at Cross Keys has surpassed our expectations again. The trout with kale salad on the side is delicious. The gazpacho was delicious also."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Happy that Donna's is trying out new menu items, but not in favor of the fixed price option. My salad and mussels were great but the strawberry shortcake was not real strawberry shortcake. The cake part was all wrong and we needed a magnifying glass to find the strawberries. Love the outdoor patio."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The first thing that hits me is that the place is tired. The decor is worn and needs updating. On this evening the service was poor. Our server gave us less than a minute before asking for our order. Turned away, he returned about 2 minutes later. Relaxing was not an option. A simple dinner -- Prosecco, pomegranate tomato and basil pizza, and chocolate mousse cake was good, not great. The pizza was one of Donna's better, but there's that 3" center circle that is consistently soggy and unable to support the tomato chunks. The server was unable to describe the chocolate mousse cake but it was delicious -- rich and light and plenty to take home for late night snacking."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is a place for Baltimore ladies to lunch. The salads are large and generally good. I on the other hand had the tenderloin sandwich special. It was supposed to be medium rare BUT was well done. When I mentioned it to the waiter he said he did not cook it. A strange response I thought. That pretty much summed up the waiter's attitude overall."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Once again we were treated to fresh ingredients and well prepared dishes. The gazpacho was served with a topping of guacolmole - delicious. The mussels and the salmon were perfectly prepared and also delicious. The server told us we could not have the roasted vegetable salad at dinner, which we were later told we could have ordered. While the server was gracious, better guidance would have been helpful. A minor flaw."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "As far as the food and the service are concerned, Donna's maintains it's high standards. Generous portions attractively plated, served with the friendly concern of experienced wait staff. We dined early on a Saturday, not too many patrons at that moment, but busy and bustling when we were leaving. Nonetheless, attention continued to be paid to us and our needs. All the prices seemed fair and appropriate except one: the $13.50 martini. I don't know if this is the "new" cocktail tariff but we haven't encountered it anywhere else as yet."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It seems that everytime our book group meets at Donna's it rains. Last Tuesday was no excception. The winds came, the rain poured and then we were treated to a golden sky and double rainbows. Through all of the weather the staff remained perfectly calm providing excellent service. And of course, the food was delicious."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We love Donna's in the warm weather months because it has lovely outdoor seating and good food. It's our go-to place when the weather is nice. Good selection of wine and great cocktails, and always good food."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food is great, excellent service and enjoyable sitting outside on a summers evening"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Service by Sara was great. She represents Donna's to a tea. The food was very good, although one hen dish was served well done on the outside, but very pink near the bones. The other was served not as well done on the outside, but was done through and through. Taste was fennel fine."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The meu was nventive without being precious, and our party of four was happy with every dish we ordered - in a high-end strip mall with free parking, and rather elegant once you're inside. Service was friendly but professional."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great value for the price! Full, varied, and delicious lunch buffet. We made 3 separate reservations on Open Table to cover a very large group, and when some people didn't come as expected, they cheerfully re-configured the tables to accommodate those who did. Highly recommended for brunch, indoors or outside."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Always a good experience at Donna's; a great neighborhood find."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have been going to Donna's for at least 10 years but after our last time there plan to never return. Awful experience. Sat for 40 minutes and our waiter still hadn't even come over yet to take our drink orders. Had to walk to the front of the restaurant to grab the manager and he apologized and promised us "lots of free stuff". He sent the waiter over finally and they took our order, then we waited another 45 minutes and by this point still didn't even have drinks or a bread basket and were so starving that we left. We told the manager what had happened as we were walking out and he really seemed to care less."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I live in the Village of Cross Keys and visit Donnas quite often. I was pleasantly surprised at the addition of a Prix Fix, wine paring menu......it was great! I look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Always an enjoyable meal there! Especially nice eating outdoors!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I've always loved the regular menu, but the Father's Day buffet brunch was even better. Beautiful food, plentiful and characteristically Donna's!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Disappointed with listed wine, Savignon Blanc, not available. My husbands wine came in a dirty glass, no attention to detail! 2 glasses of wine had bugs in the bottom of glasses - discussing! Waiter, Chaz, tried real hard to please us ! Appreciated his service. Never heard from manager , although they took 2 dessert charges off the bill."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Sat outside at a quiet table so we could talk, a rarity these days. Trout and steak salad were excellent. Service was attentive. Great place!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Each year I gather a few friends to join me for a birthday dinner. I usually go in a day or so before to choose the server.It turned out I did not know the current ones yet the one assigned was terrific. She did a great job with keeping up with the changes in the number of guests and in general.The food and ambience were both great! And then the cake came as a total surprise,ordered by my sister in Connecticut."