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Ze Mean Bean Cafe
Ze Mean Bean Cafe

Ze Mean Bean Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Zemeanbean.com
  • Phone: (410) 675-5999
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Eastern European, European, Russian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer a wide variety of food ranging from Eastern European specialities to our chefs creations and anything your special occasion calls for. We can come to you or you can reserve one of our facilities which can accommodate up to 100 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our upstairs can be reserved as well as our backroom for a private business function or for any special occasion requiring more intimacy.
  • Private Party Contact: Jim Rhodes or Scott Lanphear (410) 675-5999
  • Entertainment: We have live entertainment on the weekends for your pleasure. Friday nights we reserve our stage for our musicians who play guitar and play anything from classic rock to folk. On Saturdays and Sundays we have jazz trios.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ze Mean Bean Cafe
Come dine at the most unique restaurant in Baltimore. Ze Mean Bean Café is an eclectic Eastern European restaurant and wine bar. We serve everything from pierogis and holupkis to upscale fare with a Slavic twist. Everything is made from scratch and our extensive wine list has something for everyone.


As our name suggests, we opened our doors in July of 1995 as a unique Eastern European Coffeehouse and Café. Ahh… yes, that’s where the “Bean” in Ze Mean Bean comes from! And the “Ze”? That denotes our “European” roots. The original concept was simple: owner Yvonne Dornic is of Eastern European decent. Her father is from Czechoslovakia, and her mother’s background is Polish and Ukrainian. Yvonne wanted to create an environment much like the coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, which served as social gathering places and outlets for local musicians and artists. Ze Mean Bean Café definitely exudes old world charm!
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Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I hadn't been there in about 10 years, as we don't live in the area any more. It did not disappoint; it is still a wonderfully eclectic place. Love the Eastern European theme of the menu. I had borscht and Hungarian goulash, both very good. Great service. A jazz band was playing, and they were good, but a little loud for our taste. Fortunately, we moved to an outside table as a result. It was a beautiful night and, along with the meal, we got to enjoy watching the many characters often seen wandering the streets of Fells Point."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My family and I had the best time at ZMB. Great food, expansive wine and beer and meticulous caring staff. You can tell love and hard work goes into every aspect if this restaurant. Pierogi's like Grammy used to make!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Our dinner was excellent. It was my hubby's birthday and he had a great time. He had the short ribs and I had the char. The Russian beer was a treat also. Service was perfect as usual. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Cozy, good food, superb jazz band, warm ambience, beautiful Saturday evening ... We are glad we discovered this little place."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We didn't get checked in on Opentable, because the waitress couldn't hear over the band. After waiting for 10 min for the drink orders, we had a wine flight which could not balance on a wobbly table and Czech bitters instead of Polish buffalo grass brandy. (If you pride yourself in unique Eastern/Central European cocktails, then your staff should know them inside and out). The cheese plate had more fruit than cheese and neither the cheese nor the fruit had any originality. The food was delicious, but, once again, not what we ordered. Some people might like the band on top of the less than eight tables, but more people like getting what they ordered on a table and chairs that don't resemble a yard sale thirty years ago."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a lovely time. Not my favorite table in the house but still had a lovely time"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was wonderful, but service was slow and somewhat unresponsive. We had to ask other servers to find our server to get drink refills, more water, more bread. No one ever came over and asked if everything was just ok. We had a reservation, but when we came in and said so, we were met with a wave in the air and the comment "oh just sit anywhere." Not sure having a reservation meant anything."