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Grano Emporio

4.5
4.5
106 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Grano Emporio is the creation of Gino Troia; a passionate cook and culinary historian. Gino is a long time resident of Baltimore who retains roots in his native Napoli.

A team of creative, talented characters help bring Grano Emporio to life. With nutritional equilibrium and a harmony of flavors, they have created a rustic, yet contemporary, Euro/Italian cuisine in line with Hampden's informal hipster style.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    MONDAY - CLOSED
    Tuesday thru Thursday 5:00 PM - 10.00 PM (last seating)
    Friday and Saturday 5:oo PM to 11:00 PM (last seating)
    Sunday - Brunch 11:00 AM - 4:00 Dinner 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Open for Lunch for Private Parties. Call or email for details.

  • Phone number

    (443) 438-7521

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gino Troia

  • Catering

    We offer our guests several options for private and corporate dining and events, with special attention provided to alumni and faculty of our neighboring universities.

  • Neighborhood

    Hampden

  • Cross street

    W 36th / Chestnut Ave

  • Parking details

    Parking lot behind restaurant, street parking free after 6pm and on weekends.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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What 106 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. W

    Warwillow

    Baltimore

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Such a shame this was their last night of being open. Would definitely have gone again.

  2. TU

    2ThumbsUp

    Baltimore

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unfortunately, this Hampden neighborhood gem will be closing for good at the end of business tomorrow night, June 30, 2018. Grano Emporio is truly, authentically Italian with a Tuscan/Roman influence. Gino Troia's other smaller Italian pasta bar in Hampden called Grano Pasta Bar will remain open. He also has a Grano Pasta Bar in Federal Hill neither of which I have experienced yet. I plan to do so in the future. The food offerings at Grano Emporio are prepared with care and attentively served. The menu is very appealing and well thought out making it difficult to zero in on one selection or another. The establishment is impeccably clean and well run. It is obvious that the staff are dedicated and attentive to their duties and the diners. One gets the feeling that they genuinely like one another, work well together, and consider themselves part of the Troia family. Grano Emporio will be missed. Thank you Gino, Chris, Melody, and other staff members for making me feel like I'm having dinner in a good friend's Italian kitchen and home. Wish you wouldn't go!

  3. B

    Bawlmerhon

    Baltimore

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gonna miss this place. Thank goodness the pasta bar of staying in town for

  4. GD

    GuestDiner

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    I've dined at Grano over the years since it opened. I regret to read it is closing. I came to visit one last time. The food and service did not disappoint. I had one of my favorites: pasta with white clam sauce. Gino stopped by the table several times to greet us. That was special. The only downside to dining at Grano is the difficulty finding parking in Hamden.

  5. HJ

    HughJ

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    We went to Grano because it is closing at the end of the month. We were disappointed that the menu had been considerably cut down. Still they had some good wines. I will miss this restaurant because they had excellent Italian food and we knew the owner and one of the former chefs.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Gino you are great we will miss you great food ALWAYS

  7. t

    tobes

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sad to see this place go because it has become a staple in the Hampden neighborhood over the last several years. Service and food were always on point and the compared with other places, this was very reasonably priced in my opinion. Will have to check out Grano pasta bar but will miss Emporio

  8. C

    Cooper

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Intimate table for 8, great waitress, delicious food, quiet so you don't have to shout.

  9. SY

    SteveY

    Baltimore

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We've been to this place several times a while ago and it was always good, but this evening everything was disappointing. Not sure why.

  10. AW

    AmandaW

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent pasta! Our whole table was pleased, and I would definitely go back for more.

  11. AS

    ArnoldS

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome! Great food. Very pleasant wine. Delightful service.

  12. j

    jaimeg

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    Food was not good. Meatballs were so grisly and tasting like they were premade/frozen. The penne Norma pasta was dry and hard.. like the pasta was old or had been sitting out. The place was empty which should’ve been a sign when we walked in. The chef walked through the dining room with a beer. Will not go back.

  13. R

    Rockville

    Baltimore

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We hadn't been to Grano E in a few years and had a very nice meal here on a Friday night. We liked the varied wine list and menu options and will definitely return. We started with a buffalo mozz, despite tomatoes out of season, because I was worried the bruschetta would be too garlicky. Our server was A DEAR to bring us a piece to try in the event we might want to order it the next time. Very thoughtful. My husband liked the Zuppa di Pesce and the lasagna bolognese was very good although texture was extremely soft (perhaps that's the way it always is - I don't remember the last time I ordered lasagna...). We skipped dessert only because we were on our way to meet friends. Atmosphere is sweet - drippy candles in the fireplace, nice warm colors on the walls, music in the background ... we look forward to trying it again!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great home cooked food. Excellent service.

  15. BJ

    BmoreJen

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We really enjoyed or food, the service was excellent, and the experience with the kids was easy... wish they had a kids menu, but aside from that, no complaints whatsoever - only kudos!!

  16. G

    Greg

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding ambience, food, service, parking accessibility, and a million other things. Highly recommended!

