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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Baltimore

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Baltimore? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (511)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Charles Village
About the restaurant
Dutch Courage is a gin-centric cocktail bar located in the historic Baltimore neighborhood of Old Goucher. Whether you are looking for an adventuresome cocktail or need a cold beer, our staff has you covered. With 150 bottles of Gin, Genever, Old Tom and Barreled Gin, along with a full spirit selections, there is always something new to explore and help you discover your courage.
The Dutch Courage kitchen team lead by Chef Alec Jacobsen has a variety of food for you to enjoy while sipping beverages. From delightful boards of cheese, charcuterie and tinned seafood to small and large plates, the food at Dutch Courage is always a culinary adventure.

Top review
StevenM
Dined on May 19, 2024
The Gin Fling was a fantastic event. Great to taste so many varieties of gin and to sample cocktails using them.
A photo of Gunther & Co. restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2831)
$30 and under
American
Canton
About the restaurant
Gunther & Co., located in the historic Gunther Boiler Building in Brewers Hill, offers a Modern American menu, globally influenced and locally spun. Whether looking for a casual evening out, special occasion or impromptu drink after work, there is a space carved out for you here – at our oyster bar, on the patio or overlooking the 16-foot living wall and main dining area on our mezzanine. The integrity of our ingredients is at the heart of the menus and each dish is crafted with a pride in preparation and hospitality.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
This is my first time at the restaurant my wife and I celebrated our anniversary. Food was excellent. I wish they had more vegan options though they provided us a complementary dessert for anniversary. Our waitress was wonderful. It had a nice ambience. Would definitely return.
A photo of MARTA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (530)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Upper Fells Point
About the restaurant
New, to the historical Butcher's Hill community in Baltimore, MD comes Marta "fine food and spirits". A new restaurant and bar helmed by the husband and wife duo Matthew and Martha Oetting. Chef Matthew, has been developing Marta over the course of a prestigious career that spans over two decades. Martha Oetting is no stranger to hospitality herself, working in the beer, wine and spirit industry as a brand ambassador for over 15 years. Martha Oetting tackles the bar program, with plans to feature specialty cocktails including unique negroni, digestif, and appertif concoctions. Chef Matthew's dinning menu features stylish American cuisine with a thick Italian accent. Raw preparations in the crudo section are headlined by chef Matthew's signature tuna tartar cannoli. Other stand outs are found in the housemade pasta section, or the carefully curated entrees section. A comfortable and inviting bistro atmosphere welcomes guests to this remarkable Baltimore dinning destination.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
One of the best meals. Everything about this experience was great! Unique and delicious dishes. Great service. Nice ambience. Got a bottle of wine, so didn’t try drinks, but that menu looked limited. Tiramisu was out of this world!
A photo of Ammoora - Ritz-Carlton Residences restaurant
4.7
4.7 (405)
$50 and over
Middle Eastern
Inner Harbor
About the restaurant
Enter a realm of authentic Levantine cuisine, culture, and design at Ammoora, an ornate dining destination, exclusively housed within the Ritz-Carlton Residences Baltimore. Embracing the cultural beauty and diversity of its fare, Ammoora immerses guests in an intimate fine-dining experience composed in a contemporary culinary style. Presented and prepared with award-winning skill and finesse, the culinary journey through the Eastern Mediterranean offers unique interpretations of classic dishes. Drawing inspiration from Ammoora's family roots, the Syrian-focused authentically modern menu evokes a sensory experience, enhanced by soft, yet lively oriental music and an alluring ambience.
Top review
Love4Food
Dined 6 days ago
Everything from the service to the food and ambiance was excellent. I would highly recommend the restaurant to celebrate any special occasion as the dining experience would be memorable.
A photo of Magdalena restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1151)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Mt. Vernon
About the restaurant
Magdalena features thoughtfully created bistro fare inspired by the classic dishes of France, the comforts of England and the vast spirit of Baltimore.

The seasonally evolving menu highlights a playful yet sophisticated take on classics driven by the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay region. Ingredients are sourced close to home and relationships with local farmers and purveyors are at the heart of the culinary philosophy.

