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The Food Market
The Food Market

The Food Market Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.TheFoodMarketBaltimore.com
  • Phone: (410) 366-0606
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Friday - Sunday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Friday & Saturday: 5 pm - 12 am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Chad Gauss
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please cotact Hannah with any catering inquiries and we will do our best to accommodate all requests with our Food Truck catering service! Please send all catering inquiries to Catering@TheFoodMarketBaltimore.com.

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Getting there

  • Cross Street: The Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Food Market offers valet to our customers at no cost, in a secure and video monitored premises. Valet parking is offered during dinner service nightly, starting at 5pm.
A word from The Food Market
The Food Market focuses on brilliant basics, really good food, and service in a smartly designed industrial-modern space, featuring an open kitchen. Award-winning Chef Chad Gauss’ value-driven menu offers our guests a complete dining experience, by combining recognizable ingredients with unparalleled technique. The Food Market strives to provide real good service, in a comfortable environment, where our staff & diners can be themselves. We invite you to come relax, enjoy, and allow us to do what we do best, for you. Located on the Avenue in Hampden, and open every night, The Food Market serves brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3pm. Dinner is served on Sunday – Thursday from 5pm – 11pm, and on Friday & Saturday from 5pm- 12am. Valet-Parking provided at no cost, nightly during dinner service, starting at 5pm.

Up to par, down to earth.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service were very good, but I am not likely to return. The noise level made conversation difficult. The voices of other diners was loud, but on top of that there was "music" playing that was inaudible except for the bass."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Simply put, one of the tastiest dinners I have ever eaten. Don't think about whether you should go, just GO!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "As always the food is excellent! Soft shells were great! Portions were all good sized. Service is good but could be a bit more attentive. The noise level made it difficult to carry on a conversation"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food was really spectacular. We had several small plates, a few large, and dessert. Nothing disappointed. They had quite a few dishes that were home-spun, and really delicious. The culinary quality was top-notch. Waiter was quick, friendly & attentive. The one big gripe I have is the noise level. I was thoroughly displeased with how loud it was. I don't like having to strain to hear the person across the table. I read reviews ahead of time, and they for sure suggested the noise level was high. But, my wife really wanted to go. It would be nice if they could do something to abate the noise problem (put up deadening panels, etc). I would subtract more than 1 star normally, but the experience otherwise was really that good."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "What a great restaurant. From the food to the waitstaff. We ordered three different meals and ech was a gem!! Chef Gauss is a delight. Truly cares about each plate that leaves the kitchen. Can't wait for our return visit!!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I live near DC and will definitely make the trip to The Food Market again. The food was exceptional and the ambiance in the restaurant was very enjoyable. I am so impressed by this restaurant and the staff that work there. They made my birthday very special."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had brunch here to celebrate a birthday. I have never had a mimosa as good or as generous! The menu is wonderfully creative and the food delicious and inventive. For years there were so few choices for a good brunch in Baltimore and I had my fill of overpriced and mediocre ones. The Food Market brunch is a welcome addition to weekend brunch and our meal was just terrific. Great coffee too and a lovely complimentary coffee cake. Brunch is one of life's great pleasures ! Have it here and you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food is always good, the servers are wonderful and the drinks are delicious! Honestly one of my favorite places to go out. We cook a lot of different kinds of foods with organic ingredients at home, so we expect a lot from restaurants when we go out. Food Market has never disappointed us in anything."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The menu is terrific and the food is outstanding, but this restaurant is way too noisy. Not fun noisy, but annoying noisy. Many of my friends won't go back because you can't have a conversation."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our second time at Food Market and it keeps getting better. I could have eaten 4 orders of the buffalo pickles. I had the pork chop and my wife enjoyed the scallops- both were done to perfection. Dessert included the whipped cheesecake and the strawberry shortcake/pudding that were amazing."