Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.18mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.24mi
  4. Distance: 0.50mi
  1. Distance: 0.18mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.24mi
  4. Distance: 0.50mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.18mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.24mi
  4. Distance: 0.50mi
  1. Distance: 0.18mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.24mi
  4. Distance: 0.50mi

About The High Spot

Classic GastroPub with strong emphasis on "Locavore" concept of farm to table and using only local merchants and food providers.

305 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, American, British

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Cross Street:
Poplar Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 228-7420

Website:
http://www.highspotgastropub.com/

Catering:
We can Cater to your needs! Tell us What you would line and we can accommodate!

Parking Details:
Downtown parking is plentiful!

Executive Chef:
Patrick Troy Fanning

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We have a Private Dinning room that can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 50 people.

The High Spot Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
See All
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Fun (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Great Beer (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Seasonal (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Sort by
S
297 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Never disappoints, cheery staff. Always something new to try.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is one of the downtown restaurant. It has the bar and dining table. It has the happy hour price, which is very reasonable for the burger. We had burger, not bad for $7, but not as good as McCormick, Ruth Chris, or Morton's happy hour burger. But much better than the fast food burgers. I had cream crab soup, very rich. Just try to not pay attention to the calories. As the bar is in the dining hall, so it was not very quiet place. Overall, happy hour price is good. Food is not bad.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service3
value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

First time here, chosen based on great reviews. Did not disappoint! Hillary our server was great, personality and efficiency. Started with pickles, which were perfectly fried, not greasy at all (spears vs chips if you have preference) however, one of the sauces served with was so salty inedible, thankfully they didn't need sauce. Potatas bravas also good, not greasy, but lacked seasoning of any kind. Entrees: chicken & waffles GREAT, smoked mac & cheese GREAT AND HUGE, Filet & poutine GREAT, Puruvian chicken was just OK, again too salty with not much other flavor going on. Dessert: bread pudding, different, more like french toast, but GREAT flavor, chocolate mousse GREAT, cookie "bomb" was just that, a bomb, not GOOD. Cookie was hard & crumbly, served room temp not warm. Overall we loved it, decent wine/beers, interesting cocktails. Cute atmosphere. Would definitely go again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

restaurant was out of several major menu items.... convinced to have the crab cake.... figuring it is Maryland, it would be great. It was awful.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service4
value2

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful! Delicious poutine and fish and chips. I highly recommend this restaurant located a 10 minute walk from Chesapeake marina.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 3, 2017

While the food was very good, the service was a bit uneven with delays getting some drinks, and the bill brought before one of the desserts arrived. The noise level inside was horrible. It became impossible to hear each other without screaming. It's too bad because I really wanted to like High Spot. Love the food, hated the noise level.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Did not enjoy the food or the beer flight or the ambience. At 7:00 there was still a man painting the front of the restaurant on a ladder. Not a good experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service3
value1

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Went with our middle school aged kids for dinner at a friend's recommendation. It has a nice casual atmosphere.
We ordered 3 appetizers (General Tso cauliflower, baked brie and fried green tomatoes with crab) & they were all wonderful. My kids were wary of the cauliflower replacing chicken but they agreed that it tasted awesome.
I wish I could say the same for our dinners. I got the chicken and waffles. The breading on the chicken was salty and the waffles were thin and crispy. Shrimp and rice with pimento cheese was too cheesy. The flavor combination was fine but the amount of cheese overpowered the rice. The shrimp tasted good.

Tags: Live Sports, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great Beer
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Fish was a little well done done. Other orders coming out if the kitchen later looked better. Also, they were out of most things on the dessert menu but we weren't aware until after our order went to the kitchen. That said, I would return.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Eaten here often over the years but food seems to be slipping. Menu items hardly ever change, food and presentation are ok but nothing special. All entrees were fine but nothing I would call notable, had trouble making a selection based on limited choices, we ended up with the daily specials which we enjoyed but did not find a single dish deserving of a rave. Dined on a Thursday evening and restaurant was about 1/2 full but still noisy; on weekends it must be very loud. Will dine again mainly due to convenient location but looking for a bit more imagination from High Spot in the future.

