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Ozra is a lovely restaurant that specializes in Persian cuisine and has earned many fabulous reviews from both patron and critic alike. The classy, yet relaxed, atmosphere makes Ozra the perfect place for those looking to dine at an establishment that is a step above the rest, while still being a fun, social experience. The staff are very helpful and can quickly assist newcomers in selecting a Persian entree suitable for a variety of tastes.
Those dining at Ozra can choose to sit inside or out and the menu as much to offer. You can order things, such as eggplant baba, fried calamari, chicken saffron, beef kubideh, lamb soltani or New Zealand lamb shanks. A full bar is available and those looking for catering services are encouraged to inquire within.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only (New Hours):
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking, or there is a parking garage next door.
Use Baltimore's FREE Charm City Circulator buses - Orange line stop #225 President St & Eastern Avenue or use the Green line stop #109 Reginald F Lewis Museum -145 President Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ozra - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
We were looking for a restaurant with a lot of gluten free options. This restaurant has them! We had the salmon, tenderloin, lamb shank and chicken entrees. All were delicious. Rice and veggies were also good. There are a moderate number of beer and wine choices. The jalapeno margarita cocktail was well balanced and spicy. The rose water in the persian ice cream was delicious and a nice end to the meal.
Business trip to Baltimore, not interested in steak or seafood. Easy walk from East Harbor area. Nice decor in restaurant. We had Eggplant Halim and Borani for appetizers, both very good, served with toasted pita bread. Our entrees were the Lamb Shank with mixed vegetables and Veggie Bademjan Stew. Both nicely presented, ample portions, quite tasty. While the Lamb looked huge on arrival, it really was a normal portion and the sauce was subtle with cardamom and cinnamon. Dessert was baklava (only so-so) and persian ice cream with saffron and rose water floated in carrot juice. Strange yet interesting and not heavy -- a good finish!
Excellent. Modern spotless decor. Good service. I had the lamb narg and my wife had the saffron chicken. Both were tender and savoury. We both had the eggplant appetizers and the Persian Bridgewater ice cream. Wine by the glass and bottle is reasonably priced. A public garage is next door and the restaurant validates tickets.
This was our first trip to Orza. Parking was a cinch, as the restaurant is directly adjacent to a garage. The restaurant is clean and small. My wife and I had hummus, jumbo shrimp, rice with dill and fava beans, lamb chops and ground beef skewers. Desert was baklava and ice cream made with rose water. Absolutely everything aspect of the meal was delicious, and the cocktails were good as well. Will definitely be returning.
Coming from L.A. I had been craving a good Persian restaurant. I had avoided trying anything in Baltimore as I was nervous I wouldn't find anything similar to the great Persian restaurants in L.A. I put my hesitation aside though and tried Ozra for a pre-Valentine's Day meal with my boyfriend and his parents.
I was pleasantly surprised by how similar it was to the restaurants I had tried before -- both in authenticity and taste. I was skeptical about the amount of food I would get but also glad that I had more than enough to take home with me. Above all the taste was phenomenal. The meat was delicately seasoned and the rice tasted authentic and flavorful. The service was great. The price was steeper than I think it should and the ambience was okay -- interior is beautiful but at times felt somewhat closed off from the rest of Little Italy.
The Tadeek - burnt/crispy rice was slightly more on the burnt side but the sabhzis were great to share. The appetizers were smaller than I would have expected and I did miss the side of radish, parsley, onion, pita bread that is typical at most Persian restaurants (reminiscent to the side of greenery and additions you get at a Vietnamese restaurant with your Pho).
Overall though, this place was good. I would definitely go here again and recommend it to my friends who want to either try something different or had been craving Persian food, like myself.
We decided to go to Ozra for Baltimore's Restaurant Week. We love middle eastern food and Ozra advertised that they were a Persian Restaurant. Perfect! We were puzzled by it's location in Baltimore's Little Italy, feeling it was a bit strange but no matter! We would see it for ourselves! We were very happy we did! The food was excellent and very authentic. Our waiter was from Persia and spent a lot of time in friendly conversation at our table. We had a great evening out but never found out why a Persian Restaurant sat inside (albeit just inside) Little Italy. No matter, the food and service were wonderful so we will be back!
Well, we went there for our wedding anniversary. The food was awesome, the place is almost quite and romantic. But, it just not enough food comes on your plate!! ... tt was the first time that I ate all my appetizers plus all my meal and still I was hungry!! ... and ... paid around $70
We ate at Ozra on a Thursday night before my cousin's wedding weekend. The food was excellent - we all got a different meat dish and rice and they were delicious. We had a reservation but the restaurant was empty for the first hour we were there - that was nice! The cocktails were very good, too. I'll be back!
