Cinghiale - Osteria
Cinghiale - Osteria

Cinghiale - Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cgeno.com/
  • Phone: 4105478282
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Julian Marucci
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Tuesday Cellar Raid: 50% off full bottle purchases in the Enoteca every Tuesday. Italian Supper: $29pp 3-course classic Italian Supper available 7 nights a week.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Exeter Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking; cars are parked in a private, gated lot or in a garage. Limited street parking is also available.
A word from Cinghiale - Osteria
The Osteria at Cinghiale has the feel of an elegant tavern with white table cloths and mahogany and leather banquettes. It features a large farm table for a special family-style dining experience. The menu is complimented by an over 500 label wine list that features Northern and Central Italian wines. There are approximately 40 wines available by the glass, each available in full and half pours. The restaurant was recently recognized by Food & Wine magazine as having one of the best new wine lists in the country. Outdoor seating is available, weather permitting.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Cinghiale - Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (95)notable wine list (93)fit for foodies (90)romantic (62)scenic view (32)neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (27)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (12)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Average but Overdone
    memettimVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Maybe I am just fatigued with too many over done details but the endless fussing of waiters, the extreme accent of the maitre d and the cold rubbery octopus displayed with the artful smears of painted on color on the plate just made me want to shout stop fussing and cook. The pasta appetizers were good, the meager portion of calamari was delicious but hardly shareable. The pasta/polenta mains were good but the main entrees were bland and not worth the display effort or the price.
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  • Great experience!
    Nick
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We celebrated my Dad's birthday here over the weekend, and had a great time! The appetizers, entrees (a few entrees had very small portion size), wine list, and select desserts were all fantastic. I would not recommend the tiramisu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of the favorites in Baltimore.
    TerryVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Top of the favorites in Baltimore. The food is consistently great and the menu varies to keep it interesting every time. Only catch is entre portions could be just a bit more generous. That is because they are so so good. Would recommend it without hesitation to just about anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent experience. server
    laurVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    excellent experience. server quite helpful in making suggestions personalized to you. every dish was a delightful surprise. My experience has been that it keeps getting better. you would never know from the menu description what you are going to get when you order but was not disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodPlatoVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Perfect place for a date. We did the fixed price menu. We got a bottle of wine instead of doing the wine flight - but that was only because we had to drive back home later on. The food was amazing, the foie antipasti that evening was quite noteworthy and on my list of foods to have again. There is no reason to not go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine Dining at it's Best
    Georgia
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    What a special evening we had in this beautiful restaurant !!! We had the wine parings with our scrumptious meal and everything was PERFECT !!!!! We couldn't find one thing we didn't like !!! Our waitperson was a gem !!! We also liked the fact that they didn't hover ...! All of the folks that assisted us were superb !!! We both enjoyed every course.....plated beautifully.....served properly......tasted divine!!!!!! What a beautiful evening !! We will be back in September for round two....if they'll have us ! (0:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic, as always
    CiciVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    One of the top few restaurants in Baltimore. Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive but the best in Baltimore
    nineofnine
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    You could spend a great deal of money hear with little effort, but it is still the best restaurant in Baltimore. Service is the most professional this side of DC and the food is always perfectly prepared. My date said it was the best meal she had eaten in quite a while. So if you want to impress and have the cash, it is the place to go in the Baltimore downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso
    diningdiva
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    The food is inventive and delicious. Service is impeccable and efficient. The space is beautiful. The only "negative" is that for the prices, the portions are very small; one needs to order multiple courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I thought the portions were
    leon
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I thought the portions were small and the quality of the food was fair
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • watch out for the back room
    nandm
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I've eaten at Cinghiale several times - always sat in the main dining room. There is seating at the bar for more casual dining, but this time we were sequestered away in an area that was new to me - a curtained windowless room that was not unlike the conference room of a hotel. It was quiet, but joyless. The food is good, and the server was a bit overbearing but tolerable.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    James
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This was my first time at Cinghiale's and I will definitely be back. My wife and I were looking for a quiet dinner for two and enjoyed the Osteria layout where the tables are well-spaced and you are insulated from the conversations at other tables. If you wanted a more lively atmoshphere, you could always choose the bar area. Our server mentioned that the tuna was very fresh and the tuna tartare appetizer was the best I have ever had. All of the food was outstanding, well-prepared and presented, but the tuna was noteworthy. The service was excellent. They also offer different price points, allowing you to order a la carte, as well as a four course prix fixe menu at about $60 or a three coure prix fixe at about $30.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our second visit
    pcje4VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This was our second visit to Cinghale. We chose to dine in the osteria this time instead of the enoteca. Food was the same. Overall it was just ok. Disappointed in general. We shared the foie gras and it was excellent. We then shared the gnocchi and that too was good but the seafood ravioli was noticeably too fishy for me. Shared the scallops and they were very good but the spaghetti with shrimp was a total disappointment. No flavor and tough shrimp. Server had a bit of an attitude, but overall was helpful. Dessert was good. Based on prior dining experience and this one, we won't be back. Too many other great restaurants in Baltimore.
