Charleston

4.9
3522 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List
Tony Foreman & Cindy Wolf's Charleston is located on the waterfront in the burgeoning Harbor East neighborhood. Chef Cindy Wolf is a three-time finalist for Best-Chef, Mid-Atlantic by The James Beard Foundation. Her award-winning, contemporary cuisine is rooted in the regional cuisine of France and traditions of the "Low Country" area of South Carolina. Chef Wolf's commitment to fresh, local, seasonal products is reflected in the prix fixe tasting menu, which changes daily. The menu is complemented by an award winning wine list of more than 700 fine wines, which are displayed in the wine library and are chosen by co-owner and wine director, Tony Foreman. An elegant yet comfortable ambiance & luxurious service complete the extraordinary dining experience.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, French, Low Country
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
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Phone number
(410) 332-7373
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Cindy Wolf
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Cross street
Exeter Street (in the Thomson Prometric Building)
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Parking details
Valet parking is complimentary.
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Public transit
Next to Harbor East Marina, close to water taxi stops.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private Dining spaces available for intimate celebrations, highlighted by the exquisite cuisine of award winning chef, Cindy Wolf. The cuisine is complemented by an 800+ label global wine cellar. Beautifully appointed rooms, some with water views.

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L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed every moment at Charleston. From the free Valet parking to each and every wait staff member - we felt pampered and special. Service goes above and beyond to accommodate every need and want. The food was impeccable (and we are picky foodies). If you are looking to impress someone or enjoy a special occasion this is the place to go!

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KS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience. Will definetly come back. The Sommelier, Lina, was AMAZING!!!

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TA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The Perfect Manhattan wasn’t. They implied that the cheese course was included in the prix fix, it wasn’t- $8.00 per choice. Very expensive for an ok meal.

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JR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling on business and decided to check this place out based on reviews. All I have to say is that this place is absolutely amazing. Probably the best meal I have ever had! 😀

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our company attends the Natural Products show at the Baltimore Convention Center each year and our group looks forward to our dinner at Charleston every year. It is my favorite restaurant ever and Chef Cindy Wolf and her team are amazing. When you go to Baltimore you must dine at Charleston. It is a wonderful culinary experience.

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DP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fixed price menu where you pick from the entire menu selection for each course. Everything was prepared exquisitely. Excellent.

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V
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extraordinary experience from beginning to end. The valet parking was painless, the service and ambience were impeccable, and the food and wine pairings were Michelin-level extraordinary. The Inn at Little Washington remains our favorite out-of-body dining experience, but Charleston is not just a very, very close second; but is at least two hours nearer to our home in Anne Arundel County. We'll absolutely be back!

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DL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charleston is the best restaurant in Baltimore in my opinion. Very expensive but worth it. My wife and I came here for the first time last year and have been back several times since then. All of the food is top notch, I would listen to any staff recommendations because a lot of my favorite dishes were items I would not gravitate toward had it not been brought up. Must get the lobster soup if it’s your first time and if they’re available try the duck with foi gras and the sable tart

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Charleston for a birthday dinner and the food was amazing. We tried to do the 6 course tasting menu but the portion sizes were substantial, so we had to change it to 4 course. All tasting menus include a dessert. Lobster soup was by far my favorite thing on the menu but everything was delicious. The fois Gras was really good as well but the duck was a little tough. Next time we will do only 3-4 courses. Service was impeccable.

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KS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating milestone birthdays and enjoyed the 5 course dinner with wine pairings. What a perfect way to celebrate! Definitely worth the cost for such a special experience.

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C
Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Food was hit (buffalo tenderloin, grilled quail) or miss (crab cake, shrimp & grits). The lobster soup was amazing! The chocolate pot de creme was a delightful way to end the meal. Request a seat near the open kitchen to watch the carefully choreographed action.

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L
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special meal, excellent service, beautiful table settings. The only thing that would have made it perfect is lower prices, but I am aware you get what you pay for. 😆

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NB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charleston is a dining experience like no other! From the best food ever to steamed and ironed table clothes it is a culinary delight!

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W
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall atmosphere is wonderful perfect restaraunt for a special occasion. Very upscale and impeccable service. The moscato wine was the best i ever had. My fave would be the Rockfish and my husband enjoyed his duck but wished he had at least 2 slices. The dessert was not good at all i found market desserts to be better. But overall a good place anyone should experience for a special night.

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HA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food, great atmosphere, large wine list, great service, and expensive.

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SF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience at the Charleston! It's been on my list of restaurants to visit for awhile now and it did not disappoint!! Cant wait to go back!

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s
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining with attentive staff. Food amazing

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MH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the Charleston for an anniversary dinner. The wait staff were all very polite and friendly. The food was excellent, the restaurant was very romantic and the atmosphere was very formal.

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KL
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started the tradition of coming here for best friends birthday celebrations and we will go no where else. The service and food are exceptional.

