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About Charleston

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.

1000 Lancaster Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, French, Low Country

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Exeter Street (in the Thomson Prometric Building)

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

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

Phone Number:
(410) 332-7373

Website:
http://www.charlestonrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is complimentary.

Public Transit:
Next to Harbor East Marina, close to water taxi stops.

Executive Chef:
Cindy Wolf

Additional:
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.

Charleston Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

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4.9

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4.9

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4.5

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97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (83)
Good for Anniversaries (75)
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Worth the Drive (47)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Tasting Menu (44)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Cozy (23)
Local Ingredients (21)
Business Meals (21)
Waterfront (19)
Authentic (16)
Seasonal (15)
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Neighborhood Gem (12)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Every moment of our visit to Charleston was perfect. From the initial greeting to the service to the food and wine to our interaction with Chef Wolf, there were no discordant notes.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 2 days ago

Staff was very attentive, making sure everything was perfect. They even took care of calling the valet as we were leaving.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Charleston has always been my go to for special occasions as it is a high dining venue that is very expensive - and in the past worth the price. However, considering my meal last night, not so much.

A few dishes were excellent, but the rest were mediocre. Many of the dishes were under seasoned or lacking flavor complexities expected from this type of restaurant. Concepts were great - execution was a fail. It seemed to me that the kitchen was going through the motions without the passion.

Some catastrophic errors included very tough lobster in the Rich Lobster Soup with Curry, fishy and off-putting Black Sea Bass and the Grilled Elk Tenderloin (correctly served rare but too chewy with a sauce not bold enough to make up for the meat). I ordered an off menu seared diver scallops - which was excellent except for the topping of fired leek strands that got stuck in my throat because the were not chewable so the strands just went down whole. Keep a glass of water close by if you order this dish.

We ordered wine and decided on a Chateauneuf du Pape because that was recommended by the chef and waiter. In the wine list the Chef recommended a 2006. They had two on the menu. One was $450 and the other $1,095 per bottle. There should be a variety of recommendations at all price points. The sommelier was pleasant and we settled on a bottle for around $125.

What was clearly bothersome was that we ordered bottled still water, and when finished it was quickly replaced with another bottle - without asking if we wished to purchase another one. It was just charged on the check. I didn't make an issue because when your spending that much money - what's another $6 - and we stayed until we finished the bottle.

Where the food seems to have declined since my last visit to Charleston - the service remains excellent. Andrew, our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and food and wine pairings. The service staff was also pleasant, efficient and professional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

It's hard to say anything new about Charleston that hasn't already been said. The service and food were impeccable. It's great to see Cindy Wolf in her natural environment doing what she does so well. A beautiful space, wait staff with well curated manners and gorgeous presentation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous outstanding service

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Hands down the best restaurant in Baltimore and the entirety of the state. There is not another restaurant I can recommend unless you are willing to travel to New York City. But even then I would recommend you go to Charleston. Phenomenal food and word class service. Ask for Andrew when you are seated; his knowledge of the food, drinks, ingredients, everything is top notch. We are always extremely happy whenever we can visit Charleston and we are looking forward to the next time we get to go.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 4 days ago

Incredible, food, service and ambiance for our Valentine Dinner!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

The Charleston is the perfection of fine dining. Incredible food, incredible atmosphere, and incredible service. It is an expensive evening, but they make the experience worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 5 days ago

Did not feel rushed all evening. Food was terrific. Service friendly and engaging. Reception impressive.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was amazing. I highly recommend the scallops and the lobster soup. I get the lobster soup every time we are there. My husband looks forward to the shrimp and grits. We spend every wedding anniversary there and plan to keep doing so.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

I read a lot about Charleston and heard all very good reviews. Add mine to the list. My wife and I enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience here. Loved the food quality and variety to select. Felt special with the attention both in service and communication that we received from the head captain and entire staff. Loved the frequent changing of the silverware. Look forward to returning there. Maintain what you are doing here. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I think it is absolutely one of the best restaurants in the US. Its the combination of the fresh ingredients, the excellent preparation and superb service that deliveries a special evening on every visit. Chef Wolf is always in the kitchen preparing something new and interesting. This time it was her sweetbreads and elk. Everything is always top notch. A fantastic memorable experience at the Charleston is to be expected. The highlights on this visit was the oysters, Foie Gras and Truffle soup, sweetbread pastry, sea scallops and elk...and the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. So good! The service was exceptional as the staff is always very attentive.

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Organic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Not just a meal, but a food experience! Waitstaff was awesome. The overall dining experience including the view into the kitchen made it almost as much a viewing experience as an eating experience..

