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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Baltimore / Maryland

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Baltimore / Maryland? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of 18th & 21st restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1444)
$31 to $50
Speakeasy
Columbia
About the restaurant
18th & 21st brings something fresh and classic to Columbia, Maryland. Named after the Constitutional Amendment that enacted Prohibition and then subsequent Amendment that repealed it, 18th & 21st promises to bring back a bygone era through an elevated, tailored evening experience. Our food and cocktails reflect the feel of prohibition supper clubs. This not to say we're stuck in the past, but rather that we try and emulate the style of that era. That means beautiful presentation, careful crafting, and perfect pairings to keep your night on beat. Combined with live music, this creates an unparalleled experience for the discerning and adventurous looking for a sophisticated evening. Due to the nature of the experience at 18th & 21st we request that all diners be over the age of eighteen.
Top review
BrittneyS
Dined 2 days ago
Always a great experience! The music and ambience is unmatched and the service is great!
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4.7
4.7 (1937)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Harbor East
About the restaurant
Opened in 2014 to a 4.5 Star review from the Baltimore Sun, Azumi is located on Baltimore's Inner Harbor in the elegant Four Seasons Hotel. With picturesque panoramic waterfront views, Azumi offers authentic Japanese cuisine with a strong focus on sushi matched with an amazing "hot kitchen." Azumi's Sake and Japanese Whiskey program is one of the largest in the region. Named the city's best Japanese restaurant by Baltimore Magazine, Azumi is also one of the hottest spots for nightlife in the city featuring a live DJ on weekends. Enjoy outdoor dining on our expansive patio. Outside seating can be requested but not guaranteed.

Azumi’s highly-skilled teppanyaki / hibachi chefs are on display in our new FLAME ROOM as they cook the highest-quality meats, seafood, vegetables & rice on a solid-surface iron griddle right before your eyes in this intimate & interactive dining experience.

Please call the restaurant to book parties of 9 and larger or for additional reservation assistance.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Pricey but delicious
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4.7
4.7 (513)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Fallston
About the restaurant
A new Local Favorite, we bring you craft spirits & provisions. Join us in our Bar or comfortable Dining Room for Lunch, Dinner, or any special occasion to enjoy our Chef's masterpiece menu, featuring local favorites & a modern twist on classic comfort food, paired with small batch craft distills & brews. Congratulations to our very own "Amanda Wiley"who won Best Server of the Year for 2022 at the Restaurant Association Gala.....................................

PLEASE MAKE A NOTE IF YOU ARE HERE TO SEE A BAND..................................................................
PLEASE CHECK WITH THE RESTAURANT TO SEE IF THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT & CALL THE RESTAURANT -
DO NOT MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE. THANK YOU
Top review
JohnG
Dined on May 31, 2024
Great time for my mom’s 85th birthday. “Just Matt” bought us all a round. That was nice. The O’s game on the TV across from our high-top would've been nice.
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4.6
4.6 (1374)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Harbor East
About the restaurant
Located in Four Seasons Hotel overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Loch Bar is a classic seafood tavern. Centered around one of the region’s largest raw bars, Loch Bar features classic seafood dishes with a modern flair. Loch Bar's beverage menu includes local craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails & an extensive whiskey list with selections from around the world. Loch Bar's interior has an antique design with a nautical-influenced style which features live music every night.

The suggested dress is business casual. We kindly ask our guests to abide by these suggestions to create an enjoyable environment for all guests.

The following items are prohibited however:
• Gentlemen’s tank tops or sleeveless shirts
• No exposed undergarments
• Clothing with language or graphics that are vulgar or sexually explicit
• Footwear is required, however there is no restriction on the style
*Children accompanied by an adult are not subject to the Dress Policy*
Top review
LauraWvip
Dined 5 days ago
Went here for a ladies lunch with my newborn in tow. We had a wonderful server. He was so kind and attentive and upbeat. I couldn’t have asked for better service. The food was really good. We had raw oysters, the lobster roll, the Cobb salad (they even split it three ways for us), and the steak lettuce wraps. We will most definitely be back! They were very accommodating and everything was delicious.
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4.6
4.6 (1111)
$50 and over
French
Harbor East
About the restaurant
Atlas Restaurant Group presents Monarque, a French brasserie located in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood. Monarque is inspired by the French era of prosperity when culture boomed and extravagance flourished. The food menu is perfectly complemented by a beverage program with over 500 French wine labels and an extensive collection of cognac and armagnac.

