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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Baltimore / Maryland

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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!

A photo of SoBo Cafe restaurant
4.9 (1062)
$30 and under
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
Dined on May 7, 2024
It's been a while since I've been to SoBo Cafe, and it's still excellent. Very good good. Friendly service, and a cozy atmosphere. I've been going there for many many years and have never had a bad meal or experience.
A photo of La Barrita Restobar restaurant
4.9 (141)
$31 to $50
Upper Fells Point
About the restaurant
La Barrita features Argentinian style steak seasoned with mouth watering chimichurri, home made pastas, and empanadas. Nestled in the Butcher's Hill neighborhood, La Barrita provides intimate atmosphere with a Baltimore industrial feel. In the warmer months enjoy al fresco dining when we roll up the garage doors.

At La Barrita we treat our guests like family. An upscale casual restaurant, we suit a variety of dining needs, from special occasions to catching up with friends; you might even catch a soccer game on at the bar. Just don't get caught in a Boca jersey! La Barrita is a proud supporter of River Plate fc.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 13, 2024
Went for my husband birthday Everything was amazing, the food ,service, ambience.
A photo of Dutch Courage restaurant
4.8 (510)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Charles Village
About the restaurant
Dutch Courage is a gin-centric cocktail bar located in the historic Baltimore neighborhood of Old Goucher. Whether you are looking for an adventuresome cocktail or need a cold beer, our staff has you covered. With 150 bottles of Gin, Genever, Old Tom and Barreled Gin, along with a full spirit selections, there is always something new to explore and help you discover your courage.
The Dutch Courage kitchen team lead by Chef Alec Jacobsen has a variety of food for you to enjoy while sipping beverages. From delightful boards of cheese, charcuterie and tinned seafood to small and large plates, the food at Dutch Courage is always a culinary adventure.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
the Gin tasting was fun, each station had a good selection of gins and a cocktail. the presenters were friendly and knowledgeable and didn't oversell their wares. The oysters were great too, too bad they ran out early.
A photo of t at The General Store restaurant
4.7 (708)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
St Michaels / Tilghman Island
About the restaurant
We offer a local farm-to-table menu. Best described as American cuisine with a healthy twist, we prepare our dishes fresh daily. We use no added salt, bringing tea infusion as a flavor and spice. We have a full bar with hand-crafted cocktail specials. Located inside the historic Royal Oak General Store, you will find a fun, modern decor.
Top review
Dined on May 1, 2024
First time at this hidden gem. Amazing food, funky laid back atmosphere.
A photo of Water for Chocolate restaurant
4.7 (280)
$30 and under
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 Diner
Dined on May 4, 2024
My family had an amazing meal at Water for Chocolate on a Saturday night. The service was attentive, friendly, and helpful. The venue is intimate and the open kitchen and friendly service made the night feel like an evening with a personal chef. The food was extraordinary. Our family favorites were the nitro shrimp, a halibut special, and the sweet potato bread pudding. The server thoughtfully removed cilantro from my daughter's food after she mentioned that she doesn't like it. This restaurant is really something special and a perfect spot for a long meal with lots of conversation and exceptional food.
A photo of Casa Mia's Restaurant restaurant
4.4 (382)
$30 and under
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.

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
Dined on May 11, 2024
We had our Mother's Day lunch a day early and it couldn't have gone better. The service was excellent and the food was exceptional. We each got something different and we all raved about our selections which were the chicken Chesapeake sandwich (huge), salmon BLT, burger (large and juicy), and my shrimp salad wrap (just the right amount of seasoning). Desserts sounded tempting g but we were all too stuffed - maybe next time. While there were several large parties going on in separate rooms, the kitchen did an excellent job in getting our food out in a timely manner. We'll definitely return.
A photo of Bayside Cantina restaurant
4.3 (13)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Baltimore's Waterfront Dinning Destination. Bayside style Paella and Seafood Chowder top with Lobster are some of our signature dishes. Tequila Bar featuring our signature, Diamond Margarita!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Very nice workers. Nice food. Good view They also helped me with a cake and sang happy birthday to my wife. Thank you all so much !!
A photo of Costas Inn restaurant
4.2 (300)
$30 and under
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
We had fantastic service! The specials were a food deal and the food was wonderful! We shared crab dip and hush puppies and then split the cake and steak. So good! We will be back!
A photo of The Point in Towson restaurant
4.2 (414)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
About the restaurant
The Point in Towson is a completely renovated restaurant and bar in the Towson marketplace. It will be the second location stemming from The Point in Fells, an 8 year strong restaurant placed squarely on the waterfront in the heart of Baltimore’s ever competitive and popular Fells Point neighborhood. We focus on upscale American pub and comfort food with a twist and a bar focused on reinventing classic craft cocktails. We are an upscale bar focused on excellent food. A place where you always know you will get the best of everything. The Point in Towson will feature wooden fixtures, back deck and game room, a large communal dining room, comfortable furnishings and decor with soothing warm tones. It is be the perfect place to stop in for a bite to eat, for a drink, a small business meeting, an Orioles game and everything in between.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The food was good. The service was outstanding! We would go there again.
A photo of The Periodic Table Restaurant & Bar restaurant
3.7 (52)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Periodic Table Restaurant & Bar is "Formulating Flavors Daily”
Our goal is to find the perfect, ‘symbiotic’ relationship between food and spirits! Our team makes great quality dishes from all over the world with a twist like our Korean Nachos, Osso Bucco Wings, shepherd’s pie as well as creative apps, unique bar bites, sandwiches, salads, and entrees of fresh seafood, quality meat, and dietary options (GF, V, Ve). Brunch service and Weekly Specials.
Our talented team creates amazing specialty cocktails, mocktails and drinks using bourbon, whiskey, gin, tequila, vodka, rum, as well as wine, and over a dozen beers on tap and bottle.
The Table has a spacious dining area inside and a large patio or our expansive, separate bar area with high-top tables. Come for a quick bite or drink, date night, special family event, gather with friends, or attend one of our fun, clever events (i.e., live music, Trivia Wed, Drag Brunch).
We look forward to serving you soon!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great atmosphere, friendly staff, well-made drinks and tasty food.
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