The Alexander Brown Restaurant
The Alexander Brown building has called the corner of Baltimore and Calvert Street home for over a century, providing an epicenter of banking and business to the City of Baltimore. Centuries have passed, and Alexander Brown & Sons has since been purchased by a national bank, but the Brown family still owns the building today.
In 2019, this iconic building is opening a new chapter with a different type of commerce as The Alexander Brown Restaurant. Although banking will no longer take place within the historic walls, The A.B. will deal in the currency of conversation and community. At The A.B., we look forward to providing a historic setting for modern conversation, phenomenal food, and worldly design for guests from near and far.
The place has a lot of history and character. The fish dishes were excellent.
Had a wonderful time for m y birthday dinner. Our waiter Christopher was very attentive and accommodating. The food and drinks were delicious. I plan to come back at visit again.
Everything was great!
Excellent atmosphere and food. The history, ambiance, and restaurant staff all make it very special.
Nice downtown find!love the nostalgia feel for the place. Service was great.
It was quiet due to it being a Sunday night. Great food and ambiance, service was quick and friendly. Will definitely be back
Beautiful space, nice ambiance and unique setting. My only criticism is that for a restaurant aiming to be a high end dining establishment they did not clean the table after the main meal and so we were looking at food remnants while being served dessert.
Excellent food and service
Never disappoints! Delicious menu and superb service!
Front of house was average, wait staff were great. Steak was ordered medium rare, served medium well. Flavor was good and still tender. Shrimp scampi was very yummy but the shrimp were very overcooked. Drinks were tasty, a little light on the alcohol.
We went for New Year’s Eve and the Place was completely packed to the rafters. That could have been a recipe for disaster but the Alexander Brown staff handled it well and we had a great experience. We’ll definitely be going back!
New Year's Eve 2019
The evening began with us having to wait almost 30 mins for our reservations which were for 8:30pm. It was busy, but by no means was it packed to have to wait 30 mins (though assume that this had something to do with the poor and dysfunctional waitstaff that things took forever to turn over).
We were seated eventually, and our server greeted us...though the gentleman was nervous or something. Stumbling over his words, forgetting to tell us the specials, couldn't give any recommendations on wines, cocktails, or meals, and always defaulting to recommend the most expensive thing of the options presented to him (without any reason for that choice). Throughout the night he was clumsy, disorganized and overall not at the level of service expected for a place like this.
The meal proceeded, appetizers were the only decent part of the meal (Deviled eggs were quite good); we did not get bread service despite seeing other tables get it. Our mains came out looking sloppy (that's being nice); they looked more like meals that had been sent back to the kitchen after some dinners had moved the meat in the plate a little. My branzino was sitting in visibly oily broth, and flavorless.
The dessert options were scarce and some were already sold out for the evening. We shared a slice of Smith Island Cake which was terrible considering it was $14. (MORTIFIED). The evening was rounded out with receiving our check ($320 for 4 people). We did not receive a plate of French macarons as we had seen the tables around us get, and had to ask the waiter for them (again, terrible on the service...was our table not special enough?)
Overall, I was left thoroughly disappointed with the experience. I have had some incredible meals in Baltimore and this is unfortunately not one of them. We were all definitely disappointed that we wasted our last meal of 2019 here. We unfortunately will not be back, nor would I recommend it to anyone.
The crab beignets were incredible as we're the crispy Brussels sprouts. My wife has the scallops; they were cooked well but fairly unremarkable. I had the ribeye, which was very good.
We ordered shrimp cocktail and crab beignets for appetizers. Jumbo shrimp was excellent. The beignets were so so . I would not order them again. We enjoyed the charred carrots and Brussels sprouts. One of us was happy with his scallops. I did not care for the bronzino filet which was slightly uncooked around the edges and a bit watery (it was not roasted). I would have preferred some salad options. We passed on dessert. Overall the service was attentive and prompt with a few hiccups. Had to ask for bread after the meal was served -since my bread plate had been taken away after used for the appetizers - another plate was not offered- was just given the bread. It took a very long time to find our coats. The restaurant setting is beautiful.
Food selection was not huge for lunch but the presentation was good. The service was excellent. The ambiance was nice. The meal itself was acceptable although prices tended to be on the high side. Our group was enjoying a farewell lunch and our server, Clement made sure our time together was special. I would go again given the right circumstances for an occasion.
Service was slow and our waiter had too many tables to take care of. We had a hard time getting his attention.
