The Alexander Brown Restaurant

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323 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
At The Alexander Brown Restaurant you will find an approachable fine dining experience, within a breathtaking Baltimore landmark. Throughout our dining rooms, the lounge and the bar you can enjoy lunch, dinner and cocktails.

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.
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Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

its was my birthday, i was out dining with family and friends. the food and waitress were wonderful , hopefully in the future the restaurant will be more mindful of its patrons and why they’re dining at their establishment, when everyone clearly knew including open table this was a birthday event. thanks for a beautiful and tasteful dinner.

PD
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Elegant and classic. We were there early before a lecture, and had the place to ourselves.

BS
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined there for dinner twice and now once for lunch. Every meal and experience was great.

MS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose the Alexander Brown to celebrate our anniversary, and we have the most wonderful memories from the experience. The pleasantries started with conversations with the young bartender who made us memorable cocktails, and then introduced us to Jeff, the restaurant manager. We exchanged travel experiences with Jeff, and he introduced us to a wine he thought we would enjoy. Our waiter was exceptional - not overly attentive, but always knew the right time to stop by our table. Our overall dining experience was by far the best we have had in Baltimore over the past four years. The steaks were excellently prepared and the sides were amazing. And who even remembers the last dessert you had in a restaurant? And yet, I'm not sure we will ever forget the Apple Napoleon. We were fighting over the last bite!! Honestly Jeff, you are doing so many things right at the AB. We will definitely be back! Jim and Maria

TM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great first time experience for me and my girl on her birthday I would like to come again maybe with friends and family.

C
Baltimore
132 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the AB Restaurant and we will be back. The inside of the restaurant is lovely and the food was delicious. We had the chicken roulade and rockfish. We had a great server. The only minor complaint was that they knew it was a birthday dinner, brought us a delicious slice of Smith Island cake on the house, but did not put a candle in it or even write happy birthday on the plate. A little celebration is nice. Minor issue in a great evening.

D
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The signature dish is the crab beignet and they are truly delicious.
My wife had salmon and I had a shrimp pasta dish and both were excellent. Salads and desserts were both wonderful.
Kevin, our waiter, was helpful and a delight. A very interesting guy.
The only suggestion I would make to them is to have a variety of breads rather than one rather plain offering.

MG
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a birthday dinner and it was excellent. The took care of a large party of 12!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good experience. We enjoyed the ambiance, menu and service. The food was great, but a bit lackluster for the

JM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience overall

HM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Kevin was fantastic! Gave great food suggestions!

KW
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great, handsome, historic place for a business lunch!

d
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Gorgeous surroundings, new appealing restaurant. Fish tacos were good but diner must assemble their own, which is a lot of effort for a $20 lunch entree. Excellently cooked and crispy fries. Preferred seating location was not noted from my open table written request but was honored when verbally requested. Parking discount was $21 off $31 cost to park in adjacent Luminaire garage for 2 hours. Some minor kinks but overall good dining experience!

LS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a true gem. We tried it because of their Smith Island cake on our anniversary and were completely blown away with the venue, the amazing cuisine, the impeccable service (in starched white double breasted uniforms no less!) and the sense of history that surrounded us. Good prices too. Oh and that cake was to die for! I never knew Maryland has an official state cake and it's a good one! Go see for yourself.

n
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Superior service. Great food! Highly recommend!

RM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

I went there to celebrate my husband’s birthday last Saturday. I ordered a filet and my husband ordered Branzino. My steak came out rare when I ordered Medium. It was a big piece. I sent it back and by the time my food arrived my husband was finished with his meal (I told him to eat so his food wouldn’t get cold). The second time my steak was still rare in the middle. The chef doesn’t know how to cook a steak and the staff wasn’t apologetic. The only positive was the drinks and the ambience.

SD
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience through and through. Our server, Valerie, was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and immediacy suggested items based on our cocktail choices. This place has an amazing ambiance and perfect for a girls night out, anniversary dinner or when the parents come into town. Hands down one of the best restaurants in Baltimore.

ML
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Better signage out front of restuarant!
Post some info about where to park if people don't want to valet.
Advertise in the business community about private room.
Be a part of the Baltimore Architectural Tour to share the history and beauty of the building and restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional cocktails. Attentive service. Great bar.

PB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I won’t recommend until I hear from friends that they’ve had better food experiences than we had. My wife had the filet which we both thought was average and we both felt that my rib-eye was very below average.

