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Pairings Bistro, Bel Air, MD

Pairings Bistro

4.7
4.7
2286 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Welcome to Pairings Bistro, where the pairing of food with complementary wines is at the heart of its existence. We have set out to create a unique atmosphere blending Belgian cuisine with a Chesapeake Bay flair using local, sustainable, and/or organic ingredients. The menu is paired with a global wine selection of old world styles and new world varietals, all in a contemporary yet quaint setting.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Bistro, Gastro Pub
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (410) 569-5006
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jon Kohler
  • Catering
    Pairings Catering is committed to consistently providing delicious food and quality service to our customers.<br /><br />Our trained consultants can help you orchestrate all your events, whether large or small. Locating the perfect setting, picking flavor combinations, sample tastings, and pairing wines with menu selections. Pairings will create the perfect event for you.<br /><br /> <br />Choose Pairings Catering services for: <br />Weddings – Business Functions – Reunions — Special Events Private Parties<br /><br />Lunch Boxes – Desserts – Carry Out – Party Trays Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Private party facilities
    Thank you for your interest in renting a space at Pairings! We pride ourselves with the our ability to accommodate parties on premise including but not limited to birthday parties, holiday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, luncheons, networking groups, and fundraisers. For specific information, please check out our website.
  • Private party contact
    Manager: (410) 569-5006
  • Neighborhood
    Bel Air
  • Cross street
    RT 924
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Entertainment
    Live music Friday nights!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,286 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Great for fine wines

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Great for fine wines

2,286 Reviews
  1. LaurieL

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Usually I rate the food here higher … it was good but not as good as it’s been in the past…. But we did have the best waiter I feel bad I forget his name but he was fantastic!!!!! We celebrated our sons 22 nd bday… great place for that

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  2. David

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, staff, wine and ambiance. Probably our 10th time there.

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  3. Shema

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last evening, 6p, I invited my son-in-loves to join me for dinner at Pairings Bistro. It was our first time there, but it will not be our last. We all agreed that everything was great and plan to return with our spouses. In my opinion, I do not think the overall vibe (ambiance and display of hundreds of wine bottles) is for children, but instead adults only. We were seated in what I believe is called the Barrel Room with two other people. Soon after a few other tables were occupied, but everyone seemed intentionally in keeping their voices at a normal conversation tone. This made it very easy to hear what was being said at our table without having to talk loudly or yell. After dinner and dessert, the manager, I think his name was Sean, learned that it was our first time there. He offered to give us a tour of the establishment and we accepted. He shared some history about Pairings. Afterwards he thanked us again for choosing Pairings and encouraged us to come again. My husband and I prefer to eat our own home cooked meals, therefore we rarely dine out. With that, I can suggest/recommend this restaurant to my family, friends and anyone else who may ask me for a great restaurant to dine in (or get takeout).

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  4. Anthony

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. Dante was very friendly and attentive. Great place for a celebratory dinner.

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  5. RobertW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was good from wine to desert but I ordered a 7 oz filly medium rare and I received it very rare. I decided to eat rather than send it back and have to eat alone I will return in April

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  6. Ladyhawke

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful lunch tasting and pairings menu! A home run...wonderful food and really good wine! Excellent service.

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  7. LeeG

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jennifer was a wonderful server -- attentive and informative! Pairings Bistro never disappoints!

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  8. jubob

    Baltimore

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was polite and prompt to serve us. The food was outstanding.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Good food... too many kids didnt allow for a nice romantic anniversary dinner

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  10. VivienneS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Dante, was exceptional! The food as usual was exceptional and the ambience amazing!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The food and service were really good, as always. However, my wife and I were seated in the area where the wine shop is located. We could not even have a conversation because, despite sitting across from one another at a table-for-two, we couldn’t hear a word the other said the entire time. There was a large table in the center of the room with a large, loud, and obnoxious group of about 15 ladies that just drowned out the rest of the room, which really ruined our evening. We don’t get many evenings out without children, so we were pretty disappointed and couldn’t wait to leave. With that said, the quality of the food, service, and cocktails remains high, and we were pleased with that part of our experience. But if we return, we will specifically ask not to be seated in that area. It’s very loud, and not conducive to having a conversation without screaming across the table.

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  12. RudyL

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. Best dining experience in the area.

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  13. BarbaraR

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an overall great experience. We’ll be back soon!

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  14. BelAirFoodie

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our absolute favorite places. The farm-to-table menu is always amazing, with new experiences to try every time. The staff couldn't be more welcoming and helpful. If you haven't been there, you're missing out.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pairings continually sets the bar high for a good service and quality food. We have been there a few times and are very satisfied with the service and food. We can’t wait to go back. 

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  16. DerekB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great !!! Our server was amazing. Great job !!!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience! The service, hospitality, and food were some of the best that my wife and I have experienced in a while. Being new to the area, it was great to see. Thanks!

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  18. Katie

    Baltimore

    173 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing evening from cocktails at the bar to a 4-course dinner. Wonderful food, drinks, and hospitality.

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  19. DennisC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner at pairings was amazing… From the service, to the food, to the overall dining experience… Just perfect!

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  20. Fredo

    Baltimore

    115 reviews

    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service at Pairings is always great (thanks Jenna and bartender Kristen). We have always enjoyed the sliders, but ask if Mr Ford is in the kitchen and if he is, get a double order! Jon runs a great restaurant, you won’t be disappointed.

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  21. RoseB

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunch with friends. First time our friends experienced Pairings. They were very impressed with the ambiance, food and service. There was some construction happening when we arrived. When asked wait staff said that some shelving was being built. Noise seemed to stop after that. Otherwise we had an enjoyable lunch. Our friends from Cockeysville would definitely return.

