Sammy's Trattoria
Sammy's Trattoria

Sammy's Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sammystrattoria.com/
  • Phone: 4108379999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Sammy's catering menu is perfect for office lunches, offsite meetings and special occasions.
  • Special Events: Sammy's is a fabulous venue for Wedding Receptions and Rehearsal dinners. Contact us for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Biddle St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer Valet parking some nights. Otherwise street parking.
A word from Sammy's Trattoria
Sammy's Trattoria serves real, authentic Italian cuisine in a comfortable yet elegant setting. Try our "Family Style" dining where we prepare some of our specialties combined with some requests from you and serve you 4+ courses of fun, traditional Italian dining. (great for parties of 4+). Our homemade pastas, soups, stocks, and meatballs are old family recipes made daily. We pride ourselves in using only the freshest, best quality ingredients combined with traditional and thorough preparation.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Sammy's Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (17)fit for foodies (15)good for groups (12)romantic (7)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Sammy's - Excellent Italian Food!
    2ThumbsUp
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Always enjoy going to Sammy's! It's like going to an Italian relative's home for Sunday dinner (any day of the week) to partake of wonderful southern Italian favorities, and some new creations, too! The atmosphere is not Frank Sinatra and red-and-white checkered tablecloths. We have enough of that style of Italian restaurant. Sammy's is sleek and trendy, yet warm, welcoming, and informal. Food is excellent, and the cocktails generous! The wait staff, and bar staff, have been with Sammy since the beginning; going on ten years now! Sammy has a beautiful website. You should check it out! Better yet, just stop in and give them a try. You'll be won over immediately. I suggest calling for a reservation. Sammy's can, quite often, be very busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Skerin
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Good food but slightly pricey for its dishes. will definitely go back. loved the lamb marsala
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    MuleVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was my first time at the restaurant and I was surprised at how excellent the food was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible Service
    Right322VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    From the second we walked in the service was terrible. 15 minutes after we ordered our wine the waitress came back to the table to remind her what wine we had ordered. We split and app and were finished for 10 minutes before she came back to take our dinner order. When we ordered they were out of BOTH entrees we asked for. Annoyed we decided to just split a pesto pizza. The thin crust pizza was taking close to 30 minutes so she apologized and brought us a Caesar salad. Thank god the pizza was actually really good. When we got the check they tried to charge us for a more expensive bottle of wine than we ordered. Overall, just an annoyingly bad experience.
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  • We love going anytime. Delicious!
    nathan10VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food is always fresh and delicious. Ww love going because its comfortable like visiting friends. Thus is one if our special places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is a problem
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was, as always, extraordinarily good. The wait for the food was interminable. A quick business lunch took more than one and half hours.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hunterVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My new favorite Italian restaurant in Baltimore .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional meal in a lovely space
    mpmayer73
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    What a wonderful meal. Both of our dishes were exceptionally tasty and the service was very friendly. While not a high-end place, the feel is very friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere is romantic when you need it to be or relaxed and comfortable for a family dinner or night out with friends. The restaurant is very versatile for whatever the occassion calls for. There was also only moderate noise levels so conversation at our table was easy going. I will definitely be going back to Sammy's in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect late evening meal
    FishLover
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We had the chicken marsala and chicken picata, preceded by calamari. All were excellent. My only reservation about the place was that the olive oil dipping dish for bread on our. table had been used previously by some number of earlier parties, something we've not encountered before, and would prefer not to encounter.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-theater
    maggie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    the restaurant was very crowded and a party was going. the noise was over the top and it was difficult to talk to the people in the group
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Have always had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. The staff is particularly spectacular including the bartender. Dining at the bar is really fun too
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allow Time
    PerfectBiteVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Sammy's is in the perfect spot for theater-goers. It is a quick hop to the symphony hall or opera house. However, on theater nights, service is often very slow and we end up rushing to finish our meal before the theater. The past visit we allowed two hours -- and only had 15 minutes to eat! We typically order the tasty house "Julia" salad and portions are very ample. However, on a prior visit, the salad was drowning in oil. It helps to request that the kitchen go"light" on the dressing. Those are our only complaints. The pasta is always fresh and delicious and there is a nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 627 reviews are from the Sammy's Trattoria reviews archive.
