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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (1754)
Fit for Foodies (1406)
Great for Outdoor Dining (856)
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Special Occasion (688)
Romantic (538)
Great for Brunch (445)
Notable Wine List (386)
Hot Spot (175)
Good for Groups (166)
Great for Lunch (102)
Kid-friendly (84)
Good for a Date (66)
Scenic View (66)
Casual (51)
Late-night Find (51)
Cozy (45)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Local Ingredients (27)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Authentic (18)
Business Meals (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Healthy (15)
Fun (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Seasonal (10)
Gluten Free Options (7)
People Watching (7)
Organic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Tapas (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2017

We made early reservations for dinner on a Friday and had the restaurant to ourselves until 6:00. It was very pleasant atmosphere. I noted that there was no bar, thus no t.v. in the background and this contributed to a great atmosphere/ambiance.
The menu was simple and the meal of char and a selection of cheeses was delightful.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2017

As always, consistent, refined, welcoming, and most important well portioned,nicely presented,DELICIOUS FOOD SERVED BY PLEASANT PEOPLE.
Leonard Wachs

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2017

We began our experience with an unusually long wait for our food. We then had an issue where I let the server know that my wife didn't eat pork however he provided a breakfast with bacon on the plate. I am usually a satisfied customer as I've been to this restaurant at least five times. But it appeared that something was off this particular day. We noticed something off the time before but we overlooked it. We probably won't revisit this Bistro for some time.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We had a NYE reservation. It is a small place and There is nowhere to go if you are waiting for your table except outside. Fine in the summer but it was a little chilly and since the NYE crowd were lingering over their meals we walked down to the Mount Royal Tavern and got a drink, we had arrived about 10 minutes early. When we returned, our server was very attentive and the food was very good with a beautiful presentation. The only tiny complaint was that some of the food was not as hot as it should have been. But overall we were very happy with our meal and the evening and would recommend B Bistro

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Took some friends for their first visit to B for Christmas cheer. They loved it. 1/2 priced wine on Tuesdays is hard to beat. I had steak tartar that was so fresh. Followed up with my regular of moules frites. Mushroom risotto was perfect. My friend enjoyed the fish and chips. Batter made with Natty Boh!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

b was absolutely fantastic. The food was unbelievably good, the service was excellent. If you are looking for a great place to go, you need to go to b, A Bolton Hill Bistro.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Excellent food on a Friday night. We enjoyed duck, braised short ribs, spaghetti and arctic char fish, along with caeser kale salad, and for dessert, an amazing key lime pie and pistachio ice cream sundae, along with creme brûlée. All wonderful. Wait staff was delightful, but could benefit from some more professional training. Also, the restaurant ran out of bread as they apparently did not anticipate the size of the crowd that night. But overall, a delightful evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 4, 2016

We went on Sunday at 5:45 following Handel's Messiah at the BSO. A perfect finish to a wonderful date. The food, service, and ambiance were great. My wife had mushroom risotto which was fantastic. I had tuna tartare (sushi grade and delicious) and mussels. This has become one of our go to restaurants for almost any occasion. Keep it up!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Casual, Late-night Find
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 4, 2016

b has been one of our favorites for many years and we have never been disappointed...Until Sunday. And that was a disaster. We were the first customers to arrive for Sunday brunch, promptly at 10am. We placed our orders (egg breakfast and French toast) before any other guests arrived. After 45 minutes, we wondered where our meal might be? A table of five got their meal and ours still had not arrived. Just as we were about to question the waiter, our food was delivered. My English muffin was delayed because as the hostess noted, "there is nothing worse than a cold English Muffin." Unfortunately, the French toast (without butter or syrup which we had to request), eggs, and bacon were ice cold. And the English muffin arrived 5 minutes later frozen in the middle. After an hour wait, we gave up. Something wasn't firing in their kitchen on Sunday. I suspect we will give them another try as this was not our usual experience there, but clearly a disappointment.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Lovely small bistro on a corner in an old neighborhood. Wonderful arctic char and a delicious key lime tart. The bolognese was great too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Was there 10 years ago & have always remembered our good experience. This time was no different - great food, great wine, great service, great neighborhood!!! I'll be back soon.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Usually have a wonderful meal, last night food was not up to standard. Very disappointing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We booked here honestly because it was very near where we were staying and they had very good reviews. I personally was not that inspired by the menu choices but thought that they must be doing something right to have earned such accolades.

Everything that we ordered was well executed and presented. We also had a couple of really delicious wines. My family, who was visiting from out of the country, was especially thrilled with their experience and were still talking about it days later.

I had the mussels in a Thai curry sauce which was really lovely and finished with a really delicious creme brulee which I can never refuse.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Lovely meal in a cozy neighborhood setting, with prompt and pleasant service right before the symphony. What more could you ask?

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Read reviews it was good but it exceeded our expectations and was a great experience with great food. Definitely planning on going back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Second time here. Arrived early Sunday for brunch. Only diners in room . Noise level excessive.
Staff boisterous . Food very good. No bar. Beer and wine available. Service so-so. Trouble putting tip on gift card. Took a long time to pay bill.

