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Alewife is a gastropub in the heart of Charm City. We serve 40 taps of world-class craft beer, curated bottles and kick-ass food. Alewife is conveniently located directly across from The Hippodrome Theater, next door to the Everyman Theater, and a short walk from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, First Mariner Arena, The Baltimore Convention Center, and M&T Bank Stadium.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Hours of Operation:
W. Fayette Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
In addition to metered street parking there are three parking facilities within one square block of Alewife. The Avalon Parking Garage on Baltimore Street, the Hippodrome Parking Garage on Greene Street or the Apex Garage on N. Eutaw Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Alewife Ratings and Reviews
Pre-theater....food was so delayed coming out, we had to wolf it down in order to make the show. I understand the crunch, but pre-theater is their bread and butter,so they should have it down by now. Waiter was apologetic, and took off 15%, but it wasn’t his fault.
Pot stickers were good, butternut squash soup was awful, lobster Mac and cheese was amazing!
Wanted and expected normal American bar food. All of their food was very pricey. Instead of a cheeseburger, it was 1/2 pork & 1/2 beef...fancier food than we had wanted. Ended up splitting the nachos and fish and chips, as they seemed to be the only food we really knew what we were getting. Husband wanted a dark amber beer and they brought him a blonde beer of some type...only hard cider was grapefruit...just a normal hard apple cider would have been nice. Too fancy for our tastes. It is convenient to the Hippodrome.
My husband and I stop at Alewife for a drink and a bite to eat before a show at the Hippodrome. This particular evening the restaurant was very noisy. So noisy that I received an acorn squash appetizer when I actually ordered a butternut squash drink. The waiter made it right and apologized. He also thanked us for being 'laid back' and understanding. Hey, it happens...no worries here. Service was very quick and my shrimp tacos were delicious. My husband ordered the fish and chips and only finished half due to the fact that the fish was mushy. This was the first time we have had any difficulty at Alewife. The service and food have always been great. We will chalk it up to a crazy evening and give Alewife a try next time we go to see a show.
The location of the Alewife is great if you're going to the Hippodrome which is directly across the street . So it's a good place to get a quick bite before a show . Food was pretty good , both my husband and I had steak frites which were fatty . I also asked for them to be cooked medium rare which they absolutely were not prepared that way . They were more towards medium well done . The fries were good with a nice seasoning. There was a nice selection of craft beers which my husband enjoyed . So , you don't go there for the food , but , for the craft beer selection .,
We had a pretty bad experience here, from start to finish. The hostess was not friendly, and had a cigarette sitting out like she was ready for a break. We sat down, the server came over and explained the menu, including the drinks, yet didn't say they were out of two of the five specialty drinks until I ordered one. This was 8 p.m. on a Saturday. There were only five specialty drinks. They should not have been out of any, but if they were, they should have told us. The server was not apologetic. Took our order, and didn't check on us again until we called him over for the check. We had empty glasses, but he never even came back to ask if we wanted more drinks. The food was mediocre and extremely overpriced. The restaurant was also really loud, which is ok if you are looking for that kind of spot. We eat out a lot, and are really easy to please. I never leave a bad review, but there was nothing pleasant about this experience.
I'd been to Alewife before, so had a sense of what to expect in terms of a great beer selection, lively feel and pub fare, but this time the food was really disappointing. I didn't say anything because my 3 friends all got different things and I figured they were all enjoying theirs, but after we left someone said hers was bad and we ALL then agreed that our dishes were disappointing! We were headed to the Hippodrome and the convenience can't be beat, but in the future I'll just get a drink there - the food was bad, the A/C was on way high and made our corner freezing, and it was too loud for 4 of us to catch up easily as a group.
Disappointing meal before a show. Only one server for the dining room. Our crab dip Rangoon was served cold which was very unexpected. For our entrees, my fish was over cooked and my friends steak was well done instead of medium. Cute ambiance if you’re looking to have a drink but not for a meal.
I wish there were better options near the Hippodrome. Alewife is serviceable, but the tables are all right on top of each other (you're a part of your neighbors' conversations, whether you want to be or not!), the service tends to be slow, and the food leans towards the greasy side. Decent enough to have a drink before a show, but I don't really recommend for dinner.
We went to Alewife before a show at the Hippodrome. It was very loud... headache inducing and impossible to have a normal conversation. The beer selection is excellent, if you're just going for beer I would recommend Alewife so long as you don't mind the noise. The food, though, not so much. Our appetizer, pot stickers, was uninspiring. I had the French dip which was 80% bread, my wife had fish and chips which she found inedible. The popcorn at the Hippodrome was better than any of the food we had at Alewife. Our waitress was very attentive and did offer to get my wife something else but did not offer to take it off the bill. We spoke with the manager on the way out and he semi-apologized saying something about how the lousy fish never should have gotten to our table. But it did and despite our complaints nothing was done about it. There are plenty of other choices in Baltimore, we won't be going back.
