Ampersea Restaurant

4.1
88 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
Ampersea, located in the heart of Fells Point, offers sweeping views of the Baltimore harbor from the western-most tip of Thames Street. We strive to provide the best seasonal and unique ingredients harvested from our Greenhouse. Our partnership with Living Classroom's B.U.G.S. program (Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students) to educate and inspire Baltimore's youth about good nutrition, gardening and the joys behind cooking.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(443) 681-5310
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 88 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
3.9
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.8
Value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Location, location, location. And the food is very good. It was a little too sultry to eat outside, but the dining room was surrounded by glass, so you still got an intimate water-level view of Baltimore's harbor. The menu is well-curated with an emphasis on seafood. Good list of small plates, a few sandwiches (including a great softshell crab), some very good vegetarian entrees, and a few heartier dinners. Good, well-crafted cocktails. Very accommodating and knowledgeable staff. A good experience. We'll go back.

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Lots of flies and the lunch server was never at our table, placed order with the hostess.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

What a disappointment. The restaurant has a beautiful view, grab a drink and don’t stay for dinner. Portion size on restaurant week was way off base, entrees should have been appetizers. If you can’t do restaurant week well, don’t offer it at all. Entrees off the main menu were inconstant, came out cold. Manager seemed aware that kitchen was struggling. Wow Ampersea, get it together!

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We ordered the coffee rub steak. It was delicious but the portion was small however the view of the harbor made it all worth it.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Visited for Saturday brunch. Outside seating and view was incredible. Staff was pleasant food was good. We had seafood omelet and basic egg/meat meal. Breakfast potatoes were great.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The drink I ordered had to be returned, the cheesecake and chocolate cake could not be eaten.
The portions of the scallops were disappointing.
The bread pudding was small but good.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We really wanted to like this place, but made the mistake of trying it for the first time at 8 pm on a rainy (outdoor dining closed) Friday during Restaurant Week. It was busy and service was screwed up. Our waitlady was personable but she was out of sight for long intervals when we needed her attention. Drinks took forever to arrive. She apologized and comp’d them, then disappeared again. Our first course (brought by a young man) arrived 10 seconds after the delayed drinks, and our bottle of wine showed up then, too. When it rains, it pours!
My friend’s salad was just okay; the greens were right out of a salad bag and needed the stems trimmed. My gazpacho was watery and overwhelmed by the taste of bell pepper. My friend ordered mussels, which always come with broth, but no bread was served until we requested it, and then it was garlic toast. My scallops were fine, served on an interesting bed of mixed vegetables. The mandatory (they were out of the alternative dessert) bread pudding was just bread pudding.
The place was lively, more bar than restaurant and a bit noisy for my taste, although it mostly cleared out by 9. Prices were fair. The wine list was thin but we found a decent white after our server waved us away from the night’s “special”. We may try Ampersea again, after the memory of this encounter fades, but it will be a weeknight and not during Restaurant Week.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Beautiful renovation and view but skip the food and overpriced wine list; maybe visit for happy hour prices only. No clue about gluten free options, mediocre salad, and strangely bright dining room. Too bad because we are locals and wanted to like it!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

I loved the ambiance of the restaurant, and the view of the water is incredible. The waitstaff was very polite and courteous, and helped us order wine that fit our preference. I would DEFINITELY recommend the crab dip & soft pretzel, both were absolutely incredible. The main courses themselves were delicious (I had the crab cake), but the portions were a bit small (my friend had the scallops- it only came with two). Overall positive experience, would be great for a date or special occasion.

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Beautiful view, girls night during restaurant week. Restaurant week's posted menu was for a filet however, once there menu listed a ribeye and the scallop entre was removed all together. Both entres did appear on their regular menu though. We were disappointed in the apparent switch. Not sure we will return.

