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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
The service here was very good and friendly. The location when one is going to the Hippodrome can't be beat. The food was good, but not extraordinary. I do like the fact that this is a former bank. The one complaint I have is that my dining partner and I wanted to have a conversation and the staff seated a table of 7 with small children right next to us in a small room. The noise level was such that we could not hear each other.
This wasn't our first visit to Alewife but it had been a while. We went before seeing a show at the Hippodrome, and were very pleased that it was still a good time. We sat in one of the vaults right off the main room which was cool, and good for chatting. We told them that we were going to the show & they were great about getting us out in plenty of time. The food was really good especially the House French Dip and the Fish & Chips. We had a couple of stouts off the beer menu (which is big) and they were both good - but I don't remember which ones they were. We would definitely recommend them though. :)
Staff was very attentive. We ate before a show at Hippodrome and they were able to seat us, feed us and get us to the show in plenty of time. Restaurant was a tad dark and my French dip sandwich was ok. My husband had the lobster pot pie which he enjoyed and another in our group had shrimp tacos which he liked. Not the top of the line but beer selection was good and experience overall was satisfactory. Casual atmosphere. Very convenient to the Hippodrome.
My first visit to Alewife. I picked it because of its proximity to the Hippodrome. The beer menu is extensive. The food menu was short, BUT our party ordered the fish & chips - it was exceptional! Crispy, light batter with flaky fish and good fries. We also ordered the fried chicken sandwich. It was very good. My favorite was the Monty. Pulled pork on sour dough toast was delicious. The side of pickled cabbage stole the show!
Good service & cozy dining room made for a very nice pre-theatre dinner.
The server was very busy with multiple tables making him inattentive, but he was friendly despite seeming a bit overwhelmed. The food was tasty but the fish and chips arrived at the table cold. Great selection of craft beer, would recommend this place for drinks.
Reservation made this easy! Food was good -- shrimp tacos were great, pepperoni pizza mac could've used a bit more pepperoni. Service was fast. Easy for pre-show at the Hippodrome. It's a bit loud in the seating area, so just be prepared for that. Overall, great atmosphere!
Excellent selection of craft beer. Interesting menu options, but very tasty, not your run-of-the-mill burger place. Service was outstanding .... Prompt, attentive and not intrusive. She recommended a excellent beer based on what I tasted/drank earlier. Across from the Hippodrome. Easy to find, parking near by and made sure we were ready for the show. Would drive the 40-45 minutes again just to eat/ dronk here.
We popped in before seeing a show at the Hippodrome with our two kids. The food was delicious and the service quick and responsive. They change the menu often and we were not disappointed with the selections. The steak frites were incredible, and were cooked perfectly. My son had the pepperoni macaroni and cheese and we all enjoyed the fried burrata.
Quick dinner before a show at the Hippodrome. It has been some time since we have been to Alewife and there have been menu changes. We were hoping for a simple burger and cocktail and we had to pickle through the menu to find something so simple. The French Dip was good but came with no side. The Chicken sandwich was good, too, but it felt like we were settling since we didn’t find what we were craving (and remembering from prior delicious visits). And then the biggest disappointment - no dessert!! We saw another table order the nachos and they looked delicious.
We were seated right away. The waiter was knowledgeable of all the food and drink. He had a lot of tables to manage, but did a fine job of staying on top of our needs. Had the best manhatten here! I strongly recommend trying one of their creative cocktails. One person had the felafal burger and I'm not sure if it was as good as expected. I had the monty which was amazing. Strongly recommend.
Nachos for appetizer was good. Food for entrees were bleh.
Fish in fish & chips was "wet and slimy". Chicken sandwich was described as tasty like paper. Picked the restaurant because it was across the street from Hippodrome. Not a great choice for food. Didn't try the beers ; we were there with the kids
The Alewife has interesting bar food.....quirky and pretty tasty. However....most everything is deep fried so it ends up being quite heavy. I would love to see a few more healthy options as we always go pre-theater and the heavy food is not the best when sitting for hours afterwards, at the Hippodrome. The atmosphere is interesting and the service is always good.....a nice neighborhood spot.
Coming from the DC area during rush hour, we got stuck in traffic and missed our reservation. Not wanting to miss dinner before the show at the Hippodrome, we asked the hostess if there was any chance we could eat in the half hour remaining before the curtain. The accommodating hostess, superb server, and speedy kitchen got us fed and out the door with time to spare. The food was excellent. I only wish we'd had the time to enjoy it at a leisurely pace instead of gulping it down. I will definitely return to Alewife the next time I'm in Baltimore.
Went there before show at Hippodrome (across the street). Great selection of brews, and excellent appetizers (we didn't order entrees). Service was excellent. Had curried acorn squash soup, some potstickers that were unlike any we've ever seen (they were fantastic), and nachos with fresh jalapeno slices, where everything was very fresh and delicious. Shared a flight of beer and had two more--all fabulous. Will definitely go again.
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.
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