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We were there on a late, cold Sunday afternoon looking for a warm, cozy place after the theater. It is a favorite of ours--love the Eastern European food--so good on a cold day and the friendly professional service. There are a number of choices that are not Eastern European, but this Sunday we were looking for borscht, stew, sausages, potato pancakes, and the like. We also can't pass up dessert. The owner's mother makes them and they are great. They also have a Sunday brunch menu and live jazz at various times as well as specials. There is an interesting wine list and they are capable of making a decent mixed drink and cup of coffee. This is a treat for our daughter and her husband who live in LA and have lots of choices there."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Pierogis are to die for here!!!! Also love the live music!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had 1:00 pm reservations for brunch. The place was 2/3 rds empty, yet our watiress was missing most of the time when we needed her. She was polite and perky, but attentive would have been better. Our food was mediocre: My hash browns tasted as if they had been cooked the night before and left out on the counter, dry and cold. same for my un-distinct slices of bread. The saving grace was the music. Fine musicianship, even though 3 pieces in that small room makes for lots of shouting and mis-communications between waitress and guests. We found if we talked during the band's breaks we could eat while they played."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Went looking for a jazzy dinner spot with a wide selection on their menu. The menu was awesome and the food was very good. The Eastern European Jazzy music wasn't exactly my taste, but it was good and create a wonderful setting."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The food was tasty but would not recommend for children. The service wasn't great could of been better. A better spot for a few adults or a romantic couple."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "I must say that my wife and I had an awesome time. The food was great, the waitress was outstanding, and the guitar player made the night complete. We will definitely be coming back. Thanks again, Mr and Mrs Glowack"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I reserved a table for a tuesday night date at 9pm. There were zero people there. Literally we were the only ones there besides the staff. The food was excellent and the services was good but the atmosphere wasn't that great. Fortunately the date went well and there weren't any awkward silences so we both had a good time. I would definitely come back."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We returned to Ze Mean Bean with friends after a very good dinner there early this year. As was the last time, the pirogies were fabulous. I don't recall what we ate the first time. This time my friend and I ordered the fish. When they put the plate in front of me the whiff of the fish smelled like fish. Not a good sign of freshness. We both agreed that the fish was tasteless. MIne was luke warm. It was served on top of potato pancakes which were soggy. My husband had Hungarian goulash. He thought it was very good. He said that my friend and I should never had ordered fish. He advised that we should always figure out what the essence of a restaurant is. He decided you shouldn't order fish in an Eastern European restaurant."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Whenever both service and quality of food is good it's a plus then we orderede a wine off the menu and the server told us honestly they did not have that wine, offered another option , let us taste it all for the same price per glass."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Overall, the food was good, but everything else was terrible. Right from the beginning, there was a problem, we had a reservation for 5 and they didn't have a table that could accommodate us, so we were seated at a 4 top with an extra chair and waited for a near by 2 top to leave so we could put the tables together...it took at least an hour. The restaurant is the size of a shoebox and had a 3 piece band with an amp, it was so loud conversation was impossible. Worst of all, our waitress was absolutely terrible. I timed her, it took 24 minutes from the time she asked if we needed anything else to the time she actually brought us the check. She was slow, inattentive, focused on gossiping with her co-workers, which we overheard. Awful."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We enjoyed a great variety of foods. Everything was delicious! My husband lived in Hungary for nearly 2 years, and the Hungarian goulash took him back to Kaposvar. Our server was wonderful. The lighting is a bit dim for reading the menu (small font size). We will definitely return; a definite gem in Baltimore!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "WE TOOK A CRUISE THAT WENT OUT OF BALTIMORE. OUR FRIENDS FROM THE WEST COAST WERE IN D.C. SO WE DECIDED TO MEET. I FOUND THIS GEM ONLINE. THE FELLS POINT AREA OF BALTIMORE APPEARS TO BE MAKING A NICE COMEBACK. ZE MEAN BEAN FITS PERFECTLY. SMALL, COZY AND ECCLECTICLY DECORATED, THE BRUNCH MENU HAS THE TRADITIONAL FAVORITES. HOWEVER, BEING AN EASTERN EUROPEAN RESTAURANT, THE SPECIALTIES WERE INCREDIBLE. IT WAS A QUAINT REMINDER OF MY GRANDPARENTS OVER 50 YEARS AGO. THE PIEROGIES - WELL DON;T LEAVE WITHOUT TRYING. AND TRY ONE OF THEIR BREAKFAST SPECIALTIES, BE PREPARED TO TAKE HOME. PORTIONS ARE HUGE. COUPLE THIS WITH A TERIFIC JAZZ TRIO AND THE FAMILY PICTURES, A WONDERFUL STOP. LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING BACK P.S - GREAT COFFEE"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Great neighborhood place in Baltimore. The food was terrific, reminded me of my grandmother's and mother's home cooked Ukrainian meals. Will come back and bring friends."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "We had a lovely lunch. The service was perfect - we took the servers recommendations and were so pleased! It was quiet, so we could talk and eat and enjoy our time together. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "I'm gluten intolerant, which excludes me from much of the traditional slavic menu at Ze Mean Bean. Wanting to try something other than the holupkis, which I've had both other times I've dined here, I asked about the Chicken Kiev. It's breaded normally, but the chef was willing to make me a special, gluten-free version of the dish. Served with a salad and green beens, it was fantastically delicious. My partner had the crab meal and was in heaven the whole time. Paired with an appetizer of borscht, some chardonnay, and the guitarist, it was a lovely and romantic evening."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "My husband and I had dinner at Ze Mean Bean Café after running the Baltimore Half Marathon and I have got to say, wow!!!...what a great meal. Love the atmosphere as well. It is really cozy and they had a fantastic jazz trio playing that night, which added to the ambience. Overall, terrific time! We will return soon!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "This was my third visit to Z Mean Bean and probably the best one yet! Our service was fantastic and meals wonderful. The food here brings back fantastic memories of myGrandma's cooking withan updateand classy vibe. The restaurant makes the cinnamon-honey vodka and it is amazing! Will definitely return and take family."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "TOOK A COUPLE OF MY GROWN KIDS TO DINNER LAST WEEK...HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO VISIT AND FINALLY DID...KIDS ALL HAD CHICKEN KIEV WHICH THEY REALLY ENJOYED AND I HAD THE MAHI-MAHI WITH CRAB MEAT TOPPING AND LIKED IT AS WELL (VERY TASTY BUT HOPED FISH PORTION WOULD HAVE BEEN A BIT LARGER)...VERONICA OUR SERVER WAS FRIENDLY, ATTENTIVE AND TOOK GOOD CARE OF US...ENJOYED THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR PLAYER...NOT A NEGATIVE BUT JUST THE REALITY OF INNER CITY DINING--PARKING IS A CHALLENGE...LOOK FORWARD TO A RETURN VISIT SOON..."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "The ambience, cuisine, service, mimosas and live jazz music were superb. I suprised my singer/poet hubby with a spontaneous brunch date and he couldn't stop smiling. The Hungarian and Slavic dishes were prepared with great care and finesse. I loved the borsch and goulash. The dessert,not your average apple pie and vanilla ice cream, was a delightful treat. It was homemade, served warm and featured a crust with just the right blend of crunch and flakiness to support succulent spiced apples. A light drizzle topped the pie slice and ice cream in complement , a rare feat, accomplished, and gratefully so, without the unappealing sugary overload. Soon to become one of my favorite local/ european experiences."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "Eastern European can be hard to find. The dining area is cozy. The Slavic band was charming. Service was very good. The food is authentic and delicious. The price is fair. We arrived on time but there was no parking close by. Because I was wearing heels, we decided I would wait at the restaurant while my husband parked the car and walked back. This took a very, very long time. He had to walk about ten blocks from the garage in which he finally parked. When we left we tried to walk it, but got lost in a not-so-great part of downtown Baltimore as night was closing in. We flagged an off duty cab who kindly took us to the car. My suggestion - arrive early, park in a garage, hail a cab to the restaurant and then back to your car."