Five & Dime Ale House

4.6
417 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
The Five and Dime Ale House resides in the old G.C. Murphy's Five and Dime store in the historic Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Our menu and decor reflect a casual and fun place to enjoy good food, cold beer, and great neighbors. We also own and operate Baltimore's oldest continually operating brewery, Oliver Brewing Company. Oliver's plays a big part in our menu and our culture.
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ShoreGuy51
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive and highly creative menu, exceptional service and one of the best craft beer, wine and spirits lists in Baltimore. Cannot recommend this place strongly enough.

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Peachypie
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Not sure what’s going on here but the food and service was dreadful. Three of us had the spicy chicken sandwich but were wondering where the chicken was. The sandwich was all breading and was fried too long. The desserts were tasteless so with the combo of poor food, rap music that was playing way too loud at 7:00, a mediocre server not sure we will be back.

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Paulie
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first visit, and we will definitely be back! The great selection of beers, fun Oktoberfest specials, terrific service and casual vibe all made for a fun night out with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner with waiter Sachin ! Great apps and drink deals.

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Amber
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks! Great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal. All of the entrees were delicious. Great draft beer list too. The Bmore Hot Chicken sandwich I ordered was perfect. Highly recommend. The cook on my daughter's steak wasn't right (order medium rare and got medium to medium well) but it was still delicious. And the side Brussels sprouts with bacon, cranberries, and onions were tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu and excerpt service.

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vipMomof3
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We took my daughters college friends for dinner. I would say it’s upscale pub fare. The nachos were yummy and so are the fried pickles and deviled eggs! The steaks were cooked perfectly and were really tasty! We will be back! Trivia night was very fun too! A great spot overall!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Good drinks, great service, not so good food.

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LauraT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Frequented this place many, many times pre-covid. Always somewhat NOISY (sound abatement, anyone??) but food was good and service was acceptable----great, if you sat at the bar.
This time, terrible food, fair service, but not great. Maybe our wait staff could have noticed that my daughter in law did not touch her Avocado toast, because is was so unappetizing and soggy (guac, not slices of avocado) but he did not. Sound was ridiculously loud between adjoining booths with boisterous group of 4 next door. Why can't they install some sound abatement? We strained to hear each other speak. It is not rocket science!
All in all, a major disappointment. We will not be going back.

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CarlaH
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just ok. Server was attentive at the start then was MIA. Food was ok. Not bad, not great

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vipJohn
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food is okay, the fries were really good, but overall not something you'd go out of your way for. The service is terrible. Pet peeve, please use an ice scoop. So gross to see the servers and bar scooping ice with the cups.

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NancyB
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Five and Dime Ale House Saturday night with another couple and loved it. The menu had so many great choices and the prices were so reasonable. We all enjoyed our food and our server was so personable and helpful. Our drinks were also great. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the ambiance and location. Great food and drink. Service was great too. Overall it was great and we will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was slow and inattentive. My food was mediocre at best. I had the Bmore hot chicken sandwich and the cheese on the sandwich was advertised as cheddar. When the sandwich came, the cheese was not melted and had the consistency of Velveeta. One guest in my party has a dairy allergy and asked for her broccoli to be prepared without butter. They served us raw broccoli. When asked if they could replace it with steamed broccoli, they agreed but we never received it. Yes, they took the meal off the bill, but the overall experience was not a good one. First and last time.

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LaurenM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family was visiting for Father’s Day, and this was the perfect spot to celebrate. Amazing food and wide selection of drafts, plus a very friendly staff. Will definitely be coming back to try their brunch specials!

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vipkaya
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

out of almost everything we ordered....hot upstairs....too loud

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vipAnnie
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was excellent; the food was very good; I hope business picks up because they deserve it.

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JonathanJ
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We met another couple for snacks and drinks. The beer/drink menu was huge, as was the food selection. Everything we had to eat was excellent, and the server was attentive and helpful. I took a point off because the noise/music level made it a little difficult to converse, but otherwise we had a great experience and would go back.

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AmandaM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was great! So friendly! And attentive! The Thai shrimp app was delicious!

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CandiceK
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding! We love the outdoor seating. The food is exquisite and drinks are well priced. Would recommend this place over and over again.

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vipHannahS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so excited to see Five & Dime was open again! My drink and my burger were both delicious and I can't wait to come back. Service was wonderful. Everyone I interacted with was very friendly. We sat outside, but the inside is beautiful. Can't wait to go back and keep trying different burgers.

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DBP001
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My wife and myself are frequent visitors to this restaurant and this may have been a 1st were our food experience wasn’t the best. Regardless, our host and the manager were extremely nice and courteous to the situation and made everything right before leaving. Again, this is a great establishment and we will not fault them on this one not so good experience.

The only recommendation that we are hoping they bring back, even if it’s on a special nights are their crab pretzels. It’s no longer on the menu, which we hate to see it leave. If management is reading this... please bring it back.....even if it’s for a one or two night special on the appetizer menu lol.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Peter was kind. The food was underwhelming. The deviled eggs came to the table without bacon (specified in menu) and flavor. The mashed potatoes were old and oily.

