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

Donna's - Cross Keys

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.donnas.com/
  • Phone: 4105327611x
  • 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: American, Italian, Mediterranean
  • 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
Donna's - Cross Keys reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (94)neighborhood gem (90)fit for foodies (54)great for lunch (54)great for brunch (45)good for groups (43)special occasion (23)scenic view (22)kid-friendly (21)notable wine list (16)romantic (15)hot spot (9)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Review of experience at Donna's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My request for no dressing on the salad was not heeded, so I could nor eat a good part of the roasted vegetables topped with salmon because I cannot eat salad dressing. There was not enough time to reorder the dish. The part that did not have the dressing was good, however.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • well done, Donna's
    queenie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We are new to Roland Park and were really hoping that Johnny's would be our neighborhood "go to" restaurant. Well, it did not turn out that way -- Johnny's is seriously flawed in all the places that Donna's is not. We can't walk to Donna's, but the drive is easy! And the food is worth it -- casual vibe, not loud at all, and seriously delicious food. The kids' menu is hearty and has enough choices. I did the prix fixe with baba ganouj (garlicky and good), shrimp with tomato, and dessert. My mother's calamari tasted fresh and had good crunch. The service was attentive and friendly. All in all, a well enjoyed evening in every way. Thanks, Donna, for filling a void!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Nicce Place to Meet a Friend
    WendyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I usually go to Donna's by myself.It was nice to ask a friend to join me. The service was excellent.While the servers are expected to know the wine,this particular server was able to speak about the wine easily,asnwereing questions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a very good choice
    LainieVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I've been to Donna's several times in the past week, and it's always consistently good. Weather for outdoor dining was perfect, waitress was very helpful, food was good. A very popular place for lunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Unjustly overlooked
    BmoreCityEater
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I often forget about this place and shouldn't. Beautiful outdoor terrace and the "regulars" tend to eat early so it's easy to get a table after 7. Service was leisurely but friendly. Cocktails interesting and well (altho slowly!) made. Chicken milanese and grilled steak salad were flavorful, colorful, and tasty. Crispy Brussels sprouts were drowning in an overly tart vinegar bath. Pizza was bland and unmemorable (frozen crust?).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great for outdoor dining
    LainieVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We were very nicely accommodated on the outdoor deck, as we were a group of nine. It was a beautiful afternoon, and the view was lovely. Our waiter was relatively new, and did his best to accommodate a large order. Half of the group thought the food was just fair, and the rest said they liked what they ordered. I enjoyed my meal and cocktail. Personally, I would recommend Donna's. In fact, I will be dining there with good friend before the week is out.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was the perfect place...
    Columbialocal
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    to catch up with a friend over lunch! As always, the food was excellent. Service was very good. Wish that Donna would consider returning to Columbia at some point--we miss her interesting and always satisfying cuisine!
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  • reliably good
    rolandparkneighborVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Donna's is always reliably good. Meatloaf, hamburgers, fish, salads -- all prepared with care and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok Food
    GoodFoodHonVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was good but not great. It's an ok neighborhood place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointing
    HanksparVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    As rather regular diner at Donna's for years, we have always enjoyed the great outdoor patio combined with a creative and consistently good kitchen. This past Saturday evening we introduced two friends to Donna's and on my recommendation all ordered clams for dinner. What used to be a full bowl was served as a half bowl and all at the table left hungry. Amy, an outstanding server, told Donna, the owner, of our complaint, and Donna did not have the courtesy to come out and talk to us. I am finding it difficult to consider returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • lovesgoodfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    menu had good variety & many good options,the lamb meatballs & fish specials were excellent. Portions were a good size. Interesting cocktail options- would definitely return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrace Dining in September
    WendyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    So nice to sit outside! Eating on the terrace is delightful.Good service,good food,good ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Healthy
    Deekay
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Love the veggie on flaxseed bread. Berriecrisp with icecream
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Review
    Dmatous55
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was great, mussels were fantastic, ceasar salad good, tuna tartare not good - too many ingredients/would have preferred a cleaner dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit pricey, but good
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My chili margarita was incredible, and my Kobe burger and veggies was excellent. My husband's lamb meatball was really good. It was a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chasneka
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The specials & wine pairings are always a treat! The terrace is lovely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Out Of Town Guest
    WendyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Because I know the menu well and my out of town guest had never been there,I was pleased he took my suggestion if ordering the trout with kale salad,which he did like.The service was excellent.He had not planned on having dessert until I mentioned that all the desserts were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ArtyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Always enjoy eating at Donna's. The lawn mowers were the only thing that spoiled our experience b/c it was difficult for us to hear each other talk. Service and food were good as always.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my new favorite place to dine
    LainieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This place has it for just about everything for my husband and I. Great for outdoor dining on any pretty evening, with a most beautiful view, and great menu with delicious food choices. Wonderful cocktails, too. Each time we've eaten here this summer season, we've had great waitresses and waiters. Always busy here! Can't wait for our next visit!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Allways Good!
