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818 Market

4.1
56 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The 818 Bar and Restaurant is conveniently located on the 2nd floor of 818 Market and is accessible via elevator or stairs. 818 B and R brings the freshest ingredients from the market upstairs, where our chefs and mixologists build the gourmet dishes and craft cocktails of your dreams. Accessible, yet refined.

818 Market
Fresh. Local. Friendly.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 56 people are saying
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3.9
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4.4
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3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MeganM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I just moved to Catonsville from Fells Point, and we have been missing our city haunts- until we stopped in at 818! All the comforts and unique features you might find in the city, under one roof! Dinner was so delicious that we even came back the next morning for breakfast and coffee. Service was great, enjoyed the entire experience. A truly special space, I foresee coming back many, many times!

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vip21228er
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at 818 for our family dinner! We were seated right away when we arrived for our reservation. Dining room is open and airy. They had the garage door up, so the entire room had an outdoor feel. Our server Abby came over quickly, bringing us water and taking our drink orders. My wife and I had some spectacular craft cocktails - pomerita for her and Hemingway daiquiri for me. 818 cocktails always far exceed anything else available locally! Kids had a draft root beer and a non-alcoholic cocktail that they loved.

For dinner, we started with a cheese plate (OMG!!) and the octopus (yummmmmm) off the inventive yet familiar menu. I got the seabass (get this! incredible!), my wife had a steak that was perfectly cooked. Kids got a burger and a chicken sandwich that was declared better than chic fil a. Dessert of strawberry shortcake and creme brûlée were hits too. We will return soon!

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KathyS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I frequently eat at 818 and am never disappointed. The staff is so efficient and friendly.
The food is outstanding. We are lucky to have 818 in Catonsville.

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Rugmamma
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to 818Market twice…once for lunch and once for brunch. Both times the food was delicious and the service was excellent. The handicapped access was terrific. This restaurant is a win for Catonsville.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

I want this place to succeed. It’s a nice neighborhood anchor with good food and good ambiance but the service might have been the worst I ever experienced. Completely disorganized and inattentive. They really need a better system and better staff training and on-site management

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KennyK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cuisine, service, and ambiance are always great at 818. Great for all occasions and the new menu is superb!

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HoCo
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food is very good. The service needs work - friendly but very poorly expedited kitchen. Oysters were fresh and we enjoyed them but wait staff couldn’t tell us anything about the varieties that were available so we went with a random mix. Cheese plate was nice, but delivered as wedges but without a cheese knife, and getting it off of the rind was difficult with a butter knife. Scallop and pork belly was well made and good. Entrees - tuna, sea bass, pork chop, burger, 2 plates of crab cakes - were all very good, but 2 were served well after the other 4, including one crab cake plate that was served well after the other crab cake plate and the asparagus was still left off that one when it was served late for still another extended period. Just oddly poorly expedited.

The staff was apologetic about the delays and explained that they had a party of 25 that hit all at once, but the restaurant was mostly empty so that didn’t seem to explain it. Also, 5 stalks of asparagus doesn’t take a long time to cook, and why one plate of crab cakes well after the other? I would be afraid to go there when they are busy until their kitchen figures things out. I don’t think they can handle any crowd at all.

The food is very good though, the crab cakes are made with jumbo lump Maryland crab meat - they aren’t skimping on ingredients.

Desserts were fine but not exceptional.

We will go back. Hopefully the menu rotates frequently - it’s small enough and foodie enough that I wouldn’t want to go back too frequently without a menu change or I’d get bored.

Along with Catonsville Gourmet, far and away one of the two best restaurants in Catonsville. Just need to stay freshly interesting on the menu and solve their very badly expedited kitchen.

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vipMozee
Baltimore
67 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

This conversion of a wallpaper store into a bright new market and restaurant is a pleasant idea. Pulling it off successfully is another story. Our party arrived for brunch and were greeted and seated promptly. The restaurant had a live jazz band, which was nice. However, the band was using amps and playing into a mic, so it was extremely loud. (Given the acoustics of the 2nd floor restaurant, no amplification was needed.)
The service was friendly, but slow. We ordered drinks, which came fairly quickly, but the main courses took far too long to arrive at our table. And, when they did arrive, the food was tepid, except for my omelet, which was over-cooked, but warm.
818 needs to get it's timing correct before I'd recommend it

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Vegan
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

As a vegan, I was delighted to see vegan versions of eggs, cheese, and breakfast sausage on the brunch menu. I asked our server to check with the chef to see if he could make me a vegan Southwestern omelette. He said yes. What arrived was the size of an empanada, not an omelette. Clearly the chef needed to use more of the vegan egg substitute. It had plenty of the vegan cheese but no meat substitute at all. I asked our server about it, and he checked in with the chef, who said that he didn't have the meat but the server could go downstairs to the 818 store to get some and that he would then prepare me a side of it. I would have been much happier if the kitchen had been properly stocked so that they could provide the dishes on the menu that their customers order. I WOULD recommend the restaurant, but I hope they get things in order in the future.

