Sammy's Enoteca

4.2
101 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Rustic Italian Enoteca " Food and Wine/Full Bar, Open kitchen, spacious bar, Authentic Regional Italian cuisine Daily Homemade Pastas and Happy Hours highlighting different Wineries and Regions throughout the country. Small Plates and Traditional Family Style Dining"
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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Kitchen close to early reservation was at 9 kitchen close at 9. How that work?

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is quite good. It is too bad they cannot grow an audience.
I hope it can survive.

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S
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was excellent. Food good, not great. Surprisingly empty for a Saturday night. The family style dining is probably the best option, but we weren’t that large a group.

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B
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

One of the worst experiences I have had at restaurant. It was almost completely empty and yet the waitress rushed us at every opportunity. She asked us what we wanted to order 4 times in less than five minutes. The food was mediocre and the service was terrible.

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RT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, a varied menu and delicious food. The atmosphere is perfect for two, or twenty. We love Sammy's.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were excited about going here as we haven’t been out in a while and the reviews on help were very promising. When we arrived we were seated immediately but it was very loud and we could barely hear each other. We were able to order drinks and they came quickly but when we ordered a Charcuterie plate and Arancini, it took almost a half hour to get our appetizers and it wasn’t that busy. Once we got our appetizers we ordered our meals, which we couldn’t order what we originally wanted as they had apparently run out of meatballs, it took about another 30-45 minutes to get our meal. As we were waiting we noticed that the chef in the open kitchen was picking food out of the pots and pans with his fingers and eating it and then picking his teeth. This really bothered us and we decided to cancel our order and end our night here. It is disappointing and alarming that such a thing would happen in an open kitchen, let alone any kitchen. It was also alarming that when ordering chicken or veal parm, all you received was chicken or veal with sauce and some cheese, no pasta or added side unless you paid 4+ dollars on top of the 17+ dollar piece of chicken. Unfortunately, we won’t be back.

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T
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time back since they opened and it was delicious! We love Sammy’s in Mt Vernon and would frequent often when we lived within walking distance because of the wonderfully authentic Italian food. I’m pleased to say this location was just as good!

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s
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious for sure. There were only two waitresses for the whole restaurant, definitely not enough. Also it was a little pricy for a casual dining spot.

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DK
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your exterior has no presence. It is hard to find your restaurant, dull grey, confusing doors. You need a brighter paint color on the front, a bigger sign & some white lights? How about tables outside & plants?

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JH
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I hope this was an off night for this restaurant.
We had a party of 8, and EVERYONE thought their food was over salted. Really salty. Several dishes were also heavy on the garlic. Garlic bread was burnt
Only highlights were the salads.
Considering how long it took to get our entrees, we did not want to wait for them to be remade.
Service was ok, but would not recommend this restaurant

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SD
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The squid ink scallop pasta and tuna carpaccio are to DIE for!!

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M
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing food and great ambiance! I would for sure recommend to a friend!

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DS
Tampa
106 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the pastas are great. They them all!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Really disappointed, especially after seeing all the 4- and 5-Star reviews. We had reservations for a party of 12. Upon arrival the table wasn’t ready; had to put tables together. The restaurant was not full - not even close. Food took a looooong time to come out. It was 40+ minutes for appetizers and over an hour for our entrees. When we said something, there was no sympathy for our wait - just, "Oh it's coming out." Service was mediocre at best. Had to request beverage refills, and with an open kitchen we could see the cooks working without a sense of urgency. Food was decent. I wouldn't come back, nor would I recommend it.

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Will definitely be back for date night!

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DS
Tampa
106 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service yet, quiet. People are missing something great here.

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D
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We found Sammy’s on Open Table for dinner on Monday night at 6:30pm. It was surprising to me that no one was in the restaurant other than the bartender and cook. We still decided to give it a try. The interior was nice and it was very clean. We were given some grilled bread with oil and Parmesan while we looked at the menu. About 5 minutes into our visit, the power went out on the whole block. They said they could still cook but couldn’t take credit cards. Luckily we had enough cash for our private dinner. We started with the Jimmy salad and burratta caprese salad. Both were good. Then veal Parmesan ( so fresh we could hear him pounding it before cooking it) and risotto with pesto and wild mushrooms. I’ve never had this experience, but it was delicious and I’m glad we went there.

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RM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The chicken with lemon sauce and capers was fantastic!

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Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

2 people working. 1 bartender, 1 cook.
15 customers
Food took 90 minutes.
Just a poorly sceduled night by restaurant owner. Wont go back.

