Pen & Quill
Pen & Quill

Pen & Quill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.penandquill.net/
  • Phone: 410-601-3588x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lanvale
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Pen & Quill
The new restaurant in the Station North Arts District is named after the cocktail lounge within the old Chesapeake Restaurant, which flourished on the corner of Charles and Lanvale streets during the 1950s and the 1960s. The executive chef is Baltimore native Bella Kline, who has worked as a sous chef at The Chameleon in Lauraville and more recently at Longman and Eagle in Chicago. The restaurant features an extensive bar with unique cocktails, eclectic dining area showcasing local artists and an exciting menu.
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Pen & Quill reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (11)vibrant bar scene (11)special occasion (10)romantic (7)notable wine list (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Une soirée au "Pen & Quill"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Nous avons découvert le "Pen & Quill" à l'occasion de l'initiative "Dining Out for Life". Non seulement le repas était délicieux, mais l'atmosphère et le service ont été impeccables ..!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    It was nice to see this historic restaurant space brought back to a prominent place in Baltimore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We Have a Winner
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Chesapeake has become Pen & Quill and that's a good thing for Baltimore. Throwing off that cloak of tradition that must have been so cumbersome Pen & Quill has reinterpreted traditional dishes and they shine. A beautifully designed space, knowledgeable staff, and a kitchen that's the real star of this show make for a great evening of dining. And how's this for criticism--of our two appetizers, three entrees, and two desserts the only thing that could have been better is if the rockfish hadn't been ever so slightly overcooked. That's the ONLY thing I could think of to improve. And that's an easy enough accident to make. So go, eat, enjoy, and return again and again. We certainly will.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place, will definitely return!
    eatinout
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    They'd been open for all of a week, and I'm favorably impressed :) The food was very good. The ambiance is nice, with sofas and comfy chairs in addition to tables and a bar. The merguez was tasty, but not as spicy as traditional. The house-pickled vegetables both crunchy and floppy at the same time, and very tasty. The wine selection complements the food well, and shows thought was put into it. All in all, I'll be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MichaelBVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    An excellent addition to the Station North dining scene! The beef-tongue steam buns are fantastic!! Just one complaint: the French fries were WAY too salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • coquille
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Since the restaurant is new, I think they are smart not to have an extensive menu. My beet salad as outstanding, with beats that tasted as if they came from a farm. (The owner has one, I think.) My friend and I shared the ribeye steak for two, with generous portions of perfectly cooked meat and unusual sides. . The original desserts were to die for!! The wait staff couldn't have been nicer or more professional. I rate this place four starts and they've just gotten started. Bravo. I am the author of "The Desperate Gourmet. (St. Martin's Press). Lois Schenck
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome addition to station north!
    Bmorediner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    What a great spot! The food here is absolutely amazing. A wonderful selection of carefully crafted menu items, Pen and Quill really tops the charts. The beef tongue appetizer, cheese plate, and foie gras are all excellent and prepared to perfection. The chicken Maryland, rockfish, and sweet corn ravioli stand out on the menu and prove to be delicious. It was a great place for a group and an excellent place to share plates or enjoy your own. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new saga
    Beachboy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First time here. Its open only a few weeks.... The place is very spacious, can handle large groups, good long bar, chairs to lounge in, etc. IMO this is definitively a spot to hang out and drink or do appetizers before you go to the nearby movie theater. Appetizers....I thought the cheese plate was terrific tasting. My entree was very good, on the other hand, one of my friends had eaten one of chefs creations at a prior restaurant. That item was also on the menu here and he was less impressed this time around. Everything was reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • London
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent ambience. Interesting seating options and attractive lively bar. The disappointment was the menu. Limited options. No seafood. Sad when people next to us came from Columbia and the only entre that appealed to them was a hamburger. They have just opened so hope that they will create a menu with more options..There is a lot of potential for this addition to Station North.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs some help
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Menu printed in a light, small typeface - not easy to read in dim light. Menu has a nice mix of small plates, sandwiches and entrees, but some are rather pricey for the size of the portion. Servers didn't know & couldn't explain what was on the menu, gave incorrect information and wandered around chatting with each other - resulted in unnecessary delays in ordering, receiving drinks and food. However, water glasses efficiently refilled. Memphis BBQ pulled pork cheek sandwich was bland. Burger & fries were good. Metal bin mounted on ladies' room wall renders the handicapped stall inaccessible to someone in a wheelchair.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    GuitarMan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    While the owner has made a name with several other restaurants in Baltimore, name does not carry the worth of an establishment. We were greeted warmly at the door, but that may have been the highlight of the experience. The food was adequate; nothing near amazing. The server we had was unattentive and aloof. And, the small menu is overpriced. We will not be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent new restaurant
    kandmVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had dinner here last night and were very impressed with the food. I had the lamb appetizer and then the fish entree. Both were delicious. Spiced just right (not too salty e.g. which seems to be problem with a lot of restaurants). Portions were just right. Our server was very energetic and polite, but we just wished he had not hurried us along so much. My husband was still finishing his appetizer when the entrees were brought out. And even if he had finished, it would have been nice to breath a little between the two course and let us finish our white wine. But I am confident they will fix this. Very happy to have this restaurant within walking distance from our house. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Great; Just good
    FoodSnob
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Overall dining experience was disappointing. Wanted this place to WOW me since the previous establishment sucked. Wait staff was a bit too pesky. The ham board was prepared and served in a tangled nest of thinly sliced meets that made eating somewhat difficult; though presentation was fabulous!. Bread and butter was delicious! Cocktails were great! Entres seemed a bit pricey for what was offered. Turned down the dessert and opted to head over to Lost City Diner. I really like the bar and hope they continue with what they have going there. I plan on trying again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent re-transformation!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The Pen & Quill has a lot to offer folks looking for a new option for excellent food and a good atmosphere in the bustling Station North area, where good food has come to involve standing room only. The menu is interesting and delivers even more than it promises. On a recent night, the Maryland Chicken offered a delicious take on an old standard and the sweet corn agnolotti was light and lovely. The wine list covers a lot of territory without being overwhelming. The revised decor fixes a lot of problems and makes the P&Q spacious, welcoming and comfortable. The beautifully huge bar is put to great use by one of Baltimore's best bartenders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
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