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The Best Restaurants in Baltimore, According to Our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

When diners are looking for the best restaurants in Baltimore, there's no shortage of great options. Famous for its crab houses, lake trout, pit beef, and Berger cookies, Baltimore is a foodie's dream city. Known as the “city of neighborhoods” based on its hundreds of districts, Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, as well as the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic.

Historically a working-class town, various cultures influenced the city’s unique cuisine. Whether diners are in the mood for blue crab cakes or some of Baltimore’s beloved “coddies,” this thriving port city has it all. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Take a look at this list to find Baltimore restaurants that are the best of the best.

Restaurants:Duck Duck Goose - Fells Point, Magdalena, Hersh's
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Contemporary American, Italian
Neighborhoods:Fells Point, Mt. Vernon, Federal Hill
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Duck Duck Goose - Fells Point

$$$$·French·
Fells Point
244 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Duck Duck Goose is a French small plates brasserie known for its casual elegant dining room, outdoor patio, couch nook, and exceptional food. Located in Fells Point, a historic watRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Baltimore / Maryland
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Magdalena

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mt. Vernon
657 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
When it comes to the best restaurants in Baltimore, Magdalena makes the list of top spots for a reason. A culinary jewel of the city, this downtown restaurant offers a fine-dining Read more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Baltimore / Maryland
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Hersh's

$$$$·Italian·
Federal Hill
766 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Known for their wood-fired seafood, Neapolitan pizzas, and handmade pasta, Hersh's celebrates the best foods of Italy as well as the craft of American bartending. Their bi-level diRead more
98% recommended
Italian in Baltimore / Maryland

Rye Street Tavern

$$$$·American·
Port Covington
662 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
Situated in Baltimore’s stunning Port Covington neighborhood, Rye Street Tavern is a scenic spot known for its high-end comfort food and innovative cocktails. Being one of the bestRead more
87% recommended
American in Baltimore

Linwoods

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Owings Mills
3,026 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Continually recognized as one of the best restaurants in Baltimore, Linwoods is an upscale eatery that highlights modern American fare, cooked on an open grill. The interior space Read more
98% recommended
Contemporary American in Baltimore / Maryland

La Cuchara

$$$$·Basque·
Hampden
1,524 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
When diners looking for an elegant dining experience within an intimate setting, La Cuchara is the place to be. Dishing up Basque fare from Northern Spain and Southern France, the Read more
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Baltimore

Foraged

$$$$·American·
Hampden
213 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
A new take on “farm-to-table” dining, Foraged is one of the best restaurants in Baltimore based on its seasonal approach, quality ingredients, and cozy interior. Featuring stunningRead more
98% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Baltimore / Maryland
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Citron

$$$$·American·
Towson
863 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
Citron offers a casually elegant dining experience within a comfortable bar and lounge, and diners also have the option to sit outdoors as they enjoy stunning lakeside views. This Read more
86% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Baltimore / Maryland
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City Cafe - Baltimore

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon
2,424 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
This New American restaurant is the go-to spot for imaginative food, served in a relaxed setting. Located in Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, just off of I-83, City Read more
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in Baltimore

Gunther & Co.

$$$$·American·
Canton
1,423 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
This airy, bi-level eatery is one of the best in Baltimore based on its elegant yet hip interior and globally inspired menu. Whether diners are out for a special occasion or simplyRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Baltimore / Maryland

The Elephant

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon
613 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romantic
This sophisticated eatery offers diners a relaxing, elegant experience. Featuring white tablecloths and a marble fireplace, the Elephant has been winning over the hearts of those nRead more
100% recommended
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La Food Marketa

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
999 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
Blending flavors from the Americas, La Food Marketa is a fun, fresh eatery, making it one of the best restaurants in Baltimore. The restaurant itself is modern and charming, offeriRead more
84% recommended

Cunningham's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Towson
1,881 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Recognized for their wide range of wood-fired delights, including a wide selection of meats, flatbreads, pasta dishes, and more, this refined bar and eatery offers a unique dining Read more
93% recommended
Special Occasion in Baltimore Suburbs

Ouzo Bay - Baltimore

$$$$·Greek·
Harbor East
1,817 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
Specializing in seafood and upscale Greek offerings, this chic eatery also features an elegant, yet funky lounge. With a core focus on the freshest seafood possible, as well as resRead more
86% recommended

Blue Hill Tavern

$$$$·American·
Canton
2,830 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
This trendy New American eatery offers a stylish dining room, as well as outdoor seating. Located in the historic Brewer's Hill district, the Blue Hill Tavern is the perfect spot tRead more
96% recommended
American in Baltimore

Rec Pier Chop House

$$$$·Italian·
Fells Point
939 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Located in the Sagamore Pendry hotel, this modern yet rustic eatery dishes up an upscale menu that focuses on urban Italian cooking. Specializing in chops and steaks, Rec Pier ChopRead more
83% recommended
Hot Spot in Baltimore
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Black Olive

$$$$·Seafood·
Fells Point
2,665 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Black Olive is a popular Greek establishment focusing on seafood and lamb, as well as other traditional dishes. Located in the quaint cobblestone area of Bond Street in Fell's PoinRead more
91% recommended
Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland

Azumi

$$$$·Japanese·
Harbor East
902 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
Azumi is a traditional Japanese girl's name that means “safe harbor” — which is the perfect fit for this stylish, warm Baltimore establishment. Located in the city's Habor East neiRead more
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Baltimore / Maryland

Minnow - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Seafood·
Federal Hill
497 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
Located in South Baltimore, near Federal Hill, Minnow is a seafood restaurant known for its sustainable dishes and Mediterranean-focused wine program. This bright and airy restauraRead more
94% recommended
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Gnocchetto - Baltimore - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlandtown
288 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
Inventive and laid-back, Gnocchetto is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant located in the historic neighborhood known as Highlandtown-Brewers Hill. Offering a bright, beautifully dRead more
93% recommended
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