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 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.

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

Duck Duck Goose - Fells Point

$$$$·French·
Fells Point
335 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
92% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Baltimore / Maryland
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Magdalena

$$$$·Bistro·
Mt. Vernon
734 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
92% recommended
5 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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Hersh's

$$$$·Italian·
Federal Hill
842 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in Baltimore / Maryland
18 people mentioned the Pistachio Pizza
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Rye Street Tavern

$$$$·American·
Port Covington
742 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
89% recommended
30 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Linwoods

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Owings Mills
3,331 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
Best Food in Baltimore / Maryland
48 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

La Cuchara

$$$$·Basque·
Hampden
1,660 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
41 people mentioned the Croquettes
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Foraged

$$$$·American·
Hampden
261 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
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
93% recommended
7 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
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Citron

$$$$·American·
Towson
1,184 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
90% recommended
Scenic View in Baltimore / Maryland
15 people mentioned the Calamari
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City Cafe - Baltimore

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon
2,499 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
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
97% recommended
49 people mentioned the Crab Soup
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Gunther & Co.

$$$$·American·
Canton
1,656 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
American in Baltimore / Maryland
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 nRead more
85% recommended
13 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
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La Food Marketa

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pikesville
1,183 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
Kid Friendly in Baltimore Suburbs
24 people mentioned the Short Rib

Ouzo Bay - Baltimore

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Harbor East
2,003 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
91% recommended
Hot Spot in Baltimore
105 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

Blue Hill Tavern

$$$$·American·
Canton
2,905 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
43 people mentioned the Calamari

Rec Pier Chop House

$$$$·Italian·
Fells Point
1,067 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
85% recommended
12 people mentioned the Sparkler

Black Olive

$$$$·Seafood·
Fells Point
2,769 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Baltimore / Maryland
693 people mentioned the Black Olive

Azumi

$$$$·Japanese·
Harbor East
1,051 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 neiRead more
89% recommended
Hot Spot in Baltimore / Maryland
20 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
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