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  22. JulieI

    Baltimore

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outside was a little chilly, they have heat lamps but had not started them up yet. The bar was running really slow but our server advised getting a few drinks ordered so they would come quicker.

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  23. LaurenD

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was AMAZING!! I loved the meal pairings and I had the best scallops ever! I can’t wait to go back.

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  24. LisaC

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An upscale dining establishment that's not a chain restaurant. A rarity for Harford County. Great food and service. The only complaint is that it's a little bit noisy. If you are looking for a quieter dining experience, get a table outside on the heated porch.

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  25. mkx2985

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    They need to renew the menu. It’s been the exact same for years.

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  26. Linda

    Baltimore

    121 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner and of course Eric, our server, adds to the experience.

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  27. NeighborsNiteOut

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the BEST! From welcoming staff, excellent service and superior food each and every visit! And, always fun!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat in the bar area with music so we expected it to be louder. The regular restaurant was quiet! We were there for restaurant week so the pricing was great!! Great dinner!!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eric was a great sever. Very busy since restaurant week but he was very accommodating.

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  30. OutNAbout

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative dishes with great service and well paced 4 course meal. Wine pairings on prix fixe menu were value minded but highlighted how proper selection can provide a balanced compliment to a dish and make for a very enjoyable meal.

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  31. Heaps2eat

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! Pairings for restaurant week knocked it out of the park. They were busy but we still got great service and delicious food. We got the wine pairings with dinner and it exceeded my expectations. I thought I didn’t like rosé until I had this dinner but Pairings proved I was just drinking the wrong kind. Everything was served with impeccable timing and was really just lovely. Would definitely recommend!

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  32. Shygirl

    Baltimore

    63 reviews

    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We have eaten at Pairings several times over the last 15 years and service last night was awful. It took our waiter over and hour to even serve our drinks. Obviously they were very busy with restaurant week, but he never came back to tell us that things were behind. We would of requested drinks to hold us over. We finally got our first round of drinks and food about 1.5 after we sat down. Things were very slow and we finally got our entree at 845. I'm definitely not going to visit during RW again. Overall food was excellent.

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  33. DaveG

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cream of crab was excellent! Overall very good. I would go again.

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  34. PatriciaB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are a group of 6 women who dined at Pairings during restaurant week. Five out of 6 of us got 4 course special with the wine pairings. Everyone enjoyed the starter. I had French onion soup, and it was delicious. 2 ladies had the cream of crab. They were impressed that the crab was served in a separate bowl with soup. 2 ladies had shrimp cocktail that was served on trays filled with ice. Each tray came with 6 large, firm, and fresh shrimp. 5/6 os us ordered the scallops entree. They were delicious. They sweet and tender. I finished my meal with some of the best crème brûlée.

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  35. ChuckL

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hello. I had a first date at the Bistro last night with a women I never met in person. The staff was very accomidating as I was comming from out of town, and I wanted key moments to be executed according to my wishes. Flowers, wine, meals, etc.... The food was excellant and the staff is well versed on the wine pairings. This lady is well known locally and I counted on the staff to deliver and they did! They were friendly and accomidating, very professional in every account. How did the date go? She ran off with the waiter!!! I joke :0 LOL We hit it off and everything went wonderfulIy so much so that I think that our recpetion will be held here ;)!!! Thanks again to our waiter and the staff.

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  36. WineWeightWaves

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Entree menu was a little "boring". If you've been there a few times, these dishes were the same as before. Scallops weren't fantastic, good , but not fantastic. I can't say enough about the appetizer salmon, so delicious. Flatbread was great as were the desserts. Service was perfect, pairings were pretty much spot on. We did the restaurant week, I didn't like being tied to the 4 course being appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert. I'm not a huge dessert person, so I'd rather get another appetizer instead. Also allowing the other part of the menu where the hummus is would be nice.

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  37. bridget

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great value. Service was amazing and so were the dishes and wines. Will definitely return!

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  38. MLMdines

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant week deal was well worth it. Four courses with wine pairings for $62. Service was great and food was delicious. I recommend the cream of crab soup, chickpea salad and the market fish which was halibut with roasted vegetables in an Asian sauce. The dessert of a sundae was way to much with 3 scoops of ice cream, would have been sufficient with one scoop

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks—a little pricey, but for a splurge, worth it. The jazz band on Wednesday is a classy touch. We’ll be back.

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  40. ChrisF

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely time and really enjoyed our food as well as the service and entertainment.

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FAQs

Pairings Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 569-5006.

Pairings Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 2286 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Pairings Bistro

2105 Laurel Bush Rd #108, Bel Air, MD 21015

Additional information

  • Cross street
    RT 924
  • Neighborhood
    Bel Air
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Bistro, Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jon Kohler
  • Entertainment
    Live music Friday nights!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (410) 569-5006
  • Catering
    Pairings Catering is committed to consistently providing delicious food and quality service to our customers.<br /><br />Our trained consultants can help you orchestrate all your events, whether large or small. Locating the perfect setting, picking flavor combinations, sample tastings, and pairing wines with menu selections. Pairings will create the perfect event for you.<br /><br /> <br />Choose Pairings Catering services for: <br />Weddings – Business Functions – Reunions — Special Events Private Parties<br /><br />Lunch Boxes – Desserts – Carry Out – Party Trays Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Private party facilities
    Thank you for your interest in renting a space at Pairings! We pride ourselves with the our ability to accommodate parties on premise including but not limited to birthday parties, holiday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, luncheons, networking groups, and fundraisers. For specific information, please check out our website.
  • Private party contact
    Manager: (410) 569-5006
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