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About b, A Bolton Hill Bistro

Sample fresh, local and imaginative b bistro cuisine with a range of daily specials and an eclectic, non-fussy, and reasonably-priced wine list. Enjoy dining in Bolton Hill, one of Baltimore's most stately and historic neighborhoods.

1501 Bolton Street
Baltimore, MD 21217
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Mosher

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 383-8600

Website:
http://www.b-bistro.com/

Catering:
The best of b bistro offerings is available for your guests. Call and ask about catering and party platters. You'll get the personal attention of our house manager and chef. b bistro knows you deserve nothing less.

Parking Details:
Ample parking on the beautiful tree lined streets of historic Bolton Hill

Public Transit:
3 blocks from the Mt Royal Light Rail stop

Executive Chef:
Will Weaver

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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b, A Bolton Hill Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.3

service

4.1

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4.3

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4.3

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86% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for a Date (6)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Fun (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Business Meals (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Will definitely return and probably with friends. Food was very good from a menu that had good selection without being huge. Had the usual offerings on the small plate menu: tuna, shrimp & grits. But each had a flavor element that made it unique: avocado mousse with the raw tuna and tomato in the grits were both perfect. Mussel portion was huge and then burger was perfectly cooked. Server was really good and the fact that they only have beer and wine actually maintains the simplicity and speed of the service. Parking was easy and the tables were far enough apart to have some measure of privacy. It was nice to go to a place that was just about the food with a laid back feel.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 22, 2017

My wife and I have been to b. on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. The food is always fresh, well prepared with interesting combinations of ingredients and styles ... it is never boring. In our most recent visit I had the Rockfish, which was cooked perfectly, served over mashed white sweet potatoes and topped with a poblano pepper relish. My wife had scallops served over an eggplant tapenade, which she described as "delicious!" The server was gracious, helpful and attentive. A wonderful evening.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 22, 2017

b is our go to spot for a nice romantic dinner in the city! b consistently offers great food and great service for a reasonable price!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, People Watching, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Great experience and neighborhood

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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 16, 2017

I have been here before for brunch and my recollection was that it was very good, so I booked it again for brunch on Easter Sunday. This was a mistake. The service was incredibly slow. We were seated relatively quickly but then did not get menus for at least 15 minutes. It took another 30 minutes for someone to come back and take our order. I would have been much more forgiving of the slow service (it was a holiday after all) except for that it was literally >90 degrees F in the restaurant. The doors were open but they really needed to turn on the air conditioning. I can't imagine how hot it must have been back in the kitchen. I think part of the reason they were so slow is that half the staff appeared to be on the verge of heat stroke. Multiple times we contemplated leaving it was so uncomfortable but we felt bad doing this and so stuck it out. The food was very good, I had an excellent beet salad (not what I would have ordinarily ordered for brunch but it was too hot to eat anything warm) but it did not make up for the fact that we sat for hours in the heat and left drenched in sweat.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Went for Easter brunch. Beautiful room on a quiet neighborhood corner. Food was very good and reasonably priced. Bright, sunny room was a little warm (no air?). Too a while to get check when done - maybe because it was a holiday?

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 16, 2017

There was no air conditioning on Easter Sunday and no umbrellas so that outside dining was more appealing. It was pretty warm inside at 1 p.m.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Accommodating, helpful service and good food made this a pleasure. We had to get to a show at MICa on time, and they really took care of us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Love B for its charm and proximity since we live in the neighborhood. Service was good and friendly. Food came promptly. The steak tartare was yummy, the fried oysters also good. However, our anniversary was never acknowledged (which was included in the reservation) and the food overall didn't seem to up to its usual standards. Some dishes lacked the creativity and sophistication that I've come to expect from the kitchen. The char skin had excellent crunch and yogurt dill sauce but fish itself lacked flavor. The bolognese was just adequate. Hit all the requirements but wasn't elevated in any way. The meringue dessert was super dry, crunchy. Seemed like I had to chisel it and chocolate mousse beneath it was tasty but sadly looked like sidewalk poo. Presentation-wise that dish needs to be rethought. Despite that I enjoyed myself. Nothing was bad, but could use a little tweaking.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Our 1st time and we enjoyed it very much. We had a hard time choosing what to have but we were both pleased with what we had. Can't wait to go back to try other things.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Love this bistro.. casual atmosphere, wonderful innovative food and gracious service all combine to make this a lovely experience. One of our favorite restaurants in Baltimore.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Nice experience. A little cozy in that you sit very close to others. Otherwise we loved it. Food was fabulous.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Day after day year after year this restaurant consistently fires on all cylinders: ambiance, professional service, excellent cuisine, and a well designed and affordable wine list. A must for anyone looking for the total dining experience at reasonable cost.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Had heard that it was a neighborhood gem, so wanted to give it a try. Totally disappointed. There were very few diners , yet they managed to get our order wrong. Had to send the mussels back twice, and all they did was continuously reheat them instead of creating a new batch. The steak was far too salty (when will restaurants learn that salt can be added at the table, but never taken away. We pointed it out but manager just went into hiding. Deserts were disappointing (meringue was dry and empty). Did get a decent wine for a reasonable price.
Will not recommend or return.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Had a 6:15 reservation and needed to be out by 7:30 to make an 8 pm show downtown. Main course arrived AT 7:40. Missed the opening. Tables on each side of us who arrived after we did were served before us. Service was slow and the place isn't that big. Food was good but not worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Poconos)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Small plates were delicious. Wish there was draft beer!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Good food with friendly service. Generally comfortable is you sit away from door when weather is cold outside.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 25, 2017