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Had dinner with a friend on a Saturday night and really enjoyed it. Cocktails were fantastic. Food was delicious as well, but not a place I would eat at frequently. Definitely more of a 'treat yourself' type of place for me. The flourless chocolate cake was TO DIE FOR!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Loved,loved, loved this experience. Food and beverages were excellent and inventive. Many options for every palate. Wine list somewhat limited in size, but only one bottle over 50$ which is a refreshing and welcome change from most places. A little on the loud side, so not a great place for a quiet evening or conversation. The oysters and the grilled peaches were my favorites. Always a big fan of gazpacho and the "Gausspacho" did not disappoint. Terrific evening and looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I went to the Food Market a year ago with friends and thought it was just ok.I kept hearing such great things about it so I thought I would try again. It was so good the second time around. Our waiter Ken couldn't have been any better. We went for our anniversary and a card was waiting at our table .The food was so good from the bread with olive oil, my husband's yummy cream of crab, my fabulous shrimp and grits and my husbands best sandwich he ever ate "baltimore club". I also had heath bar bread pudding, great.Now I can see why everyone loves it.I like the looks of the restaurant but it's not romantic if that's what you are looking for."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "While we weren't blown away by Food Market like many (we're going to come back for dinner and see if that's the really good food!), it's a really nice spot in Hampden with cool ambiance. The brunch was decent. Come hungry!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Went to Food Market with a friend and had an awesome meal. My salmon was outstanding and her shrimp and grits had great flavor. Server was attentive and sweet and the restaurant was full of energy. We'll be back again for sure."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were celebrating our 47th. anniversary. Immediately, we noticed the volume of the noise at the bar and throughout the restaurant. This was a Tuesday night, so one can imagine what the noise might be like on the weekend. Our server, David was great, attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant. We both enjoyed the food. The tuna was seared to perfection; the bronzini dinner was delicious, the couscous seasoned like none I head tasted was such a compliment to the fish. Sadly, we will not be returning (perhaps, we might try lunch) because of the noise in the dining room. We would recommend this restaurant to a friend based on food and service. We would make it quite clear that the noise diminishes the enjoyment of the food and great service."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Never had a bad bite of food here. Everything from the appetizers to the dessert are a hit."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Every year my family asks me where I would like to go for my birthday, I'm 43 BTW, and I usually have no preference. They suggested The Food Market and I WAS IN! Friendly hosts/Manager were friendly and attentive. Busy place, the staff was extremely helpful. Jennifer was awesome. Menu knowledge was spot on and she was pretty helpful when it came to finding something for my three-year old niece as well. Everything from the apps for the table to my wagyu to the desserts. I have been in food and beverage both here and LA for over 10 years and this was one of the best balances of food/ambience/service in my experience. KUDOS to you for sustaining a place that is popular and keeping it that way. WELL DONE! I will DEFINITELY be back!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This was one of the best meals I have ever eaten! Chef Chad Gauss has outdone himself! I can't wait to return again!!!! I will definitely be recommending The Food Market!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Friendly servers, delicious food, cool decorations. We ordered the Amish Pretzels & Beer Cheese, Bread & Butter Sea Bass, Korean BBQ Chicken, and the Whipped Cheesecake. I would eat the pretzels and beer cheese everyday! So delicious. The sea bass was amazing! Great flavor and cooked to perfection. The chicken was also very good. Yummy sauce and the side of jalapeno mac and cheese was a hit. The whipped cheesecake was also delicious and a great finale to the meal. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Disappointing experience. Table cleaned while trying to dine. Time spent in restaurant, 30 minutes. Like being part of a race. Ridiculous!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my time at the food market.We went for dinner on a busy saturday night, showed up before our reservation and were sat accordingly. The restaurant was packed, but it still had enough room for you to be able to hear each other. On to the food: we just did entrees, but our meals started with delicious bread. I got the todd's cut pasta, per my waiters recommendation. It was delicious- the pasta was fresh and they did not skimp on the fresh vegetables. My plate was loaded with local corn and spinach and the crab meatballs were delicious! My boyfriend got the crab cakes, and I think my crab actually had more flavor.They were big and cooked perfectly with great seasoning. The portions were huge for entrees, we were both stuffed."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Never had a disappointing meal here.Its always perfect."