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Pairings Bistro

4.6
1211 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary European
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, Belgian, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(410) 569-5006
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jon Kohler
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Catering
Pairings Catering is committed to consistently providing delicious food and quality service to our customers.

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.


Choose Pairings Catering services for:
Weddings – Business Functions – Reunions — Special Events Private Parties

Lunch Boxes – Desserts – Carry Out – Party Trays Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
RT 924
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Entertainment
Live music Friday nights!
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Special events & promotions
For upcoming special events, please sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter on our website!

Wine & Food Pairing Classes
- Enjoy a 5 course meal, paired with different wines. All while learning about the reasoning of why each wine compliments the food.

Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

I took my wife to Pairings Bistro for our anniversary. It was recommended by numerous friends.

We were impressed with the service and the meal. However, our first course took too long to arrive at our table. I am impressed that Pairings uses local ingredients.

Very well done.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Pairings is a regular place for us and we really enjoy the atmosphere and the food. The sliders, mussels, and fries were perfection as usual. We also loved the crab flatbread and the duck nachos (wow!). The deconstructed desserts were not good though and we were disappointed. Carrot cake should be created as carrot cake. Don't take it apart.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent enjoyed the food. Great service. Recommend the Bistro.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a very pleasant time. So much food!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wife and I enjoyed the bistro steak and the steer. Wine pairings worked well and our server was great. Very polite and respectful as was the entire staff on a very busy night.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Another nice dinner for my wife birthday Still her #1 pick for dinner and lunch

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The meal was great, as always Katrina was great along with her staff.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Easter buffet was sumptuous and delicious. The food and drink were varied, attractive and tasty. We always enjoy our times at Pairings— the food, the drink, the attentive waitstaff and the ambiance. We recommend it heartily!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had Easter Brunch at Pairings Bistro. It was lovely. Nice soft jazzy music.
Food options included on the menu as well as buffet tables. Excellent food
and great service. Will be returning soon.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

As always, great service, food and wine. One of our favorite restaurants in Bel Air

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Love the wine shop as you enter. Great selection. Solid cocktail list with extensive whisky list. The food was the highest quality found in the Bel Air area.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

On 3/13 I brought a friend to Pairings for lunch. We both ordered the crab and lobster salad with a side of salad. We were so pleasantly surprised with the delicious flavor as well as the portion! It was wonderful!

On last Wednesday I suggested to my husband that we go for lunch. Although the food was good, we were disappointed in the portions this time. It seemed almost as if the kitchen has run out of the crab and lobster ingredients. It did not compare with the first time I ordered this meal. My husband enjoyed his sliders and fries but thought there would be 3 sliders rather than 2. Our waitress was fabulous as last time! I also tried the sangria this time and really enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Pairings is a fantastic restaurant. Ranks in the top two for fine dining in Harford County.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My husband and I went to celebrate my birthday. He is a "tea-totaller" and I am not, so I chose to go with the Prix Fixe with the wine pairings.

We had the Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad and as always was superb! Our main entrees were very different. Hubby went for the beef sliders with fries and he LOVED them! done to perfection and the fries were crispy and hot! I chose to enjoy the lamb chops, also done exactly as I requested. Very flavorful and tender. Dessert was the flourless chocolate cake. While tasty it was not our favorite part of the meal.

All the wine pairings were well matched, but I do not prefer dry wines so I did not care for 1 of the 4 choices offered.

Very steady services and very friendly staff. This is one of my favorite places to visit in Harford County.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was our first time here. Dining area is somewhat quiet so I feel like with the tables so close, we have to “try and keep it down,” otherwise our laughter & conversation could annoy or disturb our close neighbors. I like to laugh at dinner with my friends so that wouldn’t work most of the time for us. Next time I would be more inclined to feel like I should request the bar area because of that reason though I really liked the look of the dining room area.
Food-I would actually say 3 1/2 stars. Mussels were dry actually. All the liquid was all way at bottom not even touching most of them. I feel that changing the type of bowl they’re in might help some. The bowl was small so they were piled high on top of one another.
Cheese plate lacked cheese, but had a lot of little extras though to dip & nibble on. Whipped butter hazelnut spread was so good. That would be a nice touch to a before dinner offering of bread which there was none of either. Think most people like that before dinner.
Steak au pouive was good but not like oh my goodness this is amazing for $23. Just wasn’t much to how it was prepared but it was a nice piece & cooked exactly Medium how I requested it. It sat on a mound of frites. Again, frites was slightly dry & coulda had a little more flavor.
Flourless Chocolate cake was good. Liked the salt sprinkle on top.
Michele our server was wonderful!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

