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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Baltimore / Maryland

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Updated February 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Baltimore / Maryland? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of 18th & 21st restaurant
4.8 (1387)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
18th & 21st brings something fresh and classic to Columbia, Maryland. Named after the Constitutional Amendment that enacted Prohibition and then subsequent Amendment that repealed it, 18th & 21st promises to bring back a bygone era through an elevated, tailored evening experience. Our food and cocktails reflect the feel of prohibition supper clubs. This not to say we're stuck in the past, but rather that we try and emulate the style of that era. That means beautiful presentation, careful crafting, and perfect pairings to keep your night on beat. Combined with live music, this creates an unparalleled experience for the discerning and adventurous looking for a sophisticated evening. Due to the nature of the experience at 18th & 21st we request that all diners be over the age of eighteen.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful variety of menu selections with an expansive beverage menu! Attentive servers, dramatic decor, and live nightly music add to the fun.
A photo of The Food Market - Hampden restaurant
4.7 (5129)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Consistently 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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
What an amazing find! We are in town on business and we’re so impressed with every aspect of this place. The food is absolutely delicious. The service was top notch. Jennifer was on point with recommendations and timing. She was an absolute joy to cut up with. Great personality and super sweet. The ambiance was nice, clientele was pleasant and the music gave the place a good vibe. We plan to return tomorrow with friends!
A photo of Fallston Barrel House restaurant
4.6 (488)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
A new Local Favorite, we bring you craft spirits & provisions. Join us in our Bar or comfortable Dining Room for Lunch, Dinner, or any special occasion to enjoy our Chef's masterpiece menu, featuring local favorites & a modern twist on classic comfort food, paired with small batch craft distills & brews. Congratulations to our very own "Amanda Wiley"who won Best Server of the Year for 2022 at the Restaurant Association Gala.....................................

PLEASE MAKE A NOTE IF YOU ARE HERE TO SEE A BAND..................................................................

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
I love Fallston Barrell House for the bands. It's great you can get buckets of beers so as not to bother the servers to much. You can reserve a spot on Open Table. It's always ready when we show up. Great place over all !!!
A photo of Maximón restaurant
4.6 (975)
$30 and under
Latin American
Inner Harbor
About the restaurant
Experience the incredible range and romance of Latin American culture at Maximón,
Stop by for food and drink menus inspired by South American and Mexican cuisines, perfectly complemented by stunning stone architecture, wood and marble furniture, and lush greenery throughout the space.

Stay awhile—listen to live music acts from all across the nation, or blend your own bottle in our tequila tasting room. Even better, spend a gorgeous day at our Spanish-style courtyard, featuring fountains, an outdoor bar, and Inner Harbor views.

Named for a protective Mayan deity, Maximón brings exciting Latin flavor and flair to beautiful Harbor East. Come eat, drink, and enjoy.

Top review
Dined on Feb 14, 2024
Everyone was very nice but we could tell they felt pressured because it was such a busy night.
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A photo of Monarque restaurant
4.6 (1055)
$50 and over
Harbor East
About the restaurant
Atlas Restaurant Group presents Monarque, a French steakhouse in Baltimore's Harbor East neighborhood. Chef Marc Hennessy's menu features dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood & modern takes on French classics. To complement the menu, Monarque's beverage program is highlighted by over 500 French wine labels.

Striking a balance between transporting guests to another time and place while being rooted in the present, Monarque hosts an exciting rotation of acts on stage every weekend including dancers, singers, musicians, contortionists, sword swallowers, poets and more.

The restaurant promotes a mature environment with artwork and entertainment that is only appropriate for adults. Only guests 18 years of age and older will be permitted to enter at all times.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 19, 2024
The wife and I had a great Anniversary dinner last night. The ambiance in the restaurant is amazing, listening to the piano was incredible while enjoying a great meal. The service and server was fantastic. Thank you Manny and Megan. We will definitely be back soon
A photo of Barcocina - Baltimore restaurant
4.5 (829)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Fells Point
About the restaurant

Barcocina features Mexican inspired cuisine with fresh ingredients and original twists meant to share among friends. Barcocina's cocktail list emphasizes fresh squeezed juices for next level freshness and taste. With amazing open air spaces and uninhibited views of the harbor, Barcocina is the premier place to eat, drink and socialize. The glass and aluminum garage door walls open to a panoramic view of the harbor. Each seat, indoor and outdoor, makes the harbor view a part of the Barcocina experience. Open for Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner daily, as well as late night with live DJs on Friday & Saturday nights makes Barcocina the go to place for all your dining and entertainment needs.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food was great, atmosphere wonderful, prices reasonable. Will definitely be back!
A photo of The White Oak Tavern restaurant
4.5 (538)
$30 and under
Ellicott City
About the restaurant
Welcome to the White Oak, where hand crafted food and beer are celebrated. Our menu uses the best local, seasonal, and sustainable meats & produce whenever possible. We offer a wide range of beer styles which we pair with and/or incorporate into our menu items. We strive to elicit fellowship and camaraderie over hand crafted food and pints. Whether its an old favorite or something you’ve never tried before, we hope you relish your experience here. Our well educated staff is on hand to answer any food or beer questions you may have. All items are made entirely from scratch in house.
Top review
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
Excellent food, numerous good beer choices, and wonderful service. Very dog-friendly staff and plenty of room in the outdoor patio area for well-behaved dogs. Also really appreciate the focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients where possible.
A photo of The Taproom at Guinness Open Gate Brewery restaurant
4.4 (1087)
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Guinness Open Gate Brewery where we’re combining over 260 years of Irish brewing experience with American beer creativity. Our site features an experimental brewery, taproom, brand store, food truck and beer garden along with guided tours.

Come, let us pour you a pint, serve you some food and tell you our stories. All ordering within the taproom is completed through QR codes, with our team on hand to assist in creating a great experience for you.

If you are interested in booking a private event for a large party, please reach out to our Catering Sales Managers via email at events@guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com. For more information, please see our FAQS listed on our website: www.guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent/unique setting, spacious “booths”, large windows, VERY FRIENDLY STAFF! Ordering via app was convenient and time saving!
A photo of Watershed restaurant
4.4 (232)
$30 and under
Federal Hill
About the restaurant
Now open in the newly remodeled Cross Street Market, Watershed is a classic Maryland seafood house serving some of the region’s signature dishes, including steamed hard-shell crabs. An expansive rooftop deck provides an intimate outdoor experience in the heart of Federal Hill, complete with a covered bar, gaming area and an abundance of televisions for sports viewing.
Top review
Dined on Feb 6, 2024
Fun location in Fed Hill area of Baltimore. Excellent service and accomodations for my celiac. 2 different t seafood dishes were delicious!
A photo of Blk Swan restaurant
4.3 (2063)
$31 to $50
Harbor East
About the restaurant

A restaurant concept curated by our Award-winning Executive Chef, Saon Brice, Blk Swan offers a uniquely crafted, "New American" menu, which features exciting, tasty, and comfortable food options presented in a creative culinary approach.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
My experience @ Blk Swann was awesome. I met some amazing people sitting @ the bar. The bar staff was very attentive and polite. I had the braised lamb chops..,Delicious! The only issue I encountered was not being able to be seated due to my other guess did not show, however perhaps sitting @ the bar was what I needed to have a great night. Music and the picture photo shop was an added thrill. I would come again. Thank you for my great experience on my birthday.
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