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The service is always exquisite at Charleston. The food is superb. The ambiance is wonderful. My wife and I will return frequently.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This place was beautiful. Upscale and grandiose. The portions were larger than expected but so incredibly delicious. I wish it was more laidback, definitely “must-sit up-straight” vibe! Food was elegant and elevated.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We have loved Charleston! Never disappoints us. So delicious! The lamb chops were stunning

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Just one word...superb! Chef Cindy Wolf should have a Michelin Star, for sure.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant. It is elegant, quiet enough for conversation, the service is top notch and the food is delicious. I can’t wait to go back again,

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We celebrated an early Valentine's Day at Charleston, and it was lovely. The three course choice, with cheese and dessert, was perfect and we left quite satisfied. Definitely leave yourself enough time to have a leisurely dinner (though when we mentioned theater tickets they got us out of there right away). The food was beautifully prepared and perfectly proportioned. I'd highly recommend it for a date night or special occasion.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Another fantastic Meal Chef Wolf, your food never disappoints!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food, exceptional service and beautiful ambiance. Knowledgeable attractive staff!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

What an amazing dining experience! The food is so beautiful and delicious, the room is beautiful and the staff are friendly and helpful.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 2, 2018

An amazing dining experience. Top Notch from the cuisine, wine and great service. The absolute best dining in Baltimore.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Creative menu and a wonderful meal. Service was excellent. A bit of a drive from DC to Baltimore, but definitely will go back again for other special occasions!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 31, 2018

This restaurant is very special. The staff goes out of its way to celebrate you. The food is presented beautifully and is delicious. There were nice extra touches to our meals. It is an awesome special treat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was an exquisite meal; thank you! This was my first time at the restaurant, and I loved the delicious tasting options, quiet atmosphere, and languorous pace for our dinner.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

By far one of the best restaurants we have ever visited and we have visited a few. We were there for our thirty ninth anniversary and based on our experience we plan on spending our fourth year anniversary there too. Everyone at the restaurant works fluently for one goal and that is to make sure you have a memorable experience. The dinner selections were a masterpiece. My wife and I selected different courses just to experience more veriety and we were blown away. To make the experience more vibrant the wine pairing is a must.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was very good and equally expensive. All items on the menu are tapas/appetizer size.
My wife and I each had three courses with wine- $135 each. I believe the price without wine would have been $79 each, so we essentially paid an additional $112 for 6 servings of wine. I call them servings because they do not rise to the level/amount to be called glasses. We each had dessert and a glass of Taylor Fladgate 10 yr old port for $14 each ($30/bottle retail). I would recommend Charleston for a special occasion. Our bill was slightly over $400 with tip. Charleston falls into the - "just because I can afford it doesn't mean I should buy it" category.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a lovely dinner recently. The food was fabulous, our servers terrific, setting perfect. Our head server Andrew made our dinner so enjoyable. Would definitely come back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The best food and dining experience I've had in Baltimore. Our party was there to celebrate a birthday. The wait staff was attentive but not overbearing. The food was delicious from top to bottom. Definitely will go there again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 23, 2018

From the moment I walked into the door until valet brought my car to leave, I had the absolute best experience! The staff was awesome, the food was even better. Everyone was attentive without being it being overbearing / annoying. I cannot wait until I am able to go back again.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

As usual, Charleston provides a truly special dining experience. The food is so detailed and appropriately complex. I highly recommend the wine pairings, as this provides the most complete and well rounded culinary experience. The staff is especially attentive making each patron feel so pampered and relaxed. I especially like how the entire staff is well versed on the food being served so that you are continually reminded of Chef Wolf’s vision and passion for the food being served.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Birthday Celebration

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food! Excellent service. Worth spending $$$$!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The decor is nice and elegant. Not stuffy. We were expecting a bit more creativity in the dishes but the choice is varied and tasty. Portions are small especially for main course but the principal is to try a variety of dishes so overall it works. The service was good even though I would recommend one waiter per table for the entire meal instead of three different waiters who are not equal in their approach. The Maitre D was attentive and knowledgeable. Fried oysters (5) were a bit classic (good not exceptional), lobster soup very good, ceviche very good but small, the sweetbreads as a main, small in portion and could do without the empanada. The seared foie gras was very good but on toast with an egg is unnecessary and uninteresting. Desert chocolate mousse very good, the accompanying small pastries a nice final touch (macaroons were tough though, so few places know how to keep them light). Wine list is pricey but the variety of wines by the glass allow for a nice solution. The service tended to lull as the evening ended. Would definitely go back to try other dishes and for the calm elegant experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 18, 2018

OMG.... everything was perfect. From the moment we walked into Charleston I knew we would have an exceptional meal. Charleston is definitely a wonderful dining experience. It is one of my favorite restaurants, especially for a special occasion. The service, food and ambiance cannot be beat.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 17, 2018

My second visit. Celebrating my sister’s 80th birthday with a girlfriends trip to DC I thought nothing would be more special than to go to Baltimore to dine at Charleston. It was unbelievable. Service, ambience, wine, menu, presentation and food, all exceptional.
My only regret is that I live on the West Coast and unable to dine with regularity at Charleston. Bravo and many thanks for a very special night.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was an expensive, but incredible meal. The wine service was way above average.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Baltimore! Saved for special occasions, I wanted to introduce it to my son who has become a fellow foodie. It was a lovely dining experience. We opted not to go with the Truffle extravaganza and each chose different dishes to be able to taste as many as we could. Grilled sardines too bony for my taste but all flavors on point as were the wine pairings. We'll be back!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is hands down the best restaurant in Baltimore. I’ve never had a bad bite of food there, let alone a bad meal. There are no bad choices. The only hard part is deciding what to order when everything is so incredible, one of those places where you wish you had 3 stomachs. The lobster bisque is a must. Cindy Wolf is a goddess. The wine list is overwhelming but part of the fun is talking with the sommelier. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. It is very expensive but worth every penny.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fun
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