The Alexander Brown Restaurant

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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
47 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
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
10 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.

j
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new "go to" restaurant. The food, beverages and service are amazing. The ambiance is delightful. And the most remarkable is the restaurant's manager, Tad Peel, who provides a tour of the restaurant's various rooms and a detailed history of the building. Don't miss this dining gem.

GK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and the experience surpassed our expectations! Exemplary service offered from the very beginning with the bartender to our server along with personal interaction with the director who provided a vast knowledge of the unique history of the owners, the building and its art and architecture. The food is amazing and the jaw-dropping transformation of the restaurant is incredible which contributes to the elegance in the overall dining experience!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally, a beautiful, stunning restaurant with excellent food AWAY from the tourists and crowds.

RQ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great spaces. The room in the back was hard surfaced and loud, however. The food was fresh and well prepared. Service was slow and needed polishing. Prices were reasonable.

a
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall (4/5)
A great experience. Perhaps a little pricy for the portion sizes, quality.

Food (4/5)
Overall, great flavor with relatively smaller portions. Reviews perhaps tinged by my high expectations coming in. The two of us split the burrata, and ordered the scallops and the salmon.
- Burrata: Although the slices of toasted baguette were a little greasy and the hemp seed pesto was of underwhelming impact towards the overall flavor profiles of this dish, the natural sweetness of the tomato was highlighted excellently and synergizes well with the creaminess of the burrata. I would have perhaps enjoyed the dish more had it not been served warm.
- Salmon: I was surprised to find that the shoyu ginger broth featured well balanced, nuanced flavor. The addition of red chili did not contribute any noticeable heat to the fish itself. The skin was quite crisp, though the trade-off appeared to be slightly overcooked regions of the fish.
- Scallops: Definitely my favorite part of this experience, and the brightest strength pushing my review towards a 5. The scallops featured an excellent sear with an incredibly tender interior. The beurre blanc is a near perfect pairing that accentuates the richness of the scallop.

Service (4/5)
The waitstaff were quite attentive, but perhaps a little pushy.

Ambiance (4/5)
This establishment, featuring a large interior partitioned into two areas, offers a unique ambiance that is reserved but not overwhelming. Though the interior is gorgeous, as many other reviewers have mentioned, the relatively dense seating arrangement coupled within the anterior chamber coupled with the bar produces an artificial feeling dissonant with the ambiance formed by the beauty of the building itself.

TD
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to celebrate my birthday. The service was wonderful and the owner even gave us a tour. The building is what drew me to the place. It’s repurposed from an old bank. I went because of the building, but I will be back because of the food! Everything was great!

RL
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We appreciated the tour very much!

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely historic restoration and original art work that is worth the visit to see. Expect high ceilings that make the space noisy. Service is incredible. A good selection on the menu allows you to choose from a simple hamburger or tacos to delicious scallops. My chicken paillard was a bit dry . Great place to take a date for a cocktail .

HD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dining experience! I adore Rich, who recommended an amazing meal - and Jeff, who gave me a once in a lifetime experience with all the stories behind the meal. I will definitely return for the food but more so for the love and new friends xoxoxoxo

I
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Richard was AMAZING and our bartender was AWESOME. Ecerything about our first and not last was great. Staff was very welcoming, management was very nice. The pastry chef was AMAZING, please nominate her for the series Chopp'ed, the macaroons were delicious! Thank you for making our Anniversary dinner a fantastic one.

j
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't miss this restaurant jewel! Fantastic food, ambiance, and service. Loved it and plan to return soon!

SP
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Beautiful setting with stained glass ceiling. Service was superb ( thanks, Michael!). The food was great. Reasonable prices for what you get. The charred carrots side dish should not be missed.

E
Washington DC
204 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is amazing. First of all, it is beautiful. Marble everywhere, high ceilings and beautiful fixtures. The bar area is great. I had the best old fashion I have ever had. The bartender was amazing, a true professional.

The food is amazing. I had the skirt steak and it was prepared perfectly. I had the Smith Island cake and it was moist and fresh. I added a scoop of ice cream and it was perfect.

The service was great. The server was attentive and had a great knowledge of the food and it’s preparation. He made some really good suggestions.

The only thing difficult about Alexander Brown was that it was hard to find. Very limited signage out front.

m
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

People, you NEED to go to this restaurant. The architecture is beautiful with amazing food and attentive service. Best in Baltimore! Valet is available at the corner of Calvert and Baltimore Streets, on Calvert. Tell all your friends. We need more restaurants like this in B'more .

