Aromes Restaurant

4.5
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155 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American

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Ar�mes is a French and American fusion restaurant that offers gourmet farm-to-table cuisine. The chef was born and raised in France and brings traditional French tastes and techniques to the ingredients of local produce and meats in Baltimore. The menu at Ar�mes changes weekly to accommodate for available ingredients.

Guests of Ar�mes can often enjoy white truffle churros, rock fish and mussels in fish broth with broccoli greens, slow-cooked pork shank with apple butter and chocolate mousse with almond macaron and amakaze sorbet. The menu at Ar�mes is always a prix fixe affair that allows guests to simply relax and enjoy their meal without the need to ponder an extensive menu.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, French, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm


Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


Sunday & Monday: closed
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Phone number
(410) 235-0035
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Steve Monnier
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Catering
Special request, for enquiries call or email
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Cross street
Wellington street
Additional
BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking
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GS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aromes was my favorite restaurant in Baltimore, it pushed boundaries and offered a new dining experience to the city. It will be missed.

l
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazzzzingggg experience!
Very bummed we did not get to this restaurant sooner and that it will be closing soon

SV
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went for a special anniversary. They printed a special menu for us. It's a very small restaurant. The food was delightful and what I consider a perfect meal -filling but not gluttonous, flavorful -but balanced and not all over the place, and attention to detail

c
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Aromes may not be in Hampden after December, They will be moving to Calvert and Redwood Street by the theater downtown. Very creative, 6 course tasting menu only $65. Local purveyors. I remember smoked hay and trout roe with the best potato I ever experienced. The sauces were amazing. Baltimore is lucky to have such a creative New American/French restaurant in the manner of Volt in Frederick.

here is the menu for this week:
Roasted Squash en brioche, date paste, sour squash dressing
Bintge potato, smoked hay cream, lovage oil, trout roe
Lobster mushroom dumpling, spiced corn broth
Black Bass, lima beans, pistachio dressing, green tomato buerre blanc
Beef culotte, salted baked celeriac, peanut satay sauce
Concord grape tart

G
Montreal
30 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best food in Baltimore. The duck dish was world class.

CF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aromes was a wonderful dining experience. The multi-course dinner menu was exceptionally fine food, sourced locally and presented in a unpretentious manner. The combination of flavors was original and very creative. And at $65 a person, it was realistically priced. It was really refreshing to eat such a good meal from a kitchen that obviously has a passion for food. We will definitely be back!

W
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've dined at Aromes several times and I'm constantly impressed for the creativity and quality of the food. We had a six course meal for $65.00 per person which is a steal! Each course was simple yet phenomenal and interesting. One of our favorites was a hay smoked new potatoes in a parsley broth. We had a restrain ourselves from licking our bowls clean!

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellente

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RB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aromes offers extraordinarily well prepared dishes in a tasting menu. The smoked salmon (not lox!) and duck breast are both outstanding, and the combinations of seasonal fruits and vegetables are not to be missed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall3food5service4ambience3

A 2-hour meal is too long when most of the time consists of waiting between dishes however delicious and when the noice level prevents conversation.

s
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second meal at Aromes, our first since the switch from the previous tasting menu. While the offerings now follow a somewhat more traditional French menu than the original Aromes concept, each dish was still prepared with a twist that made it fresh and novel, and everything tasted wonderful. An example: a dark chocolate mousse cake with homemade wasabi ice cream on the side--a novel combination of sweet and spicy that worked really well. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and we enjoyed learning about how each dish was prepared. If you are looking for a large variety of selections and portions big enough for leftovers, Aromes is not that kind of a restaurant. But if you want a delicious meal that takes traditional dishes to a new level with unique and sometimes exotic ingredients, flavors, combinations and preparations, Aromes is one of the best places in Baltimore to get that experience.

LT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent evening of locally produced food and a changing menu. We enjoyed excellent french cuisine (duck with honey glaze, steak and frites), brought a bottle or two, and fresh desserts including a chocolate tart and rhubarb sorbet. A quiet evening with conversation and stories from one of the owners. Would visit again!

K
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! The chef put together some creative combinations that were amazing. The service and knowledge of the menu by the staff was top notch. I would definitely go back. Ano also able to BYOB.

E
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Expert cooking and a excellent food. Pleasant venue in Hamden; service was friendly and efficient too. Our only disappointment: The portions were tiny, really tiny (half a dozen or so fries with the steak frites, really?) and no bread...come on, this is a French restaurant!

a
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Reviewed on April 24, 2017
Overall5foodserviceambience

Aromes has by far the most creative menu I've eaten in Baltimore. While eating the tasting menu I felt like I had been transported to Saint Helena, in the best sense of a fine dining experience. There were several times during my meal that I actually giggled because the food was so good there were no words to describe how delicious each bite was. In other words, ridiculously amazing food.

