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Pen & Quill

4.2
4.2
333 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bistro, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 601-3588

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    On premises our "Gallery Room" can seat up to 22 comfortably or up to 40 standing. Our lounge area can be reserved as well. Subject to minimum charges.The Chesapeake space is available for rent thru EVI and can seat up to 125

  • Private party contact

    Naomi Karzai: (410) 601-3588

  • Neighborhood

    Station North

  • Cross street

    Lanvale

  • Parking details

    $2.00 parking available in lots across and behind the restaurant. On street parking FREE after 6:00PM a several location

  • Public transit

    Penn Station Train is one block away! <br />Baltimore Charm City Purple line, 1/2 block

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 333 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LG

    LGriff

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 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.
  2. d

    dlr0827

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  3. J

    Jacob

    1 review

    5.0

    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
  4. SU

    SUSANM

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great value for the quality of food and service if you like the menu!
  6. LP

    LeonP

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  7. TB

    TheresaB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    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
  8. B

    Bill

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 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.
  9. m

    mabs

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    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.
  10. BF

    BaltimoreFoodie

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere near Penn Station. Creative food and cocktails
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    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).
  12. J

    John

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 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.
  13. DN

    DuaneN

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been here several times for date night & this place always delivers.
  14. S

    Susan

    Baltimore

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very nice waiter, limited but interesting food selection.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    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 :)
  16. TB

    TableBoy

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 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
  17. NS

    NikS

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  18. NE

    Nightime6Eating

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    I wish there were some new items on the food menu. Too noisy on Sat night.
  19. LE

    LoopieEats

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  20. M

    Mrpc

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 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.
  21. F

    Foodisall

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Tasty food with good and varied options. Seating is comfortable and spacious. Staff are helpful and casual.
  22. D

    niaD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  23. L

    Local

    Baltimore

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was great and my choices were a very pleasant surprise.
  24. D

    Deanna

    Baltimore

    176 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    176 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.
  25. B

    kimberlyB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food. Will definitely come back!
  26. DL

    DebbieL

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 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.
  27. S

    Skipp

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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
  28. TC

    TomC

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  29. R

    karynR

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 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!
  30. BZ

    BrynaZ

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  31. k

    kingbalt

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 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.
  32. NE

    Nightime6Eating

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Very nice place to eat and drink. But if your having dinner, avoid the Friday and Saturday bar crowd. Very noisy!
  33. BE

    Bmore30sEatsFood

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 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.
  34. C

    Case

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 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!
  35. ML

    MayaL

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  36. T

    Traditionaldiner

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  37. s

    scarlettfairy

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 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
  38. M

    Matt

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  39. K

    Karen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 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.
  40. D

    Daveex

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

FAQs

Pen & Quill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 601-3588.

Pen & Quill is rated 4.2 stars by 333 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lanvale

  • Neighborhood

    Station North

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Bistro, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    $2.00 parking available in lots across and behind the restaurant. On street parking FREE after 6:00PM a several location

  • Public transit

    Penn Station Train is one block away! Baltimore Charm City Purple line, 1/2 block

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (410) 601-3588

  • Private party facilities

    On premises our "Gallery Room" can seat up to 22 comfortably or up to 40 standing. Our lounge area can be reserved as well. Subject to minimum charges.The Chesapeake space is available for rent thru EVI and can seat up to 125

  • Private party contact

    Naomi Karzai: (410) 601-3588

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