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Fork & Wrench
Fork & Wrench

Fork & Wrench Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theforkandwrench.com
  • Phone: (443) 759-9360
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday Dinner: 5:00pm -10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday Dinner 5:00pm-11:00pm
    Saturday Dinner 5pm-11pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday Dinner: 5pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Cyrus Keefer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Catering: Outside catering considered, Lunch catering available
  • Special Events & Promotions: New Year's Eve Dinner
    Valentine's Night Dinner
    Wine Dinners
    Chef's Table Tasting Dinners

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wagner
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking on Friday and Saturday right in front of The Fork & Wrench, $7
A word from Fork & Wrench
The Fork & Wrench bar and dining room in Fell’s Prospect, Baltimore offers glocaly sourced, craft made fare and libations. The owners worked for two years to design and hand build the interior space themselves with the goal of evoking the 20’s, 30,s and 40’s working class. There are hints of a workshop, a linen factory line, a pharmacy, a college science lab, and a savings and loan office scattered thru out the rooms, balconies and courtyards of the space. It is their intent to combine the dive bar and 4-star attitudes into one space for the benefit of the “modern day” working class. The kitchen offers craft made fare using all local produce and meats when available. They use old recipes and new techniques (and vice-versa) with global influences to arm their ever-changing menu. We hope you enjoy!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Exceptionally fine experience. Engaging and informed wait staff, inventive menu. Very congenial bar scene. Highly recommended as restaurant for regular use as well as for very special occasions."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was our second time to F&W, and our second wonderful experience. We sat at the bar before dinner and had some tasty cocktails. It was good to see some local beers and spirits being poured. After the bar we sat in the small courtyard for dinner. Imhad the shrimp with gnocchi while my wife had the short ribs with corn ravioli. It was all fantastic. The service was excellent as well. I highly recommend Fork & Wrench."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This restaurant is best for broadening your horizons and trying things that you might not try elsewhere. Octopus, escargot, raw kale salad, etc. While they have standard fare, I honestly think you'll be disappointed if you don't branch out as the portions are on the smaller side and it's really the variety and uniqueness from the norm that stands out. Of note, the cocktail list is extensive. I'm super impressed they spent the time to have 28 classic and unique cocktails on their menu."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Very interesting menu, although limited. Cocktail menu extensive."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The menu at F&W can be a little intimidating unless you are a serious foodie. However, our waiter did a wonderful job of explaining many of the dishes and offering suggestions. We were a party of six and the service couldn't have been more perfect. We ordered 4 appetizers for the table at the suggestion of the server. Escargot bun, chicken wings, cheese tray and pickle barrel. All were delicious but the pickle barrel a little sparse for the cost. That being said, there was plenty of food to go around. Entrées fabulous (kale salad, short ribs, pork ribs and soft shell crab). This place is noisy. If a quiet dinner is your thing, make sure you ask for a quiet spot (if possible). All that said, our experience will bring us back!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The F&W staff went out of their way to make our 2 yr special. This is the spot we had our first date.. And we will keep returning!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Six of us enjoyed the large table on the top floor Atmosphere is terrific Our wait staff was knowledgable and accommodating But... There needs to be at least two staff to service this area when all tables are seated Food was innovative and well portioned Would like to see a great steak entree added Also suggest some small offering be served with drinks... On the house Overall enjoyed the evening"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by a chef/foodie. Fork and Wrench totally delivered! Innovative cocktails, creative small plates, delicious all-around. The service and atmosphere were just right. Our group of six loved it. The added gratuity made the calculations at the end of the evening easy. yum!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Upscale but not pretentious. The food was outstanding and the service is great. Very interesting decor with historic feel. Definitely a place to frequent!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We stopped by Fork & Wrench because we were looking for good creme brulee and they were noted as having a good one. The creme brulee was quite different then normal creme brulee but still very good but not great. The drinks were expensive but you got a decent amount. My wife ordered a Manhattan which decent. Overall a fine evening but nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Excellent food and drinks! Knowledgable servers. Not terribly noisy for a Saturday night. Only complaint is that they turned up the lights to a 'too bright' level in the middle of our meal."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We recently had a double date here and had a great time. The food was all very solid, if not amazing. The drink list is extensive and the cocktails were delicious. I especially enjoyed the hammer and lace. The dessert we had (chocolate cake) was also phenomenal. Overall definitely would reccomend for a fun night out - but don't expect budget!