The Nickel Taphouse

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695 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American restaurant with an emphasis on locally farmed oysters, served on the half shell and roasted, along with wild gulf shrimp and sustainable seafood. We also serve locally grass fed beef and poultry. Our beverage menu is features 32 craft brews on tap, an extensive selection of craft spirits and cocktails, and a diverse wine list with 14 wines by the glass.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Burgers, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: Dinner 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm,
Friday: Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm,
Saturday: Brunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner 4:00 pm- 11:00 pm
Sunday: Brunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(443) 869-6240
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Mahon
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Catering
If you are interested in having a small or large group dining event, our chef and knowledgeable staff would be delighted to assist you in creating the perfect event. We can accomodate groups of 10 to 150 guests. Please contact Robbin Haas at 305-790-7636, or robbinhaas2@gmail.com
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Cross street
Newbury Street
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Parking details
Off street parking and Valet
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Public transit
Light Rail- Mount Washington
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Wish noise level was lower, service faster, food better. Overall disappointing this time

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J
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully delicious salmon and soft crab dinners. Excellent presentation. Kale salad was picture perfect. Efficient, congenial hostess and waitress!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Limited menu. Would have liked more options. Was hoping for a selection of Belgian or Belgian styled beers.

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We miss you!!!

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LB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious with excellent service. Food is beautifully presented.

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f
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to hangout with friends, in large part due to both physical quality and amazing beer list. Truly has a neighborhood feel. I've been there a number of times this summer and will definitely be back.

The only thing I"d recommend, if possible, is an expanded menu. It's solid, but could use even more choices -- especially for vegetarians. Still, they do very well with what they have.

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F
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Been to Nickel countless times and love the burgers and apps, but the kitchen always messes up one or more items. The bacon on my cheeseburger was just a cut of fat so we asked for a new piece and they brought it. No nickel sauce on the cheeseburger, so they brought it. Key lime pie was not good, so they offered ice cream but were out of the flavor we asked for. So no dessert. Servers tried to help and didn't charge us for the pie but they took soooooo long to do everything. Painful. It's just not worth it.

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WW
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The beer menu is top notch.Also good for wine and spirits.I’ve always thought that the food is overpriced, given it’s slightly-better-than-mediocre quality.

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R
Baltimore
83 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice meal and nice atmosphere.

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ES
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Great selection of beers. Unfortunately, those of us who ordered rare burgers were served burgers that were closer to medium.

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W
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly attentive service. Fun beer and wine choices. Love the wedge salad, yummy fries and soft shell crab sandwich. If you have room; desserts are sweet, yummy and more than enough to share!

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JB
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Only problem was we were served the smallest soft shell crabs I have ever seen. Really outrageous for $30 !!!

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SD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and beer was outstanding, the atmosphere was friendly and warm, and our server was helpful and gave us just the right amount of attention. We will be back! The soft-shell crabs were particularly delicious!

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food and ambiance was excellent. Great service, will definitely be back again.

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LG
Baltimore
64 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. One of our regular hang outs. Great service, always willing to ensure we are satisfied. Can’t go wrong with any oyster chosen. Always fresh. I am never disappointed.

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DS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food. Everything is made in-house. Service was great. I really liked the simple decor, especially in a world of cute places with mediocre food. It was nice to have good food in a relaxed environment.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I think more gluten free options would be great!

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BC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my second time at this restaurant and overall the experience was good. I went to the bar to wait for my party and it took a while for a bartender to even be at the bar let alone get service which was disappointing. However, the cocktails and appetizers made up for the initial lackluster impression. For dinner, the food was great and the service was excellent. The music was a bit loud for a mostly empty restaurant on a Monday night during a massive rain storm which made conversation a bit challenging. I would go again especially for happy hour which looked excellent.

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MH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

Second visit, disappointed. Menu limited, food not up to par. Not planning on returning

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a loyalty card and intended to use the $20 that was already on it. With previous visits the server has asked if we wanted to use the credit before the transaction was processed but this server didn’t ask and then told us the transaction couldn’t be canceled therefore we couldn’t use any of our credit towards that night’s meals. What made it especially unfortunate is that we were celebrating and went to one of your restaurants with the intention of using our credit to save some money since we’re both on a budget so we were very disappointed when it turned out that we would not be able to so. Eating out is a luxury for us and something we really enjoy but that experience put a damper on our night.

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MB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

It was very hot in Baltimore so I knew it would be a little warmer than normal but I was very, very hot.

I got a crab cake sandwich. It was so bad I couldn’t eat half of it. $17 for a small-ish crab cake was bad enough but for inedible - ridiculous. The bun was slathered with tartar sauce. Never in my life have I gotten a crab cake with tartar sauce already on the bun. It’s always on the side. The reason it was on the bun already was because the crab cake was all filler and tasteless. The menu said it came with cole slaw and pickles. The pickles were tasty but I got 2 chips - 1 dime sized and 1 quarter sized. Hardly seemed worthy of mentioning on the menu. It’s like saying the oysters came with lemons.

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KI
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the oysters....,.the rustic decor . Staff was welcoming

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is always friendly, and the food always great. Worth it every time.

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MW
Baltimore
50 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great beer selection, cocktail (cosmo for wife) was great, soft-shells were superb and totally creative on a bed of grilled broccolini and bbq'd black-eyed peas. Excellent and fresh salads.

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MM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful get together with a few friends. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable. May end up making it our go to spot for our regular gatherings!

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PF
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wasn't my first time and I wasn't disappointed. We wanted something slightly above bar food in a friendly casual atmosphere where we could hear each other. I would go back any time.

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k
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was mediocre at best. We waited for over 30 mins for roasted oysters which lacked flavor. Then about an hour longer for our dinner. We dont mind waiting... at all. As long as the food is amazing and the drinks keep coming, no biggie. But while our waiter was very attentive, we waited 15-20 mins for each round of drinks, my pork chop dinner tasted like a lousy blue apron meal and my husbands crab cake sandwich came on a very dry caraway seed bun. Not good. Shocked this place is owned by the same people as birrotecca.

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

Amazing as always...especially the Brussel sprouts.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is amazing!! Vibe is great for couples and kids. Service is laid back and excellent. Biscuits are a must!!

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JH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food... I ordered the 10oz Works burger and was silly enough to try to eat the whole thing. So much food, I should have taken half of it home! But exceptionally tasty and interesting. Good drinks list also.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and was unusually bad this visit and it took about 35-40 minutes for a burger, kids pasta and mussels to come out. Waitstaff was nice, but the wait was way too long for food that wasn’t up to par. Hoping they correct this soon as we love this neighborhood joint.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. We will be back.

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s
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Only one server, she did her best, however I had to go up and get a glass of wine as a 16 top came in right before us.
Management was kinda slow to help her.
She did the best she could. Another 6 people there beside my 2 top and the 26

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r
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the salmon pastrami and it was innovative and tasty. The beer is always good as are the oysters.

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We wanted to love this place but instead we were very disappointed. The menu was very limited and the entrees were not that good. The roast beef in the French dip was tough, the gnocchi pasta was very dense (only pasta dish on the menu) and there was no chicken on the menu. Salad was a bunch of large leaves on a plate with a few nuts and veggies on the side. We won’t be back.

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C
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Meal took a long time to come out and was over slightly cooked. First menu selection for meal and wine was no longer available (salmon,wine)

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C
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Oysters were great, as always. Would love to have two oyster forks. They always bring one. Kale salad was a delicious stand out. Server very slow but got the job done. A little more attention would have worked wonders when it ends up being $100 for two but I keep coming back.

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SL
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely cool vibe and excellent food with a twist to go with!

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V
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Pro - Food taste & ambience

Con - Price for food portion were terrible. $15 sandwich was super small, the larger was $18, and didn’t include fries. Fries were 6.50. So if you want both you are at 21.50-24.50. NOT even close to worth it. Plus our waiter tried to upsale at least 3-items per meal. If I said yes, my meal would have been an easy 30+ for BAR food def strike 1.

Our waiter was very friendly, but.. I told him I didn’t like skinny fries, and he said they are deffinilty not skinny, but when they came out they looked like tooth picks. Lie 1 & strike 2.

Never brought a beer. This could happen anywhere, I’ll say foul ball.

Strik 3, make sure you have time. The service was sloooow.

All and all, I’m going with 3-stars. This place could easily be so much better. A good start would be to ditch the coleslaw & give people fries at the same cost.

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h
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We returned to Nickel Taphouse after staying away for quite a while as the noise level was so unpleasant. Whatever you installed to help absorb ambient noise is brilliant! We sat in a booth towards the back and were really very pleased with the change. I

We will continue to enjoy casual weekday dinners here and when our family visits from New York your roast beef sandwiches are always a must!

BTW: Our waiter was terrific! Took very good care of us with out being intrusive.

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