A cheeky cocktail program, revered whiskey collection, Wine Spectator awarded wine list, and regionally sourced craft beers complete a delightfully unmatched dining experience.

Top review
Phatmanvip
Dined 2 days ago
Food was outstanding. Fresh and inventive. Pit beef, asparagus, risotto and crab salad not to be missed. Lovely service.
A photo of The Prime Rib - Baltimore (The Original) restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4431)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
The Prime Rib is an American steakhouse reminiscent of a 1940's Supper Club. The Dress Code is Business Casual. Dress shorts are permitted. Live music every night.

Special Events: Select Half-Priced Wine List every Sunday. The Prime Rib gift card is available in any denomination, call or email us for details.

Top review
HarryB
Dined on May 17, 2024
The Prime Rib was wonderful, as always! Great food, and superb service!!
A photo of Bygone restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3410)
$50 and over
American
Harbor East
About the restaurant
A fusion of the old, the new and the best of Baltimore. We’re an American gastro bistro that represents historic, vibrant, authentic Baltimore. We blend modern energy with a classic feel, celebrating luxury, excitement & an elevated dining experience. Plus, we’ve got some unbeatable views of our beautiful city!
Bygone’s warm & welcoming atmosphere is reminiscent of an old-school social club, while our open rotisserie grill, whiskey bar & craft cocktails add a flair that is contemporary.

Please note: No shows and cancellations made within less than 24 hours will be subject to a $75/per person fee.

Top review
PaulaL
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service, great atmosphere and delicious food to include the keylime mousse.
A photo of La Barrita Restobar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (145)
$31 to $50
Argentinean
Upper Fells Point
About the restaurant
La Barrita features Argentinian style steak seasoned with mouth watering chimichurri, home made pastas, and empanadas. Nestled in the Butcher's Hill neighborhood, La Barrita provides intimate atmosphere with a Baltimore industrial feel. In the warmer months enjoy al fresco dining when we roll up the garage doors.

At La Barrita we treat our guests like family. An upscale casual restaurant, we suit a variety of dining needs, from special occasions to catching up with friends; you might even catch a soccer game on at the bar. Just don't get caught in a Boca jersey! La Barrita is a proud supporter of River Plate fc.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
La Barrita is in a very nice location, the service was great and the staff were attentive. This spot is clearly worth the reviews it’s getting as guests were flowing in and out all night. The chef was also really funny and came out to speak with myself and my girlfriend. The food was also excellent, their empanadas were delicious as were their cocktails. Overall, it’s a great restaurant with great food, would recommend to anyone who is interested.
A photo of Sotto Sopra restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3476)
$31 to $50
Italian
Mt. Vernon
About the restaurant
Sotto Sopra is an Italian restaurant housed in a beautiful 19th century building just blocks north of Baltimore’s Harborplace on Charles Street. Sotto Sopra specializes in true contemporary Italian cuisine adapting farm to table. We buy local whenever it is possible. The perfect risotto, handmade pastas, roasted meats, local seafood, and regional produce are here for your total enjoyment.

Join us for our Power Lunch, featuring what's freshest and best in Italian cuisine. Featured pastas for $10 and fresh salads with chicken, shrimp or salmon. Check it out!

Sotto Sopra invites you to dine for lunch, Monday through Saturdays and dinner every evening. Eat.Drink.Sleep.Dream--Italian

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had a wonderful dinner at Sotos Sopra after seeing a play this past weekend I’ll waiter. David was excellent. Made a great wine suggestion and the food was absolutely superb.  The pasta is homemade and delectable and the salad was fresh and delicious. We even indulged in dessert and it was magnificent.  Every single person who was involved in our experience, was personable and friendly from the restaurant manager, Jose, to the people that cleared the table and brought more water and of course our waiter was fabulous! Try the gelato or sorbet to. They have a great variety and the fig/semolina cake was delicious. This is an upscale Italian restaurant and the decor is absolutely otherworldly, but it maintains a friendly atmosphere that makes it just a pleasure to dine there. Easy on street parking as well, however, we took a Uber to and from.
A photo of The Capital Grille - Baltimore restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3914)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
KaliA
Dined 6 days ago
We had a great server Paul whose suggestions were on point. Delicious meal !!!
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