One of our faorite dinning spots in Harford County. Always friendly staff and food is excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Crab and lobster salad - delish!!! Want to go again soon!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

This was my second time here ! The waiter we had was excellent and very helpful in ordering! My oysters could have been alittle more chilled but were fresh. My husband had the petite steak which would have been better if pre sliced and my cocunut cake was too chilled and really had no taste!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

One of our favorites! Seasonal menu with a lot of options. The food is always fantastic and the pairings just perfect. Expanded cocktail menu too!

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1.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We called an hour before our reservation time to make sure they were open, and the recording said they had to close due to the bad weather. I was glad I called; however, I thought someone there would follow up with those of us who were cancelled in order to rebook.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed every course! Great service too! Don’t know the servers name but she had blonde hair...she was awesome!

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

We usually have very good food at PAIRINGS,but our experience on February 22 was not good. We enjoyed the baked oysters(they are always great),my flatbread was excellent,but my wife chose the sea bass entrée which was the size of a sardine and was dry and tasteless! We go to PAIRINGS every 2 or 3 weeks so we're hoping this doesn't happen again!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Absolutely fabulous! Will definitely choose this restaurant for future special occasions !

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Outstanding meal and service! 4 courses with wine pairing! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We were a party of 3 and chose the 3 course prix fixe meals with pairings. We appreciated the laid-back, unrushed feel of the evening. Our server was very attentive but not the least hovering. Anything we asked for was provided. The food was delicious and beautifully presented, though a piece of veg or 2 would have been a nice addition to the meat entrees. We started with the cheese and charcuterie plate (a nice value with the prix fixe meal), cream of crab soup, golden beet salad(a must try), and a caesar salad (reportedly the best ever). We got the beefsteak, which came on a bed of truffle fries, the sea bass (fish special), and the pork chop. All were delicious. We particularly appreciated the flexibility with the wine pairings, since some did not want white though that was the pairing. Our waiter was able to recommend a compatible red, though, as he said, it doesn't really matter...just choose something you like! He was also willing to give us tastings of any wines we may want. It can end up being bit pricey, but there are ways around that since the menu is quite flexible. A great experience!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Valentine’s Day dinner

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great job with the wine pairings. Nice artwork and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Never less than superb! Always leave wondering why we don’t come more often. Eric has been our server on several occasions and he has always been attentive, professional and informative- He demonstrates excellent knowledge of both the menu and beverages.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was delicious and paired excellently with wine. Our waiter Eric was very friendly and the overall timing of the courses was great for casual conversation with friends.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

AWESOME food pairing but service could be picked up a bit.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

A very enjoyable experience from the service to the selection of food and adult beverages. The mussels served "Brussels" style are always consistently good.
A plentiful serving was had. The truffle coated with Parmesan fries were delicious. The standout beverage was the classic red sangria.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

A very nice neighborhood joint. One of the 2 best restaurants in the Bel Air, MD area!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a nice quiet romantic evening with prompt, friendly service. We would recommend this plave to anyone lookinh for a romantic evening out.

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was excellent, but our server did not explain the menu and how the wine tasting worked so we missed out on the various pairings.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

It's a great Bistro. I loved all their meals but I especially loved the Lobster Mac n Cheese. Their wine selection is pretty broad, and you can also purchase a bottle of your favorite wine and take it with you. Service is wonderful!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We've never been disappointed. The food is top notch and always delicious. Great dining experience for the any special occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Went out for date night with the hubby. Service was friendly and fast. Wine and food were exceptional. My husband adds salt and pepper to all his food and never even asked for them. Loved the wine barrel decor.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

My husband and I were there for our wedding anniversary dinner. We tried a new place and just loved it. Eric was our waiter and was informative about the menu and very professional. We loved the special way our dessert was served. We will definitely be back. Thank you for an extremely enjoyable celebration.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

21st Birthday celebration- everything was perfect- champagne toast on the House and personalized birthday dessert

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Pairings is a favorite. The food is consistently excellent, service is always superior, presentation is always good, ambiance nice, overall always an outstanding evening out. Saturday night was no exception.

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