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About Pen & Quill

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.

1701 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Bistro, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Thursday-Saturday late night menu till 1:00am

Cross Street:
Lanvale

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 601-3588

Website:
http://www.penandquill.net/

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pen & Quill Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (12)
Casual (10)
Good for Groups (8)
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Good for a Date (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Romantic (4)
Tapas (4)
Great Beer (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined on November 19, 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 15, 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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·Dined 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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Damn fine vittles good eats yum would eat again aaaaaaah

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Baltimore)·Dined 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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 (Baltimore)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Food,services and decor were TERRIFIC.Enjoyed a pre movie dinner.Wide selection of food on the menus.A delightful evening.

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My husband and I planned to attend a late night movie and wanted a restaurant close by. A friend recommended Pen & Quill. We were surprised how quiet it was for a Saturday night. Our waitresses (we wound up having 2) were great. Attentive but not overbearing. The food was phenomenal (we shared a few dishes and would recommend the tuna nachos and mezze platter).

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Awesome food, and quick service. I love this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Mussels were not fresh (smelled) French fries overcooked

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Happy Hour
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

My hard to impress husband loved it! Great food, unique with good service. An all around win!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Tapas
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent service. Had lake trout sandwich fish kind of bland and thin, target sauce very good, drinks good portion, deviled eggs very pricey but excellent taste. Oysters very good.

Tags: Late-night Find, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Food was fine, service was friendly and helpful but they were short staffed, it seemed, so it was slow. Very noisy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Dinner on a Saturday night was great! We arrived early for our reservation and we were seated immediately. Service was impeccable: attentive but not overly so. The starter was delicious and we all enjoyed our entrees. The restaurant week special was a deal and very tasty. The ingredients were fresh and flavorful. Well done P&Q!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We found the food average to good , but not special for restaurant week. We were very disappointed in the service. We arrived at the restaurant at 5:30 and told them that we wanted to be served fast as we were catching a 7:00 movie next door. We were told that there was plenty of time. It took a long time to receive our appetizers and an even longer time for our entrees (which we reminded them of several times) They were eventually served at 6:45. This was despite the fact that others around us who arrived after us were served first. We rushed through our meal and then had dessert since it was included in our meal as part of restaurant week and we couldn't take it "to go" since it included ice cream. One member of our party who didn't order one of the restaurant week specials had to leave and save seats for us at the theater. The seats were bad since she was so late. Although they provided our check when they served dessert, they did not return our credit cards until we tracked them down. We arrived at the theater at about 7:10. At least we only missed the movie previews.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Food was average. Service super pleasant but very slow. Good ambiance/decor. Good spot for pre movie at The Charles though.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I have dined here once before and had a better service experience.
This time, the server seemed very inexperienced and didn't seem too knowledgable about the menu or cocktails. She was very kind though.
The food is very good, however. But the bar didn't know how to make a proper Negroni, which a very classic cocktail that I feel a restaurant/bar such Penn & Quill should be familiar with.
Our appetizer took a very long time to reach the table.

Tags: Organic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Excellent food and interesting libations in a very pleasant atmosphere. We've been here 3 times recently and will certainly return!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Everything was good, except: I ordered a Cubano. It was burned on one side (which they hid while plating by facing burnt side down). I ate a goodbit of it anyway, while I waited to get the server's attention.

I finally told server and showed her the burnt sandwich. Nothing was done about it - no offer of a new sandwich, no discount off bill, not even an apology.

It's a shame - because other than that, we really liked this place and the food and would recommend.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 24, 2017

all foods delicious- service awesome- stylish

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 3, 2017

A big disappointment. An odd menu with bland, uninspired dishes. While a fish dish was a winner with one diner, the other 3 dinners we sampled were merely ok. A restaurant owned by well known restauranteurs, who run very successful restaurants, in a lovely building located in a lively neighborhood -- needs to spend more time on kitchen.

Tags: Casual
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Decent selection of intriguing small plates. Excellent wings, which were on special. The side of roasted broccolini was treated well too, which is not often true of vegetables. Goos service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I have dined here three times. The food has been outstanding, especially the fish - perfectly cooked. Also has an interesting and comprehensive wine list. Only down side is the noise level.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 15, 2017

I think this restaurant is okay. I had the steam bun with fried oysters and tartare sauce. It was alright, then I had the beef tartare. I found the beef cuts too big and tough to chew. In fact due to the size and toughness, I couldn't eat it all up. The flavor is good but steak tartare should really be chopped finer. After all it is raw. We also had the house pickle which wasn't too bad. All in all, I am glad I tried Pen and Quill but it is really just OK. It is a good stop before or maybe after a movie at the Charles theater. By the way, our server was really attentive and nice. She made sure everything came on time. The atmosphere was okay too. But I'm not in a rush to go back.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Interesting menu, with a mix of small plates, appetizers, sandwiches and entrees. No defined cuisine, but everything was tasty and well-presented. Good, reasonably priced wine list. We will be back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Excellent food great staff all around great dining experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The raw oysters were great. Burger is delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great little spot for dinner! Loved the small plates. Service was friendly but could have been a little more attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Great place to eat if you are planing to watch a movie at the nearby Charles theater

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 20, 2017

We went for the Beef on Weck, and were most pleasantly surprised by the accompanying Au Jus that was thick and rich. It was the perfect match for the sandwich!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2017

It was a terrific experience and the food was fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food, service, and environment were all superb. I highly recommend Pen & Quill.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We went for Valentines Day and had a great experience. The menu was very nice, the atmosphere was awesome and the food was delicious. We started with the Cheese Puffs and Steamed Buns. I wasn't overly impressed by the Cheese Puffs, but the Steamed Buns were awesome!

My fiance had the Shrimp and Grits and I had the Beef on Wreck, both of which were very good!

I highly recommend

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Food was generally good, though we both ordered steaks medium rare and both were medium (which, to me, is inedible). The snacks like pickles and calamari were good - calamari was crisp but a little salty. Drinks were good, but it took a while to get new drinks once we were done. I'd probably visit again but wouldn't order red meat.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2017

While the quality of ingredients was good and well prepared, most of our food was bland to the point of boring and the combinations took odd to whole new levels (banana ketchup on scallops?)
Price point was high for serving size, and the service was spotty (I think our server was brand new).
The bread and butter were cold (even the bread was cold), as was the cheese plate (cheese should not be served ice cold).
Drinks were a mixed bag - one very good, the other just bland.
The shrimp and grits was bland and flat, and the potato-leek soup just ok. The clams were good, and the roasted beets with goat cheese were spot on.
Dessert really missed the mark: the carrot cake was a dense, wet, tasteless brick and even the candied nuts were blah. The chocolate cake did not even taste like chocolate. It was warm. It was moist. It was served with a hazelnut top and salted caramel sauce. But it tasted like... nothing.
This is the place we've been trying to get into (without a reservation) for nearly two years - it's always packed. We'd heard rave reviews and finally made a reservation.
Not a place we will try again.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Great food and service

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Went out for a happy hour with friends. The happy hour deals were great - we loved the bahn mi steam buns!

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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