Hot Restaurants in Baltimore

Baltimore is a town that takes its cuisine seriously but knows how to have fun in the process. Whether you’re a visitor or a native, Baltimore features so many hot spot restaurants that everyone is bound to find a favorite that keeps them coming back for more.

For the best view of the city and a happening night life, give 13th Floor at the Belvedere a try. Situated atop Mt. Vernon in the historic Belvedere, the 13th Floor serves up a light fare that may leave you a little hungry but you’ll fill up on the spectacular view and the (almost) nightly live entertainment.

If you’re more interested in food than atmosphere and beautiful vistas then Charleston is a great place to settle in for a fabulous meal. With an open kitchen concept as entertainment, diners can focus on the food which features low country Carolina traditional foods melded perfectly with some French fundamentals. Best options are to choose the prix-fixe tasting menu with three to six courses of small samples of the day’s highlights or the six course seasonal dinner for two, which changes nightly. Comfortable and inviting with good old fashioned home cooked principles, Charleston is one of Baltimore’s brightest stars.

Germano’s Trattoria is a local favorite and brings a touch of Italy to Baltimore’s Little Italy. Truly made to serve its valued regulars rather than the masses, Germano’s is very conscious of its guest’s needs. Meals can be ordered with vegan and vegetarian options as well as custom ordered to fit the diets of any allergy sensitive diners.  Not only dos Germano’s go out of its way to cater to the desires of its customers, but it goes one step beyond to delight visitors with its Thursday night cabaret. The premiere was on May 1st, 2008 and instantly became a noteworthy success. Designed to promote local artists and encourage intimate interaction between performers and the audience.

The romantic at heart may be looking for a trattoria with a softer side and Pazza Luna is there to fill that bill. The original Pazza Luna has gone into that long goodnight, but its newest incarnation, led by Riccardo Bosio relies on old fashioned Italian peasant cuisine and prices that are suitable for everyone. The décor is rife with moons and stars and is perfectly suited for a romantic night on the town.

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Looking outside through window in The Brewer

Another pub worthy of a mention and a stop is the Brewer’s Art located in a grand Mt. Vernon townhouse. In a town where seasonal cuisine reigns, the Brewer’s Art has joined the fray and changes its menu to reflect the freshest and the best of the season. While the food is worth coming for it’s the desserts and beers that will keep you coming back. Both are made on sight and offer diners true delights. The pastry chef is to be commended for his artistic and flavorful treats and the brew masters have created house beers that are staple favorites and perennial beers which change with the weather.

The Black Olive offers diners a sense of quiet elegance in old Fells Point. Resting next to the cobblestone Bond Street, The Black Olive brings over a century of restaurant service by the Spiliadis family to Baltimore. Keeping to the family tradition, The Black Olive is a fish restaurant with a Greek spirit. Make sure your waiter gives you a tour of the fish case so you get exactly the fish you want. As one would expect, once served the fish is the best of the catch and offers diners a uniquely flavorful fare. Keep with the theme and pair your fish with simply Greek sides and a recommended Greek wine. And don’t forget the dessert.

Baltimore harbor at night

Baltimore harbor at night

If even simpler fish fare is your preference, Faidley’s Seafood stand rises to the top. Established way back in 1886, the Faidley family knows its fish. Current owners are Bill and Nancy Devine, descendents from the original Faidleys and along with the family business comes the family tradition of excellent fish served in the original location, Lexington Market. If you’ve never had fish at Faidley’s then the award winning lump crab cakes must top your list of things to eat. If you are a regular to the fish stand then you must be familiar with the crab cake and it’s probably already a long time favorite.

When dinner isn’t your only goal for the evening, try pairing Tapas Teatro with a film at the Charles Theater or a play at The Everyman Theater. There’s nothing quite like tapas as you get to be the designer of your own culinary exploration. Select only your favorite dishes and accompanying wines to create the perfect meal for your taste buds.  Take the tapas as a light appetizer before your theater date or follow up a movie with a more hearty fare and drinks for all.

If you want to hit a hot spot but stay as low key as possible, then you’ll want to make a stop at Salt: A New American Tavern. Salt offers the American standards made in unexpected ways. Your favorite comfort foods are dressed up and presented in a way that both smacks of nostalgia while at the same time touching upon taste buds you never even knew you had. Proprietor Jason Ambrose has taken his innovative menu and made it a home that is refreshingly old fashioned and welcoming but chic with its clean lines and jazzy art and music.

Baltimore is really one of the happening hot spots near the nation’s capitol and finding the perfect place to party or the most romantic hideaway is always tricky as the trends in this chic city change rapidly. We’ve tried to offer you a variety of tried and true favorites along with some new restaurants that are getting a lot of buzz. Wherever you decide to spend your evening, make sure your bring  your appetite and your wallet. In Baltimore you’re bound to get more food than you bargained for and you might just be tempted to spend more than your budget allows.