The Owl Bar

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Located in the historic Belvedere, The Owl Bar boasts 100+ years of serving Baltimore's finest diners and bar-goers. With an original hardwood bar, brick pizza oven, and stained glass, The Owl Bar offers a rich history and delicious food and drink!
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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I know that Saturday night can be busy — and it was — but after 15 minutes we had to flag down the host to send a server to our table. We then had to go to the bar to request water an to get our check. The food was OK for pub food, but blah overall. The noise level was very distracting. It was a big disappointment. We won’t go back.

R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food and service were good but the atmosphere was even better. Good place to eat before going to the speaker series. We will return.

t
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I had reservations was seated promptly directly by the door. Also waiter took nearly 30 min to come bring a glass of water to even acknowledge that we was waiting the whole experience was bad wait time on everything was poor and very long with know explanation of why.

LR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great pub in a lovely historic Baltimore hotel. Server was great and personable. We will go back when visiting.

J
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It our first time to The Owl Bar. Our server, Meghan, was great! Really enjoyed her. The food was delicious. We will definitely go again.

AM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I love coming to the Owl Bar; its a great venue and such a showoff place for Baltimore. The food and drinks are very good. My only issue recently was celebrating Halloween there and it could have been way more fun if the music wasn't sooooo obnoxiously loud and overbearing. I sat at the bar until our table was ready and honestly i got tired trying to converse with my friends because you had to scream or repeat every comment . Don't get me wrong, I think good music as background is a must; I just would like the management to take note and make sure that whatever is playing is at a decent decibel so that guests can still laugh and talk among themselves.

DN
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

The excessive noise level with party atmosphere made the place immediately untenable. We walked in and walked out. This was a Thursday (weekday), early ... not a weekend.

I
Baltimore
82 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I enjoyed our meal at the Owl Bar the other night. The service was very slow - getting started - but once we were waited on, the server was very good. I realize the restaurant was very busy that night and our food took a while to get served. Then, there were a few mistakes on the items. I had asked for fries and got the chips instead. Another person asked for NO cheese on her burger and there was cheese on the burger.
My other complaint was that it was extremely noisy because the music was turned up VERY high.
But, other than that, we enjoyed our meal and the food was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice that the Owl Bar has such longevity! Food is good and ambiance is wonderful. The bar section is too noisy, but there is another, quieter section in which you can sit. It's pretty reasonably priced. Thumbs up.

CK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the evening! Waiter was great! We were celebrating my son's 25th birthday

AC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night after our wedding, so many family and friends gathered here and had the best time- grateful to the bar for being awesome hosts and showing so many out-of-towners a positive fun night!

AT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Bartender and servers are so helpful and friendly!

OT
Baltimore
110 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice lunch at The Owl Bar! Despite the fact that bartender was doing double duty both behind the bar and waiting tables, we never felt that service suffered in any way. He was attentive, friendly and extremely efficient! Food was very good (normal bar fare) but the star of the show was the room itself — great decor and interesting history! You’ll have to work hard to find all the owls!

a
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

This place has an exceptional drink menu and a nice speakeasy vibe that is hard to come by nowadays. The drinks are poured generously, and even though they are expensive, I think they are still worth it.

I said yes I would recommend Owl Bar to a friend but...

Both times we went, the service was abysmal, and that's putting it nicely. The first time, we went nearly 45 minutes without anyone checking on us. Both times, our waiter had to be flagged down on multiple occasions. The second time, we ended up getting our drinks directly from the bar because it had been almost 30 minutes since we ordered the second round of drinks.

Additionally, we had dinner the first time we went, and what was supposed to be a medium rare burger came out raw. Not "This Is Somewhere In Between Medium Rare and Rare, Maybe More Rare, But Still Edible". I mean RAW. I understand there is a risk you assume when you order a burger medium rare that it is going to come out a bit more pink than bargained for, but putting out a burger that is cold to the touch is a major issue.

TL;DR: sit at the bar and get some drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, I'm jealous of the space and wish a bar with that history/beauty was in NYC.

