La Cuchara

4.7
1210 reviews
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$30 and under
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Regional Spanish (Basque)
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Located in historic Woodberry, La Cuchara represents the asadors and pintxo bars of the Basque region of Northern Spain and Southern France.

La Cuchara updates its menu daily to offer the best quality produce and provisions available, and features a pintxo station, craft cocktails & a wood-fired grill.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Regional Spanish (Basque)
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Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 5:00PM-10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:00PM-11:00PM
Sunday 5:00PM-9:00PM
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Phone number
(443) 708-3838
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Ben Lefenfeld
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Union Avenue at the Light Rail station.
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Public Transit
Light Rail, Woodberry stop.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1210 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

A most eclectic menu and variety of selections. We never have eaten food from cans - a surprise. The descriptions are not clear on presentations. But the meal was most enjoyable.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I really like this restaurant. We go early so we can talk. The atmosphere becomes quite "energetic" after 6:30p. The rooms hard surfaces make the sound ricochet and everyone winds up shouting at each other. However, this led us to the discovery of the weekday 1/2 price pintxos at the bar during happy hour :)

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always a memorable meal at La Cuchara! This past week, on August 9, we took my husband here for his 60th and once again we were not disappointed. The wonderful food and it’s presentation were exemplified by the friendly, informative, and attentive service of Jen our server❣️Loved the Rioja wine, pork belly sliders and the Roseda rib eye steak.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent as always. Our waiter also was excellent. Great service. Great food, nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Everything was awesome! The food, service, manager and atmosphere were perfect!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

An excellent meal, on a quiet outdoor patio (indoors was way too noisy for us!) with attentive and friendly service.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

La Cuchara is easily my favorite restaurant in Baltimore. The happy hour is a fantastic value and offers you a good sample of their menu and talent in the kitchen. I love that the food is seasonal, based in Basque cuisine, and accompanied by an interesting wine and cider list. The service is consistently warm, efficient, and welcoming.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We were late because of the rain but were seated right away. Waitress was excellent and explained everything on the menu. Everyone was very friendly.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We hadn’t heard anything about La Cuchara, but decided to try it for our anniversary. What a good decision that turned out to be. Probably the best dinner out we’ve had in the past couple of years. The food was amazing and the service was very good. This will be my new favorite for special occasions or out of town guests.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Our skirt steak was exceptional, and appetizers --tomatoes and jambon- were excellent. The ambiance is overly noisy, however, even in the room next to the bar. And tables and chairs are not particularly comfortable. We are used to noisy restaurants, but this one is particularly so. Service was very good, so for the food we would go again, but with some reservations.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

My father is Basque and I thought this “American” Basque version was very good. The wine selection is complete and I look forward to the eventual incorporation of Pacharán into the menu. I’ll be returning...

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Birthday Dinner

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Except for the very chewy skirt steak everything was delicious. The server was attentive and the food tasty. The decor is beautiful and I like the option of having small bites of well-prepared food. Definitely get the rosé flight, but skip the skirt steak entrée.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Visited for Baltimore Restaurant Week. Food and service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Excellent!! Service was impeccable. Not your typical fare.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The quality of the food and it’s creativity and presentation are top notch. The design of the spaces and bar terrific and also very comfortable. The servers were extremely well trained and knowledgeable, explaining every dish and wine selection. Two managers stopped by to check on us. We are New Yorkers and world travelers - Hard to impress. We are impressed. It’s a 5 star restaurant in an interesting location with a sophisticated and hip crowd.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Lamb shank was over salted. Had this dish over 5 times before and first time it was uneatable.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

La Cuchara never disappoints! The ethnic dishes are authentic, flavorful, interesting. The staff is the perfect blend of manage your food and leave you in peace. Seating is artfully arranged to ensure privacy while maintaining that upbeat atmosphere. They do skate masterfully - crunchy in a devine butter sauce. The Heirloom Tomato sofrito with crispy manchego is drool worthy. Love this place!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Restaurant week. Not the same menu as listed on the web but it was ok. Quiet as we were outside. Great service. Food was quite delicious. Would go back!!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

It was refreshing to sit in a dining area and be able to carry on a conversation without shouting.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

La Cuchara ALWAYS delivers -- eating there makes me feel like I am in another country having an amazing food experience. There isn't a bad seat in the house -- indoor seating is awesome, in any of the three large spaces or at the bar or on their large patio. I'm not a drinker, but I've tasted many of the signature cocktails and they have an extensive wine list, and do NOT miss dessert. This is one of my favorite spots in Baltimore!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The food was fresh, delicious, our server very knowledgeable and helpful. I was there with 3 friends and everything we ordered was excellent. I had a little trouble finding the restaurant but eventually found it, Google map was not sure of the location. After you enter the wooden bridge, it is in the back of the bulding.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We were rained out of an event Saturday evening and needed a relaxing, delicious venue for a much deserved, kid-free meal. We enjoyed ourselves so much on our first visit in May we decided it was the right place. We were treated so well and had exactly the right dishes. It's so nice here! We've decided to keep finding ways to come back. Love the Bacalao Croquette and Shrimp Beignets.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

out-of-the-way, easy parking, hip environment, awesome menu, delicious, great service, what's not to like? will return for special occasion next month.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The ambience was hip, but not stuffy. The waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful. The ingredients were fresh and expertly prepared. Almost everything we got was a good value for the level of quality. Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great server. Food good - although a bit on the salty side for my tastes. Next time I would definitely tell the kitchen to hold the salt. We ate outside which was nice and quiet. Ordered all small plates which fit our appetites for the nite.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The bread may be the best I have ever had at any restaurant. Had sautéed calamari as appetizer which was very good. I had the lamb shoulder which is one of the best lamb dishes I have ever had. I love lamb and cook it often but this outdid anything I have ever cooked or had at restaurant. We also had the tile fish which was excellent. Only issue was the parring with kale which was just ok. I had a Picon Punch which I have had often at Basque restaurants in Nevada. It was not quite the same with more soda but still very good.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Honestly one of the best meals and experiences I’ve had in a long time. Jennifer, our server, was so pleasant and knowledgeable. Can’t wait to go back and try more!!!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

excellent food, service and ambiance; wait staff was very helpful

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Very good food and great atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Wonderful space, but the menu was somewhat limited and the food choices a bit too "creative" for our taste. For example, morel mushrooms shouldn't be fried in a salad, rather sautéed in butter.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I usually love this place for the food but the service has been absent once again. When you have to ask for water, and when my empty wine glass was overlooked, I was waiting to have a second glass and maybe dessert. When our server finally came by, I just asked for the check. Please don’t edit my review. They need to do better with their service.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Always a fantastic experience! Great wine and service and interesting food that never disappoints

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Our first time to La Cuchara, and it was an excellent experience. Food was fantastic, service was excellent, atmosphere was tremendous.

We will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The only thing is they need to put a bigger sign — I had trouble finding it

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Started with pork belly and cod appetizers...very good...spanish olives were pleasant...not too salty...zuchinni blossoms were nice especially on a hot day as they are served cool...whole bronzino was very big...good taste...smoke and fire drink was good...wines were ok...services was fair...there seemed to be contsant confusion between waiter and others...ambiance was lacking a bit...place is large and felt empty...

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Nice menu to choose from. Innovative food. The breads are great additions to the food ‘

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The atmosphere alone is worth the visit.....a vibrant bar and wonderful environment.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Fun, always tasty. Great place for big or little meal.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Fantastic food and service. We have been here several times, and found it to be the perfect spot to celebrate our anniversary.

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