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I was really excited to try this restaurant because I had heard good things. Problems started when they brought the menu... Because they change the menu so frequently (something I normally find appealing) there were only give items listed as entrees and each sounded worse than the one before. I wasn't interested in ordering anything with dug fat or chicken liver mouse, I just wanted a nice light summer meal. No worries, I'll just order two appetizers, right? Wrong. Nothing was edible on the appetizer list either. They offered one salad -- kale -- and it looked down right boring. All in all, we ordered two drinks and the mussels appetizer (which were...fine but nothing special) and left. I will not return."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had a great time at F & W. the cocktails were interesting and delicious. We sat a booth near the bar and we were able to chat more with the bartenders since they were also our servers. We ordered: the cheese plate, beef tartar, octopus a al plancha, and the Creme Catalonia. The food was well paced and delightfully prepared. Two of us shared everything. The only thing we didn't finished was the beef tartar because it was a huge portion. Bill came to $130 for the food mentioned above and 5 cocktails +tip."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "After having seen a write-up online I checked out this place on a Friday night. The decor was so interesting and fun, and the menu was intriguing. The ambiance was great and the staff was friendly. Our server, Chuck, was awesome and did a fantastic job. He had great drink recommendations and really knew the menu. Best of all, he took the time to get to know us and what we liked and made tailored recommendations (including order in which our series of small plates should come out) that made the whole experience memorable and enjoyable. The food was all fantastic and the small plates were generous servings. This was the most fun I've had at a restaurant in a long time and it's my new favorite place in Baltimore!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Never disappoints!! Best food ever!! And I am an extremely picky eater!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Portions were small but food was delicious. Who would have thought chicken wings could be so delicious. The fish was superb. The ambiance was quite interesting and unique. Wine was excellent. Beware that parking is always an issue in the area."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My friend and I decided to try F&W to celebrate her 50th birthday. From the moment we sat down at the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail, it was wonderul. Shauna, the bartender, was warm and welcoming. I told her that I don't love overly sweet drinks and she came up with a concoction of bitter, lavender, grapefruit, etc. that was perfect! What a talent. We had dinner upstairs and the ambiance is really unique -- very eclectic and upscale. What a cool vibe! Our server Ian was attentive but certainly not hovering. Answered all our questions and made great recommendations. We ended up sharing the kale salad, the escargot and the mussels. Would recommend all highly. Must go back to experience more on the menu. Great night!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We had the burger for brunch, which was excellent. For dessert, the Nutella cake was really good and very different that the standard flourless chocolate options you always see at restaurants"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We have been to the Fork and Wrench 3 times this month, because the food is unique and delicious. The noise level in the 1st floor dining room is high, if there are very many guests; quieter in the bar and upstairs. This is a really good restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Heard good things and were not disappointed. Friendly helpful staff and delicious food. My shrimp with polenta gnocchi was yummy. I soaked up every bit of sauce with bread. Tomato bases sauce spiced just right. My friend had Arctic char and ate every bit. Peach crumble was perfect for 2. Topping crunchy w/ nuts and not overly sweet. Plus it was Tuesday and there were half price wines. We drank a crisp rosé. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This was my second time at the Fork and it did not disappoint. They menu changed to a small plate offering on this visit which I thought I'd dislike at first, but ended up loving just as much as the original menu. Went on a Sunday. There was a large group/event upstairs so we were seated in the bar area which was fine. Service was great and the bartended can mix a mean drink. If it wasn't so far away, I'd eat here more often."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The escargot bun is to die for! Wait staff was very attentive and made great recommendations!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Uncomfortable evening due to the excessive noise. Food good, but not exceptional. Very pricey for a below average experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We are over the moon with our experience of this eclectic restaurant. The food was amazing with every bite. The food here was designed the way food was meant to be. There are different components on the dish, that if tasted separately aren't that great, but when you taste the dish with a little bit of every piece on the fork, it creates this wonderful burst of flavor in your mouth. Our server wasn't amazing, but all the all the others around him made up for it. I couldn't wait to tell all my friends about it. And most of all, I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This place is fantastic. The food is innovative and delicious. The cocktails are old-time-- crafted and creative. The services is first-rate. The decor is creative and engaging. I hate to recommend it too much b/c it's SO good! Places like this just don't scale-up to being bigger (nor do I think they want to). If you just walk in, at least on a Friday or Saturday evening, you can expect to be sat at the bar-- this place TOTALLY books up. They do a great job of handling full capacity, and I really liked that all staff seem to be able to pitch in everywhere, but this doesn't deter from service. The menu is outstanding but not very big/long, which also helps ensure that everything you get is delicious & nicely-plated."