Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar

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$30 and under
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The alluring boutique restaurant, mad chef kitchen & bar, offers a modern take on traditional cuisine in a welcoming and intimate atmosphere. Featuring fresh ingredients and influences from various modern cuisines; This gastro-pub houses a wide selection of diverse spirits, fine wines, signature cocktails, and craft beers. The new american cuisine paired with gracious service provides an extraordinary and memorable affair. Whether your mixing your own cocktail in our industrial bar area or gathering around a table in our rustic dining room – together we turn our creative energy into a spectacular dining experience. yes, chef.
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NM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Initially was seated by a wall with not much room, but we were easily able to be switched to one of the many other tables that were not so closed off. Nice menu choices, flavors were good but not outstanding. Will definitely return to try other selections.

VM
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Somehow it doesn't seem fair to always rave about Mad Chef. They earn it though. We love it! It's our #1 go to. It's got a neighborhood vibe without being cheesy. The food is always flavorful. There are routine menu and drink specials. Excellent and attentive service. Management is always visible and interacting with guests. We've never been disappointed!

MD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mad Chef never disappoints. My only struggle here is to choose just one thing. The ahi tuna dishes are awesome as are the scallops!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great value meal. Only downside is the noise with the concrete floors.

VM
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retake on the filet was exceptional, as was the mako dinner special. Dessert (s'mores cheesecake and out old favorite, bread pudding) was delicious. Also enjoyed seasonal cocktail, apple cider martini was on par. One can never go wrong at Mad Chef. It was the first time Oscar took care of us, he was attentive but not annoying. Christian was his usual hands on self. From the door to dessert, Mad Chef is hands down one of our go tos.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

- Celebrated 34th wedding anniversary... was wished a happy anniversary. Neighboring table was offered a complimentary champagne toast. (Also celebrating anniversary) We weren’t offered the same.
- Waitress didn’t return our to-go food.

ED
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for my birthday! We love this place. Everyone liked their food. My tuna dish wasn’t my favorite but the dessert was exceptional. Our waitress was very pleasant but soft spoken which was hard with the music in the background. We will be back but next time will get my favorite which is the fish and chips!!!

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good. Enjoyed ourselves at this new place.

MR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

I got online to check out your menu since I was bringing friends along to try out your restaurant. The menu at restaurant was different. I ordered the Seafood Pot and it did not have lobster in it but it had lobster broth yet the menu price was the same. For the price, I expected a little more seafood but bulk was mussels and clams...didn’t feel I got what I paid for (compared to other places I have had it).

RN
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation the same day, it was my wife's birthday. They offer appetizers that can be a meal which my wife likes. Food was very good

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was great. We didn’t care for one of the appetizers (nothing wrong with it just wasn’t something we cared for) and he took it off the bill without us even asking. We’ve eaten here many times and are always pleased.

S
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed Mad Chef especially the outside seating on the beautiful night that we dined there. The food was good but nothing spectacular . Nice for a casual neighborhood dinner .

ON
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

we have gone to the mad chef a number of times, bringing friends or family, since we knew the food would be good. This time it was OK, but the help is just not friendly. Our waiter was OK but the girl who brought our salad out was more than rude. She brought out a Caesar that two of us were going to share and it was in one big plate. So I nicely mentioned that it was supposed to be split, she put down the plate and said well that isn't my fault. When I asked her for another plate to split the salad she almost threw it down on the table. Our friends were amazed at her behavior. I actually apologized that it usually isn't like this. I think a lot of the help could use a lesson in smiling and meaning it from some of the greeters to the servers. They always look like they are overwhelmed and confused. Will give it another shot but if this overall unfriendliness continues we will go some where else. Plus the menu is getting a bit old.

TP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We didn't listen when others wrote that the seafood pot was "so so". Unfortunately, it was true. The stock was thin and much less flavorful than other Cioppino's we've enjoyed. It was served with a single slice of grilled bread, but they did bring more when requested.
The roasted sweet chili cauliflower was more sweet than chili, limp, drowning in sauce and in need of salt.
When asked about a couple of the wines, the server was at a loss and returned to say their manager had no information either. Vivino helped us out instead.
Seating outdoors was the saving grace on a lovely September evening.

SN
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Offers a great appetizer happy hour! The happy hour wines are not tha best selection, but that's personal taste. Beer list good. But, dont let that keep you away. I have never had a bad meal and the service is probably best in the surrounding area. Bar service excellent and super clean. Lots of tables in bar area as well as restaraunt.

