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About SoBo Cafe
We pride ourselves on preparing our from-scratch menu with fresh ingredients and a whole lot of flavor. Our cozy, intimate dining room is the perfect setting to enjoy a seasonal dish and a glass of carefully chosen wine or beer. 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.
Baltimore, MD 21230
American, Comfort Food, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday- Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Between S. Charles & S. Hanover Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Music Tuesdays - join us for live music (acoustic or jazz) on select Tuesdays
Our Business Lunch Platters feature
handcrafted sandwiches on house made, artisanal breads
house roasted & smoked meats
healthy salads with our freshly made dressings
build a bowl
vegan & vegetarian friendly
We will customize any order to suit your taste or diet.
Please contact us for more information.
Street (please read signs carefully)
Evenings - Shofer"s Furniture Parking Lot (Hamburg St entrance) - one block from SoBo Café - evening paid parking
West St Parking Garage - 40 E West Street - paid parking
Charm City Circulator (Purple Line) Stops: Cross Street or Henrietta Street, MTA (1 or 64 Lines)
Private Party Facilities:
Our cozy, intimate dining room is the perfect setting for your event. Enjoy a seasonal dish and a glass of carefully chosen wine or beer. We pride ourselves on preparing our from-scratch menu with fresh ingredients and a whole lot of flavor. A favorite among neighbors and visitors, we go out of our way to make everyone feel at home.
Weekdays - Business Breakfast/Brunch Meetings
Happy Hours - Rehearsal Dinners
Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
SoBo Cafe Ratings and Reviews
We picked SoBo based on reviews and we were so happy we did! Everything was fresh and delicious. Started with the white wine sangria with apples and cinnamon, which was perfect for the fall. The humus with veggies was light and creamy. And, the chicken pot pie was the best I'd ever had. The homemade crust was outstanding! I'm only sorry we weren't hungry enough to have dessert.
The food was excellent - creative locally sourced cuisine tastefully presented.
One drawback was that we were sat very close to front door and there is nothing between the table and hostess stand/front door. A folding screen or divider would do wonders for the dining experience.
Sobo Cafe is South Baltimore at its best. The food is great and the bar is lively (in an adult way) and the ambiance is very nice, but I think what makes Sobo really stand out is it’s service. I always feel warmly welcomed there, always! That’s important to me.
We always enjoy SoBo. Owner is wonderful and the food is very good. This time the chicken fried steaks came out way overdone. When brought to the owner's attention she immediately took the meals off the check. Aside from that problem everything else was great. Will go back soon.
I hesitate to write this because I want to keep SoBo all to myself. This is a neighborhood gem with great food, good wine (with a generous pour), and great service. We sat at the bar (always our first choice). He had salmon that he still raves about and I had the Korean fried steak that I still dream about. Appetizers were chicken liver pate (delish!!) and the yummy spiced nuts. We will be back in Baltimore in February and cannot wait to return. Thanks, SoBo!
Four of us went there pre game for Ravens. Even though they were packed, they did a good job of getting drinks in front of us and some delicious homemade zucchini bread to tide us over til our entrees arrived. I absolutely love the caesar salad with their very own smoked salmon.
In town for one night looking for "upscale casual" on short notice with kids. Jackpot. This place was perfect. Great atmosphere. Excellent staff. Limited menu, but tons of variety. Able to find something for everyone, including the vegetarian, the allergy guy and the two year old. Selection of local craft beers was again limited, but the few drafts they had were tasty. Would absolutely eat here again next time we are in Baltimore.
Another good meal at Sobo Cafe. The dinner menu seems more limited than I remember. Everyone liked their food, although I found the pasta with vegetables and tomatoes rather bland. The portions are generous, and two out of the table of four went home with food. The service was pleasant and prompt.
I went with a group of girlfriends for one of their birthdays and we had a blast. I put a note in the reservation request that it was for a birthday and they went out of their way to make sure she (and our whole group) had a good time! Would definitely come back to try new things! Most of us went with the pasta special and it didn't disappoint!
