Pen & Quill

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$30 and under
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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.
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LG
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had exceptional service at Pen & Quill for our table of 6 on a busy Saturday night. The oysters from the raw bar were delicious. We appreciate a menu that allows omnivores and vegetarians to find many options for dinner. Just a little nit-picking, but felt some of the dishes could have used more salt or overall seasoning.

d
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere, comfortable dining, delicious food, great service. Only negative - high noise level, but still we would return because everything else was fabulous.

J
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife there for our anniversary and they were more than accommodating. I called ahead to ask for a special set up. We had a table set away from the rest of the restaurant and a bottle of champagne. The food was to die for and the ambiance was perfect for the occasion. We will definitely be coming back for future outings. Thank you again for making the night special Pen&Quill

SU
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place when we are in the Station North area. So comfortable & homey. Service, food, owners... all fabulous!

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for the quality of food and service if you like the menu!

LP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good food, quick service got us out in less than an hour so we could catch our movie next door. Successful date night achieved.

TB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I love the fresh oysters on the half shell. They are consistently fresh and tasty especially when combined with a green salad and a Bullet Rye Martini. I must say though that the noise level is unacceptable. When I can't hear the person sitting next to me and have to shout for her to hear me - it creates a very uncomfortable dining experience. After all, dining out is not just about the food, but about sharing a meal with friends. For this reason, and this reason only, I am hesitant to return or to recommend Pen & Quill. Thanks

WL
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was absolutely outstanding. Service was slower but not egregiously so. Highly recommend the steak frite and grilled romaine.

m
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

very limited menu. Have been there several times prior to seeing a movie at the Charles, and I am always disappointed. My companions had the burger which they said was good so perhaps stick with that if you order dinner.

PF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere near Penn Station. Creative food and cocktails

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Staff was very nice but food took a really long time to arrive (we were seated at 8 and our entrees didn’t come out until past 9 pm).

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was excellent, pleasant, appropriate; just what you want. This was a attractively pubby place. The trout was a bit fishy, but the other food was good as were the drinks and the ice cream, which was particularly fab.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here several times for date night & this place always delivers.

S
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice waiter, limited but interesting food selection.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

In the past few years we have noticed the quality and taste of food decline. Our service was mediocre and the restaurant was not very busy. Cocktails were on point, as were the Brussels :)

TB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Food great
Atmosphere great
Hostess was not nice
Waitress tough until we made her smile then she was cool
Steak perfectly cooked
Fried oysters perfect

NS
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pretty good food. Nice location in a lovely Baltimore neighborhood, next to nice art attractions. Reasonable parking situation. Nice sidewalk seating available. Service has been unreasonably slow and inattentive both times we have dined there.

NE
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

I wish there were some new items on the food menu. Too noisy on Sat night.

LE
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

STARS! as always they are a perfect spot to spend time with friends ! we love their neighborhood atmosphere and the burger is perfection!

M
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We should have left after walking in and seeing all the empty tables. Food wasn’t horrible, but my husband and I DID have awful stomach aches that evening after getting home. No ketchup etc. came with burgers (we had to ask specifically), kind of weird salads (just lettuce), and really nothing exciting or innovative about the menu.

I probably won’t come back.

Sorry.

F
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Tasty food with good and varied options. Seating is comfortable and spacious. Staff are helpful and casual.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with our little one in stroller. Felt just as welcome as the table with a post work cocktails crowd! Fun drinks and delicious food with excellent unassuming service.

L
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great and my choices were a very pleasant surprise.

D
Baltimore
122 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food is simple but decent in both taste and price. The service however, is terrible. This is the third time that we've been there with extremely slow service. Constant reminders to the waitress to check on our food, refill our drinks, bring the check, etc. Many diners visit this restaurant are doing so because they are going to a movie or show nearby. This needs to be in the back of the minds of the wait staff at all times. We watched our neighboring tables experience the same thing. Misery, in this case, does not like company.

B
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. Will definitely come back!

DL
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A great place to dine before or after seeing a movie at The Charles or anytime. Fun atmosphere. Lots of food choices, from small plates to full entrees. The wine list is AMAZING, even by the glass. Outstanding for wine lovers, especially those looking for something more than the typical varietals offered at most restaurants. You can even play a game of ping pong before or after your meal! I highly recommend Pen and Quill.

