Pairings Bistro

4.7
1857 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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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brady, our server, was great. The wine pairings were perfect and the 3 course meal was on point.

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vipStephenB
Baltimore
135 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The gentleman who served us was very good. However, for the first time I was not real satisfied with my Bistro Steak. Way too much salt in the fries, steak and sause.
While we understand many places are going through a shortage with staff......it took the longest we have ever waited anywhere this time to get our meals. It appeared that others in the room were served before us.
Sorry to send this to you but we do hope to return at sometime in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cheese board was ok. Wine selection & whiskey selection were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as usual. Always a good time

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DenisB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service! Nice experience with the wine pairings!

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LaurenH
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you step onto the patio it’s absolutely stunning. The entire vibe of the space is wonderful. Perfect music, to go with the well thought out menu, with fresh ingredients.

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ABMD
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Well we arrived at our reservation time and were seated right away. It was 25 minutes before we were acknowledged and given water. We ordered drinks, it took another 25 minutes. Very long wait for food , for our server to appear. It was a three hour ordeal. The table next to us arrived after us, was served and left at least 30 minutes before us.
I don’t think we will be going back any time soon. Expensive and the service was terrible.

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DanS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top quality food.

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cedterps
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful evening celebrating my wife's birthday

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Suzq
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been enjoying Pairings Bistro for years. Every meal is top notch and the service is always on point. I highly recommend Pairings not only for the food, but also for the wine selection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Butternut Squash soup was wonderful! Blackened tuna BLT was excellent, yummy homemade fries! Excellent service!

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EdwinG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A favorite dining experience. Only drawback this time was that they had let their craft beer inventory lapse. We had to reorder 3 times from their beer menu to find one in stock. But overall a wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

I had reservations at 6:30 p.m. the ordered the three course meal appetizer didn't get served until an hour after we sat down and then we waited another 45 minutes for our dinner and then had to wait for dessert. It was very loud and noisy and our server was okay. Food was not up to par I've eaten here before and it's been great this time not so great.

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vipBonvivantbelair
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Consistently good food and service. Even saw Jon Kohler, the owner helping serve tables and oversee the kitchen around 8 pm on a Friday night which was impressive.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my fiancée birthday and the experience was fantastic. The wine pairing with the each course was just the right amount. The service was impeccable and knowledgeable. Substitutions were offered in wine choices if something was not a “specific cup-a-tea”. Ambiance was quaint. We will certainly experience this again.

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DaveJ
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Pairings. My wife and I enjoyed everything about our experience. Great food and wine pairings, Katrina was excellent guiding us through the menu and was always there when we needed her. Very enjoyable evening!!

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GayleZ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and our server, Brody did a great job of checking on us without being too intrusive. Portobello burger and side salad was excellent.

JM
vipJMPX
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is not our 1st visit and certainly not our last. In a post-traumatic world Pairings hasn't lost a step. In fact, their people seems even more focused on giving the best in meal selection, in suggested wine accompaniments, and most especially in service to its guests. We really appreciated the menu, especially the current mix of self-chosen 3 or 4 items and pairings. And though only "outside" dining was available, we will willingly choose it again as no "Fall Chill" was allowed as they have the space set up. Again, I have to complement the entire staff as efficient, friendly and attentive.

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Katharine
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great experience! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Server forgot us. Plain and simple. Disappointing given we don't go out much and it was our 10 year wedding anniversary.

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GlennT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We were seated in the outside portion which was comfortable and warm. There was live music which was great but was too loud to have conversation.

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vipAmyAnnAsh
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, as ALWAYS! Outdoor seating is warm and cozy!

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rich81
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place was very clean and nice the service was great, the staff was friendly. I would recommend you to everyone,the food was great and hot the size was just right. It was my first time at the bistro .

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AdaG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had an 8pm reservation for our anniversary dinner. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. However, we were seated at our table for 20 minutes and were never greeted by any of the wait staff. Other tables around us were being served so I know it wasn't for lack of servers. We were the only black couple in the restaurant so take that how you would like. We got up and left and let the host know why we were leaving. I don't spend my money at places that blatantly show me they don't want it. I'm disappointed because I was excited to try out the restaurant but I won't be back. We left and went to the Charleston and had a wonderful experience.

