Charleston

4.9
3616 reviews
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$50 and over
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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 seven-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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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Executive chef
Cindy Wolf
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Neighborhood
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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
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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will offer 2 seatings, each with 4-course menu plus dessert:
5:30-6:30 PM - $149 per person
8:30-10 PM - $319 per person, all inclusive, menu, Champagne, party favors, tax & gratuity

Monday, December 31, 2018

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Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and it was the most wonderful evening in every way. From the greeting when we walked in the door, to the service and of course the food. It was all fabulous.

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as usual. I was not happy about paying $25.00 a piece for 2 glasses of champagne. I know I didn't ask for the price before I ordered it, but if I had i wouldn't have ordered it.

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CC
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu artfully prepared, wonderful and knowledgeable servers, creative cocktails, spot-on service all the way start to finish!

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

For us, on a limited income, this restaurant is a bit expensive but worth it for our wedding anniversaries.
Thanks

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife celebrated her birthday and loved the restaurant, in all respects. The noise level was slightly high to due the proximity to a "group" event next door.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

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LL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After trying many times to get a reservation we finally succeeded. It was well worth the wait, and we could tell why it was so difficult to get the reservation. The food is amazing, as is the wine list, the service, and the space. The reviews that say Charleston is one of the best restaurants in Maryland are correct.

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VR
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected, all of the courses were superb. The small artichoke soup starter was splendid with its lemon accent. Cornmeal fried oysters were amazingly tender and tasty, as were the scallops and duck breast. The artichoke salad was creative and seasonal.

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CV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always, and the wine pairings are a must!

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

What a great experience and amazing food. Would highly recommend.

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H
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal again! Many new items such as fried turbot, veal medallions, pasta with white truffles, and quail. All executed to perfection. Also the preparation of the foie gras with butternut squash and apples was the best I have ever had. Foie gras done perfectly and a complete harmony of flavours.
Service as actually better than usual, and it is usually excellent. However the staff were very attentive and friendly despite it being a busy Saturday night with a Christmas party going on in one of the rooms (which you wouldn't know if you hadn't been told).

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

The food was amazing, especially the lobster soup and smoked Norwegian salmon. The servers were extremely attentive and helpful. Loved the slow pace of the prix fixe menu. Will definitely splurge and go again.

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DM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at the Charleston. The cuisine and service are impeccable.

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DG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is awesome. The staff was very helpful. They explained every course. There wine recommendation was right on point. Free valet parking was an absolute pleasant surprise.

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S
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely restaurant! The food was amazing, the service attentive without being intrusive, and the wine pairings a treat.

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MG
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food with exceptional service. Was expensive but worth every dollar spent. Highly recommend the lobster soup and the seared sea scallop. The only part of my meal that wasn't quite perfect was the apple tart dessert but everything else was perfect and I say this after halving eaten at several michelin starred restaurants across the world.

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the Charleston and the food was amazing. Service was spectacular and the ambiance terrific. We were celebrating our anniversary and thus why we went... for a special occasion. While everything was wonderful the cost was outrageous for the food that was served. I can't imagine the profit margin for this restaurant based on the portions and what they are charging. Thank God we had a $200 gift certificate to put TOWARDS the meal. Yes, that's right... towards the final bill. We had to kick in another $200. Like I said. the food was fantastic but certainly not a place for the faint of heart when the bill is left on your table! Would I go back? Absolutely.. as long as I had a gift certificate again to help offset the cost. For two people I think $400 is a bit over the top especially when there wasn't an expensive bottle of wine ordered. We did do the wine pairing option with 3 courses. No food (especially the portion sizes that were served) is worth that. Lifestyles of the rich and famous I guess... or a splurge for a special occasion. But be prepared for the bill!

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MW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have an amazing experience when we go to the Charleston. From the incredible service, to the creative dishes, to the extensive wine and bourbon menu, you can’t go wrong. I personally recommend never doing more than 4 courses, because each course is very rich. My only complaint was with our final courses (I had the filet, and my wife had the lamb)- both dishes were OK, no major issues, but nothing especially noteworthy. The other courses on the other hand, were out of this world. I have had crab cakes from dozens of places in MD, from dives, to fine dining establishments, and the crab cake at Charleston was hands down the best I’ve ever had. It took the cake ;)

We will be back soon!

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MK
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Charleston is still arguably the best restaurant in Baltimore. The atmosphere, the food and service are typically 5 star. We went for Thanksgiving now, for the 4th time in 5 years. In previous years, you truly felt like you were dining in someone's home for the holidays. They would allow you to get some off menu items like their fried oysters which are amazing, and on this one day, second portions were totally acceptable because of the holiday, and you were not rushed. This year was different though. First, you could not get anything off the holiday menu, so no more fried oysters to start. They did bring us probably the most amazing truffled potato chips at the bar while we waited though!

Once we sat, we were kind of rushed and you had to order each course up front, including coffee, and type. They also used to pour a complimentary glass of champagne to start, which was another great touch. I asked about seconds, the the response was coldly, ahh just let me know.... The food was excellent as always, though the entree portions seemed smaller, and it just did not feel right to ask for seconds. The desserts were good though, not amazing as i recall in previous years. The chocolate meringue silk pie was very hard to eat with the meringue, and the pumpkin cheesecake did not have much pumpkin flavor. The pecan tart was very good, could have used ice cream.

The service was very good, though unfortunately it felt more rushed, colder and more formal on this holiday occasion. We will go back soon to sit at the bar, though likely will not go back for Thanksgiving. For $85 per person, it was good, though just not the experience or value felt in prior years.

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DC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Charleston hits it out of the park. We have visited multiple times over several years and always walk away amazed by our experience. The food is divine, the wine pairings perfect, and the level of service is perfect - exactly the right balance of professionalism and friendly welcoming.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe the best restaurant east of the Mississippi River.

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RC
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent pairings, food was superb, service excellent. Desserts a bit lacking but after the preceding courses hardly an issue!

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S
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We do a lot of fine dining (espciallly in Manhattan) and Charleston is one of the best restaurants we've been to in years. It's an epicure's dream. Charleston is elegant without being stuffy. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is heavenly. The service brings new meaning to the word "seamless." Make no mistake about it - Charleston is not for the "faint of wallet" but it's worth every penny.

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

The venison was out of this world!

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

Absolutely a life changing experience and wouldn’t change a thing, Cindy Wolf staff were perfect, will be back in the future.

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CJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent!!! A must for a great dining experience!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love the way you order how much of the Prix Fixe you want. Everything was so well presented and terrific. Thanks

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MH
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've heard much about this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The food was great and the service fantastic. It is not cheap, but a treat worth doing more than once. We arrived early on a night where the weather was horrible, but they sat us at the bar with no problem and we had some very good drinks.

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ES
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere. Phenomenal.

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LS
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we entered for our birthday celebration until the end of the experience, we were cherished and pampered. Maitre d' was warm and personable and Jocelyn was incredible. Each dish was carefully prepared and each shone on its own. On the permanent list next time in Balto/DC, Hon!

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F
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner . They never disappoint. Simply fantastic from beginning to end!!!!

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WR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Wolf never disappoints! Every detail is meticulously executed. I also appreciate that they haven't given in to the tiny food trend. This is my favorite restaurant.

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M
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Charleston qualifies as "The Last Supper" - as in we have just experienced the most divine dinner and can die happy after it! Artichoke soup with Truffle oil, fried (in peanut oil) oysters that had been dredged in cornmeal, grilled French quail (so tiny, so delectable) and passion fruit brulee. There is a God and her name is Cindy Wolf!

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EB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service from the moment you arrive. Excellent food and wine selections. And you can relax and enjoy a delicious meal that continues to surprise your pallet.

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CS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First....be prepared....this is going to be an EXTREMELY expensive evening. But it is well worth it. The service is 5+ star....truly professional. Michelin star professional.

Second...you have the choice of 3-6 plates (plus dessert which is included) with or without wine pairing. 4 is sufficient for most diners for a full dinner. Menu changes daily....choices from salads through beef tartare and fois gras to fish/steak/poultry. Three of us chose 11 different dishes with some sharing....everything from pumpkin soup to tuna and steak tartare through squab. On any given night there may be specials not on the menu....squab was one the early Nov night we dined there.

Exquisite wine, liquor options. Staff has detailed knowledge. Let them help you find the right match but watch the price if you are sensitive to paying over $100/bottle for wine or a significant amount for a single serving of cognac/armagnac. Bourbon choices truly unusual.

Go enjoy and then eat at home for a month to help your budget recover.

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DH
Cleveland
66 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don't live in Baltimore, but each time we return, we must always have an evening at Charleston. We've now been here three times, over the course of say 10 years (last one 3 years ago) and the consistently high quality in food, wine pairing and service are just right.

My mum had the 3 course and I the 4 course, but both of us insisted we have our own Halibut entrees, which paired equally well with a Lanson Champagne as a Mercurey (and the suggest pairing of a Oregon white Rhone ranger. Of course, the rich lobster soup was has we have remembered it paired beautifully with a dry sherry. The escargot mushroom puff pastry was divine as was the tarte tartin. Compliments to Chef Cindy Wolff. If there was a least favourite, it would be the beef which was a bit bland.

We were extremely impressed with the maitre d' as he welcomed us as we were slightly early and the personalization of hospitality was exceptional. He paid such attention to detail that he turned up the lights in the lounge area while we waited because my mum mentioned she could not see so well the menu in the dark, being 87 years old.

Charleston is a Baltimore gem. The food is divine, the wine pairings (which even in top restaurants often don't work) on point, the service impeccable and the consistency throughout the years impressive. We shall certainly return on our next trip to Baltimore which we hope would be sooner than another 3 years.

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KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best 5 hours I ever spent on a meal - beautifully paced and unobtrusive for conversation. Went for an anniversary reunion with 3 sisters during the World Fantasy Convention in Baltimore. We enjoyed 4 courses from the tasting menu and dessert. Covered most of the menu between us, sent photos to friends, and shared bites of everything. Wine pairings were lovely and customized to our tastes by our fantabulous servers. Requested copies of the menus for one sister and she was presented with menus rolled up like diplomas tied with red ribbon! Definitely going back next time I'm in Baltimore.

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Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We get to Charleston about once a year and are never disappointed. It's an elegant experience with amazing food and wonderful service.

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