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Pen & Quill

4.5
268 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Since opening in late 2014, Pen & Quill has received numerous awards, excellent reviews and has become one of Baltimore's top restaurants. P&Q restaurant in the Station North Arts District is named after the cocktail lounge within the old Chesapeake Restaurant, which flourished on the corner of Charles and Lanvale streets during the 1950s and the 1960s. The restaurant features an extensive bar with unique cocktails, eclectic dining area showcasing local artists and an exciting menu.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Bistro, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Thursday-Saturday late night menu till 1:00am
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Phone number
(410) 601-3588
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lanvale
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Parking details
$2.00 parking available in lots across and behind the restaurant. On street parking FREE after 6:00PM a several location
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Public transit
Penn Station Train is one block away!
Baltimore Charm City Purple line, 1/2 block
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 268 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.1
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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Place was fantastic, in all sense of the word. Will 100% be back.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

I eat at Pen & Quill frequently and I've never been disappointed. It has a a menu that should accommodate all tastes and budgets. The service and food are always excellent. Great place to go before or after a film at the Charles.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Amazing, innovative food! I really enjoyed dinner there.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great meal.. fresh.. great service enjoyed green gazpacho and tuna nachos and oysters. Patrick Myers great chef. We went Friday night 7 so definitely some loudness but sitting next to the person you are with at table or bar would easily solve that problem if you are middle aged;)

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Enjoyed the lively atmosphere, the attentive service and the menu choices. A group of mixed eaters could all find something to enjoy.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My complements to the chef. The seasoning of the fish was gentle and added to the natural flavor of the species. The skin on for the rockfish provided confidence that the fish was authentic.

The salted caramel vanilla ice cream brownie was...stupid good.

So good. We will be back again.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Large group going to Lyric for 8pm show wanted a place to grab a lite meal and drinks prior. Chose Pen and Quill because of close proximity to both the theater and parking. Several of our party ran into delays requiring staff to accommodate a smaller group. Staff handled change quickly and reconfigured our tables with professional ease. 30 minute later the stragglers showed requiring the staff to again reconfigure our tables. This was all done with smiles and many "No problem at all"s. Great staff. Oh and the food was excellent as well. A bit more inventive then I usually go for but after my first bite my skepticism melted away. For a place that I selected solely on location I can only say good things. Could not have enjoyed myself more. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody who enjoys decent eats with top shelf service.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The steak was great. Really tender and spiced just right.
Liked the ginger lemonade as well.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We expected more from P&Q. Foods (Prime Rib sandwiches, chicken flatbread, calamari) were tasty but not spectacular. Cocktails need to be rethought. The special basil vodka with chilies was all chili and one could not taste the other flavors in the drink. Same for the rum with ginger beer...ginger overpowered the rum.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great service! The waitress checked on us a lot (maaaaybe too much sometimes) and our food came out quickly and was delicious. Nice atmosphere, ambient lighting, clean restrooms. A great restaurant for a date.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food with great, prompt service

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was great and they developed several creative drinks.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I absolutely loved the round table for our group of eight!! First time in years we could all hear each other and everyone could join in the conversation. Food and service were great too. We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Been meaning to come here for a while and finally tried it out. Was quite impressed - very good food and service, wonderful ambiance and convenient to The Charles Theater and Penn Station. We'll be back for dinner and a movie soon.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Excellent burgers and fries. I also had a bite of the fish sandwich. Very tasty.

