SoBo Cafe

4.9
866 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 866 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKaren
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dinner with terrific food, service, and a table outside enjoying the street scene. Really enjoyed the sweet corn flatbread to share as an appetizer. For main, had new item on the menu that I will be getting again: linguine with shrimp, basil, heirloom tomatoes, and light white wine cream sauce. For dessert shared a rum cake dusted with cinnamon and fresh strawberries and whipped cream on top—a combo that really works! There is a reason we go to SoBo Cafe again and again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for the first time last night. Stellar service from the brunette woman at the host stand, she made sure we got an outdoor table as requested on the reservation. My burger was delicious and I’m a self-admitted burger snob. Will absolutely be back.

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vipgeril
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mac and cheese is amazing. And the bacon on the salad is ‘really good’ like the menu says.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SoBo never disappoints. Outstanding food and service. Two large parties made the noise level too high.

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ctown
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with a guest with Celiac Disease. This restaurant answered all of our questions and double-checked ingredients to make sure there was no gluten. The food and the service were excellent, and we will certainly be back.

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vipFran
Baltimore
79 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a nice salad + shrimp pasta dish made with freash veggies. Wife had "the best clams" she had ever eaten.

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vipSantiago
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and very good food. We enjoyed our dinner there.

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Windsor
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good

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Frenchie
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food and fun atmosphere. Great find in Federal Hill.

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!

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vipMissy
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful gem in Federal Hill. Food is wonderful. Service is good. If you pick SoBo Cafe, you have made a great choice

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hospitality was fantastic!

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viprosie
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to eat! The food is consistently good, and the staff are great. The outdoor space is beautiful on a nice evening.

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TomR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my meal at SoBo cafe. The staff was friendly, food was tasty, and the service was quick!

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KristieA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and cozy ambiance. They are also implementing good, safe precautions during the pandemic.

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vipyentakvetch
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SoBo Cafe has been one of our favorite restaurants for many years. Where else can you get to eat a fabulous Chicken Pot Pie. Every dish was cooked just right and with a excellent presentation.

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alisonc
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing little restaurant! Service was wonderful, food was delicious, couldn’t recommend more!

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vipAnnie
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food; excellent service; nicely spaced tables - couldn’t be better.

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robert
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time out for dinner in a while, and we were very happy to go to SoBo. The staff was friendly and accommodating, the food was great, and atmosphere was pleasant. Can't wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
120 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great burger! Really enjoyed Sobo’s burger night special and their Smith Island cake for dessert! Fantastic local restaurant — highly recommended!

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vipDavidW
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The white beans with the salmon was very good.

The only negative is that the restaurant does not have ground pepper mills, just little pepper shakes with fine, rather than coarse grains of pepper.

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TraceyK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food! Fun time had by all

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Great service and food!

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Andee
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our group of four were happy to return to Sobo to find that it still offers a lovely dining experience. It's small, quaint, warm and welcoming. Our server was delightful, the appetizers tasty and most of the entrees were quite delicious. The only exception was the Korean Chicken Fried Steak - dry, overcooked steak with a disappointing sauce. It was just not up to par with the other entrees - Bavette Steak, Chicken Pot Pie and Salmon with mediterranean lentil pilaf and string beans.
That one glitch will not stop us from returning....we totally enjoyed our evening!

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vipDarleneP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing!

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Irishprof
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places for brunch in Baltimore. They are very attentive to celiac needs, bringing the dishes separately from the other glutened plates. The Eggs Benedict were perfect. I didn’t miss the English muffin at all because the GF bread was so good! The home fries are separately cooked in a pan for GF people. We also got a side of bacon that might be the best bacon I’ve ever had. Thanks SOBO!

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DanaB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch! We are from out of town & we felt such a kind, warm welcome. Loved the vibe and the food. It was memorable!

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CharlesW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and innovative food. Always good and reliable. Great value, too.

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BuzzM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is excellent and the Music that evening Roses and Rust, was superb!

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BobL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was very slow. The server apologized for forgetting about us. Food was fine, very good actually. We’ve gone once a year for the past four years. Not sure we’ll go next year when we’re there. At least there wasn’t live music. It’s so loud then.

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vipnancyc
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Say at the. At. Great service, food as always was excellent. The biosecurity really ARE the BEST in Baltimore and that’s saying something. Terrific wine list. A local place but with a high level ambiance

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AlexE
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Amazing vegan options!

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bookends
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food (chicken pot pie was excellent) and service outstanding!

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Ceedy
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have found a new favorite restaurant! It was just what we wanted and like in a restaurant - great, friendly greeting and service, fantastic food, great physical layout and not real noisy. It's small so it should never get too wild. It was also a pleasant surprise that SoBo Cafe is owned by the same people who has one of our favorite vendor stalls in Cross Street Market. Especially since it's "in the neighborhood", this will be our new "go to" restaurant when friends and family visit us in Baltimore.

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vipConnieTwoCities
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My second time there in a month, my friend’s first. Food was EXCELLENT! I ordered off the Paleo/Keto menu but it’s similar to the regular entre menu, only the sides are so much better I think! Got the HUGE salmon fillet (7 oz) perfectly cooked! So yum. Had the roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato wedges. Seriously, one of the best meals out I’ve had in ages. Friend got the carrot ginger soup (I had that last time), which is on the spicy (no sweet) side and loved it. She also had the garden salad and salmon fillet on the side—same 7 oz portion! The salad with topped with so much thick crispy bacon—-we were in heaven.

One of those restaurants in a previous row house, very cute, ample space between tables. Nice bar, too, and happy hour. Street parking but not difficult either time I’ve been. Highly recommend it!

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AndrewR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ok, but waitress said she “hit the wrong button” so 4th member of our party got her meal well after the rest of us. In those cases, perhaps the meal should be comped or discounted. I didn’t request that, but the customer shouldn’t have to. The wait staff should know to make that call.

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vipJonathan
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love SoBo. Great food, service and ambiance. It’s our go to restaurant in the neighborhood!

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PhyllisP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We go to SoBos for happy hour often and really enjoy the food, drink and value. This was our first time there for brunch and the breakfast food was delicious. Especially the homemade cinnamon rolls🙂

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polymorphorism
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food and ambiance was excellent. Decent menu choices, although more vegetarian and possibly vegan options is needed. Service was friendly but spotty - slow return times and had to flag the serve down a couple of times. Definitely will return!

FAQs

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

SoBo Cafe is rated 4.9 stars by 866 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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