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La Cuchara

4.6
4.6
1660 Reviews
$30 and under
Basque
Located in historic Woodberry, La Cuchara represents the asadors and pintxo bars of the Basque region of Northern Spain and Southern France.

La Cuchara updates its menu daily to offer the best quality produce and provisions available, and features a pintxo station, craft cocktails & a wood-fired grill.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Basque

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (443) 708-3838

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ben Lefenfeld

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends, hosting a corporate outing, or planning a wedding rehearsal, La Cuchara can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (443) 708-3838

  • Neighborhood

    Hampden

  • Cross street

    Union Avenue at the Light Rail station.

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Light Rail, Woodberry stop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,660 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TM

    TimM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent dinner. We were celebrating the birthdays of my two sons and I was impressed that the waitress was aware of this and brought us a special dessert. The dining room was less than full due to the corona virus. I am very happy we were able to get there before the mandatory shutdown.
  2. CM

    CourtneyM

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Baltimore! Consistently great service and food, accompanied by a unique and bustling atmosphere. Great bar!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Above expectations! We received very good service and the food was incredible!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday for my fiancé Joe! We loved everything about this place!
  5. DS

    DavidS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an incredible time! We celebrated my wife's successful dissertation defense and birthday. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was lovely, and the La Cuchara team is super kind. La Cuchara also helped celebrate with a surprise birthday dessert and a dissertation dessert wine. If you are looking to splurge on an excellent night out, La Cuchara is the place to go!
  6. R

    Ruxton4dinner

    Baltimore

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Cuchara is a terrific restaurant. A lot of choices. We split 2 small plates; 2 medium plates and one entree. Our server was excellent, available but not obtrusive. I would recommend to anyone.
  7. m

    michaelm

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding, I will admit I was at best hesitant about eating here but I was not disappointed at all. Everything was amazing, we started with Charcuterie Board - portions and selections were delicious. Husband had Rockfish and I stuck with small bites. I thought about this meal all day today, so yummy. We will be back. The place is a bit noisy but is very cozy and warm for a cold night.
  8. M

    Mommd

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, delicious wines by the glass—- we will go again
  9. K

    Kristen

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a reservation right at 5 o'clock when they open. The service was amazing, they were very helpful in going through the menu, the drinks were great, and the food and dessert were great! I was also really impressed with the level of noise (not a lot!) Would definitely go here again!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a delicious dinner. Duck, carrots, and mushrooms were amazing. Best of all was our server, Brent. He was FABULOUS!
  11. F

    Flash

    Philadelphia

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent at every level, year after year. The variety of creative and tasty dishes, amazing wine list, comfortable atmosphere, and world class service make it one of the best restaurants anywhere in the U.S. Kudos to their team.
  12. MY

    MoniqueY

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and experience! Thank you!
  13. CT

    CareyT

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was so good… We had nicest server and just a perfect evening!!
  14. PV

    PoeticViking

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    La Cuchara Is a very interesting restaurant and in a good way; finding the place is a little tricky because the roadways to get there seem one-way but the signs point the same direction as oncoming traffic. However, when you drive over the wooden bridge it just gives this feeling of traveling into a new world. Upon entry into the restaurant the door had a lot of hand prints and for the type of food being provided... The place should definitely have a clean front door but the hostess made up for it with her exceptional level of hospitality. We were seated at a two person table ( Which was too small for our tasting of bites / apps. As we sat down we were offered tap or sparkling and that was a nice touch. (Water refills were not as aggressive as I hoped them to be but most restaurants make you ask for your choice of water and it was offered here) The menu layout was great but a little overwhelming. It left me needing to asking a ton of questions about the menu and we ended up ordering a plethora of items out of " not knowing or understanding " What was there". Ultimately, we ordered two cheeses but my Significant Other was allergic to pork so we couldn't order any of the meats - We ended up ordering two smaller bites, fish similar to a ceviche like substance, and wood fired trout. Overall, all of it was beyond exceptional - The cheeses were a little on the wild side as far as the taste ( Something that would pair really well with wine but not as a regular snack. Now back to the service, we mentioned to the server that my GF was allergic to pork and something was given to us that had pork (Server should've remembered and the servers should always be asking for allergies at the tables) The person walking around asking if everyone was okay was a little raw on the service side but other than that everything was fine. GF ordered strip steak and I ordered a beef arraignment 10/10 on food. Service needs some fixing and attire is too relaxed but I would highly recommend this.
  15. HL

    HLee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated an engagement and they made the bride to be feel so special!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. Hannah was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu! The food was amazing. I would definitely recommend this place an absolute treat!
  17. k

    keving

    Baltimore

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we are frequent flyers. Love the place!! from start to finish everything was perfect.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Staff very helpful and professional. Atmosphere great!
  19. S

    Shel

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I wish I could write better review. Appetizers average, soup was cold, main course had no taste, and the menu confusing. Expected more value for the price.
  20. B

    oliviaB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic one of my favorite places in Baltimore
  21. LL