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  • Excellent as always, imaginative
    ChiefVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Excellent as always, imaginative menu that is prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch service and food
    WestGhent
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Cinghiale is fine dining at it's best. The food is top-notch but the service makes this overall experience an A+. I highly recommend visiting Cinghiale when in Baltimore. Our server was so helpful with choices and with other sights to see around town. We were there for the weekend and went on this suggestion of a friend. The butternut squash ravioli was unique and delicious, a twist on pasta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appearances can be deceiving
    JayDVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Have dined here several times but the service can truly be abysmal ! Usually start out well and goes downhill from there. Multiple staff members are very disorganized. It's all about them and the restaurant maximizing profits. No regard for the patrons dining experience!! Managers are not competent and the proprietors who once set a higher bar for service standard in baltimore are no well below average!
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  • Ron's Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Consistently one of my top three restaurants in Baltimore for the last several years. You can't go wrong with Cinghiali!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good first experience
    Cris
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit to Chingale Restaurant during Baltimore's Restaurant Week. Perhaps the quality of food might have not been at the same quality level during that special week as a normal week of business. Although my food was quite good my wife chose the special set menu for restaurant week. The bisque was "watery" and barely warm. The wines, however, that were chosen to match the courses were, according to her, "excellent." We are looking to return to Chingale for another try. I am especially looking forward to trying the meat and cheese plate as an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food-swamped for Rest. Week
    NoHazmats
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We had high expectations for the food & service when we arrived. They have a polished staff, but our service was marginal. We ordered wine from the EXCELLENT choices of N. Italian wines, and our food from the restaurant week menu. The food was delicious. The Lugana wine we chose was excellent. The service was not entirely great - probably due to the busy Restaurant Week crowd. 1st course took a while to arrive, but when it came, it was the 2nd course dishes. We sent it back, expecting that soup & salad would come quickly, but they took 15 minutes and we finally had to gripe to the wait staff for help. When it came it was great, as was mains course & desert. We will return after Rest. Week with hopes of better service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty night out
    AmaniM
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We had a gift certificate we were excited to use and then were happily surprised to find out that it was also Restaurant Week. Since we had some "free" money to use, we opted for the Restaurant Week menu plus the wine pairings. I don't think my husband and I had ever indulged in this kind of thing before, but we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was delicious. Service was great. We would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, our dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    As always, our dining experience at Cinghiales was amazing. Certainly, in my opinion, one of the top five restaurants in Baltimore. They never let me down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good. Server was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was good. Server was pushy and annoying. Tried to rush everything through.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Success!
    Prplem
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had a group of 8 celebrating my dad's birthday. The staff was extremely attentive, helping with menu selections including wine and even gave us a complimentary bottle of champagne! Service and food were impeccable from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love eating here. The food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    We love eating here. The food, service & ambiance is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Noisy
    sprout
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The restaurant's noise level was very loud. Would not return because of this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than ever!