Striking a balance between transporting guests to another time and place while being rooted in the present, Monarque hosts an exciting rotation of acts on stage every weekend including dancers, singers, musicians, contortionists, sword swallowers, poets and more.

The restaurant promotes a mature environment with artwork and entertainment that is only appropriate for adults. Only guests 18 years of age and older will be permitted to enter at all times.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We celebrated my wife’s Birthday at Monarque last night and from the time we walked into the door until the time we left, it felt like a special occasion, everyone wished her a happy birthday. Our server, Manny, was amazing and made sure we had everything we needed and and happy. The hand written birthday card was a nice surprise. The service, the food, the drinks and the show were amazing. Thank you to the staff for everything! We will be back!
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4.6
4.6 (95)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Columbia
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
LeanneM
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Went there for father's day dinner. All the food was great, the service was a little bit slow, but all in all we had a great time. The Hurami in the pot was the best!
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4.4
4.4 (183)
$31 to $50
American
Bolton Hill
About the restaurant
Friends new and old get together here. We are centrally located—literally on Centre Street—in the heart of Baltimore’s lively cultural district, Mt. Vernon. Our diverse, vibrant clientele creates our atmosphere—and we create a memorable experience for each visitor, in each visit!

From our creatively crafted food and cocktail menus to our casually elegant décor, our aim is to welcome YOU. And here you will encounter a “little of everybody.”

Here, we dine, drink, and meet in Unity!
Top review
Zeef122vip
Dined 1 day ago
I went on a Saturday night with a few birthdays dining so it was pretty loud. The sweet and spicy shrimp, fried rice, and the unity burger was quite tasty. The drinks were also just okay in my opinion. I will say however if you order anything not from the cocktail list the drinks were a bit in unbalanced. Not entirely sure if I’d come back but I would definitely recommend someone to try.
A photo of Captains Table Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (161)
$31 to $50
American
Ocean City
About the restaurant
For over 60 years Captain's Table located at 15th street and the boardwalk in Ocean City Maryland has been loved by locals and visitors alike. We are pleased to present the next chapter in this historic business with a comfortable , modern venue located in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott. Join us for fresh local fish from the docks of West Ocean City, hand cut black angus steaks, a broad selection of lobster dishes and exceptionally prepared cuisine from our talented team of chefs. We welcome you to join us for 7 day a week happy hour at any seat in the restaurant from 4-6 and experience a fresh take on a familiar name. Reserve your table at Captain's Table!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Everything was superb from beginning to the end our server was excellent food was delicious and drinks were good. Will go back again
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4.3
4.3 (1632)
$30 and under
American
Annapolis
About the restaurant
For over 30 years, Rams Head has been an award-winning favorite serving creative tavern fare. Rams Head offers an outstanding happy hour, a legendary beer selection, and extraordinary live music 7 nights a week. Whether in one of the cozy dining rooms, the historic pub, or on the Wisteria-covered patio, you'll see why so many Annapolitans consider Rams Head their second home. .

We do not accept reservations for outdoor dining.

Have tickets to a show at Rams Head On Stage? If taking advantage of our FREE Premium On Stage Experience, please make note in the 'special request' section while making your reservation.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
took a little time for order to be taken ....otherwise very good
A photo of Avenue Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.0
4 (836)
$31 to $50
American
Hampden
About the restaurant
High energy and gracious, Avenue Kitchen and Bar is a place where one can enjoy terrific cocktails and comforting, Latin-American inspired cuisine from Executive Chef Audiel Vera and his seasoned and attentive staff. Our food offers flavors & technique that will welcome and excite you.
We have seating available in our large dining room, our bar & lounge, a seasonally-opened outdoor area, and a small private dining space available for intimate dinner parties.
We are conveniently located on 36th Street, commonly known as "the Avenue" in Hampden. Metered parking is available in a full lot in the rear of the restaurant as well as the front and surrounding streets. Entrances are located at both the front and rear and are easily accessible for all.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
A bit loud but the food was good! Our waitress was nice.
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