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About Pairings Bistro
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.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Contemporary European, Belgian, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music Friday nights!
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
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
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.
Pairings Bistro Ratings and Reviews
NYE Wine Pairings Menu was memorable; beautiful presentation, attentive wait staff, creative dishes with well balanced flavors and all perfectly cooked. I had two excellent wines (pinot noir and a sauvingon blanc which I substituted for the chardonnay they had paired with a seafood dish). The courses were a little rushed for a pairings meal and when requested, the server slowed the presentation. It was a little noisy, but expected on NYE. We were seated 20 mins late but offered wine and the chef made an additional special presentation dessert plate for anniversary. Well worth the wait in every way.
Our food was very good though the food temperature was warm and not hot. It was a very busy night which might have been the problem. Have never had that problem before. Server was just ok. He was young and probably new. We love Pairings and will continue to enjoy eating there.
We have eaten at Pairings on several occasions, the meals were very good. Unfortunately, our dining experience on this occasion was not good. Our server recommended the short ribs and said they were excellent. They were not...they were tough and cold. Service was decent but she never asked us if our meals were good. I will probably give them another chance but won’t be quick to recommend the Restaraunt.
We both did a 4 plate dinner and most of the dishes were great. However both our entrees were subpar. Her salmon was over cooked and my steak was bloody rare when the order was for medium rare. The sauce on the steak was also over peppered to the point of bitterness. Disappointing given the rep and cost me of this restaurant.
We have eaten at Pairings several times and consider it one of the best restaurants in
Harford County. The food is consistently very good. We especially enjoyed the mussels
and did not realize that Pairings is considered a Belgian restaurant. However, the menu
has many usual offerings and they are quite good. The wine selection is excellent and the
prices are very fair. I can highly recommend Pairings.
I don’t enjoy a meal where the tables are crammed together. I don’t enjoy listening to my neighbors conversations and don’t want them to ease drop on mine. The food and wine pairings are excellent but I felt rushed when the server brought the salad before I finished my appetizer. It was a Monday evening and the restaurant did not seem to be busy. I am sure I will return but not any time soon.
Pairings Bistro never disappoints. The menu is always fresh and has so many good items to choose from. The food is of outstanding quality, and the service is the perfect balance between attentiveness and leaving you to enjoy your food and company. Would definitely recommend to all. The wine pairings are always spot on. Will definitely be back!
The food was fabulous! However, I made a reservation 2 weeks in advance for my fiancé’s birthday. They tried to stick us in a tiny table between two other tables. Definitely not a cozy place for quiet conversation. I was very disappointed in the atmosphere. It’s pricey but the pairing experience is fun and different. The food was absolutely deliscious.
Food was probably the BEST i've had there over the past year . Portions were larger than i remember which is good since you are paying for good food. EXCELLENT tasting food this visit. Service was good but we were never asked for drink refills after we were seated (luckily we had visited the bar beforehand). I may suggest you offer a few more options for celebrating special occasions .
We were celebrating a wedding anniversary and it was the perfect place. Menu was imaginative, food was delicious and I appreciated the selection of Belgian beers. multi-course meal pricing ok for our special occasion. We will return and enjoy a small plate or some mussels with a beer or wine. Surprisingly nice place tucked in a strip shopping center.
Consistently great food and service. Erin P. Was our server and she was fantastic. She was so pleasant and attentive. The Belgian mussels with truffle fries were spot on as usual. The flourless chocolate cake was rich and flavorful. Reasonably priced wines by the glass selection punctuated another great dinner service.
We dined here for our one year anniversary. The food was delicious! The service wasn’t all that great. When we sat down, we only had one menu. Our server took longer than usual to greet us. He said that he would bring us another menu, but by the time we received it, my husband and I already made our decisions about dinner. Our waiter did comp my husband’s 2 beers, so that was appreciated! We would recommend to our family and friends.
* Thumbs up to the friendly staff, excellent cocktails, good food quality and excellent mussels.
* Disappointed that the tile fish, though fresh and apparently cooked properly, lacked flavor and volume. Poor value. Cream sauce was excellent, though! The chocolate torte was served cold and was over cooked. Ran out of whipped cream for both the dessert and the Nutty Irishman. The candles at the tables were not lighted.
I usually love it here. Not this time. The rooster pot pie with root vegetables was not cooked through. The broth was watery and the vegetables were hard and it was mostly dark meat. The thin crust was very good. It was only $15.00 though. The cream of crab was good as usual but the crab lump served with it was much smaller than usual. The last 2 times the air conditioning was blowing and it was cold. The waitress said it wasn't cold. I'll go back because pairings has been one of my favorite restaurants. I hope it's not going down hill.
My friend and I go to dinner once a month and had never been to pairings. I suggested we try some place new......the restaurant is very welcoming and cozy. The staff and service was excellent. The menu very limited. I had the ribeye steak it came with sweet potato casserole which was thin slices of potsto thst was crunch with a slice of cheese .The steak was very flavorable but tough. My friend had chicken madiera . With risotto and mushrooms . Which the risotto was excellent. However, the chicken was undercooked and bloody when we cut into it. We share our food portions so we can have a variety. The piece she put on my plate was cooked on the end but not in the middle at first I thought it was the color from the wine sauce ...I bit into the breast and knew immediately it was undercooked. My friend said the same thing. The waiter applogized and agreed it wasnt cooked .it was then returned. The same piece was just thrown back on the grill and returned to us.which I feel should have been discarded for health reasons and it also dried the meat out. A manager or the chef never vame to check on us or apologize.I decided just to eat the steak.
We had coffe and desert. Which the bread pudding was excellent.. the meal was expensive and portion sizes small. The server Anthony attentive and professional. Just a disappointing experience.
Pairings is a spectacular gem, tucked away in a strip mall/business center, but to walk into it is to be transported into a beautifully decorated setting for exquisite food. Both Indio r and outdoor dining, a lovely bar, extraordinary wine selections, gracious, unobtrusive and helpful servers. I can’t say enough about what a fine dining experience Pairings is!
This was our second visit and we absolutely love Pairings! Great food, nice atmosphere and the staff is warm and inviting! We had the same server both times, Michelle and she is fabulous!! It was our friend Brian's birthday and everyone was amazing ! we will be back!!
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