About B&O American Brasserie - Hotel Monaco

Housed in the historic B&O Building and named after the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, B&O American Brasserie features an approachable menu of brasserie fare. Guests can sip on hand crafted classic cocktails while enjoying top notch service. The eclectic menu features hand cut steaks, sustainable fish and many vegetarian options. The experience includes a bustling bar, an inviting lounge; an open kitchen all housed a beautiful dining room that evokes modern sophistication.

2 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 10:30am
Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:30pm
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Cross Street:
West Baltimore

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(443) 692-6172

Website:
http://www.bandorestaurant.com/

Catering:
The B&O chef team caters all Hotel Monaco - Baltimore events. The Hotel Monaco has space that can accomodate groups 10-250 ppl. The Hotel Monaco is perfect for that private business meeting or a dream wedding.
Please contact our Director of Catering Randie Haber for details at
Randie.haber@hotelmonaco.com

Parking Details:
Guests can enjoy $7 valet parking
Metered street parking available

Public Transit:
Charm City Circulator, Purple route: Fayette Street stop

Executive Chef:
Scott Hines

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For private dining inquiries inside B&O American Brasserie please contact Director of Catering Randie Haber at randie.haber@hotelmonaco.com

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Thu - Sat 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

Perfect for business events or social gatherings, B&O American Brasserie features an intimate lounge area downstairs for more of a relaxed experience along with a mezzanine level dining room for semi-private events.

B&O American Brasserie - Hotel Monaco Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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74% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 9, 2011

Chick pea salad unremarkable and chickpeas burnt on the outside and dry/flavorless. I'd scratch this one from the menu.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 6, 2011

Our food here was very good. There were a couple things I didn't love. The bread basket was cold and a little stale. The spoonbread was undersalted. Overall, however, I enjoyed the meal very much. All of the seafood was exceptionally fresh and good quality. The sauces were interesting. The vegetables were impeccable. My entree came with corn and squash. The corn was the sweetest I've had all year and the squash was crisp and perfect. My catfish was breaded in coarse cornmeal, which was gritty and interesting. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 6, 2011

Impecable service

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2011

The food is great and the cocktails were outstanding!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2011

Third trip now to B & O and every time it's wonderful!! Fabulous everything no matter what the occasion and the amuse bouche to start off the meal was the PERFECT summer time treat. If you haven't been since Chef Dunklin has taken over the kitchen, go, now. . . quickly. It's one of those precisely assembled restaurants where the furniture complements the tablescape, the bar complements the bartenders and the products used at the bar, the plates themselves complement the food on them to a T. Everything has been assembled with such care and attention that you almost wouldn't notice it if you weren't looking. Go with open eyes and ears and please, make sure you have dessert!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2011

I have come to trust the restaurants in Monaco hotels, but this one was a disappointment. The Denver omelet and home fries were drenched in butter that neutralized many of the natural flavors of the ingredients. The coffee was also bad.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 31, 2011

I went to the restaurant for brunch with family - a group of 8. We were able to book reservations on a Saturday night for Sunday morning brunch - one of the few area restaurants where you can do that. They had a great menu - we loved the red velvet doughnuts, chicken & waffles, and pancakes. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 29, 2011

Good food nice atmosphere. Service was good food was complex and well done. Speed of service a bit slow.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 27, 2011

the food was fabulous, as always

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 (New England)·Dined on July 25, 2011

We were guests at Hotel Monaco and scheduled a business dinner here. We decided to have cocktails at the bar first and then have dinner and even though we did not sit until 1/2 hour after our reservation time - they were still very accommodating. Waiter was very knowledgeable and had some definite favorites and was not afraid to share them. Peaches were in season and on the menu in different forms and they were awesome. The Summer Squash vegetarian options was amazing as was the chicken dish. The waiter also told us about the Crab Bash 2011 happening the next night at the restaurant - which turned out to be a fantastic event.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2011

Very nice restaurant. Food was very good. Service was outstanding.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2011

The food at this place was pretty good. I was hoping for more traditional southern dishes. I had the summer squash and it was definitely not what I was expecting (the gnocchi was made of ricotta cheese?), but it was tasty. The desserts were just okay. I was surprised at how small they were. The bread pudding was actually just banana nut bread with ice cream on top. Overall, if you are someone who thrives on “foodie” places to eat, this joint is for you. If you are looking for BBQ or Fried chicken, keep looking.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2011