B
Baltimore
101 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fine dining experience. Special occasion venue. Fresh and perfectly prepared. Highly enjoyable. Take the tour!

D
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food at AB is top-notch. It is a shame the service lacks so badly as to entirely diminish the whole experience. The server we had was awful. She did not know how to do the whole wine thing and I had to pour our own wine t/o the evening from a decanter, which is always difficult. She forgot to bring us bread near the beginning of our meal, and when we pointed out that the people next to us got bread during our dessert, instead of apologizing or otherwise acknowledging her mistake, she simply said, "well, do you want it now?" There were a number of other smaller errors. The lack of training was clearly apparent. For what is supposed to be a high-end dining experience, it was anything but. One final thing: the wine list is not very good. Instead of having a mix of affordable and high-end wines, they seem to have opted for recent vintage wines that are pretty affordable, except for the fact that most of them should not be opened and consumed until 2022 or thereabouts. The only early vintage wine available, a rioja, I ordered, but they were out of it. So, we ordered a St. Estephe, Chateau Le Pez, which is one of our favorites, when it is at the latest a 2014 vintage in 2019, but it was a 2017 and was noticeably tight despite decanting. They need to be better than this, and if they are not, it will be gone within the year.

JP
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is stunning. From the moment you walk in you're struck by the stain-glass ceiling and the monolithic marble pillars which makes for a truly unique dining experience. The service was great, our waitress was attentive without being overbearing. The cocktails are to die for. My only two disappointments were the valet parking, which is a little awkward but nonetheless subsidised by that fact that it's complementary, and it was pretty empty. I really hope people start talking more about this place because for the most part, they've nailed it.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was quiet and cozy. Although the ceilings were high, they did a good job of creating a quaint atmosphere. The food was delectable and the service was great. One of the managers took my friend and I on a tour of the building which I highly encourage others to do. The history is rich and the paintings are beautiful and really tell the story of what the Brown family cherished. I will definitely return to The Alexander Brown.

OR
Baltimore
59 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful lunch with dear friends: Sabrina, Sharon, Lynn, Ann & Karen. This restaurant is an absolute jewel! The ambiance is unparalleled. As former ABS employees, this was a beautiful walk down memory lane.

The main dining room is in the “Front Room” for those who are familiar with the building and Alex. Brown history. And we had the privilege of being shown around our old haunt by Mr. Tad Peel and we will never be able to thank you for your kindness and your time. You really made our first visit to The Alexander Brown Restaurant an unforgettable one! We are so grateful for your willingness to show us around our old “home” and we will not forget it! THANK YOU!!!❤️

The food was delicious and the menu was truly not what you’ll find in every other restaurant. Lots of thought and creativity went into these selections and really enhanced our experience and enjoyment.

Crab beignets are a delicious appetizer!! Chopped salads with Salmon or chicken were delicious! The Brisket was tasty!! Too full for dessert but we will be leaving room for that next time we come.

Thank you so much for making our visit to our treasured old “home” so enjoyable! Cannot wait to come back!! ❤️👍🏻

f
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious lunch with great service at the exquisitely beautiful Alexander Brown.
Crab beignets are not to be missed.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere and service, but fish was just okay and lamb was relatively small portions with higher price.

C
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails
Personalized and attentive service
Thoughtful menu
Ornate historical building with eclectic decor
Questionable display of confederate flag on basement level...

The Alexander Brown Restaurant
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. We take great pride in historical value of the building and are dedicated to providing a level of service and quality of our menu. Please note that the Union Jack flag that you must be referring to in the hallway to our private dining room was gifted to the restaurant from one of our owners who excelled at Oxford, in England. Its the flag of the British navy and represents the ties between the Alexander Brown family and Liverpool, England.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for a work meeting @7:30 pm.
Room was nice and quiet.
Limited menu.
It is pricey but definitely at least a one time experience. Great history in a beautiful building.
The chef did send out a comp. dessert tray of macaroons, bon bons, and gummie candy. They were all delish.

k
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only reason I gave the food a 4 instead of 5 is the menu is pretty limited. But what they make they make very well. I also like that they provide reasonable potions unlike many more upscale restaurants. They go the extra mile in service and ambiance. The building is an experience itself. Recommend doing more to promote the valet service (it’s hard to see the sign from the Baltimore Street entrance). A very nice addition to the downtown Baltimore restaurant scene.

EG
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love that this maxing historic building has been given a use that can share the history and allow people to enjoy its beauty.

Service excellent.

Food very good. Drinks great. Little pricey but worth it to me to support the concept. I wish more buildings in Baltimore could be pit to use and appreciated rather than torn down of left to rot.

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