The Library

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$30 and under
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American
At The Library, the familiar aroma of coffee, the promise of a delicious meal, and the anticipation of friendly buzz will offer a reprieve from the daily chaos. It is where the community as a whole comes to refill their cup, both proverbially and, often, quite literally. You will find dining options both inside and outside, as well as at the bar. For walk-up service, our pastry counter offers coffee, tea and pastries throughout the day. We look forward to serving the community, visitors, and hospital staff alike.
George Peabody believed in the power and importance of education in the lives of others; one of his many legacies is The George Peabody Library, built in 1957 in Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins was inspired by his close friend George Peabody to use his great wealth for the public good. The collaboration between these men and the institutions they created is the inspiration for our restaurant, located in the Research & Education Building at the Johns Hopkins All Childr

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Half-Priced Bottles of Wine

Half-Priced Bottles of Wine up to $85, every Tuesday.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 21, 2019

Ends: March 22, 2118

Availability: Tue 8:00AM-10:00PM

What 589 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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GT
Atlanta
53 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our table for two nestled in a nook of the restaurant. Our filets and side dishes were delicious. Can’t wait to return to this unexpected gem located in a hospital complex!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Nice!

C
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a stunning place to have a meal! The decor is incredibly charming and the food is delicious! I'll definitely be adding this to my list of favorites!

V
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there not knowing what to expect. We had a great experience. Staff was friendly and courteous. Food was pricy but well worth it.

s
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow! Not a cheap experience yet a wonderful and delicious experience! You need to try this wonderful addition to St Petersburg.

S
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome!! A friend and I met here for dinner. The ambiance was beautiful and the food was outstanding! I love the character of the library and just sitting and eating in a library was fun experience!! Will be back for sure!

MF
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great and so was the food!! Will be back!

PS
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Not a huge menu but everything we had was so good. Could tell it was prepared to order. I have never had such a moist piece of chicken and my husband loved the halibut, especially that it was a bit spicy.

Loved the decor with all the books.

Glad we knew ahead of time was in the same building as one of the hospital building or we probably would have missed it.

We will be back for sure.

SP
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been there several times in the food is always delicious and the service is great. The music was just a little loud last night. Was hard to have conversation. I told the bartender but he seemed to just fluff off and say that's how it always is.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the food but they should not charge for the bread. It is a turn off.

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our only regret is that we didn’t find this place sooner!

A
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! It was great to find a local restaurant we have not been to yet. Everything was delicious, the portions were generous, and the service was great. The only rather strange thing is knowing that you are eating in a hospital. I literally walked past some kind of machine to get to the bathroom. Setting that aside, it is an amazing restaurant and we will definitely be back!

i
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is an excellent place for a quiet lunch. The food was very good and the menu was quite extensive. The service was prompt and efficient but not intrusive.

We had a little difficulty finding the place as it is located in a hospital complex. Street parking is limited and metered but valet parking is complimentary with validation.

We really enjoyed our lunch and will make it a point to eat here the next time we are in the area.

s
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was very nice. All staff at the top of their game. Very efficient. Food and beverages great.

W
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the Spinach salad...delicious! Dressing was nice and light...great choice. Also, the flatbread was outstanding! Bloody Mary was so good! Servicer was wonderful and attentive as the restaurant was busy for lunch. Can't wait to go back to try more luncheon items.

MR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Fresh takes on standards. ❤️

E
Tampa
163 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed The Library but it was very noisy and hard to talk given that noise. Two suggestions: play softer kinds of music, more softly. Also please increase your vegan offerings. Thanks!

NM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Jill, made the occasion even more special. Jill made thoughtful and consultative recommendations on food and drinks and my boyfriend and I were pleased. Also, Happy Birthday to her! I will be returning to The Library for dinner soon.

DM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and loved it! Incredible atmosphere and decor, food was delicious and with generous portions. Every employee we interacted w was wonderful esp our server. Already planned our next visit back before we left. Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hidden gem!!

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B
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great spot inside a "library." Good food and service.

EM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Library was a fabulous place for brunch. Affordable, beautiful indoors, and great service. Most importantly, delicious food! Definitely go to this place for brunch if you're in town.

OT
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tables too small. Made reservation for 5 and all they have is table for 4 with chair at one end

JW
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. The food was great, there was a nice selection of wine. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Overall the nicest dining experience in a long time in Tampa Bay. Loved it.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Little bit pricey, and if you are not a seafood fan, not a lot of options.

KG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great. Love this place.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Service was impeccable and the space is gorgeous. Unfortunately the food was awful. Everything was overcooked and it definitely was the b team in the kitchen. They should have just closed on Jan 1 instead of opening with a sub par cooking team. So disappointing. Even sent one entree back to be redone and was just as bad the second time.

HS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to have a good brunch, enjoyed the ambiance and the food was delicious. The drinks are on point as well

RD
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

The staff was remarkably attentive and the food was delicious. Can’t say more than awesome about this place.

KR
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant was very nice as well as the service. However, they were out of 3 items that we ordered. i also heard this complaint from other patrons while i was in the restroom. The sides and wine selections could also be more varied.

WB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to many established restaurants for New Year's Eve and more often than not, it's not a good experience. Sometimes they overbook to fit more people in and the service is terrible. Other times it's a fixed menu and none of it is particularly good or memorable. The Library got this just right - we arrived a bit early and we were seated at our appointed reservation time. Our waiter (Jason? Justin?) was outstanding - very attentive, yet not cloying. He was quite busy with other tables but we never felt slighted. But the highlight was the food. It was their regular menu, but everything was just excellent. The grilled oysters were tasty and the breads that came with them were nicely charred. My partner got the New York Strip and I got the Filet Mignon - we both agreed that our meals were as good or better than many established steak places. Overall, just a very solid experience. Cudos!

HP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have only dined at The Library twice but have been very pleased with the experience both times. Our first meal there was for lunch and both the food and service were excellent. We returned a week later with some friends for Dinner on New Year’s Eve and again had a very fine meal with excellent service. The noise level is a bit higher than the name might imply but it is quite tolerable. The menu is very creative and the portions adequate. The valet parking is a very nice plus, particularly at night.

AC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our New Years Eve dinner at The Library was excellent!!! I really love this place and the staff is very nice and friendly.
The food is absolutely amazing!!!
I just wish they had more round tables like the few along the wall that are more intimate for two. It's such a good dining experience, but it is a bit noisy.

Cheers!! See you in 2020!!

RB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Excellent atmosphere. Service was adequate but nothing special. The halibut was overcooked so was dry. The scallops were good but the grits were luke warm. We asked to have them reheated and they were returned just as they had originally arrived luke warm. We really wanted to like this restaurant but were disappointed. It may be worth another try. Maybe it was just a bad night???

JL
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to eat at the Library
I never had a bad meal yet.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

UF
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and tasty food! Unique restaurant.

MI
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a fun and unique atmosphere.

SW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great coffeehouse and small cafe ambience, service and food. Wish they had French Press like Oxford Exchange.