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Water for Chocolate, Baltimore, MD
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Water for Chocolate

4.7
4.7
177 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Water for Chocolate provides an intimate and savory experience with a nod to personal space and service.
Chef Sean Guy and his team prepares creative dishes using seasonal ingredients with the best of intentions.
The result is a fresh, eclectic take on comfort food that elevates the familiar to wow!!
Pairings with "holistic cocktails" such as the house brewed ginger beer and a selected wine portfolio allows for guests to create real dining memories.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

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Other options

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, French, Jamaican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 675-7778

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Sean Guy

  • Catering

    Box lunch options are available for social distance meetings.<br />At home buffet options available for pick-up to accommodate at home small family gatherings.<br />On-premises catering available see Private Events at waterforchocolate.com

  • Private party facilities

    the ideal location for team building, company networking and intimate dinner parties creative dishes supported by holistic cocktails served in an industrial chic space a nod to a forgone service standard peppered with laughter and soft music, illuminated by candlelight.

  • Private party contact

    Carolyn Victorian: (410) 675-7778

  • Neighborhood

    Upper Fells Point

  • Cross street

    Lombard and Wolfe Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking available.Paid parking lot option two blocks away on Wolfe/Fayette Streets.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • dinner prix fixe (four course)

    $59.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    We are excited to share with you and yours this singular culinary experience. Join our very own Chef Sean Guy as he paints outside the lines with bold strokes and flavors. Serving his take on blue collar dishes made with fresh ingredients and presented with flair. A selected wine portfolio, local beers, holistic cocktails and food with personality, all serve to create real memories. Join us.

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What 177 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Great for Brunch

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    American

  • Baltimore

    Best Food

  • Baltimore

    Best Value

  • Baltimore

    Great for Brunch

  • Baltimore

    Fit for Foodies

  • Baltimore

    Healthy

  • Baltimore

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The place is small one server one chef. So plan to wait. We had to sit in the corner bench while waiting for our other guests. We already had a credit card on file so it was off putting. The brunch menu was limited but decent. Appetizers came after entree drink after food. Not bad not amazing
  2. AC

    ArtkinaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Loved the very intimate setting. Almost feels like you have a personal chef cooking for you!
  3. FI

    FoodIsFun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Water for Chocolate is a unique experience-- a chill atmosphere with stellar artwork and great music adds flair to dishes so skillfully crafted by Chef Sean -- a fusion of southern comfort, sexy vegetables, surprise flavors and unique touches creates that "O. (pause) M. (pause) G. (scream!) moment. The vibe, the portions, the flavors -- all are generous and joyful.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A transformative experience. Fabulous food and wonderfully intimate.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best!!! They got it right! Sadè was playing in the background all night! The food was amazing, flavorful, and so comforting. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about every item & attentive to every need we had. 5 stars isn’t enough! We will be back for the brunch! Thank you for making a welcoming space for everyone.
  6. a

    andy

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience and food were great: a beautiful evening.
  7. AK

    AnitaK

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Lovely small restaurant, good food. Perfect "date spot." For brunch we had the duck poutine, French toast, Parmesan-spinach dip--all excellent. The crab quesadillas sounded wonderful, but really needed a crisp outer shell to make it memorable.
  8. K

    Kherin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is a foodie delight. My favorite dishes are: Shrimp and Grits, the Salmon Tacos and topped off with a French 75. This is my go-to brunch place.
  9. P

    Prime

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Water For Chocolate was really good. Very nice quaint place to go and just enjoy the smells of the preparation of your meal in the open kitchen that feels like it's a part of the dining area. The food was really good. I tried both versions of the shrimp and grits and the dope juice was a great compliment to wash it down.
  10. BD

    BmoreDineDiva1

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    Chef got upset because I asked for fresh grits. They were cold hard and I could pick up the entire mold of grits from my plate with the fork Dry, stiff, cold. Cornbread was cold but the only thing I could eat when it didn't crumble off the fork. That was okay. I didn't take photos because presentation was not worth the space on my phone. I thought chef was going to make me a new plate of fresh creamy grits. Instead he told the waiter to take the order off the check. He came and took my plate off the table himself. He was not pleasant and didn't try to redeem himself. 2 other people sent their food back and they didn't order the BBQ shrimp n grits. My brother ate 1/3 of his omlette. The potatoes that came with his order were smashed and they were a mixture of baby red, Yukon gold and purple potatoes. I knew what it was but my brother didn't.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a good time. The food was great. We will be returning soon!
  12. j

    jeffk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, great service, and especially great if you’re looking for a datespot.
  13. C