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value4

 
·Dined on August 14, 2017

It was hard to decide what to order! So many unique and mouth watering entrees. Staff was stellar! Knowledgeable and very friendly!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Definitely a gem in Cambridge. We eat here often and it never disappoints. Amazing food and cocktails.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Fun, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Overall just an average meal and service. We were expecting much better based on reviews. The Soft Shell special tauted as a Whale was average size and was not piping hot when served as one would expect. However, taste was very good and the crab was fresh. Service was average and the server seemed nervous and somewhat overwhelmed despite what i would consider a normal looking crowd for a Saturday night.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food. PAINFULLY slow service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

After reading numerous online reviews for dinner restaurants in the Cambridge area, we decided to give "The High Spot" a try. Monday night is typically a slow night, so we had no trouble getting a table and parking was plentiful (on the street). The dining room is tastefully decorated and room lighting is on the low side. My husband and I both had the "house salad" (known as the 305 High) which was very generously sized (at $8 each). He tried an ale on draft which he does not recall the name of, but it was very good, and so he had 2. I tried the Blueberry Lemonade, which tasted like cough syrup (but improved after a few minutes of mixing and ice melt). For entree I had the Lump Crab cake which came with "curried corn and black bean salsa". Crab cake was ok, but the rest (corn and beans) was rather bland and dry (so disappointing!). I would like to recommend putting the Crab cake over saffron rice and garnishing it with roasted red peppers and sun dried tomatoes. Another possibility would be to pair it with potatoes au gratin and asparagus (or steamed green beans). My husband chose the filet mignon which came with a deep fried potato pancake and sautéed kale. He thought it was good. Overall it was a pleasant experience, and our server was excellent!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The soft shells were delicious! They were flash fried a beautiful brown to a gentle crisp. My husband had tuna poke which he said was delicious with raw tuna, rice, and cucumber formed into a cake-like shape and presented with sauces drizzled around the plate.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

excellent "Gastro Pub" food. Creative preparations.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 15, 2017

A hidden gem in quiet Cambridge, MD! We attending with our 2 children while vacationing at the Cambridge Hyatt hotel. The food was excellent, and my husband especially loved the 'jacked up lemonade' cocktail. We will definitely be returning!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service3
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Last minute decision and we're glad we did. Nice menu of diverse items. Everything was well executed and delicious. Don't forget their list of original cocktails. Really good.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We had delicious food at the High Spot, including the best soft-shell crabs I've ever had. I guess it really is true that they're better in Maryland... The wine list is just ok but my hubby gave the many beers on tap two thumbs-up. The kale salad is delicious as is the crab soup - my hubby called it the best crab bisque he has ever had (again, kudos to the state of Maryland.) Friendly atmosphere and a menu that belies the casual decor.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Authentic, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service3
value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We had reservations for 3 and were seated promptly. Our server did not get to us for 15 minutes, despiete others seated after us gettingattention, drinks etc. Poor service plagued the night and out server was often nowhere to be found or chatting outside. We stopped in to this area on our way through the Eastern Shore, but our dinner took an hour and a half despite it being quite simple; salad, soup of the day, an appetitzer and a fish dish. they did seem to have a good business, but we ate at a late hour when there were vacant tables and still spent more time waiting than eating.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service1
value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 17, 2017

One of our favorites! Great food every time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We enjoyed our third visit to this excellent restaurant in Cambridge Maryland. The beer choices and menu selctions are excellent. The wine selections are also above average. We totally enjoyed the chicken and the crab cakes.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Our family of 4 (2 adults, 1 teen, 1 tween) had a great dinner here while in Cambridge for the weekend. Great casual and tasty menu options -good for all the ages of our group. Pleasant friendly & relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely come again if we are in the area again.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We had high expectations for this restaurant but were mostly disappointed by the service. Staff were working hard, but they did not appear to be well-trained. We had a reservation, but had to wait for our table. When we got to our table, there were dirty dishes left on the table and no silverware/napkins had been set. It was a bit of a wait to give our order, and again when served my beer, I was brought a dirty beer glass and had to ask several wait staff before getting a clean one. My husband ordered the pork chop special, and it was quite good. Plenty of food and well prepared. We both had the crab soup, which was delicious. I ordered the filet entree and asked that it be cooked to "pink" inside. It was served with no "pink" at all. That was a disappointment. So while this restaurant has huge potential, it was disappointing the night we ate there.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service2
value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food was only ok. The menu sounds great, but unfortunately the execution falls a bit short. The two biggest points of feedback are that sadly all of the food is under seasoned (a crime with a nice pork chop and Kobe beef). The mashed potatoes were also underseasoned with some raw potatoes mixed in. This brings me to my next point which is the inconsistency of how the food is cooked. The pork chop was ordered medium and was overcooked. Two of three burgers were well done while only one came medium rare as asked. The fries also undercooked. Season and cook with consistency!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4
value2

vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 23, 2017

First time diners. Impressed with the specials and the overall menu. Gastropub is perfect description. Service was very attentive without feeling the server was hovering over us. Food was very fresh. Definitely will return

