Ampersea Restaurant

4.4
769 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
At the intersection of Harbor Point and Fells Point, Ampersea is redefining cuisine that's modern, Maryland, authentic. A destination innovating the way Baltimore dines on the Patapsco River, Ampersea's dedication to locally-sourced, fresh ingredients--many from our very own greenhouse--and passionate commitment to storied Maryland recipes set our menu apart. Perched on the western corner of Thames Street and located in the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum building with the Living Classrooms Foundation, Ampersea dining room, patio, and event spaces offer a stunning combination of panoramic harbor views, impeccable service, and delectable dishes.
- Entire party must be present to be sat.
- No parties larger than 4 people Friday- Sunday.
- All tables are subject to an 18% autograt.
- Outdoor dining is not guaranteed for walk-ins/reservations
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music (a DJ) was too loud for dinner conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside dining experience

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vipRayB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The short ribs are absolutely delicious- they are soooooooo tender- you don’t even need a knife.
We sat outside facing the water -it has to be one of the best restaurant spots in Baltimore-

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AllisonD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Can’t beat the location RIGHT ON THE WATERFRONT. Food is very good and super FRESH seafood!

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MonicaB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Menu shown on website is completely different. Would recommend that they update it. Although it says subject to change, only one of the five items that I wanted was available in the restaurant.

Our waitress was very nice.

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MaureenG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall atmosphere was perfect! The staff was in point and the view made it really nice as well.

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ChandlerM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great menu selection including surf and turf options. Drinks were tasty but maybe lacking imagination. Can't beat the views or gracious service. Will visit again.

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LikeItQuiet
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The outdoor area is lovely with cool breezes off the water. Good attentive service. The food was generally good except the mussels. The broth was salty and had a strange flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was perfect. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

My husband and I came here on a date. The location is amazing and the view can’t be beat, but the food was subpar and the service was average. The cheese and charcuterie board was warm and tasted like it had been sitting out for a couple hours, and while the entrées were tasty, I would expect better food and service for the price.

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner. Great server (Jah). I would go back a second time.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated my cousins birthday and the staff did not disappoint. Special thanks to Lamont and his staff for an enjoyable dinning experience

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RobinC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Like many restaurants with a beautiful view and waterfront seating, they rely on that as the selling point. The food isn't great, service is pretty good and the view is amazing. They had nice live music. A great place to just enjoy cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Pretty bad service. Kept having to ask for everything, coffee refill, waters, eyc

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing special.

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ElaineS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great from appetizers to dessert! I would highly recommend this restaurant and I look forward to going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Will was awesome! He has a very good vibe and cares about the customer experience. Food was tasty, and the cocktails were great. We will definitely come back, the harbor views were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Sat inside. Flies and gnats were literally attacking our food and us the entire meal. Neither the waitress nor the bus boy did anything about it. I’ve never complained at a restaurant in my life but this was beyond ridiculous.

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expectedmore
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio and the view was beautiful. I got the crab cakes and they were the best I have ever had.

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FredO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We obtained wonderful service by everyone we came in contact with. Our waitress was excellent and very personal and observant.

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Alii
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

The food is very bland. Beautiful view on the water but it took forever for me to receive my food. The restaurant was not high volume but it took 50 mins for my salmon. I never received my appetizer and my food came out cold. The bus boys are more attentive than the serves

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Oysters are my favorite! Food is incredible but takes forever to arrive.

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Michael
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our first, but not our last, visit. The appetizers are amazing, especially the seafood dip served with a giant soft pretzel. The mussels were also delicious. For the main course the crab cake was very good, but not great. It had a good flavor, but was slightly overcooked, making it a little dry. Our waitress was helpful and sweet. We would definitely return and try other things. But, it will be difficult to resist the seafood dip appetizer.

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KamauN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Location is great! Ambiance (indoors)is ok, outdoors in the evening is much better. Three pesky flies served as an irritant. I started with the watermelon salad which I highly recommend. The crab cake was delicious, but a little moist on the inside. The jicama fries should be traded out for regular fries. The lobster roll was very dry so we substituted it for the scallops which were delicious! A little pricey for the experience but I would have to recommend this restaurant if you’re interested. Also, gratuities are automatically placed on bill which to me don’t give incentives for the wait staff to be great. Our water glass was filled without any ice and never refilled through dinner.

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Mirabellesdad
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had an amazing dinner for our friends birthday. Sitting out on the water even on a hot summer day was beautiful and comfortable. The food was delicious. Our server was really sweet and wonderful. She went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable. My only complaint was that the food was slow coming out of the kitchen. Our server did her best to cover for the slowness of the food arrival by checking on us several times and making sure we were okay if we needed anything . Overall we had a really wonderful time and would come again.