Appetizers were nice but the entrees we sub par. One plate of scallops was only seared on one side and raw on the other. I only had one bite and brought it to the attention of the waiter. He did nothing. I sat with the uneaten plate in front of me for the entire dinner and then he asked me if I wanted to bring it home. I again explained the raw scallop and he still did nothing. Shockingly bad service!
When we finished our meal and took our valet ticket to the hostess, she told us that it would take 20 min to get the car. She said it takes this long because the garage is far away. A wait if this length should be communicated to guests by the waiter or hostess. It was not although the hostess pointed out that it is written on the valet ticket. I suspect few guests would think to read the valet ticket.
It did not take long at all because the valet never parked our car. Also odd.
We will not go back and will tell friends to avoid this restaurant.
Aside from the excellent food and service, the Alexander Brown will be appreciated by anyone with an interest in the history of Maryland. One suggestion is that the staff label all the portraits and historical documents on the walls of their west wing.
Use garage parking. The valet is at a corner and dangerous/difficult to use. It took over 15 min to find a valet and get parked. The dome building is very impressive inside but it also makes it very difficult to hear. The waiter insisted on reading through the entire menu which is limited especially for people with food intolerances. We had several of the drinks and they were very good. While the tomato soup was good most of the appetizers were not. The Branzino was a slab of fish on a plate. The piece of salmon was good with a little sauce but nothing else. We had to order some of the sides to round out the meal but they aren't meant for one person. The mashed potatoes were good but the Brussel sprouts were too charred/burned. Cost is high but typical of a restaurant as this in Baltimore but there are many better choices for food, value and ambiance.
We took my history buff father here for lunch. The building is really beautiful and interesting. The waiter did an excellent job telling us about the food and the history of the building. We visited Dec. 26 and were the only people there so the noise level was great. The food was very good especially the tomato soup.
The entire restaurant has a nice ambiance, well decorated and welcoming. It can feel a bit stuffy if you don't like to dress up for a fancy dinner. I had reservations for 1 and upon arrival was asked if I wanted a table or sit at the bar. I ultimately chose the bar which I wouldn't have needed a reservation for beforehand. I didn't see a "good" table for 1 person and I have no issues eating alone at a table for 2. I was reviving a Christmas eve tradition of having a somewhat fancy meal in a nice restaurant. Overall decent menu for drinks and food - I tried a few different specialty cocktails and basically 3 appetizers, although I could have ordered full dinner at the bar that was not the intent of my night - so next time a table it is since I reserved it.
Cocktails were the best I’ve ever had!
Food was fabulous also.
Only need for improvement was the noise level. But it was Christmas Eve and there was a large party seated near us so it may have been noisier than usual.
I’ve spoken to many of my relatives who live in Baltimore but have not been to this restaurant and I highly recommend it!!
Thank you for a wonderful holiday experience!
This is a nice addition to the Baltimore restaurant scene. The restaurant is a beautiful interior repurposing the old Alexander Brown Bank. I highly recommend the appetizers. We got the deviled eggs with a smoked salmon mousse, crispy rice with tuna tartar, and the crab beignets. All were very good... the crab beignets were awesome! We wanted to order more off the appetizer menu, but decided to order entres instead. In retrospect, I think we would have been better off ordering a meal of appetizers. The entre selection was somewhat uninspired and didn't match the uniqueness and opulence of the restaurant. I have to agree with many of the other reviews that service here is a little slow and not very polished. Our entrees arrived warm (not hot) and the server never throughout our entire dining experience asked if we enjoyed our food. I hope The Alexander Brown Restaurant makes it and manages to smoothe out some of its rough edges. It has a ton of possibility and is well worth a visit.
Food was just as delicious as our previous visit. We were seated under the dome as I requested. We had a 5:30 reservation so a number of tables were empty and conversations had not yet reached their fevered pitch. What our waitress lacked in service skills she made up for in enthusiasm. In fact, instead of asking how our dinner was, every staff person asked, "Your dinner was awesome, wasn't it?" More training there would help. Overall, we had a very pleasant time. Thank you.
Clement was great! The food was tasty and the restaurant is beautiful!
Fantastic dinner made especially memorable by the staff. We had a long list of dietary restrictions for one of our guests and a special request for another and they made sure everyone felt welcome and well-served. We will return soon!
I visited The Alexander Brown Restaurant on a late Sunday afternoon after the theater. Both the service and the food were exceptional. With this venue having previously been a bank, the building was gorgeous with so much marble. The entire restaurant was beautiful. I ordered the chicken roulade which was served on a plate of mashed potatoes; it was so good . I highly recommend this restaurant as it is truly a class act, and I definitely will return.