I'm not thrilled with the recent menu changes. They are trying too hard to be a gourmet restaurant in a downtown neighborhood that doesn't need a gourmet restaurant. Take a lesson from Kona Grill. Offer simple lunch options that will get me out in an hour and back to work.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2011

The breakfast was amazing!!! So fresh and flavorful! Love Love Loved the French Toast and the Denver Omelet

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 9, 2011

We were a party of five, and this was the first time any of us had dined at B&O. The service was impeccable and valet parking was only $5. Food was fantastic and we had fun ordering the specialty drinks. I would definitely recommend this for a special occasion or very nice evening out.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2011

We stayed at the Monaco Baltimore hotel attached to this restaurant and stopped here for cocktail hour and breakfast. It wasn't busy when we sat down around 3:30 pm on a Friday. We ordered the flatbread (their version of a pizza) which was surprisingly very tasty. Our food sat on the counter for about 5 minutes because the waiter left the room. It was slightly annoying, but nothing detrimental. We returned the following morning for breakfast which was very dissappointing. I could have been more satisfied walking over to McDonald's...and had more money in my pocketbook.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 8, 2011

An excellent choice for a business lunch but be sure to make a reservation and get a table in the mezzanine.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 2, 2011

Service killed this meal. Our waiter consistently tried to upsell us and pressure us into getting more than we wanted.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 2, 2011

Lovely restaurant....great food, reasonable prices, wonderful service. Would return anytime.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 1, 2011

We had a quiet meal that was served flawlessly. In all we had six courses, and each was served right after the other with just the right amount of time in between. The food was fresh and seasonal- it was obvious that they focused a lot on the quality of ingredients. I will definitely be going back soon!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2011

Very good quality food, changing and interesting menu. Great for lunch in the downtown Baltimore Charles Street area. More trendy and modern decor than most.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 26, 2011

Cannot say enough about the food at brunch. I ordered two small plates - the blueberry goat cheese pancakes and the vegetable frittatta. Both were phenomenal. Although they were deemed 'small,' either could of been a breakfast on it's own. My husband said his Denver omelette was the best of it's kind. Service was prompt and friendly. Atmosphere was lovely.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2011

A great spot to grab a drink from a nice cocktail list and some lite bites.Next time we will have to try the spacious dining room upstairs as the menu was appealing and the quality of the food and beverage even better. Nice room with a warm and engaging staff that made us feel instantly comfortable and welcome, we will be back for more. Keep up the great work.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 21, 2011

We had dinner there on our anniversary, and the staff was wonderful. All of my special requests were handled perfectly; the chef even came out to wish us happy anniversary.

The food was excellent as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 19, 2011

Had a very satisfying Sunday brunch but expected to be in the historic part of the old B&O building. Decor is plain but comfortable; service was quite good.

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on June 19, 2011

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food, wonderful staff!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 18, 2011

We could not have had a nicer experience dining at this very attractive restaurant. Old fashioned cocktails, memorable amuse bouche, delicious appetizers (we had mushroom flatbread and bourbon shrimp bisque) main course - the "24 hour brisket with jalapeno spoonbread" is memorable. Desert was red velvet cupcakes served with a sweet potato and cashew milkshake.
The staff were perfect, striking the balance between friendly and attentive while allowing us to really enjoy our date (we were celebrating a special occasion). My only suggestion, while it says "casual dress" I think it's worthy of fancier attire.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2011

We had a reservation for 6:30 p.m. but the hostess would not seat us early; even though there were at least 4 open tables. (We had tickets for Sade at 7:30 p.m.) But the GM interceded and seated us early, so we wouldn't be late for the concert. We ordered a bottle of Champagne to celebrate my friend's birthday and appetizers to start. The Soft shell crab was yummy as well as the Pork belly with cabbage. Mushroom flatbread was also very good. I would skip the Fresh Pea ravioli; it was dry and not enough sauce. We split the Ribeye between the 3 of us and it was just enough to share along with the starters. We didn't have dessert because of the time crunch.