A quaint neighborhood restaurant serving excellent food. Service superb, made a serving of noodles for my picky eater!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 24, 2017

We booked this reservation at the last minute when we had a visiting friend and were too tired to cook. We were the only table with kids but got amazing service and had an absolutely wonderful night. Our waiter even spent quite a while discussing cheese options with our very inquisitive 6 year old. The pacing was perfect. The food was across the board delicious -- all simple American dishes but prepared with perfection. The wine list is fun and very nicely-price. This a true neighborhood gem in Bolton Hill.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Great service and great food! I love the area, especially since it's super close to MICA and where I live. I went he with my dad when he visited for a brief time up from a business meeting in DC and ordered the three course meal with beef tenderloin. It was delicious, and it was not an easy choice to make with the other menu options!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 18, 2017

I arrived with my very elderly mother and they seated us at a perfect table--well lit and next to the window. My mother enjoyed her light red Italian wine and beef with champ and roasted Brussels sprouts. I had a burger made from local beef, fries, and some of the best roasted veggies I can remember. Very good food, reasonably priced. And I found a parking space!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 18, 2017

I would recommend to a friend because the food was so great. However, like others have written, the service is hit or miss.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Me and my sisters went for Valentine's Day Dinner and made reservations prior. The lobster bisque was good would have loved to see it garnished with lobster. They had baby kale Caesars to start and enjoyed it. Next was apps which were awesome. The main entree is where we had an issue. My sisters steak was undercooked and she sent it back twice then just gave up on it and just boxed it up to go. My other sister's pork chop still needed to be cooked longer because part of it was still raw. My attic char skin was crispy which was perfect. Dessert I'm going to eat in the morning. With wait time and everything Dinner lasted 8:30 to about 11:15. Overall I would consider coming back on a day that isn't so jammed to give them another shot. PS mac and cheese was AMAZING

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Food was good but restaurant was extremely overbooked.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2017

They didn't handle valentine's Day well. Open table accepted ours and many other couple's reservations. When we arrived a tad early, there were about 15 couples waiting outside to get seated. Greeter said everyone had a reservation and we would have to sign in and wait over an hour. So, we left.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Arrived to a 40 min wait for a table on valentines day, with a reservation. Had to wait outside in the cold with 6 or 7 other couples but the manager was very apologetic and gave everyone as much champagne as they wanted and there was a heat lamp so far from the end of the world. It was well worth the wait as it was by far the best valentines day i have had. The food was delicious, the staff was friendly and the atmosphere was fun. Highly recommend it

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2017

A special place in Bolton Hill, Baltimore, serves beautifully prepared food in a chic setting. Perfect for a special occasion or a fine dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Excellent! A favorite for years now. Menu is very similar to the last time we were there which was a couple years ago, but that's ok because we had a great meal and knew exactly what we wanted

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 31, 2017

I usually love this restaurant. But not this meal. The mussels in the moules frites (a dish I always order there) were so incredibly small they were hard to find. Definitely shouldn't have been served by the restaurant. A wasted meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2017

This restaurant is a hidden gem. The food is consistently excellent (except maybe some desserts have been a miss), there's almost never a wait to be seated, it's cozy and quiet, even when at full capacity, with a lovely outdoor patio for spring and summer, and you get a high quality meal for the money. This goes equally for the sandwiches as well as the pricier entrees. They have great specials throughout the week too! Great for brunch, a dinner date, a group outing; whatever. Whether you're dressed up or down, you won't feel out of place.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 22, 2017

B bistro was simply excellent. Every dish we had exceeded our expectations. (pork, risotto, char, skirt steak) The friendly wait staff were knowledgeable and fun. The setting is super classy, simple and appealing.
Service was a tiny bit slower than typical but it was crowded with restaurant week folks (like us!)