The chefs dishes are made with fresh ingredients. Desserts are outstanding as well as their daily soup. Salads fresh.

I feel prices fair on the menu, but the daily special can be on the pricey side (i.e. fish), but was perfectly prepared.

P
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Pretty darn expensive and the food wasn't that grand; I had a special cocktail, appetizer, entree and dessert with coffee which cost a whopping $88.00 for one person. The blueberry margarita was small and didn't taste all that great; the french cut lamb chops were gritty (yes, gritty) and overcooked, the dessert was the bread pudding. The coffee was French Press (you can't ruin that)....everything was presented superbly but I cannot say the food tasted all that great. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend it.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, the service was amazing, the food was incredible

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and great food!

d
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service is outstanding...Second time at this restaurant...Food is good to very good, but pricey...Not convinced the price meets the expectation for a pricey restaurant...Dined outside, which we requested...inside noise level makes for difficult conversation...Inside temperature (August) a little to chilly for my comfort...

BW
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our serve Ali was very patient with us. We were catching up with a friend that we had not seen in years. It took us a while to order. The guacamole was delicious. I ordered a grilled cheese and tomato soup. It was just right! We sat outside and it was simply divine. Overall great experience, we’ll be back!

MB
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink choices and service.

l
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dining outside. Our server, Ben, was friendly and took care of all our needs very quickly.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Expensive noisy not much decor and small portions for the cost. Server was fine.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding flavors in each bite.
The white wine initially poured @ room temp. But once it was chilled, really complemented the salmon dish. Apps were wonderful, all in all delishes! Definitely a must return!

RJ
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom and uncle out to celebrate my uncles birthday. When booking the reservation online I indicated that we were celebrating my uncles birthday and was pleased to see the staff acknowledge his special day from the time we arrived until we left. Everything we ordered was well prepared and delicious. We had the pig wings - Amazing!, mussels- flavorful and fresh, crab cake sandwich, lamb ragout and scallops. We also ordered desserts and all three of us couldn’t help but to comment throughout our meal about how delicious everything was. Our server Mario was very friendly and attentive. I’ll definitely return!

Y
Naples
36 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Two friends and I had lunch here on August 15. It was at 11:30 so it was quiet for a good bit of our visit. Our server was delightful. He took good care of us. The food was very good. One of us had the beet salad and loved it. The other two of us had the Chicken BALT (Bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato) sandwich. They were delicious. We enjoyed our lunch!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time there. Food was delicious! Definitely would recommend..

KS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice, except there was a strong odor that was very similar to the smell of a nail salon when we first walked in.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask for Oscar. Best server!! Chicken tacos are money!!

MB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceeded our expectations on every front...we will be back!

JH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of five all enjoyed our choices; food was superb and attractively served. Our server, Oscar, was top notch; attentive, friendly and had good radar as to when to check back on our table. For those that enjoy bouillabaisse, I heartily recommend the "Seafood Pot". Chock full of goodies generously served this dish alone was reason for future return visits.

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was excellent and came out in a timely manner. our server answered all of our questions completely and was very diligent. overall, the blend between the restaurant and bar area made for a uniquely interesting environment, and we really enjoyed the experience!

DA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant meal, but noisy. Cannot carry on a conversation without shouting.

j
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and service were great! The kitchen was a little backed up though due to it being HoCo restaurant week, but overall highly recommended.

A
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved sitting outside, although they could use more umbrellas for the sun. Although we did not sit inside in the dining room, as we walked through it seemed too loud and too dark. As long as I can sit and relax outside, I am very happy to return.

CM
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time dining here. Three is definitely a charm because the food and service were outstanding.

KI
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere & service was great the food didn’t appeal to me. I had lots the Restaurant week special.

LB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit was prompted by Howard County Restaurant Week. We left totally impressed by everything from the service (thanks Ben!) to the food to the value. Not cheap, but quality completely commensurate to the quality of the food. Don't know about the noise level inside - it was a nice evening and we dined out on the patio.

CB
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

We had reservations for 8pm, not realizing that the restaurant closed at 9pm. During the course of the meal, we learned from our waiter that the rest of the wait staff does not like to take late table reservations but he saw it as the opportunity to make money... then during our meal, he came over to let us know the bar was closing and if we wanted dessert we would have to order then too bc the kitchen was closing. If your going to take 8pm reservations, it seems that you would continue to serve your guest through their meal without making them feel as if they are keeping you from going home.


Update! I received a lovely follow up from Abbey with Mad Chef concerning our experience. Talk about caring about your customers!

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