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Not sure why we had never been here before even though it is right near our house! The food was spectacular! Incredibly tasty apps, unbelievable scallops and steak, out-of-this world fries and heavenly deconstructed cheesecake. Going back again in 2 weeks!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was well prepared and presented, yummy lamb and fried oysters. The service was attentive and the valet service was efficient and friendly. The noise/conversations were so loud, it was impossible to have a conversation. Vibrant and noisy to the max. Not designed for those who wish to dine."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was our second meal at The Food Market. It has a little of this and that - Littles and Smalls to share, delicious entrees.... and DON'T SKIP the Bread Pudding! We were surprised that a Tuesday night was so busy there... it is definitely "happening". Enjoyable for foodies plus great atmosphere. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Third time to the restaurant and each time the service, food and drinks, (especially the watermelon crush) were outstanding!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The meal was good. The service was good but rushed, which did not create a relaxed dining experience. The tables are very close together and the restaurant is loud - but it is a cool and fun restaurant and I would go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Fun, relaxed atmosphere that was perfect for brunch on a sunny weekend morning. Food was great, drinks were appropriately strong as tasty, and the atmosphere just makes you smile. One of my favorite places in Baltimore."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Seafood was not fresh. The restaurant is more trendy than substantial."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This was our second visit. Better than even our high expectations. First, the menu is long, and each item sounded better than the last, so it took us forever to decide. Our waiter was excellent, helpful but not intrusive. We settled on fried oysters and fried green tomatoes as appetizers. Each was wonderful, and soon gone. Rack of lamb, scallops and crab cakes were our mains, each wonderfully prepared. Bread pudding topped it off. We will be back, often!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Top notch food quality and preparation. Good service. My wife and I had to shout, loudly, in order to communicate. That is not the makings for a pleasant dinner. The noise level is beyond unreasonable."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Pickled beets great as starter. Branzino best in town."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing-- the food, the wait staff, the whole experience. Everything was excellent-- truly top notch. The restaurant deserves all of the accolades that they have earned."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Another fine meal at The Food Market. Three of us shared many small plates. Fried pickles, gazpacho, lobster fingers, asparagus and more were fabulous. The mussels were the only disappointment. The cocktails were outstanding. Service impeccable."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My sisterks flight was delayed from Albuerqueque until 9:30 Sunday night. It is almost impossible to find a place with a full dinner menu at 10PM on a Sunday night in Baltimore. So imagine my surprise that not only was a restauurant open but in my neighborhood and one of the best new restaurants in Baltimore - The Food Market. Even at that hour, the food was delicious (I had the duck) and the service prompt and personable. As you can imagine, we closed the place down, but even as we were the last ones there, and the stools were all up on the bar, we were offered dessert without a trace of "hurry up and leave!" (We declined). It might even be better to go to this restaurant late as the noise level when busy can be pretty high."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Certainly there is a huge difference between good food and GREAT food. Without question, this restaurant has G-R-E-A-T food. There have only been a few restaurants that have reached this status. And I don't mean the very highest price ones. Having the most perfect, fresh, and complementary ingredients makes all the difference in the world. You taste each one separately . I had the fried oysters first, then the Chilean Sea Bass for my Entree. Absolutely fabulous. You gotta go there!!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I am not a "foodie" and was a little concerned I would be unhappy with the menu choices. This was not the case. With some assistance from our waiter - Ken - all of my selections proved to be excellent. And everyone else enjoyed their meals as well. The service was among the best I have experienced recently. I am ready to return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. Portions were filling, but not absurdly huge like some other brunch places. But, you will not leave hungry. The breakfast wrap was excellent. great service."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Stopped in for brunch this past weekend. The fresh fruit bowl was exactly that - fresh. Tried the French Toast Dippers with maple cream butter. The butter could have had a more maple flavor but still it was very good. Highly recommend the egg white omelet! Service and timing were excellent. Love this place."
    Dined on 6/29/2014