Nearby points of interest
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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.
Baltimore, MD 21202
American, French, Low Country
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Exeter Street (in the Thomson Prometric Building)
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is complimentary.
Next to Harbor East Marina, close to water taxi stops.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
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!
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.
I've wanted to visit Charleston for years for many reasons, especially my love for Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman's other restaurants around the city. We finally made it for my 30th birthday and we were absolutely awestruck. Every single staff member was exceedingly friendly and knowledgeable and the food was phenomenal. Charleston is fine dining at its best, offering exceptional food and service in a beautiful atmosphere while avoiding an air of stuffiness or pretentiousness. We each had the four courses, plus we added the optional cheese course and dessert. The portion size and excellent crafting of each dish makes it possible to enjoy this amount of food without feeling completely stuffed. Since the menu changes daily, I recommend asking your server to help steer you in your selections. Our server (Patrick) helped me select all of my courses based on a few things I mentioned finding intriguing. He even convinced me to try sweetbreads for the first time and they were absolutely incredible. He also talked my Mom into changing one of her selections once he learned she is a shrimp and grits enthusiast; she typically doesn't order shrimp and grits north of the Mason-Dixon line, but she loved Charleston's twist on the old classic! I enjoyed the wine pairings immensely, and my Dad was able to select a couple of half bottles for himself with the help of the incredible sommelier. I also started off with a really creative and delicious cocktail (the Flowers and Honey cocktail). We can't think of one single thing we'd change about this meal. It was truly the best dining experience I've had in Baltimore. I highly recommend Charleston and can't wait for a reason to go back!
My husband and I lived in Germany for 13 years and have enjoyed Michelin rated restaurants all over Europe. We now live in the DC metro area and are excited to have found our new favorite "special occasion" restaurant right here in Baltimore! The food was amazing, the service was impeccable,and the wine pairings were perfection!
This was our first time at the Charleston and we will definitely be back! We paid a set ticket price which included food (five course meal), champagne pairing, our table for the night (it was New Years Eve), party favors, and gratuity. This isn't the normal, as this was New Years Eve. The preselected menu was different then anything my husband and I would have chosen and we were not disappointed, everything was delicious. Portion sizes are small but, appropriate. The wait staff was knowledgeable and extremely friendly in helping us pair champagnes. The atmosphere was quiet and romantic with a low hum about the room, nothing overwhelming; the dining room had an air of quiet and intimate conversation and was incredibly relaxing.
Going into dinner I had high expectations based on this restaurant’s and chef’s reputation, but was met with only modest delivery when tasting the food. Sauces were thin, the table service was disjointed, and wait staff did not communicate well about the menu. The service was sloppy - my first course was served before the wine was poured, and the wine did not get served until several minutes later. Also the meal was not good value for the money - dinner for 3 including wine, dessert, and tip was $480 - $160 per person. However, I regularly eat in DC and NYC much better food for the same or even less money. Not going to recommend this restaurant to others, which saddens me as a born and raised Baltimorean - no hometown pride here.
We celebrated our 1st anniversary at Charleston, and they made us feel as special as we wanted to be on that day. Everyone doted on us and made us feel appreciated and welcome. The food was outstanding -- we did the 6-course meal with wine pairings and we left there very full.
Great food, poor service.
We had to wait an hour past the time of our reservation even to be given our menus. In the meantime, cocktails were pushed upon us. The kitchen kindly offered us a dish while we were waiting to make up for it, but neither of us wanted what they served. We then had to repeatedly ask for things throughout the meal.
When it arrived, however, the quality of the food and paired wine was very high.
Thoroughly delightful dining experience, start to finish. We did the 3-course menu plus a cheese course and the dessert course that comes with each order. It was PLENTY for each of us (adult females). Every single thing we ate is worthy of rave reviews, but I will give special mention to the chopped beet salad, which was divine. Lovely service as well! Altogether lovely evening.
It was our first time dining there. We had seen Chef Cindy on a Food Network show and wanted to try the Charleston, so we picked Christmas Eve. It was by far the best dining experience. We were seated in the small room facing the water (Domino Sugar sign was visible) and it was perfect. The staff was extremely attentive and the food was amazing. We will be back once we start saving up!
Our Christmas Eve dinner at Charleston was absolutely one of the most memorable to date. The service was impeccable and the menu was well thought-out, delicious, and well-executed. I enjoyed the oysters which are my absolute favorite. The artichoke soup was one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth. The goose and sweetbreads were both indulgent, neither as heavy as we would have thought - again perfection! The sticky toffee pudding at the end was absolutely divine. It was prepared in traditional English style which could not have been more perfect for Christmas Eve. To sum up our evening would be to say that Charleston is all about exquisitely prepared food, outstanding service, and beautiful ambiance.
The Charleston is my favorite restaurant. My husband and I have dinner there at least 3-4 times a year. The Charleston is part of our Chrsitmas celebration. It is now our tradition to have dinner there every year the Saturday before Christmas. I always ordered the lobster bisque which is superb. The oysters are one of my favorites and this time I had two orders. The quail with pecan stuffing is another dish you must try. My dessert was sticky toffee pudding topped with butter pecan ice cream. I just cannot say enough about how great the food and service is at the Charleston. In addition, the staff always make you feel special.
My boyfriend picked this restaurant for his birthday. We both love food and like to watch cooking shows on TV. He watched the episode where Chef Cindy competed against Bobby Flay. He was pretty impressed which brought us to the Charleston. There were 4 in our party and I must say best restaurant ever, from the staff to the food and wine, just awesome.
Chef Cindy Wolf deftly weaves South Carolina low-country components with elements of French nouvelle cuisine. The menu comprises a list of items from which diners are to populate a three- to six-course pris fixe menu. Wine pairings are also available. Dessert follows independently. Everything was imaginatively conceived and beautifully prepared. There were a number of vegetarian-friendly items, and there were some decadent upgrades including macaroni and cheese covered with fresh black truffles. The fried oyster were among the best I have had, and the Sweet Breads en cocotte was inspired. Service was elegant and attentive, and the wine list is well curated.
absolutely amazing to say the least! love the Charleston, beautiful, staff is great and attentive, food is delish no matter which you choose, decent pricing, doesn't break the bank, and the wine choices! oh my! so many to choose!
What a fabulous evening dining at Charleston. I have never experienced such outstanding service. The entire staff is very detail oriented and is there to make your evening perfect. The food was superb. Now I just have to save my money so I can go there some time in the future.
Fabulous! From the second I walked in the door I was impressed. This was our first time at Charleston. Up until now, when I thought about making a reservation it was too late to get a time we wanted on the day we wanted. I was pretty much last minute which does not work for this place on a weekend. However, this past Tuesday I was in town for a meeting and made an early reservation. We sat overlooking the harbor and the place was very quite when we got there with only a few other table occupied around us by the time we left. Soothing ambience in beautifully decorated rooms; pleasant, attentive server and support staff, knowledgeable sommelier and oh..... the food with the wine pairing was 5 star! I spent about 15 minutes quickly scanning the wine list (I could have spent an hour) which has about the most extensive offerings I have ever seen. While tempted by many, we didn't order a bottle since we wanted to have the benefit of the chef's recommendations and explore numerous wines. It is hard to say enough good about the quality, presentation and taste of the food, it was fabulous and I felt the portions were pretty large for a "small" serving place. As if the wine list isn't enough, the cheese cart, brandy/cognac cart and the selection of fine brown liquor once again offer choices of the best of the best. This is the place to impress, celebrate, get romantic or just enjoy fine dining. We will definitely visit again soon!
We told them in our reservation that it was our anniversary, and they provided us the best table in the house! It was cozy and quiet and romantic. We don't normally frequent such an upscale restaurant, but for a special occasion it was a treat. And our son had provided a gift certificate for the occasion!! Andrew, our waiter, made us feel comfortable and special. When we needed an expert opinion and asked, he gave us great advice. We had a five course meal counting dessert, each course served separately. Each was a culinary adventure. As each was served, those who presented the dishes would tell us about each dish. (It would have been even more impressive if they spoke better English since it was hard to understand some of what they told us.) We gave each other tastes of each dish and enjoyed each. While each course is relatively small, by the time we completed five courses, we were quite satisfied. We were there for over two hours and enjoyed every minute. We would recommend the restaurant to our friends and family, but only as a very special occasion, for it is hard to justify the expense regardless of how good the food is, at least for us.
We had an excellent time celebrating our anniversary at Charleston. The service is impeccable and the food is to die for. We felt pampered from the moment we walked in the door. The attention paid to detail is unbeatable. While expensive, it’s a great place to go for a special occasion.
We had a very delicious meal with great service and ambiance. Each course was excellent. I had the lobster bisque, scallops, and duck, and my husband got the fried oysters, pear salad, quail, and beef. The meal was memorable and we will definitely return if we are back in Baltimore for a special occasion.
As usual, everything was perfect, from the moment the valet came to park the car until we left the restaurant. The service is impeccable but relaxed, the food is beautifully prepared, and the wine pairings are exceptional! For fine dining, the best restaurant in Baltimore!
Superb is the word that immediately comes to mind when describing CHARLESTON. Whenever I want to celebrate a very special occasion, Charleston is definitely my restaurant of choice. Every detail is top tier from beginning to end. We in Charm City are indeed fortunate to have a restaurant of this caliber in our midst.
Absolutely fabulous - I cannot remember a better meal. My friend and I were treated like princesses. I chose the lobster soup, red beet tartare, mushroom tart, and grilled French quail. Unbelievably delicious. My favorite of these was the lobster soup, which was to DIE for.
Andrew was so attentive, without hovering - not to mention gorgeous and hilarious! Luis was very, very kind and attentive - adorable.
I can’t say enough about the Charleston. I only wish I could have met the chef. 👍👍
I had been looking forward to my first visit to the Charleston and I must say that the front of the house was spot on, but the food was disappointing. I did the 3 course menu with an added salad. Each course was "fine" but there was not one taste that put a smile on my face or had me wanting to say to my dining partner "oh my, you have to taste this!". The presentations were clean but boring. The exception was the beautifully plated beet salad. A bright red firmly cooked beet with carrots that were mashed and wonderfully earthy tasting. The problem was that neither of us had ordered a beet salad and looked at the plate with confusion until we noticed the small artichoke on the plate and realized that this was the artichoke salad that had been recommended to be placed in the middle of the table for sharing. The desert of chocolate pot de crème with brittle was quite yummy. I don't think I will return as I think that this represented a typical experience.
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