After a great Restaurant Week meal we decided to try brunch. We are so glad we did.
SoBo had my wife from the Cinnamon roll. She had the SoBo Biscuit Benedict and it was done perfectly. I had the Salmon Omelette. No way could I ever make one that fluffy.
And yes, the biscuits are excellent. No extra hype on that item.
Glad we went. Pasta Monday is calling for the next visit.
I took a good friend here for Restaurant Week and we were both very pleasantly surprised. I looked online at a bunch of menus and this one looked both inexpensive and creative. We arrived for our 7:30 reservation and were seated right away at a little table toward the back - it's a small space, but it seems to work. The acoustics were not wonderful once it started to get busy, but my guest and I were still able to hear each other without yelling. We ordered a delicious and reasonably priced Cotes du Rhone, which was gone by dessert. I got the honeydew soup to start which packed some nice heat but the portion could have been cut in half and it would've been perfect. My friend ordered the spinach pie and it was a very small portion so it could've been doubled and it would've been perfect. We both ordered the bavette and they were absolutely wonderful and cooked to perfection. I had the strawberry shortcake for dessert and she had the carrot cake, and we both practically licked our plates. All in all, it was a really lovely night out and I would definitely go back for brunch or basically any other meal. The service could have been stepped up just a bit, but it was busy and thankfully the gentleman refilling the water glasses came by very often. I definitely recommend Sobo Cafe!
Had a great time at Sobo! It was our first time at dinner (usually brunch) for restaurant week and the food was great! Loooove the grape leaves app and the strawberry shortcake. The hostess (who's name I missed ;( ) was so accommodating and our server Jordan was fantastic!
The Restaurant Week menu was extensive and the food quality was also. We had the Bavette Steak (which was prepared "just right") and Korean Chicken Fried Steak (which had a great kick to it).
The service was excellent - Ghordan was attentive and had good recommendations.
We have always liked Sobo. There are only two issues: parking is atrocious and it can get pretty loud. It was time we got to know the newer menu and will be coming back for brunch soon.
Tried Sobo for Restaurant Week after reading many positive reviews. It lived up to those reviews and our expectations. The atmosphere/ambiance is upscale casual - white table cloths, but in a big room, wood floor, more casual setting. The menu is hot huge, but everything is excellent, and is definitely not your usual run of the mill offerings (e.g. Korean Chicken Fried Steak). Their chef does an excellent job of putting a new twist on the meals. My Korean Chicken Fried Steak comes with Kimchi-Spinach, soy-garlic mashed potatoes, and a lovely mild but flavorful Asian infused sauce/gravy - excellent. My wife had the seared Salmon (wild caught, fresh) on a bed of couscous and an interesting salsa. Our pre-dinner salads (she had the House, I had the Arugula) were a clear step above what you normally get. The house-made dressings were perfect, and the mixing in of fruit, asparagus, and other sort of "non-salad" ingredients was spot on. The portion sizes are more European - which is a good thing. Not the sometimes normal "quantity" more than "quality". The deserts were again right sized - just a few bites, but those few were decadent. And we were able to take our dog. We'll definitely go back.
Our first visit - cannot wait to return. The window boxes & sign outside are so inviting , upon entry the ambiance was very clear. beautiful dining area & bar - great servers with great welcoming smiles. Five of us all ordered five different brunch items & all of our selections were exquisite. The preparation & blend of flavors were so fine. Our dishes were all so aesthetically pleasing, beautiful presentation. The BEST part of our brunch - the carefully crafted cinnamon pastries - so so good. Thank you SoBo - what a great find in Federal Hill.
Charming gem in the heart of Federal Hill. The food is immaculately prepared with enormous attention to detail and tastes like the best meal you've ever had. The staff is kind and gracious like they are always happy to see you. We had our first date here almost 5 years ago and it's still our favorite restaurant to return to and enjoy an intimate, delicious meal with a side of exceptional service.
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