MG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The Owl Bar is my favorite spot in Baltimore. The food and atmosphere are great and the prices are totally reasonable. Highly recommend

OT
Baltimore
111 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time ever at The Owl Bar — great brunch! Food, service and ambiance were all top notch! The beignets were especially delicious. Highly recommended —

RC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, huge portions, and prices were reasonable. Great service. Me, my mother, and sister when during lunch hour; the environment of the restaurant was quiet. Loved the maple and Jalapeno bacon basket!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went for brunch at 11am on a sunday, party of 3. had reservation but plenty of available seating. attentive and friendly service w/ quick food turn around. great ambiance and vibrancy, but not too loud. all our food options were great - shrimp & grits, beignets. bottomless mimosa option was also great. they weren’t watered down (like some places) and they were kept flowing. will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The Owl Bar assisted me beautifully with hosting a birthday dinner for my family. The service was nice, the food came quickly. The drinks were flowing. Great experience!

UB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food just ok
Service was excellent
Fans blow too much so your food cools off fast
Will try again

RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Owl Bar and appreciated the hostess asking whether we preferred a quieter location or the louder main bar area. The service is always prompt and the food is adequately priced and delicious. Love the ambiance!

S
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a little too loud for us - we had our elderly mothers with us. But it was Pride weekend, so we understood. And it was a Friday night at Happy Hour. :)

PW
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Monica the waitress was attentive.
Only issue mussels were not hot

ME
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

The food and drinks are way overpriced for what the menu offers. The pizza is just ok.

CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

BN
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place to eat! The bartender took great care of us and the food was pretty good. The benigets come with several different sauces as and they’re all pretty sweet. French toast is coveredddd in berries which I personally like a lot. And it comes with potatoes which was different but ended up being perfect because the French toast was sweet. The drinks are great too - bourbon drinks made my day.

DR
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

They serve only pub food now, no dinner on trays unlike the past. The burgers and duck fat fries were excellent and cooked just like we ordered. Brussel sprout side was not cared for. Kettle chips tasted stale. The service was really poor from waiter and food server both. They all seem to be hustling so I am wondering if they were understaffed. It was overly air conditioned but after 2 requests, it was turn down. Ceiling fans going full blast didnt help in the mild temp. Still, cant beat the ambiance and history of the Owl Bar and Belvedere. Thought the owls' lit eyes blinked off and on but these owls' eyes did not.

TL
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes in a really cool spot! My friend and I ordered salads and shared a pizza and it was the perfect amount of food for a decent price. Worth checking out!

JK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

You had to scream to communicate at happy hour. Food was very good

H
Baltimore
90 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to have a brunch with spouse as we remember the ambiance from 51 years ago when we met and enjoyed a yard of ale!

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met up at the Owl Bar for a Birthday dinner. Service was great, food was even better!

PW
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Always a pleasure to come here. Nicole was very attentive. Thanks!!

MP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like the Owl Bar. Service and food were outstanding. The only negative was the noise level. Our party of four had a great time at the Owl Bar. I recommend the Owl Bar.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food didn’t really blow my hair back. We had the chicken pot pie and the fried green tomatoes appetizers. It was much better in thought than execution. The appetizers were a little bland and saltless/unseasoned. However the entrées were fantastic, although the house ships could’ve used a dusting of salt as well. That said, everything else was terrific. Great ambiance. Great service. We’ll be back.

PW
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience first timer. Food great. Atmosphere wonderful. John was attentive. Service upscale. Great gem. Will visit again. Thanks Owl Bar.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

For a quick bite and happy hour, I can say I was served food and beverage. Would I recommend to come again, no. Food was bland and over cooked. Service was slow. If you don’t care about the food and want a strong drink, this is the type of place to go to.

DT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent. Have not been to the Owl Bar for many years. In town visiting family and it was the first brunch place I selected. Love the history!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

To loud. Great otherwise

FP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food tasted great. The only draw back was the noise level, but it was not a deal breaker.