SoBo Cafe

4.8
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843 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Health and safety remain a priority for our guests. In the current climate we find ourselves in, we know you have many questions so we wanted to share the specific measures we are taking within our restaurants.

We care deeply about our hard working staff, loyal guests and South Baltimore community and are taking precautionary measures on top of the meticulous procedures we already have in place.

We pride ourselves on preparing our from-scratch menu with fresh ingredients and a whole lot of flavor. Our cozy, intimate dining room is the perfect setting to enjoy a seasonal dish and a glass of carefully chosen wine or beer. A perennial favorite among neighbors and visitors, we go out of our way to make everyone feel at home. We are gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan friendly.

We are a short walk from Camden Yards/Oriole Park & M&T/Ravens Stadium. We are very close to the Convention Center, Downtown & the Inner Harbor.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Great service and food!

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Andee
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our group of four were happy to return to Sobo to find that it still offers a lovely dining experience. It's small, quaint, warm and welcoming. Our server was delightful, the appetizers tasty and most of the entrees were quite delicious. The only exception was the Korean Chicken Fried Steak - dry, overcooked steak with a disappointing sauce. It was just not up to par with the other entrees - Bavette Steak, Chicken Pot Pie and Salmon with mediterranean lentil pilaf and string beans.
That one glitch will not stop us from returning....we totally enjoyed our evening!

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vipDarleneP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing!

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Irishprof
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places for brunch in Baltimore. They are very attentive to celiac needs, bringing the dishes separately from the other glutened plates. The Eggs Benedict were perfect. I didn’t miss the English muffin at all because the GF bread was so good! The home fries are separately cooked in a pan for GF people. We also got a side of bacon that might be the best bacon I’ve ever had. Thanks SOBO!

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DanaB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch! We are from out of town & we felt such a kind, warm welcome. Loved the vibe and the food. It was memorable!

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CharlesW
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and innovative food. Always good and reliable. Great value, too.

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BuzzM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is excellent and the Music that evening Roses and Rust, was superb!

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BobL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was very slow. The server apologized for forgetting about us. Food was fine, very good actually. We’ve gone once a year for the past four years. Not sure we’ll go next year when we’re there. At least there wasn’t live music. It’s so loud then.

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vipnancyc
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Say at the. At. Great service, food as always was excellent. The biosecurity really ARE the BEST in Baltimore and that’s saying something. Terrific wine list. A local place but with a high level ambiance

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AlexE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Amazing vegan options!

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bookends
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food (chicken pot pie was excellent) and service outstanding!

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vipCeedy
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have found a new favorite restaurant! It was just what we wanted and like in a restaurant - great, friendly greeting and service, fantastic food, great physical layout and not real noisy. It's small so it should never get too wild. It was also a pleasant surprise that SoBo Cafe is owned by the same people who has one of our favorite vendor stalls in Cross Street Market. Especially since it's "in the neighborhood", this will be our new "go to" restaurant when friends and family visit us in Baltimore.

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vipConnieTwoCities
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My second time there in a month, my friend’s first. Food was EXCELLENT! I ordered off the Paleo/Keto menu but it’s similar to the regular entre menu, only the sides are so much better I think! Got the HUGE salmon fillet (7 oz) perfectly cooked! So yum. Had the roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato wedges. Seriously, one of the best meals out I’ve had in ages. Friend got the carrot ginger soup (I had that last time), which is on the spicy (no sweet) side and loved it. She also had the garden salad and salmon fillet on the side—same 7 oz portion! The salad with topped with so much thick crispy bacon—-we were in heaven.

One of those restaurants in a previous row house, very cute, ample space between tables. Nice bar, too, and happy hour. Street parking but not difficult either time I’ve been. Highly recommend it!

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AndrewR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ok, but waitress said she “hit the wrong button” so 4th member of our party got her meal well after the rest of us. In those cases, perhaps the meal should be comped or discounted. I didn’t request that, but the customer shouldn’t have to. The wait staff should know to make that call.

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Jonathan
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love SoBo. Great food, service and ambiance. It’s our go to restaurant in the neighborhood!