AD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at The Alexander Brown was incredible! Our server, Rich, was amazing, attentive and knowledgeable. The food was perfectly prepared and presented. The wine list is great and the bottle pricing is super reasonable. The experience is additionally elevated by the fact that it is located inside of a historical and beautiful preserved building. Rich was kind enough to give us a tour, talk history, and introduce us to the culinary team. To top of it all off, we were given a complimentary glass of champagne as we just got married the night before and it was our first dinner as a married couple. We found AB on a whim and it ended up being the most wonderful evening! So many thanks to Rich and the whole team for making it special. Cheers!

W
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fast and efficient, the food was incredible, very well worth the price excellent choice!
The drinks were wonderful and well made, and the wine choice was delectable and delightfull. Thank you what a wonderful place!.

KE
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was outstanding. Beautiful marble walls and columns, a stained glass dome, and original paintings are just a few of the sights that await you in his landmark establishment. We had diner celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary and it was fantastic. The manager took us on a tour of the building and explained it's rich history. The Arugula salad was to die for. We would definitely visit again when in Baltimore.

S
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at the Alexander Brown. Gorgeous setting, friendly and competent staff. Most food good. Crab beignets outstanding. Two fish entrees good but sort of plain. Shrimp pasta fair at best. First French fries were very salty and then replacement ones were cold. Coffee ice cream outstanding, rest of desserts ok.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at The Alexander Brown is perfect for a special occasion...they make you feel special. And the prices are extremely reasonable for the experience. Great food, great staff, great atmosphere.

F
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful. The food and service were both excellent. We will go back often.

M
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

but only with the caveat that the food is mediocre despite the glorious ambience

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. And our server Keegan was very good.

m
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This was our new favorite restaurant... until the chef left. The new menu is not nearly as inventive. For example, the Salmon entree used to come paired with Beluga lentils, Romesco sauce and a fried Squash Blossom. The Salmon on the new menu was simply a piece of fish on a plate. Disappointed.

m
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

A stunning dining room! Very good service. Loved the brussels sprouts! Fish tacos disappointing. Filet very good.

C
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was mediocre, at best. Everything was over salted and the food was pretty flavorless, it just was not worth it. Really disappointing. The service was pretty good.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was decent. I ordered the chicken can’t remember the full name. I was disappointed, i thought it was gonna be chicken with bone in it. Like a piece of chicken. It was a flat piece with some salad on it for 25 dollars. It didn’t taste bad but it looked like they wanted to make the cheapest meal on the menu look like you was Oliver from Oliver Twist so you could ask them for more.

OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, unique and historic. Food was beautiful, fresh and delicious. Another gem of a restaurant in Baltimore! We had a great time.

VG
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our server wasn’t too friendly. I don’t think I ever saw her smile though she was knowledgeable of the items in the menu.

F
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

elegant restaurant in an exquisite setting -- a great dining experience!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service! The restaurant is absolutely beautiful. You need to ask the staff about the history of the building.

OT
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Despite a slow Tuesday night with three twotops filled and it being our wedding anniversary, the host tried to seat us next to the kitchen and toilet. Twenty minutes it took for two glasses not bottle of wine. Service is interminably slow. Too salty from vegetables to entrees. Beautiful space-glad I went to see it, but never need to repeat it. Desserts aren’t worth the money or time it takes waiting to get them.

FD
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was decent (considering it’s in the USA, I would not give high marks in Montréal or Europe but for US, it’s better than many we have tried). Steak and desserts are good values. Sides, ok. Pasta better than average for a restaurant but not exceptional. Cocktails good. Crab cakes interesting, not refined as Milos per exemple but fun variation. Location and ambiance very nice, especially if you like art and history. If you are into calm locations where you can talk and actually hear what your dining partners are saying, it’s a great choice. Service was good and not invasive.

JV
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Great ambiance and service. Food was good. Menu was limited to a small amount of entrees. We celebrated our birthdays and found the experience commensurate with what a good celebration should be.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 3

Valet is the only parking option and it took 45 minutes to get or find our car! Manager offered no sympathy or compensatory peace offering. A simple “we are incredibly sorry Sir; let us buy you and your wife a drink the next time you dine with us” would have gone a long way! Won’t go back. Food was good but not exceptional. Server was excellent.

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