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "The decor was uniquely quaint! The furniture was antiquely nice! The waiter and waitress were friendly and helpful! The food was exquisitely delicious! Timing was poor however! It took a long time to get our appetizer! Out of the nine entrees served, one came out about ten minutes later than the others! Overall, everybody enjoyed it!"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "It had been a long time since my last visit......same coziness....great bar.....but the food was less memorable. Bacon was crisp & delicious, the French toast also a hit, but the pancake fell flat (no pun intended). I'm Polish so my standards might be too high, but this place advertises itself as an Eastern European restaurant so that Polish sausage shoulda rocked! It didn't. To be fair, the potatoes were plentiful & crisp......I'm just not a potato person. Now for the scrambled eggs....."uninspired" sounds like I'm a foodie, and I'm not, but that's probably the best description. The jazz trio playing July 28th was spectacular, but even with live music the place only had about 8 patrons @ 11:30 on a Sunday morning! Look for a reason."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "If you are crazy enough to wait 90 minutes for Sunday brunch in Fells Point, this place isnt for you. Make a reservation, walk right in and enjoy the jazz, the nice atmosphere, good service and fresh unique food. Eastern European food is normal homecooked food that so don't be afraid of the name. I tried the Red Storm which was great. Scrambled eggs with keilbasa and greyere cheese between 2 wonderful big and not heavy potato pancakes finished with hollandaise sauce. It was almost too much food, lol. Small fry had The Big Boy Breakfast which had French toast, pancakes. Eggs, Bacon, polish sausage and cubed home fried potatoes. The only drawback was the polish sausage which was a little grainy for our tastes. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "My wife is half Polish and wanted to try this restaurant in the ethnic neighborhoods of Fells Point. We loved the cozy feel of the restaurant which is among the row houses on Fleet Street. We were there on a night when they had wine on special so we got a bottle. My wife was delighted with the food and I agree that everything was well prepared and well presented. But I guess I'm just not an Eastern European food fan. Things made with beets and cabbage and sausage that I can't pronounce. Yes there's beef and pork and chicken on the menu and I would have chosen differently had I been better educated. As it was the braised beef I had was a perfect piece of meat but the sauce was not to my liking. However, I would certainly give it another try."
    Dined on 7/8/2013
  • "Good Food; Good Live Jazz; Good Service; Good ambience.... We had a great time and will be back."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "Wonderful staff! Very accommodating of requests to propose to my girlfriend. Fulfilled all request to a t."
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "this was our first time dining at this restaurant and we absolutely loved it, from the warm/cozy décor to the best service to the most delicious food. we look forward to dining there again, hopefully sooner than later."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Tried the brunch. Not a great value for the food you get although the Slavic Bloody Mary was flavorful. Too bad it couldn't overcome the rest. The music was good but loud for such a small room. Service was attentive but not overbearing but not overly helpful either. No reason to try it again."
    Dined on 4/7/2013
  • "Even better than our last visit -- wonderful Slavic specialties in an intimate setting"
    Dined on 3/7/2013
  • "Excellent food selection (Polish, American) as well as a very good wine selection in a cozy, comfortable environment. What made Ze Mean Bean that much more special was the wonderful service by Michael, our server. His knowledge of the food and wine made us feel truly special. The night was topped off with desserts home made by "Grandmom", that were out of this world delicious! We so enjoyed our first visit that 2 nights later we returned for a repeat excellent experience."
    Dined on 3/3/2013
  • "Made reservations for two of my girlfriends for their birthdays. We had a fabulous waiter who catered to our every need and even made a "cake" with candles out of cocktails since we didn't order dessert! Will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 2/26/2013
  • "wonderful food - just sorry they were out of 2 of the things we wanted to order"
    Dined on 2/24/2013
  • "I had a party of 11 celebrating my bday and we had a lovely time. The food was delicious and came quickly. The waiter was super nice and got all of our complicated orders right :) It was totally worth the one hour drive from DC. I'm definitely coming back for more pierogi and for the amazing apple pie!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2013