I will definitely go back to dine here again. Next time for brunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2011

Excellent choice for pre-performance/concert dinner and drinks. Reservations suggested. The historic feel of the building, original B & O Railroad headquarters, added to the ambiance. The layout, furniture, decor, glasses/tableware were all well appointed, down to the leather menu covers (nice touch!). The food was exquisite, flavorful, a true culinary delight. The chef (from New Orleans) shines with skill and imagination as basic American fare is transformed beyond the ordinary with delightful ease and vibrant simplicity. Each dish harnesses a unique combination of flavor and once unlocked your taste buds will certainly want to shout for joy (perhaps even New Orleans style). Fresh and alive with creativity, you are sure to enjoy!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 15, 2011

We were looking for an upscale restaurant with nice ambiance and great food where we could meet friends who were visiting from out of town. This was not the place for us. I hope that we just came on the wrong night. The Stanley Cup hockey finals were on. The people at the bar were so loud. The acoustics allowed us to hear many conversations of others. So that meant others could probably hear our conversation also. Sadly, we could barely hear one another at our table which was on the upper level, away from the bar. All night, we had to yell at each other to talk. We eventually left, tired of the noise. The food was okay. The portions were on the small side. We were hungry shortly after. Maybe, we will try it again, but on a no-sports night

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2011

Your new restaurant showed off its style, a sleek modern update of an old Baltimore building, and satisfied the palates of young gourmets and non-foodies alike. Especially liked the small plates, seafood options, and desserts!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2011

The roasted prawns in ginger barbeque sauce with green onion sausages were amazing. The flourless chocolate cake was deliciously light compared to others I've had. An all around great experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2011

Dining on a Monday night, I ordered the daily special, which was sausage on a bed of lentils with a mustard sauce. I must not have paid attention when the waiter described the dish. I was expecting something like a bratwurst, perhaps pre-sliced and fanned out on the lentils. What I got instead was a single 5 ounce sausage patty -- essentially a pork hamburger. It was reasonably tasty, but not really what I anticipated. The mustard sauce was good but there was very little of it on the plate. I have a hunch that I just ordered poorly or was inattentive -- I would definitely return to try some of the other menu items, but I can't give it more than a middle-of-the-road-three-star rating because I was a little disappointed with my meal.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 5, 2011

To be fair it was Sunday evening but the restaurant was dead and is cavernous when there are not many diners. Our server was not at well versed on the menu and actually misinformed us, telling us that tasso was a cheese rather than meat (which we found out later). The price was fine but we were disappointed and I don't think we would bother to try it again.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 31, 2011

Our server, Daniel, was great. Professional, friendly and knowledgeable about the offerings. I had the brisket and it was good if not great, and my wife had the tuna, which she rated about the same. The oysters were small. The flourless chocolate cake was one of the best desserts we've ever had. We will indeed give it another try with different entrees.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 29, 2011

Service is overbearing and intrusive. We were interrupted numerous times to ask if plates could be cleared--one time it was only a minute after our course had arrived at the table. I just looked at her. It was extremely annoying and ridiculous. The restaurant was practically empty. If you wish to clear plates, scan the table with your eyes first to see if there are empty dishes--do not constantly interrupt your guests. The food was delicious and inventive. The cocktail list was also unique and catered to many palates. We were very pleased with the food and ambiance but the service almost ruined our experience. Please get your act together with the service and you will have a successful establishment to which guests will be eager to return.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2011

The food was great, especially the wild mushroom flatbread. The service was good and the decor was very sophisticated.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 26, 2011

Excuse to go to B&O was soft shell crab week but has been on the radar for a while. Food was fantastic! Complimentary carrot and pablano soup which was the perfect blend of sweet and smokey/spicy. Then worked the small plates of: beet Carpaccio, delicious with the mustard dressing; spring greens salad; we each had soft shell crab which went well with compressed watermelon and caviar!; fried pork terrine; roasted prawns in ginger bbq with perfect mini chive biscuits; and mushroom flatbread which made a great lunch the next day. Chef Dunklin has been getting a lot of praise recently and it's well deserved. He's made a fantastic menu of succulent ingredients that blend perfectly. An award winning bartender, Brendan Dorr, helps too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2011

Booked through OpenTable about 20 minutes beforehand. Got there early and was asked if we could be seated early; they said no and to get a drink in the bar. There was only one waitress for ~20 customers so we didn't get a drink the whole time, and when the hostess took us upstairs it looked like the place was half empty anyway so don't know why we couldn't be seated. Ordered the shrimp flatbread to start, really good food and great size app. Then I had the ribeye (not my first choice but half the entrees were sold out) which was excellent. Tasty, moist, good sides. We came back a few days later though and I had the brisket which was as tough as old leather, and my colleague's steak came without fiddleheads, which was a shame.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 22, 2011

We took a small group of family and friends for a couple celebrations and everyone was so pleased with the food, service and ambiance! Highly recommend the B&O.!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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