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vipFoodlover21210
Baltimore
57 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, friendly service, COVID-safe. And great spot for people-watching!

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RickyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had atleast 3 people from the kitchen attempt to give us food that was not ours. Overall, the food was good. Beer selection was good. Need a little more organization in the kitchen.

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vipKerrbear
Baltimore
64 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

They are operating under difficult conditions, but everyone went out of their way to be helpful. The staff were super nice.

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teyj
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

It was their second day of being reopened so the service was not as fantastic as the previous times I have been here. Waiter was not attentive and the food was barely edible. I want to give them another chance but this experience really overshadowed all my other great experiences here.

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HubertL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to grab a burger and support the neighborhood!

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DBP001
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall, our experience was pretty good. The only issue we had was the wait time for our food. It seemed like we was waiting forever for the food to come out after ordering our appetizer and main course together. It wasn’t super busy, so I can’t believe the wait time was for that. Besides that, everything else was great.

Moral of this post, if you are really hungry, make sure you have a lite snack before going here. The food is great, but the wait time for the food is not.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I would never dine here again. We had the worst service and the food quality was poor. Our experience started out with 2 drinks and an order of the brussel sprouts. We then ordered entries (a burger and caprese chicken sandwhich).
The burger came out correctly, although the presentation was poor - a mcdonald’s cheese burger would have looked better. The caprese chicken sandwich came out as a caprese chicken platter? After waiting 10 minutes for our waitress to come back around, I was able to ask her for what I ordered, the chicken sandwich. She said she would fix it & 15 minutes later was still chatting with the booth in front of us. After her conversation, she came back and asked if my meal has been fixed (clearly not as I did not have a sandwich and the platter was on the corner of the table). she finally took the platter away and we waited for another 15 minutes before I brought 1 of the cold chicken pieces that were on the platter on a cold hard bun. fine - well played. We then asked for the check and saw that we were charged for the caprse chicken platter & not the chicken sandwich. We informed the waitress and she went to fix it. She brought back the corrected bill, we put our card in, and she took it. She brought the receipt book back & and we thought finally we can leave. Then she COMES BACK and takes the credit card book again and starts to charge us A SECOND TIME. We run up to her and say - we’ve already paid - why are you charging us again? She was “confused” and walked away to get her manager. After waiting some time, she just dropped of the receipt book and walked away. She then started watching our table and pacing. We tipped and left. I cannot believe that we received such horrible service. At no point in this entire disaster dinner did a manger come around to ask how things were, nothing was offered while I had to wait 20+ minutes for the meal I ordered after I received the wrong meal, and no manager came to address the payment issue. Stay away!!!!!

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vipMichaelF
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was terrible. The bar didn’t get our drinks out at the same time. Food order was incomplete. We’ve been here before and never had a bad experience like this. We don’t recommend the place and won’t return any time soon.

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AlisonC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’ve been here many times, it’s one of my favorite places in hampden. Our server, Caleb, was very friendly and accommodating. My only complaint was that my salad was missing two main ingredients that was listed on the menu because the kitchen was out. It would have been nice to know this when ordering. Our server did his best to correct the issue. Great beer selection, but sold out of quite a few things on the night we visited.

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SideshowBen
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

If you are coming here for a drink and a snack, this place is great. It has a huge selection of great beer and fun mixed drinks, and a very extensive menu. If you are coming for dinner or are looking for food variety during your visit, you may be disappointed by the fact that a lot of the food tastes exactly the same. We got 5 different appetizers and two main dishes and they used the exact same sauce on four of the items. Their dessert menu is very impoverished. Many of their mixed drinks are seriously overpriced -- one prosecco drink was only about 4 ounces and cost $13; I can buy a whole bottle of the same prosecco for $19 or less.

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vipLawrenceS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Terrible service. Out of selected alcoholic beverages. Server didn’t remember specifics. All three food orders came out incorrectly. Asked to split the bill in three and each portion was different.

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SamD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went on a Thursday night and a couple of menu items were unavailable.

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BKS527
Baltimore
61 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for lunch, happy hour and dinner. Great service always and food comes out quickly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
76 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Casual lunch with friend. Promptly seated and greeted by friendly server. Good food and excellent service.

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AKLZ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not sure if they were hungover but, the restaurant smelled like a swimming pool. Even with the smell of bleach in the air, the tables were dirty. Food was cold when it arrived and I really blame the server. She was way too interested in talking with co workers then taking care of customers. Was really disappointed because I have been wanting to try this place for a long time.

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MandyH
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The atmosphere is bustling.. we can in on New Years Eve at 5pm.... while it was a quaint neighborhood pub.. great for a Happy Hour.. or friends get together.. I would not recommend it if you are looking for a place where you would like it to be quiet.... Our server was nice.. she was the only one that I saw waiting on tables...

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Five & Dime Ale House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (443) 835-2290.

Five & Dime Ale House is rated 4.6 stars by 417 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.

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