Located in Harbor East, Charleston is one of the finest restaurants in the whole city. Although posh with its lush furniture and Sienna orange coloring, the staff is welcoming and the award-winning chef and co-owner, Cindy Wolf, creates a multi-course, prix-fixe meal of up to six courses that are truly memorable. Desserts are complimentary with your meal, and a half-glass wine pairing is available from the award-winning 800+ wine list. Choose from creative American cuisine like beef tenderloin with poblano pepper-cream sauce, shrimp n’ grits, or the rich lobster soup.
Charleston Restaurant, 1000 Lancaster Street Fl 6 Baltimore, MD 21202 410-332-7373
This is an Italian gem with strong flavors influenced by Northern and central Italian cuisine, including top-of-the-line charcuterie, house made pasta and the standout, grilled monkfish. In the style of a 1950 and 1960s Italian bistro, Cinghiale has an enoteca (wine bar) and a formal and elegant osteria (dining room). The seasonal, modern and authentic menu changes daily. They also have an award-wining wine list, where you can get 50% off any full bottle in the enoteca on Tuesday nights.
Cinghiale, 822 Lancaster St Baltimore, MD 21202 410-547-8282
Relying on local Chesapeake growers for ingredients, Woodberry Kitchen offers a rustically beautiful setting and seasonal comfort food. Owner Spike Gjerde even forages for mushrooms and edible flowers himself. They serve handcrafted cocktails that are packed with flavor: go for the mother mule made with house-fermented ginger kombucha. On the menu, you’ll find main courses ranging from Cape May day boat scallops to Tilghman Island crab cakes. However, their unique Southern-inspired snacks like the deviled eggs and potato cheddar gratin also seal the deal.
Woodberry Kitchen, 2010 Clipper Park Rd Ste 126 Baltimore, MD 21211 410-464-8000
Ouzo is a haven of Greek food in Baltimore. It offers up a feel of Miami with its blue and white color theme right on the harbor, and patrons can’t go wrong with their order here, as the seafood dishes and lamb are all cooked to perfection in a charcoal grill. The chef works with the freshest seafood available. To share, order the grilled octopus with onions and red pepper in their red wine and caper vinaigrette. They also have a large cigar menu, and when it’s warm out you can smoke them on the patio after the kitchen closes.
Ouzo Bay, 1000 Lancaster St Baltimore, MD 21202 443-708-5818
Sotto Sopra is the creation of worldly chef Riccardo Bisio. The tender osso buco and the rich lobster-brandy ravioli are standouts at this high end venue. However, there are other creative recipes to try on the menu, such as the surprisingly delicious pairing of pumpkin pasta with sausage and cream. The fixe-prixe menu comes with six courses and is often accompanied by an operatic performance. To top off the meal, don’t miss their supreme desserts such as the pistachio creme brûlée.
Sotto Sopra, 405 N Charles St Baltimore, MD 21201 410-625-0534