Paradigm Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Locally owned and operated. Chef driven scratch kitchen, craft cocktails, and wine bar.

We look forward to taking care of you very soon!!!!
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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef never disappoints! Please hurry up and add those lamb meatballs to the menu. Yum! Mad respect to the front of the house. Paradigm Scratch Kitchen and Cocktails has become my cherished home away from home!

H
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ended up at Paradigm on a whim and we were completely surprised. We loved everything about Paradigm!!! Our server, Jake, was amazing and on point about everything (highly recommend him). The music was perfect, the atmosphere was relaxed, and the food was wonderful - I don't even know where to start. I wanted to order one of everything on the menu. We opted for the the specials, Moroccan Lamb Meatballs (there are no words to describe how delicious these were), and the Lo-cal-ity Board, perfect trio of cheese, we opted for the 12 oz aged Ribeye (we split) for our main dish - and it was superb!!!! It was prepared perfectly medium/rare. This was an incredible dinner. We will be back VERY SOON!!

E
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was luke warm at best. We were sat near the bar which was very loud. Service was good, but everything else was subpar and we won’t be back.

BM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a reservation and were seated immediately. There was a little mix up among servers about who was going to handle our table but once that was resolved our server Anthony? was excellent. First time here so we went with some Brussels since everyone has them these days so a good comparison item and we really liked their take. Touch of honey a little diff and very good. Entrees we had were really good and saw a number of folks sampling various menu items that make me want to go back and try them out. Good experience will definitely go back.

CM
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. A bit pricey but all very fresh and well prepared.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful visit! Tried the chicken wings this time- so crispy and with a great dipping sauce. The duck was excellent. Good happy hour too

OT
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink. Date could have been better.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience! Cooking was on point, service didn’t miss a beat, beverage program is excellent. Not a lot of places in Severna Park where you can get mature Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass in perfect condition thanks to the Coravin system. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time since the changes. Best dining experience around and rivals anything in Baltimore or Annapolis.
Very happy with this new place.

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally, a restaurant fit for the area. Good wine list. Great take on an Old Fashion. Scallops were phenomenal and perfectly cooked. Our teenagers enjoyed the "Bites" they loved the chicken wings and lamb as did we!

N
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an enjoyable dinner. Mixed drinks and wine were quite tasty. Everyone enjoyed their meal- steak, pheasant, scallops, salmon were all delicious and perfectly prepared.

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. I could hold eat there every night.

L
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails to please! The food is imaginative and delicious, service is great, and I always feel pampered.

JG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had the steak with truffle fries. The fries were excellent, but my steak was served cold. My husband had the duck and enjoyed it. But the apple fritters were DELICIOUS!

PM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Valentine's Day was our 1st time there. I was impressed because the chef called to confirm our reservation and ask if we had any food restrictions. They offered a pre fixe menu/no regular menu to make it easier for the kitchen on the big night. We reserved a table inside the restaurant, but got put out on the overheated patio at a table where the door opened from the main building to the patio, so we had the door swinging open and waiters rushing past us (and knocking my coat off my chair) constantly - very uncomfortable.
(They shouldn't have place a table there.) The waitress couldn't open the wine bottle and had to get the bartender to do it after she broke the cork. Our salad was good, but nothing special. After we had been there for more than an hour and hadn't received our 2nd course (a single scallop with tiny tomatoes and a delicious sauce), I complained to the manager. He got our next courses to us promptly and said he would comp our meal. We appreciated that, but paid for it anyway. The wait staff was hustling. It appeared to be the kitchen that couldn't keep up. The food was very fresh and well prepared, but it was difficult to appreciate it properly when the ambiance and service were so poor.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I was surprised by the dining experience I would definitely come back for date nights and special events. And during the summer for the outdoor patio.

Room for improvement: our waiter hardly checked on us. Management was excellent, the manager stepped in to support the waiter.

V
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding overall. Pete was great. Food was awesome. Great pace, super awesome server, something on the menu for everyone. Will definitely be back.

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Sat a long time enjoyed many menu items with good food and good drinks.

DW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best gastronomic experience I've had in a very long time! Chef Malcolm's creations are both comfort and opulence. The cocktails were wonderfully complex but simple. Sounds impossible, but you have to experience it for yourself. I felt like I was in some grand place in downtown DC or NYC not Severna Park, MD. I hope his inevitable success does not take him away to some far flung place I can't pop into on a Monday night just because I want some deliciousness without a crazy commute to the city.

O
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal at Paradigm! The service was excellent and attentive. I ordered the grilled prawns, the sauce was so delicious, I asked for a spoon and some bread so I could finish every drop. The barley risotto was also excellent. Everything we ordered was delicious.