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

A good place to get something to eat before or after a movie at the Charles.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

I thought there were a lot of good options for food, but the draft beer selection wasn't that great if you're not into IPA. However, that forced me to try the Eastciders Orange Cider and that was pretty good, so I shouldn't complain. I had the Cubano, which was delicious. Probably a little too pricey for my taste and what it was. The server was a little low key and inattentive, which, considering it was not busy, was kind of odd. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't somewhere I feel I need to visit again, except maybe to grab a beer at Happy Hour or something if I am back down that way for another improv show.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great meal and right next to the Charles Theater for a good date night

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great dinner at Pen and Quill. Took our two well-behaved kids (5 and 6) at 6:45 and it was great. Laid-back, lots of comfort food and unpretentious. And cheap parking across the street - 3$!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Fun and stuff

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We went to Pen & Quill prior to a show at the Lyric. It was our first time...and we will definitely be back. The food was great (superb fried oysters were a huge hit) and the drinks were wonderful. The waitress was attentive but not intrusive. We want to try again when we have more time to spend. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

This restaurant is next door to a movie theatre, so it's very easy to run in there to have something to eat after a movie

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Always delicious here. The wings flavor of the week NEVER disappoints- this week was honey mustard. Got a variety of dishes including the disco fries, wings flavor of the week, tuna nachos, Cobb salad w/grilled chicken, calamari, and mushroom flatbread. Everything was great!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Went here to celebrate a birthday with my husband. Had lots of small plates. Each was wonderful. Loved the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was good. Atmosphere was very friendly. I'd definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Everything great cept the bread pudding was over cooked. Excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

We’ve been to Pen and Quill many times. We always feel at home there. Our most recent visit was a birthday celebration. The oysters were great, drinks and wines were excellent, and all of our burgers (4 at different temperature) were cooked to perfection!

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Good times

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Really cool spot with unique and delicious meals choices. Great small plates options to share!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Great service and food. One of those places where you can dress up or wear jeans and fit in fine.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

The tuna crudo "nachos" were awesome!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

We love this place. My husband wants to come every year for his birthday, and we had a wonderful time again this year. Great seasonal dishes, and great ambiance.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2017

We ordered the cheese selection, a cuban, and a fried chicken sandwich. The food is really good. They have a very large wine list. They have a nice selection of craft beers. The space is very open and spread out, which is great. The restaurant was very dimly lit, which was the only drawback of the place.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Was good. Got there early and had a beer and watched the Georgia-Auburn game. Georgia was undefeated at that point but Auburn stuck it pretty good that night. It was like 30-10 when I got up. Then my date got there and we sat down and had a great dinner together. 10/10 would do again.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Great ambiance at Pen & Quill. There are some cozy couches and booths. The noise level is nice. Not too loud but not that everyone is listening to your conversation. Tuna Nachos were delicious!

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Damn fine vittles good eats yum would eat again aaaaaaah

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Service very attentive, without being overbearing. Food was excellent-portion size perfect, cooked to specifications, seasoned perfectly. Cost was reasonable for what we received. Only issue-much too loud to carry on a sustained conversations. Would recommend highly.

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2.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Have been here 3 times recently. Took some friends there Friday after seeing a movie and we were very disappointed. It was extremely noisy. We could not hear our friends or each other. The food was good but the noise ruined the entire evening. I cannot in good conscience recommend this place to anyone!

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2017

Went on a Monday and took advantage of their sandwich and suds special which included a free draft beer with a sandwich. The food was delicious and they had a decent beer selection. It was my sisters bday for which they have her a delicious free dessert. Our server was great and very helpful. We are will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

My husband and I got together with some friends we had not seen in a while Saturday evening (9/30) and suggested this place as we had a great time there during Restaurant Week. There had been a medical incident shortly before we arrived (hostess said not 2 minutes had lapsed), as well as short kitchen staff. I have a few years of food service experience and know what kind of pressure either could put on staff, let alone both. Despite the circumstances, the staff was incredibly graceful and professional handling the issue and emergency personnel arrive very quickly. Our food arrived in a very timely manner (I would not have suspected a kitchen issue had our excellent waitress not given a heads up) and was perfectly prepared. What could have been absolute chaos was impeccably handled by everyone working there, and they were still incredibly warm and attentive. The food is amazing of course (try the green gazpacho and fried green tomato sandwich!), and you can get a perfect old fashioned, but what really makes this foodie haven special is the employees.

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