The Best Restaurants in Baltimore, According to our Tastemakers

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 our Tastemaker List. 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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Duck Duck Goose - Fells Point, Magdalena, Hersh's
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Bistro, Italian
Neighborhoods:Fells Point, Mt. Vernon, Federal Hill
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Duck Duck Goose - Fells Point

$$$$·French·
Fells Point
502 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 waterfront neighborhood...

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Great for Brunch in Baltimore

Magdalena

$$$$·Bistro·
Mt. Vernon
832 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

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 experience unlike an...

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Best Food in Baltimore / Maryland
5 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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Hersh's

$$$$·Italian·
Federal Hill
902 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 dining room is beautif...

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Best Overall in Baltimore / Maryland
18 people mentioned the Pistachio Pizza

Rye Street Tavern

$$$$·American·
Port Covington
751 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • 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 best restaurants in Balt...

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30 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Linwoods

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Owings Mills
3,690 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 is contemporary and ...

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Contemporary American in Baltimore / Maryland
48 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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La Cuchara

$$$$·Basque·
Hampden
1,661 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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 menu at La Cuchara f...

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41 people mentioned the Croquettes
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Foraged

$$$$·American·
Hampden
261 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 stunning wood tables and flo...

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7 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
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Citron

$$$$·American·
Towson
1,580 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View

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 polished eatery serv...

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Best Ambiance in Baltimore Suburbs
15 people mentioned the Calamari

City Cafe - Baltimore

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon
2,469 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 Cafe serves lunch, d...

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49 people mentioned the Crab Soup
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Gunther & Co.

$$$$·American·
Canton
2,005 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 simply getting together wi...

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Best Ambiance in Baltimore
24 people mentioned the Hot Pot

The Elephant

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon
613 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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 near and far since 20...

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13 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
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La Food Marketa

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pikesville
1,376 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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, offering a number of cockt...

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Fit for Foodies in Baltimore Suburbs
24 people mentioned the Short Rib

Ouzo Bay - Baltimore

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Harbor East
2,242 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 responsibly sourced cui...

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105 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

Blue Hill Tavern

$$$$·American·
Canton
2,892 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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 to celebrate any occa...

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Best Value in Baltimore / Maryland
43 people mentioned the Calamari

Rec Pier Chop House

$$$$·Italian·
Fells Point
1,103 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals

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 Chop House sources some ...

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Kid Friendly in Baltimore / Maryland
12 people mentioned the Sparkler
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Black Olive

$$$$·Seafood·
Fells Point
2,781 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic

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 Point, the interior spac...

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Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland
693 people mentioned the Black Olive

Azumi

$$$$·Japanese·
Harbor East
1,242 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront

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 neighborhood, this loca...

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Scenic View in Baltimore
20 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
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