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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Baltimore

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine 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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4.8
4.8 (292)
$30 and under
American
Upper Fells Point
About the restaurant
Water for Chocolate provides an intimate and savory experience with a nod to personal space and service.
Chef Sean Guy and his team prepares creative dishes using seasonal ingredients with the best of intentions.
The result is a fresh, eclectic take on comfort food that elevates the familiar to wow!!
Pairings with "holistic cocktails" such as the house brewed ginger beer and a selected wine portfolio allows for guests to create real dining memories.

Top review
JDavis
Dined 3 days ago
The food, the service, and the vibe, were all stellar. I’ve been trying to come here for a very long time and I’m glad I was finally able to experience this restaurant. I hope to be back very soon. Deonte, not to be confused with Beyoncé was a wonderful waiter.
A photo of Arturo's Trattoria restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1656)
$31 to $50
Italian
Glen Burnie
About the restaurant
Fine dining Italian restaurant specializing in fresh-daily seafood, homemade pasta, prime cuts of meat, and local produce. Voted Best Italian Cuisine in Baltimore Magazine Reader's Poll February 2021.

ARTURO'S TRATTORIA OFFERS BOTH IN-HOUSE DINING AND TAKEOUT DINNER SERVICE FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY EVENING. TAKEOUT DINNER SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY CALLING 410-761-1500 OR SENDING AN EMAIL TO INFO@ARTUROSTRATTORIA.COM

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We had high hopes for some great Italian food and wonderful atmosphere. The high ratings gave us every indication that it was going to be a great evening. Upon entering the restaurant we were great with luke warm hello. The hostess sat immediately although we arrived early. We waited a bit for the waiter but I believe he was the only one working the area we were in. Tables are a bit close or the music wasn’t loud enough as were heard conversations from other tables. We ordered a Cesar salad which was just ok. I ordered the Ragu and my husband the filet.  My dish as lacking flavor. My husband was satisfied with his although overcooked a bit. We ordered dessert but it didn’t come. We both had drinks. When the bill came we were shocked as my husbands cocktail was $38 for one margarita and he had two (yikes!!!). We reminded the waiter that we didn’t get the dessert so he comp’d us dessert and apologized. We also let him know how we felt about the cocktail price. He was very apologetic. The best think about this restaurant was the service. For the price the food should have been better. Doubt we’ll return Sadly!
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4.8
4.8 (567)
$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 4 days ago
The absolute best food in Baltimore. Chef Matt is a culinary genius and uses herbs and spices to bring out flavors in his dishes. Fresh and fancy is a winning combo!
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4.9
4.9 (1212)
$31 to $50
Italian
Federal Hill
About the restaurant
Hersh's celebrates the foods of Italy and the craft of the American bartender. Our menu of fresh, ingredient-driven dishes includes rustic Italian small plates and award-winning housemade pasta, as well as Neapolitan pizza featuring housemade mozzarella and sausage. Our booze program focuses on vintage cocktails, craft brews and spirits and a tightly-edited wine list offering varietals you won't see every day. Come hungry, come thirsty and come often!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food is amazing as always. The meatballs and fried calamari are amazing. The drinks are great and the staff get everything out very quickly.
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4.8
4.8 (2957)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Fells Point
About the restaurant
After a meticulous renovation of the Fells Point General Store in 1997, The Black Olive has become a hallmark of quaint elegance on the cobblestone section of Bond Street in Fells Point, Baltimore's waterfront jewel. Although over twenty-five years old, its spirit is rooted in a rich, multi-generational legacy. As a Greek fish tavern in historic Fells Point, we specialize in Mediterranean seafood and traditional Greek dishes, complemented by house-made breads and desserts. Savor our signature dishes like Village Pie, Grilled Octopus, Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon, Bronzini, Dover Sole, and Maine Lobster Pasta. Enhance your dining experience with selections from our extensive wine cellar or an inspired cocktail from our bar. We proudly support organic and sustainable producers of ingredients, including our wines and spirits. Recognized by Wine and Spirits Magazine as one of the '50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences in America,' The Black Olive offers an unforgettable culinary journey.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Awesome experience! Definitely well come back soon!
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4.9
4.9 (1070)
$30 and under
American
Federal Hill
About the restaurant
Located in the quaint neighborhood of Federal Hill, Baltimore. SoBo Cafe continues the tradition of American comfort food with global influences and expands it with vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and keto/paleo options. We serve craft cocktails, local draft beer & carefully selected wines. A perennial favorite among neighbors and visitors, we go out of our way to make everyone feel at home. We are gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan friendly.

We are a short walk from Camden Yards/Oriole Park & M&T/Ravens Stadium. We are very close to the Convention Center, Downtown & the Inner Harbor.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
This was by far the best food I have eaten in Baltimore. They had great gluten free options. I had the garden salad, crab cake, and gluten free brownie. My only complaint is that it was not wheelchair accessible.
A photo of La Barrita Restobar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (167)
$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
goodchicnosidesvip
Dined 4 days ago
I enjoy everything about this restaurant. The ambiance, service and food. They are welcoming and helpful and the foos is amazing. Every time it is wonderful.
A photo of Verde restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1130)
$31 to $50
Pizza Bar
Canton
About the restaurant
From an extensive list of authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, to fresh salads & homemade desserts, Verde brings the traditional flavors of Italy to the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore City. The restaurant also offers an assortment of local beers & imported Italian craft beers, a list of hand-selected domestic and Italian wines and an awarding winning cocktail program.
Outdoor seating available
Order Pick Up at verdepizza.com
Nightly specials available visit verde.restaurant
Valet parking nightly with complimentary Sunday to Thursday

We offer takeout! Please visit our website at www.verdepizza.com to complete your order!

Top review
Lajja
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious, gourmet pizza. Good drinks. Fun atmosphere. Enjoy.
A photo of Dutch Courage restaurant
4.9
4.9 (519)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I’ve been interested in trying Dutch Courage for a long time and finally got there. I was very pleasantly surprised. The space is inviting and the menu is unique! We tried several food items and they were all absolutely delicious! (Chefs kiss). Large drink menu including great wines:). Thanks for your hustle! Will definitely be back aGaIN 😎
A photo of The Prime Rib - Baltimore (The Original) restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4447)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Unbelievable service, food was amazing, the best steakhouse we have been at yet in the U.S.. Staff was incredibly kind and welcoming. This is a Must Stop for anyone in Baltimore seeking a great experience and steak!!
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