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PhyllisP
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We go to SoBos for happy hour often and really enjoy the food, drink and value. This was our first time there for brunch and the breakfast food was delicious. Especially the homemade cinnamon rolls🙂

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polymorphorism
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food and ambiance was excellent. Decent menu choices, although more vegetarian and possibly vegan options is needed. Service was friendly but spotty - slow return times and had to flag the serve down a couple of times. Definitely will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious meal - great service!

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Molly
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in, the staff was very accommodating to our party of three adults and a toddler. The staff was wonderful to our little guy -- they immediately offered a highchair, fussed over him, gave him crayons and paper, drew a welcome picture, and went out of their way to make him feel special. The food, as always, was excellent. Only disappointment was that French toast is no longer on the menu! SoBo Cafe has rapidly become one of our favorite restaurants, and we're looking forward to returning soon.

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vipErin
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful time, as always! The menu changes enough seasonally to keep things interesting, while maintaining some old favorites. The service is the warmest and truly makes each experience special.

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CynthiaC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, it was a perfect dining experience. .

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Lisa
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Servers were very friendly. We arrived late but they were very accommodating.

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CMR27
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for a first date and it could not have been better. There was an incredibly fun acoustic band playing, the food was incredible, the wine was delicious. Needless to say - my date and I had a great time. Hopefully we'll be back again soon.

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AnnS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and it has a great energetic feeling in the restaurant. The staff was friendly and I look forward to returning and trying some other items on the menu.

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SFR333
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We tried the restaurant week menu. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing. The only thing that was really good was the spinach pie. I ordered the SoBo burger which came with a decent salad. But the fingerling potatoes were not seasoned enough. As a matter of fact, nothing was seasoned enough. My daughter, who loves Mac ‘n’ Cheese everywhere, didn’t like this one either. The hot chocolate was the worst I’ve ever tasted. The apple pie was a disaster in appearance and doughy in taste. Needless to say, we will not be going back.

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vipCssj
Greensboro
24 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. The appetizer was scant but good. We had the burgers which were excellent. The apple dessert was great. The chocolate pudding not so much. No real flavor. Overall great experience.

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BobJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun and funky neighborhood gem. Very good food overall, but room for improvement. To be fair, I went during Restaurant Week, and ordered from the course menu, which is not always as great as the normal menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bar was a little loud due to the Raven’s game, but otherwise a great meal as always!

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SimplyAWESOME
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and nice selection of craft brews. Our go-to before ravens games without the crowds

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vipConnieTwoCities
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dined early at SOBO with another couple before attending the Illusions Bar Magic show (which was surprisingly great!). Food was pretty good, but not outstanding. The ginger/carrot soup was extremely spicy hot (and we like hot). Scallops were really good but the butternut squash base was tepid, a real bummer. Husband said the chicken pot pie was very tasty (but he had really bad heartburn that night—the pastry crust). Burger was huge and really good, lots of bacon per our friend. Waiter was efficient, not particularly friendly. Good experience overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
119 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyed New Year’s Brunch at SoBo — service was polite and attentive, the crowd was lively and enjoying themselves, and the food was (as always) outstanding. Highly recommended! P.S. You have to try their chicken pot pie — it is the best I have ever had!

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vipRichardB
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good brunch menu. Pleasant service. Can’t ask for more.

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Foodie1976
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a good dining experience at SoBo. The staff is always polite and courteous. They also know the regular patrons by name, which is a nice touch

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anonymous1
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Food was delicious as always :)

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SungminY
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. My girlfriend and I were impressed with the quality of the food and wine. Our server was very responsive and helpful.

BJ
BarbaraJ
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So Bo is our home away from home. Wonderful food. Delightful staff. Comfort environment. And, I must mention the muscles. Yummy!

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vipPedro
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is her usual routine before a ravens home game. Great food. Very convenient to the stadium.

JC
JosephC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A variety of interesting and delicious fare, friendly neighborhood vibe, enjoyed our lunch!

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vipchevy325
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy place. Live band on Tuesday. Great food. Street parking close to downtown Baltimore.

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PirateCupcakes
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

the food was absolutely delicious! have never been to brunch before - will definitely go again plus they serve brunch on Saturdays!!

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SoBo Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. SoBo Cafe also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 752-1518.

SoBo Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 843 OpenTable diners.

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