The Ampersea, Is a great location, beautiful views if you can sit outside. The inside space is quite nice also. The have a DJ outside so it could get loud, but they do also have lounge sofas if you just want to drink and hang out.
I have been twice now, once for dinner and once for brunch.
We really enjoyed dinner, 4 out of 6 meals were really good, the other 2 just so so. The pretzel with crab dip is an awesome appetizer and seems to be very popular. Brunch, was ok, not overwhelmed. I really want this place to do well, its such a great location and cozy. I just wish that they cold get there food to be consistent. I will still recommend you try it , and I hope it gets even better.
Went to the Beats and Brunch on a Sunday. The catfish sandwich and the veggie omelette was excellent. The music created a good vibe.
We had a family luncheon to celebrate a recent graduation. The weather did not cooperate, so we weren't able to eat outside at the waterfront area as I had hoped, but the fresh food with great ingredients made up for it. Service was great without being intrusive. We tried several appetizers (oyster fritters, Brussel sprouts, and crab dip) with our sandwiches. Several of us had the Chesapeake tacos and it got a thumbs up all around. If you're looking for something special at the water without the large, noisy crowds, I recommend the Ampersea.
Great overall time, food was great! drinks were amazing!
The ambiance was wonderful, and our waitress was very attentive and punctual. We enjoyed our meal and the total experience. I will definitely be dining there again.
Food was tasteless for the price. Paid $25 for tasteless very small portion of , it said filet but not convinced and eggs that were scrambled and ask for over easy. Benedict was very over cooked. No runny egg with tasteless sauce. We were hungry and it was mother's day. Didn't say anything do to the day but not going back.
Olivia was one of the best servers I've ever had. I've been there for brunch and for dinner. Brunch was very noisy in the restaurant and the food was good, but nothing special. However, dinner outside was fantastic. Great food, fantastic view.
Delicious food and beautiful setting. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a date night and happy hour. Happy hour is monday-friday 3-6 and they started a late night happy hour on Saturday from 10p-11p. Great specials on house wines and bar bites! The cocktail dujour was amazing!! It's sweet but will sneak up on you later on LOL. The seafood pasta with crab and shrimp and white asparagus was DELICIOUS!! The view of the water is gorgeous and they have a nice patio with tables , chairs and couch patio furniture. This is definitely a hot spot for those who love scenic views and great happy hour specials!
I would not recommend to anyone. They don’t serve the meal according to what the menu states. Soups cold. Long wait for food.
First time here since the change in name and ownership and we had a very nice experience. Despite a big unexpected storm that forced everyone inside, the staff was friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious, especially the oyster fritters and the crabcake entrée. Will look forward to coming again!
great views of the harbor. good food and good service.
Attended the first Beats n Brunch event Sunday afternoon. Loved the DJ ambience and vibe. However our server was clearly either new or poorly trained on the menu, and inattentive. Will give it another chance since the food and view were good and hopefully they will iron out some kinks.
My two stars is generous for this place. I literally would have been more satisfied with a bowl a cereal.
I've been here three times. The first time, I ordered the seafood omelette. Tasty but a small portion. Next time I came I had the crab cake sandwich sans tomatoes. I then deduced that this would be my go to order every time the bf dragged me back here. 90% crab, 10% cake, all this baltimore girl needs.
Third times a charm right? Wrong! I came for "Beats & Brunch" featuring DJ Impulse. Music was great. Brunch was not. I thought I'd be getting my crab cakes. Wrong. The server said they were out of it. HOW SWAY? It's 12:30PM. The place opened at 10AM. It's not packed. How do you... never mind. I didn't get my crab cakes.
Back to the limited menu. I didn't want the seafood omelette. Candy toast it is. It was easily something a seven year old can make. But they would make it better. I've never had French toast that tasted like eggs. It was like bread encrusted in a fried egg with powder sugar on top. Yuck.
And the drinks are just okay. They gave a bottomless options and on my first two visits I just got rum punch. Today I decided to just get the mimosa which was FULL of pulp. I wanted the switch but my server was hesitant to switch it to another drink. She finally gave in and have me the watermelon "sangria" I asked for. Didn't care for it.
The service also sucks. Only was it superb 1 out of the 3 times I've been here.
Save yourself and go elsewhere.
I love the "refresh" for the former Waterfront Kitchen. The food is very good. Our service was very personable and we enjoyed her attention to us. The scallops I had were cooked perfectly and they were filling. The rockfish my date had seemed awfully small. I would have expected the full filet.
Great service and view! The rockfish was cooked perfectly and would definitely order again.
Six of us old friends met up here and had a great lunch/brunch experience. I had the salad with crab salad and shrimp and it was wonderful! Lightly dressed, perfect butter lettuce and a dramatic presentation made it an immediate favorite. Other dishes were the Oyster Fritters - basically a fried oyster on toast, delicious -, Seafood Omelet and RibEye Omelet were both very good, with some wedge potatoes. No big piles of french fries was a good thing for us. The Crab Benedict was really exceptional, too. So, the food was very, very good, but the best part was our terrific server who went out of his way to make us happy. I'll come again.
Food was great and staff attentive and accommodating when we moved inside as evening turned cold.
Server Melvi! Chef Nelson! Totally accommodating and amazing. Great food, amazing view. Love this rebranded spot! Check out their patio with fire pits and outdoor bar.
Maybe it doesn't help that I knew Ampersea when it was Waterfront Kitchen, and that I have had some excellent meals and very pleasant dining experiences there. The menu at Ampersea, in my opinion, is a notch below Waterfront Kitchen, as is the service, and the noise level, at least the evening we were there, was higher; as were the prices. So for now I remain nostalgic for Waterfront Kitchen. I'll give it another try in a few months, when the weather will permit outdoor seating. Until then I cannot recommend Ampersea. but I do like the name and the logo.