  • Good food, nice place, kinda loud
    Itbychoice
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I've been to Sammy's a few times, and the menu is always well-prepared, authentic, flavorful, imaginative and nicely presented. This time, however, we had the misfortune of dining at the same time that two very large groups were meeting, the noise level was very high, and the usually attentive staff was very busy. We did get served in a timely fashion, though, and our dinners were hot and delicious. I like Sammy's very much, and will go back again. Next time, I'll check and see if any simultaneous parties are planned and maybe try to visit at a less hectic time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun fun fun
    Weekenddiner
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We happened to be at Sammy's on a night that they had a group of two singing. What fun. Everyone was up dancing and singing along. It was very loud, but I was fine with that. The food was a little bit better than fair....but I would go back when the entertainment was there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre Show Dinner
    JazzLoversVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We always try to get a dinner reservation before any show we attend at the Meyerhoff or the Lyric. We get there early and put our food order in. Then we just sit back and relax over a nice dinner and a bottle of wine. Most of the waitstaff have been there for years and are very helpful and friendly. We definitely enjoy ourselves when we sit at the bar for our dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We hadn't been to Sammie's in a while and forgot how great it was. We had a reservation and were seated immediately . It took a few minutes for a waiter to acknowledge us but when Valerie came to the table she was amazing. She brought our drinks right away and even brought us out salads since we had been waiting. Everything she recommended was fabulous., including the fantastic lemonchelloe cheese cake. Will definetly be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    KTBaltimoreVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Even though the servers are friendly, there are the same people who work there and they are often busy with lots of tables. I don't know if it's because of the kitchen or what, but there is often a lag between sitting and eating. Still love the food and place, so I will return. Just be aware!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What an improvement from last year
    ajtaps
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    A friend and I ate there last year before the opera and had a table upstairs in the back. . We reserved two hours before the performance and barely made it. They simply forgot about us, then brought the wrong food, cold. It was a disaster and I swore never to go back. I went once during the year with some friends and was pleasantly surprised so decided to reserve before the opera again. I requested a table downstairs and got a lovely alcove table next to the window. There was a "reserved" note on the table for me and my friend. The food was absolutely delicious; I had the Judge K dish and my friend had the duck ravioli; service was great and now I recommend it wholeheartedly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sammy's never disappoints
    WiltJr
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere are always consistently perfect for a great night out with friends at Sammy's. They never miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow kitchen
    amdew717
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Went here before the symphony. Had a 6:30 reservation and an 8:00 concert; food didn't arrive until 7:30. We worried if we were going to be late for the concert. Food was very good, waitress was overwhelmed but very nice and did her best to expedite our meal. When she came to take our drink order, she insisted on taking our WHOLE order, which was fine with us. At that point, I knew it might be a bumpy ride, but it all came out fine. I would go here again but for a 6:00 reservation instead. Btw, the dining room was empty when we were leaving at 7:50, and it was a Friday night! It was also VERY WARM in the dining room. This was on the upper level, it may have been more comfortable on the lower level, but it felt warm down there as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too packed.
    Jennifer
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Made reservations 2 weeks in advance for a Friday dinner. When we arrived, it took a while for anyone to acknowledge us. We were directed to a table placed in the middle of a very busy section; it seemed as if the table was not usually there, as it interfered with what appeared to be a main thoroughfare. We kept getting bumped into, which was a bit uncomfortable. The table was clearly an outdoor table moved inside and you could feel the gaps of the wrought iron through the tablecloth. They were out of gnocchi, one of the few vegetarian dishes on the menu and part of why we came. Ordered veg lasagna instead and got a meat dish! It was replaced and we were compensated for the mix-up. The food was good; maybe another day would be better.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The service was poor. There was no bread...had to ask three times. The food was fine
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Closed on Easter Sunday Evening
    mpolizziVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Even though Open Table reservations were available for the time I requested, when we got to the restaurant, it was closed. Very disappointed. We really enjoy sitting the bar with a great meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lamb special is outstanding
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Went to Sammy's for dinner and the special was a roast lamb with rissuto. Outstanding! If you like lamb, this is it.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner after Symphony
    Linda
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We love that there are the regular menu items and often a special we like. Loved the vegetarian lasagna and gnocchi! It's walkable from the Meyerhoff, so we love to do that!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sammy's is Good Enough
    SallyAnnVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We came here prior to attendance at the symphony. The staff was very nice and accommodating but the food was very slow coming out of the kitchen. It was also uneven in taste. My husband ordered the scampi appetizer which was so spicy, he couldn't eat much of it. There was no mention of spice on the menu and the wait person said that the chef may have been too liberal with the pepper flakes.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Friends introduced this place to us. It is always good, delicious! They are flexible, will do family portions. Everything is homemade. We look forward to going again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • With the closing of Mari Luna,
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    With the closing of Mari Luna, Sammy's is now the closest restaurant to the Meyerhoff. I think the staff realizes this, as they managed to handle to rush of customers adequately on a symphony-packed evening, which of course has a fixed-time component. I'm not sure that the management realizes that, however, as more servers (and perhaps cooks?) would have made things much smoother on the evening we dined there, and therefore the meal would have felt more special. As it was, it was just "good" and convenient. And maybe that is enough.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for pre-theater dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Food was fabulous at this corner restaurant near Penn Station and the Lyric Theater. We came up by train from DC and were seated promptly at 7:00. The place was very busy with diners going to the show like we were. Unfortunately, although we put our order in promptly (at our server's urging) our food didn't arrive until 7:50. That made us 25 minutes late for the show, Highly recommend arriving at 6:30 or earlier for an 8PM show. Otherwise, food was excellent and the wine list included many value-priced wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wish I could say more
    megamama
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    On a Wednesday evening with a 6:30 reservation, we, five were seated promptly and warmly greeted. The food was delicious, but my chief complaint was the length of time for meal service. Our orders were placed by 7:00 and not received until 8:15! Our waitress was apologetic and tossed in some extra meatballs, but that did not make up for inordinate wait. I'd like to return for the food but I'm not sure as others have made similar complaints.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner before the Lyric
    Anniversary
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Food was wonderful! Our waiter was excellent. The Tiramisu was the best I ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diamond in the Rough
    Luv2TryNewThings
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Never knew this place was there! Great authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Baltimore's art deco district. Very upscale and classy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent
    TheKGB
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    have been here several times service is always attentive and pleasant food quality is consistent and tasteful a go to place to eat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sammy's never fails to serve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Sammy's never fails to serve an outstanding meal. We were particularly impressed with the calamari, which included fried green pepper and onions, a nice touch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian and great service...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Sammy's continues to do it right....we had great service for our party of 8. They are very flexible in how they serve their food, some things we had family style, some right off the menu, all was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bob
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Service was non existent. One server did not show up for work, one cook hurt his ankle We were seated right at the front door and cold air kept blowing over us. Had to get served by a bar tender Waited an hour for our food to arrive Had to eat it in ten minutes to get to a show
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  • Great Food, Great Service!
    DoubleShot
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The food is authentic Italian and freshly prepared, with awesome service. We both enjoyed the filet with port wine reduction and we each ordered a different side (penne pasta, sauteed broccoli, with tomato sauce on the side) to share. We don't care for olive oil dipping sauce with cheese and the staff was happy to make us one without. For starters we enjoyed their excellent fried calamari and peppers, and also the Prosciutto di Parma Sopressa cheese plate. They have an excellent valued wine list that won't break the bank. They also have valet parking at a reasonable price and will keep your car if you are attending a show at the Meyerhoff (2 blocks away). We never felt rushed and were well attended to by a friendly caring staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for Pre Theater
    BarbFVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Not prepared for the pre theater rush, poor service- we waited 45 minutes after ordering for food to arrive. The food was fresh and hot, but overly salted and order wasn't correct. Waitress never came back and we had to go. Valet idea is great, but at the end of the evening, he handed me my keys and told me it was too much trouble to cross the street in the car with the theater traffic, please get the car yourself! Great location to the Symphony Hall, but there are other places to go.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • What's with the small tables?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My date & I reserved a table for 3. He's 6'2" and we were placed at a 2 top table that was way too small for 2...thankfully,our friend cancelled at the last minute. Yummy Italian food but my filet was overcooked, mediocre service, and really loud/noisy restaurant. We made our reservation for 9:30pm hoping the hustle & bustle would've died down a bit. No luck. Also, chocolate martini needs some tutoring...I suggest La Scala school of espresso or chocolate martini.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sammy's is always a good choice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Sammy's is always a good choice. The food is wonderful and the portions are quite generous. We were running late but called ahead and when we got there, the maitre'd told us he was so glad that we called. He offered us a table near a party and warned that it would be loud, but it was our choice to sit there. This is a great little find downtown and I would recommend it very highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic