Chez Hugo

4.5
74 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Bonjour! Located in downtown Baltimore, Chez Hugo is a seasonally inspired, farm-driven French bistro featuring a contemporary approach to the traditional countryside cuisine of Chef Steve Monnier. Whether joining us for a casual absinthe at the bar, dining with us near our open kitchen, or at one of our special tasting menu events, we strive to extend a sincere, family-driven sense of hospitality to our guests and to share our passion for the French culinary traditions, using the freshest ingredients from our farmers and purveyors.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Bistro, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(443) 438-3002
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Steve Monnier
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Private party facilities
Chez Hugo has a private dining space that seats up to 12 people; ideal for small family dinners and business lunches.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Calvert Street
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Parking details
For our guests that wish to avoid street parking, we provide complimentary self-parking during our dinner service through a partnership with Arrow Parking garage located at 204 E. Lombard Street Baltimore, MD 21202. For more details about this parking option, please call us at (443) 438-3002.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

The family at Chez Hugo is pleased to open its doors this Thanksgiving from 2pm-7pm for a special holiday prix fixe menu featuring our favorite Thanksgiving dishes served family style (full menu not available). For more information about this experience, please contact the restaurant directly.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 74 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an enjoyable experience! Ashley was incredible!! Food was delicious service perfect ! Will be back many times !!

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LB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Keeping in mind that it was in the city, I thought it was very expensive for what we got. The food was good. Small portions. The service was friendly and attentive.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Steve Monnier offers classic bistro fare in addition to a tasting menu on Wednesday and Thursday evenings that is adventurous and fun. Chef Steve is a master in the kitchen and i have always had fantastic meals at his restaurants. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved, loved, loved this restaurant. Worth the drive from DC!

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FL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French food, one of Baltimore's best restaurants.

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OT
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Steve Monnier has created a nice spot for lunch or dinner, in a nice building downtown. The food is creative and good and the service was very nice. Clearly a great lunch place or a pre-theatre outing. Definitely will return.

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N
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early dinner for us. Happy hour was hopping but restaurant was quiet. Enjoyed several of the appitizers and seasonal fare. Our table was by the open kitchen. We enjoyed watching the chef prepare our food. Our server said they had only been open 9 months. Baltimore need to find this gem in the city. Great wine selection.

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BH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service from the Maitre D and waitress. Food was outstanding, freshly prepared and hot. Seasonings were appropriate and not overwhelming and portions were generous.
Summary- Great Restaurant!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely time, great food and very nice staff.

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DB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. The service is always friendly and attentive and the food is terrific

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PM
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The fixed price soup and sandwich was good, although the squash soup a little too heavy on the salt, but it was on the high side price wise.

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BP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

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b
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this place is well worth the money. the food was delicious and i wish i could've stayed longer to come back to try something new. the food and wine were delicious, i will be coming back for more next off season!

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London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service

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KA
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

And they got us to the theatre in time! Loved it. Always do.

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MS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Really disappointed after hearing nice things from a friend. Out of popular dishes at 7:45PM. Food we had was oversauced and underseasoned. And service was pleasant but not competent.
Will not be back.

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go here! Such an underrated gem. I've been here twice and all the food I've eaten and wine I've drank has been top quality. Really beautiful french bistro atmosphere too.

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TC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Foie gras was great. Dinner menu wasn’t that great. Got the mushroom ravioli because, frankly, it looked like the best option if I didn’t want to share a plate. That main course was ok, but just ok. Dessert menu looked fine except you have limited choices if you have a nut allergy. Was a bit shocked and disappointed with dinner because I have gone there a few times for lunch and had a good meal each time.

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SG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and overall experience was spectacular. The seating was in direct view of the talented chefs preparing our meals which was wonderful. Every thing from the appetizers to the dessert and coffee were as fresh as possible and beyond expectation. Seriously, the best foie gras I have ever had!

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B
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A French bistro, done right. The place is cozy and welcoming, with nice finishes and an open kitchen. Service is knowing and helpful. Like all bistros, the menu is a bit limited, but what they have is very good. The kitchen is a bit uneven; steak was over cooked and duck was under cooked. But the meal was all in all very good. We will go back.

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G
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way, and I'm a foodie. Try the celery root pasta. Celeriac Carbonara. Unique and incredible.

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m
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just go! Great experience all around.

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KA
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Hugo may be the best French bistro in town! I've been there multiple times and I have been thrilled every time.  My son is a chef, so I have very high standards. This place has it all ... knowledgeable, talented chef (and the entire kitchen team!); the wait staff and bartender are knowledgeable and helpful; the hostess is welcoming. Love this place!

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WJ
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in from the rain storm to our departure, we were treated as welcome friends enjoying a delicious, unhurried meal in a lovely setting. Our food was excellent, particularly the potato leek soup, the fresh green salad, and braised lamb main course. Our table faced the kitchen where we could see the multiple chefs and sous-chefs making plates for us and other customers. All-in-all a wonderful way to celebrate a wedding anniversary.

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P
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to celebrate two birthdays. It was a very rainy evening, and the restaurant is a little off main drag in Baltimore, but we found it without any trouble. We thought the complementary parking garage was next door, but couldn't find it easily. We had to circle back through one way streets to get to Chez Hugo and then did street parking. When we entered, the hostess told us the parking was a couple of blocks away and it was raining cats and dogs, so that wasn't very helpful
The drinks and the food were well prepared, very tasty. The potato leek soup and escargots for first course were great. Everyone's main course was well prepared. The braised lamb was so tender and flavorful, the duck confit and sausage was great and the steak frites was very authentic. Desserts were great. Paris Brest, apple tart and marshmallow dessert were good.

Overall it's a lovely space with thoughtfully prepared bistro food. It is a bit pricey however. We were there on a rainy weeknight, and it was not at all crowded. I hope that it's busier and that this restaurant will be a successful venture. Chez Hugo is a great addition to the Baltimore Restaurant scene.

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LB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the better restaurants in Baltimore. Excellent halibut and creative cocktails.

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b
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal on Saturday night. The food and service were equally exceptional. I had the cassoulet which was rich in flavor and plated with skill. If you are looking for a French bistro, I would definitely recommend Chez Hugo.

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PD
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were terrific....the noise level made it impossible for us to stay for dessert!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Having written reviews for Open Table for many years, this is the first time we feel compelled to write a negative one.
Sadly. we hoped that Chez Hugo would be a positive experience and it was not.
The wine and liquor pours were very skimpy - smaller than we can remember in a restaurant. My husband ordered a Great Goose on the rocks and it had very little vodka in the glass. He then ordered a Grey Goose neat to add to the glass and it appeared to be less than 1/2 inching in the bottom of the glass.
We thought the bottle of wine markups were outrageous. 2015 Brewer Clifton Santa Rita Chardonnay was listed at $137/bottle. We buy the wine for $25.00 per bottle and checked this wine and two others online while having dinner to find similar huge mark ups. The Brewer Clifton was marked up 4448%! When we asked the server about the size of the pours, he said that it was what it is. When we asked him about the wine markups he said that they came from a former wine manager.
As for the food, the escargots were exceptional. The halibut was small in portion and luke warm. We did not stay for desert because the two courses ordered took 3 hours to get tot the table and eat. That is 1 1/2 hours per course.
Service was obviously poor. The pace of the meal was slow on a night that the restaurant was at least 2/3 empty when we arrived and maybe 1/3 or more empty when we departed. The server was not attentive and has to be reminded of things we ordered - both drinks and dinner.
Unfortunately, Chez Hugo has a very long way to improve to survive in a city with many good alternatives.

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

I've eaten lunch twice at Chez Hugo and dinner once and enjoyed each meal. No disappointments. All of the food, from salad to bread to main dish to dessert, is outstanding. French bistro, fresh, local, delicious. Service was great, the wine list was comprehensive, the seating very comfortable, and the atmosphere excellent. You can actually have a good conversation and relaxed and excellent meal here. It is worth the one block walk from the inner harbor to enjoy such a good restaurant.

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

Absolutely delicious. The best meal I’ve had in a long time.

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A
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The French onion soup escargot and dessert were amazing as well as the service. The duck and steak frites were below average. They served us undercooked soggy fries and it appeared as if they realized it but still served food anyway. Saw a chicken dish go by for which I may go back and get.

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SS
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good place to go. Excellent service, excellent wine list. Food was fantastic, from the apps to the entrees to dessert. It was a treat to watch the kitchen in action preparing. Haven't tried the bar, but next time may arrive early to check it out.

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food paired with wonderful service and decor made for a lovely evening!

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j
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent traditional French food, top notch service, very good wine list.

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French Bistro! Excellent food! Excellent service! Highly recommended!

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

This was our first visit to Chez Hugo but not our last. The food was incredible!

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H
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Utterly amazing. A true gem and one of my favourite meals (dare I say in the top 3?) in Baltimore over the past four years.

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a
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Chez Hugo. And what a good one! The food was superb, and the service excellent, and the architectural surrounds very interesting.
My only disappointment was that the melon and ham I ordered for an appetizer was so tiny. Two miniscule slices of cantalope with a few very small squares of ham. Delicious but diminutive.. My companions all had lovely salads. ...all said they were delicious. My main dish was so good that it made up for the slight disappointment over the appetizer. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The first part our experience was not the restaurant’s fault. We parked on Redwood and went past a trash strew alley crawling with rats. We sat down in a well appointed area and then told they only had enough Grey Goose for one martini when 2 were ordered. We ordered dinner and it took nearly 45 minutes to be served. My gazpacho was very good and exceptionally small portion followed by the fish which was a small portion, but was just warm ( probably sitting for 15 minutes).
Um... no grey goose, slow service, small portions. At least I didn’t over eat

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