BE
Baltimore
23 reviews
Reviewed on February 2, 2017
Overall5foodserviceambience

Rarely do the descriptors "creative 6-course tasting menu," "unpretentious," "reasonably priced," and "casual, inviting atmosphere" work together to account for a dining experience. However, this was the case for our trip to Aromes, a small 26 seat French-American farm to table concept, with all ingredients sourced locally in Maryland.

The menus change near-weekly, with seasonal offerings varying based on available produce Rarely do the descriptors "creative 6-course tasting menu," "unpretentious," "reasonably priced," and "casual, inviting atmosphere" work together to account for a dining experience. However, this was the case for our trip to Aromes, a small 26 seat French-American farm to table concept, with all ingredients sourced locally in Maryland.

The menus change near-weekly, with seasonal offerings varying based on available produce and market availability. The limited, though not limiting, menu is presented with fixed-price items as a 3 or 6 course option. For pickier, less adventurous clientele, Chef Steve Monnier will personally attempt to accommodate individual preferences.

Our winter-themed menu started with slow roasted beets and a Foie Gras powder. Other smaller plates included a potato doughnut with sea urchin and a root vegetable tart. Larger entrees included salt baked black sea bass and a seared duck breast with grilled red cabbage. The meal concluded with rice pudding topped with candied vegetables. Overall, our supper deliciously mixed comfortable, familiar flavors with an unexpected twist in each course. We left with an eager commitment to return in the Spring to sample the next round the chef's culinary creativity.

L
Baltimore
14 reviews
Reviewed on January 12, 2017
Overall1foodserviceambience

started with really awful time finding parking and went downhill from there.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food here is amazing and extremely creative, each course when taken as a whole is like different movements of a symphony. However what really took away from our meal, is that our server stunk. I don't mean his Actual skills as a server, he was excellent in that respect, he just literally stunk. It was overpowering their staff really needs to wear better deodorant because it makes their delicious food somewhat unappetizing. Other than that it was great. We would have liked a head's up on the BYOB aspect as well.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef/owner is an amazing cook. He thinks outside the box & creates unique dishes that taste delicious. Presentation is beautiful too. The chef is very accommodating & tries to to please all. My daughter is a very picky eater & he made her a few different dishes that were not on the menu. I definitely would highly recommend Aromes Restaurant.

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at approximately 20 restaurants rated in Baltimore Magazines rankings of the Top 50 Restaurants and without a doubt Aromes, a French-American, BYOB restaurant located in a small row home in Hampden, deserves the highest praise. They have excellent ambiance, service and cuisine. There is only seating for 28 guests so they stagger the reservations to ensure that everyone gets personal attention in this quiet, trendy restaurant. We felt like we had hired a personal chef and wait staff to cater a private meal for us in their homey environment. On the weekend they offer a 6 course prix-fixe menu for $65 or you may choose any 3 items off of the menu for $45. We chose the 6 course prix fixe menu which changes every week depending on the season and what fresh local ingredients are available. The imaginative flavor combinations and artistic presentation of each delicious course built on each other to create a meal that tantalized our tastebuds to the very end. I highly recommend Aromes.

K
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great tasting menu but make sure you check it before you come that evening. BYOB too. Pricey but great for special events.

s
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each dish was a work of art with delicious delicate favors. It is a dinning experience for those who have a refine pallet.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I came here to celebrate our anniversary on a Tuesday night. Of the 6 courses, 3 were really spectacular and the other 3 were very tasty; so all in all, a fantastic meal. The laid back atmosphere lets you enjoy yourself without feeling too stuffy, and lets the food really shine. BYOB makes it a great option to have a special meal without breaking the bank on drinks.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic 6 course meal with perfectly sized portions, interesting, unique, tasty flavors and a delightful atmosphere. Server was fully engaged, informative and fun. We had a delightful evening.

DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't review many restaurants, but this place needs to get the props it deserves. They are doing something you can't get anywhere else in Baltimore. The food rivals the best I've had. The team is friendly and knowledgeable and very clearly care about creating great food. Go here if you want to try something you've never had before that will taste amazing.

Z
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall2food4service1ambience3

As a foodie I am always excited to try new restaurants, so I was very excited to try Aromes. Unfortunately my excitement was vanished to not long after I got to the restaurant. Me and my girlfriend arrived for our 8:30 reservation on time. When we walked in there was nobody at the door or in the dining area to help us, so we stand confused for a few minutes before we got some help. We realize the cause of the delay immediately; there was only one guy who was working as Host/ waiter/ busser. In a restaurant where you expected to pay more than average you would expect better staffing and well trained employee. Our server/ everything seems really nice guy, but has very little knowledge of the food or dining experience ( one time he had to go to back and ask the chef what was on the dish). Aromes seems like a restaurant really trying to serve creative dishes and I have to admit the food was really good, However they seems to forget delivery is also a very important part of dining. Even though I was relay disappointed with the service I still tip our server more than 20%. I am also not hear to attack him personally there is noting wrong with not knowing or being new. I just want to make sure others who come after me get a better service.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fine dining experience in a casual but elegant atmosphere. - highly recommended.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had my birthday dinner here. The food, the environment, and the service are fantastic. Environment: Delicate decoration with an intimate feeling. Service: They tried their best to provide veggie food for my friend. They provided me a special dessert with a candle. I also really appreciate the waiter's great service. Food: The chef made food with a real finesse. The steak was the best I've ever had in my life. We all enjoyed it very much. The dessert: the lemon verbana icecream + yellow peach + caramel. We all agreed that it was a masterpiece. Strongly recommend!