    Curleelox
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    This was our third time at Cianghiale's and it was terrific. The Enoteca three course dinner option is a bargain for such high quality food. The pastas are remarkable and the new pastry chef created a version of tiramisu that was divine. And I am not a big tiramisu fan, but I loved it. Service is very attentive and pleasant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over-priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The truffles were tasteless and the portion sizes were very small. It was quite expensive and not worth it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best ever
    Redmuerte
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    My wife and I have never had a better dining experience in our life. Service was top notch and the food unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    jlminvVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The service was outstanding. The food was delicious. We could not have asked for a better evening meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Pleases
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Our recent meal at Cinghiale was wonderful. Couldn't have been more perfect. Chef Martucci's pasta are outstanding. Although classic Italian, they reflect his talents and innovation in the kitchen. The only problem is what to choose!! The Pasta ala Cinghiale is always first rate. The rissotto creamy and seasoned properly. The servers go out of their way to make this a true dining experience. There is no better Italian wine list anywhere with many very reasonaly priced wines. Wines which are hardly ever found outside of Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would definitely go back,
    tenor1975
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    I would definitely go back, the food was very good and the service was Top Notch. The ambience is warm and relaxed. The crowd seemed a little old and stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty
    Gracie4VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Been there before and felt for a special occasion it would remind the group of Italy. Ambience special, concept good, food was not soecial. Salty and I remember that from last time. Menu on the web is not current. Wines of course good. Desserts weak. No reason to go back other than a drink at the bar. Need to step up unless there are enough tourists to compensate for no repeat business. Most disappointing. To us money is not the option , talent and performance are.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a great find
    RDLearVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Everything, I mean everything we had was perfectly prepared, delicious and made us wanting more. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good...once again!
    IsaO
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Gave Cinghiale a second try...hoping for the better! Not so much. Food was just average....waiters hovered over us and tried to take glasses that were half full...and tried very hard to get us to buy more expensive wine. Definitely will not be going back. The "Osteria" room is very sterile - reminded us of a partitioned room in a hotel - no character.
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  • So-So
    BigRed
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I had heard good things about this restaurant so my husband and I made a reservation for dinner on Saturday night. The welcome when we arrive was pleasant and we were seated right away. Our waitress was extra snobby.... did I say snobby? I meant "pretentous". She rolled her eyes when we asked about something on the menu like we were idiots,,,, We opted for the prix fixe menue at $62 each. The food was so-so... nothing to write home about, VERY small portions. Dessert was a piece of very dry white cake with a dollop of some cream. All in all.... I would not waste the considerable sum it costs to eat here.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RAVES for Cinghiale - Osteria
    TTracy
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This was our group's first time at Cinghiale, and we were all just blown away. The food was creatively approached and delicious, the service impeccable, with an atmosphere that transported us to Italy. I would highly recommend Cinghaile, and can't wait to go back for a second time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent fine dining experience
    paige29VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Great service from the moment we sat down. Portions are what they should be, although I could see some people thinking they are on the smaller side. We did the 4 course selective dinner. Started out with the tuna and prosciutto both were delicious. We then shared the lobster ravioli and duck risotto. I personally preferred the risotto over the ravioli but both were great. The ravioli didn't' stand out to me and was cold. Moved on to the scallops and braised beef. Thought the beef was dry but the sauce and potatoes were delicious and the scallops were somewhat under cooked to my liking but were large and tasty. Desserts were light and a great way to end the meal. Valet could use some manner lessons though, always open up the ladies door!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    luv2eat
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    My husband and I came here for our 8 year anniversary. They gave us special champagne the service was impeccable. The food was absolutely delicious. My husband does not eat pork so they made menu accommodations and recommendations. The wine selection was extensive and they paired them beautifully to match our meals. I would recommend this place for couples, it was dim and romantic, but anyone who enjoys a great taste bud experience should try this place.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was too salty. Portions
    MRWR
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Food was too salty. Portions were skimpy given the price. Heating system was not working properly. Ambient temperature was 65 degrees and it was drafty. Since the outside temp. was about 15, the contrast was acceptable only if you were wearing a coat.
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  • New Year's eve at Cinghiale
    KellyBroVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    So we love Cinghiale normally but was a little disappointed in the food for the Prix Fixes menu for New Year's Eve...of course, not totally surprised, have had this happen often enough with holiday menus. One of my dishes was so salty it was barely edible...and all in all it was quite an expensive meal that was just so so...But I'm sure we'll go back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic