SoBo Cafe

4.7
599 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(410) 752-1518
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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
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Catering
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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between S. Charles & S. Hanover Streets
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Parking details
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
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Public transit
Charm City Circulator (Purple Line) Stops: Cross Street or Henrietta Street, MTA (1 or 64 Lines)
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Entertainment
Music Tuesdays - join us for live music (acoustic or jazz) on select Tuesdays
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 599 People Are Saying
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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent

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JI
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

SoBo is our neighborhood “go-to” restaurant. Good food (try the Mac and Cheese or Chicken Pot Pie if you are looking for comfort food) and great service by a friendly staff that truly cares about its customers. Also good for Sunday brunch too! We love it.

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CC
Washington DC
150 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wide variety of options. Creative sandwiches and soups. Great portion sizes. The BLT Biscuit was amazing. Friendly waitstaff. Good service

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J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service, great imaginative menu & food, reasonable in a funky, fun neighborhood.

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MB
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Attentive staff willing to accommodate likes and dislikes. Good neighborhood place.

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SQ
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, efficient service, along with nice window seat. Cute, cozy spot. Dinner lived up to reviews. Caesar salad and house salad were excellent. Entrees of cod and beef were perfectly cooked. Loved the creamed spinach and fingerling potatoes with my steak. Enjoyed their red sangria. Worth getting a pitcher!

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MT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great brunch spot. Loved the variation of the menu. Salad was pretty big. Would've asked for a smaller version. Chicken pot pie was very savory. Needed a little heavier flavor but very good overall. Loved the presentation which gives the option to eat the crust or skip it. Bellini was well balanced. Definitely going back.

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JM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately the food was delivered cold.
Ate there the night before the same thing and was very good.!!
Only 2 tables occupied when we were there...
Maybe the chef was having a bad night??
They did comp me a beer

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C
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was wonderful, as always. We were there for early Sunday brunch. I highly recommend any dish at Sobo with biscuits. My husband got a ham and egg on a biscuit and I got chipped beef on biscuits with eggs. Both came with nice fresh fruit. Our server was efficient, cleared plates appropriately, refilled coffee. This place is great, upbeat atmosphere, friendly staff. It is one of our favorites.

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BL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious meal reasonably priced. We selected a variety of appetizers and our main dishes were superb. I especially recommend the scallop and salmon main dishes.

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JR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top quality ingredients, cooked expertly - great bread and biscuits prepared in house - great wines - friendly neighborhood vibe in trendy Federal Hill

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JC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT LITTLE GEM IN Federal Hill. Delightful staff! Have had both Brunch and Dinner there. Excellent

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E
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited SoBo on the occasion of a friend's photo exhibit and stayed for a fabulous dinner. Food was outstanding, as was the service. Would definitely return here in the future.

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SM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner to celebrate a birthday. Wonderful meal! The scallops were to die for!

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal and service was fantastic. Great restaurant !

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K
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was amazing! We all ordered typical brunch items, but the slight twist and fresh ingredients made all the dishes stand out from other places where we've had similar items.

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MW
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great local Fed Hill eatery. Super food - surprisingly creative. All ingredients were high quality. From perfectly grilled/seasoned scallops to great burger. Sides were great, particularly the oven-roasted fingerlings instead of fries with the burgers. Extremely friendly, very accommodating staff in a small and very old building. If it only had a full liquor license instead of just beer/wine, but it's basically a local tavern with GREAT food and service.

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JJ
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A true neighborhood gem with delicious food and great service. When full it can get rather loud so
my recommendation would be to book your dinner reservation for an early time or your lunch late when it is quieter.

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E
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu and great service. A charming, cozy neighborhood place.

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SM
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Portions were deceptive - looked small but we could barely finish desert. Very cozy local place - just fancy enough without being pretentious. Homemade pasta was outstanding but ever so slightly under seasoned. Spinach pie did not disappoint. Would totally come here for a la carte dining. Very attentive service without being intrusive.

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C
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuesday night live music in a cozy neighborhood spot with friendly owner and staff and delicious food. What more need I say?!? (My pan seared salmon was delicious tonight and from a prior visit I can highly recommend the french onion soup. Yum!!!)

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b
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at SoBo has been consistently wonderful. We have been to SoBo at least 6 times in the last 14 months and are very happy to have a place so reliably good. Can't wait till the cold weather to go back to have their yummy chicken pot pie.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just what I was looking for!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time dining at SoBo. The owner was very inviting. Great neighborhood vibe. Everything was hand crafted in-house. Very delicious. We started with chilled melon soup and Roasted Beet Salad. For dinner we both had the Cod with Roasted Vegetables. OMG! The chocolate pudding with peanut butter whipped cream was the stuff dreams are made of.

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SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for lunch on a July weekday and easily got a table. The house smoked salmon was amazing! The service was great! Highly recommend.

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B
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great. We had 6 different meals and everyone loved them! The wait staff was super friendly. They were accommodating of my 18 month old nephew who spent the whole time drawing on the paper tablecloth with the provided crayons. Seriously though.... would go back to Baltimore just for this 😍

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G
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, creative menu and a fantastic place

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OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our several SoBo suppers.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped here on the way to the airport for a taste of gourmet Baltimore; was not disappointed. Located on a nondescript small street, the quiet, unobtrusive service in a small space bordered by a bar added to the serenity of a Monday solo lunch. The signature chicken pot pie tasted decadently of cream sauce while showing the traditional peas, carrots, celery, and chicken chunks under a beautiful separately baked puff pastry crust. I could do without the chunks of potato in the pie, though—too much starch.

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GC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Second time trying the veggie scramble and i loved it both times. Mimosa was delicious.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Sunday Bruch spot

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MJ
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was super friendly and helpful. Drink menu a little disappointing but appetizers and entrees were excellent!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great atmosphere! Love SOBO!

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KR
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time to this restaurant as I do not live in Baltimore. It was exceptional in every sense of the word. I would go back again the next time I find myself in Baltimore.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, innovative food and excellent service. Good prices for quality food

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and food were wonderful, it never disappoints!

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t
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Cute place, the staff were very friendly and the service was good. Unfortunately, the food wad mediocre.

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P
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Our party of six overall really enjoyed our dining experience. Salads were delicious. Potpie was a little heavy on sage buy plenty of meat and veggies with beautiful top crust. Muffaletto was the best our friend had eaten. Prosciutto and peach flatbread was a big hit with the person in our party who ordered that. Would definitely recommend.

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JJ
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SoBo is a neighborhood gem. The food was really delicious
for lunch. I was delighted that the place wasn’t completely full and there was no background music because it can be quite loud in there and I wanted to have a conversation with my out of town business colleague. We both loved our food
and the service and the overall ambiance.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at The SoBo Cafe and I will definitely be returning. My favorite beer (Union Craft Duckpin) was on draft and I had the House Smoked Salmon and Ranch Salad for my entree. Excellent combination of ingredients and the baked smoked salmon was superb. Service was excellent and the cafe had a great vibe!

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