Sammy's Trattoria

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$30 and under
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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.

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CR
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional food and drinks; we also are in awe of the staff who are more like part of our family.

l
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. It was a Monday and there was only one person doing the bar, waiting, greeter, etc. Was a bit too much for one person. But he tried really hard.

OT
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always, a delicious meal. The restaurant was crowded quickly after a symphony performance, but the staff handled the demand effectively. Sammy's is a neighborhood favorite, and we're always happy when we make it our choice for that day.

BJ
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food - a family favorite . Everyone gets something different each time and finds a new favorite.

A
Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! The service, food and ambiance make this a winner in our books!

W
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great place to go before a show, maybe 2 hours is not enough.

NM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. We had an outstanding meal.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Sammy’s. Great with my kids. Amazing food and serving team!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, excellent service. Try the duck ravioli, it is different and delicious!

A
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, great service. Doesn't get much better!

GS
Baltimore
211 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This review remains no different than my past Sammy’s reviews - EXCELLENT! Sammy’s is like a home away from home - always friendly and welcoming and always delicious. From larger parties to dining with a friend, I always love Sammy’s - a true favorite!

H
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I would recommend Sammy’s with the understanding that there is a huge wait even with reservations! And then it took FOREVER to get our food!

With that being said, the food was delicious and we were offered complimentary drinks. Truthfully, I prefer no aggravation with my dinner.

x
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

superb classic Italian food, well prepared and presented.

SM
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

A wonderful menu and experienced wait staff. We make it a point to go here before the Theatre as they are in walking distance. We understand these are peak times so don't let comments on ambiance throw you - it is packed but hopping. We love going there!

m
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect and always amazing food and service. Never disappointed and forever looking forward to a night at Sammy’s.

JK
London
37 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ran out tiramisu at 6:00 PM on Sunday! Disappointing. Waiter was nice. However, I had a chip plate and the glasses were spotted.

K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

From the moment of being seated at a table that was in a dark and cold area to paying the bill, it was an evening to forget. We chose Sammy's based on positive reviews but the experience was nothing but disappointing. It started with the server asking if we'd been helped. When we said no, his response was, "guess I'll be your server then." Ordered an appetizer and after 40 minutes of which it still hadn't arrived, when he finally returned to our table, he gave no response as to why we were still waiting for the bruschetta. About 10 mins later and it finally arrived. No sooner had it arrived and so did the entrees. That's just unacceptable. I've taken two bites of the appetizer and now the entrees are brought to the table. As for the entrees, the duck ravioli was mediocre, a bit dry. But the gnocchi was another story. Two bites in and it just wasn't edible. Far too much sage & melted butter, but the sage was so overpowering I couldn't eat it. I would've told the server but he didn't show back up until 20 minutes later. At that point, I was just done. Then the check fiasco. I gave him cash & a credit card. We told him the amount to be put on the card & how much of the cash to use. He brings back the same cash & put less on the card than we asked. I wasn't in charge of the tip but frankly it would have been even less than the 5% I believe was left. To sum it up, inedible entree, mediocre entree, good appetizer, terrible service, highly disappointing experience and made even worse because we drove 1 hour just to have dinner in Bmore.

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Renee was amazing. Great food beautiful atmosphere

MO
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I continue to enjoy Sammy's Trattoria restaurant. It's very accommodating with a special menu for the BSO goers. The food was freshly cooked and hot when served. Four entrees and all of liked our selections.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the sauces are amazing. Great service

v
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, friendly staff, and a great atmosphere. It was very resonably priced!

M
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Sammy’s did not live up to the hype. The servers were clearly overwhelmed and did not provide good service. The dinner was alright - burrata was our favorite - at least the food is inexpensive compared to similar restaurants. We waited 10 minutes for the valet who never came ... thankfully found street parking 2 blocks away.

JP
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was excellent! The halibut special really was spectacular. If you have never eaten at Sammy’s before, of if it has been a while since you were there, you should give it a try.

GC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! Had the best evening here to celebrate a birthday. Great food and a great vibe. We'll be back :)

KA
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We Love Sammy’s ......Always a great time with family and friends. Ben was so attentive and really made our experience awesome !
Can’t wait to go back

4
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We had the worst service of our lives. It was pre theater but we allowed an hour and half for our meal. The waitress was told the moment we arrived that we had an 8:00 symphony and we’d like to order right away, twenty minutes later she took the order. Our food came at 7:45 with no apologies. We had to box our meals and sit through the evening hungry

OT
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
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 on January 25, 2020
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
32 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
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 on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
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
53 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

k
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Amazing dinner! Staff seemed overwhelmed with the pre-show crowd. They had servers bar tending.