Grano Emporio
Grano Emporio

Grano Emporio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.granopastabar.com/emporio
  • Phone: 4434387521x
  • Hours of Operation:
    MONDAY - CLOSED
    Tuesday thru Thursday 11:00 AM - 10.00 PM (last seating)
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM (last seating)
    Sunday 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gino Troia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer our guests several options for private and corporate dining and events, with special attention provided to alumni and faculty of our neighboring universities.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W 36th / Chestnut Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot behind restaurant, street parking free after 6pm and on weekends.
A word from Grano Emporio
Grano Emporio offers a skillful mix of traditional and contemporary trends in Italian cuisine featuring local and seasonal ingredients, with emphasis on the freshest seafood in Baltimore. Our seafood is purchased daily, and much of it comes locally from Samuels and Son Seafood. The Emporio provides sophisticated Italian dining while embracing the local community with its warmth, hospitality and amiable service.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Grano Emporio reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (18)romantic (18)great for outdoor dining (15)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (4)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Cute little Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went here with my parents, who were visiting from out of town. Grano Emporio was very charming, very homey. The waitstaff was attentive. Our server, who looked to be about 12, was in training. He was a little unsteady, but I am sure he will become a fine waiter with a few more weeks under his belt. The food was good. The meat/cheese platter was lovely. I can't really speak for the other dishes, but the mushroom ravioli I ordered is a winner. They are also very accommodating to those who don't do gluten--they can make most of the pasta dishes with gluten-free penne or farfalle. Grano Emporio was a bit hit with my parents. Just as good as anything in Little Italy but with free street parking after 6.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs some polish!
    BalmerHon
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had to ask for bread even though dishes were at each place for olive oil. Were charged the full beverage rate for a small 4 to 6 oz glass of club soda which was never refilled. Had to ask for cheese to be grated on our salads and were given small condiment containers of grated cheese. Don't recommend.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I wish I were Italian.
    Hungry
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had lasagna and it was some of the best I ever had. The sauce was better than any I have had in a very long time; very rich and flavorful. It made me wish I had been born to an Italian family so I would have learned to make sauce like that. The service was great and very attentive. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Wonderful Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were at Grano again on Thursday and, as always, it was fabulous! Not only was the food outstanding, Simon was his usual wonderful, attentive self. If you haven't been there, do yourself a favor and go. My pasta and clams was outstanding. My friend's vegetable ravioli was delicious, and my husbands lasagna was delectable. Overall, a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant experience
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I hadn't been expecting to like Grano as much as I did. Very pleasant experience - food was very good, service perfect and very nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just delightful!
    jaguarjen
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My husband and I ate here to celebrate his birthday, and it reminded us both of our recent trip to Italy. Homemade pasta, exquisite sauces, and a comfortable, home-like setting that was warm and charming. Although I'm allergic and couldn't enjoy any, the wine list looked amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    kreees
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Fine food in a fine setting. I would return and recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    baltimoreeats
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu. All of the staff was genuinely friendly. The service was outstanding and the food was absolutely delicious. I definitely will return to Grano Emporio and highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grano keeps going strong
    eclectivore
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    After a couple years in business, Grano still turns out great Italian food in a nice quiet place. The staff is friendly and the menu continues with many of the old favorites and occasional daily specials. Modest but well-chosen wine list, at reasonable prices. We like the small dining room upstairs for its quiet and comfort, or the small deck on a good day. The fact that it has it own (small) parking lot behind the building is an added plus in this area of town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Delicious food and great service, The pasta with shrimp was a real treat as was the special trout stuffed with leeks and sun dried tomatoes. We enjoyed the evening and never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't be more pleased
    skeezixVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Have wanted to try Grano Emporio for a while and finally made it there for lunch with friends. From the start, our experience was better than expected. Our server (Simone?) was a big reason for that. As we were deciding what wine we wanted to drink with lunch, he brought four for us to try! We were discussing appetizers (olives for certain, dried meats) when he offered to make a plate of assorted meats, cheeses & olives - all good. I ordered the meatball panini from the lunch menu. It was served open-faced and I ate every bit. Reminded me of my own family's meatballs. My friends had mushroom ravioli and truffle risotto and were happy with their choices. I think there may have been one forkful of risotto left on the plate. Will return!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thomas
    thomnasVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A favorite of ours for casual mid-week dinner after work, or family celebrations. The food is special, but still presented like you are at a friends house. The wait staff is first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb dining
    Dave
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    For a Sunday with a table of 5, all had excellent meals. This is a real treasure. Gino, keep it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feels like a terrace in Europe!