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CourtneyP
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great waterfront view with a quiet ambience for a dinner for two. Dinner was excellent and fresh. Fast service but not "bugging you" fast. Would visit again !

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NatashaW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 7yr wedding anniversary and I wanted somewhere different neither of us have been. Somewhere not to fancy, but very relaxing and casual. I must say we made a great choice. The staff was very friendly, the food was great, prices were reasonable (that wasn’t a factor though), great customer service and the view was breathtaking. It was so nice to sit outside right alongside the water. Everything was perfect and we throughly enjoyed our anniversary dinner.

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awesome
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good prices and better ambiance. We’ll definitely be back in the near future.

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vipTimmM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating here for more than a decade — dozens of visits — and we never left disappointed. Our visits to Baltimore are mostly summertime weekend getaways, so we fell in love with the incomparable harbor view immediately. But that’s not the only show at Ampersea. No matter what meal we show up for, there’s always an interesting, seasonal menu and everything we order is prepared to perfection. The wait staff is professional and accommodating — even when I request a modified preparation for my cocktail :). Now, they expanded their outdoor seating and added a complete outdoor bar, which makes a great place to hang out for the afternoon, especially when the live music is playing.

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Lisa
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to AmperSea for brunch. The food was excellent, the service wonderful, staff was friendly, and the waterside setting was beautiful.

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vipAshleyD
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

We were sat in a very tight corner behind another party and it was very uncomfortable. The chicken which is normally delicious was not good and the waiter had to hey permission from the manager before swapping it out for something else. Service was mediocre and with dining with children and a toddler our waiter was often gone for long stretches of time.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

I really wanted to like this place and wanted to try it since moving here a year ago. Seems like experiences from reviewers are hit or miss though. Ours was definitely a miss. Our OpenTable reservation worked well. We were seated outside on the water after we arrived which was the best part. It was all downhill from there. We ordered drinks and an appetizer to start then a few minutes later put our entrees in. We got our drinks, but after an hour still had not got any food. The waitress apologized and said the kitchen was backed up and offered us a second round. Another 40 minutes passed and then she sent someone to the kitchen to check on the food. They brought out the entrees completely bypassing the appetizer. Meanwhile, the person in charge (either the owner or high level manager) who was wooing a table of VIPs or friends seemed pretty unconcerned when an employee told him about the situation (not to mention they got their food even though putting in the order later...the excuses seemed suspect). Another employee/manager came to talk to us, offering free dessert. Being late and having to work early the next day, we declined and instead asked to have the mandatory gratuity waived as the service did not justify that charge. I feel bad as I don't know how much was the waitresses fault, but honestly if it wasn't, it is a management problem and she should probably find a job where she gets more support. My impression was that owner/manager seemed complacent by the service issues which don't appear uncommon based upon other reviews (google, yelp, etc.). As I said, it appears to be hit or miss. But when you have so many excellent options for dining in Baltimore with equivalent views, why subject yourself to that level of service. For that, I cannot recommend this place and will not go back.

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vipTerriB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great menu!
Signature tequila cocktail too sweet. Stick with wine selection and you're fine

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We enjoyed our food, it was really tasty, however it took a long time to receive our dinner. My food was also room temperature. I mentioned it to our waitress but decided against it sending it back because I did not want to wait.

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The location on the water cannot be understated. Had the best seat in the house on the corner. Service was stellar. They wouldnt seat us without the whole party there so that was the only gripe i had. Overall i would go again. Drink menu could use some more options. Food was very satisfying with big portions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch- outside super cute love the new tent put in place very nice and peaceful food is always great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Nice place. Food was good, prices seem fair. Service was slow. The restaurant felt understaffed. Our sever was really nice, and the slow service was certainly not her fault, she had little help. I gave her a big tip because I felt sorry for her.

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JanineZ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My mother wanted "a seafood dinner on the harbor" for her birthday, and Ampersea was the perfect choice. It was a little too warm for us to sit outside - but we will definitely return in cooler weather! The staff was attentive but not overbearing, the food was absolutely delicious, and we very much appreciated our conversation with John, the manager, about the restaurant's partnership with Living Classrooms and the opportunities and community support it provides. The only negative point was that, since the doors were open so staff could serve both inside and outside, there were a few insects flying around -- annoying, but also not something anyone could prevent. We enjoyed ourselves, and will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great location!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Resturant. We sat outside in a garden area with view of the water. Our table was covered which was good as it rained. We did not get wet at all. There was an outside bar. Great food, great atmosphere, and outstanding view.

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Ampersea Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 769 OpenTable diners.

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.