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vipDonnaJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience4

Our food took over an hour. The server was very apologetic, however when the food came we were very disappointed. The sea bass was over cook & soba noodles with chicken & shrimp was extremely disappointing it came with 4 shrimp and one chick strip cut up, we ordered it with no veggies. The best thing was the octopus. The oysters were ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pork belly ever!!!
Tis mass of tender buttery with a hint of char…mekts in yiyr mouth. The whole menu is delightful.

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Marco
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food tasted great! Unfortunately, the preparation was poor (ordered rare tuna, got well done, and ordered med-rare steak and got rare). The kitchen was slow, and the service was even slower and downright inattentive. If we hadn't flagged down our waitress on three occasions, I'm pretty sure we would have been ignored indefinitely.

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vipDerrickC
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the offerings were quite unusual combinations. The wait was pleasant and attentive. Love the mix use design on the restaurant and other incorporated businesses.

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EricaW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Our waiter, Nick was very friendly and knowledgeable. The open air feel was great, especially during the pandemic. We sat upstairs by the "garage door" and the breeze felt great on a hot day.

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BrittonQ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was ordered was superb. Out waitress was lovely.

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KelseyM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was great but the wait for our server and the wait on the kitchen was disappointing.

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NormaR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to 818 several times now. I really love the food, the service staff could not be nicer.
The items are inventive without being contrived. I had the soba noodles with crispy shrimp and chicken - delicious! My daughter had the pork marsala - also delicious! The food was served hot and at a reasonable pace.

The market/grocery downstairs, the wine shop, the restaurant - what a fun concept to bring to Catonsville! I also love that it is locally owned and operated!

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APatron
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Focus and attention needs to be paid to customer service. The quality and taste of food is excellent, however the wait staff needs to be more familiar with the menu. They changed the menu quite often, which is both good and bad. They seemed understaffed or unable to be as attentive as would be expected at a restaurant of this quality and price.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Cool concept, poor execution. Should have known the experience wouldn’t have been great, especially since it was the only restaurant in Catonsville with open tables inside and no wait. The food was very bland, bland to the point that I had to send my tuna dish back to the kitchen. I mean no seasoning or salt on the fish, asparagus or quinoa. The server was nice, but not organized and did not once come to ask us how our food was (appetizer, second app, dinner). I had to wave him down for my missing sauce and by the time he came back with the wrong sauce, it was inedible. My husband got a pasta dish, and that you could tell was bland and not seasoned either, especially the actual pasta. I would go back for specialty items, but likely not for dinner. It was like they got their chef from one of the local nursing homes.

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Sunshine
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our brunch very much. The elderflower mimosa was life.

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Good4thesoul
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious. Our party of 3 had the shrimp and grits, French toast, Eggs Benedict, scramble eggs w toast bacon and potatoes with samosas. Portions were moderate and the prices can’t be beat. Peaceful ambiance. We will definitely have Sunday brunch at 818 again.

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WeirBobby
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location, will definitely be back. Not too crowded but lively and exciting on a Saturday night. Great atmosphere overall, I recommend trying to sit at the front that overlooks Main Street.Service was great; prompt, friendly, food came quickly. Definitely give this place two thumbs up!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a perfect dining experience. The staff is exceptional, very friendly and attentive. Everything on the menu is delicious. The ribeye is my absolute favorite. The bartenders always create magic with every sip.

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AnneG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pricey but DELICIOUS FOOD! We’ll be back for more rib-eye for sure!

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HollyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for Mother's Day and were seated right on time. Our server Nick was very attentive and friendly. Our food did not come out all at once, but there was not a big discrepancy so it was not a big deal. Overall we had a great meal and a nice time. The space is beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Pros: parking, ambience, downstairs market, polite wait staff.

Cons: service was slow, food was just okay,

Summary: 818 market is beautiful, sleek, and clean. I went on a mothers day so I expected them to be a bit swamped. Ordered tacos to start the meal, however three charizo taco took over an hour to arrive so we didnt bother ordering anything else. Had an empty glass with no drink for quite awhile too. Im going to give them another shot because the place was gorgeous and everyone was polite, but be weary on busier weekends, and if your hungry go somewhere else first.

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vipAnnie
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great meal. Food was a little delayed but the staff anticipated and set expectations. They were great. We celebrated Mother's Day here. We will be back for sure.

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BrianT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Mothers day

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JoeE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was outstanding. Mother's Day brunch and kitchen was slammed, food came out slow but staff was attentive and more than made up for the wait. Great atmosphere, definitely going back.

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eric
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

The service was terrible. We ordered two entrees, they came out separately. We were able to eat halfway though the first entree before the second one came out. Their crab cake was one of the worst I’ve had. This place is definitely not worth the money.

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Dustin
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! My burger was a clever assortment of ingredients. I knew I loved the Market on the first floor, but now I know I love the restaurant also! :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

The meals came out at different times and the stake was over cooked. It was ordered at medium but when it arrived it was well done. My and one of the other patients got our steamed shrimp appetizer well after we finished our main course my shrimp was a little too well cooked. It’s a nice restaurant and the food usually is good at lunch time. This was our first visit for dinner. I’m willing to try dinner one more time but not with a group of friends. I would rather invite them to Sunday brunch. Sunday brunch has been very good as well as the service. It would also be nice to see an expanded dinner menu.

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KellyD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was excellent, but it took 2 hours to receive our entrees and about an hour to receive the check.

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vipTrevor
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Group of 9 diners all trying 818 for the first time. One of the best quality meals for the money the group has had in the area. Unfortunately, the service was abysmal. One teenage server taking care of the entire restaurant (which gradually filled) for the evening and it was her first job as a waitress. She got almost no helpful assistance from the kitchen. All of the courses arrived to the table late. Most of the courses arrived to the table out of order. We had to constantly remind the staff of our drink orders. Manager was called to the table. He offered only excuses and no compensation - you could smell the indifferent vapor seeping from his pores. Your best bet here is takeout because the food was terrific - compliments to the chef.

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vipSarahK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Our meals came out at completely different times. Everyone was finished eating before the last person got their food. The food was delicious though. Our server wasn’t very attentive but I think he was the only server for the whole restaurant.

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GlennS
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great service
I could bring my wine as long as they don’t sell it

Will go many times again!!

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SKB13
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time going. It was a friendly staff and the food was excellent.

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ChicagoJohn
Baltimore
92 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

I hate doing this because it is a local establishment, but I'm hoping they get better from feedback instead of feeling offended by honesty. We gave them some leniency on our first visit, as this was their first attempt at a brunch and wanted to let them grow into a better, well-oiled machine without complaining.

In this, our second visit for brunch, we looked forward to the pancakes we had on their maiden voyage on Easter Sunday. The pancakes were good, better than the typical, dense bombs you would get at a chain breakfast restaurant, but not as good as the initial iteration we had on Easter. Those Easter pancakes were heavenly, very crepe-like, and the right amount of butter and syrup to accompany them. The pancakes we had today were a little heavier and absorbed the small ramekin of syrup in a heartbeat, which means flagging down a busy server to get a second serving of syrup was a task in its own right.

The biggest misstep from this brunch service was when I raised a concern about a blonde hair stuck to my last piece of bacon. I mention the color of the hair merely to serve as a reference point that it was not mine or my wife's, of which we both have brown and black hair, respectively. When I raised my concern to our server, he politely took it away, and I was then expecting a manager or chef to apologize for this unappetizing event. Instead, they brought us three more pieces of bacon, which we did not ask for or at this point wanted, considering the hair in my previous batch.

818 needs to work on their customer service and make sure the customer leaves happy every time. Unfortunately, this lack of effort by the management leaves a bad taste in our mouths, literally. I am not 100% sure the chef or manager knew about the situation or if the server diverted that authority and tried to fix it independently. Still, in either case, this is a situation that makes us less likely to come back for brunch until we see a positive trend in reviews in the future.

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vipLMV126
Baltimore
116 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

As a Catonsville resident, I was excited to try out this new place. It is a food market, deli, wine and cheese shop, and also a bar and restaurant on the 2nd floor. They were listed as a participant of Baltimore County Restaurant week, so 4 of us went. We were seated and given the menu, but no mention of the special restaurant week menu. When we asked, the waitress had no idea that they were supposed to be participating. We ordered a bottle of wine and a cheese plate. The cheese was good, but so cold, you couldn't really slice it, even the soft cheese. (It should be brought to room temp before serving). I asked about the lamb ragu served over spinach noodles, and the waitress said it was really good, so I chose that. Two of our group ordered burgers, the other, a chicken sandwich. We ordered another bottle of wine, but they were out of it. However, there is a large wine department within arms reach of our table, so we asked if they couldn't just grab one from there. She said we could, but they would charge us an additional $8 corkage fee. Nevermind, we ordered a different wine from the menu. The 3 sandwiches were brought out together, however my lamb ragu didn't come out for at least 10-15 minutes later. Not OK. My pasta was not spinach pasta, but just regular pasta. I asked the waitress, and she said she thought they were out of the spinach pasta. Again, they have a whole market downstairs, perhaps someone could have found some? Or at least, let me know? It was really good, however, and the sandwiches were good. They really just need some better management to keep things on track. Our other two dining guests said that was their 3rd time there, and pretty much the same kinds of issues. I doubt we'll go back, which is a shame.

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21228
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

818 has a great ambiance, but the food and service were just okay. While everyone is friendly the service was slow
Very good cocktails and dessert, but both main courses were in line with major chain restaurants, but double the price.

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818 Market is rated 4.1 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

818 Market does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://818market.storebyweb.com/s/1000-1/gc/buy.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.