The Owl Bar

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$30 and under
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American
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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3.9
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4.1
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4.4
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F
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Once a month my friends and I meet for lunch or brunch. The Owl Bar has a great atmosphere! The bartenders and servers were extremely patient (I spilled my glass of water at the bar). Not just patient but friendly and excited to share their favorites on the menu. We ordered: The Belvedere Burger, medium done, Maple Honey BBQ Wings, Thai Chili Wings, Duck Fat Fries and the BBQ Salmon Cobb. Unfortunately the burger came out well done and it was hard to taste the flavor because of the char. Both flavors of wings were tasty and you cannot, cannot go wrong with the fries. The dressing for the Salmon Cobb is great the amount of BBQ sauce on the salmon was a bit generous but still good. It’s a neighborhood gem great for lunch or happy hour! Follow me for more food reviews on Instagram @foodieatinbed

KC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with high energy. Delicious food and drink menus. Down side is the noise factor- super loud.

SA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place. We had a big group come in late and the service was great and everything was delicious

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Joe was awesome !

CR
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can opt to sit in a quiet section, and it was very nice. Cool place!

B
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Absolutely awful food. Sausage gravy was broken and cold. Densest waffle ever with the smallest chicken breast I’ve ever seen on chicken and waffles. The hummus plate was clearly refrigerated overnight. I’m not sure how a brick oven pizza can be such a greasy mess. Awful service to boot.

TZ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool ambiance for date night. Cream of crab soup was delicious! Our service was conscientious without being pushy. We really enjoyed our evening there.

ZR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The main room was so loud we couldn't hear each other across the table. And he got a headache from it.

OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, great ambience. Will definitely come back here!

F
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The food was great - we enjoyed the poutine immensely; however the service was extremely disappointing. I even ended up contacting the Owl Bar about the poor service and have yet to hear back from them. Despite not being too busy for Valentine’s Day, the waiter spent most of his time socializing with friends seated at another table instead of refilling our drinks, or asking if we wanted another round of cocktails (which we did, but ended up not getting them). We were going to stay for dessert but ended up changing our minds due to the poor service. I’m honestly debating not returning to the Owl Bar, despite going there previously for special occasion dinners and casual dinners and drinks.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Valentines Menu sounded great, but the food wasn’t good. We should have ordered the pizzas. Great ambiance though.

b
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants and bars in Baltimore! The drinks are incredible and the food is always wonderful. Highly recommend the duck fat fries or one of their brick oven pizzas, such as the crab dip one. I love their Say it Ain’t So cocktail but they also make a great old fashioned. This place is one of my favorites!

HL
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John is a great bartender. The Maryland Crab soup was delicious. Good mix of spice, vegetables, and crab meat.

ZB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really neat atmosphere, very underground Baltimore.

B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Usually a favorite place, the food was really off tonite, with everything being overcooked (and did not follow instructions for burger). The waitstaff was great but became overwhelmed with too many tables as the evening went on.
Probably will give it a rest for a while before returning, but will go back at some point.

MS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The menu looks very inviting online but in person it was very different. The restaurant week promotion was not appealing to all of our party so we opted to order from the full brunch menu, big mistake. We received promotion sized meal portions at full menu prices, for example my $15 chicken and waffles dish consisted of half a thin jalapeno waffle and a single, very dry, fried chicken tender. Also the brunch burger cooked medium came out like a hockey puck. I hate to complain to wait staff as they did not personally prepare the food so we opted to leave with complaining to management. Lesson learned, $98 brunch for 3 ladies at the Owl Bar, too loud to hear each other, not worth the trip to Mt. Vernon.

