Cosima

4.5
1257 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
This unique and tranquil setting in the heart of the city offers views of the water, opportunities for Great Blue Heron sightings, and of course chef Donna Crivello’s take on Sicilian and Southern Italian cuisine.

Cosima is located inside the old boiler room of the Mill No. 1 building, which has been nationally recognized for its painstaking renovation. Both the menu and atmosphere provide a warm inviting environment for friends, families and neighbors to gather and perhaps discover a part of the city many Baltimoreans have never seen. Dining on Cosima’s outdoor patio will offer incredible views of the historic Jones Falls waterway.

Sicily, and the surrounding Southern Italian region, is known for fresh and seasonal ingredients but is also a mix of all surrounding Mediterranean cuisines. Sicily was once home to Greeks, Arabs, French and Spanish – all lending their cultures to create modern Sicilian and Italian heritage.

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Looking for a unique and romantic spot for Valentines Day? Join us at Cosima! We have a fantastic Prix Fix menu created for you to enjoy with your special someone.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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What 1257 People Are Saying
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RA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing time in this restaurant. We will definitely come back.

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H
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It is amazing how they renovated the building into a magnificent restaurant. Great menu and excellent service. Truly a special place!

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DF
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Seated when we got there. Wait staff right on the ball. Food amazing - took some home.

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BG
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been to Cosima several times before but this was first time for pirx fix Sunday Mangia night -- we loved it! Fresh ingredients and generous sized portions to share. We left with enough leftovers for a Monday night meal at home.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our go to place for great service and wonderful cuisine. Don't miss it!

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a
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful service, our waiter, April went to great lengths to assure we had a fabulous experience. Food was delicious. Nice place for a family get together.

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SG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

this is an outstanding restaurant. Donna is a remarkable restauranteur with decades of experience. Everything she prepares and the environments she orchestrates are always perfection. the food is delicious
and plentiful and she is always happy to accommodate special requests and needs. My family lives in NYC and overtime they come to Baltimore they request to eat at Cosimo and each of our 3 generations is always happy. oh, and did I mention the incredibly attentive staff! It's a 10.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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MI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely perfect New Year’s Eve dinner! Everything was delicious and the ambiance was elegant and festive. We will be returning soon!

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h
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a party of 5 order from the menu giving us a large variety of items. Each item was wonderfully prepared with delightful seasonings.

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P
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for my husbands birthday and we were pleased overall - most everything we ordered was very good .... the only thing to note .. the New York strip steak was a little tough ... I had the burrata - it was very good and the prawns with risotto - I liked the flavor of the prawns but the risotto needed salt - it was a little bland !
My husband had the Cod special and he said it was very good .... we will go back and try some of the other items !

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J
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first time here and we were truly delighted. Lindsay was a fabulous server and we even had a conversation with the owner, Donna. Lovely, fresh, and interesting dishes! Also a fabulous and a long list of amaros, Which we love to taste and try. We can’t wait to go back!

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AY
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had my Birthday dinner at Cosima. I love Italian food and this exceeded my expectations. Both my husband and I throughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was simply amazing and the atmosphere was fantastic. Will be back for sure.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was unmatched and the food was great! Killer playlist too!!!

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KR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent. As was service. I have food allergies and we also had a vegetarian in our party. Server was knowledgeable and easily handled our questions and helped us find wonderful choices. Too expensive for me to go more often than special occasions but a new top choice for that. Also thrilled to see old mill with a new life.

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M
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our third time eating at Cosima and each time the food has been exceptional and the service warm and inviting. The polpettone, the lobster with blank squid ink pasta, and the braised pork shank with crimini mushrooms and polenta have all been outstanding. Great place!

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d
Baltimore
265 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Cosima has really great food! My friend and I were there on a weeknight in the week between Christmas and New Year's so it wasn't a typical Thursday night. Operations were rough. Our server was good but had just too much to do. Even Donna was acting as a food runner in addition to her social duties. The brick oven was malfunctioning. The bar was out of the bourbon we ordered but we were given an upgrade at the same price. We ordered a cheese tray with our drinks. Cheeses were excellent but I can never understand why restaurants give you lots of cheese but skimp on the crostini? The kale salad was excellent and spicy. The burrata cheese and tomato starter had wonderful flavor layers. The entree special of the night was cod with an olive topping on polenta. Again lots of layers of flavors and even if you don't like cod, this was terrific. The lobster on black pasta was also great. The lobster was tender and flavored by the pasta dressing. Really wonderful meal. Sadly we skipped dessert and the meat loaf. Next time we will have both

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W
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great spot! Loved the wine list, the food, and the vibe.

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AN
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All around fantastic as usual

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N
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We live 1 hr away but have come back 3times.Love the food ,wine is awesome and Donna always comes to the table to chat.We will be back for sure.Looking forward to sitting out side when the weather gets warm.🥰⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Great bar experience
Our table server was ok but not like our first experience there
Food was very good

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M
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Love Cosima and really love sitting outside overlooking the Jones Falls. As it was winter, we had to sit inside. Still a lovely place. The food was good, just not as great as expected. The choices this week were not particularly to my liking, either everything had olives (can't stand them), or shrimp (allergic and need an epipen), or was a huge slab of meet. I went with the pork belly, which was fantastic! I just didn't really want a huge slab. If you want a meal of that size, go for it, as it was delicious. Overall, I still like Cosima and will go back.