    Jumpycat
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Restaurant with a bar on one side, dining areas and a small, picturesque outdoor terrace in Hamden. Prices are reasonable and the fare is good. Interesting wine selection
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable and charming
    Like2Ski
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I enjoyed the food, and particularly the earnest and thoughtful waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant place, very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Our first time at this restaurant. The food was good to excellent, and the wine list was extraordinary for reasonable prices. I knew some of the wines, and the prices were only a few dollars above retail, from the low end to the high end. Service was cordial and timely. Altogether, a great Baltimore restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Find For Us
    SallyAnnVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Our first time at Granos was a lovely surprise. Expected a red sauce type Italian restaurant but found instead subtle flavors, a varied and delicious menu, warm and competent service. The owner took time to explain implements that were part of the decour. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, fantastic
    LisaS
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Another great experience at Grano. Gino and his staff are superb. The Zuppa di Pesce is so good, it makes your eyes roll back in your head, the appetizers so abundant and delicious, it's hard to pick just a few. We've been eating Gino's food since he was in Towson, over 20 years ago, and have eagerly followed him ever since.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always outstanding!
    mkwmd
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I LOVE this place! The food is always amazing, and the staff is fantastic, friendly and knowlegable about the food and wines. I have never had a disappointing meal here, from starters (try the anchovies and olives! like none you've ever had) to dessert, whether off the regular menu or from one of the variety of specials, everything is excellent. The occasional special dinners are worth a reservation, too. We have been here for Christmas Eve, Easter, and Mother's Day in addition to regular nights, and there is no question it's worth the drive from Howard County.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This was a wonderful restaurant, with excellent service, food, and wine selections. We were in town for a trade show and we were looking for a local establishment in enjoy dinner. Grano Emporio was the absolute best choice. Service was excellent, food was well-portioned, and very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you!
    Baltivore
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We had an excellent time at Grano Emporio last Wednesday night. It is not often that a multigenerational restaurant meal goes so smoothly. The delicious food and phenomenal service made our family meal a wonderful experience. Thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious authentic Italian cuisine
    BmoreDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This neighborhood gem is located in Hampden across from The Charmery ice cream shop in a renovated rowhouse. The menu offers an appealing and diverse selection, and the dishes are all freshly prepared and to perfection. Definitely some of the best Italian fare in Baltimore.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal
    Diner
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Four of us having salad, artichokes, Ravioli, Risotto and Osso Bucco plus coffee and dessert. Everything was excellent. Very nice wine list. Even the house Chianti was well worth drinking. An excellent evening!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 123 reviews are from the Grano Emporio reviews archive.
  • Italian Exellence
    luvitalian
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This is a restaurant we have visited in the past 6 months. It is extra special to us because we know the chef personally. Having said that, even without a personal touch, we were greeted by the owner on our first visit, and this most recent visit was very special as the attention given by our server was over the top excellent.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!! I will be back!