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great place for lunch or dinner. I love trying new things on their specials menu. Great beer selection and interesting cocktail menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

cannot remember being in downtown Cambridge before. definitely worth another visit. food, wait staff, atmosphere was all great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience1
service5
value3

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Just lucked upon the High Spot... and we will be back. Food was delicious and fresh and selection of beers was great. Service was also spot on

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great Beer, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I selected this fir a group of ten hungry cyclists with demanding ng tStebuds, and rhey were all thrilled with it. The portions were generous, but more importantly, the foid was really special. Service was impeccable, wven gave us 5 separate checks. It was so good that one couple returned for lunch nch the next day.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Seated promptly, fast service, generous portions. The soft shell crabs were superb!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 5, 2017

So, let me start by saying I hate that I have to do this. However, as a local...High spot starting slipping about a month ago (last time me & my wife were there).
This time, absolutely horrible. Overpriced would be an understatement. Food was rushed and salty, very salty.
My wife got "duck two ways" it was a "special" and supposed to be a duck confit leg and thigh and a duck breast "cooked" to order.
The confit was crazy salty, and the breast was well done.
I got the steak tip poutine... it was 8 small cubes of steak, fries and grated cheese.
Drinks were insanely overpriced with no alcohol resembling the description on the menu.
Our app was just as much of a disappointment as the entrees.
Pat or Bret need to get a handle on this now...no consistency/ overpriced and overall feeling of being ripped off. So long high spot, we'll be adding you to this we won't go to anymore. As a side note- we eat in nice restaurants in Baltimore & DC all the time so we don't mind paying for "good food" just not here anymore.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service3
value1

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Excellent food and service! The General Tso's cauliflower is a must try.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Richmond)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Great food ... well prepared and presented... with a menu that truly reflects the Eastern Shore of Maryland's casual cuisine. The cream of crab soup is the best I have ever eaten and that's high praise given that I was born and raised in Maryland and have maintained a running "best of " list for decades!

This is a fun, casual place that is well worth adding to your list of places to explore when on the shore.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 14, 2017

OK! This is a great restaurant with food that is original and fresh without being quirky or froo froo. Let me make it clear - the food here is super tasty and if you order right, quite reasonably priced. They have a nice selection of local and craft beers, ask for a sample because they aren't cheap but they give you a good pour. We always start with General Tso's cauliflower and suggest you do as well. Minor, minor downsides and I am being picky - they always seem down a server leaving our more than competent and polite server scrambling. Our third time there and so it seems to be a pattern. Who knows, good servers may be at a premium, so I am not blaming the restaurant. Also, noise level is not obtrusive at all, but it can get a bit loud. But let me return to my main points and why you should go - fresh food, good craft beer, original but not quirky or overly cutesy menu, classy decor. We will always go back. Now, go and enjoy!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Salmon and Rockfish dishes were fantastic. Daughter had Bacon/Mac&Cheese which she had to take the leftovers home it was so good. Can't go wrong with Buffalo Oysters to start!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

We found High Spot through Trip advisor and took a chance based on the online menu. We were not disappointed. The starters menu had me hooked. The General Tso's Cauliflower and Baked Brie were amazing. Although I was not as thrilled with my entree selection, my two friends loved their meals. If I am ever in Cambridge again, I would return just for the apps and try a different entree. Dessert was delicious. The atmosphere is current without being overly trendy. It looks like a lot of thought has gone into the menu and decor. Our server made us feel welcome and took good care of us throughout our meal. All in all a wonderful dining experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Half of us liked the meal, half didn't. The chicken pot pie is deconstructed and sweet (my son didn't like that). The Shepards pie was very good but not really shepards pie ( no mash potato. :-(. But very good). My son loved the shrimp and Brussels. Says it was the best! Quesadilla texture was odd , thumbs down. Nachos were good. Service great.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We've eaten at The High Spot several times in the past several years and have had excellent food. Our meals on Saturday night were just so-so, which was a surprise. Our steaks were tough and fatty and just meh. Our friends' meals seemed to be better. Maybe it was just what we ordered, but it was still a surprise that the food was not excellent, as it has been in the past.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.