Sammy's Trattoria

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1388 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian

Top Tags:

Casual
Pre/post Theatre
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.
What 1388 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love going back to Sammy's...one of my favorites. The food is always excellent and Val & Renee make it so much fun!

MB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Sammy's. Love the atmosphere and the food is always delicious. Love the Filet Vivi. We always get a salad to take home for the next day. Love the homemade desserts from Renee. Fabulous all around!!

G
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

We've eaten at Sammy's many times, but this was our first less-than-relaxing experience. Both the host and our server told us we needed to order "right away" since we were going to a show... but we weren't seated until almost 20 minutes after our reservation time. We, and many other reservation holders, had to wait in a line so long it spilled out onto the sidewalk, making everyone late even if they'd arrived on time.

Our burrata appetizer arrived atop arugula that had been absolutely drenched in balsamic vinegar. Yuck. We had to send it back as I cannot abide anything sweet that isn't a dessert, ESPECIALLY balsamic vinegar, which overpowers everything else on the plate. The BV wasn't mentioned on the menu or I'd have asked that it be left off in the first place. The replacement dish was fabulous - subtle, creamy cheese, peppery arugula, and very good quality olive oil. Our pasta entrees were also excellent, but I could only eat half of mine as the upstairs dining room was so hot that I got stomach cramps during the meal. Even my husband noticed the heat and he's not especially sensitive to temperatures. As there was no one around to ask that the heat be turned down - we weren't even asked how our entrees were once we'd started on them - we didn't have that option. If the guests feel the heat to such an extent, the staff must be miserable, so we really felt bad for them. As it turned out, we had plenty of time for dessert (is that why we were told to rush when ordering?) which we didn't want, although I did order an espresso.

We'll be back at some point, but not before a show.

CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best! a real favorite every time we go to a show.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service

SM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great

k
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our evenings at Sammy's. The food is excellent and the service is excellent too. The staff always make us feel very welcome. Overall we enjoyed our evening at Sammy's. Well Done.

A
Baltimore
50 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal or a bad experience here. It's become our "go to" place. We love it.

OT
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent all the way, initial service was a little slow but didn't matter.

JG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the friendly ambience at Sammy’s, there are good food choices and an opportunity to order a course or two, not necessarily every course, and be satisfied.

WH
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great menu, friendly but not overbearing staff. Greeted at the door and promptly taken to a nice table. Reservations thru Open Table, as website is always down and no one answers the phone; my only complaint. Free parking in a small lot across the street EXCEPT when there's $8 valet on weekends. Food was delicious (ravioli w/brown butter). Reasonable wine list too. A pleasant evening in a relaxed but very professional atmosphere.

S
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was awesome!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great
Very warm and friendly restaurant
Only negative was our food was served luke warm
The salad and the cannoli were the best

B
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We went to Sammys before a show. Our reservations were for 530pm. We were running a few minutes late and when we called to update and ensure we would be there, the gentlemen on the phone literally said "Its a show night, everyone is in traffic, please hurry up or we will release your table." Wow, we were on Charles St, literally 2 blocks from the restaurant. When we arrived at 540, he greeted us much differently and was more pleasant. Perhaps he was having an off night. It was busy, but its always busy at Sammys on a show night.

They do a good job at identifying who are the show folks and who are not. Service felt a little rushed but we expect that, so if its your first time there and you booked a pre show dinner, expect the wait staff to try and move you along. They really do a good job at getting you out the door in time to walk to the venue.

Food was amazing as always. We went with the Burrata to start and it was delightful.

I've never been to Sammys on a non show night, Id love to go back and not rush. With that said, you still get a great experience, great food and its a decent value for the area.

AT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

A had high expectations but this place did not quite live up to them. All was okay, but I would not go out of my way to eat here again. The two people that I dined with enjoyed their meals but we were all in agreement that the ambience and service left something to be desired. As for me, I was not thrilled with my entree or the service.

J
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were excellent. We've been here a few times, but this was the best. It has a fun atmosphere and the server was very helpful in suggesting food.

KP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Always go when I am in Baltimore.

h
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The place was great as always but unfortunately we got stuck with a server who is not nearly as good as the food. I am not sure why they keep him as an employee

MB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sammy's is our go-to for birthdays and our anniversary, we drive up from Silver Spring smiling every time.

S
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual. Most of my group were first timers and they were pleased.

JM
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! A really enjoyable experience!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner before the symphony. Had never been there before. The food was amazing. The service was great, the waiters helped each other family style. Everyone pitches in on your table. It’s cozy and warm, and we just loved it!

CK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not as good as usual.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orange Italian mule was a delicious drink to start. My mom and sister both enjoyed their filets while I loved the mushroom risotto and the chicken Marsala.

AE
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was awesome and meal could not have been better! The downstairs was charming but a little loud. I would definitely go back!!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were quite fantastic.

M
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Sammy's. Had the burrata appetizer and it was delicious. Lamb Osso Bucco special was available on our visit and I didn't need a menu after hearing that. Served over mushroom risotto, the osso bucco is to die for.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together with family we hadn’t seen in a long time!

g
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Upon arrival, we were advised by our server that the restaurant was very busy and we should order immediately to avoid any delays. We did so and munched on bread while waiting for our appetizer to arrive. A half hour later it arrived and was quite good. After an hour we began to ask our server when our mains would arrive. The kitchen was slammed and everyone was waiting for their food. After another ten minutes I asked our server to bring the check and pack our food to go as we no longer had time to eat in the restaurant.
Another ten minutes passed before we got our food to go and paid. On our way out the manager asked how things were and II told him that things were awful and it was inexcusable that they didn’t anticipate a full house and ramp up the kitchen accordingly. He shrugged his shoulders and smiled as if to say, “Too bad”. We will ever eat there again and we will share our terrible experience with many others. The restaurant business is a very competitive one and there are many options other than the place.

BM
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The restaurant totally over booked on a Tuesday night when there were performances at the Meyerhoff and Lyric theaters.

We ended up walking out without eating anything because the food never came out. We had a 6:15 pm reservation and had to leave a 7:45 for an 8 pm performance. This is unacceptable.

The restaurant should have EITHER capped reservations or offered a limited selection menu for such a busy night. Hate to say it, but we won’t be coming back for a long time, if ever.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

We waited 1 hour 15 minutes to get our meal. Not acceptable. We were attending a scheduled event at the Meyerhoff and came close to losing our reserved seats due to the delay in getting our food. Once served we had 5 minutes to eat. Compensated with a free slice of delicious cake but this too had to be doggie bagged. The restaurant needs to plan better on event nights.

J
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They serve a great combined family meal where you can choose two apps, two entrees, two desserts and it comes with salad which is also delicious.

KD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Sammy's on a busy Saturday night and they did not disappoint at all! Waitress was attentive, food was amazing. We were served family style for the salad and appetizers which allowed everyone to taste many things. Ordered dinners for everyone, chicken, pasta and filet. All very yummy. The atmosphere is just perfect for a fun night out!

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Ambiance and service was excellent! My meal was good, but not great. I wasn't aware that they would only be serving the "Pre-Show" menu and some items that I was interested in were not available. I would like to try Sammy's another time when the full-dinner menu is available.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience... True Authentic Italian Cuisine.

RN
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I ate at Sammy's before a show at the BSO. The host admitted to us that the restaurant was overbooked and asked us if we minded sitting at the bar. Since it was just 2 of us we said sure. He was thrilled. We got a hug and a free martini! The food was just as good as the atmosphere. I couldn't decide between the chicken piccata or the pasta bolognese. The bartender suggested I get the chicken piccata because it comes with a side of pasta so I was able to have both and both were excellent. My friend had the pasta carbonara and she said hers was fabulous as well. I will definitely return.

k
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food. Overall, we always have a very enjoyable evening at Sammy’s. I would highly recommend Sammy’s for an enjoyable evening.

T
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good service and food. Good choice for before theater or "just because".

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Better than little Italy!

H
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service