The Food Market
The Food Market

The Food Market

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefoodmarketbaltimore.com/
  • Phone: 410-366-0606x
  • 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.

    You Host. We Work.

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.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Food Market reviews from OpenTable diners
507 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (390)neighborhood gem (323)hot spot (248)special occasion (190)great for brunch (154)good for groups (132)vibrant bar scene (130)great for lunch (65)romantic (56)late-night find (47)notable wine list (37)kid-friendly (25)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was spot on. Our Amish pretzel appetizer was fabulous and our entrees great. husband had the bison special with baby red skin potatoes and haricots verts, and I had two 'small' plates as my entree - the ahi tuna over tzatziki and the black and blue beef tips. Meats were prepared exactly to order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went for brunch when a friend was in town. We had a wonderful time and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • happy with our first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I brought two friends here for brunch along with our infant daughter. I was able to quickly make reservations on open table about a half hour before we arrived and everything was great! It was super busy (meaning also a bit noisy) but our wait time for food and service was great. They have high chairs but not slings so they were able to accommodate us by seating us at the banquette with some extra room to set the baby carrier next to us. The food was awesome and well portioned. We will definitely be back and would love to try their dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baltimore weekend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great dining experience at The Food Market. The vibe was hoppin'. We arrived early & snagged seats at the bar where we were served promptly by capable bartenders who were managing a busy Sat evening then were escorted to our table at the designated time. The menu was interesting and varied. Our dining choices were delish - grilled lamb porterhouses for a starter, lobster roll and crab cake with lobster mac & cheese for entrees. The tables are relatively close together but we didn't feel cramped nor did we feel as though conversations were being overheard. The restaurant offered courtesy valet parking as parking choices are limited in the neighborhood; valet was prompt & efficient. We'll be back when in Charm City!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Beachlver20
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A friend and I went to Food Market for my birthday lunch. The waiter was very friendly and helpful. He made several suggestions and answered any of our questions. The food came and we enjoyed it completely. I had the Crab Benedict and it was outstanding! I would recommend this restaurant as well as visit this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at The Food Market. The service was very good and the food was outstanding. The bench (along the wall) is not very comfortable, and sits higher than the chairs so you feel kind of akward. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go to spot-awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Watermelon gazpacho - the best!! Beet salad, tomato salad, salmon entree Baltimore club (2 meals easy) and lobster roll fill the bill!! Service was just right and entertaining! Love it here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, 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.
  • Good but loud
    bmorefoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was my second time at the Food Market. I was really excited to try the menu - there were a lot of options that looked delicious. We were seated at a table for two in the middle of the room and on a night with every table taken, it was quite loud. Bf and I shared the mussels, pork tacos, shrimp and grits, and scallops over corn risotto. Everything was good and cooked well (only complaint was I thought the sauce over the grits made it kinda soupy so you couldnt really appreciate the grits). Dessert was a peach crisp/cobbler with chocolate ice cream which was also tasty. Overall it was a good meal but the loud atmosphere took away from the evening somewhat as it was really hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for food but not for talking
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    After hearing about this new local eatery we were delighted to be able to enjoy the excellent food, but found the noise level so loud that we couldn't speak with our good friends unless we engaged in a bit of mime. We decided that next time we would cook at home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eden
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Absolutely fantastic, wonderful, and incredible...highly, highly recommend....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best
    UsuallygreatVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of the best restaurants in Baltimore. Absolutely love the food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well done vs Rare
    KhalekQue
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our 9:15 reservation did not get us in until 9:45. The lobster appetizer was pretty good and the drinks were ok. However I ordered the "special" which was a steak well done and it came out hot pink all the way thru. Because it was already late I decided to bring the meal home. We decided to share the bread pudding dessert which was pretty good. Why force customers to make a reservation if they will have to wait a half hour??
