Backfin Blues

4.8
293 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Backfin Blues Bar & Grill offers the freshest, most succulent seafood, juicy Black Angus Steaks and Prime Rib, craft beer, specialty Martinis and after-dinner drinks; all hand crafted and made-to-order for your enjoyment. We do in-house and catered events. Chef Bob invites you to join him in his delectable living room. Sit back and enjoy some of the finest cuisine around, along with daily revolving specials !
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Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Meal was fantastic. We both had the double lobster tails that were perfectly cooked! Delicious! Expensive but worth it!

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l
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal with our family last Sunday! The food was well prepared and served promptly! They have a very nice brunch menu and the servers are knowledgeable and friendly. We will be back!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Past this place over a 100 times. The food was awesome.

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G
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect. Started with fire and ice appetizer, which was Ahi, wasabi, and sauce... the sweet sauce with the kick of the wasabi was the perfect balance. The fillet mignon was medium rare, and was cooked evenly, the peppercorn added great flavor without taking away from the natural flavor of the steak itself. Mashed potatoes with caramelized onion.. need I say more, nope. Best potatoes this belly ever had. The rib eye steak with blue cheese butter; melt in your mouth delicious. As for the dessert, I have never tried creme brulee, and decided to give it a go here.. it was a great dessert to top off the amazing dinner. If I could give 6 stars, I would. I'm glad we decided to have our date night here, and would definitely be back. Our server Kaitlin was awesome, she understood this girls need for the tasty rolls and dessert. If you're looking for a spectacular meal, this is the place.

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OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were asked if we wanted the bar or a table by the front door. We chose the bar, because she gets cold. However, We were seated at the bar next to the rear door, which was frequently used. We ended up moving when other patrons at the bar left. Otherwise, the food and service were excellent as always.

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g
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Stuffed Shrimp with imperial crab.Absolutely outstanding

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G
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great from the food to the service. We leave looking forward to the next time.

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LP
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food atmosphere and service were all outstanding. everyone is casual friendly and welcoming. chef is personable and greets everyone at their table and makes certain everyone is pleased. great specialty drinks in a quaint atmosphere. love love love this restaurant and every one of the staff members!

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CT
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food, great service, great value! Right around the corner from my house for the past five years and I didn't even know it was there. We'll definitely be back!

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C
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, personal service. Owner stopped by to introduce himself very good, definitely rich. Husband had the filet which was perfectly cooked to his request. Sides were also perfectly cooked. Desserts we're also very good. Nothing disappointed. Well worth the drive from Bel Air.

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OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Waiter was outstanding

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KC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best eggs benedict I have ever had. The craft cocktails were outstanding. Also, really nice to have brunch in an adult setting without kids running around, this place has an intimate dining room, great service and excellent food and cocktails. We will be returning.

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BS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as usual. We are always excited to eat at Backfin Blues and we are never disappointed!

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JG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The thing I would change about this charming place if it was even possible would be the parking situation. It is always a challenge to park close to the restaurant. Especially during a summer weekend with all the other restaurants close by and people vying for the same parking spots.

But this restaurant outshines all the other places in town when it comes to food and service.

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G
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience! Delicious food, expertly prepared and served by some of the best in the industry!

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a
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent 3 for $30 dinner special. The mushroom soup was the best ever! Smoked short ribs fork tender. Need to come here more often.

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J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again I would like to direct everyone away from here but that’s only so there is more for me. With Rob, KK , Sarah and Gretchen rockin the front and Bob and crew manning the cook line it just doesn’t get much better. Lamb chops were excellent as well as the beef carpaccio and crab soup. Cannot recommend stopping here for dinner and drinks
There are others I should mention but enough.
Enjoy and Happy New Year!!!!

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D
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always exceptional! We enjoy when Chef Bob comes out from behind the kitchen to greet his guests -- such a personal touch!

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CW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Backfin Blues for dinner and Sunday brunch. The food has been excellent. The staff is always very friendly and provides great service. We also liked that the chef came around to speak with the customers and ask how they liked their meals. We will definitely be back!

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ZM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the menu options and how they change. I love brunch. The cook is superb!

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here twice and chef is so accommodating. The food is always cooked to perfection. I love this little spot.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and the service was excellent also! Kudos to Chef Bob and Jess!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there and we loved it! Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Christmas Eve dinner at the bar. Great service and wine too!

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at dining at the bar with Rob. The food and service was spectacular! We love this place!

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LT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

need to check the draft beer the one I had was flat and the crab cakes is not what I would call a true Maryland crab cake.

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JH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoughtful Service & Great Food for a relaxing evening!

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BJ
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed when going to Backfin Blues. Food is amazing and the cocktails are unique and great tasting. Staff is always super attentive. One of my favorite restaurants.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Backfin Blues for just about (2) years. We love the atmosphere, the service and of course the delicious food and drinks. The staff have become family and when we welcomed our daughter 11 months ago, she was welcomed with open arms as a frequent diner. We can't say enough about Backfin Blues, so do yourself a favor and give them a visit.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and and good food.

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CB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner with family. Food was delicious, staff were friendly and service was great!

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T
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pork chop EVER!! The scallops were decadent. Cocktails were on point. I can't say enough about how fantastic this meal was. Omg, luv this restaurant.

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D
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were there for brunch. First visit. We were the first ones seated that morning, but they clearly had several reservations planned. Service was OK, attentive but not pushy. We had mimosas (very good) and omelettes (very fluffy) with some interesting sides, such as mashed sweet potatoes (delicious). Portions were plentiful. The chef came out to the table and introduced himself, asked how everything was.
The music was very loud for such an early hour and the small space. We asked if they could change it, and they obliged. They shared that their regular music was classic vinyl.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always!!!!! Phenomenal service & extraordinary food!!!

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was fantastic. Everything was made to order and perfect. If your looking for a quality dinner and a great atmosphere this place is amazing!

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s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is just a great place to dine. I do not have an issue with any part of our dining experience. I just love the place. It is my go to restaurant for every special occasion.

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SK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in Philadelphia and my daughter is in Baltimore, and we met halfway. What a gem. We had such a great time and the food was awesome and the service was impeccable

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J
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

while I would like to tell everyone to stay away as it would mean more for me - I cannot do that - this place rates at the top of my list and I travel from Boston through NY all the way down into Alabama for work Fantastic specials (soft shell crabs, Lamb chops, seafood and steaks) plus the wait staff are excellent
Always can get the veal oscar if you just cannot find something on the special list
The outside is excellent with the heaters and I have taken many a friend and customer to this location

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BP
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always outstanding.

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WG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went back to have the hamburger again and it was just as good as the first on.

Bravo on the burger.

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