Ampersea Restaurant

4.1
100 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
At the intersection of Harbor Point and Fells Point, Ampersea is redefining cuisine that's modern, Maryland, authentic. A destination innovating the way Baltimore dines on the Patapsco River, Ampersea's dedication to locally-sourced, fresh ingredients--many from our very own greenhouse--and passionate commitment to storied Maryland recipes set our menu apart. Perched on the western corner of Thames Street and located in the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum building with the Living Classrooms Foundation, Ampersea's dining room, patio, and event spaces offer a stunning combination of panoramic harbor views, impeccable service, and delectable dishes.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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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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Cross Street
Caroline
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Parking Details
Parking is conveniently located on both Thames and Caroline streets, within half a block of the restaurant. There are also two public parking lots located adjacent to Ampersea.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
3.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.7
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The drinks were a little lacking. They would have benefitted from a FT bartender, not just the server making the drinks.

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JJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The menu was different from what was displayed on their website so that was a bit surprising. I had the small dish plate of scallops with golden raisins and little cauliflower. It was delicious. That could have been a main dish. The brussel sprouts with bacon were okay...they could have been a bit more tender. Overall I would give it a B+.

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m
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing beautiful weather day to be dining there, the food was delicious and the wait staff attentive.

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OT
Tampa
98 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I had the trout and Brussels sprouts. Both highly recommended by the server. The trout was mushy, not fresh. The Brussels sprouts were under cooked but had great flavor. Hope it was an off night.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The food was expensive and just ok. I ordered the short ribs and they were tough and on an enormous plate of fries. I would have preferred more meat and less side dish! My husband's chicken was the better dish and the Brussel sprout appetizer was nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, even better food, and you can’t beat the view of the water! Get the scallops, and the fried cookie dough. Amazing

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Visited at 2pm on a sunny August Sunday

Great location, delayed service, neither the best food not the best drink. Visit for the ambience not the service or the food.

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p
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Really loved the setting for Ampersea, and always thought it was a little weird why the ratings were so relatively poor. When we showed up with a reservation on a Sunday and there was no hostess, or table for us to be seated at, we then began to find out. Once we finally got seated, and waitstaff was identified, we finally got to order. In lieu of the tortilla chips we were given instead of the Bavarian pretzel as the menu described to accompany our crab dip, we asked for lettuce. In response, our waiter, who was quiet aloof throughout the entirety of our visit at Ampersea, physically raised an eyebrow and stared at us...rather than responding with a "yes" or inquiring, "why?" or "what type?". All the while this was happening, the table next to us was informed that there was no vodka at the entire restaurant. I was dismayed along with them! Ultimately, we got our food, which was good enough tasting, but I'm sad to report that our bellies have been upset since. I'm not sure if it's unrelated or not, but a cautionary tale of our experience nonetheless. If the service had been tightened up, I would've been happy to avoid writing a review altogether, but I'm pretty forgiving and found that this was not a great experience.

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K
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We went to scope the place for a birthday event. When entering there was no one to greet us. After a minute or so, Danny came to greet us, only to walk away to see if there was outside seating. (There we’re literally 10 people outside with 10 tables of 4). After being seated, Danny returns to take our order. Our appetizer and drinks came she never checked in. We flagged another waitress for napkins. Danny delivered our meal and again never checked in. We had to flag another waitress to get the check. Needless to say we are looking at other places. It’s unfortunate since it’s such a beautiful view.

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A
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Gorgeous returant in a wonderful waterfront setting but food is way below par . Chicken wings did not have much flavor. the pretzel crab dip also lacked flavor, pretzel is way huge and not much crab in dip . The soft shell crab sandwich was mediocre and excessively breaded
It’s a shame, we would love to return given the lovely setting and this was our second visit but overall food does not draw us back. It’s possible brunch may be better

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GF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server went above and beyond to accommodate our needs. Would absolutely return as the food and general service was also excellent, as is the location!

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B
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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CV
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

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

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OT
Baltimore
77 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

From arrival to departure we seemed to be nothing but a burden to the staff!

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JO
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

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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RB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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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OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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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ZS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

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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B
Baltimore
135 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

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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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

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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LM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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D
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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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f
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 5

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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CC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

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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GT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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CC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Food was subpar

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S
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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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t
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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

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MW
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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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CS
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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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SB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

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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SP
Baltimore
61 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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KC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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MK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

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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AD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

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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SD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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MM
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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DK
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The expanded Waterfront area is amazing.

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