The Food Market

4.7
3170 reviews
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Constantly The Best of Baltimore...The Food Market focuses on brilliant basics, delicious food, and attentive service in a smartly designed industrial-modern space, featuring an open kitchen. Award-winning Chef Chad Gauss’ value-driven menu offers guests a complete dining experience by combining recognizable ingredients with unparalleled technique. The Food Market strives to provide great service in a comfortable environment, where both staff & diners can be themselves.
We invite you to come relax, enjoy, and allow us to do what we do best, for you. Located on the Avenue in Hampden, and open every night, The Food Market serves brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3pm. Dinner is served on Sunday from 4pm- 10pm, Monday – Thursday from 5pm – 10pm, Friday 5pm - 11pm, & Saturday from 4pm - 11pm. Valet-Parking provided at no cost, nightly during dinner service, starting at the beginning of dinner service.
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j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of my ultimate favorite places to go. expensive but worth every penny

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K
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've dined at the Food Market several times in the past. I visited during 2019 Winter Restaurant Week during the weekend, therefore it was bustling inside. Our party of 5 was well serviced despite the crowd. My meal consisting of beet salad and cream of crab soup was delicious. There were lumps of crab in the soup and the consistency and taste were well balanced. The drinks were well crafted and delicious too. Overall, my party was very satisfied.

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DU
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everyone but me loved the food. I agree that what the others ordered was excellent. I ordered the eggplant gyro and found it at best bland. I did not like the way the eggplant was cooked. I believe that it was grilled. The cream of crab soup, and shrimp and grits were excellent, as was the cocktail that I had.

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MD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has become our favorite spot. Food is phenomenal and have always had great service.

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! We have been on numerous occasions and are never disappointed! One of my faves hands down!

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MJ
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Two friends and I decided to check out the brunch at Food Market on a Saturday. SO glad we did!
There's plenty of space so you don't feel crowded, but it also feels intimate. Our server was super friendly and attentive without hovering. It was hard to choose a meal from a lush menu, but we all liked our eggy brunches a lot.

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J
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Once again, this classic cozy spot delivers, always surprising, always good.

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

I think the Hampden Food Market is very very good, just a smidge off of excellent, and perhaps bon another night it may be excellent. Our table was ready for us even though we were a few minutes late. Excellent table in the front window. Place was packed but didn't feel boxed in. Restaurant week, so they were super busy. Wait staff was good just perhaps a little overwhelmed, but still very good. Appetizers were interesting albeit small. Main course was excellent. And my dessert was excellent and I think the rest of the table was very satisfied. I would suggest using the valet for parking if you come on the weekend unless you know Hampden pretty well. I will definitely be back.

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SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is always wonderful! Really great sever this time. I have had nothing but wonderful meals here and will continue to be a customer.

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c
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was outstanding and waiter was patient and nice.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful
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MK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ended up without childcare and had to take my toddler with me for dinner. The restaurant could not have been more welcoming of a toddler during a busy night on restaurant week. He ended up eating all of one of our entrees so we had to re-order midway through the meal and it wasn't a problem and they still kept the meal moving. Great experience!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was beyond compare. Our server was amazing. It was our 4th time there and it’s always been amazing but it’s like a fine wine!

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MW
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Great service! Loud...be prepared is all I’m saying.

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R
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, nice and welcoming staff

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LM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I used to really like the food market and the restaurant week menu but this time it was disappointing. The food was mediocre, it was really crowded in there and rushed and it just seemed like they wanted to make some quick money, turning over tables during restaurant week. The cocktail menu was fairly basic and the food was poorly executed. I had to search for my server for a while I order to ask for an additional sauce to add to my entree because it was dry and bland.

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JM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu was very limited and pricey for what it was. Service was slow. Restaurant was loud.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We are typically huge fans of The Food Market but didn’t find the entrees on the restaurant week menu held up to the traditionally great quality. The Turducken Salisbury Steak was really bland and flavorless — though the sides that came with it were great, and the barbecue bacon wrapped pork chop was smothered in so much sauce it was hard to taste the flavor of the meat. Would still come back, but probably just order from the standard menu.

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SR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The Food Market has been going downhill for the past couple of years. The food is average and seating very uncomfortable. This is the 3rd visit that we have been disappointed. It's off our list.

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M
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a Ladies Night here for Restaurant Week. All of the options were amazing, and I'm definitely going to have to come back to try some of the others with my husband!

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NB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucious and rich steamed mussels. Perfectly fried and tasty oysters. Fabulous rack of lamb with goat cheese mashed potatoes. Yummy. Our third visit and we will keep coming back!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful surprise! Excellent food, unique drinks, casual yet stylish interior, great service! Highly recommend, and if I ever head back to Baltimore, I’d definitely go again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Funky Hampden location. Good food but terrible seating. Chairs were extremely uncomfortable. Wouldn’t recommend for anyone with a bad back.
We would have ordered more things and hung out longer if it had been more comfy.

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M
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was good. However, we had to wait 25 minutes for our reservation. Busing the tables was painfully slow.

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CB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time going to the Food Market. We were seated immediately even though we arrived 20 minutes before our reservation. A waitress attended to us as soon as we were seated. She reviewed the menu with us and didn't rush us at all. Our food came quickly and was delicious. I had the beef short rib which tasted like Sunday dinner! Since it was a Saturday night, it was loud, but it wasn't overbearing or annoying. I highly recommend and will return!

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LP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!!!

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O
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

4 friends for brunch. My food was fine but 2 people were served food that had grown cold; 1 sent hers back and replacement was only slightly better. On the plus side, the waiter comp’d her meal. And the noise level was low enough that 4 middle-age friends could carry on a conversation without shouting.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and so was our server ! Can’t wait to come back.

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BD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service.
Wonderful to find a restaurant with that quality.

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OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual, everything was great!

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J
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Just too darn loud!

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M
Baltimore
66 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

All I have to say is I hope they keep the duck on the menu forever! Definitely worth the trip!

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F
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lily, our bartender, was attentive and friendly, food came out quickly, was delicious, and a great value at Happy Hour! Will definitely return.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amish pretzel rolls are awesome

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter James was outstanding. We loved the food and it was a great place to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends.

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s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Food was good, not as good as expected per the reviews found and the price. However, our waitress was awesome and the service was excellent.
The seating was very close and it is definitely not the place for a quiet conversation.

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S
Baltimore
69 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Year's Eve we had a party of 6, including 2 kiddos ages 1 & 3. Got there right at 5 to get the best (for the kids) seating. We had several of the little and small plates to share, including crab soup, poke de gallo, lobster boom boom, pork belly, mussels, street cauliflower (yummy, btw) and others. Each adult followed up with their own entree. Considering the range of dishes we tried, we agreed all were a success. Since both kids will eat most food, we did not request any dishes specifically geared toward kids so I cannot comment in that regard. The 3 year old especially enjoyed the cream of crab soup and bread but also had some steak, lamb and vegetables. We look forward to taking out of town guests here for the range and quality of the offerings.

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MM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another wonderful dining experience at the Food Market. Date/birthday night with excellent service. Lovely food and yummy drinks. Looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Really great atmosphere in a good location. A little loud for my taste but overall a fantastic experience.

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AR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was pretty incredible. We had the Monte Cristina, cream of crab soup, gingerbread pancakes with cranberry butter and of course mimosas. Nice spot, but very close quarters - you can barely sit down and chat with your mate.

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