S
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A place with a pleasant, relaxed ambiance, a surprising variety of very tasty food including excellent raw oysters and hard to find bronzino. The cocktails are well made and the desserts were decadently good. Pen and Quill is a new favorite place. Oh, and the cost is reasonable for the quality of what you get

TC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This was our first time here and we enjoyed ourselves. The food was tasty, pleasantly presented, and at a good value. The service was good. It had a good city 'feel' to it. We'd eat here again.

R
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We attended P and Q’s first Drag Brunch, and it was a blast! It was a little on the too loud side, I think they could have adjusted the sound system so that people could talk between acts. Food was good, drinks were flowing, lots of fun!

BZ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice ambiance & convenient location. Brunch food was creative and pretty good. I didn’t think it was *amazing*, but it’s definitely a very nice option for the Station North area.

k
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

I have been coming to Pen & Quill since they opened and the service has always been good... but not the other night. Our server came by twice and gave us one moment figure. She finally brought water but never said Hello, my name is.... " Expediter brought dinner, but server never asked how it was. We asked for lemon twice from her and she finally remembered it at the end of our meal. Also, she never smiled. I'm not sure if it was a management issue and she was the only waiter or what? But that is not the Pen & Quill I remember. I'll try again but if this happens again I'll go to the 2 restaurants next door where the service is always good.

NE
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Very nice place to eat and drink. But if your having dinner, avoid the Friday and Saturday bar crowd. Very noisy!

BE
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a Valentine's Day/ post engagement dinner at Pen & Quill (We love the fried oyster steam buns!) We were on time, but our reservation was ready upon arrival and we were greeted with a "congratulations" and two glasses of champagne, which was such a nice touch. The service was prompt and friendly, although we were really there to take our time and hang out. The atmosphere is classy, yet relaxed, so we enjoyed just having a few drinks and celebrating a little before we ordered. We would definitely recommend this place for a nice evening out.

C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Very good food, wine and ambiance. Only issue we had was that our food was sent out to the wrong table so we had a very long wait. The waitress apologized and asked if she could get us anything while we waited. When the food did come out it was very good!

ML
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is in a convenient location if you want to head to the movies, or need to catch a train at Penn station. The appetizers and small plates are spot on. They also have a great happy hour if you are into cocktails. They also have a good beer list, which I used to enjoy all the time. But now that I am trying to cut back on gluten, I wish they had a more expansive cider selection. Graft is everywhere, I wish they had something else.

T
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In my experience the service has always been excellent. I had the best prime rib sandwich I've ever had. No fat,yet tender!

s
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Went to Pen&Quill last Saturday for dinner. For our meal we ordered the fish sandwich and the Cuban sandwich. I realize anything deep fried is going to have some grease but the fish was overly greasy. The Cuban was grilled and grease was pouring out of it. They also only put the pickle slices on one half of the sandwich. The positives are the mulled wine, side salad and French fries were really very good

M
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We thought we could grab a quick bite before catching a movie next door, but we were wrong. After waiting an hour and 20 minutes for our food, we had no choice but to leave. While my girlfriend was next door grabbing seats in the theater, I waited for the kitchen to pack up our food so we could EAT IT IN THE MOVIE THEATER. Something they said was common. Popcorn during a movie? Of course. Candy? Yeah, alright. Wings and steak tartare? C'mon! Our server was great, but it's clear that the kitchen was understaffed. They seem to prioritize easy to cook meals over "complex" dishes. Meaning: If you want to be in and out, or have a movie to catch -- stick with the nachos.

K
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love the food here, me and my roommates found it when the kitchen at the brass tap had over an hour wait and it is such a gem. Their fried chicken sandwhich is the best ive ever had and every new thing I try seems to be better than the last. The cocktails are great and everything is a reasonable price for the quality. Get something with the rosemary garlic fries if you can, theyre to die for. That being said its not perfect, I went there last for my birthday and everyone at my table ordered a different dessert to share. They ranged from mediocre to terrible. I don’t know how they managed to make such a flavorless creme brulee, and their limoncello cheesecake had a weird almost curdled texture and barely any lemon flavor. I’m also pretty sure the cheesecake WAS curdled cause we all had stomach aches shortly after and that was the only suspicious thing. The service was pretty slow, which I’m not picky about but at the end when we wanted our check it took almost 40 minutes to get it. I am paitent with wait staff, hell one of my friends with me is a waitress, but the girl we had was overworked with 5 tables and couldnt manage it. Anyway, excellent dinner and drinks, avoid dessert and be chill about a wait.

D
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic find. The food was so delicious, the service fantastic, and their wine selection as one of the best I’ve seen in the area. Portions are very big and wonderful. The lighting made everybody look good. We will definitely come back.