Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.