Alewife was okay. We went for pre-theater dinner, and the food was typical bar food, not remarkable and plenty greasy. Evidently the burger they made their name on is no longer available as of a couple of years ago. The current burger is just okay. The chicken on the satay burger was good- with a good peanut sauce, but no resemblance to traditional satay.
Don't order the burger. Ironic. On past visits, I have always ordered the smokeburger; it was one of the best around. But, for some inexplicable reason, it is no longer on the menu, and the only burger currently available is called a 50-50 burger. The waitress described it as two thin patties, one beef and one pork. Pork? So, it can't be ordered medium rare like any good burger needs to be? That's right, she said, but it is still juicy. Two of our group ordered the 50-50 burger, and both of us were seriously disappointed. Really. I would not order it again. And, if you have heard that Alewife has good burgers, the person was probably talking about the smokeburger that is, for some inexplicable reason, no longer on the menu. One of our group ordered the shrimp tacos, and they were just okay. The other person ordered the fish and chips, and received a huge piece of breaded deep-fried fish that he said was pretty good. The high noise level has always been a problem at Alewife. But the high quality of the smokeburger was sufficient reason to shout across the table at dining companions. The beer list is still extensive, and we were pleased with our brews. But the 50-50 burger needs to go.
Went here before a concert at Hippodrome and it was packed. I called to verify they were open since Google said otherwise. Made reservation (highly recommend on concert nights. Great food. Excellent beer. Super crowded (in an awesome “I’m drinking with 100 of my closest friends” kinda way. Definitely would go back.
The menu is very trendy. Had the nachos with chorizo which was good but different. Only a couple of gluten free items on the menu. However the chef did put the beer cheese sauce on the side. It could have used a little more cheese at the bottom of the bowl. However so many restaurants only put the topping on the top. I would like it to be throughout. They did have some decent wine. I wasn't sure because it's a beer house. The fish and chips were okay. Large portion of fish.
It's very nice that alewife takes reservations. On show nights it is very helpful. However, on this occasion, we wish we would have gone elsewhere. The food came out room temperature, I asked for either no beans or the beans on the side for the nachos and it arrived with beans on it, we had to ask multiple times for our drinks and couldn't enjoy the last pint because it took so long to arrive. Not the experience we expected. We will think twice about going back next time we go in for a show.
Made reservation for four 90 minutes before show at theater across the street. Got caught up in traffic and called restaurant to say we'll be late. "See you when you get here" was reply. They held the table and when we arrived we enjoyed good service and good, but not fancy, food. And we made the show on time. We appreciated the staff's work. Only complaint was noise level, but it was a full house of folks conversing. We will return to Alewife.
We had a very nice experience before a show at the Hippadrome. Our waiter was very attentive and quick and our food was hot and tasted great. We were in and out within the hour we allowed ourselves before the show and enjoyed an few minutes relaxing and finishing our drinks before heading out. I would definitely recommend for a pre-theater dinner or anytime you are in the mood for good pub type food.
This was our second visit to Alewife. The first time was excellent, which is why we traveled up to Baltimore with friends with Alewife as the destination. Last visit was disappointing, the service was hit or miss, the fish and chips were overdone and both of the burgers were overcooked. We will be back because the first experience was that awesome.
Had dinner here with a few of my referee friends after a long day of the tournament play. Good beer selection was amazing with both local and other national beers on tap. The food was beyond amazing, it was hard enough to pick from the offerings on the menu I wanted to try different things but settled on the 50-50 burger. The staff was cordialBut lost track of us a couple of times when we needed them. It’s still wasn’t enough to remove this from a five star rating over all. I would recommend this to anyone in the Baltimore area or they can get there within an hour, it was worth every penny and it was a great value for the money paid.
Great beer selection, food not so much. Service was very slow (it was a busy night, server was overbooked). Menu selection is poor, had nachos as there was nothing else appealing on the menu. They were tasty but there was an inch of grease in the bottom of the plate. Would not go there for dinner again.
We met a friend here for dinner. Alewife was selected because of the large local beer selection and pub fare. The beer was good, the service was good, and the food was decent, but not spectacular. The building was very cool although it's in a mildly sketchy neighborhood. I would consider going again, but probably just for beer and appetizers.
Stopped into Alewife pre Tom Petty. Super busy but to be expected. We made a reservation so we were seated in no time. It took 10 minutes to get someone to acknowledge us at our table but only because my husband tracked someone down. Carly was helpful and put in our order right away. She was the only helpful person besides the hostess.
Once we ordered the service was pretty quick because the place was clearing out for the show. Had a shrimp salad which was literally 5 poached shrimp on some large lettuce leaves. My husband had a sad looking pulled chicken sandwich. Shrimp were good but definitely overpriced for what you get.
My friends arrived and wanted to grab a bite. Another server came out and informed us they were out of food, because" if it isn't obvious to us Tom Petty is in town"...Out of food at 8? You are next to a concert venue, get your ordering together...
Needless to say I would not recommend the Alewife. They have a great beer selection but the service and food are lacking.
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