Pen & Quill
Thursday-Saturday late night menu till 1:00am
Baltimore Charm City Purple line, 1/2 block
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.
Green gazpacho was superb. Best fries in recent dining experiences. Burger needed better seasoning. Lemoncell dessert disappointing.
The mussels were great! We love Naomi's warm hospitality each time we're here. Love the wine, beer, and spirit selection as well.
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.
Menu interesting but food a bit bland but ok.
We had a great, attentive server who knew when to pour the wine. All you can ask for
Enjoyed wine and plates before the theater. Service was attentive. Food was delicious. We will return.
Excellent service food ambiance. Ease of making a reservation.
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).
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!
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.
All our food was great! The service was warm and prompt. Looking forward to trying more of the flatbreads!
Food was terrific as is the vibe of this neighborhood gem. Creative menu has unique tastes. Worth coming into the City to try.
Great happy hour with food before our movie. Excellent service!
Great place, with a wonderful, roomy atmosphere and fabulous food and wine selection.
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.
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.
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.
Place was fantastic, in all sense of the word. Will 100% be back.
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.
Amazing, innovative food! I really enjoyed dinner there.
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;)
Enjoyed the lively atmosphere, the attentive service and the menu choices. A group of mixed eaters could all find something to enjoy.
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.
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.
The steak was great. Really tender and spiced just right.
Liked the ginger lemonade as well.
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.
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.
Great food with great, prompt service
The food was great and they developed several creative drinks.
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.
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.
Excellent burgers and fries. I also had a bite of the fish sandwich. Very tasty.
A good place to get something to eat before or after a movie at the Charles.
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.
Great meal and right next to the Charles Theater for a good date night
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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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.
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