    Candilu

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a fairly small space with an equally small staff, yet you never wait too long to get seated or for your food to arrive. Each dish is plated with care - I almost hated to disrupt the tower of veggies piled atop the sweet potato polenta - to really give it that elevated soul food vibe. I only wish it was easier to park in the area - if not for lucking into a spot out front, our options were to walk from blocks away where you still have to deal with residential permit zones.
  14. MS

    MrsStokes

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met a high school classmate here. Perfect place to catch up over great food. Service was top tier. We didn’t feel rushed. Each plate looked beautiful and tasted delicious. Will definitely return.
  15. GM

    GenoaM

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is about the best meal we have enjoyed in a long time, Sean has such a creative eye for flavors and genres of food.
  16. M

    Mmag

    Baltimore

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    My husband, son and I dined here to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We were excited to try this place after reading the reviews. All was well with the first two courses. For my main entree, I ordered the chipotle maple salmon with cilantro rice which sounded like such a nice combination of flavors. When it arrived the salmon had what seemed like a barbecue sauce on it but it did not taste like Chipotle or maple but whatever...I let that go. However I noticed that it was served with plain white rice, not Cilantro rice despite how it was described on the menu. I figured it was an oversight so I called the waiter over thinking maybe he could just bring some cilantro to the table. He said, Oh, I’m sorry that happened” but didn’t offer to make it right in any way. He could have brought some cilantro or provided a choice for a replacement side dish but he did not. He then walked away so quickly that I didn’t even have a chance to ask him for one. I understand that mishaps are bound to occur in any restaurant but I also believe that it’s in the restaurant’s responsibility to to find a way to make up for them in every way possible. In this case, that did not happen at all. Also, in my reservation I specified that we were celebrating a birthday but there was no acknowledgement of this at all. Overall, the food was good but I wouldn’t say that it was amazing.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about Water for Chocolate. The food, the staff, the space! Get the Italian meatloaf sliders and the sweet potato bread pudding.
  18. DA

    DeAnnK

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    We went for brunch and were excited to try out a new place for us. The smells that come out of the kitchen were fantastic- so we were expecting very flavorful food. We were all disappointed in what we ordered. Three of us ordered steak and eggs and none of our steaks were cooked properly and were very fatty and bland. The other two ordered the BBQ shrimp and parmesan grits w/jalapeno cornbread and the shrimp was overcooked and there was sausage on top which was not mentioned. The only things we actually enjoyed were the Chicken dumplings with ponzu sauce & the Parmesan spinach dip w/toasted focaccia. The service was slow to say the least. We ordered everything at once so that our waiter would not have to come back again- since he was not terribly attentive. He knew we wanted the appetizers first yet everything was brought out at once- the tables were so incredibly small that there is just not enough room for that to occur- yet he placed things down essentially on top of other things. We were so sad that the experience was not what we expected at all.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely fantastic
  20. AM

    AmandaM

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly the best and most flavorful, creative food in the city.
  21. CH

    CathyH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The experience was amazing. Sean Guy was attentive to each customer while preparing each meal. The food was well prepared and DELICIOUS. I would visit again.
  22. PH

    PatrickH

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each course was magical experience in unique flavors. The craft cocktails were the perfect compliment to the tasty meal. The service was attentive but not over-bearing. I will definitely be back agin soon.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely awesome!!!! The service was impeccable & the food was delicious!!!
  24. MR

    MeghanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight. Food is consistently outstanding. Service was exceptional. Chef Sean is remarkable.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good Lord this food is amazing. The cornbread is a must try (each serving has 2 pieces so it’s definitely shareable). The Dope Juice is a yummy red sangria. I had the crab quesadilla, and WOW—the sweet potato confit gives a subtle sweetness that balances well with the savory of the crabmeat and corn. My friend had the French toast which had a very interesting (and yummy) coating and lots of berries. It was also great to watch the food being prepared in the open kitchen by the owner! I definitely recommend this restaurant!
  26. S

    Shawn

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great setting! Very intimate! Perfect for a date night!
  27. NB

    NicoleB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience!
  28. DS

    DijonS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This was my first time to WFC. After several online reviews (positive) I decided to check it out. We went for brunch and it was not would I was expecting. WFC is very intimate & cozy. The waiter didn't introduce himself or tell us what the specials were and didn't know the menu at all. I may have lost 5lbs sweating waiting and eating. It was very dewy/humid INSIDE on a 90 degree day : ( Anyway, we ordered the french toast, chicken dumplings, Dope Sangria and crab quesadilla. overall, the food was good (nothing to write home about or drive back to from DC) the music was nice & the restaurant was clean. Perhaps, they have a better dinner menu vs brunch.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic prix fixe as always. Try the Dope Juice!
  30. w

    winetiger

    Baltimore

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everytime I return to Water for Chocolate I am reminded of what a neighborhood and city gem this place is. Intimate yet casually elegant. Not inexpensive but a great value for the creative dishes Sean creates (and you can watch) and a very thoughtful inexpensive wine list in contrast to most places. Service was unmatched. I will return again and again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had a pleasant dining experience. When I approached the door, I was taken back by the "curtain" like entry and small space. I expected it to be noisy, especially seated by the open kitchen. Although it was not, I enjoyed the open kitchen and seeing the interworkings of the goods being prepared. The food was overall fantastic. Everything was perfect, and we ordered so much to taste. I had the Nitro Ship and Chicken dumpling. The charred octopus and scallops were cooked exceptionally well and came with parmesan grits, which were seasoned well too. Unfortunately, they didn't have the crab quesadilla, so we sided on the vegetable one, which was still okay. The goat cheese mac did not disappoint; while it wasn't the creamy texture, it is worth tasting this spin on the homestyle delight.
  32. YM

    YinM

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice. Good food, good service. Loved it.
  33. JE

    JoEllenU

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought the chef could not out do his brunch but BAM his dinner was wonderful! Th eservice was exception...the atmosphere great I can't say enough great things. Appetizer the chicken pot pie wontons are to die for !!!!! Entre I had the lobster seafood curry, OMG incredible......
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely amazing brunch with my husband! Small and quaint place with a staff who pays attention to all of their customer’s. I will definitely return!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down one of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time. The waiter was exceptional and the food was next level. I have already recommended it to all my friends and family, and will definitely be going back very soon! We were there for the 4 course prix fare dinner… AMAZING
  36. b

    billn

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This restaurant has a prix fixe menu with four courses. The food, overall, was quite good and the ambiance was relaxing and quiet. There were a few quirks: I've never had to pay for an amuse bouche, which in other restaurants is a small "gift" from the kitchen. Some of the dishes had too much going on and could have been simplified. But the biggest downside for the meal was the portion sizes, which were huge. Too big for a four course meal. Even the amuse bouche could have been an appetizer on its own.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food - Excellent Drinks - Good, dope juice was great. Service - Excellent “Experience”- Non existent - Besides opening the door for us, there was no interaction with the chef. We were the only occupants in the restaurant. The dining experience was no different than attending “restaurant week” in any of our other favorite restaurants with a four course selection menu.
  38. DT

    DaveT

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a quaint spot with beautiful ambiance! The brunch was great! The raisin bread French Toast was delectable!! The eggs were light and fluffy…cooked perfectly! And the steak was simply the best I’ve had in Baltimore. It was perfectly marinated and delivered hot and at the temperature I requested. Talk about YUMMMMMMMM!!!
  39. LC

    LillanC

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As always the food was amazing and the service was wonderful
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Water for Chocolate using the Order Online button. Water for Chocolate also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 675-7778.

Water for Chocolate is rated 4.7 stars by 177 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Water for Chocolate

1841 E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21231-1815

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lombard and Wolfe Street

  • Neighborhood

    Upper Fells Point

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, French, Jamaican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking available.Paid parking lot option two blocks away on Wolfe/Fayette Streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Sean Guy

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (410) 675-7778

  • Catering

    Box lunch options are available for social distance meetings.<br />At home buffet options available for pick-up to accommodate at home small family gatherings.<br />On-premises catering available see Private Events at waterforchocolate.com

  • Private party facilities

    the ideal location for team building, company networking and intimate dinner parties creative dishes supported by holistic cocktails served in an industrial chic space a nod to a forgone service standard peppered with laughter and soft music, illuminated by candlelight.

  • Private party contact

    Carolyn Victorian: (410) 675-7778

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