The Best Restaurants in Baltimore, According to our Tastemakers

When diners are looking for the best restaurants in Baltimore, there's no shortage of great options. Famous for its crab houses, lake trout, pit beef, and Berger cookies, Baltimore is a foodie's dream city. Known as the “city of neighborhoods” based on its hundreds of districts, Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, as well as the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic.

Historically a working-class town, various cultures influenced the city’s unique cuisine. Whether diners are in the mood for blue crab cakes or some of Baltimore’s beloved “coddies,” this thriving port city has it all. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Take a look at this list to find Baltimore restaurants that are the best of the best.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Duck Duck Goose - Fells Point, Magdalena, Hersh's
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Bistro, Italian
Neighborhoods:Fells Point, Mt. Vernon, Federal Hill
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Duck Duck Goose - Fells Point

$$$$·French·
Fells Point
554 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Duck Duck Goose is a French small plates brasserie known for its casual elegant dining room, outdoor patio, couch nook, and exceptional food. Located in Fells Point, a historic waterfront neighborhood...

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Magdalena

$$$$·Bistro·
Mt. Vernon
858 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romance

When it comes to the best restaurants in Baltimore, Magdalena makes the list of top spots for a reason. A culinary jewel of the city, this downtown restaurant offers a fine-dining experience unlike an...

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Best Food in Baltimore / Maryland
5 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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Hersh's

$$$$·Italian·
Federal Hill
932 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

Known for their wood-fired seafood, Neapolitan pizzas, and handmade pasta, Hersh's celebrates the best foods of Italy as well as the craft of American bartending. Their bi-level dining room is beautif...

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Best Overall in Baltimore / Maryland
18 people mentioned the Pistachio Pizza
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Linwoods

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Owings Mills
3,764 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies

Continually recognized as one of the best restaurants in Baltimore, Linwoods is an upscale eatery that highlights modern American fare, cooked on an open grill. The interior space is contemporary and ...

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Contemporary American in Baltimore / Maryland
48 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Citron

$$$$·American·
Towson
1,644 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating

Citron offers a casually elegant dining experience within a comfortable bar and lounge, and diners also have the option to sit outdoors as they enjoy stunning lakeside views. This polished eatery serv...

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Best Ambience in Baltimore Suburbs
15 people mentioned the Calamari
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Gunther & Co.

$$$$·American·
Canton
2,077 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies

This airy, bi-level eatery is one of the best in Baltimore based on its elegant yet hip interior and globally inspired menu. Whether diners are out for a special occasion or simply getting together wi...

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Best Ambience in Baltimore
24 people mentioned the Hot Pot
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La Food Marketa

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pikesville
1,418 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

Blending flavors from the Americas, La Food Marketa is a fun, fresh eatery, making it one of the best restaurants in Baltimore. The restaurant itself is modern and charming, offering a number of cockt...

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Child Friendly in Baltimore Suburbs
24 people mentioned the Short Rib

Ouzo Bay - Baltimore

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Harbor East
2,281 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Romance

Specializing in seafood and upscale Greek offerings, this chic eatery also features an elegant, yet funky lounge. With a core focus on the freshest seafood possible, as well as responsibly sourced cui...

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Late Night Find in Baltimore
105 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

Blue Hill Tavern

$$$$·American·
Canton
2,876 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions

This trendy New American eatery offers a stylish dining room, as well as outdoor seating. Located in the historic Brewer's Hill district, the Blue Hill Tavern is the perfect spot to celebrate any occa...

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Lunch in Baltimore / Maryland
43 people mentioned the Calamari
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Rec Pier Chop House

$$$$·Italian·
Fells Point
1,103 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries

Located in the Sagamore Pendry hotel, this modern yet rustic eatery dishes up an upscale menu that focuses on urban Italian cooking. Specializing in chops and steaks, Rec Pier Chop House sources some ...

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12 people mentioned the Sparkler
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Black Olive

$$$$·Seafood·
Fells Point
2,745 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Black Olive is a popular Greek establishment focusing on seafood and lamb, as well as other traditional dishes. Located in the quaint cobblestone area of Bond Street in Fell's Point, the interior spac...

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Fit for Foodies in Baltimore / Maryland
693 people mentioned the Black Olive
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Azumi

$$$$·Japanese·
Harbor East
1,294 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Waterfront

Azumi is a traditional Japanese girl's name that means “safe harbor” — which is the perfect fit for this stylish, warm Baltimore establishment. Located in the city's Habor East neighborhood, this loca...

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Scenic View in Baltimore
20 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef