The Nickel Taphouse
The Nickel Taphouse

The Nickel Taphouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 4438696240x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon - Fri, 11:30 am - 3 pm
    Dinner: Mon - Thurs, 5 pm - 11 pm; Fri, 5 pm - 12 am
    Saturday: 11:30 am - 12 am
    Sunday: 11:30 am - 11 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Danny Jacinto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Nickel Taphouse
Tucked away in the heart of Mount Washington, The Nickel Taphouse offers a modern take on the traditional tavern food that owner Robbin Haas grew up eating in his native Buffalo, New York.
With a focus on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, our kitchen prepares signature dishes, such as the Beef on Weck and our Roasted Oysters, along with a wide array of entrees, salads, mussels, and a raw bar, to ensure that everyone in your party will find something to enjoy.
The menu is complimented by 32 different craft brews on tap, an extensive selection of craft spirits and cocktails, and a diverse wine list.
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The Nickel Taphouse reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (93)fit for foodies (59)vibrant bar scene (53)great for lunch (29)hot spot (26)good for groups (24)special occasion (16)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (14)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (11)romantic (10)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my third visit and I think the menu is rather limited and the food and drinks a bit pricy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs to expand menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Menu needs to be expanded with more specials and more healthy selections
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cookie42
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Taphouse was great! Our food was tasty and plentiful, and they accomodated our large party (7 adults and 1 baby) graciously. Even after my daughter started trying to make a mess. They didn't charge me when we switched to milk after my 2-year-old decided that she doesn't like orange juice. The real food stars of the meal were the lovely brioche buns and the *huge* desserts. Definitely a great place to go to sample beers, have a good burger, and talk with your friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice for a burger a beer
    katie03VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A great spot in Mt. Washington if you are in the mood for a burger and a beer lover. The buffalo brussel sprouts are also a real treat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off Night
    FoodEnthusiast
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Birthday Celebration for my husband. 3rd time at the restaurant. Food was great, but the worst overall experience. Table was ready on time, waiter started out on a good note: didn't rush us to order and took our drink order, followed by appetizers. Waiter disappeared. Manager came over to clear our plates and that's when we told him we lost our waiter. Plenty of open tables (dead week- Restaurant Week). They kept playing with the lighting all night and couldn't get it quite right. Forgot to order entree so it came out late and forgot fries. No birthday candle in dessert even though it was on reservation. Buffalo Brussels sprouts, oysters, mussels and fries were amazing! Tried the Beef on Weck - great, but cold since we waited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice spot
    balttourist
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. My entree was delayed but they apologized profusely and gave us dessert on the house. It would be nice if they had a few more entree options outside of burgers It is somewhere I would frequent if they did.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, but loud
    AriMVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Creative food and drink menu that always are changing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dinner
    5pickyeatersVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We dined here for my husband's birthday. Everything we ordered was excellent. My 12 year old loved the brisket with mashed potatoes. My steak was cooked perfectly. The french fries are the best in the Baltimore area. The steak tartare was tasty. The birthday ice cream sandwiches topped of a wonderful dinner. My husband said the menu was somewhat limited, but we all found something we liked.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below our expectations
    eaterouter
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We heard this place was GREAT, but we went for lunch on a Saturday, and I have to say it was average at best. The food is fine, but overpriced. The fries were very good actually, but seriously, $8.50? For fries? And an inadequate little thimble of the aioli dipping sauce. The burgers were okay, but one of them came out of the kitchen without its cheese, and when he brought it back to the kitchen they sent him out to tell us that there was cheese on it, but it disappears when it melts. Really? Magic disappearing cheese? C'mon. The kale salad was fine, but again, for $15.00 and all the show of making it tableside, it was pretty boring. Maybe if you eat oysters and drink beer this is the place for you. I'll stick with Bierretcca.
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  • Back again, Part deux
    sushiloveVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Didn't let our dinner the night before deter us from coming back with a different family member...this time it was SPOT ON! All the food was great, service was attentive and upbeat, and everything went swimmingly! Glad we aren't deterred easily. Well done!!
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  • Back again
    sushiloveVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This wasn't our best experience here but it won't stop us from coming back. Service was a little off, friendly but not as attentive as previous visits. The Nightly Meal was dry and bland...sent it back and were happy with the always-go-to Beef on Weck. Rest of the meal was good also. Guess you have to have one mediocre experience everywhere once in a while.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Nice Decor Long Wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    First time at this neighborhood place. Very attractive and the food was good but we waited for everything we ordered. Fifteen minutes or so for our first drink, 25 minutes for our second drink, a half hour for our oysters etc. The waitress was pleasant but seemed to be overwhelmed. Badly in need of sound baffles too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique, delicious, well-presented
    MaddogVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Enjoyed hand-crafted cocktails, prepared with care. Had a great version of blue cheese-bacon-tomato-iceburg, prepared table-side, as apparently all their salads are prepared, but were only informed of this upon ordering- a really nice treatment that our unenthusiastic server overlooked. Each of our sandwiches that followed were also great- highest quality ingredients, served perfectly, but without much of a welcoming attitude. Overall, great food, but served by people who would rather be somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum
    Rlinkoff
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This restaurant is amazing. The service was impeccable, knowledgable and honest. I ordered something and forgot to ask what the sauce was and when it came and I couldn't eat it fixed it right up. Drinks were superb and oysters were wonderful. The burgers are amazing too!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weak Service
    xfilesforever
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had been here a couple of times and the service had been good, but it was pretty bad this time. Took forever to get our drinks. When the food was brought out, the waiter never came back to check on us, unfortunate because my meal had been forgotten (party of 6). One of my party went and told them. So when I got my 'works' burger, it was more well done than my medium rare order, and came without the fried egg, which another in our party had ordered it that way.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome look forward to going again
    Notplainjayne
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have to say I saw the other reviews and I have to say it was an awesome experience. The Owner greeted us at the door and thanked us for coming. It was a Saturday night we were seated right away. Our waiter was very attentive!! We had the mussels which were good would have liked more that is my only dislike of the whole evening. We actually had burgers which I normally don't do but I'm glad I did it was wonderful. Great flavor the bun was not too overpowering. My date like his burger too. I really liked the atmosphere. The Key Lime Pie is to die for!!! Overall really liked it. Look forward to going again!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not your typical bar food
    regularcustomerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We enjoyed delicious beet soup and veggie burgers along with a beer at this neighborhood bar with an eclectic menu that includes plenty of meat and seafood as well. There is something for everyone here. Our server was most accommodating although he disapearred a few times during the evening and others had to step in. Nevertheless, it was a delightful evening and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mixed bag
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    the beer selection is fantastic but the menu is limited and eclectic...i love the place but everytime i bring someone there, they seem to be underwhelmed by limited selections on the menu. it can get noisy at times.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Liz1VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great place if you like beers - they have a large selection on tap. The menu is very small, but everything we had was delicious. Dessert was great too. Our server was fantastic - recommended good items (our first time there) and was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still good
    Omnivore
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Once again the Taphouse did not disappoint. Great service, good food, boisterous. The Thai mussels are simply the best that can be. Very sorry they revised the menu and took their superlative catfish off the menu, but then again it is not a "Chesapeake Bay" type of entree. They now have daily specials.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Tuesday night, restaurant was at most 2/3 full. Took 25min to receive one beer and app that required no cooking. 45 min for entrees -- including well-done roast beef that was supposed to be rare. Puzzling and unfortunate.
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  • Nice atmosphere and fairly quiet
    Adgflowers
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Much too noisy for dinner..cannot hear person across from table..food is good but not consistent
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a martini bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Only negative I can say is a dirty martini doesn't get sweet vermouth. Martini was horrible, should always have 3 olives and replacement drink should have been super fast. Otherwise a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a great first experience
    Watson
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our food was mediocre. We had 2 sushi appetizers, the tuna tartare and the salmon. Both were fine, average, but the salmon was very skimpy! Just 4 small slices. I had a BLT. The server said that they made their own bacon, and I found it low on taste and very tough and hard to eat. It didn't crunch at all and was just chewy. My dining partner had a burger which was also just OK. The high point of the food was the excellent fries. Our server messed up our order and the dinner came before we ever got our appetizers. We sent that back and the manager came over to apologize which was nice. The setting is lively but very loud.
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  • Consistently good
    ejbenzerVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    as always...an excellent meal...service and ambiance always top notch...and whether with friends or my teenage boys we always have a great meal...burgers...steak tartar...oysters...Brussels spouts...onion soup...and much more...I will say the place is so noisy and loud it is hard to hear your tablemates talk...something needs to be done about the noise...but the food and experience is always top notch!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not birrotecca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Service was terrible. Friendly but terrible. Burgers were good but not great. Sigh.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal; overwhelmingly loud
    vivavino
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    A buddy had a discount voucher, and suggested this. It was my first time. It's a pleasant, comfortable space, but LOUD. No romance here. The waiter knew the menu, the drinks and beer list thoroughly, and the food was terrific. I had a steak salad with gorgonzola and it was perfectly done. My friend's quinoa salad got great reviews. And, they introduced me to the best vodka drink ever - Deep Eddy's Grapefruit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for lunch...
    Adgflowers
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Much too noisy for dinner..it's a shame because the good is great and it's right in my neighborhood
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    very little on your menu for lactose intolerant people. I had to skip 2 entrees I wanted and settled for a 3rd choice. It was good, but not my first choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bostonbon3VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Excellent neighborhood restaurant with very good food. Excellent beer and wine list. Great service.Very accomodating and can sample as many beers as you like. Great desserts also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh. Overpriced.
    yougonnaeathat
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Nice atmosphere. Good place to grab a beer (great selection) and a burger or some apps. Wouldn't recommend for dinner if you're looking for more. Limited, overpriced menu. Host was gracious about re-seating us in a quieter spot, and server was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic pub fare
    jkrey
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We were here in a group of 6 for a work celebration. Beer selection was outstanding. Menu was eclectic - something for everyone. Kids in the crowd seemed happy. Appetizers: Brussel sprouts were spicy and tasty but not crisp as advertised. Likewise, green beans were not so crispy and more like a side than appetizer. Deviled eggs were light; everyone liked one they weren't addictive. The fries could be addictive, however! Burgers were well liked. Salads were very large and generous - mixed tableside so you could ask for +/- dressing - a nice touch. Servers were very pleasant; some were in training. Food took a while but the place was full. Acoustics are difficult; all the surfaces are hard, so sound builds up even at side tables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ho-hum first time
    kateewaldVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I plan to give the tap house another try, but my first impression was not a great one. The service was not particularly knowledgeable or attentive. There didn't seem to be a visible manager to address (there seemed to be a main server who was dressed like the others who dealt with our problems, but if he was a manager, it was hard to tell). One of our dishes was completely forgotten (it was taken off our check after we asked where it was about 45 minutes into the meal). The food was fine - the tartare was lovely and the burger was perfectly cooked. Unfortunately, for a restaurant that calls itself an oyster bar, the fresh and roasted oysters were very poorly cleaned - I got huge chunks of shell in both rounds, and a LOT of grit. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting better every time!
    ap5133
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I've eaten here a few times over the last few months. I think both the service and food get better every time. The servers are genuinely nice, but there is a laid-back style that has resulted in inconsistent service for us. We love the simple hamburgers (although would be even better if they toasted the buns with a little butter). The French fries (with a flavorful tarragon dipping sauce) are crispy, yummy skinny style. Their French onion soup is delicious. For desert, the key lime pie and strawberry shortcake "tort" are good. The crust in the tort is a little too hard, though. I'm really rooting for the Nickel to succeed. The only other neighborhood option is Mt Washington tavern, which has truly awful service and food.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    BaltimoreJohnVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Recent lunch- limited menu options with some items not available (we are out of our kale salad etc...) Had an overpriced dry turkey burger accompanied by tasteless coleslaw. Companion had chopped salad that looked like something from a low tier supermarket salad bar. Really disappointed in this experience. Too many other places that provide better service, broader lunch offerings, larger portions and fresher ingredients at more reasonable prices. It's a shame as this is a nice space with a staff that tries- but overall misses the mark.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE this place!
    luthervillegirl
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our second time at the Nickel Tap House and everything was great ... the food, the service, the atmosphere and of course the beer. The atmosphere is fun and lively, but not too loud for a couple's night out. Definitely a great addition to the area, especially if you don't feel like going "all the way" downtown for a hip place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ENERGETIC IS NOT A "NOISE" LEVEL
    saladmanVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    NOISY is. This place is,for good or bad, always loud. Even a little over the top screaming. Imagine "children" getting drunk. What happened to our inside voices?
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  • a good addition
    tomfVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was a pleasant Saturday evening. Good beer selection. Mussels with fries was excellent.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and bar
    memorialmagic
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great food, but prices are a little high for what you get. Beef on weck sandwich was great, but wish the sandwiches came with fries instead of having to purchase them as an additional side. Beer selection very good, but high prices ($6-8 per pint). Basically you're going to get good food and service, but expect to pay a little bit more for the trendiness factor. Would return again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SpaceLadyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The Nickel Tap House is a fabulous addition to the Baltimore restaurant scene. Their food is just VERY GOOD! Their mussels are plumpy and juicy, the fries are perfect and their burgers very satisfying. Their beer selection is broad and intriguing. The staff are friendly and attentive, but what gets us to go back over and over again (in spite of the quite noisy environment) is simply the high quality of the food. A must try!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic