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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Baltimore / Maryland

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Dutch Courage restaurant
4.9
4.9 (514)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Charles Village
About the restaurant
Dutch Courage is a gin-centric cocktail bar located in the historic Baltimore neighborhood of Old Goucher. Whether you are looking for an adventuresome cocktail or need a cold beer, our staff has you covered. With 150 bottles of Gin, Genever, Old Tom and Barreled Gin, along with a full spirit selections, there is always something new to explore and help you discover your courage.
The Dutch Courage kitchen team lead by Chef Alec Jacobsen has a variety of food for you to enjoy while sipping beverages. From delightful boards of cheese, charcuterie and tinned seafood to small and large plates, the food at Dutch Courage is always a culinary adventure.
Top review
SamDvip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff, amazing drinks and great snacks!
A photo of The Retriever Bar & The Decoy Bottle Shop restaurant
4.9
4.9 (18)
$30 and under
American
Chestertown
About the restaurant
The Retriever is a bar and our description will be updated soon.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
From the moment you open the door, you will know you picked the right place. The attention to the details is wonderful. The Retriever bar is fantastic… the oyster selection and servers knowledge of each oysters essence is superb. I had the lamb street tocos and my partner the lobster roll. Terrific!!! The craft cocktails we enjoyed were equally superb…. Even the quality of the chairs and barstools made you feel perfectly at home…. We were only disappointed by the coleslaw, very disappointed! Maybe we were there on an off night. It appeared to be homemade, but didn’t live up to the excellent character of this great experience!
A photo of Shorebreak Lodge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (862)
$31 to $50
American
Rehoboth Beach
About the restaurant
Shorebreak Lodge offers high quality fresh and seasonal menu items, hand crafted cocktails, an eclectic wine list, and exceptional service all in a comfortably chic and welcoming setting.

One of the elements that makes the Shorebreak menu unique is the option to order appetizer size or full size entrees. Ben, owner and creator of the cocktail menu, has been bartending in downtown Rehoboth since 2019 and has won several cocktail awards, most recently First Place at the War at the Shore. The cocktail program at Shorebreak presents carefully crafted cocktails based on classics with unique twists to challenge the guests with new experiences.

Shorebreak has a 12-seat bar, two dining rooms and a covered outdoor patio. Many seating options for a romantic date night, special celebrations, family gatherings and company dinners.

We are 133 steps to the Atlantic Ocean on Wilmington Ave Downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Winner of Traveler's Choice 2021 on Trip Advisor.
Top review
Gbolsen
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful food offered in a stylish, yet down-to-earth, non-stuffy atmosphere. The staff here are so friendly and helpful - they know their food and seem to love to share their love of food with their customers. My family and I all enjoyed our meals (the burger, scallops dish, lamb, and shrimp & grits). We'll definitely be back to dine here again!
A photo of Manor Hill Tavern restaurant
4.8
4.8 (973)
$30 and under
American
Ellicott City
About the restaurant
Manor Hill Tavern occupies the historic Taylor’s Row in Old Ellicott City. Our bar and dining areas feature original architectural elements such as exposed stone walls, barn doors, and vaulted ceilings. Local artwork hangs throughout the Tavern’s many rooms and a mural adorns a main wall, a nod to the eclectic and vibrant artistic community of Old Ellicott City. The result is a unique and memorable atmosphere unlike any other.

Our Head Chef strives to use seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, including herbs and vegetables from our farm. Our distinctive menu is highlighted by a custom-built brick oven for neopolitan-style pizzas and more. We serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

We proudly serve beers from Manor Hill Brewing, Howard County’s first farm brewery. Manor Hill beers are hand-made on our farm using original and unique recipes. The result is aromatic, hop forward farmhouse style beers.
Top review
JonS
Dined 3 days ago
I am so proud that this is one of our local restaurants.
A photo of Bj's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Hagerstown restaurant
4.7
4.7 (221)
$30 and under
American
Hagerstown
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we’ve continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ’s a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ’s to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we’ve put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven’t just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it’s because of them we’re continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ’s, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
Foody
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Great service (fabulous waitress), great food…we really enjoyed our dinner
A photo of The Libation Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (287)
$50 and over
Speakeasy
Rehoboth Beach
About the restaurant
PLEASE NOTE: We are a 21+ establishment. Thank you for your understanding.

The Libation Room is a speakeasy-style ultra lounge in the back room of the famous Summer House in Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. The Libation Room offers full Summer House menus plus a secret craft cocktail & tapas menu. Walk-ins are welcomed after 9:30pm.
Top review
KatieMvip
Dined 7 days ago
Beautiful place, excellent meal,great service. Perfect spot for a romantic meal.
A photo of Monarque restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1111)
$50 and over
French
Harbor East
About the restaurant
Atlas Restaurant Group presents Monarque, a French brasserie located in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood. Monarque is inspired by the French era of prosperity when culture boomed and extravagance flourished. The food menu is perfectly complemented by a beverage program with over 500 French wine labels and an extensive collection of cognac and armagnac.

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 3 days ago
One of the best meals we’ve ever had!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A photo of Watershed restaurant
4.6
4.6 (248)
$30 and under
Seafood
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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Great food and they had live music which was really nice!
A photo of Iron Hill - Rehoboth Beach restaurant
4.5
4.5 (839)
$30 and under
American
Rehoboth Beach
About the restaurant
Welcome to Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, where you'll find fine handcrafted beers, creative yet informal cuisine, and friendly, attentive service in a casual, upscale atmosphere. We're passionate about producing distinctive, full-flavored handcrafted beers, accompanied by fresh–from–scratch New American cuisine in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Our goal has always been to provide food and beer that is inspired, consistently crafted and presented by a knowledgeable and courteous service staff.
Top review
michaels
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent brewery with great food selection. Always my 1st choice for a paired beer/food dinner.
A photo of The Goat restaurant
4.5
4.5 (28)
$30 and under
Mexican
Annapolis
About the restaurant
Latin inspired Tavern with daily specials and creative cocktail menu.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
We loved The Goat! The drinks were delicious, the food fabulous and the service was great. 10/10. We’ll be back soon.
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