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Dinner at donnas was outstanding! Efficient and pleasant service! Food was impeccable! Lamb meatballs were huge. Took some home and had lunch for next day. We were fortunate to have good weather and able to sit outside. Lovely evening all around."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Dinner was very good. Their new menu was a hit. I had the potato encrusted mahi mahi. It was a very generous portion. My companion had the petite filet cooked rare and cut like butter. Finished it with Taharka ice cream. Yum!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Went to Donna's on a Saturday evening and the weather was great so we dinned outside. The food and the service were what we expected whis is great. Overall i would recommend to anyone who enjoys a memorable dinning experience."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "You can count on Donna's to provide great food, and eating outside on the patio on a lovely evening only ads to the meal. The menu rotates so there is always a new treasure to uncover. Wait staff are friendly and appropriately attentive. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Always enjoy lunch and brunch. Quality ingredients are used and the service is attentive."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Donna's in years. Our mistake. All four dinners were exceptional, beautifully presented with large portions and great flavor. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We travel to Baltimore several times a year, to see our son who is a college student in the area. We always stay at the Radisson Cross Keys, and ALWAYS dine, at least once each visit, at Donna's. The weather in Baltimore is warmer than it is at home, so we look forward to eating outside on the deck whenever weather permits. This time, I had the Shrimp Scampi, and it was wonderful! Lots of jumbo shrimp over pasta, and very, very tasty!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We were 14. They we'd prepared for us and had three servers taking care of us. Apps were nicely displayed and easy to share. Kept our waters filled. Very pleasant and memorable. All main courses were well received. Thank you for helping three families celebrate such a wonderful accomplishment!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is a reliable place for north Baltimore City types who don't want to go downtown. Very neighborly. Service is fair over several visits. Food is always good- not spectacular but no misfires."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "All 4 of us were driving from different directions and the traffic was in gridlock everywhere! The cordially pushed out our reservation for us. Dinner was very good. We had hamburger, chicken with lemon and capers, filet mignon with an interesting apricot sauce and cheese ravioli with a light plum tomato sauce. The only minor complaint was the ravioli was just warm. We had tickets for a performance so I did not ask them to reheat it because of our time limit because of the traffic. It was still very good but would have even been better hot. Service was outstanding...charming and attentive. We had a lovely visit with friends because it was quiet and felt very private."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The food is very good. I've never had a bad meal at Donna's. I've also been for Brunch, which is good, but overpriced in my opinion. Also, even though it's an already pricey buffet and you serve yourself, 18-20% gratuity is automatically added when you dine in a group."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We got to meet the co owner and trainer of CA Chrome. We asked our waiter if we could buy their dessert; I have not a clue if that happened. They charged us $8. We wanted to buy all of them (4) dessert, but whatever! The waiter seemed not to know how to maneuver that for us...."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Always a good choice! The menu has something for everyone..."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was fair,service very good. They need an update to the menu and wine list. The wine list needs some moderate prices and the menu does also. The mussels had no taste and came out kind of cold. The salad had white anchovies,not good. The only good thing was the out door dinning."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "we had dinner and cocktails for a birthday celebration. the scallops and calamari were very good. Service was very accommodating. The food is always delicious."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We were seated at the worst possible table right in the middle of all of the foot traffic to the brunch table. When the waiter came to the table his first question to us was "are you here to have brunch?" and we both looked at him like why else would we be here? He then offered to bring us water and we had to flag him down to ask is the bloody mary's were included which they were. I could not imagine a more uncomfortable setting for Mother's Day and would strongly recommend you skip Donna's for Sunday brunch as a rule."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had the brunch buffet on Mother's Day, it was great. The food was delicious and interesting. Presentation was nice. The wait staff was also really helpful and went out of their way for a buffet. I've never been disappointed by Donna's and will always go back there. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Party of 4 w/reservation, seated at lopsided table next to a busy doorway...plenty of better tables available. Go figure (we moved ourselves). The Donna's mainstay burger has seriously deteriorated in quality-it was dry and tasteless, too much greasy bun, accompanied by lukewarm fries. Lamb meatballs were flavored well but polenta was thin and presentation was sloppy. Another Donna's signature item, meatloaf, was only fair. Mussels were still as expected - plentiful and well cooked and we enjoyed the salad with fried goat cheese. Skipped desserts."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Donna's is always a dependable, delightful, delicious experience. Great menu items, high quality food, exceptional preparation, and top notch service are the norm when we dine (or lunch) at Donna's. Eat on the patio when the weather allows!!!! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014