SoBo Cafe

4.7
906 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Health and safety remain a priority for our guests. In the current climate we find ourselves in, we know you have many questions so we wanted to share the specific measures we are taking within our restaurants.

We care deeply about our hard working staff, loyal guests and South Baltimore community and are taking precautionary measures on top of the meticulous procedures we already have in place.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 906 people are saying
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CindyB
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this restaurant. They were willing to prepare my food to accommodate my dietary needs which always scores BIG with me. Lovely little place and staff was warm and friendly. Love the variety of healthy foods being served and all of us enjoyed our meals. Will definitely return!!

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eekayzee
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sobo was recommended by friends. we finally got there and weren't disappointed. LOVED OUR BURGERS!!!! and the pot pie! service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was smooth

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RichardS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Eatery. Small and intimate. Food was great. I will go back again

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ElaineD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SoBo is excellent. Never disappoints. New menu items are always so delicious and I love their mainstays - French onion and chicken pot pie- too.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A Friend’s birthday

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ClaudeP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Tasty food. Good service. Not a lot room outside but still a decent dining experience.

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vipreview
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience

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vipZaca1
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Need to improve wine selection, food is good.

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JeffC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table for an early dinner on a Friday night. Not busy upon arrival, but soon picked up with takeout orders, patrons at the bar and inside and outside dining.
Sadly, I forgot to get our server's name because she deserves a big shout out! One member of our party had some dietary concerns which our server addressed and verified with the kitchen staff. I feel our server went above and beyond in her attention to detail.
The food was outstanding. No long waits, incredible taste and lovely presentation. My husband and I had the Korean Braised Short Ribs. Melt in your mouth delicious. The kimchi greens on top were a delightful surprise.
We don't get to Baltimore much, but SoBo is a definite repeat.
Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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vipGregS
Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. The Keto selections and an new smoked pork chop entree were fantastic.

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LydiaS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and not too expensive. Waiters were great and had a nice relaxed ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING vegan options! Had the stuffed pepper with roasted vegetables and a black bean soup as an appetizer. Sat on the outdoor patio, which was very cute and nicely decorated. Would definitely go back 10/10

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bailey460
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Incredibly good food always! Noise level inside use to be so Way too loud but the noise level outside is better and that’s where we were.

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JeremyS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice place. Great atmosphere. Everyone was pretty happy with their food but not blown away. I had the shrimp cake sandwich, which I thought was excellent. I didn't care for the house vinaigrette which was intensely flavored with tarragon or something, and very strong on the vinegar. I also found the Thai mussels disappointingly lacking in flavor. The chicken pot pie had an amazing pastry and scored a hit with two in our party. The mezzo platter was also excellent. We liked our server and appreciated her willingness to share candid opinions about menu options. She did however, forget my mussels. So, overall a bit uneven, but still very enjoyable.

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Foodie2
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t been to SoBo for several years. We first went there for dinner when we were dating and chose to go back for our 15th wedding anniversary. We were glad to find it had the same feel and the food was excellent. We had good service and really enjoyed our meals. We won’t wait for a special occasion to go back.

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AnnieB
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was very good. The server was timely and unobtrusive. The food was cooked perfectly. The portions were good sized. We had a good time.

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BeachChicken
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service and ambience are great. In a lively area.

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Jamie
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful. The food was amazing!! We started with the Spicy Feta Spread appetizer. We had the Chicken Pot Pie (YUM!!!!) and the Steak for our entrees, Roses & Rust were there performing live - incredible music!! We love SoBo Cafe!!

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BenSchultz
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in town! Food is on point and service is top tier!

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bailey460
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Absolutely love the food but do not like to sit inside because of the sound (and neither do my friends )We often get carry out or sit outside.The food is excellent though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
76 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Promptly seated upon arrival. Took a while to get service but once we did it was timely and attentive. Son really enjoyed his gyro as did I my salmon although I found the portion smaller than expected. Nice neighborhood restaurant.

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vipCasey
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

ehh unfortunately probably won’t be back

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vipGregS
Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined here about two weeks ago and had the same great service and great food this time. Our server Spencer was truly outstanding . Looking forward to going back again!

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Steve
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE always like SoBo for the pleasant atmosphere and their variety of menu items. We like to take advantage of the various special days and items offered each day.

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vipIrish
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service. Great food. Very comfortable atmosphere.

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Ceil
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough good things about SoBo. My husband and I and our dear friends have been dining there every Monday night for years. The food is ALWAYS delicious-the ambiance warm and inviting and the staff superb! When we go to SoBo we feel at home with friends and a staff that feels like family.

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Steve
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy SoBo for the food and ambiance and staff.

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Brumar
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently excellent across the board - food, service, value. One of our regular stops in Federal Hill

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viprmmr
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always tasty, lovely outdoor seating area, very friendly, and a neighborhood gem.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Nice place for a dinner, great food!

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vipYodathefoodie
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was great. We realy enjoyed sitting outside. The plaintains with the peruvian chicken are amazing.

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RonetteB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We went at 4 pm and were the only people there. It was awkward and just creepy. The radio didn’t work and they HAD NO WIFI service!!!! All you heard were the staff in the kitchen talking. Food was good. Ordered Korean ribs with mashed potatoes and kimchi collard greens.

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LeahG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious…especially the spinach pie!!

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LeslieJ
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I greatly enjoyed our dining experience at Sobo. The food was amazing from the Crab Dip in bread boule to the coffee and dessert. The food is made from scratch and is amazingly fresh and flavorful. Our server was attentive and gave us time to visit, share photos, and catch up, since we hadn’t done so in awhile. The atmosphere was relaxing and unpretentious. We had a blast and will definitely return soon. Highly recommended.

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vipGertIkonomi
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable meal in French like bistro style. Situated in very lively part of the city; just across from famous Federal Hill food hall. The service is excellent without pretentious of big restaurants. Every thing was fresh and tested exceptionally delicious. Will return for sure. Highly recommend for anyone who likes good food.

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Yvette
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cover band playing during dinner (Thursday) was fun and lively. SOBO has good happy hour specials until 7pm. Specialty burger and the cod entree were delicious!

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vipGeorgeH
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at SoBo Cafe is always top-notch---whether it be comfort food or something more elaborate. The chef is equally proficient at everything from roast chicken to burgers to special dishes. The service is friendly and efficient, and the ambience is very relaxed. After everyone's struggles during the pandemic, it was nice to see a good crowd there, too!

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EmmaI
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and food! cute area for outdoor searing and not too loud

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vipsusi
Baltimore
90 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad experience here and have been enjoying SoBO Cafe for years!
We went to eat outside the other evening and had great service and great food and they had fun live music inside! The owners and staff make everyone feel so welcome!

FAQs

SoBo Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 752-1518.

SoBo Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 906 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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