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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Baltimore / Maryland

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Baltimore / Maryland? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.8
4.8 (493)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Rock Hall
About the restaurant
Our fine dining restaurant has a reputation for being one of the best in Kent County. We pride ourselves on having a fresh seasonal menu, high quality ingredients and a chef that puts care into preparing every meal. The dining room's casual elegance will make you feel at home whether you are stepping off the dock or celebrating that special occasion. Please stop in for a drink and hors d'oeuvres at the bar or make a reservation for dinner. We welcome transient boaters throughout the season and offer free dockage while dining in our restaurant.
Top review
GaryA
Dined 5 days ago
Outstanding filet and sides. Definitely a top spot in the area.
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4.9
4.9 (541)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Upper Fells Point
About the restaurant
New, to the historical Butcher's Hill community in Baltimore, MD comes Marta "fine food and spirits". A new restaurant and bar helmed by the husband and wife duo Matthew and Martha Oetting. Chef Matthew, has been developing Marta over the course of a prestigious career that spans over two decades. Martha Oetting is no stranger to hospitality herself, working in the beer, wine and spirit industry as a brand ambassador for over 15 years. Martha Oetting tackles the bar program, with plans to feature specialty cocktails including unique negroni, digestif, and appertif concoctions. Chef Matthew's dinning menu features stylish American cuisine with a thick Italian accent. Raw preparations in the crudo section are headlined by chef Matthew's signature tuna tartar cannoli. Other stand outs are found in the housemade pasta section, or the carefully curated entrees section. A comfortable and inviting bistro atmosphere welcomes guests to this remarkable Baltimore dinning destination.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and service. The table we were sat at is in a corner and extremely small. We are not small people and spent the whole meal banging our legs together or sitting wonky to avoid having our legs together. Not a great spot to sit but the food and service made up for it. The server was very knowledgeable and made great suggestions. We loved everything he suggested. Definitely a loud spot but great energy.
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4.8
4.8 (812)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Eldersburg
About the restaurant
Welcome to The County Cork Wine Pub. The "Cork" as we are known is a classy, but casual restaurant. We have a unique menu using the freshest ingredients available. We offer an extensive wine list, as well as a selection of craft beers and a full bar. Happy Hour is best spent at The Cork where all small plates are $7 and drink specials. The Cork is your neighborhood meeting place, whether you desire a quick bite from our lite fare selection or a night out with friends. Enjoy the evening experiencing our incredible menu and succulent specials at reasonable prices. Our Butcher Block and Cheese Boards are enjoyed by many of our customers with a bottle of wine. We have the best brunch in the "Burg". An extensive a la carte menu featuring benedicts, steak and eggs, omletes anyway, corned beef hash and much more. We also have an all-you-can drink Bloody Mary Bar for $10.00. Come experience the warm atmosphere and exceptional service. You'll come as guests and leave as friends!!
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Great meal and great staff! Food was cooked perfectly and the staff waited on us like we were Royals!
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4.9
4.9 (4611)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Owings Mills
About the restaurant
It all began with a love story and a dream. Linwood, a chef, and Ellen, a reporter, met 36 years ago in a restaurant of course! They married and began to envision that someday they would open a restaurant of their own. The restaurant’s first business plan was written at their dining room table on an electric typewriter. In 1988 Linwoods opened its doors, and it has been a labour of love for more than thirty years.

Linwoods’ cuisine consists of the freshest ingredients, and inventive preparation. Our service is warm and attentive. We have developed a reputation for consistency an attention to detail. These qualities are key to our catering business as well. Our team has worked hard to connect to our community, and we value our customers. These values have been central to Ellen and Linwood’s vision, and we hope are felt by our customers each day.
Top review
Stephanie
Dined 5 days ago
Always great service and good food. It’s a sure bet for a lovely evening
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4.8
4.8 (2927)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Elkridge
About the restaurant
Award-winning Executive Chef Dan Wecker shares his passion and dedication through seasonal menus boasting a fusion of New American and French- Inspired dishes -- the perfect balance of classic and creative cuisine. A thoughtful wine list and signature cocktails start the adventure. Signature Cream of Baltimore Soup and Chef's own pan mustard sauce for crab cakes are a notable twist. On-site Green House and Mushroom house add to the intrigue. Finally, in-house desserts will add a memorable sweet ending to your experience. Our circa 1744 Tavern Restaurant, 1810 Manor House along with 12 acres of grounds and gardens makes for the perfect dining escape. intersecting literature, history and geography as story with our food. Experiences including monthly themed teas along with wine and spirit coursed dinners are sought after pre-paid options. Patio and Porch dining available.

2023 Best of Howard County: Best Chef, Fine Dining, Ambiance, Steak and Place to Take Out of Towners...
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Service and cuisine were excellent. Staff was professional, courteous and attentive. Food and beverages were delightful. Highly recommend The Eldridge Furnace Inn!
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4.7
4.7 (711)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
St Michaels / Tilghman Island
About the restaurant
We offer a local farm-to-table menu. Best described as American cuisine with a healthy twist, we prepare our dishes fresh daily. We use no added salt, bringing tea infusion as a flavor and spice. We have a full bar with hand-crafted cocktail specials. Located inside the historic Royal Oak General Store, you will find a fun, modern decor.
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SandraVvip
Dined 3 days ago
We love this place. The food is excellent and the setting is retro. I wish they would relocate. The area around the restaurant is less appealing. However, we will continue to support. It is too good not to.
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4.7
4.7 (481)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hagerstown
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
First time at Bistro 11 and we really enjoyed our visit. Service was great, menu provided many choices, and our orders were fabulous. We will definitely be back.
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4.8
4.8 (969)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lewes
About the restaurant
Wherever you've come from, you're welcome at Harbour. We offer a modern dining experience driven by decades of innovative cuisine; Seasonally inspired, locally sourced, continually evolving.
Top review
Reneevip
Dined 5 days ago
I recently dined at the Harbour Restaurant at Canal Square and had an exceptional experience. Katie, our server, provided outstanding service, making us feel welcome and well-cared-for. The food was exquisite. The view of the canal added to the ambiance, creating a perfect evening. Highly recommended!
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4.8
4.8 (4904)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Rehoboth Beach
About the restaurant
Situated in an elegant Victorian beach house, The Blue Moon is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the region. Our award winning menu focuses on quality -- the freshest seafood, hand cut steaks & local ingredients. Our professional service staff provides an unparalleled experience. We are pleased to showcase our carefully selected wines with many by the glass options as well as wonderfully crafted martinis and specialty drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Friendly staff, comfortable environment, and delicious food. Well worth the price!
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4.8
4.8 (2500)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Ellicott City
About the restaurant
Grille 620 is an American grille featuring a seasonally inspired menu with a focus on seafood and steaks. A rustic look yet a high-style approach to contemporary American cuisine in an inviting atmosphere creates a unique dining experience. Guests may enjoy a variety of oysters from the raw bar while relaxing on our patio during the summer season. An extensive wine list by the glass and bottle, a distinctive selection of craft beers, and our knowledgeable staff will round out the experience. Menus change frequently to showcase local and fresh ingredients.
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BrianL
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent, Emma was our server , she was delightful, engaging and attentive. She made sure my wife had a new Diet Coke at all times . The oysters were supah yummy. We split a wedge salad which had the perfect amount of dressing on it . The seafood risotto and chef pot were fabulous. The goat cheesecake and chocolate chip bread pudding were supah yummy as well. Will definitely be back , might try brunch next.
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