Pen & Quill

4.4
286 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 286 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first time there because we had 7 p.m. tickets and needed to be sure of a reservation on a Friday.
The Tapas place where we usually go doesn't take reservations. We were immediately impressed by the comfortable and spacious layout and tables and booths with a distance from the bar. The food was good and fairly priced. The service was fantastic. We will definitely go again.

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SB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Green gazpacho was superb. Best fries in recent dining experiences. Burger needed better seasoning. Lemoncell dessert disappointing.

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k
Baltimore
104 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The mussels were great! We love Naomi's warm hospitality each time we're here. Love the wine, beer, and spirit selection as well.

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c
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a dinner reservation for a business meal--getting to know a new colleague. The restaurant was not full, which made it easy to converse. I'd love to see them promote the restaurant with discounts for students and faculty of the local universities/colleges (if they don't already do so). The location is quite nice and I imagine with more visibility they could do very well.
This is not a restaurant I'd go out of my way for to enjoy, but the university being nearby made it an attractive choice. The meal was quite good and my colleagues who chose the cobb salad made us all jealous! No one complained about food and several who drank wine or beer enjoyed their choices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu interesting but food a bit bland but ok.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great, attentive server who knew when to pour the wine. All you can ask for

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HR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed wine and plates before the theater. Service was attentive. Food was delicious. We will return.

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b
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service food ambiance. Ease of making a reservation.

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S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

I love P&Q but the last time we went it was so noisy I could hardly hear people sitting near me. Even though it was restaurant week most people were at the bar or in the lounge area drinking. This seems to happen a lot on the weekend. If you want to have a meal it can be annoying. It is one of the few restaurants that can accommodate a large group, but the noise makes it hard to enjoy the meal.
It would be nice if they could put us in the ping pong room (which never seems to be used).

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed my first visit. Service was great, the Southern Summer cocktail was so so tasty, my fish sandwich was a little dry but good. I will return for sure!

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M
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The fish was absolutely outstanding. Chardonnay so-so. The place was quiet when we arrived (5:30 pm on a Monday) and gradually got louder.

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k
Baltimore
104 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All our food was great! The service was warm and prompt. Looking forward to trying more of the flatbreads!

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TD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was terrific as is the vibe of this neighborhood gem. Creative menu has unique tastes. Worth coming into the City to try.

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k
Baltimore
104 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour with food before our movie. Excellent service!

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, with a wonderful, roomy atmosphere and fabulous food and wine selection.

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t
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Went there before a show at the Metro Gallery. Food was ok, service sucked, waited 15 minutes for a Bootle beer. I won't be going there again. The best part was their location to parking and the venue.

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S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant has been very accommodating to the group that I run. We go there frequently after seeing a film at the nearby theater. The servers are very helpful. We always enjoy our food and the atmosphere is nice.

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SB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was pretty good and could be great with some tweaking. The mushroom flat bread was delicious but seasoning of other food was somewhat uneven. Deviled egg was too salty. Burger was under salted. Lemon flavor in spongecake dessert needs a boost. It was a Friday night so we expected noise but wished there had been a nice quiet table for two somewhere. We’ll come back again but ask for a quiet space.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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a
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing, innovative food! I really enjoyed dinner there.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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V
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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MS
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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DB
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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BH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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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EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great, prompt service

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d
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and they developed several creative drinks.

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LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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i
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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TK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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B
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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WQ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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GG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun and stuff

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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l
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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