SoBo Cafe

4.7
700 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.
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D
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal when dining at Sobo. So friendly it’s like having a great meal at a good friends house!

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b
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of our party had dined often at SoBo under previous ownership, but none-the-less was pleasantly impressed. I was agog with the adeptness of the staff - professional, stealthy, serve from the right, clear from the left. We will definitely keep SoBo in our brunch rotation.

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SU
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A warm friendly atmosphere with consistently great food. You can’t go wrong.

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CD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere!

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LF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful dining at SoBo Cafe! Delicious food, great service, cozy environment.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were bringing a couple who had never been and wanted them to have a wonderful experience. Our waitress was very nice, but inattentive, forgot one of our appetizers and just not too helpful.
My husband got the fettucine and did not like it. Overall, it was very good, but do not know if either couple will come back.

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DA
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a quaint neighborhood cafe. Local artists' work is hung on the walls and can be purchased. The space is fairly small, but it's not noisy; it's still easy to have a conversation with your dining companion(s). Service is friendly but not always very attentive; my companion and I had to wait a while for our coffee cups to be refilled. Entree portions are generous, and meals are tasty.

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HG
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely little neighborhood spot with very good service, great for brunch!

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VO
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the turkey sandwich. Best I ever had. My husband said the same about the French dip. Small space. Excellent food. Good service. Very clean.

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y
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love returning to SoBo. My husband is crazy about their chicken pot pie and it never disappoints. I and our guest had the hamburger with the works and added sautéed onions. it was delish. We were sorry we couldn't fit in the dessert when we saw the carrot cake. We will have to come back!

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I
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great and healthy and fresh and presented well. The ambiance was cute and casual with many families. The noise level was a little high but not out of the ordinary. The price was less than I expected and a great deal for the quality of the food! It was a great experience, I would definitely go again.

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KN
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love this place! The service is very slow, however, which can be hard when you are there for a working lunch. It may have been wise to let the server know of a time constraint- we did not. The restaurant also seemed to be busier than the staff had expected.

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BN
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and rotating local art add to a great evening. We had a large party and the food came out hot and in a timely fashion.

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BB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On top of the great food, there was a great band playing, Roses and Rust!!

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RT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Unfortunately, we were there on St. Patrick’s Day eve, so getting there was a hassle. Also, the construction next door was unsightly. But the service and cuisine were first rate.

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little neighborhood gem. Food was outstanding and staff were very attentive, without being overly so. The dining area is small but comfortable. We were there for brunch at 10:30 AM on a Saturday and there were plenty of open tables, so the noise level was very low. It was nice not to have to shout in order to carry on a conversation like one has to do in so many establishments these days. Highly recommend this great little place and my wife and I will definitely be going back again in the future.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great restaurant to catch up with friends.

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LF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SoBo Cafe is one of our neighborhood favorites. Everyone is always friendly, service is on point and well timed, and the food is DELICIOUS. Love the food, drinks, people, and atmosphere. We will be back again soon!

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P
Baltimore
119 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the neighborhood, so we eat at SOBO regularly. We have never been disappointed. This evening we had the corned beef special (very tender) and a seafood stew. Both were terrific. Service is always pleasant and efficient.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Mediocre food; decent wine; nice service. OK value, but not a place to which I will likely return.

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SD
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual--the best and friendliest place in Fed Hill. I've probably said this in other reviews, but this is our "go-to SoBOASIS"!!! Truly a Federal Hill and Baltimore gem!

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JM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a group of 5 of us and all enjoyed their dishes. A colleague from Italy noticed that the fettuccine was freshly made and ordered the night special it with braised beef. I had the porcini fettuccine and it was excellent. One had the pork chop, a generous serving and she said it was one of the best she had eaten. We chose Sobo because of its diverse menu (I'm vegetarian, the rest not),attention to details and what we thought were reasonable prices.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely LOVE adobo and its staff (Linda is the best) - true delicious gem in Fed Hill with real fresh food made there. Enjoy regularly

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c
Baltimore
50 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best French dip ever as the service is always wonderful

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NH
Baltimore
54 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Normally love this place but the food was not good on Friday. Under seasoned, greasy, burned.. we will still go back. Maybe an off night.

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CK
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was great very attentive. They even helped to us determine if we were parked legally to avoid a ticket. Place is small but quaint. Food was very good with some different items .

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SH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SoBo Cafe has been a favorite for a long time. I returned for brunch for the first time in a while and it was just as excellent as I remembered! Great food, friendly service... GREAT food.

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h
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable atmosphere and the food was delicious and creative.

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CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was cozy and quiet. The food and service was fantastic. I go every time I’m in Baltimore and this place never disappoints.

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BG
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Sobo and having been going for many years. Chicken pot pie is a must as well as spinach pie and Mac and cheese. The turkey sandwich is also excellent.

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BL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It was too loud. Food is great, but if I’m in town on a night when there’s live music, I’ll go somewhere else.

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B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner at SoBo Cafe. We were running late and the restaurant appreciated our call and held our reservation. Not much street parking to be had. My daughter had the special- a delicious crab cake accompanied by asparagus w Hollandaise sauce and fingerling potatoes. I had a dinner salad with unique “spiced apples” and a great vinaigrette. For my main I had the chicken pot pie which had a wonderful puff pastry crust and incredibly delicious cream sauce. It was a little light on chicken and veggies. For dessert she had the homemade chocolate pudding sans peanut whipped cream (allergy) and I had a plate of giant chocolate dipped strawberries. Our waitress and the hostess were very pleasant and overall we had a great experience. The restaurant has a wonderful menu and I’m sure we’ll return again.

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J
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great neighborhood restaurant. We went for brunch and the food and service was outstanding.

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JE
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cozy neighborhood cafe with delicious food. Steak with creamed spinach and potatoes was a terrific entree.

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SM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, always a great place with amazing food.

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F
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for the price. The wine was priced nicely as well. Definitely coming back.

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JJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for valentines day. Place was packed but staff was great, food out on time and delicious. Great gem in fed hill

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Although, it is a nice small place, the tables were so close together it was hard to have a private conversation. There were other tables open but they wouldn't move us because they said the table were reserved according to time????
Also, I didn't realize that it didn't have a full bar. I had only been there once before and I remembered that they had a good selection of wine; not so this time.

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P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly service, reasonable prices, cozy atmosphere, great value!

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SS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Charming and quaint restaurant nestled in a hip and interesting neighboor, Federal Hill.

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