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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (36)
Notable Wine List (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
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Good for a Date (29)
Romantic (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Cozy (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Tasting Menu (16)
Seasonal (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Business Meals (9)
Fun (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Healthy (8)
Casual (8)
Live Music (7)
Tapas (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Organic (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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·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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·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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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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 .

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Overall a nice experience but the Pork dinner was not edible and the apple bread pudding was mediocre at best. Good wine selection and our server was helpful with birthday celebration.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We had a gift certificate for Mussels on Tuesday nights. They were prepared deliciously! Cocktails were quite impressive. The mixologist is the tops! Anthony was an excellent server; he was very knowledgeable about the menu; personable, too!

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server Eric is amazing. We come once a month and he remembers my drink order and what I like there.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Outstanding gem, never not 100 percent satisfied. Great food, drinks, wine, service, overall spectacular.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Had excellent dinner 3 courses for $39, shrimp and grits excellent. It was very noisy in the room we were seated. At times we could not hear over noise.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

* 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great wine, great service, fairly priced, some dishes were great, some marginal. Would go again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Healthy
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Totally awesome!! Food was done as requested and the service was stellar. After dinner sat on the deck with good live music. Have been there many times and NEVER disappointed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Pleasant server, excellent ambience (the woodwork in particular has terrific eye-appeal), great wine choices. Both the wine and the food are pricier than need be.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Organic
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always a great experience and excellent wine pairing menu. This is a great place to have a great meal and a good time whether as a couple or with a group.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very nice restaurant. Service was good. Sat outside very relaxing. Wine paired with creative meal was just right. A little pricey but a very nice restaurant. Give it a try.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Business casual. Wonderful service the ambiance was excellent. The food and wine might be the best deal in quality and taste around this area.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and wine!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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!!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Live Music, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a good time with friends and spouse. One of my favorite places in BelAir.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Yeah it was just ok... my wife and I been dining there for a few years now and this time was just not their best.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Really enjoyed eating on the patio with co-workers for lunch.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our first time eating hear. We had so many friends recommend Pairings and they were spot on! We did a 3 course meal and every dish was delicious. I had the flash grilled romaine Caesar... yum
The Shrimp and grits was one of the best I've had. And the desert.. so yummy. We got the ice cream which comes from a local farm. It was so fresh.
Plus pairing a drink with each dish is such a great idea.
We went for a date night, sat outside and listened to the live music. Waitress was attentive but gave us our space too. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fun, Seasonal, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Pairings was good as usual. The pork chip was excellent with the barley risotto. The chicken was delicious with the risotto. The cream of crab was not up to their usual standards, maybe more crab meat than usual but just not great. The beet salad was very good and came split as our waitress knew we were sharing.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This is the third time I have been to Pairings. It is a very nice restaurant. I will return.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

This was our first time at Pairings Bistro. Our waitress was very attentive and our meal was delicious. Hoping to return again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very happy with awesome mussels and steak au poivre. Had a terrible experience at Alchemy Elements last date night and pairings, albeit with a limited menu, is more consistent.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Love this place! Food was great. Love sitting on parch. Will Return!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Tapas, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Great family dinner to celebrate our anniversary

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Our absolute favorite place to eat and have a few delicious cocktails. Super!!!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Visited for Restaurant Week and it was a bargain! Service was slow (big crowds Sat night) but congenial. Waited long time for drinks & to order. Generous entree portions were hot (mussels) but our appetizer salads didn't come until after the entree. We had to tell 3 people this before a chef brought them with ample apologies (also took our drinks off the check). So we dined in the European fashion. The grilled Ceasar salad was worth the wait: lightly grilled & dressed to perfection! The lemon tart dessert was good. Everyone gets a pass so we'll be back to order from the regular menu. Note: the solo guitar was pretty good but over-amplified for such a small space with so many hard surfaces (brick walls, columns & patio floor).

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fun, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Music, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food is consistently good as is service. Menu is not extensive but has enough variety to satisfy varying needs or desires.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This was my first visit. I went for restaurant week and was very pleased with my meal. it was delicious! Service was a little slow. A good place to go if you're not in a hurry.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Outstanding & unique entrees using local farmers; flexibility with wine pairings; able to have table conversation; able to enjoy a leisurely dinner - no pressure to hurry - up & eat.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Our server Eric was awesome!! He was helpful and professional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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