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Grano Emporio

91 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
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.
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Phone number
(443) 438-7521
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gino Troia
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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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Cross street
W 36th / Chestnut Ave
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Parking details
Parking lot behind restaurant, street parking free after 6pm and on weekends.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 91 People Are Saying
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5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

JosZebley (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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

viptravelfan (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

vipOlivia (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

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

slf664 (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful evening in celebration of family and the holidays.

vipMedray (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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!

t11spanner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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

vipNancy (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

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

vipdavids (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

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

MelissaR (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

vipJudyPie (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

allisons (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

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!

GordonFreeman (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

2catsnowaiting (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

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.