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vipJamesR
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Warm and cozy on a stormy night. Food was outstanding as was the service. We appreciated having a professional waitor who made great recommendations for us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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JackieP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made our reservation a week in advance, and we were excited to splurge on ourselves for our 10 year anniversary. We requested outdoor seating, but instead of being lead to a table beneath the comfortably heated patio awning, we were lead to one of 2 tables haphazardly arranged out on the curb. Although there were empty tables beneath the awning, and although I heard management tell the hostess to move us if we requested it, no one came to offer us a change of seating, despite the quickly dropping temperatures. One other couple shared our misfortune, but they had thought to wear coats, which we had not. As we sat trying to decide what to do, we watched as the hostess moved other tables under the awning and seat other customers there. My husband had ordered a beer, but we abandoned our reservation after he was finished. When we went in to pay our $5 bill, management didnt even ask why we were leaving, instead only asking, "oh, were you cold?" They were also unable to apparently accommodate us with any other seating. Extremely disappointed. This establishment did not live up to its reputation, or its extremely pricey menu.

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vipMGR3
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We sat at an awkward table but we had the nicest waiter ever!

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SueG
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Service was very good and really helpful for one of our party who had gluten-free dietary requirements.
Overall, very good and delicious experience.

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outonthetown
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I said in a few places when making the reservation it was a special occasion-birthday. It was his 60th. Nothing special for the birthday. Just didn’t turn out special.

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vipMichael
Baltimore
100 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pairings does not disappoint. Great for a special occasion or just a regular Thursday evening!

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MoMo
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to pairings a number of times. The last couple of times Jake took care of us. He is great with both food and wine recommendations and is really good with our daughter. This visit was for my wife’s birthday and it was just lovely. The food is exceptional, the ambience is great and the service is super attentive without being invasive. Thanks again Pairings Family.

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BevF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All three of us ordered off of the prix fixe menu and selected different items. All of the food was excellent, especially the scallops entree. Service between salads and entrees was a bit slow, but the end result was worth the wait. Highly recommend!

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vip2ThumbsUp
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little find in Bel Air. It was a good meeting point for me from Baltimore and my friends from New Jersey who drove down to see me for lunch. Johnson and Wales-trained chef-proprietor with experience working in Belgium! Nice assortment of fine wines, Belgian influence on the menu with mussels and pommes frites (nicely done pommes frites, I might add), grilled Brussels sprouts were cooked perfectly: not too hard, and no harsh burnt taste. The blackened Tuna BLTs on brioche rolls were excellent. Also excellent was the butternut squash stuffed gnocchi. Accompanied by a good bottle of Pinot Grigio, it was a lunch fit for a king. Very thoughtful and attentive service by Brady! We shall return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We had several questions that our waiter patiently answered. The food was delicious and having the wine paired was a great way to try different varieties.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Bel Air as usual. Andrew is a great waiter!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Pairings for our anniversary dinner with our son and daughter-in-law. This was the second time for the four of us, and it was just as wonderful this time as last. I don’t think there is a bad seat in the house. We were inside, but the outside area with its flower pot arrangements and trees looked so tropical and exotic we vowed to eat out there next time we come. They started us out with a flute of champagne to help start our celebration, which was very sweet. Three of us did the pairings menu, I had all white wines which were very good. We started out with the mussels which are served with their rosemary truffle fries. We split the mussels up between three of us and it was tough to finish there was so much. This is a great dish to split among a lot of people. Our table had duck, steak, gnocchi and mahi-mahi. Everything was fabulous. One thing to note. We were there nearly four hours for our meal. I think that was mostly us, lol. The serving staff seem to understand perfectly if you want to take your time or move along. This is a fabulous restaurant, who get their products locally. My husband was so thrilled he got to have Keyes Ice Cream for dessert. I’m not sure why we don’t get in here more often, but we have made a promise to ourselves to frequent this wonderful place more often. It is a great dining experience! Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!

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fanofdining
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. After a crazy day we went to Pairings to celebrate my husband's birthday. From the moment we arrived we were greeted with smiles and brought to our outdoor table. Our waiter, Eric, was friendly and very knowlegeable about the menu. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and the perfect portion size. The guitarist was talented and contributed to a wonderful ambience and delightful dining experience. We are huge fans.

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vipGrkmom
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meals of steak, salads, mussels, soups, and desserts. Great service and food! Very happy!

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JeremyG
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cream of crab soup. Great cocktails. Delicious food and dessert

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Pairings Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Pairings Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 569-5006.

Pairings Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1857 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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