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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Baltimore Suburbs

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Baltimore Suburbs? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Basta Pasta - Eldersburg restaurant
4.8
4.8 (731)
$30 and under
Italian
Eldersburg
About the restaurant
We appreciate each and every one of you and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Top review
BrittanieP
Dined 3 days ago
Our go to for dinner out. The food and drinks are always great. We had Jacob as a server and the service was phenomenal
A photo of Forge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (218)
$30 and under
Southern
North East
About the restaurant
With a passion for southern comfort cuisine, and a refinement worthy of fine dining, Chef Tom and Chef Raheem provide a unique culinary experience to all. Through innovation, dedication, and some delectable food, new bonds and lasting memories will be formed; for together, we Forge.
Top review
Kimberly
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious and fresh, spiced perfectly. Shrimp and grits are a go to! The pimento, chicken cheese dip was wonderful.
A photo of Rudy's Mediterranean Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (415)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Columbia
About the restaurant
Rudy's Mediterranean Grill, established in 2010, is a celebrated dining destination in Columbia, Maryland, renowned for its authentic Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine. As the first Turkish restaurant in Howard County, Rudy's has built a strong reputation for its delicious food, warm ambiance, and excellent service.

The restaurant, led by Rudy Keskin, offers a diverse menu featuring traditional dishes such as lahmacun, doner kebab, and moussaka, crafted with the freshest ingredients. Guests can enjoy a variety of dining options, including casual dining, takeout, and patio seating. The full bar serves a selection of wines, beers, and cocktails, enhancing the overall dining experience.

Located at 7185 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite D, Rudy's Mediterranean Grill is conveniently situated near Route 175, with ample street parking available. The restaurant is open daily, with extended hours on weekends, making it a perfect choice for both lunch and dinner.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great place for a romantic dinner with great food and excellent service
A photo of Kelsey's Restaurant, Irish Pub, Banquet Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (499)
$30 and under
Irish
Ellicott City
About the restaurant
Serving Irish Hospitality in Ellicott City, MD since October 17, 1994, Kelsey's Restaurant has been family-owned and operated since the very beginning. Every day we strive to provide excellent food, courteous service, and let's not forget beverages in a friendly, neighborhood pub-style environment. NEW PRIVATE ROOM for all your catering needs! Call our event coordinator today!

Over the past 28 years, we have made every effort to live up to these standards and are proud to be known as "Your Neighborhood Meeting Place!"
Top review
nanuq
Dined 6 days ago
Very good Sunday Brunch and the staff was great! Nice way to kick off Father’s Day!!
A photo of Glyndon Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1336)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Glyndon
About the restaurant
From the owners of Barrett's Grill at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre, Glyndon Grill will operate with a different menu and chef than Barrett's but will also focus on in-house, made-from-scratch preparations.
Top review
Yngof5vip
Dined 3 days ago
Neighborhood gem. Our waiter, Jonah was fantastic. Hope you keep him for awhile 🤓
A photo of La Palapa Grill & Cantina restaurant
4.5
4.5 (177)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Ellicott City
About the restaurant
La Palapa Grill & Cantina is committed to providing only the freshest and highest quality of Mexican cuisine in a distinctive Hacienda decor setting, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with exceptional service, and the real flavors of México.

We have created a unique restaurant concept around original recipes. Beyond tacos, enchiladas and burritos... we offer a tour of authentic Mexican gastronomy; from our delicious ceviche and mouth-watering molé, to our more traditional tamales and equally delectable quesadillas.


Our bar is without a doubt the witness of fun nights under the Maryland sky, and the best host of good friends and great times.


La Palapa Grill & Cantina, family owned and operated, is your festive neighborhood restaurant and bar.


The Flavor of Mexico in Historic Ellicott City.
Top review
ColleenD
Dined 2 days ago
I arrived 15 minutes early without the rest of the party and was offered a table. Water, chips and salsa brought for the entire party even though I was the only one present. Server checked multiple times as each of our party arrived. We had a lovely meal and never felt rushed. Highly recommend!!
A photo of Casa Mia's Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (386)
$30 and under
Italian
Parkton
About the restaurant
The original Casa Mia's comes to Northern Baltimore County with over 30 years of experience in the restaurant, bar and catering business. We are grateful to join this great community and bring with us our tradition of serving delectable-tasting food, using only the finest ingredients. We aim to provide our guests with oustanding service for an all-around exceptional dining experience.
Menus

We are excited about the opportunity to welcome you to enjoy family dinners, business events, romantic outings, happy hours and celebrations at our establishment. We will strive to make every visit special. Our goal is to provide you with diverse and delicious menu, in a casual and comfortable atmosphere that satisfies the expectations of all of our patrons. And while you are here, be sure to try our famous colossal crabcake, our original family recipe that we belive we have perfected. Let us know what you think!
Top review
trvlgrl1vip
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Best crab cake dinner anywhere! Casa Mia is a North County gem! Good selection of entrees, friendly waitstaff, reasonable prices, and you will always run into friends or neighbors while there.
A photo of Venetian Italian Eatery restaurant
4.4
4.4 (104)
$30 and under
Italian
Edgewood
About the restaurant
In May 2021, this 40year-old-neighborhood gem on a hill underwent a full renovation. Venetian Palace is now sporting new digs with crisp modern decor and an expanded wine list. The impetus for the revamp was new ownership. Yes, the rumors are true... Valentino’s Restaurant Group which began in NE Baltimore city has now come to Harford County!

The food is better than ever, with highlights being the seafood pasta, the jumbo lump crab cakes, the grilled lamb chops, artisan handhelds, and the breakfast choices served all day.  Whether you are dining in or picking up carry-out do not forget the dessert!

Come as you are, the staff is knowledgeable and ready to serve.  We also offer our entire menu for carryout.  For your convenience, The Venetian Italian Eatery has teamed with Doordash, GrubHub & Uber Eats.  

Buon appetito!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The Venetian has a great balance of delicious food and a casual but classy ambiance. The calamari and fries were both crispy, the pizza sauce was surprisingly delicious, and the portion sizes for all of our entrees were generous. The prices are reasonable for the quantity and quality. I brought my family for Father’s Day and won’t be our last time visiting.
A photo of Mother's North Grille restaurant
4.3
4.3 (282)
$30 and under
American
Lutherville
About the restaurant
Founder Dave Rather graduated from Towson in 1991. He spent many years socializing in the York Rd. corridor. He created Mom’s Social Club that brought New Orleans bands to Baltimore for New Years Parties and brought Marylanders to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Having success with the social club, Dave started working on a tavern concept. His brother Adam, the cofounder and executive chef, learned his trade in St. John, Virgin Islands from Chef Aaron Willis.

The two brothers combined forces to create Mother’s Federal Hill Grille to sold out crowd New Years Eve 1997. Mother’s Federal Hill has fed over 500,000 meals to hungry guests. Mother’s has won many awards including Top Sports Bar in the country by Sporting News, Ultimate Burger in Maryland by the Food Network, multiple Best of Baltimore awards including Best Bar Food. Mother's North outdoor patio now open. Please join us on our patio, seating is first come first serve.
Top review
BrianS
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Overall positive, however they place a credit card surcharge on the bill.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Columbia restaurant
4.2
4.2 (204)
$30 and under
Chinese
Columbia
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
Magda
Dined 3 days ago
Good food. Excellent service provided by everyone, especially Andrew, our server. The restaurant needs to be freshened up a little as there is an unusual smell throughout, almost a wet carpet smell.
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