Rye Street Tavern

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Rye Street Tavern is Chef Andrew Carmellini and NoHo Hospitality Group’s newest American restaurant located in Baltimore’s Port Covington neighborhood, adjacent to the Sagamore Spirit Distillery. Rye Street Tavern is a tribute to Baltimore’s mid-Atlantic roots, and the city’s industrial era that was fueled by neighborhood taverns and Chesapeake comfort cuisine. Chef Carmellini’s menu features locally-grown ingredients, farm-raised meats including his famous fried chicken, sustainable seafood and raw bar, and plenty of Maryland crab. Rye Street Tavern proudly specializes in serving American spirits, craft beers and wines, with an emphasis on rye whiskey and Maryland’s distilling heritage.
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CH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I was so excited to bring my partner to Rye Street for his birthday celebration. What a disappointment. As a starter, he ordered broiled oysters- Only 4 oysters, really? I ordered what I thought was deviled eggs with crab. I received 3 half deviled eggs- that is 1 &1/2 egg, and I tasted NO crab. The price wasn't listed and I couldn't believe I paid $15 for 1 and 1/2 egg. My partner ordered the seafood bake as an entree which was tasteless and I ordered shrimp and grits. My entree was delivered incorrectly - I was presented a salmon dish so it had to be returned. The sauce of my shrimp and grits was way over the top in spiciness. It tasted as if a bottle of Tobasco was poured over the top. Even the dessert was ridiculous. I ordered the coconut cream pie. It was cream all right- whipped cream with a sprinkle of candied coconut. What an expensive disappointment. I will not recommend this restaurant nor will I give them a second chance.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside. It was a gorgeous evening. The food was delicious and our server was super friendly and informative. A bit pricey for what the food was, but good none the less.

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for an anniversary dinner. Drinks and dinner were solid. I had the seafood pot and my wife had a delicious fish dish. Desert was was seriously disappointing. The table next to us had the same desert and they were underwhelmed as well.

RK
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a wonderful place to spend a wonderful evening.

Y
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Limited and pricey menu.

FC
Columbus
73 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Nothing special. Great ambiance, the decor and location are fabulous...the food just doesn’t match the look and feel of the restaurant itself. Management was responsive to kitchen failures but work needs to be done on recipes and ultimate execution.

S
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

What a beautiful restaurant and we had a gorgeous night to sit outside! Cocktails were wonderful and the food very good!! We had the fried chicken... yummy buy not amazing . Burgers were delicious as well as the seafood pot. We tried the bone marrow.. the toasted bread to spread in on was amazing!! Expensive dinner but worth the price for a special evening. A little pricey for a casual night out!! The ambiance is wonderful... inside or out!!

KG
Atlantic City
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We Love this place - it always feels like family...

L
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I go once a month for brunch. We sit outside overlooking the water. Our favorite is the breakfast sandwich with potatoes. We also love the yogurt parfait. Everything is great though.

B
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing waitress, delicious food, and outstanding view.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday, so good! Love this place

DP
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great!

VB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a 7:30 reservation for an outside table for 6, but we were not seated until 8:15. We were five minutes later but called in advance to let them know that and they said no problem. But when we arrived we were told by front desk that they had given our table to a group without a reservation who check in right before us. We then were told that it would be about 10 minutes for our table to open up, but that prediction was repeated 3 times. What was most frustrating was that there were multiple outdoor tables for 6 near the lawn that were empty, but they refused to let us sit there for dinner. Apparently there is a rule that when dining outside, you can only use the tables under the awning, not the tables with umbrellas. They either should have bent that rule for us when it became apparent that the folks who were at the table slotted for us had settled in, or offered us a table inside. They did comp us a round of drinks and once we were seated and we had a pretty good meal and great service from our server, but the 45 minute wait was a bummer. The menu has some very pricey items on it so we chose the less expensive items and all but one of our group liked the food. Those of us who had the fried chicken were quite pleased. Outdoor is quiet, but the bar area is much more lively.

o
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Server not that attentive. Food decent.

SS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat in the back bar area and it was hard to hear. Recommend trying not to sit there.

PV
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience. It was our second time there and it didn't disappoint. From making memories out front playing Jenga to an amazing dinner with a great waiter "Todd". We will be back for sure.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good overall experience. Table was pretty close to the others on either side. I could hear the whole conversation the couple next to us was having which made it hard to enjoy the time with my wife on our date night away from the kids. The tables were just too close as least where we were sitting. I did enjoy the oysters as well

JJ
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed meeting customers at RST. Great spot, great food, great service.

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

Really nice setting. Food was good, but would have preferred more menu options.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Got there for a 6:15 reservation made for 6 people. Hostess greeted us but had our reservation for 2 people. Told us to wait while she saw what they could do. Waited at the desk for 15 minutes before chatting again. I was asked how I made the reservation... Told her it was over open table. Received a "sometimes people put the reservations in for the wrong number of people". Odd time to make an excuse instead of an apology, and that got me annoyed. I showed her the 6 person reservation on my phone. Received an "I dont know what happened. You can go wait outside or at the bar while we try to set something up." So we did, for 30 more minutes without a word from a host. One finally came over and told us we'd be seated in 15 minutes. And that did hold true.

After that, food was great, service was a little slow but nothing complaint worthy. All around a good meal. Whiskey at the waterfront was a hit with my group as well.

Noticably absent from the entire night was the word "sorry", or any kind of attempt to make it right via a comped item or something like that. Very disappointed for the first time by Rye Street. Weren't even offered the damn muffins at the end per usual.

L
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect ambiance on a cool summers eve overlooking the water. Mouthwatering cocktails. Make sure to visit Sagamore Pendry before dining at Rye Street Tavern!

EJ
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best outdoor seating in the city! Food is very good

C
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Noise in the bar area. Food and service were pretty good. Hi quality ingredients. Wings could have been more crispy though. Also, the seafood bake takes effort to eat and can be very messy. I do not recommend for a date meal.

AM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I thought it would be and more! Great service, delicious food, very cool ambiance. Would definitely recommend to a friend and will definitely be coming back!

O
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit to Rye Street Tavern. At first glance, the location is well-situated by the water, with plenty of space which is well used. The decor within the restaurant is just as impressive. However, what was not impressive was the lack of geniality from the staff.

As a business owner, I understand the impact of a smile and an authentic welcome, but it seems that the overall feel of the staff was a bit aloof and somber - that is, until our server "Dawiyd" greeted us. He was welcoming, attentive, and knowledgable.

Regarding the food, some items were great (Oysters...although pricier than most places, 'Really nice summer things', Cherokee red tomatoes, Biscuits, etc), and some were not so great (Crab Cobb salad, Shrimp & Grits, etc).

All in all, we can't honestly say that we'd refer others to Rye Street Tavern. However, we might return ourselves, as long as Dawiyd is our server.

EH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A little pricey and portions were small but very tasty. Overall ambience was nice. Take the Sagamore Spirit Distillery tour followed by dinner at the Rye Street Tavern for a delightful evening.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 8; service was terrific. She offered recommendations for appetizers for the group and assisted with the menu.

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

We really enjoyed dining outside on a summer evening and were happy to be able to take advantage of that space as a quieter alternative to inside the restaurant. We enjoyed our food though options for us were limited due to dietary restrictions and gluten cross contamination issues with the grill as well as limited flexibility on the restaurant's part (for example, they would only serve specific sorbet/ice cream flavors as part of desserts that all included pastry portions that we could not eat -- the server offered to ask the kitchen if they would serve the sorbet/ice cream on the side as opposed to on top of the pastry but didn't even seem confident that would be allowed!). As a result of these limitations we ordered/spent less than we would have otherwise and are much less likely to return.

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

We made a reservation and were seated at a hightop in the bar. Not exactly what we were expecting from a reservation with no seating options. Other than that the food and service were great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was good. But very slow bar and kitchen. Put a damper on everything else. The speed was acknowledged a couple times from the server who apologized. But nothing was done about it.

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

Excellent location on the water, prompt professional service. Our server was great.
Food was awesome

JH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply perfect. Chelsea is the best server in Baltimore!

OB
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The service was above par as the resturant, on a Tuesday ?, was packed.
Ability to sample open bottles of wine for entree pairing.
The bright ceilings, concrete floor, and additional bright surfaces made the overall noise extremely loud. We had a great table with a great view, only after refusing a table right next to the front door/reception area. We could actually hear a party 5 seats away which o found odd.

The entree and appetizers, crab special- deviled eggs with crab blend, were fabolous.
It was a great overall experience and would recommend you trying this out. We'll be returning...

F
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrate my birthday here every year because the food is stellar and the atmosphere is amazing! Love this restaurant and it never disappoints!

NE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I really wanted to like this place. The location was great, the outdoor seating area looked really cool. We ended up sitting inside which was just ok because we sat under a vortex of cold air. We had reservations, but it didn't seem packed when we arrived. The waiter was nice, but not very attentive. We had to ask twice to get the table re-leveled. I ordered a drink from the bar and specifically asked that it be "light on the alcohol" - it ended up tasting like cough syrup anyways. On the second try, the bartender filled the drink up with very very tart lemonade. I asked for some simple syrup to try and make this problem go away. Instead of bringing me some, the waiter took my entire glass to the bar and returned it with no difference in the volume of liquid in the glass or taste. So I gave up. Sipped on tap the rest of the night.
Our appetizers were so slow in coming the manager comped them completely. Fast forward another 30 minutes before our entrees arrived. The food was good...just good. Not great. Not memorable. Not anything that would overcome the rest of the evening. So I'm going to say this was a disappointing evening. Would I make the drive across town for a 2nd try? Probably not - especially if I drive by 25 great restaurants downtown on my way here.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best meals and overall dining experiences I have had.

OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The building and outdoor space is beautiful. Server could have been much more efficient. Seemed to be all over the place and the meal took much longer than it should have. The entrees were great, rabbit stew and fried chicken. The cornbread was really dry and not very warm and the crab Louie were good. Overall not a lot of green or veggie options. Lots of fried foods.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. Fish tacos were delicious- would have liked one more as they were small. Definitely would recommend.

BM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere

KR
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good, the only thing that was a issue was the food wasn't as good as the last time we were there.

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