Sammy's Trattoria

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$30 and under
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Italian
Sammy's Trattoria serves real, authentic Italian cuisine in a comfortable yet elegant setting. Try our "Family Style" dining where we prepare some of our specialties combined with some requests from you and serve you 4+ courses of fun, traditional Italian dining. (great for parties of 4+). Our homemade pastas, soups, stocks, and meatballs are old family recipes made daily. We pride ourselves in using only the freshest, best quality ingredients combined with traditional and thorough preparation.
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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seated right away. Food was amazing! Service was good and attentive.

a
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We ate her before going to the BSO. Service was great; the food, not so much. Bread and dressing were excellent, as was the Arugala Salad. The Pasta Carbonara had a sauce that was much too thick and not very appetizing. My friend had the Crab Toast which was just okay. It appeared to be served on white sandwich bread cut into triangles. The Cannoli we shared was very good.

OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious meal as usual. Italian only better!

KG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sammy's is our go-to pre-theater restaurant. The food is always great and the staff is always so friendly and attentive!

5
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Lovely wait staff.

r
Baltimore
59 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. Great food, great service. Best Italian around!!

M
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our waiter was very nice, but it took over an hour to get our meal. We come before a show at the Meyerhoff, and usually get out in time. This time, the people around us who arrived after us, were served well before us, even though we ordered our meal before them. He did offer to bring us a salad because we were waiting so long.

k
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a nice meal at Sammy's before going to the Meyerhoff. The service is excellent and the food is even better! Great selection of Italian food and also a nice selection of wine. Overall we had another very enjoyable evening at Sammy's.

b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot! Referred by a resident of the area. Server was terrific especially considering we were a group of 9. Server was accosting to each person’s choices and got it all correct and with a smile.
Fun atmosphere! Suggest you try it if you are looking for great Italian foods!

KS
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Baltimore for entertaining friends and clients! Sammy's team is 1st class and the food is exceptional.

DP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming, had us seated right away. Ordered the house veal special which was succulent; Chianti went well with the meal; my daughter had a salad which she enjoyed very much; we both had espressos to end the meal. Good team work by staff for all aspects of service.

B
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sammy's has great food and drinks. The servers do a remarkable job in making your experience a pleasant one. Always an enjoyable evening.Live going there.

KA
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday of a friend we chose their tasting menu it was delicious, tried several items I don't usually get everything delicious.

MS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian food and classy friendly ambiance. I would definitely return and recommend.

D
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant ever. Love the food and atmosphere. Our waiter, Renee, was fabulous. Can't wait to come again. Thanks

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to go for good food and great service!

AD
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food! Great atmosphere and friendly staff!

j
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chicken parm my son ever had, he says. Always a great experience.

D
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second dinner at Sammy's. Both were very good. This time I had the Flounder & Shrimp which was served in a delicious sauce.

BF
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the Aperol Spritz. Food was good.

SS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I forget about Sammy's (even though we drive by daily), because parking can be a challenge. But I have been there twice over the past two weeks and both were terrific experiences. Service was wonderful and the food was excellent. The seafood fra diavolo (which they serve over spinach as well as over pasta), the veal francais, and the mushroom black truffle risotto were well received by everyone at the table. The restaurant also has a very nice -- and reasonably priced -- wine list. We will visit again soon.

n
Baltimore
60 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific...food is served hot, food.
Service excellent!

ST
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is consistently above average, price is reasonable and the service was spot on

w
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always - great food, great service, great wine and great fun!

t
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and the service is awesome. Valeria is the best!

CS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there on a slow night. Overall, it was a pleasurable experience. The steak was overcooked, but taken back for a new steak without complaint. Service was pleasant as well. Overall was a good experience, and will probably try again, but for pasta next time.

LG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I’m a New Yorker, so I’m pretty picky about my Italian food. With that said, the food was great!

F
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All the food we got here was amazing. Standouts were the mushroom sauce (for both gnocchi and ravioli), tiramasu, and the red wine sangria! I don't typically like red sangria, but we got a pitcher for the table and it was so sweet and fruity. Service was exceptionally fast, as well. Would definitely go back!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have amazing food , and our server and host were top notch.

NB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in Baltimore! Great atmosphere and great chef!

TO
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food very,very good, server very good but there should have been more than one person
Serving the upstairs area. Noise level bad.....but food very good. Good before theatre!

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were going to dinner prior to going to the Lyric show, which started at 7:00, Sunday June 30th. We initially booked our table for Sammy's Trattoria for 5:00 p.m. The day of the show we decided to go a little earlier and changed the arrival time to 4:30 p.m. The time change was easily handled through Open Table and did not present any problems when we arrived at the restaurant.

This was our first time dining at Sammy's. The restaurant is quite charming inside, warm and welcoming. The menu was condensed because it was a show day, which we understood. The server was efficient, worked hard. Lots of patrons arriving to dine before the show so it put extra pressure on the servers. But they handled it quite well. Sammy was friendly and always had a smile on face.

Won't go into a long description of what everyone ordered except to say the food was good but because it was a condensed menu some favorite items were not available. When your mouth has been waiting for your favorite Italian dish a substitute entree doesn't really satisfy.

The noise level is a bit high; two-story open layout may be the reason but that adds more to the charm.

Because we arrived well ahead of the show, on-street open parking was plentiful. We parked mid-point between the restaurant and the Lyric so the walk to the car after the show was about a block and a half.

We will return another time on a non-show day to enjoy the full menu and be able to relax a bit.

SW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian food anywhere. Worth my 5-6 hour drive from North Carolina. Have a very good friend here in NC that has a fine dining restaurant & called when he was in Baltimore to ask "What is the best Italian in Little Italy?" I immediately replied the best Italian food is not in Little Italy...you have to go to Sammy's & now he's a big fan.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous tasting Italian food and decent wine list.

N
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time there based on recommendations. Plenty of food on the plate for left overs. Veal and bread were excellent.

PD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was terrific at Sammy’s. Friendly staff and prompt service. Food delivered hot and was delicious.

h
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A true family style Italian restaraunt . From the moment you sit at the table and bread with olive oil is set to the homemade cannoli , you feel like part of the family . A true Baltimore gem .

h
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambiance....will return!

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Fun!
Seem aware that many early evening diners are showgoers (Meyerhoff and Lyric are nearby), and work to get you there!
Our waiter was very sweet and tried to move things along.

But he (and his colleagues) were visibly stressed and handling too many tables. Not sure if this is typical, or just a one-night shortage.

B
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant never has sufficient staff to seat guests, wait tables.
Everything takes forever. Often wait staff does not return to the table to ask if you need anything else, water replenishment, more wine...
It is convenient to the Meyerhoff. That's why I go.

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