Donna's - Charles Village
Donna's - Charles Village

Donna's - Charles Village

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.donnas.com/charlesvillage
  • Phone: 4108893410x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Andy Thomas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call (410) 889-3410 for more information about catered breakfast meetings, lunches, and special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. 31st St.
  • Public Transit: Routes 3 and 11 are within a block
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Donna's - Charles Village
Our cafe in the heart of Charles Village offers morning coffee and pastries, our signature salads and sandwiches at lunch, to our innovative weekly changing dinner menu created by chef Andy Thomas using local seasonal ingredients. Enjoy outside dining and our carefully selected wines, beers, and special beverages to match our menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Donna's - Charles Village reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (12)great for outdoor dining (12)fit for foodies (7)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (4)special occasion (4)romantic (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great Food
    yummyyy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I had heard it was a place to bring parents to, but the quality of food was better than I expected. I thought the menu was great with impressive variety. I can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best turkey burgers in town.
    DJbrian
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Love they Turkey burger with gorgonzola and sweet potatoe fries
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and underwhelmed
    MarleyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Beginning with $10-$13 for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, this was not a great dining experience. The service was diner-like in pace -- hurry up and order and then wait for your food. The kitchen informed us that my husband's steak had been overcooked and he was given a second cocktail while he waited and the rest of us ate. That happens -- but the food wasn't all worth waiting for. The lamb meatballs were overly seasoned and dry. The gazpacho was simply the worst I have ever had -- and it is hard to mess up gazpacho. It was like pureed tomatoes and onions with no flavor complexity at all. I'm not going to hurry back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underrated
    Jamie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Donna's consistently has great food. It is near my apartment, and I frequently bring out of town guests here on their first night in Baltimore. I've been to many restaurants around the city, and I still think Donna's has better food than most.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Loved the brunch. Wish the dinner menu was as good as the Cross Keys Donna's. The Charles Village spot is getting tired. Needs a face lift.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Pancakes
    Eker
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I went to Donna's with my family for mother's day and everyone loved their meal. I loved the strawberry pancakes I ordered as well as my brother's chocolate chip pancakes. My parents really enjoyed their omelet and salmon hash as well. The waitress was very kind and we were able eat outside which was great. I definitely recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 14 reviews are from the Donna's - Charles Village reviews archive.
  • Long time customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I love Donna's Charles Village because it reminds me of Paris cafes. It has great food for lunch and brunch. I love being able to also sit outside. Service can be so-so at times. Overall highly recommend for coffee and menu is excellent offering healthy selections overall
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot
    Ty1978
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This is a great neighborhood spot. Some of the best service I have ever experienced. The food was yummy and I enjoyed the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch
    BillVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Good sandwiches, nice beer selection, pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always very good
    lewisVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Although we live in Mt Washington we prefer the Charles Village Donna's to the one at Cross Keys. Great vibe combined with high quality food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A choice neighborhood spot
    FoodiewithanF
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I have been to Donna's many times for both dinner and brunch. Despite the busy nature of the space they do an excellent job keeping everything running smoothly. The food is always wonderful and on the verge of being foodie level dining. The wine and beer selection is always decent and the wines are of a similar quality to the food. They have a good cocktail menu and a nice variety of delectable desserts. Between the good service, fine drinks, excellent food and consistently updated seasonal menu Donna's of charles village is an excellent spot for any time of day and most occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unfortunately I was seated
    RexY
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    unfortunately I was seated next to the grill, and ended up smelling like I worked there (hair and clothes)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice lunch/brunch spot
    Chris
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Stopped in for late lunch on a Sunday. I was kind of surprised to be given a brunch menu, but there were plenty of lunch-style selections, too. The turkey burger was probably the best t-burger I've ever had--juicy and flavorful with a dill aioli. It would only have been improved if real summer tomatoes had been available, but I can't quibble with that. Sweet potato fries were great, and the lovely pot of Earl Grey was welcome on a cold grey day. My husband's tuna salad sandwich was good, on good grainy bread. Service was very friendly and our server was clearly knowledgeable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was awful
    Dissatisfied01
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I decided to try out this restaurant based on the recommendation of 2 co-workers. I ordered the "lamb burger" which arrived VERY QUICKLY and was cold. I let the server know, she took it back and brought it back to my table in less than 5 mins. It seemed like it had been popped into the microwave for 30 seconds. The lamb was flavorless, chewy. I took a couple bites and quickly left after paying, as I did not want to make a scene. The server never offered me something else to compensate for the food being served cold (she could sense that I did not like it as I barely took 3 bites of the thing. Customer service is poor and this experience will not bring back to this place. The only decent I ingested that day was the beer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice hit for NYE
    MomRucifi
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Came to Open Table with really specific needs -- a nice, but not over-the-top restaurant for an early New Year's Eve dinner with the family, including 2 picky kids and a picky Nana. I was drawn to Donna's because I thought I read that they would have the full menu *and* a price fixe menu for the evening. Alas, they only had a limited menu. Thankfully, they had a kids' menu with good choices but not "dumbed down." The event menu was definitely fit for a foodie. The service was friendly, accommodating, and welcoming. The fried goat cheese appetizer was fantastic. Main course dishes were rich and perfect for a winter celebration. The kids didn't love the pizza, but that was about personal preference rather than quality. We'd go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food and Service
    Salsad8VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Donna's has become a staple for our family. The food is always spot on and reasonably priced and the service never fails. Donna and Alan, the owners, always make us feel welcome and go out of their way to say hi. One of our favorite restaurants in Baltimore. Both locations are terrific and consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pick up a beet salad otherwise, eh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Tasty scallops w/creamed cauliflower but the scallops were slightly undercooked (better than overcooked). Bland pork tacos and navy bean soup. Good salmon salad. I'd go back in a sec for their excellent beet salad but only as a carry out. The waitress was good but the service slow. The decor is okay, the place is tiny. It was a cold night and felt like a cold breeze wafting through as if the front door was open most of the time but it wasn't. 4 people: $120 plus tip (only included 1 alcoholic drink). There are better places for that price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A pleasant surprise
    Phil
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    For some reason, I always thought of Donna's as a coffee bar. I was wrong! My wife and I enjoyed a great dinner. She had the mixed greens salad and gnocchi which were light and melt in your mouth delicious. I enjoyed the white bean with bacon soup and followed that treat with spicy shrimp with sausage and fried polenta. We both were delighted with our dining experience and will definitely be revisiting this gem again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best in the neighborhood
    Maggi
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Great little place for friendly atmosphere, good service and good food. It's the best within any walking distance of the area. Also perfect for JHU student special occasions, and for walking from dorms/campus. Every time I've been here the food has been very good- memorable. Donna's is worth repeat visits!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Donna's is fantastic! The
    Ginger
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Donna's is fantastic! The food is great, especially their Sunday brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.