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We went for restaurant week but didn't end up getting anything actually from the restaurant week menu. Coffee rub was actually a ribeye not a filet, so we juts decided to split a few apps and get entrees. House white wine is gross. The house red was better. We got happy hour prices on the glasses so whatever. There was no hostess...our server was our hostess. She was nice, but to be completely honest, she definitely was not sober. It was blatantly obvious. She made great recommendations like to add steak to the fried green tomato, she brought out extra bread for the mussels. The food was good for the most part. I got the sundried pasta and it was the cheap kind of pasta they sell at Trader Joe's. I think I'd come back here for happy hour and a seat on the water...but not dinner again. Not a bad experience but not a great one.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Not the greatest experience. Great ambiance, wonderful views, but they were clearly understaffed. Long wait times for our meals. Although I ordered my steak medium, it was way overcooked, to the point of jerky. My friends' dishes weren't right either. One was too salty for her to eat and the other had undercooked salmon. Even worse, the table next to us waited for over two hours for their meals. Hopefully is was just an off day, but I certainly would not return by choice.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Food was good but service was poor. Long wait time for hostess to be present at desk and seat us for a reservation no one was at desk for 15 minutes. Had to request refill of drinks multiple times before it came out . Wrong food was brought to table

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Best water view in the city. Especially nice at sunset.

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was subpar

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We visited for an anniversary dinner. Reviews were mixed, so did not have high hopes. Mostly booked for the view. We were unaware that Ampersea was participating in Restaurant Week, so the price fixe menu was a pleasant surprise and great value. Everything we ate was wonderful. The view of the harbor was as advertised. We will come again - with friends next time!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great waterview. Brunch was good! Service could be better.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Nice venue with a good menu. Exception was a very limited dessert selection.
Excellent service by Omar.
Bathrooms were not kept clean - both the men's and women's rooms were unsavory, probably as clean as a low-budget gas station.
Parking a bit of a problem now, esp. with all the overdevelopment in Fells Pt (a shame, actually).
Nevertheless, we will probably return.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

I think I would like to go back to Ampersea to enjoy their nice outdoor area, and to try their brunch and happy hour. We went on a rainy Tuesday and were one of two parties in the whole place, which was surprising as it was summer time. The food was good and so was the service, but it didn't "wow" me. We enjoyed the view and the downtown location, and it was nice to walk around Fells Point after our meal. We went to celebrate our anniversary, and said as much on our reservation, so it would have been nice if someone had recognized that!

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2018

There was a live DJ when we were there early on Saturday afternoon, 7/22/18. The two of us could barely hear one another although we were right across the table from one another. Additionally, there was an extended wait for our food. Our waitperson came by TWICE to apologize. Fortunately, the meals were good.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Excellent food, service and a great view. Had fried green tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and the scallops. All were terrific

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Went to Ampersea for boyfriends birthday. It was such horrible weather so we were not able to eat outside which is why I really wanted to go here! The location is right on the water, literally, and has a beauitufl view of UA, Dominio Sugar Factory and more. Its at the end of fells and has a parkin lot right next to it so easy to park and navigate. Food was delish! Really MD crafty dishes which is a plus if you love this state. not a large menu but everything on it looked amazing.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great for outdoor dining. The food was very good and service was great

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2.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Great location with great water side views. Unfortunately food was disappointing. Scallop dish came with over cooked, almost burned vegetables and the boulabaisse sauce was similar to average spaghetti sauce . Service was friendly but less than adequate and we had to ask for vegetable replacement. A small refund was given.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The location right on the water is the best selling point of this restaurant. The service took a really long time, way more than you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. We sat for over 15 minutes before anyone came to greet us. The cocktail selection is small but the menu is reasonably priced and versatile. My lamb chops came out extra well done, but my friends were happy with their meals. Overall, I would give it another chance.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

