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Lew Gambino's, Baltimore, MD
Lew Gambino's, Baltimore, MD
Lew Gambino's, Baltimore, MD
Lew Gambino's, Baltimore, MD
Lew Gambino's, Baltimore, MD

Lew Gambino's

3.9
3.9
788 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Italian with a fresh twist!

We offer a wide variety of wine selections by the glass or by the bottle, signature events, and fresh new creations from the kitchen, including house-crafted pasta, meats and seasonal vegetables that are locally sourced from area farms, and herbs that are farm-to-table fresh.

Join us for Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, Dessert, or Sunday Brunch! (Brunch starts Sunday October 6th 10am-2pm and will be buffet style with breakfast creations, pasta dishes and homemade pastries!)

Casual attire welcome!





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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American, Global, International
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (410) 685-7733
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    We offer off-site catering for both lunch and dinner - call for quote (410)685-7733
  • Private party facilities
    NOW BOOKING HOLIDAY PARTIES!! Private Event Space Dedicated Bartender for Larger Events Customized Menus Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Events
  • Private party contact
    Deb Poquette: (410) 340-3569
  • Neighbourhood
    Pikesville
  • Cross Street
    Between Stiles St and Fawn Street
  • Parking Details
    Parking: Free street parking, two blocks from Little Italy Garage, Valet also available
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 788 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 0.6Value

NoiseModerate

788 Reviews
  1. DavidV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and great choices for adult beverages! We will be back soon!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    67 reviews

    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I will say that almost everything was perfect. I loved my Caesar and linguine with clams. However, what was weird was my wife’s chicken parm was both excellent and poor. The chicken parm? Phenomenal. The chicken was crispy and not heavily breaded, with a good amount of cheese and sauce. But the side of pasta almost tasted like it had chlorine in it. So she kept it to the side because the chicken was plenty big. Also, we got a cheesecake slice to end the night. We loved it. Obviously the cheesecake and cherry sauce on top was homemade. So homemade that one cherry still had a pit in it. I didn’t really care, but I didn’t want anyone accidentally breaking a tooth so I felt like I needed to let the kitchen know. They seemed to totally agree.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food, Veal Parmigiana was excellent.
    Lew Gambino'sResponded on November 6, 2019
    Thanks so much for the compliment! We hope to see you again soon!

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  4. classiclincoln

    Philadelphia

    111 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Stopped in the other night on our road trip. We've been coming here for years but hadn't been there in awhile and noticed it had a new name. Original owner now has a partner, so they just changed the name. My wife stuck with what she knew she'd like (Chicken Marsala) and wasn't disappointed. I tried the cod special which was also really good. Service was good and the prices are not bad. Well worth it; glad we stopped in again!

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  5. StephenR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is in a great location, with a menu full of delicious items and plenty of options for people with food allergies. Even with limited parking, it was very easy to find a spot. I will definitely be returning.
    Lew Gambino'sResponded on November 6, 2019
    Hi Stephen! Thanks for taking time to send us a nice review! We hope to see you again in the near future!

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  6. JanelH

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Though the ambiance was amazing, the food lacked the taste of authenticity I expected. Out of my party of 2 sent their food back completely and the others, including myself, decided to try and "doctor" it up with salt and pepper. It didnt help at all. The food was extremely bland. I was very disappointed because the media exposure this restaurant has been given and ambiance deserve 4-5 star cuisine.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. BarbaraG

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Chicken part and eggplant parm were delicious! Our waiter was attentive and very friendly. We will definitely visit again!

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  8. BethM

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A decent attempt at reopening this restaurant. Still working out the kinks though. The servers couldn't be more lovely, but I went there specifically for zucchini noodles. No one didn't seem to know what they were and I got served a completely different dish. No explanation to be found. I'll go back, but I'll make sure they know what I'm ordering.

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  9. RussellKarr

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Way to go Ray! Fun, exciting place. Service a little erratic and less than friendly, but the food is outstanding. It would help if the noise level could somehow be reduced. We were, not at our preference, seated in the bar area where a large party was gong on(we had early reservations and the unfriendly hostess didn't even ask our seating preference). You literally had to shout to be heard. With a little tweak here and there this could be a fun place with good food.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious as always

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  11. LClikesItalian

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated a friend's birthday during the Little Italy Arts Festival which was an added bonus. We had a reservation for 6:30, but were ready to eat earlier. The staff at Lew Gambino's (formerly Ciao Bella) welcomed us at 5:45 and accommodated our requeest. It was all-around great, and, when we left there were lots of folks waiting to be seated. Clearly popular -- and for good reason!

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  12. NANCYM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the experience - the owner is delightful and the name has changed to Gambino's - the new part owner is Ray Lewis, of Ravens history. Try it, I think you will be vert happy with the menu, food, and experience!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were sat at our table and then ignored for 30 minutes. No drink orders, no bread, no greeting...nothing. staff even walked to other tables around us. We left and went to Amicci's. Very frustrating.

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  14. Naejaebae

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good however no one came back for about 20 minutes. Then we finally we ordered drinks & about 15 minutes laters we were brought bread. And then we ordered our dinner about 20 minutes laters & waited another 25 minutes before our food came. Everything hot & tasty, which made it a somewhat ok experience.