    LucieL

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was there with two friends, celebrating one's birthday, and our waitress thoughtfully brought some complimentary bubbly as we had dessert. That capped what had already been a lovely evening. The food is wonderfully authentic and flavorful, the ambience is warm and inviting, if loud, and you feel very much as though you're in a special place.
  22. M

    Mitch

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall, the food and service was impeccable. One of the best restaurants in the Baltimore area. Highly suggested for a night out!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious, drinks a little pricey, great atmosphere
  24. TK

    TylerK

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible, the service was amazing. Definitely looking forward to coming back again!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good decision
  26. ML

    MikeL

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I'd give it another chance because we were limited to a pre fixed menu for vqlentines day but overall the food was just very average. For $100 a person we all left very disappointed.
  27. AM

    AlexM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Went there for Valentines' day dinner - so perhaps the fixed price menu was a bit ambitious for La Cuchara, but the 5 course meal was so overly salted (for both of us) it destroyed what should have been a reasonably good meal. I've been to La Cuchara several times, and while the food is moderately good the other visits, this experience was so negative that I felt obligated to review.
  28. WM

    WillardM

    Birmingham

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. It was Valentine's Day so the restaurant offered a fixed price, five course menu with limited selections - which made complete sense on such a busy evening. Overall, we had a wonderful dinner. The portions were much larger than we anticipate. The food was fresh and very tasty. We had excellent service with attention from about 10 restaurant staff members. We love this restaurant.
  29. R

    Rich

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Head chef, Ben and his brother Jake really make the entire experience of this restaurant. My wife and I were there for Valentine's Day. No doubt I tough night to get everything right. Not a problem for this team though. Some chef's, as they gain notoriety, feel it necessary to escalate price to nose bleed levels. Not Ben - price is extremely fair for the value of the amazing flavor of this food. I will return again and again. Another thing - as they sat tables around me - you heard the server ask if this was their 1st time at La Cuchara. Everyone I heard answer that question was return customers. That says a lot. Thanks Ben and Jake!
  30. TZ

    TimZ

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, creative presentation, excellent service, great wine selection. Love this place!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular all around. Jackie K was one of the best servers that I've had.
  32. BK

    BrianK

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was truly outstanding. One of the best in all of greater Baltimore. The food was tasty albeit somewhat outside my culinary preferences. Fun for tapas experiences. Superb wine selection for both newbies and connoisseurs.
  33. J

    Jessica

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love La Cuchara. We went to celebrate my birthday and the service was fantastic. Everything I have ordered has been delicious and I will definitely return to try more menu items. The cocktail and wine list is great as well. Some of the best cocktails I've had in Baltimore. The flavor combinations were excellent for both of our entrees. You can never go wrong with the steak. The desert menu looked delicious; I highly recommend the churros.
  34. ES

    EricS

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent good and service. Great meal.
  35. HW

    HurleW

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE to dine out, & we’re fortunate enough to be able to do it quite a lot. I have to say that our recent dinner at La Cuchara was one the best meals I’ve eaten ever! There were four of us in the group and we each got something different, and then we sampled each other’s choices, and we all loved all of the main courses. We were going to get appetizers, but the homemade breads and butter were so delicious (& free!) that we ate them all, and didn’t have space for appetizers. We DID sample a couple of the desserts, & they were to die for! Even the coffee & cappuccino were great. We’ve been here lots of times & brought our kids and grandkids and friends, and they all loved it! The wait staff were also lovely - there when you wanted them, lots of on-spot suggestions & recommendations! Yea la Cuchara!
  36. MY

    MaureenY

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved the small plates.. would have preferred a different table ..bar area looked fun, food was very good and loved the selection
  37. L

    Ladymcquaid

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Really REALLY loud. Our conversations were mostly impossible amongst the group. With two vegans and one vegetarian in the group (specified beforehand), there weren’t many options for vegans. We were underwhelmed by the food. The atmosphere was pretty good but again, we couldn’t hear each other at all. Very nice to bring a birthday dessert but it was brought to the birthday girl after she was a few bites into her dessert she’d already ordered so it wasn’t eaten. All in all, not too impressed but maybe we’ll give it another shot some other time. Last time we were here was over a year ago and we were underwhelmed but hopefully better things are coming.
  38. PL

    PedroL

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very delicious, I will definitely go again. I have family in Basque Country and the restuarant did it justice.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Do much fun; great service recommendations from waiter; friendly & fun
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    They were out of a few items and it was only 7:30 on a friday night.

FAQs

La Cuchara offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (443) 708-3838.

La Cuchara is rated 4.6 stars by 1660 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Union Avenue at the Light Rail station.

  • Neighborhood

    Hampden

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Basque

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Light Rail, Woodberry stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ben Lefenfeld

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (443) 708-3838

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends, hosting a corporate outing, or planning a wedding rehearsal, La Cuchara can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (443) 708-3838

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