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • consistently good food
    nugget
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    never had a bad meal here. in fact, never had anything less than a great dish here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a great meal! Loved the fish....everyone in our group thought it was one of the best meals they have had recently!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Baltimore Fav
    Elisia
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Love this place. Second time back and still love it. I think I would recommend lots of little plates and splitting an entree. Bread pudding is amazing for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as good as ever.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were moving our daughter to college. After a long, full-day drive, we rewarded ourselves with dinner at the Food Market.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, 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 8/21/2014
    the restaurant is too loud; very hard to hear the conversation at our table. You need to install some noise-baffling material. The food is very very good, but the noise level hurts the experience so much that we hesitate to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious
    dhwymanpark
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I brought some mid-westerners in for seafood and they were so happy with the variety. Everything was delicious. I'm in love with the mussels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Everything was delicious. My favorite was the fried the pickles. Dan, our server, was simply outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always very good
    ChefWifeFoodie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I took my boyfriend out to dinner this time and we both had a great meal. We love the pork belly appetizer everything in the plate is so good I hope they never take it off the menu. The street tacos and beer salad we had was also very good. For dinner we had the seabass and the duck and we both enjoyed our dishes very much :). Can't forget dessert though we had the chocolate ice cream cake with a banana anglaise which was so good. Our server was very nice and we really enjoyed our meal here, we always do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What?!?!
    JTD443VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was delicious. My friend and I split the edamame (there is plenty) each had a ceaser salad (crisp, fresh) and shared the creamy cheesy garlicky shrimp (the sauce is devine). We split the desert (any one of them is delicious) but by then the restaurant was full and we had to yell across the table to hear one another. No point in staying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy it every time!
    JimHVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We've been to Food Market a few times in the last eighteen months and have enjoyed a consistently nice experience. The food is reliably good quality and the service is on par. Some of the tables feel a bit too close along the walls to have a private conversation like for a serious date but it's perfect for a fun a fun brunch or dinner. We've even hung out, had drinks and dinner at the bar and made that our Friday night out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal!
    Tobin77
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went to The Food Market for my birthday dinner. While the seating is a little close for my comfort level (the guests next to us almost knocked over our drinks getting up from their table), the food and experience were fantastic! We we first arrived, there was a birthday card waiting for me at our table. Our server was awesome and really attentive. The food was awesome - I had the sea bass and my husband had the burger. We had lots of appetizers - the fried pickles are amazing! The Amish pretzels and hot nuts are pretty fantastic, as well. Overall, it was a great dinner and we'll definitely be back. P.S. The free valet parking is such a great perk - I hope the restaurant keeps it that way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food - noise level high
    Baltimorediner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have eaten at The Food Market twice in the last couple of weeks. Once for Sunday brunch and once for Saturday night dinner. The food is fantastic and it is very difficult to decide because there are too many wonderful and delicious choices. I have nothing but "five stars" to say about the food. The big problem for me, as it was when the restaurant opened two years ago, is the noise level. While bearable for brunch, for dinner, we finally had to leave sooner after we ate because we simply could not hear each other. While OK at first because we had an early reservation, it was impossible by the time we left. It will be a long time before I go there again for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous menu!
    GirlGotGlitter
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I often don't feel torn over wanting to order many options at a restaurant but here I honestly wanted to order almost everything! Mimosas were large and tasty. Loved the pretzels and beer cheese! And the complementary donut holes were a tasty touch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Mrs2brych
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was amazing and so were the drinks. Its really small and the tables are close together so just be mindful. Its very loud also, kind of reminds me of restaurants in NYC. The waitress was awesome, gave great suggestions. Cannot wait to go back!!! Yummmmiiiii
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was a special occasion- anniversary dinner. The restaurant exceeded our expectations. Food was amazing. Not cheap, but definitely worth what we paid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Believe the Hype
    Jesse
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Visited for dinner August 2014. Free valet! Has an organized and refined hustle and bustle that compliments the open, airy design. Open kitchen is a treat to watch. Loud, but no so loud that my wife and I couldn't enjoy our conversation. Superb service with encyclopedic knowledge of the menu and excellent recommendations. We actually felt pampered. The menu was almost, if not truly, identical to the online version, which I appreciate. The food was bordering on excellent, consistently through the many courses my wife and I shared. It's the first time in probably two years we've "fine dined" in Baltimore and didn't feel like we over-paid. Would eagerly go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always super!
    mtwash
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had friends in from Boston and knew there was only one place to take them. Food and service were great in a warm and upbeat environment. They loved the "NY" feel of the restaurant and were completely impressed with Baltimore.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous...again
    mapbVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    As usual, we had a great meal -- scallops, bronzino, fried oysters (curry-scented) and tuna meatballs (yes, it sounds weird, but they were wonderful). Peach crumble, which tasted like my grandmother's peach cobbler, with cognac ice cream, and the heath bar bread pudding. All was terrific, and we were greeted with a smile, despite the late hour (10:00 on a Monday night). My only request is that they bring back the half-baked blondie for dessert -- it is one of the best things I have ever tasted...EVER.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    LadyAWade
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Highly recommend the oysters and crab soup for the first course!! Both were very delicious! Highly recommend the rock fish for the second course. It was pan cooked and also very delicious. Highly recommend the heath bar pudding or peach desserts. Oh' my gosh, they will melt in your mouth!! Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute Spot
    KColie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I went here for date night. The ambience was outstanding. However I ordered the shrimp dinner and it was bland. Not a lot of seasoning. The peach crumble was amazing as well as the maryland crab soup.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was a last minute brunch reservation. We were able to be seated right away. The server was less than energetic but everything came on time. You can't go wrong with a breakfast pizza!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy & reservations don't matter
    CharmCityEatsVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was very good, and the service was great. We did have a few issues that will prevent us from coming back. First we had a reservation, yet we're seated after a couple of people who didn't have a reservation, and they got a prime window spot! They were out of the first two things we ordered from the menu. Lastly, the acoustics were so poor we could hardly hear each other from across a small table. We enjoyed our food, ate quickly and left.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is hopping!
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went to Food Market for an early Saturday evening dinner during restaurant week. While Hampden was pretty quiet, the restaurant was hopping! Not an empty table in the place - and for good reason. The menu was great, the food was fabulous, and the service was exceptional. We ordered off the Restaurant Week menu, which had a nice variety. The crab soup (a regular menu staple) was fabulous - full of vegetables and flavor. The rockfish was delicious, and the shrimp and grits were as good as any we had in Charleston, SC. We were so stuffed after two courses that we couldn't eat dessert (and couldn't take it with us as we were on our way to a show.) The manager gave us a credit for dessert the next time. And there will be a next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Dining
    ReneNatasha
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great options for restaurant week and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the wait staff was great. The seafood dishes are a hit. I would not suggest trying their Baby Back rib dish. The dish was dry and overly barbequed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • steak frites
    JaLaDi
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    steak frites can be ordered with sirloin, hanger, or filet. I got the sirloin and it was deliciously thick cut piece medium rare. Seared black and juicy. Cooked perfectly. The summer veggies tastefully done. I'm still lingering on the crispy parmesean fries. Cravable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BaltimoreLou
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was wonderful, the service excellent, we got to sit by the window so we had a great view of the whole place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kenlevVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was restaurant week and it was still a fantastic creative meal. We were a party of four and tried different selections and everyone was raving about the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, slow down the service
    Pleasantdiner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was as good as always, I has Smith Island cake for the first time and was blown away. The service needs to stop and breathe a little. We did not get bread after we were seated and placed our drinks order and we even asked for bread after we got our drinks but still never received any. The service seemed to be set to high speed, intent on getting us served and out the door. The noise level should also be addressed, conversation was only possible by almost yelling to my partner across the table from me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.