I took my wife here on a Friday afternoon, and we really enjoyed everything. We managed to be seated outside on the waterfront, which was a beautiful view. Only downside to the waterfront was that it is located on a floating barge style walkway that will shake your table as people move nearby. Also, many locals run or bike across the dining area, and thr water taxi stops very close by. Howver, none of this was a huge deal because we enjoy people watching and it wasnt noisy at all. The waiter and the hostess were very nice and made us feel at home. My wife had the seared scallops, and they were meaty and delicious. I had the old line chicken, which was juicy and the portions were hefty. All in all, I am extremely happy I found this place and I plan to come back soon. There were plenty of bar real estate, so happy hour would likely be worth trying too.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Wow is all I can say! What a fabulous restaurant. We were looking for a new restaurant in Baltimore and came upon Ampersea. We had a fabulous meal. From the moment we entered the restaurant, we were treated as VIPs. We sat outside and had an absolutely great seat overlooking the Bay. The menu is very creative with a number of interesting dishes. We started with the zucchini chips that were a wonderful accompaniment to a great bottle of wine suggested by our server. I had the fish salad that was fabulous and my husband had the stuffed peppers with scallops added. Our server had just the right touch - attentive without being intrusive and all of her recommendations were spot on. All in all, it was one of the best evenings out we've had in a long time. Can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The expanded Waterfront area is amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Attentive and accommodating staff compliment great location and strong menu. We will go back and also suggest to friends.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

We recently celebrated my husband's birthday with dinner at Ampersea. We were seated on the deck and had a great view of the harbor and the Domino Sugar plant. From the appetizer to dessert, dinner was amazing. I had "Eleanor's Stuffed Pepper" which was served with Spanish Rice. My husband had the "Sucking Spare Ribs" which he really enjoyed. Dinner was capped off with "Tres Chocolates Cake" and a "Berger Cookie Sandwich" which we shared with our two guests. Norbert S. was a superb server--attentive but not intrusive. All in all, a wonderful evening!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great waterfront patio. Amazing views. Great food

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We ate at Ampersea because we heard it was under new management . The setting was fabulous as always. It was a nice evening so we sat outside. The tables are well spaced. For a Friday nite it was not busy.
The evening was nicely paced. Our waiter did a good job bringing things out so we did not wait too long nor did we feel rushed. He did seem very inexperienced (reaching over my friend to deliver a drink, taking our silver after the first course and not replacing it ) but he was very pleasant and probably just needs a bit more practice. My meal(scallops) was amazing. My friend and I split a salad and it came on 2 plates which was very nice. Overall we had an enjoyable evening. I hope Ampersea does well. It has a lot going for it

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Had an awesome dinner on the water at ampersea. The food was amazing and the service was friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great food and service! The dining area was small so there were two other birthday parties present and the place was extremely loud. But, overall, my family and I had an enjoyable experience!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The view was wonderful and on a beautiful day, this is where you want to be. The appetizers and drinks were well prepared. My date ordered the stuffed trout and while the food was tasty, the portion was inadeguate to the price. I ordered the pork spare ribs which were tough. I would say go for the drinks, the appetizers and the view on a beautiful day.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I had been to Ampersea when it Waterfront Kitchen. We had many meals there and took cooking classes From the chef, Jerry Pellegrino. We loved the place but then the meals and service declined. We were thrilled when it reopened as Ampersea but we were reluctant to go back. There were many mixed reviews but this time we had a most pleasurable experience. Prices were extremely reasonable for a place on the waterfront. I had the ribs and mustard greens and they were both very flavorful. The BBQ sauce had a bit of heat to it. The truffle fries were crisp and wonderfully seasoned with bits of truffles. I would recommend that you give them a try. I know we will be back.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great view of the harbor if you're able to sit on patio.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Food, environment and drinks were good! Great view! The only thing was that they needed one more server!! I wanted more drinks but I couldn’t get a hold of him!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Loved it! It was a lovely evening to sit outside; after all the bad weather it was a wonderful respite. The staff were helpful and attentive without being annoying, and the food was delish without being out of this world pricey. We really enjoyed our evening and would highly recommend Ampersea!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great food. Nice place. Nice view. Everyone in the group enjoyed their meals.

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