Ask people in Baltimore where to go for good Middle Eastern food, and few if any will come up with Ozra -- probably because they have no idea it's there, a few blocks from the Inner Harbor and Inner Harbor east, 2 doors from Vaccaro's pastry and ice cream. Their loss! The decor is sober but has a beautiful and quiet elegance, and the same can be said for the cuisine: no pretense but wonderfully flavored and presented. And the staff lives up to those same standards. I would not hesitate to take my most eclectic friends here -- I know they'd leave very satisfied, and eager to come back.
We've been to this restaurant 3 or 4 times for various occasions and enjoyed it each time. The food is excellent and the staff accommodating. I recommend the eggplant spread trio as an appetizer. It comes with pita for dipping, but they brought vegetables for my husband who could not eat foods with gluten. Also, the atmosphere is charming.
With Valet Parking, a warm friendly staff, delicious and authentic Indian/Persian cuisine - AND - a beautiful outdoor deck, softly lit - to dine when weather permits - which it did for us - we couldn't have had a more perfect evening. Lamb shank to die for! So, so good.
We went to Ozra for the first time and enjoyed our meal very much, though we perhaps didn't order as wisely as possible. We had soup and beet salad for our first course, and beef-okra stew and beef-chicken kebabs as our main course. All the food was well prepared, and service was friendly and efficient. What we should have ordered was more items with distinctive Persian spices, which we had in the stew. The other dishes were very pleasant and suitable for people who prefer less spicy food. We did enjoy the addition of the condiments on the table and probably should have requested more of the spicy green sauce, which we'll do on a future visit.
Everything was exceptional from the moment we walked it, the staff was friendly and food was delcious. Extra points for the portions being generous size so that my group of 6 could share all the wonderful choices. Highly recommend for everyone to run/walk there today
This restaurant is a must visit. The food is carefully prepared and presented and VERY delicious. Love that you choose from a variety of rices to accompany your meal. Our waitress was great--very welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu. We went during restaurant week to check it out and will definitely be going back.
Amazing food and unique menu tucked away between Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Little Italy. Waitstaff was knowledgeable and attentive, and the prices were reasonable. The eggplant-based appetizers (we had a sampler of all three) and the flavored rices that came with the entrees were all delicious. Many of the entrees looked great, and we really enjoyed the stews that we chose. It's our new go-to spot for dining when visiting Baltimore.
This place is a great place to visit to eat well prepared tasty food and to enjoy the company of friends around the table. The interior is spotless clean and quiet enough to enjoy your companions AND to hear each other across the table. The food is tasty and so unique that it invites sharing. All was good, lamb and eggplant appetizer trio were awesome. Easy parking, good food, good service. I see in other reviews that the service was slow. We did not experience that but we dined early and the room was just filling. We found the pacing perfect. We will eat there again soon.
Though Ozra has been there for two years, we just discovered it. We didn't expect to find a Persian restaurant in the middle of Little Italy. However, it was a very nice surprise, and we thoroughly enjoyed
our meal. The owner came over a few times and the waiter could not have been more accommodating. We will definitely return now that we know it exists and will bring others.
Sadly, we will not be returning to Ozra. We really wanted to like the place and we love Persian food but this place missed all the marks.
Initial Impression: Should have known it was a bad sign when we showed up for our 6:30 reservation and there was only one other couple in the restaurant.
Décor: Very nice looking place. Décor was modern and everything was very clean. We ate on the deck outside which was very pretty with the garden.
Service: Everyone was very nice and attentive, but probably not that hard when you have 1 customer.
Food: We started with the eggplant mirza which was decent. Not anything to write home about. My boyfriend got a combo and what a disappointment. The lamb and steak were seasoned ok. Felt like something we could have made at home! But that's not the worst part. The "mixed sautéed veggie side" was really just steamed frozen veggies. What the?! Why would a restaurant even serve that? He overpaid for that dish at $24. I got gahmeih (sp?) which was pretty good but again nothing I would go back for.
Overall we were extremely disappointed. Do not go to Ozra.
Ozra is a small restaurant serving authentic Persian cuisine. The restaurant is tastefully decorated, the food is great and the service is excellent. Everyone is friendly and helpful. It has the feel of an authentic family enterprise. I highly recommend trying Ozra.
This was my second time dining at Ozra. Both were very enjoyable experiences. Our appetizers and main courses were nicely prepared and enjoyable. If there was a downside, it would be the desert. I had baklava. Instead of being light and flaky, the dough was hard and tough. That in itself would not prevent me from returning. Service was impeccable.
We were first time diners to Ozra, and had heard mixed reviews from friends. We chose from the Restaurant Week menu. The appetizers were outstanding -- both the eggplant apps were delicious and unusal. Great hummus -- nice and creamy. Perhaps, I was the only one who didn't care for the entree -- I had lamb chops which I was told by the waiter would be tender. They were tough, with too much gristle for small chops, and having only a butterknife to cut them made the whole experience unpleasant. Desserts were very good - baklava, lemon sorbet, ice cream.
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