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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.

2105 Laurel Bush Rd #108
Bel Air, MD 21015
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
RT 924

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 569-5006

Website:
http://www.pairingsbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Live music Friday nights!

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

Executive Chef:
Jon Kohler

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

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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (35)
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Romantic (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Local Ingredients (18)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Cozy (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Authentic (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Business Meals (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Seasonal (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Casual (7)
Healthy (7)
Great Beer (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tapas (2)
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Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Valentine’s Day dinner

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Live Music, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 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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·Dined on February 10, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 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!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Key West)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful service

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a great birthday dinner for my wife, Michele our server was outstanding and the food was excellent!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I've never had a bad experience here. Even with the busyness of Restaurant Week, we were still well taken care of and the food was delicious as always.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful food and a great dining experience. I appreciate the changing menu.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We have enjoyed Pairings for many years, and they never disappoint.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 24, 2018

excellent as usual, always a great experience
premier restaurant in Bel Air

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Live Music
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The service is the best in Bel Air.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent service and food! Staff was very pleasant and the food was amazing!!!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and service were great! I can't stop thinking about the Braised Veal starter, the hot pepper cheddar grits, and the Flourless Chocolate Cake. My mouth is watering just thinking about those. For the cost though I think the entrees could've been larger but they were tasty and my steak was cooked perfectly. Not a huge fan of the fries but otherwise everything else was fantastic. Service was great too, our 3 courses were timed perfectly. Would definitely like to go here again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I made reservations 10 days ahead of time and noted that it was my husband's birthday. They tried to seat us next to the kitchen in a brightly lit room of the restaurant. I balked and they moved us to a much nicer room. Didn't understand why they

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Usually I like their food; however I was disappointed with their new years menu

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, People Watching
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food with thoughtful wine pairings in a delightful setting. Well done.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Love Pairings Bistro... The risotto, any variety, always rocks!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always enjoy our times at pairings! Service is always efficient and friendly! Food is great too!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Love Pairings Bistro!! Eric's service is always amazing, and the food is great!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 24, 2017

First of all, the Food is overpriced and the meal I got was a chicken dish which I could have done a better job. And God forbid you have any GI disease, they could not accommodate me at all!!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pairings offers great food in smaller portions and the wine list is extensive and reasonably priced for a "wine bistro". Nice atmosphere, a little crowded (tables are pretty close together) and service can take a few extra minutes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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