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Delicious food, great ambience, and awesome service by Jason.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

We sat outside and the street was very quite. Very pleasant experience at the restaurant and everyone enjoyed their food.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2016

The building in which the restaurant is situated is grand. Love the high ceiling and open space. It was our first time there despite living in Baltimore city since 2001. It was a clear neighborhood gem in Bolton Hill. Our server was new but was really pleasant and knew her stuff. She made the dinner very pleasant.
The only thing we didn't like is the eagerness to clear the table by the manager (Saturday night) when my husband just finished his starter. He was so surprised by her eagerness to swoop away the plate, his jaw was literally opened. As she took his plate, she picked up his used knife from the empty plate and put it on the table, assuming we are fine with that. I told her to take it away and he would like a clean one for the main course.
We tried to enjoy the rest of our dining experience at b-Bistro. Again, our actual server was EXCELLENT.
To the manager, clear the table when everyone is done, otherwise it seems you are rushing your potential returning guests away.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 25, 2016

It was nice sitting outside under the heat lamp on a mild fall evening. We were warm, but would have liked better lighting at the table. The food was very good and the service was exceptional. I was happy to introduce b, my neighborhood restaurant, to my date for his first time there.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Always a neighborhood gem. Great food and service. If I lived nearby this would be my "go to" sot.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 23, 2016

A new favorite! The perfect place for Sunday brunch with friends. Everyone's meal was great (try the challah french toast and the shrimp and grits) and the wait staff was amazing, attentive but not intrusive. The ambiance and the food encourage you to linger and to return for another great meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 23, 2016

We had lovely time. The service from our waitress was phenomenal! The assistance from hostess both with serving our meal and closing out the check was unnecessarily confusing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2016

First time dining here...very tight seating arrangements...beet salad was good as a starter...crab cake platter was good (on the small side)...arctic char was very good...cheese menu is a nice touch...service was less than stellar...this seemed like a management issue as the server was simply thrown into the mix...had a billing error as well...overall its a decent place but just not sure about making the drive again for it :)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

It was an ideal spot for MICAs parents weekend. Delicious at Walkable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 11, 2016

Wonderful meal
Highly recommended
Tuesday night 1/2 price wine bottles was an unexpected treat

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 8, 2016

a few issues during our recent visit. they were "out of menus" when we arrived, hard to believe on a Saturday night they wouldn't have enough menus. totally messed up the bill - charging us incorrectly and then chasing us down the street as we were hurrying to make a performance at a local theater. once returned, couldn't find correct bill, and were having a hard time canceling prior charge.
disappointed on the service side, not "b's" usual level of service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 6, 2016

The restaurant was just opening & we were invited to sit and look at the menu. After saying we had to be finished at a certain time to attend an evening event, the service was prompt and efficient. We chose the 3 course pre-fixe dinners. The celery root soup, beer salad, bolognese, and Arctic char were delicious. The beer and wine were also excellent, Resurrection and red Bordeaux.

We will definitely return there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Organic, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Nice cozyatmosphere. Neighborhood feefeelbut finedining

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Very good food. The location was in a nice and quiet part of town; it felt very exclusive.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 25, 2016

We went to B on a Sunday evening and we were the only people there. Our server was top-notch, but my salmon was under-cooked. Everyone else's food looked great.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Great food. Steaks, rockfish......were superb. Our waiter was more than competent. A little "hitch" when waiting for dessert, but that was minimal.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Great dinner & service. Outside seating in a quiet neighborhood away from the downtown bustle. The food here is always spot on.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 4, 2016

We loved our Sunday Brunch, prices were excellent and food was even better. We sat outside, sipped our coffee and Mimosa's and were treated like kings. I highly recommend this restaurant for dinner or brunch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2016

I had another great dinner at b! This is a neighborhood gem you can't afford to miss!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Relaxing and delicious meal at b. Service was great,the food excellent! A neighborhood gem, will definitely dine here again.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2016

We have been here multiple times and the food is always good. Foods are present to satisfy almost all diners wants and needs
There is not a full bar. That as never been an issue for us as there is an adequate selection of beer and wine by the glass and bottle
On this occasion every step of the service was excruciatingly slow from water glasses to dessert. The waitstaff though was quite pleasant. Maybe this was an off night and hopefully not a new norm

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Eggs Benedict are terrific at b-bistro...especially the fried green tomatoes Benedict and salmon Benedict.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Upon entering the restaurant, one notices the small kitchen. Do not let this fool you, this small space produces some big miracles. We had dinner on a warm summer Friday evening at an inside table. I had the Duo Chicken and my partner had the Bolognese. The chicken breast was served with crispy skin - heavenly. The bolognese was absolutely delicious. For desert I had the Blondie with Salted Caramel ice cream, one of the best blondies I have ever tasted. Service throughout the meal was professional and on point, one very minor complaint - our waiter had a dour expression the whole time we were there.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2016

We eat at this restaurant fairly often. Its one of our stand by casual places with interesting and usually excellent food selections. Sometimes the service has been a little slow or we have gotten a mixed up plate, for example. That's normal. This time, the service was so poor, our meal was ruined. We received the wrong wine, our appetizer was so long in coming that we asked 3 times for something to eat with our wine. Our waiter was clearly in need of training, but the restaurant should have backed him up. The hostess finally brought the cheese herself and said she was 'comping' an additional cheese choice because it had taken so long. Didn't matter - the tiny extra piece of cheese was hardly worth the long wait with wine and no food. We really needed bread or crackers. Even the cheese plate had only a couple of tiny crackers My dinner arrived, but my husband received the wrong entree, so I ate my alone. When his Bolognese came, he said it was so salty it was not edible, but he ate most of it because he was so hungry. He could have sent it back, but the whole experience was not what we were used to at Bolton. It will be hard to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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