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.
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!
The white fish was amazing.
Really great meal. Had the lamb shank. Extremely tender and flavorful. Highly recommended
The appetizers are to die for. Do not miss the Eggplant Baba and Hummus. The baklava and Persian ice cream is terrific. The Caspian Mule is the best cocktail, wow!
Excellent food and service in an elegant, serene atmosphere without any stuffiness. It is perfect for casual dinners as well romantic or special occasions.
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.
Solid restaurant, with good food. My first time trying Persian cuisine and it was a pleasant one. The restaurant is beautiful and has a very homey atmosphere.
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.