First time dining at Ampersea. It was date night and we were in downtown Baltimore. Chose this spot for the location and seafood on the menu. Liked the modern decor and open layout. Not large or loud either, so we very much enjoyed our time. The bartender did a fine job with our rye manhattans. I had the Maryland crab soup and a crab cake. Both were very good though the soup, which had a nice little spicy kick, was a bit salty. My wife had pan fried scallops that she really liked. The fried cookie dough crumble dessert, with whipped cream on the side, is awesome. Wait staff and the manager were very nice and did a great job.
My meal of Catfish Nuggets and Tots was delicious. I know my friends liked their lunch but the salad was lacking ingredients that were listed on the menu. They mentioned getting used to a new menu and comped us a dessert. Service was spotty. I recommend the Ampersea, but go with patience.
Great atmosphere and ambience! Beautiful quiet spot on the water with easy parking. Staff was very friendly and the food was great. The rockfish was just slightly undercooked but otherwise everything was wonderful. The brussels sprouts are the best we’ve had and the mac & cheese was divine!
Although very loud, we had a great time and enjoyed everything. One dinner entree came out a bit cool but they heated and returned it quickly. I can’t wait to go back when it’s warm enough to sit outside.
Basically had the restaurant to ourselves. Sat at a table with a view of the water. They had a good selection of wine and beer. The food was delicious and the portions were perfect. It was my boyfriend’s birthday and they brought out a free dessert with a candle. Would definitely recommend!
We came for breakfast on Easter. There is not an extensive menu but there were great options for everyone in my party (except the little one). I throughly enjoyed my crab cake Benedict & delightful oyster fritters others in my party had the filet hash and chicken and waffles- everyone enjoyed everything except the “tater tots” that accompanied each meal. Our server did an awesome job of describing them yet I wasn’t prepared for a tot filled with mashed potatoes. I will definitely go back.
My wife and I were disappointed with the uncleanliness of the men’s and women’s bathrooms.
We were very reluctant to take a chance on this restaurant as we had a very bad experience at WFK. Glad we did. food was great, service was great. Wish it had been warmer the outside, the new patio looks very nice.
We were seated right away and had a great view of the harbor. Our drinks and appetizers came out really fast. We got the Cheeseburger Deviled Eggs, they were delicious. As time went on, the restaurant started to fill with other diners. We noticed other people who had come in after us started to receive their entrées. We ordered our entrees at same time we ordered our appetizers. Our waitress did come to let us know our food would be out shortly...twice. As we approached an hour of waiting, we inquired about our food. A gentleman came to out table to ensure us that our food was being plated. When we received our food, the salmon was slightly undercooked and the crab cake was overcooked. I was disappointed with the food and the wait. Unsure if I would return.
Excellent food. Will be a great spot for dining/drinks when weather warms up.
Ampersea has the best location and view in Baltimore. It is on the harbor in the space between historic Fells Point and the new upscale Harbor Point Neighborhood. This is their third attempt to take advantage of their location with the right ambience and menu. Prior menu iterations were a bit too exotic; but this time they got it right, and we wanted to try almost every thing offered. Great small plate offerings and entrees; and it is now safe to bring the kids. Ampersea is the pure Baltimore dining experience with great food.
We were surprised to learn, upon our arrival that Ampersea is actually the same owners as the Waterfront, that recently closed, due to "bad reviews, negative energy, chefs leaving" as we told by staff. We were meeting friends from an hour away and thought this would be a good spot to meet. The staff is very nice and the view the best on the waterfront but, unfortunately the food is honestly awful. The appetizers were ok but all 4 entrees were terrible.....mushy puréed veggies and risotto (tasted and looked like baby food) , little flavor and undercooked. I would not go back and it's a shame the owners didn't learn their lesson the first time and completely redo their menu, get a professional chef who knows how to run a successful restaurant. You can't sustain a place just because you have an awesome view of the water.
The food was really, really good. The cheesy grits were to die for. Kheo took fantastic care of us too.
Recently changed names and focus according to the website and our excellent waiter, Ampersea was an excellent find when searching for a noteworthy restaurant to dine with friends while in Baltimore for a Peabody concert. We had a beautiful view of the waterfront in Fells Point. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and well trained. One person had oxtail soup which she said was excellent along with 2 veggies. I had the crab/shrimp salad which was different from any I have had before and was lovely. I also had oyster fritters which were hot, crispy, and perfect. My husband had the same thing. Our other guest had the Farmer's Ravioli and he practically licked the plate clean. We had ice cream for dessert and a good cup of coffee. We live in Alexandria but would most certainly dine there again.
This new spot on the Fell's Point waterfront is worth a look. Lovely space, helpful front-of-house team. The menu has something for everyone. Lamb shank was hearty and delicious. Can't wait to return in nicer weather to sit on the gorgeous veranda.
Excellent meal. Wouldn't normally order deviled eggs, but did based on other reviews. They were outstanding and we will get them on future trips as well. The duck risotto was extremely flavorful and another keeper for future visits. Can't wait to try other items from their menu. Also impressed with their community involvement programs.
Our experience at Ampersea was very good and we will return. Our food was well prepared. The presentation was excellent. Desert was very well done. I had the lamb shank and my wife had the scallops. Both were very good choices.
Valentine Day Tasting Menu was nice and Price were okay $80 for two.
Cocktail was really good.
Awesome place for dinner...could not ask for better flavors in the food and the service was on point. Add that with the waterfront view and you cant go wrong with this place!
Food is good, prices are a little high though - would like to see more mid-range options.