The Best Bars for Foodies in Baltimore

The OpenTable Team

Something about Baltimore makes people fall in love with the city, whether the gorgeous, the world-famous Inner Harbor, or the funky, eclectic neighborhoods like Hampden and Charles Village. Perhaps the richness of history captivates, including the site of America’s first cathedral and historic ships from the Civil War. The city offers a cool blend of its working-class roots and nautical past along with a fast-paced city vibe and super edgy art, music and food scenes. Baltimore has arrived as a foodie destination, and people from all over flock here for the nightlife as well. If you’re wondering where to go to grab a drink or catch some evening entertainment, check out our Tastemaker List of the best bars in Baltimore.

Restaurants:Guinness Open Gate Brewery, Michael's Cafe White Marsh/ Middle River, Bygone
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Elkridge, White Marsh, Harbor East

Guinness Open Gate Brewery

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Elkridge
1,057 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Fun
Located in Baltimore County on the grounds of the historic Calvert Distillery, Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House is a totally unique place to get a drink. It’s the first Read more
93% recommended
Lunch in Baltimore / Maryland
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Michael's Cafe White Marsh/ Middle River

$$$$·Contemporary American·
White Marsh
223 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Special Occasions
Michael’s Cafe, located on Concourse Circle as part of the Greenleigh at Crossroads development near White Marsh, is a cool, casual bar and restaurant featuring tasty American foodRead more
91% recommended
Late Night Find in Baltimore / Maryland
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Bygone

$$$$·American·
Harbor East
1,205 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
Bygone, located on International Drive in the Harbor East neighborhood, offers a fusion of the old, the new and the best of Baltimore. It is an American gastro bistro that blends mRead more
89% recommended
Scenic View in Baltimore / Maryland
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The Owl Bar

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon
312 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
Located in the historic Belvedere Hotel, The Owl Bar boasts 100+ years of serving Baltimore’s finest diners and bar-goers. The Mt. Vernon location makes it a perfect spot to stop fRead more
84% recommended
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Bacco Italian and Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Bel Air
171 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Bar Seating
Located on Merchants Blvd in Abingdon, Bacco Italian and Wine Bar is a lovely spot to dine and drink in Baltimore. The restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes that adhere to theRead more
97% recommended
Italian in Baltimore / Maryland

Jazz + Soju

$$$$·Korean·
Locust Point
27 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Jazz + Soju offers an elegant and unique dining experience in the Locust Point neighborhood of Baltimore. It is a cool restaurant and bar concept featuring delicious Korean and AsiRead more
91% recommended
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Hotel Revival-Topside Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mt. Vernon
127 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Hotel Revival might be one of the prettiest bars in the city. Overlooking Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood is Topside, a buzzing rooftop restaurant and garden bar thaRead more
87% recommended
Brunch in Baltimore / Maryland

Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille Elkridge

$$$$·American·
Elkridge
182 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
Mutiny Pirate Bar and Island Grille, located on Troy Hill Drive in Elkridge, is a totally fun and laid back bar to check out when you’re in the mood to cut loose! They offer amazinRead more
94% recommended
Best Value in Baltimore / Maryland

State Fare

$$$$·American·
Catonsville
400 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Located on Frederick Road in Catonsville, State Fare is a bustling bar and restaurant featuring an elevated take on Maryland comfort food. It’s a family-friendly, yet stylish jointRead more
93% recommended

Xenia Greek Kouzina

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Columbia
304 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Xenia Greek Kouzina, located on Columbia 100 Parkway in Columbia, is a perfect choice for those looking for a bar scene where they can enjoy delicious Greek food. The menu emphasizRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambience in Baltimore Suburbs

Cured Tap & Table

$$$$·American·
Columbia
488 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
CURED Table and Tap, located on Grantchester Way in Columbia, is an exciting new restaurant and bar in the area. The vibes here feel just like a neighborhood corner bar should - waRead more
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Baltimore Suburbs

La Cuchara

$$$$·Basque·
Hampden
1,660 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
For a great bar scene, fantastic cocktails and truly fantastic food, head to La Cuchara in the historic Woodberry neighborhood of Baltimore. The restaurant represents the asadors aRead more
91% recommended
Best Ambience in Baltimore / Maryland
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16 ON THE PARK

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Charles Village
103 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Birthdays
Located on Wolfe Street in Baltimore’s charming Charles Village, 16 on the Park Rooftop Bar and Grille features a breathtaking view of Johns Hopkins campus and the gorgeous BaltimoRead more
83% recommended
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Michael's Cafe

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Timonium
1,678 reviews
  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Michael’s Cafe, located on York Road in Timonium, is a family-owned and operated restaurant in Baltimore County. Opened in 1984, it quickly became so popular that the owners openedRead more
90% recommended
Lunch in Baltimore / Maryland

Ida B's Table

$$$$·Regional American (Southern)·
Downtown
833 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
Ida B’s Table is a modern soul food restaurant housed in the same historic Baltimore building as the Real News Network, a progressive nonprofit media organization. The restaurant tRead more
95% recommended
Brunch in Baltimore / Maryland
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Rams Head Tavern - Annapolis

$$$$·American·
Annapolis
1,771 reviews
  • Casual
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
Ram’s Head Tavern, located on West Street in Annapolis, is an awesome spot for casual dining and drinking. It’s a good old-fashioned beer garden and features a legendary beer selecRead more
94% recommended
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18th & 21st

$$$$·Speakeasy·
Columbia
438 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
18th and 21st is an awesome Prohibition Era supper club located on Grantchester Way in Columbia. Named after the Constitutional Amendment that enacted Prohibition and the one folloRead more
100% recommended
Hot Spot in Baltimore / Maryland
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Black Eyed Suzie's

$$$$·American·
Bel Air
259 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
Black Eyed Suzie’s, located on Main Street in the Bel Air neighborhood of Baltimore, is a spot for great Maryland-influenced seafood and American cuisine. Come in to enjoy the casuRead more
90% recommended
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Bar Vasquez

$$$$·Argentinian·
Harbor East
3,939 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Bar Vasquez is a New World Argentine bar, lounge and restaurant that focuses on the holy trinity of Argentine cooking: meat, fire and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Located in the HaRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Baltimore / Maryland
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LIBERATORE’S Ristorante & Catering - Eldersburg

$$$$·Italian·
Eldersburg
533 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Neighbourhood Gem
For a great date night in Baltimore, head to Liberatore’s Ristorante. The intimate ambiance and five-star food make for a great Italian date night in Sykesville. The menu features Read more
95% recommended
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