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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Baltimore

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Baltimore? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.8
4.8 (291)
$30 and under
American
Upper Fells Point
About the restaurant
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.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Every moment — and bite — was nothing short of spectacular. We enjoyed the prix fixe menu with five courses, including mostly seafood as our protein. Cooked to perfection, well spiced, and satiating. Both chef and DiAnte (waiter - sorry if I misspelled) made us feel welcome as if at their home, while cooking as if we were top food critics. Bravo to both. Make a reservation ASAP (that’s the only way you'll get in!)
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4.9
4.9 (1069)
$30 and under
American
Federal Hill
About the restaurant
Located in the quaint neighborhood of Federal Hill, Baltimore. SoBo Cafe continues the tradition of American comfort food with global influences and expands it with vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and keto/paleo options. We serve craft cocktails, local draft beer & carefully selected wines. A perennial favorite among neighbors and visitors, we go out of our way to make everyone feel at home. We are gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan friendly.

We are a short walk from Camden Yards/Oriole Park & M&T/Ravens Stadium. We are very close to the Convention Center, Downtown & the Inner Harbor.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Blackwall Hitch Baltimore was a great choice for our business team dinner. The food was delicious and seafood expertly prepared. The Chef's special of snapper was the best! The staff were professional, personable, and accommodating. We will definitely be back.
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4.8
4.8 (484)
$31 to $50
American
Locust Point
About the restaurant
Step into our historic building, and you will immediately be greeted by its red-brick walls, exposed beams, and intimate bar space leading to an open and airy dining room and our fantastic back patio set for outdoor dining and conversations around our fire pit (weather permitting!).

Sit at the bar to enjoy an artisanal beer or oak-aged bourbon alongside a quick bite of charcuterie meats and cheeses, crispy brussels sprouts, or shark fries. Or venture into the heart of Copper Shark for a leisurely chef-inspired meal created by Chef Matthew Audette.

In addition to seasonal masterpieces, you can always count on classic cuisine like our petite filet, soup du jour and pot du creme. Weather permitting, we encourage you to cozy up next to our courtyard fire pit.

Sundays we only have Brucnh service

Top review
JeffBvip
Dined 3 days ago
Really good food and a friendly staff Nice ambiance.
A photo of Gunther & Co. restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2877)
$30 and under
American
Canton
About the restaurant
Gunther & Co., located in the historic Gunther Boiler Building in Brewers Hill, offers a Modern American menu, globally influenced and locally spun. Whether looking for a casual evening out, special occasion or impromptu drink after work, there is a space carved out for you here – at our oyster bar, on the patio or overlooking the 16-foot living wall and main dining area on our mezzanine. The integrity of our ingredients is at the heart of the menus and each dish is crafted with a pride in preparation and hospitality.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We really enjoyed our evening. All of the food that we had was very good. Staff were friendly and welcoming.
A photo of The Food Market - Hampden restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5211)
$30 and under
American
Hampden
About the restaurant
Consistently The Best of Baltimore...The Food Market focuses on brilliant basics, delicious food, and attentive service in a smartly designed industrial-modern space, featuring an open kitchen. Award-winning Chef Chad Gauss’ value-driven menu offers guests a complete dining experience by combining recognizable ingredients with unparalleled technique. The Food Market strives to provide great service in a comfortable environment, where both staff & diners can be themselves.
We invite you to come relax, enjoy, and allow us to do what we do best, for you.

Top review
HankB
Dined 3 days ago
They took reservations at 8:30, though their kitchen closed at 9, and we were sat right next to another table, despite half the restaurant being empty. Aside from that, the cocktails and food were phenomenal.
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4.5
4.5 (2151)
$31 to $50
American
Harbor East
About the restaurant
A restaurant concept curated by our Award-winning Executive Chef, Saon Brice, Blk Swan offers a uniquely crafted, "New American" menu, which features exciting, tasty, and comfortable food options presented in a creative culinary approach.


**Parties 8+ please contact us at events@eatatblkswan.com or 443-326-2783 for more reservation information. Thank You!

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Tishvip
Dined 6 days ago
Great place to eat and listen to party music. This is an upscale restaurant.
A photo of Bygone restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3452)
$50 and over
American
Harbor East
About the restaurant
A fusion of the old, the new and the best of Baltimore. We’re an American gastro bistro that represents historic, vibrant, authentic Baltimore. We blend modern energy with a classic feel, celebrating luxury, excitement & an elevated dining experience. Plus, we’ve got some unbeatable views of our beautiful city!
Bygone’s warm & welcoming atmosphere is reminiscent of an old-school social club, while our open rotisserie grill, whiskey bar & craft cocktails add a flair that is contemporary.

Please note: No shows and cancellations made within less than 24 hours will be subject to a $75/per person fee.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
It was exquisite! Kudos to Brian, the sommelier, and Chef!
A photo of Gertrude's - Baltimore restaurant
4.5
4.5 (7072)
$30 and under
American
Charles Village
About the restaurant
IMPORTANT: If you want to reserve an OUTDOOR table, you MUST select the "Outdoor" seating option in Open Table. If Open Table does not offer that option, then that means they are all reserved. ("Standard" means an indoor table.)

To our Indoor Diners: we are fortunate to have a very sophisticated small particle air filtration system in our dining room, thanks to the museum.

If you encounter any problems with booking online, please do not hesitate call us at 410-889-3399 so we can personally assist you. Thank you!

Top review
Court73vip
Dined 7 days ago
Gertrude’s is a fabulous summer restaurant in which to sit outside. Our service was excellent because Katie Rhodes was our server and she was outstanding! Our food was very tasty, particularly the cucumber vichyssoise.
A photo of Unity Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (185)
$31 to $50
American
Bolton Hill
About the restaurant
Friends new and old get together here. We are centrally located—literally on Centre Street—in the heart of Baltimore’s lively cultural district, Mt. Vernon. Our diverse, vibrant clientele creates our atmosphere—and we create a memorable experience for each visitor, in each visit!

From our creatively crafted food and cocktail menus to our casually elegant décor, our aim is to welcome YOU. And here you will encounter a “little of everybody.”

Here, we dine, drink, and meet in Unity!

Top review
RonnieB
Dined 4 days ago
Went on a Monday so it wasn’t busy at all - good service - good food - we had no issues
A photo of Ampersea Restaurant restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1359)
$31 to $50
American
Harbor Point
About the restaurant
At the intersection of Harbor Point and Fells Point, Ampersea is redefining cuisine that's modern, Maryland, authentic. A destination innovating the way Baltimore dines on the Patapsco River. Perched on the western corner of Thames Street and located in the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum building with the Living Classrooms Foundation, Ampersea dining room, patio, and event spaces offer a stunning combination of panoramic harbor views, impeccable service, and delectable dishes. During our busy season the restaurant has policies in place that may affect your reservation. please review the following:
- Entire party arrived to be sat
- All parties larger than 4 people must call into the restaurant to schedule their reservation.
- All tables are subject to an 18% auto-gratuity.
- Outdoor dining is not guaranteed for all reservations but is first come first serve.

Top review
GaleD
Dined 7 days ago
we had a table on the upper deck and the view of the water was gorgeous!
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