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food at the Fork & Wrench was outstanding. Our server was fantastic and walked us through the dishes and specialty drinks so we had a meal that suited us perfectly. The ambiance was nicely lit (not too dark or bright), decor was cool mix of modern/rustic (like a hip speak-easy style), and there was plenty of room around our table, making it a perfect date or meeting spot. Bourbon drinkers must try their barrel aged Vieux Carre drink; it'll knock your socks off."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was my third time to F&W in 6 months. Each time has been different. The menu is variable, which is good and bad. The bad part is that sometimes the choices are not very good. This past weekend there were only 6 entrees to choose from and only one was meat (brisket). The others were char, shrimp, octopus, soft shell crab and I think a vegetarian choice. This was far too limiting in terms of meat. The desserts were excellent. We had the peach crisp. It had a great, crunchy topping. Appetizers were fairly good. The escargot bun is our favorite. Our waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable. However, he did not ask whether my mother liked her brisket, which she left most of on her plate, just whether she wanted to take it home (NO)."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife and I both had the octopus entree. First off the portions were radically different sizes with hers being much larger. Ultimately it didn't matter because the food was poor at best. The food was too spongy. The poached octopus had no consistency and the potatoes were mushy. Also the kale salad was a chopped pile of bland taste. The meal was bad enough that we skipped dessert figuring that would be disappointing too."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Really great food, consistently high level of execution. Ask for chuck, if he's working. He'll never steer you wrong."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We had an awesome experience at Fork & Wrench! The food selection was unique and so delicious. There is a very friendly and comfortable vibe at the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food is unique and outstanding. The service is wonderful and the bartenders are superb"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Nice atmosphere, good service, excellent and creative dishes."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Brunch was spectacular, the service terrific and four of us had different plates, but all agreed one was better than another. The third floor would be a great place to hold a shower, birthday party, or a special event. The cocktails were fun and well executed."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My wife and I finally got a chance to try Fork and Wrench for date night this past weekend. What a treat! The cocktail menu is several pages long and includes some old-fashioned classics as well as innovative creations. We were surprised to find a short wine list, but there was enough variety to fit the bill. I strongly recommend the smoked octopus...don't be dismayed by the $36 price as it was one of the most delicious and innovative dishes I've eaten in Baltimore! My wife opted for the Steak Frites, which was as expected but perhaps not a stand-out. While we dined in-doors, there is an enclosed patio which looks like a nice retreat from city life. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Fork & Wrench was an amazing dining experience. Chuck was a phenomenal waiter, and Evan was a great bartender. We sat outside in the back patio and found ourselves eating delicious food and rocking out to great music."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • " I went there for brunch. The food was interesting but extremely salty. My friends had the same complaint."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food and selection of food were both excellent. The drinks were very good as well. The restaurant itself was very cool from an ambience perspective and the service was great. The servers were clearly invested in the success of the restaurant, as appeared to be the chef, from his food. The commitment came through in both the service and the food. While the restaurant is very unique in its decor and worth the visit to see how it has been accomplished, what really matters is the food and I would have sat on the sidewalk for what they brought to our table. While we were only in town for the weekend, this will definitely be on my list to return to next time I am in Baltimore."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We live in close walking distance from Fork & Wrench and drop in all the time. They never disappoint, and keep improving. The bar has always been great, making many of their own liquers and bitters and such in house. The food has always been good, but since Chef Cyrus started, the food is absolutely top-class, and we always have great service. The only downside is that the menu is sometimes lacking in lighter items."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've been wanting to try F&W for awhile. My best friend and her husband joined us for my birthday dinner, as well as a friend of mine who came down from NYC. My husband had the octopus special and I had the arctic char (I don't recall what they had). Everything was very good. The price tag was a bit high. I think the next time we go I may stick to cocktails and small plates - which is my preferred dinner anyway. Overall, it was very good and I would go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014