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NB
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! We went for dinner on a Saturday night with friends and ordered the family style meal. There was so much food it was amazing and every single course was delicious. We started with appetizers- including a meat and cheese platter and the most tasty mussels ever. This was followed by salad and then two pasta dishes. We especially enjoyed the squid ink pasta with scallops and roasted corn. After this we enjoyed two meat entrees (chicken and veal) and then homemade dessert. The wine selection was also wonderful and we enjoyed Italian Red wine with our dinner. In addition to the outstanding food, was the ambiance and server. Sally was so accommodating and friendly, in fact, we made a reservation to come back next month for our daughter's birthday. You will NOT regret visiting Sammy's Enoteca.

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AH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Hit or miss on the entrees, love letters were great but my dinner partner dish was over cooked and the pasta was rubbery. Service would improve with more staff , the night we were in only one waitress working

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Interesting, authentic menu, excellent service and well presented appetizers and entrees. Bring your appetite, the portions are large. We will return.

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RS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food. Staff goes above to please the customers. Food has great flavor with touches that add. Prices are very reasonable and portions are very fitting. Highly recommend.

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Baltimore
93 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again - a great meal and evening at Sammy’s. I had the beef carpaccio for starters, then the veal francaise- awesome. Justin, the chef, is an artist. And the staff is warm and friendly. I feel like I’m eating dinner at a friend’s house.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was fantastic, understood that my date and I wanted to enjoy our presence so he came over to check how the food was and give us our drinks. Definitely going to return

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CD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the food very much and also the service is very good. I definitely want to come back.

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BE
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our reservation was apparently not on the books, but luckily there were plenty of tables were available. I was surprised that there were no specials on a Friday night, but the menu was extensive with lots of good choices. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food. However, they were greatly under staffed for a Friday night. Our server was very nice but he had far too many tables to be attentive to each one. I would come back b/c the food was good and it's a great place for a group of people.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible. They had 1 waiter, 3 managers, 0 bartenders and 4 cooks. Dinner took over two hours. Pasta wasn’t homemade. Portions were not that big. No excuse for this especially with so many other Italian restaurants in the area. They certainly know how to ruin a birthday dinner.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to OpenTable discovered this amazing place! Food was amazing as well as service. Everything we tried was utterly delicious! Will come back for sure and recommend to friends.

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Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We came to Enoteca to celebrate an early NYE dinner. We are big fan of Sammy's so we thought that we would give this location a try. The food was superb. Both the Broccoli Rabe with Sausage and Meatball appetizers were great. I think we re-ordered the Meatballs as well. The entrees were tasty and plentiful. The only downside to this place was the service. We had to remind our server of drink orders / re-orders numerous times. Service was horrible overall but it has been much better at Sammy's Trattoria in Mt Washington.

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f
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for Italian in Fell’s Point. Food is excellent and staff is friendly and attentive. Nice informal decor. Definely worth a visit.

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L
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not the best wine list but the food was good.

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BK
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food from a menu with lots of good choices. The atmosphere in this newly-built space is slick-yet-comfortable.

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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a big group with kids. Servers were great! Food was delicious!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place when you have a good company... Great food and service...

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MF
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We (two adults and two kids who are very picky eaters) stopped by for dinner after our Urban Pirates excursion. I was surprised that the restaurant was pretty much empty - even at 6 PM on a Saturday night. The interior decor was beautiful. Although I rated the noise level as "quiet," I would imagine it would be considerably louder if filled with patrons enjoying a meal together.

The food was terrific. The bread was warm and had parmesan cheese on top. It would have been nice to have some olive oil or butter with it. The meatballs were tasty, and the penne with vodka sauce and grilled chicken was one of the best renditions of this meal I have ever eaten. (Although there was a little too much "char" on some of the chicken pieces - which overpowered the vodka sauce.) The boys had essentially spaghetti (I got to eat their meatballs since they just wanted plain spaghetti - look who's winning now!).

Despite being almost empty, the service was a little slower than I expected. And, the little things were missing. If you bring iced tea, either bring the sweeteners or ask if the guest needs them. It took a little longer than I expected to receive the check.

If anything, the only recommendation I have would be to offer a kid's menu - or at least some basic foods that kids would eat. (Spaghetti without meatballs, plain cheese pizza, etc.)

I will gladly return - minus the kiddos - the next time I am in the area.

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f
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always. Prices are reasonable for food and wine.
Very noisy as always. They need to address the notice problem.

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IE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Although the food was very good when it finally came out, the service on the evening we went was very poor. I have to commend the server for the effort he put in, but the staffing was not adequate for the amount of people on a Saturday evening. When we first arrived there appeared to be one server, one bar tender, one two people in the kitchen. An additional server was noticed towards the end of the meal. Since you can see the kitchen you could tell that each meal was essentially cooked one by one to order. I was impressed that given the way the food was cooked no one in my party complained of cold food.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Go to Sammy's Trattoria instead. Food was average. Service was fair to poor.

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W
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great pricing and excellent food and wine. Had a great experience and will be back. Looking forward to having a group gathering of friends here!!

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