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LM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great time and the food and the service was excellent. I would have given a 5-start rating except for the fact that we were seated right behind the bar and it got quite noisy. We were hoping for a more quiet table, but overall it was still a good experience. We went out to celebrate my husband's birthday and at the end he got a little dessert and it was lovely. We would probably come back again!

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GF
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We chose Cosima as the place to celebrate two birthdays. From the minute we arrived we were provided with exceptional service. From appetizers to the dinner to dessert, everything was fantastic. We would highly recommend Cosima and looking forward to going back.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite spot the food is approachable for everyone from a foodie to less adventurous and just delicious! Our waiters have always made the night more fun with personalities and chef even checks on your meal. Their specials are always a treat and cocktails delicious - never leave disappointed plus valet!!!

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MB
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant

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MG
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I have been to Cosima close to 10 times. It is an attractive setting wit the exposed brick. The bar in the center of the room is attractive. The food is always solid, consistently good. However, it has never been great and is not inexpensive. Most of the time, I go for business. Depending upon where you sit, it can be quiet or very noisy.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary!

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P
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had an awesome date night here this past weekend. The only thing I was little bummed about was the seating area. I wanted to have an intimate dining experience and found that we felt a little cramped after we were seated and decided to sit at the bar. Other than that, the cocktails were super tasty and the vibe was great. Food came out in huge portions so I would definitely recommend splitting with someone. Would definitely come back again and experience the outdoor seating area in the summer!

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OT
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Cosima is an experience. Difficult to get into and out of. Complimentary valet is a must. Restaurant has interesting aspects and bar seemed lively. Food is definitely upscale Italian dining, but would not classify it as comfort food. Cocktails are expertly mixed with some specialties which are unique and flavorful. However, simple basics (like ice tea) are lacking which is to be noted. Prices are what you would expect for high end dining. Enjoyed the meal, but probably would not return due to extreme difficulty with location and price.

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, nice atmosphere, nice decor. Reservation on time, seated promptly, with choice of front or back.

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CT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed our experience but way too pricey. Nice unusual atmosphere. Would like to return in warmer months to try the brick oven pizza out on the Patio.

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J
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had dinner at Cosima before going to Miracle on 34th Street. Since we are from Rockville, this was our first time there. The staff at Cosima, from the valets to the wait staff, could not have been sweeter or more helpful. We ordered 3 appetizers to share among the 4 of us and were pleased at their shareable size. We were pretty full by the time the entrees came, and ended up with to-go boxes, but we enjoyed each appetizer so much I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Actually, while the entrees were good, I found the appetizers more creative and flavorful. I think if I go back, I’ll suggest we just order from the appetizer menu and make it tapas style.

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TR
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had been wanting to try this place out for a while and I must say it was worth the wait. The ambiance is fantastic and they did and excellent job fusing the existing historic textile mill with the modern Italian restaurant. There was a birthday party get together in the bar area so I was seated on the second level. I ended of ordering the lobster with the cuttlefish ink pasta after deliberating for a while. Everything tasted great and even though the cuttlefish ink pasta looked a little odd it had a great flavor. I had a few adult beverages. They have an extensive wine selection and a good number of local breweries on tap. If you are having trouble the waiter and waitresses are more than happy to recommend a selection to go with your meal. I had a great time and can’t wait to come back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

I use to love this place, however my last experience has me contemplating whether or not to return. Brussel sprouts as usual on point. Service ok, however the entrees! The entree’s were awful awful. I don’t complain or write reviews much, maybe it was our fault for selections, but the lobster fettuccine was extremely underwhelming and bland. The pasta was close to a jar of Gerber’s baby food. The actual lobster which from the menu description sounded hearty however the presentation was almost like the chef tossed it on the plate as a garnish. This particular lobster appeared to be the runt of the runt of the litter, watery, and soaked my entire ugly Christmas sweater. Tasted more fishy than a crustacean should. The pork belly...well let’s not even start, but needless to say we weren’t taking a doggy bag

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M
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a 50th birthday with 8 women and it was a blast! Aaron went out of his way to help us from start to end.

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JK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Quality of food not worth the cost. The Pendry and Tagliata are much better for the price

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A
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This was our first trip to Cosima, quaintly located in a beautifully restored, historic Mill. It was very welcoming and lovely with historic touches and contemporary elegance. We all were happy with our cocktails and wine and the delicious home made bread sticks. Appetizers, especially the brussels sprouts were very tasty. Dinners were devine! I'm not a big fan of typical "spaghetti and meatballs" but these inventive Italian dishes are wayyyy beyond that. None of us ordered the pasta dishes that evening but those on the menu sounded wonderful. Donna does not disappoint and I'm sure we'll be back...The night we visited it was rainy and gray (so much of that lately) but we did take a quick look at the outdoor terrace overlooking the millrace before leaving. We can imagine a lovely summer evening dining there.

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T
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Wanted so much to like this place. Cauliflower wasn’t quite cooked. Brussel sprouts were amazing. Steak was incredibly fatty but good flavor. Chicken was good but vegetables undercooked; hard.

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s
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I love the food. and the atmosphere is usually great. My biggest complaint as well as my friend who I dined with was that the lights were way too bright and way too harsh. The lights need to be dimmed other wise you feel like your on stage. the lighting was way too harsh. It should be more intimate and cozy. We asked if they could dim it but and the server said yes, and she agreed it was too bright but I don't think they did.

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