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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Baltimore / Maryland

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Baltimore / Maryland? 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 (1210)
$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
DKNOLA
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious. top notch Italian food. Great service. Great cocktails.
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4.9
4.9 (1894)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Fenwick Island
About the restaurant
Indulge in an extraordinary dining experience, where we wholeheartedly champion responsible agriculture, local watermen, and the art of serving really good food. Led by James Beard Nominated chef and owner, Matthew Kern, our restaurant is a testament to his culinary expertise and unwavering dedication to showcase the best of Delaware.

Beyond the kitchen, Chef Kern's commitment extends to our exceptional staff, making every visit a memorable exploration of the heart and soul that sets our gem apart. Join us to enjoy a drink, savor a meal, and see for yourself what makes this place so special.

Top review
CourtneyC
Dined 1 day ago
Our experience at One Coastal was outstanding. They are so creative with all of their offerings. The peach salad with whipped ricotta was delicious. The flank steak and tuna was fantastic. As always, our waitress along with the other staff was knowledgeable and friendly. This is our favorite place to come every time we visit the area.
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4.9
4.9 (110)
$30 and under
Seafood
Cambridge
About the restaurant
Join us on the USS N. Nectar as we set sail across the Chesapeake Bay in search of the infamous Chessie.

During your journey, enjoy Shareable Plates, and Tropical Cocktails inspired by the Captains many adventures around the globe.

*We are a themed restaurant, and not an actual boat on the water*

Top review
candygirlvip
Dined 7 days ago
This is just a super fun place for a casual meal. I was not prepared for the level of theatrics in the decor which was almost at a Disney level. Wait staff so congenial and fun and food reasonably priced and tasty. So many drink options to choose from! You will leave smiling
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4.8
4.8 (2052)
$31 to $50
American
Lewes
About the restaurant
RESERVATIONS:
Heirloom is open for dinner Tuesday - Saturday starting at 5pm; closed Sunday & Monday.
We accept dining reservations 30 days out, simply meaning today's date plus 30 days.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
If you cancel or no show within 12 hours of your reservation, your credit card will be charged $25/per person.
All proceeds go towards the Heirloom kitchen squad’s continued culinary education, research & development.

We do not offer child seating (high chairs/booster seats) of any kind, nor a children’s menu, and we are unable to accommodate strollers in the dining room.

PATIO:
Our patio is located outside, in full sun, with umbrellas provided.
Please take note if you are uncomfortable with sun exposure and outdoor elements.
Patio tables are entirely weather dependent, and therefore released the day of.
However, if the weather is looking magical for a few days at a time, tables will be released for booking.



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Novagalvip
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing as always! Softshell crabs were perfection!
A photo of The Federal Rehoboth restaurant
4.8
4.8 (397)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Rehoboth Beach
About the restaurant
What started as a food truck concept in 2019 then became a beachside bistro in 2021. The Federal, located just a short block from the famed Rehoboth Beach boardwalk has become a full-service, beach casual, fine-dining bistro. The demure restaurant now hosts the two concepts in one space - you can enjoy fritters before dinner, for a happy hour snack, or go for a boardwalk stroll. Federal Fritter menu features a variety of crisp, poppable & snackable fritters, while The Federal menu expands on a way of eating that best defines Todd & Ellen's culinary style, the menu reads like a postcard from the Mid-Atlantic. Chef Gray pays careful attention to the seasons, honoring what the Delmarva region harvests.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Best restaurant in Rehobeth. Amazing food, drinks and service. Don’t miss it.
A photo of Drift- Seafood & Raw Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (713)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Rehoboth Beach
About the restaurant
Drift specializes in exceptionally sourced and prepared seafood which reflects the rich culinary traditions of our region. We have created a unique and intimate atmosphere as well as a carefully curated beverage program. We hope you enjoy every aspect of your dining experience with Drift.

Drift brings to Rehoboth Beach a premier raw bar and seafood restaurant in an elevated dining environment. Our daily menu varies as we focus on sourcing only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. We communicate directly with our network of providers to ensure only the best ingredients are selected. We believe the geography of Rehoboth Beach provides an opportunity to showcase the truly unique and diverse seafood and produce found in our area.

Top review
TwoGuysOutOnTheTownvip
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing dinner Drift Rehoboth Beach. The best soft shell crab I’ve ever had!!! +Papa Loves Mambo (Old Forester bourbon, elderflower liqueur, Averna Amaro, orange bitters) +Rosemary Focaccia (kelp butter) +Maryland Softshell Crab (shellfish bisque, snap peas, tarragon vinaigrette +Oyster Mushroom Skewer (peanut satay, Napa cabbage, nori) +Spaghetti (blue crab, Calabrian chili, garlic, pangrattato) +Cacio e Pepe alla Chitarra (black & pink peppercorn, locatelli pecorino) +Leftovers! (the best!)
A photo of Level Small Plates Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2189)
$30 and under
American
Annapolis
About the restaurant
Level was established as a locals first atmosphere with welcoming attitudes to all. Our cocktails are all handcrafted with fresh juices, mixes, and garnishes. One of the many things that makes us unique is our ability and commitment to source as many fresh ingredients locally from the State of Maryland and surrounding markets. We are dedicated to supporting the area small businesses, watermen, farmers, and the environment on a local and global level. Our small plates style of dining encourages this sense of community and sharing. Level is located on the second block of West Street known as the Arts District.
Top review
Chrissy
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Dined with my girlfriends and we love small plates and having a variety of dishes. Very nice place.
A photo of Bodhi Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (293)
$30 and under
International
Rehoboth Beach
About the restaurant
OUR MANTRA
Travel through the moon gate to Bodhi Kitchen, modern Asian cuisine with a twist located in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Bodhi's brand is minimal yet bold, utilizing the iconic shape of the moon gate to transport diners through the garden and into the escape that is Bodhi.

THE BODHI KITCHEN PHILOSOPHY
Bodhi Kitchen features an innovative Asian-inspired menu with flavor-forward dishes riffing on Thai, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese flavors to create something entirely new. This is our modern take on street food and Asian night markets.

Please note that the Bodhi Kitchen staff will try to accommodate any request(s) made but all requests are not guaranteed.

Top review
VS42
Dined 2 days ago
Chris's cocktails were delicious. The dumplings were all great.
A photo of Monarque restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1121)
$50 and over
French
Harbor East
About the restaurant
Join us for Restaurant Week July 19th-28th! Executive Chef Devin Parks has prepared a three course menu of Monarque's excellent cuisine, with wine pairings selected by our Sommelier.

Atlas Restaurant Group presents Monarque, a French brasserie located in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood. Monarque is inspired by the French era of prosperity when culture boomed and extravagance flourished. The food menu is perfectly complemented by a beverage program with over 500 French wine labels and an extensive collection of cognac and armagnac.

Striking a balance between transporting guests to another time and place while being rooted in the present, Monarque hosts an exciting rotation of acts on stage every weekend including dancers, singers, musicians, contortionists, sword swallowers, poets and more.

Monarque welcomes guests of all ages Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday our entertainment is suited for guests 18 years of age and older, and only adults are permitted to dine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
One of the best anniversary dinner we have ever had. From start to finish, we were treated amazingly well by everyone. Our server was patient and attentive, the drinks outstanding, food amazing. We will most definitely be back for a regular date night!
A photo of Harold Black - Annapolis restaurant
4.6
4.6 (61)
$30 and under
Italian
Annapolis
About the restaurant
Harold Black is a warm, intimate bar that is quiet enough to hear your conversation yet lively enough to keep you talking. A list of house cocktails gives you a range of options, additionally, the bartenders are ready to work their magic if you have something else in mind. Harold Black serves a light-fare menu with a selection of cured meats, cheeses and desserts. Please be aware of a few house rules: 1. We look forward to having you join us and are happy to hold your table for up to fifteen minutes. 2. Your booking reserves your seats for 2 hours. 3. Due to our small size we cannot guarantee booth seating. 4. Our maximum party size is six people, no exceptions, and unfortunately we cannot book multiple tables for one group. To buy out Harold Black for a private event or book our private dining room, please email events@haroldblack.com.
Top review
RuthZ
Dined on May 20, 2024
Nice atmosphere. Wish the cocktails were better. Nice wines by glass.
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