S
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant Week - The menu was different from the one on the Restaurant Week menu This is the reason I wanted to come When I asked about it I was told it was the menu from the prior year So why was it on the website? That menu had many options and the one at the restaurant had very few It was more like 3-4 choices The waiter did not have a problem informing me that the dishes left off were available on the regular brunch menu and of course at a higher price. This was false advertising and just an inducement to get one to the restaurant I refused to be duped so my friend and I left and went to Johnny’s which was a much better atmosphere, good food and excellent service I will not go back to The Owl Bar and will definitely tell my friends not to patronize them either Its dishonest to lure guests this way

HK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Brunch here was a mess. No one seemed to know what was going on and they were understaffed. I booked a reservation for 6 people for 11:45 on a Saturday morning. There was no hostess at the stand so we wandered into the bar area and tried to get a bartender's attention. Eventually the GM pointed us to an empty table and dropped off menus. We sat for 20 minutes before anyone came to take our drink orders. When we finally put in our food orders, it took a full hour for the appetizers to come out and another 30 minutes for our entrees. The food was just ok and really not worth the wait. Our waitress showed up at around 12:20 and did such a great job of refilling our bottomless mimosas that we were all pretty buzzed by the time our food showed up and so full of orange juice that it didn't bother us that the portions were a little small. We probably won't be coming back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Restaurant was very busy but severely understaffed. We were seated for 30 minutes before anyone came to take our order then we were asked to move tables to accommodate a larger party. After an hour and change our food arrived (appetizer and entrees all at once) and the food was cold/not tasty. I’ve been to Owl Bar many times for brunch and have always had great food and service so was very disappointed in our experience. Thankfully, the manager comped our bill but I do not know if I’ll return for food service again.

*We did order off of the restaurant week menu*

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was hit or miss. Very loud.

M
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

One of the best bars in Baltimore! Server asked if we were seeing a show after (we were) and was very attentive to the schedule.

BK
Milwaukee
114 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had a very enjoyable lunch at the Owl Bar. The food was tasty, the service was friendly and attentive, and the ambience was fun.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great except my pizza took over and hour to be prepared. Our waiter was great and kept me updated on the progress and even paid for it because of all the mishaps.

F
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Food and service always great.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I’ve been going to owl bar for 10+ years. It’s always been great. We’ve hosted our holiday party there the last few years and this year was no exception. However, next year we’ll be hosting the holiday party elsewhere. I don’t mind the so-so food (it’s a bar after all) and that they raised their prices a few years ago that are now far behind the value represented in the dishes theme selves. But the service has been terrible and that’s the deal breaker for me. We scheduled our holiday party, made reservations and our server was borderline awol. Totally neglectful, forget simple requests (he never wrote anything down), would walk away while one of our party was in the middle of speaking to him, I mean this guy was impossible to get ahold of and have pay attention to us. It was an awful experience that we will not repeat for our company party next year and I personally am unlikely to return to what was a beloved bar. Very disappointed.

G
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Once again dinner was great. Service was just what you hope for. The only challenge this evening, it was louder than usual - making conversation difficult. Even so, I look forward to our next dinner at the owl bar.

SB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience3

TOO LOUD unable to converse at tables tight outside bar doors. Drinks were good

OR
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was not what I expected in such a nice hotel location Expected more high end food
It’s a bar restaurant with bar food
Quality was so so

SA
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was awful with the exception of the beignets. Clearly specified in reservation and over the phone that we were there for two special occasions and there was no mention of it - rather embarrassing. Provided feedback to the host and his response was “ok” - no apology nor an ounce of concern. Total disaster and definitely the worst experience on every level! Steer clear of this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a very good, leisurely, brunch.

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Unfortunately, I don't think I recommend this place. I might go there in a pinch since it was easy to get a reservation, but overall I wasn't impressed. It was dead for brunch - no one there by 11:30 which I thought was odd. But the killer really was that I had bad lox and when I told the waiter, his only reaction was to say thanks for telling them. I do expect someone to check in with me to ensure I am ok when I tell them I've consumed bad fish. I think it's the least one can do.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow, would not recommend going if you can’t get a bar seat

CG
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience5

I love the ambiance it's very "hip" feeling. The food was not as good as it has been in the past. My husband hated his Cuban. he said the barbeque sauce on the pork wasn't typical in a Cuban and the sweetness was off putting. We had plans to see a show so he didn't have time to order anything else. I would like to come back and try again since this is the first time we didn't enjoy our meal

G
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to the Owl bar with a lot of friends to have a conversation. Our experience was fantastic. The food is delicious as always. The service was friendly and perfectly attentive - even though it was clearly a busy night. Looking forward to our next meeting soon.

m
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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
11 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
28 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.