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and experience were good but not worth the money

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c
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We felt underdressed for the Charleston, but despite our attire, the staff treated us with respect and like all the other more well-dressed diners. They even accommodated our request to sit by the window so we could have a view of harbor. Dinner is set up as a prix fix and we chose the 3 course option paired with wines, after starting with cocktails. They have an extensive wine list and this allowed us to try wines we were not as familiar with. I am usually not a white wine fan, but one of my paired wines was so delicious, the waiter wrote down the year and winery for me. All the courses were fresh, delicious and just the right portion. We were actually full after 3 courses, and were surprised when we learned that dessert was included, as we planned on splitting our dessert. The food was excellent, refined, rich and satisfying. The Charleston is more expensive than other dining options in downtown Baltimore, but the cost matches the high quality you will receive in atmosphere, service, food and cocktails/wine.

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R
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our service was thoughtful and attentive. There was a large selection for any type of eater. My only complaint was that when our entrees were brought out mine had only one scallop, the lamb had several pieces, the buffalo was a nice size serving but to have only one scallop seemed stingy in comparison to the other servings.

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GL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my 70th birthday at the Charleston. The experience was amazing.

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k
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Incredibly professional staff.

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MA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 14th year at this fabulous restaurant! Creative food that tastes amazing and by far the best staff that is knowledgeable, efficient and friendly.

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BF
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual Charleston’s never disappoints.
Great ambience, food, wine pairings and service. In a word, wonderful!

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable. Patrick, our server, was attentive without being overly intrusive. And his knowledge of the food outstanding.

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K
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the second visit to Charleston for my wife and i, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Once again we were very pleased with the food and the service. We have dined at most of the top NYC restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Danielle, and Bouley. Charleston is in par with them at a fraction of the cost. You can choose the number of courses from a nice menu and the dessert is on the house. Our waiter was super knowledgeable about the menu and cheese and wine and the entire staff were very professional. We strongly recommend Charleston to anyone celebrating a special occasion.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An amazing dining experience from beginning to end!!

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RS
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unlike other restaurants of this caliber that I have visited, Charleston focuses on presenting ingredients in their whole and nearly complete form. The creativity and effort that goes into each dish is stunning. Service operated like a highly coordinated and well-oiled machine. I had the opportunity to visit several Michelin stared restaurants this summer but I would say that Charleston is still absolutely my favorite dining experiences by far. On this visit it was my wife's birthday and they really went out their way to make it a very special evening for her. The pan-seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras prepared with the brioche toast and fried quail egg and Bual Madeira reduction was extraordinary. The roasted local sweet corn bisque with the lump crab was absolutely heavenly. It was like a beautiful symphony while eating it. The Quail and Lamb were equally delicious. The great thing about Chef Wolf is that will never be disappointed in her creativity and what she is able to do with things coming out of her garden.

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ML
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is hands down one of the best restaurants in which I have dined and that includes major dining experiences both in the U.S. and Europe. Just outstanding.

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KR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to dine a The Charleston for our anniversary and the staff did not disappoint. Between the amazing cuisine and the outstanding staff, 5 stars does not describe our experience. Thank you for an unforgettable evening.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Best in area. Every dish was a gem.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes the cost is extreme, expect to pay at least $300 a couple but it is worth every cent! The food is incredible, there is not a dish that will disappoint and few that will surprise your tastebuds to new levels. However, equally as impressive is the service. The knowledge and personalities of the service staff is first class. The Charleston is an experience. People will pay $300 to be stuck in long lines for the experience at Disney World. Do your tastebuds and soul a favor and treat them to a the Charleston experience you will remember it for a life time.

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course was a gem! Delicious dishes showcased amazing quality ingredients presented with beautiful details perfectly placed on the plate. Each bite was heaven. The eggplant soup - so much amazing flavor! Our cocktails were the best as well - Summer Cup was gorgeous to look at and especially to drink. Service was outstanding and so kind - I want to be friends with everyone who works there!

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M
E. Tennessee
23 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s no wonder this is the top-rated restaurant in the area ... the atmosphere is super professional and the food is phenomenal! Our server was 100% knowledgeable about everything on the menu (including the extensive wine list) and it felt like we were the only table in the restaurant. Don’t expect a cheap meal or large portions. You can choose 3, 4, 5, or even 6 courses of your choice, and have the option to have wines paired with each course if you like. Highly recommended for special occasions ... and be sure to dress the part as well!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

if you leave this restaurant without getting the Lobster Soup you WILL regret it!!!

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DW
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely, wonderful culinary experience to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary ... fond memories of a well-appointed meal.

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K
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything this great chef prepares is outstanding.

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am always looking for authentic places to eat and take notice of the ambience, the food and the service. I was impressed with every aspect during my dinning experience. I look forward to coming back and trying other dishes in the menu!

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