  17. JZ

    JosZebley

    Baltimore

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    I had heard of this restaurant through a friend who frequents the owners smaller pasta bar on the "Avenue" in Hampden. The Emporio has an unusual wine list and a delightful short menu. All the dishes, meat (lamb), fish (perch), pasta dishes (mushroom ravioli), and seafood (Cozze/mussels) were really excellent (and we are a picky, foodie, bunch). As to the wines, I knew very few, if any, of the selections and the server and I decided on a "light red" that could go with the various meal choices. She recommended a Petit Pissarres from Priorat (a light french grenache she said...) Well for $ 27.00 we had a wonderful BIG chewy inky SPANISH Penedes. Granacha and Samos blend. A wonderful find. Luckily we still had some "bubbles" for the perch client ! Deserts were also right on, the chocolate creme brulee is worth a try. A lovely night for all. JWZ

  18. t

    travelfan

    Baltimore

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Neighborhood Gem - Authentic Italian Grano is one of our favorite go-to restaurants for casual or special occasions. The food is fresh , authentic, and outstanding. Service always very personal, and as a bonus - Grano is one of the few restaurants in Baltimore where you can actually have a conversation without being blasted with music. We strongly recommend Grano.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Went there for a birthday, party of 5, we had our own private dining room. We were able to take our time, never felt rushed or neglected. Our waiter gave us honest helpful tips on what to order, and he was right on. The food was delicious. I would highly recommend Grano for any special occasion.

  20. O

    Olivia

    Baltimore

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Friday night dinner with friends. Good pasta choices on restaurant week menu. Fabulous chocolate dessert

  21. LM

    LindaM

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was our 2nd time dining here and it was just as good as the first time. Food and service was excellent.

  22. s

    slf664

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this restaurant and frequent it as much as we can. The owner is from Italy. Most of the ingredients are shipped in from suppliers in Italy or from select local suppliers. It gives us comfort knowing that our meals are prepared using quality ingredients. The venue is small and cozy. Our waitress, Stephanie, does a great job always making our dining experiences pleasurable.

  23. P

    Phyllisg

    Baltimore

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful evening in celebration of family and the holidays.

  24. M

    Medray

    Baltimore

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fabulous knowledgeable service, locally sourced fresh ingredients, great flavors. Lentil spinach soup was artfully seasoned and satisfying. Wild mushroom ravioli was earthy while not too heavy, lasagne benefited from fabulous tomatoes and pasta.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2017

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    The food was excellent-- we ordered an app and two entrees and couldn't get enough of all. The service was a bit spotty at first (apparently a big party left right before us?) but the food more than made up for it. The upstairs could use some music for ambiance but overall was great and will come back to this restaurant for sure!

  26. t

    t11spanner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We had a great time with dinner before going to see Christmas lights! Service is excellent and the entire staff very attentive!

  27. N

    Nancy

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great and good was delicious . Atmosphere was very nice.

  28. d

    davids

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent fresh tasting food and our server was fantastic. Would definitely go back soon!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    No homemade pasta that night. Service slow and spotty. Wine list by glass needs to be improved!!

  30. MR

    MelissaR

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2017

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    More pasta menu options would be nice. Went we went the selection was limited and we struggled to find something we really wanted to order. Food quality was great.

  31. JP

    JudyPie

    Baltimore

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Grano’s. Food and ambiance are superb, and the staff is warmly welcoming. As soon as we leave, we begin planning for our next visit.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed the visit to the restaurant so much so that we went back the next night too. The quality of service and food was outstanding on both evenings. Was nice to see that the specials changed every day and that the quality was maintained! Highly recommend if you visit Johns Hopkins University!

  33. a

    allisons

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time at Grano Emporio was spectacular! We took advantage of a warm fall evening to sit out on the front patio, which was very romantic. The staff was so accommodating, bringing us delicious bread, complementing our wine choice, and offering to split the appetizer and salad we wanted to share. We thoroughly enjoyed some tiramisu and espresso after dinner and felt at ease to enjoy and take our time -- a true Italian dinner with a nice, slow pace. I'd also like to add, our entrees, the lasagna bolognese and zuppa de pesce were phenomenal! Such great flavors, perfectly cooked noodles and fish -- we savored each bite. Thanks for serving us such amazing food!

  34. GF

    GordonFreeman

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have been here 3 times now and it has been absolutely awesome every time. Service & food quality have always been top notch, absolutely worth the money. Nice atmosphere on the patio, and the inside feels warm & inviting; more like a house than a restaurant. Not at all stuffy, just a very relaxed setting. Will continue to come here, have not found anywhere in Baltimore with Italian food as good as this, let alone at such a good price.

  35. 2

    2catsnowaiting

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The food was excellent and the service good-- the four of us enjoyed our visit but we had to wait quite a while to get on the porch--- which was important to us. Although the wine selection was rather small, we were fine with our choices and had a really delightful evening.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    We had a lovely experience at Grano Emporio. Very good meal, including a to-die-for pistachio gelato. Don't be scared away from this Italian restaurant if you're watching gluten intake -- they serve gluten-free pasta options for everything except lasagna. Also, they have parking behind the restaurant, which is good to know if it's a Friday or Saturday night in Hampden, when street parking is typically scarce. Enjoy!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We received a warm welcome by the host (might have been the owner). Great service from Stephanie. Food was delicious. Will definitely return.

  38. f

    flowerspy

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friends from Santa Fe who are restaurateurs came to visit and we picked Gran Emporio. They were very impressed with the service and quality of food--nice wine options that week. In all, a very lovely experience.

  39. J

    Judy

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very good food. Excellent service. Cute restaurant

  40. f

    facpa

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal as always.

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  • Cross street

    W 36th / Chestnut Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Hampden

  • Hours of operation

    MONDAY - CLOSED
    Tuesday thru Thursday 5:00 PM - 10.00 PM (last seating)
    Friday and Saturday 5:oo PM to 11:00 PM (last seating)
    Sunday - Brunch 11:00 AM - 4:00 Dinner 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Open for Lunch for Private Parties. Call or email for details.

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking lot behind restaurant, street parking free after 6pm and on weekends.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gino Troia

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (443) 438-7521

  • Catering

    We offer our guests several options for private and corporate dining and events, with special attention provided to alumni and faculty of our neighboring universities.

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