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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.
Baltimore, MD 21201
American, Bistro, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Thursday-Saturday late night menu till 1:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
$2.00 parking available in lots across and behind the restaurant. On street parking FREE after 6:00PM a several location
Penn Station Train is one block away!
Baltimore Charm City Purple line, 1/2 block
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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