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 22, 2017

B Bistro is an elegant restaurant tucked into a residential block in Bolton Hill. While it would be great for the local community if the restaurant catered to its lower-income residents by offering some more inexpensive eats -- the restaurant does well for itself due to its gourmet and "foodie" crowd. I've eaten here a few times (I live in the neighborhood) and its always been a good experience.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Thirteen women!!! All happy with dinner, drinks, attention, liveliness and service. That's remarkable. Was everything perfect? A couple of snafus. Who cares when everyone is helpful and all is handled with grace and finesse.

Food is delicious. Wine list is smallish but well thought out. Raves for all our entrees. Trout, risotto, char, steak, etc etc. We were all visiting but if I lived there, it would be one of my regular places to go...if not for just that fantastic arugula salad or their cornmeal oysters!!

And lastly, go to flirt with the owner. He's a doll!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2017

The food was pretty good, but the service was terrible. Our entree was delivered when I was half done with the appetizer and the dessert came before I was done with my entree. We were in and out in 40 minutes!!! Not what I expect for $50 per person.

I expressed my displeasure to the waiter and got a half-hearted, defensive apology. No reduction in price or comped glass of wine. I will not return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Came here for restaurant week and thoroughly enjoyed reading the menu options although by the time we arrived they had already ran out of two menu items we wanted to try. To be fair, we were one of the last reservations that night. Additional charcuterie and cheeses were available on the menu, but we did not opt for any of them. The wine and beer selections were good. Nothing stood out as being overly pretentious or fancy - just a solid set of drink options. The food was extremely well prepared and very tasty. We started with fried oysters with a very nice bacon/smokey mayonnaise that accompanied the oysters really well. The arugula salad with a soft egg was really one of the highlights of the meal. It was so good! We ordered the pork chop w/apple butter and mushroom risotto for entrees. Both were fantastic. The cornbread served with the pork seemed a little dry but the moment you added some of the apple butter you didn't even notice. Personally, I like my risotto on the creamy side and cooked al dente so this plate was made perfectly for my liking. It even heated up well for leftovers the next day! The blondie for dessert was served a la mode, also topped w/sea salt. It all made for an amazing mix of sweet and salty that was difficult to stop eating. I think my only negative comment would be that the desserts were too large, but is that really a bad thing? The wait staff was very attentive, but not overly pushy or rude. I read some of the negative reviews before coming here and did not experience anything of the sort. All of our food was delivered promptly, at appropriate temperatures, and it really felt like a well run local business. I could understand how a poorly trained server might make mistakes, but I definitely got the impression this place listens to the feedback they receive and takes the necessary corrective actions, especially after having such a great experience! Thank you!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 15, 2017

The host said he had nothing available, to which we hopped on open table to find every time slot available. Our server and the food was lovely but the host was beyond rude. After pretending they were full and getting caught lying about it he proceeded to ignore us.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 15, 2017

I enjoyed my food experience at b, bistro. The Restaurant Week, brunch menu was varied and enticing. I enjoyed the house cured salmon. A light dish with jalepeno corn cakes as a base topped with salmon and sunny side eggs. A wonderful medley of textures and tastes, I loved my dish.

My girlfriends enjoyed chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and traditional french toast. I had a taste of the chicken and waffles and loved the crunchy texture of the chicken, as well as the slightly sweet taste of the honey drizzled on the chicken. After having a taste of the other meals, I was glad I ordered something light.

I enjoyed the service and found the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant inviting. I look forward to another visit.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Our waiter, Tyler, was great and the Chicken and Waffles really hit the spot! Mimosas were spot on too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We were excited to try b, Bistro but unfortunately didn't realize it was restaurant week. They didn't have a sufficient number of waiters on hand so we had to flag our waiter down several times, we never received the second glass of wine we ordered, and some of our orders were cold. I could tell the quality of the food was good but wished they had better prepared for the larger number of customers restaurant week brings. We'll give it another try down the road and hope for a better experience.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Saw this place on TripAdvisor and decided to try it. Was extremely satisfied with the pick. Food was fantastic, great ambiance, great staff and just an all around great experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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