LW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The staff and kitchen were overwhelmed by a full house on Friday night. Took 3 hrs and 15 minutes to have dinner. Manager and wait staff avoided contact with guests and didn’t deal well with complaints. Wings and drinks were great. Rest of meal was average-had steak and salmon. They kept the weird layout from old restaurant...was hoping they’d fix that. I’d come back for the wings and maybe eat at the bar.

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried happy hour. Super high quality food and drink. Apparently the chef makes everything from scratch.
We enjoyed very much.

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Sat at the bar and sampled a bunch of appetizers. Pork belly special was amazing. Really good wines by the glass. Will return often!

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insanely good. Hard to believe this restaurant is in the location that it's in. Pinch me. So grateful it's here!!!

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in a long time. We've been twice since the change. Very impressed. DC is the closest place you will find this food quality.

RD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit....and WOW!!!!

Last time, we sat at the bar and had some light fare and really fun craft cocktails. This time we decided to sit at a table. Our server Pete went above and beyond. He was knowledgeable and his suggestions were spot on.

We had the Chips and Dip to start. For something so simple to so good! Then we split the prawn. Which was a meal into itself. It was more like a lobster tail! It was huge. And that broth was so good.

We took Pete's recommendations had the Chicken and the Salmon. The chicken was so moist. And the braised kale was one of the best things I've had in awhile. The salmon was perfectly cooked to medium, a lovely sauce, and even came with a fried lobster tail.

The manager Richard stopped by and helped us with a wine selection. The Juggernaut Cabernet is a must have!

All in all...I think we've found our new home!

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with another couple last night for our first time. Service was very good and manager Richard was attentive and helped with our wine selection. I had the salmon and two people had filets which they loved and my husband had the duck which he said was amazing. We will be back!

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every facet. Healthy options, ample portions, and perfectly prepared. Less expensive than a private chef. We will eat here often.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The specials are poorly put together, music annoying, and tables close together. When they caught me complaining about my food to my date, they offered me another entree but then billed me for it at the end.

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised with the high level of service for a new place. Food was absolutely incredible.
Not usually a cocktail fan but the server sold us on a few.
Five stars! Really...really good.

g
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant is apparently a change of chef and management of a former restaurant. The waiter was very attentive, and he introduced the new concept; however, he couldn't introduce the name of the new chef. He just said he's been on food network. (We knew that from the website - which is also under construction).

Everything looked very good. The special of the day appetizer was a coconut shrimp and was excellent - only six shrimp to share but great flavor. The bread appetizer (you have to pay for it) came without the maple butter and we had to ask for it. Our entrees were good. The ribeye and additional side of brussel sprouts were flavorable - especially the roasted bacon sprouts. Meat portion (14 oz) was large and the fat not well marbled (most fat was on the edges); we had to pack leftovers for both items. The Salmon was good, but unusual plating on top of the cannellini ragout. The hamburger tasty. We had one dessert to go and I didn't get to taste any of it.

WD
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Former Pascal's Chop House. Paradigm has changed up some of the former establishment seating/tables to be less on top of each other. West informed us that the menu will completely change every 6 weeks or so. Menu is limited but has nice variety. Giant Prawn app was awesome! My wife tried her first Flatiron steak ever. Dang it was awesome. Perfect size for her. It came with side of Parm Fries in a small fryer like basket is a nice touch. My farm raised Salmon with a flash fried mini lobster tail was great. The warm chocolate cake with toasted marsh-mellows (& more) was quite unique and tasty. Pete was our server and his timing was on the spot. Heard lady say the number of good looking tall male waiters was like seeing Magic Mike. I defer that view to the ladies. On tad expensive side (w cocktails) but it is a unique and tasty experience

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved the old Chophouse but this new concept is a pleasant surprise. Grilled prawns and duck were wonderful. My husband loved the scallops too. We’ll be back.

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Chophouse. Didn't mind waiting longer for good food. This new menu seems to make for better service. Service was great food was outstanding. Nothing like this exists close by.

SB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both nearly flawless. Would definitely return to try other items on the menu.

a
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu, eye pleasing presentation, good quality food, attentive service.

G
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was expensive and small portions. Took long time to receive meal.

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Especially enjoyed the beet salad and salmon. Charcuterie was on point as well.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Not happy with the changes. The past chef was willing to make substitutions and worked with dietary restrictions. The new chef will make no substitutions and there is no deviation from the SET menu. Two of the dishes at our table were heavily seasoned with pepper, so much so it was not enjoyable. All of the desserts had gluten. No other options....I asked for a small bowl of berries and was told the only berries they had we're for the dishes on the menu. There were no other gluten free options available for a nice little treat to finish off dinner. I found the inflexibility very off putting. We had Pascal's Chophouse on our regular rotation of restaurants we frequented....probably a couple times a month, sometimes more. We won't be returning...Not what we're looking for anymore. Good Luck to the new executive chef. I hope he finds the clientele he's cooking for.

m
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Good but Not great. Very limited menu, super empty the night we went and the bartender was our waiter too.