P
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spend the weekend in Baltimore and wanted to check out the dining scene .
Upon entering we noticed lots of wine bottles on the tables...Score! This is BYOB at its finest.
They even provided Reidel stemware.
The restaurant is small so reservations are recommended. Simply in decor with amazing artwork.
The food was artful and delicious and the service was attentive.
Now all I need is for Aromes to open in DC
#BYOB #winecellarwilltravel

j
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great quality food in a simple, neighborhood setting. The set menu is creative and very tasty. Some of the dishes -- especially the John Dorry with sweet corn, licorice and olive and the winter squash with fig leaf and curry -- were truly outstanding. Service is excellent, personal yet professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The ambiance was a little on the noisy side once the restaurant filled up. The courses came at a relaxed but steady pace, and the dishes were interesting. Some were excellent, some were just okay. We got a complementary dessert as an extra course since it was our anniversary. =)
We enjoyed! I don't know that we'd fight our way to Baltimore and deal w/street parking to go here frequently, but it was nice to celebrate our anniversary here.

K
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I visited for our anniversary. He loves the Netflix show, Chef's Table, and I really wanted to find a spot with cuisine that could compete with the dishes featured on the show. Aromes did not disappoint! We were floored by the incredible flavor combinations the chef invented.

W
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 of us went on a recent to Aromes on a Tuesday night. The food was exquisite the noise level unbearable. It was difficult for us to hear across our table. The restaurant is situated in an old townhouse with brick walls and low ceilings and wood floors so there is nothing to buffer conversation. We would like to return for the outstanding food but not sure how to handle the noise.

P
Baltimore
198 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience2

After reading many contradictory to each other reviews we've decided to give this place a try with restaurant week menu advertised on Baltimore RW site. When we confirmed our Saturday reservation we even asked about RW menu choices talking on the phone with them, and they DID NOT mentioned that RW menu is not available on Saturday, neither any of the websites we checked on line before and after dinner. At the time of the visit we were informed that it's not available on Saturday.
This was the first sign that made the start of the dinner not as pleasant as we've anticipated.
But what the hack we thought, if the food will be great we don't mind to pay more, and to have a full impression about this place we ordered $65 menu for both of us. Now we know that it was a BIG mistake.
Why?
a) FOOD: mediocre/bland/flavorless/"trying"to be creative and unusual, but failing in any aspect of it and totally weird. It felt like somebody amateur would try to invent some new perception of tastes but fails in doing so. From all 6 courses NONE was even close to the word "delicious". If you are enjoying funky and weird tasting food you might like it, if not doesn't make sense to spend money here.
b) SERVICE: nice, but not professional at all and if to take in consideration the absence of the RW menu which supposed to be there - dishonest.
c) AMBIANCE: hipster and kind of reminded us Chinese restaurants where supplies are stored right in the corner of the dining room in a full view of the patrons, not cozy or inviting. But if you ever been to Hampton I guess it's kind of "fitting" to the area.
d) VALUE: TOTALLY overpriced for the experience received.
Needless to say we are siding with the negative reviews and not coming back.

J
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Aromes is a wonderful restaurant, with an intelligent and unusual menu, imaginative ingredients and use of herbs and flavorings. We don't understand why it hasn't become one of the best known restaurants in town.

j
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was innovative and well prepared, may have been a bit on the small side. Restaurant was extremely noisy--bare brick walls, etc.

DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Aromes has yet to disappoint. Most dishes are great, some other-worldly good. Even the occasional miss, misses because the chef was adventurous and tried something new and different. The waits staff (of one plus an occasional delivery from one of the guys in the kitchen) was attentive and well-informed about the food.

S
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary celebration

I had the three course meal and my husband had the 6 course meal and everything was perfect. The beet selection was exotic and delightful. The beef was cooked to perfection and juicy. My monkfish was seared to perfection and juicy . Veggie provencal made us thing we were back in province. We were provided a complimentary dessert ( freshly made macroons) which was top notch. Our server was pleasant , personable and knowledgeable. Restaurant week is next week, so we have decided to go back. What a lovely, delicious anniversary dinner!!!!!

VF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most unique, delicious, and amazing experiences in all of Baltimore. Just be prepared, for something unique, this is not traditional fare.

LL
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Expensive, limited menu, and not outstanding. I would not go back for a meal.