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About Grano Emporio

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.

3547 Chestnut Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211
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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.

Cross Street:
W 36th / Chestnut Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(443) 438-7521

Website:
http://www.granopastabar.com/emporio

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.

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

Executive Chef:
Gino Troia

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Grano Emporio Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for a Date (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
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Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Romantic (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Casual (3)
Fun (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 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!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very good food. Excellent service. Cute restaurant

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great meal as always.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Service and ambience were top notch! Food was very good. You MUST get the Belgian chocolate flan for dessert!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food was wonderful. Love the setting. Great wine list. The only issue was there were not enough servers for the number of tables. There were long waits between courses.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2017

My wife and I went for dinner the other day and loved it. Neat little deck seating outside covered by wine vines and lights. Food was great and service was good as well

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Nice, funky place with a good vibe and good food. The four of us enjoyed our time and food together very much. I would definitely come back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We were seated right by the kitchen at first and thus treated to a blend of avant-garde 80's music from therein (yay!) and lite-FM from the dining room (not so good.) I asked that we be moved, and we were. After that, the music fluctuated in volume, but improved greatly in quality over time (more Sinatra et al, or maybe Joy Division, less bubblegum, please.) The wine we selected with our server's help was delicious and our meal was also quite tasty, although my whole bronzino was extremely small for the price and accompanied by just one thin piece of grilled zucchini. For $30, I'd like a larger fish and a bit more veg. Service was pleasant if a bit scattered.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Grano is one of our "go to" restaurants. The food is always fresh and delicious, the staff is welcoming, and very importantly it is one of the few restaurants that are quiet enough to have a conversation

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent wine recommendation, service and food. Americano decaf after dinner was superb. Very nice place to dine without pretension.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 16, 2017

A lovely meal served by a gracious staff. I have been many times and will go again. The Belgian chocolate flan is memorable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We had three appetizers. starting off with the caesar salad. We asked the server if the salad was large enough to split between the two of us. He indicated yes, and he was correct. The calamari was tender and so tasty. The lasagna was a generous portion and delicious. Our server was terrific. We specially appreciated his informing us that we can park in a lot behind the restaurant. We will definitely return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Small European style restaurant. Individually prepared dishes. Can get quite noisy when busy. Food is excellent but moderate size menu to maintain quality.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We like this place for date night or small groups but they do have a room for larger parties. Service is always extremely good and we always like whatever we order. Smallish menu which isn't a problem, sometimes the menu is a little seafood heavy in terms of options, that would be my only warning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Overall pretty good. Service was fantastic once we were seated but they didn't have a table ready for us in the "main" dining area when we arrived which was a bit disappointing. One of the servers was kind enough to give us a tour of the upstairs which was pretty neat. Had mushroom ravioli and shrimp linguini. I would recommend both.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2017

My mother-in-law celebrated her birthday at the restaurant one evening and very much liked the experience. My husband and I go to Grano regularly and have never been disappointed with the food and experience. One particular item we're glad has improved is the preparation of the Caesar salad---no longer are there tortilla chips on the salad! We were happy that the chef stuck, for the most part, with the traditional fixings for the salad when we celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday. The salad was much better.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Service was slow and poor.
The waitress was unattentive and really looked like she did not want to be there.
Brought out main course before we had finished our apetizers, did not bring an ice bucket with our wine, crossed infeont of people to serve.
Food was not that good.
There are far better options in town.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The restaurant is so cozy. It's like visiting someone's home. The food is delicious, and the service was perfect. You can come here and truly enjoy your meal among friends.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We go to Grano Pasta Bar quite often, but hadn't visited its slightly fancier sister restaurant in a while. Big mistake on our part! Emporio Grano is a true neighborhood gem. The menu is quite diverse and our server informed us that if necessary, the kitchen would do its best to make vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free meals. This was great to hear as we have friends and family who must avoid gluten for medical reasons. We opted for specials - an appetizer of baked zucchini with tomato sauce and cheese, which was large enough to share, followed by bistecca fiorentina for my husband and turbot with sauteed spinach for me. Everything was delicious and prepared exactly to order. I asked that my food be prepared with as little butter or oil as possible and both dishes were perfect. Emporio Grano has a nice wine list and a good selection of after-dinner drinks as well. Service was friendly, attentive, and professional. All in all, a wonderful experience - we'll definitely be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Another wonderful meal. The food is delicious and the service friendly and efficient. Love this neighborhood gem!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 30, 2017

As someone with a gluten allergy, I appreciate the menu had gluten free options. But the server was indifferent at best. The server never checked in and the restaurant was not that busy - plenty of empty tables. I would give it another chance for the food. But not planning on going back any time soon.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 20, 2017

People make a place special, and although the food was excellent (Ceasar Salad with shrimp, Med. Salad, meatballs and pasta, and mushroom ravioli) it was the friendly, informative people that pushed Grano's Emporium past a great dining experience and into a sublime one. Our beautiful waitress -Stephanie -was just the right mix of helpful and available. Everyone that walked through the dining area while we were there (chef? waiter? runner? owner? manager? I don't know who they were) said hello, how is everything? This was a fabulous place and we will go back.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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food5
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 18, 2017

My family and I went to the restaurant for Father's Day. The food was great and the service just as good. Since there were only a few patrons in the restaurant, we were taken on a tour of the facility. I plan to have another family gathering there soon.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Went to Grano Emporia after reading the positive reviews and will not be going back. The food was good, not extraordinary but good. Everything we ate - burrata, octopus for starters then pastas for our entree - can be had elsewhere in Baltimore with the same quality. The service, however, was abysmal. We entered a few minutes before our reservation and nobody was at the front to greet us. A woman working in the back came out and found someone for us. He proceeded to take us to the smallest table for two, despite the fact that the restaurant was empty - only two other parties at 7 on a weekday. From there the service spiraled downward. Our waiter left us alone for a good 15 minutes before we grabbed him to ask for water and to order a bottle of wine and our meals. We waited and waited for the wine, which only arrived at the table with our starters. We hadn't even finished our starters before the main courses came which was a problem since there was no room on the table for the plates. The lackluster service is unforgivable and tainted the whole meal. There were two waiters for three tables and we couldn't get the attention of our waiter. If the food was outstanding, we would weather the bad service. Unfortunately, the food is just decent.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Sat upstairs and was so loud with the celebrating family next to us that we couldn't even hear each other. Service was slow. Was a let down from the last time we came.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Incredible service, very accommodating! We brought our 3 year old for an early dinner and they could not have been sweeter to her. Big thanks to the staff!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The antipasto was delicious. Problem with pasa with anchovies and capers. Did not say it would be filled with hot peppers. Extremely spicy so sent it back with no problem.
Replaced with antipasti. Very good service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Amazing food and location. Small menu but food is fresh and very carefully prepared. Cute location.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Great ambiance and authentic Italian food. The buratta mozzarella was firm on the outside and super creamy on the inside. Yum. Chicken marsala special was delicious. Will come back again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We had a party of 5, and all of us were thrilled with our dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Satisfied my craving for Italian food! Service was attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2017

I have been to this restaurant three times with my wife, and on one occasion we were joined by friends. The first time, we began our meal on the porch because it was a prematurely warm day in early spring. It was a very pleasant setting for a cocktail and appetizer. There is no scenic view from the porch -- only the street with a bit of traffic. Nevertheless, we enjoyed it. But we moved inside for our meal because the setting sun shines very brightly upon the deck. As for the food, the menu is small and limited, and it offers few choices for people, like me, who do not eat or like seafood. Even so, there were still a few things for me. I very much enjoyed the beef meatballs with pasta. I found the mushroom ravioli a bit sweet, but still excellent. Others enjoyed the seafood dishes. All in all, we found this to be a very good neighborhood restaurant and are likely to return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 12, 2017

The restaurant was a pleasant dining experience from all aspects. I went on reviews I had read and not one had a negative remark about the food. Four of us all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. There were plenty of restaurant employees who made sure all of our needs were met. It was a leisurely, comfortable meal. Everyone was very impressed with their meal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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