The Most Fun Restaurants in Baltimore

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Baltimore, Maryland remains true to its working-class roots with ties to a nautical past but also boasts impressive entrepreneurial ventures, arts, and phenomenal food! The prime waterfront location means you can check out the Disney-fied Inner Harbor, cobblestone streets of portside Fells Point or the shores of Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem. Stroll through the quirky neighborhoods to see historic row homes, visit museums like the BMA, Walters Art Museum and the American Visionary Arts Museum and check out the array of farmers’ markets. If you’re looking for a lively spot for good eats, check out our Tastemaker 20 List of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book a table at one tonight!

Restaurants:Flamant, The Smokehouse Restaurant at Antrim 1844, Guinness Open Gate Brewery
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:European, Contemporary French / American, Gastro Pub
Neighborhoods:Annapolis, Taneytown, Elkridge

Flamant

$$$$·European·
Annapolis
415 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Flamant is a warm, cozy neighborhood bistro and bar in West Annapolis. They offer a fun experience with a menu of classic European cuisine featuring good, simple food. The menu chaRead more
91% recommended
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The Smokehouse Restaurant at Antrim 1844

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Taneytown
263 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
Antrim’s 1844 Smokehouse Restaurant has a legacy as a culinary destination with exquisite ingredient-driven cuisine. The menu highlights the finest and freshest ingredients throughRead more
99% recommended
Best Ambiance in Baltimore / Maryland

Guinness Open Gate Brewery

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Elkridge
1,060 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
This restaurant is part of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in the Baltimore Suburbs. Located on the site of the historic Calvery distillery, it is the first Guinness brewery to openRead more
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Ida B's Table

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
835 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Authentic
  • Great for Brunch
Ida B’s Table is a modern soul food restaurant where guests can enjoy food in the boisterous and fun bar, the parlor, the drawing-room or the main dining room. The restaurant serveRead more
100% recommended
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Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille Elkridge

$$$$·American·
Elkridge
234 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
Locals consider Mutiny Pirate Bar and Island Grille one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore! They have amazing scratch food created by trained chefs and sure to please even thRead more
96% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Baltimore / Maryland
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Uncle's Hawaiian Grindz

$$$$·Hawaiian·
Bel Air
486 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz is a full-service casual dining restaurant and bar serving up food, drink, and aloha! It is definitely one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore and theyRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Baltimore / Maryland
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Backfin Blues

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Port Deposit
552 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Worth the Drive
Backfin Blues Bar and Grill offers the freshest, most succulent seafood, juicy Black Angus Steaks and Prime Rib, cold beer, specialty martinis and after-dinner drinks - and they arRead more
97% recommended
Contemporary American in Baltimore / Maryland
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The Vineyard Wine Bar

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Havre De Grace
642 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located amidst the charming art galleries, boutique hotels, antique shops and marinas of Havre de Grace, The Vineyard Wine Bar is a convenient stop for a glass of wine, light lunchRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Baltimore / Maryland
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Bacco Italian and Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Bel Air
270 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Lunch
Bacco Italian and Wine Bar offers a delightfully relaxed atmosphere for dining and locals consider it one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore. They feature a top-rated wine liRead more
98% recommended
Good for Groups in Baltimore / Maryland

Foraged

$$$$·American·
Hampden
261 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef Chris Amendola runs the kitchen at Foraged and locals love his menu of locally-sourced creations. It’s a hyper-seasonal eatery located in the trendy Hampden neighborhood of BaRead more
97% recommended
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Xenia Greek Kouzina

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Columbia
518 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore and delicious seafood to top it off, head to Xenia Greek Kouzina! Nestled in sprawling Columbia, Maryland, just outside of BaltimorRead more
97% recommended
Best Service in Baltimore Suburbs

Jazz + Soju

$$$$·Korean·
Locust Point
27 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Jazz and Soju offers an elegant and unique dining experience that guarantees a fun time, whether you’re on a date, out with friends or entertaining co-workers. Come enjoy the soothRead more
91% recommended
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Cazbar

$$$$·Turkish·
Mt. Vernon
1,181 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
The Cazbar, established in 2006, is the first and only Turkish restaurant in the city. The food, atmosphere and entertainment feature an authentic Turkish style and the restaurant Read more
98% recommended
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Creole de Graw

$$$$·Creole·
Havre De Grace
320 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Creole de Graw offers new French and Creole fusion along with New American and French dishes, and locals think it is one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore! It has a super caRead more
97% recommended
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Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Ellicott City
2,181 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant offers a wide range of French and French-Canadian delights. It is the place to go for an impressive dish that you probably can’t find elsewherRead more
100% recommended
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18th & 21st

$$$$·Speakeasy·
Columbia
517 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Live Music
18th and 21st, located in Columbia’s Merriweather District, is the sister restaurant to Cured, which it shares a building with. It is a modern supper club that brings something freRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Baltimore / Maryland
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Black Kettle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Catonsville
610 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Black Kettle, owned and operated by Head Chef Kevan Vanek, is a super fun restaurant located right on Main Street in Catonsville. The cuisine here starts in the Kettle with healthyRead more
94% recommended
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Magdalena

$$$$·Bistro·
Mt. Vernon
764 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Magdalena is a fine-dining den inside the Ivy Hotel on Biddle Street. The restaurant features several dining areas, including the Garden Room overlooking The Ivy’s picturesque courRead more
95% recommended
Best Food in Baltimore / Maryland
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The Light House Bistro

$$$$·American·
Annapolis
349 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
The Light House Bistro is one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore. It offers people with employment barriers the opportunity to learn to work in the dining industry while builRead more
99% recommended
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Jimmy's Famous Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,430 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Worth the Drive
  • Authentic
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, located on Holabird Avenue Downtown, is a casual, elegant seafood and steak restaurant. Open since 1974, it is one of the most beloved local spots for delicRead more
100% recommended
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