From the moment we arrived, we were treated as special guests. Director, Matt Foody, was charming and our server, Kevin, was excellent. The food was fantastic and was thoroughly enjoyed in such a great setting. A wonderful experience.
Location and venue were great. Our server, she was awful, she had gotten half of the orders wrong, she forgot to bring side dishes with the meals, had to be asked several times for bread. I personally had to ask 4 times for additional water. Like the food and venue, but the server has to go.
Unfortunately, our visit was so rushed that we walked out thinking....what the heck happened?? We sat down at 6:55 and were finished our dinner at 7:30! We were rushed to order ALL our food and drink. One drink ordered near, came over ice. We asked that our red wine be opened immediately so it could breath and when the wine was served it had not been opened and given time to breathe?? The dining room was not full so we were wondering why we were raced through our dinner?? Four cocktails, four apps, four entrees and a very nice bottle of wine made for a very expensive evening out....that was over in a half hour!! Very disappointed after an earlier visit that was wonderful!!
We had the crab benigets as the appetizer which were ok, the ribeye which was $50 seemed overpriced, not even sure it was USDA prime. Also my wife had the snapper fish tacos, she said her food wasnt seasoned too well. The two a la cart sides were fries and Brussel Sprouts, those were really good. Also got two old fashion drinks which were pretty good too. For a tab of close to $200, seemed a little overpriced for what it was. However it was cool to see all the art and be inside of an old bank! Try to park on N Calvert not E Baltimore St.
It was a great evening with friends, celebrating my birthday. The food and service were excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meal. For upscale downtown Baltimore, the price was very reasonable. My only complaint was that my shrimp dish should have had a few more shrimp. The shrimp cocktail had more shrimp than my main dish. But, impeccable otherwise.
Wonderful ambiance and the food was delicious!! We really enjoyed eating in the back dining room.
waiter was particularly attentive crab beignets deviled eggs and burrata were particularly good very respectable wine list
My husband and I were there celebrating a special occasion. Both our server, Clement, and the Manager, Jeff were both wonderful. They went over the top to honor our special day. Highly recommend the Fall salad! it will be our go-to restaurant anytime we are in Baltimore. Thanks Clement and Jeff and Happy Thanksgiving 🍁
The overall experience was good however in the past my client has been used to the chocolate chip cookies at the end. While a small detail this is a nice touch. Not to big not to little.
Everything about this place is great! The food is delicious and reasonably priced. Our server Jess was so helpful and enthusiastic. She took so much time to explain the history of the restaurant location and the art on the wall. It was like eating dinner in a museum. Also It was my birthday dinner and the restaurant went above and beyond to make me feel special with cake and champagne on the house. I will definitely be returning!
Brought my husband here for a surprise birthday dinner. We enjoyed every bit if it. The staff was extremely professional and attentive. The ambience was quiet and subtly romantic. The visuals were classic and historic. Made for great conversation pieces throughout dinner. Which by the way was amazing. We had the Shrimp Bucatini and it was worth every minute every dollar.
Had a terrific experience on our first visit to The Alexander Brown Restaurant. Beautiful setting in a historic building. Food was delicious and service was outstanding. The staff was tremendous in helping us celebrate a special occasion as well.
First I would like to say that our waitress was amazing and made the night! So first my parents ordered Tito’s dirty martinis when they’re drinks came out we could tell something immediately did not look write as they did not look like they had any olive juice and upon drinking we soon revealed that the vodka they used seemed off. We asked our waitress who mentioned that she had overheard the bartender say something about the Tito’s. When she went back and asked she came back to say that they actually were out of Tito’s so the bartender had used their cheap (in my opinion gross) house vodka. None of this was communicated to us and they were planning on charging for the Tito’s vodka and lie to us. When they changed our drinks no one came over the apologize for actually lying to us. My mom also had to send her second martini back because it was made incorrectly. The food was amazing however I soon found a long hair jn mine so they made a new one for me. All in all the food was great and our waitress was amazing (even bringing ya champagne to celebrate my fiancé and my engagement) but the whole deception with the vodka I found unacceptable and lack of apology. My parents continually said they wanted nothing off the check but would like to let the staff know about the error so we weren’t just looking to get money off the bill
We waited 40 minutes for our 1st cocktail to arrive. If this were to happen again, I would not return.