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  15. Tasha

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food. Drinks are a bit pricey. Surprised not a lot of diners that evening.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They did not have the bottle of wine we asked for when we first sat down—another table sat down next to us and the restaurant also didn’t have the wine they asked for either. The chicken Alfredo had no flavor and the chicken was just from a rotisserie and also unseasoned. When asking for a second round of bread as a way to get filled from the flavorless Alfredo, it took them about 15-20 minutes to bring it. This restaurant is expensive for not using any seasoning and I would not recommend.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. KOB1

    Cleveland

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    7 meals. One had the special but it wasn’t that good.

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  18. SydneyM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best places I have been in Little Italy. Food was amazing and great atmosphere

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  19. StacyE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ciao Bella was tasteful, comfortable and accommodating. We had lovely seats, it is easy to find and our food was delicious. We had the Lasagna (yum), Chicken Cacciatore (yum) , Veal Saltimbuco (yum) and the Gnocci which were little pillows of love.

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  20. Lydia

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, forgetful waiter.

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  21. gdfdgdwn

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful people, the owner was great. Awesome experience

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  22. GaryQ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    They seem to be short on wait staff. Our waiter did a fine job even though the place was busy.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    They were extremely short staffed. Our waiter was soo incredibly kind. He was also very knowledgeable of my food allergy and if he didn’t know the answer he immediately asked the chef. It took over an hour to get our food. The food was really good once we got it but they need chef Ramsey to come revamp the place.

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  24. Woody

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great gluten free selections for my wife. Nice high top table by the window to watch the action in Little Italy. Food and service were very good, we will be back.

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  25. MichaelT

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service is always fantastic and the food is consistently good!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Caesar Salad was delicious, the veal Marsala sugary, the linguini in white clam sauce vinegary and hard to chew, and the veal parm was dry.

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  27. JoKeya

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my girlfriend here, it was our first time. I can't remember my waiter name but he knew the menu to a T, and his recommendation about the dish was spot on as well. The atmosphere was romantic although you didn't have to be in your Sundays finest. Will definitely return here.

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  28. EddE

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. They served hot bread with oil. I asked for butter and when our server brought it he also brought more warm bread since the other had cooled. We will come back again when we are in town.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    If I could have left 0 stars I would’ve. My husband and our family of 5 were to join my parents to eat here for my birthday as a special trip to Baltimore. Unfortunately, after arriving and being greeted by signs that said, under new management, the host walked past us at least 4 times. The restaurant had 3 patrons and there was not a line. Finally, we inquired about our reservation to which the host looked surprised. He came back sat two parties that arrived after us. We continued standing for another 10 minutes after the other parties had been seated and inquired again. He again acted surprised and then pointed to one of the many empty tables. We sat down and were ignored for another 5 minutes, no apologies were given. We got up and left. With the many places to enjoy great service and food, you don’t have to eat an establishment where the staff is unkind and unresponsive.

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  30. JenniferG

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic Italian cuisine! Just earnest I was searching for! Perfecto!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful experience. The service was excellent as was the food. The owner Tony was engaging and camt wait to come back for another afternoon lunch with my wife

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We arrived 5 minutes after our reservation time only to wait another 10 for a table and 30 for a server. By the time they arrived we were so turned off by being ignored we opted for Aldo’s (which was INCREDIBLE by the way!!). There was no music, the manager didn’t ever check on us, the server took his time and then when we asked why it took so long he said “why, are you in a hurry?” Super disappointed and will not be trying again.

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  33. ECYYY

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food; great seemingly family owned atmosphere. Only issue is we couldn't sit as soon as we arrived even though we had a reservation. Other than that the night was perfect.

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  34. StuT

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Multiple food dishes, all very good. Service was verrrry slow and it was not crazy busy.

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  35. MichaelG

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ciao Bella has one of the best tasting pasta sauces in Little Italy. The service is friendly and staff is attentive.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic. Service was remarkable. Would recommend for date night or for some great Italian comfort food

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The house salad was unexciting lacking anything special in taste. The Chicken Picatta also lacked anything unique in taste and in fact was very weak in taste. The Veal Francaise was over cooked which killed the delicacy of be made thin The above with 2 glasses of Chardonnay cost $91 We were very disappointed for $91 No parking valet. No designated parking lot Absolutely NO Reason to ever go back.

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  38. mcmegamom

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Would have given it a higher rating except they were out of too many items. Our party of five had to rethink our order too many times. They were out of the only appetizer we wanted and they were out of two of the entrees we ordered. Sadly, I had actually checked in advance that they served gnocchi since two in our party like it better than pasta. It's on the menu, but they were out of it. The people at the table next to us actually walked out without ordering because of the limited menu. It's no wonder Sunday night is not the time to go to small, individually-owned restaurants. The food we had was delicious and the staff was pleasant.

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  39. TMullai

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I went this past Saturday and made reservation on Opentable. They were 30 minutes back-up on reservations made and even told us we were next but then served someone else before us even though they came in after us. The hostess was not the most pleasant and gave attitude. I've been here before and never had this experience so im shocked.

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  40. Lflash

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Waited over thirty minutes after our reservation time to be seated, food was not good and overpriced, service was not good

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Lew Gambino's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 685-7733.

Lew Gambino's is rated 3.9 stars by 788 OpenTable diners.

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236 S. High Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Between Stiles St and Fawn Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Pikesville
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Parking: Free street parking, two blocks from Little Italy Garage, Valet also available
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (410) 685-7733
  • Catering
    We offer off-site catering for both lunch and dinner - call for quote (410)685-7733
  • Private party facilities
    NOW BOOKING HOLIDAY PARTIES!! Private Event Space Dedicated Bartender for Larger Events Customized Menus Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Events
  • Private party contact
    Deb Poquette: (410) 340-3569
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