    rags2roses
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I live in Hampden. This was my first time at Grano. My guests drove 5 hours to see me and I wanted to give them good food in a cozy setting. We were offered a table upstairs but it didn't offer ambience so we asked to be seated downstairs. Grando did not disappoint. The main floor was perfect!! The food was delicious!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious meal
    bprestrev
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We went with out of town friends for dinner and all of us were very happy with our meals and the service. Will definitely go back. Two of us had ossa bucho and it was fabulous, melting in your mouth. The other two diners ordered a shrimp entree and a ravioli and they were very happy with these meals as well. The Belgian Chocolate flan also was outstanding, more like a mouse. Can easily be split among 4 people as it is quite rich.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yum
    Sophie
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    well prepared fresh food, home italian cooking - not "restaurant" food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    maxhere
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food we ordered was great....branzini. It was a pleasure to be in a restaurant that wasn't noisy....we were there around 7pm so don't know if noise level differs when it gets later. The waiter was great. Definitely will go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great evening out. My wife and I have dined here previously. It does not disappoint. Pasta is home made and phenomenal. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and food!
    JEM999
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Had a party of 7 Saturday night for a friend's b-day. This was the first time any of us had been there. We all had a great time and both the service and food were very good! I highly recommend the mushroom ravioli. 2 friends had the chicken with asparagus dish and it was also good. One had the spaghetti and meatballs and we complimented the chef. Definitely a special occasion place, would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very cozy spot.
    DJfromMD
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The restaurant was very cozy and comfortable. Good place to relax and enjoy a quiet dinner at the end of a nice stroll and shopping in Hampden. Food was well-prepared. Somehow our order of an appetizer slipped through the cracks, but when the meal hit the table instead--we forgot about the olives. Dessert was awesome and the wine went perfectly with it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Although the service was slow
    TLCGVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Although the service was slow the food was excellent. All 6 of us enjoyed our dinners. All the pastas were excellent and the red and white sauces were very good. The rockfish was very good and so was the shrimp dish. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very impressed
    italiano
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I am italian. The food was real italian. No disappointement, my grandma would have approved it all! The ambient and decor and good service of this place justify the slightly-pricy dishes. We were a small group and got a table in a very private area, very quiet. All the food I've tried was very interesting. I will go back for sure, need to try some more ;)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Pasta
    FoodLover1
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I really liked the feel of the restaurant. I had the mushroom ravioli(made on site) with truffle butter - the dish was excellent- the best out of the four. The other dishes were lasagna - pasta sheets were very light but the dish was a little bland; zuppa de seafood - very fresh and was tasty; & seafood ravioli - we all found this pasta to be a little fishy and the was not a favorite. The fresh pasta is the way to go so ask your server what is made at the restaurant./ The service was just average but with good company all went well!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    TravelPopPop
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    My wife and I were visiting my son and brought his family to Grano. Outstanding! The resturant is beautiful, the staff efficient and friendly, and most importantly, the food outstanding. All the pasta dishes were excellent, my wife's chicken was a standout. It was our 2nd time there and we will most certainly be back in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite
    mkwmd
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food is always fantastic, the wait staff friendly , helpful, and knowledgable. I have never had a meal I didn't love here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad to finally get there
    Trishd33VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We have been hearing about Grano Emporio for years and finally got there for dinner. They have a limited bar but we had margaritas made with fresh juice (just the way I like them). The wine list was very nice. The appetizer plate was delicious and varied. I had house made raviolis with mushrooms. Absolutely fabulous. We will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food pretty uninspired for
    diner7
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Food pretty uninspired for a $22 shrimp on linguine (that turned out to be spaghetti). Nice for a quiet conversation but certainly not to special occasion level. I always have high expectations for this restaurant because of its reputation but have been disappointed several times.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but issues w service
    Jefe
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Saturday night dinner with high expectations which were not completely met. We waited for our drinks, food far too long. The staff seemed to be confused and not well managed, but friendly and polite. The food was very good. They could go lighter on the cream sauce on the mushroom ravioli. The flavor ot the mushrooms was great but overwhelmed by the gloppy sauce. Grano is a charming place and should do better .
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cant wait to return!
    Tom08
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had a great experience for Valentines day. Chocolats at the table already, The service was great and the food was out of this world! I havent tried the pasta bar but it looked really cool. It was the closet thing I've had to food from my visit to Italy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.