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We go to Donna's often, and always good. WE try to dine outside whenever possible
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Place for a Summer Supper
    WendyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A great place evening with a teenager for dinner out on the deck. My young friend loves Donna's soups and was not disappointed.A Gazpacho was on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience!
    rhkaren
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    You can count on a pleasant evening at Donna's, especially summer evenings on the patio. The food is always great, the service tops, and the experience terrific. Our go to for an easy enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Grilled salmon with pea purée and the always wonderful goat cheese salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BKFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I worked with Donna over the phone to plan a menu for a large reception site unseen. Donna was wonderful to work with and the food and service were outstanding. Many thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite!!
    audiogal
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Been going to Donna's for years and am never disappointed in her food or service. You've got to try her roasted veggies! They are the best!!! I like that she changes her menu and adds seasonal foods . Donna has herbs growing in big planters on the patio and at a Sunday brunch you will see Donna picking some of them. Also, the Sunday brunch is totally amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointing again
    frankc
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I've been going to various Donna's for about 20 years. The tiniest water glasses or really small G&T glasses. The waiter inferred that they were new for restaurant week? Say what? My entree, salmon with fennel, potatoes, exotic mushrooms and mint pea puree...... I asked to skip the puree --- The presentation was tiny on a large square plate. All the potatoes and mushroom were tucked under the salmon. Rubbery potatoes tasted like left overs from Brunch. Bland overall. While I was eating, a waiter brought a full salmon dish to the table next to me oblong dish. I only recall seeing one salmon entree on the menu and her's most certainly was not covered with a Mint pea puree. The waiter was not bad just not skilled.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Donna's!!
    audiogal
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Been going to Donna's for years and keep going back! Her Sunday Brunch is amazing and an unbeatable price for a drink and delicious assortment of seafood, omelets, meats, salads of many types (caprese, cucumber, guacamole, etc..), dessert and fruit. I always add an iced coffee at the end to sip and sit and relax!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kobe Hamburger w/Fries
    jraphiVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I ordered the "Kobe Hamburger"; sent it back first time. It was so overdone and dry that I couldn't eat it. Second try; it was a little less dry but still not up to par. I didn't bother sending it back again because I didn't think it would help. A HAMBURGER FOR $18.00 SHOULD BE VERY GOOD, JUICY and TENDER IF NOT SPECTACULAR! I was really disappointed. The waiter was great and must have come over to our table 20 times during our meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Donna's never disappoints; wonderful food in a casual yet elegant setting and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for business lunch
    Eatingwell
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food and service were outstanding. The room was quiet enough to talk but not too loud so we had to yell.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Brunch Buffet in town
    dunnsgrVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    A true bargain for a wonderful buffet. Spent twice as much at a downtown hotel for not nearly as good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food, wine and service. Best spot for outdoor dining in Baltimore.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great food
    foxforce5VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Donna's never disappoints. I love that the menu changes regularly, but there are a few standard "Donna's" dishes that I love and can count on to always be on the menu. Love, love the outdoor patio. And one of the few places that actually has great portion sizes. Wonderful, delicious, inventive meals that are a great value. We are so lucky to have Donna's in our neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I took a large group to Donna's (13) for lunch. We were served by ONE server. When she brought out the food there was confusion over who got what. Why she could not simply have known based on seating who go what I don't know. The food was fair. Not much to rave about.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pleasant surprise
    thomnasVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty!
    Happydiner
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for outdoors
    nathan10VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We love going to Donna's to sit outside on the terrace. What a wonderful feeling to sit outside. The staff is extremely friendly, competent and always willing. We love going to the restaurant in the warmer weather.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Time for an Update
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic