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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Baltimore

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Baltimore? 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!


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4.9
4.9 (1212)
$31 to $50
Italian
Federal Hill
About the restaurant
Hersh's celebrates the foods of Italy and the craft of the American bartender. Our menu of fresh, ingredient-driven dishes includes rustic Italian small plates and award-winning housemade pasta, as well as Neapolitan pizza featuring housemade mozzarella and sausage. Our booze program focuses on vintage cocktails, craft brews and spirits and a tightly-edited wine list offering varietals you won't see every day. Come hungry, come thirsty and come often!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food is amazing as always. The meatballs and fried calamari are amazing. The drinks are great and the staff get everything out very quickly.
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4.9
4.9 (1070)
$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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
This was by far the best food I have eaten in Baltimore. They had great gluten free options. I had the garden salad, crab cake, and gluten free brownie. My only complaint is that it was not wheelchair accessible.
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4.8
4.8 (292)
$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
JDavis
Dined 3 days ago
The food, the service, and the vibe, were all stellar. I’ve been trying to come here for a very long time and I’m glad I was finally able to experience this restaurant. I hope to be back very soon. Deonte, not to be confused with Beyoncé was a wonderful waiter.
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4.8
4.8 (61)
$30 and under
Hibachi
Parkville
About the restaurant
We are committed to serving an authentic Japanese experience to each and every one of our guests. From the atmosphere of our dining room to the dishes we make, we have constructed a Japanese-inspired restaurant people want to visit.
Whether you prefer the excitement of our chefs cooking in front of you on our hibachi grill or the bursts of tangy flavor from our sushi rolls, you’ll have a dine-in experience that is unlike any other.

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LaurenH
Dined 2 days ago
We loved our dinner here, and the chef was awesome!
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4.7
4.7 (1928)
$30 and under
Italian
Mt. Vernon
About the restaurant
Sammy's Trattoria serves real, authentic Italian cuisine in a comfortable yet elegant setting. Try our "Family Style" dining where we prepare some of our specialties combined with some requests from you and serve you 4+ courses of fun, traditional Italian dining. (great for parties of 4+). Our homemade pastas, soups, stocks, and meatballs are old family recipes made daily. We pride ourselves in using only the freshest, best quality ingredients combined with traditional and thorough preparation.
Top review
marriah
Dined 3 days ago
Had dinner before a show at the Lyric - food was awesome! Will definitely be back again.
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4.7
4.7 (1130)
$31 to $50
Pizza Bar
Canton
About the restaurant
From an extensive list of authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, to fresh salads & homemade desserts, Verde brings the traditional flavors of Italy to the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore City. The restaurant also offers an assortment of local beers & imported Italian craft beers, a list of hand-selected domestic and Italian wines and an awarding winning cocktail program.
Outdoor seating available
Order Pick Up at verdepizza.com
Nightly specials available visit verde.restaurant
Valet parking nightly with complimentary Sunday to Thursday

We offer takeout! Please visit our website at www.verdepizza.com to complete your order!

Top review
Lajja
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious, gourmet pizza. Good drinks. Fun atmosphere. Enjoy.
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4.7
4.7 (419)
$31 to $50
Italian
Hampden
About the restaurant
Established in 2011, Ristorante Daniela serves hand made Sardinian and Italian cuisine.
Every detail and part of each recipe served at the restaurant is made from complete scratch, from the pasta and sauces, to the puff pastry and creams in our delicious desserts!
We also serve special dinners off menu which can be reserved in advance, ranging from $37 to $45 per person. These special dinners consist of a family style 3 course meal with an abundant amount of tastings for each course with different tastes of cuisines based on meat, seafood/fish, and vegetarian recipes.
Besides dining in and carrying out, Daniela is also available to cater your special events such as weddings, graduations, birthdays, etc.

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RunDrvip
Dined 2 days ago
The whole experience was great. We enjoyed the appetizers and pasta dishes. We will definitely return!
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4.6
4.6 (304)
$30 and under
Seafood
Downtown
About the restaurant
We have Steamed Crabs to enjoy year round. After making your reservation, please call for Crab sizes and availability 410-477-1975. We hope that on your next afternoon or evening out, you will give us the opportunity to make your visit or event as enjoyable as possible. The entire family and staff of Costas Inn thank you for your continued support and look forward supplying the excellence and quality that you have come to expect.
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InaSvip
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
We went on a Sunday night. I needed a quiet table as a guest was hearing impaired. We spoke with the waitress and manager and they were so considerate by sitting us by the bar which wasn’t crowded. We had a great quiet table! The steamed crabs, expensive, were worth the splurge and absolutely meaty and delicious. I learned you could ask for 1/2 seasoning which I’ll do in the future. Our waitress, Jennie, was very kind to us and helpful and checked on us several times. She made these two seniors feel special as did the manager. Always an awesome crab house. Thank you.
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4.4
4.4 (215)
$31 to $50
Indian
Tuscany-Canterbury
About the restaurant
Discover fine Indian fare at the Ambassador Dining Room. This upscale eatery, located in a stylish Roland Park apartment tower, features a beautiful outdoor patio, overlooking a verdant urban oasis. Ambassador Dining Room is a Baltimore favorite, beloved for its luxurious ambiance and white-glove service. The menu features a wealth of northern and southern Indian dishes, with a popular daily lunch buffet and a special Sunday brunch, featuring special combination plates and mimosas made with fresh-squeezed orange juice. The menu includes classic fare, from freshly-made samosas, chicken and fish Tikka Masala to vegetarian staples like Channa Masala and Palak Paneer. Food at Ambassador Dining Room is incredibly fresh and flavorful, paired with homemade breads and basmati rice for the ultimate authentic taste. The restaurant has a full bar, offering classic cocktails, spirits and imported and domestic beers and wines.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
One of my favorites!!!! Food is always outstanding - it’s a beautiful restaurant and the staff is attentive!!!
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4.3
4.3 (2447)
$31 to $50
Italian
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Baltimore"s famous Little Italy, Sabatino's has been serving Baltimore locals and tourists delicious Central and Southern Italian fare for over 50 years! Whether you're out for an intimate dinner for two, a family gathering, or hosting a larger group in a Private Dining Room, Sabatino's gives you the ambiance you're after. Sabatino's has been consistently voted the People's Choice for Best Italian Restaurant and recently received the Editor's Choice for Best Italian Restaurant by the Baltimore City Paper. "Consistency and integrity are what drove us to give Sabatino's the Best Italian nod... This is Italian without apology: Tongue-tingling Penne and Vodka Sauce; Veal Florentino avalanched in dreamy cheeses; piquant scalloppines, and crisp-baked parmigianas - This is the real deal, served in an environment (a row house int he heart of Little Italy) that's as honest as the food. Join us for lunch, dinner, or late-night dining! Buon Appetito!!!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Sabatino’s was wonderful as always. Delicious food, and excellent service.
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