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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Baltimore / Maryland

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems 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 SoBo Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1069)
$30 and under
American
Federal Hill
About the restaurant
Located in the quaint neighborhood of Federal Hill, Baltimore. SoBo Cafe continues the tradition of American comfort food with global influences and expands it with vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and keto/paleo options. We serve craft cocktails, local draft beer & carefully selected wines. A perennial favorite among neighbors and visitors, we go out of our way to make everyone feel at home. We are gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan friendly.

We are a short walk from Camden Yards/Oriole Park & M&T/Ravens Stadium. We are very close to the Convention Center, Downtown & the Inner Harbor.

Top review
SteveKvip
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
Great variety of food. We sat outside. Quaint neighborhood setting. Good portions solid service. Get the crab soup. The Mac and cheese is amazing too.
A photo of The Stewart restaurant
4.9
4.9 (136)
$31 to $50
Dining Bar
Easton
About the restaurant
The Stewart is an intimate bar-and-lounge in the heart of Easton, MD, with an unparalleled focus on the very finest of single malt Scotch whiskeys and vintage Champagnes. Upon entrance, guests are transported to a sphere of sheer refinement and spirit sophistication where one of the most impressive assemblages of Scotch in America is gloriously ensconced in the eloquent Federal Street enclave. An elegant evening progresses in an atmosphere of updated and distinguished Highland splendor: gleaming dark woods, handsomely refurbished period seating, gilt-framed oil paintings of Highland scenes, an intricately pargeted plaster ceiling, and, naturally, tartans galore. A crackling fire in the cooler months provides cozy ambient undertones within an 18th century walnut and brass trumeau chimney.
Top review
Tom2vip
Dined 7 days ago
Always a magnificent experience...decor, service and cuisine. Menu is dynamic, changing with the seasons and reflecting our local bounty.
A photo of Kelsey's Restaurant, Irish Pub, Banquet Room restaurant
4.8
4.8 (502)
$30 and under
Irish
Ellicott City
About the restaurant
Serving Irish Hospitality in Ellicott City, MD since October 17, 1994, Kelsey's Restaurant has been family-owned and operated since the very beginning. Every day we strive to provide excellent food, courteous service, and let's not forget beverages in a friendly, neighborhood pub-style environment. NEW PRIVATE ROOM for all your catering needs! Call our event coordinator today!

Over the past 28 years, we have made every effort to live up to these standards and are proud to be known as "Your Neighborhood Meeting Place!"

Top review
AndrewRvip
Dined 6 days ago
Fun Irish pub with a nice vibe. Nice selection of food and drink.
A photo of Water for Chocolate restaurant
4.8
4.8 (291)
$30 and under
American
Upper Fells Point
About the restaurant
Water for Chocolate provides an intimate and savory experience with a nod to personal space and service.
Chef Sean Guy and his team prepares creative dishes using seasonal ingredients with the best of intentions.
The result is a fresh, eclectic take on comfort food that elevates the familiar to wow!!
Pairings with "holistic cocktails" such as the house brewed ginger beer and a selected wine portfolio allows for guests to create real dining memories.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Every moment — and bite — was nothing short of spectacular. We enjoyed the prix fixe menu with five courses, including mostly seafood as our protein. Cooked to perfection, well spiced, and satiating. Both chef and DiAnte (waiter - sorry if I misspelled) made us feel welcome as if at their home, while cooking as if we were top food critics. Bravo to both. Make a reservation ASAP (that’s the only way you'll get in!)
A photo of Forge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (222)
$30 and under
Regional American (Southern)
North East
About the restaurant
With a passion for southern comfort cuisine, and a refinement worthy of fine dining, Chef Tom and Chef Raheem provide a unique culinary experience to all. Through innovation, dedication, and some delectable food, new bonds and lasting memories will be formed; for together, we Forge.
Top review
Martysue
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Our server Peyton was excellent. Good was authentic Southern. Menu had good choices. Acoustics were very loud and restaurant was NOT crowded.
A photo of LIBERATORE’S Ristorante & Catering - Eldersburg restaurant
4.7
4.7 (725)
$30 and under
Italian
Eldersburg
About the restaurant
Not too formal, not too casual and always delicious, always attentive! For the summer, Tuesdays we are available for deli/market items as well as banquet/catering calls and meetings. Dinner service is available everyday and we open Wednesdays-Saturdays at 11:30. Please call us with any questions! 4107814114 We look forward to welcoming you and sharing our Italian cuisine & many traditional offerings as well. Extensive Wine list, Happy Hour specials, Kids Menu,- Warm & friendly staff. You’ll enjoy it!!

*Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, Valentine's Day, Easter, & Mother's Day will have a special menu & there will be no Happy Hour on these days.

Top review
SaraTvip
Dined 5 days ago
Our service was excellent! These folks know how to make you feel welcome. Went for their Anniversary deal but the food is always tasty and a source of pride from the kitchen & staff.
A photo of t at The General Store restaurant
4.7
4.7 (717)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
St Michaels / Tilghman Island
About the restaurant
We offer a local farm-to-table menu. Best described as American cuisine with a healthy twist, we prepare our dishes fresh daily. We use no added salt, bringing tea infusion as a flavor and spice. We have a full bar with hand-crafted cocktail specials. Located inside the historic Royal Oak General Store, you will find a fun, modern decor.
Top review
RosemaryFvip
Dined 7 days ago
Very nice evening with friends. Meals well-presented and service fantastic. We’ll be back!
A photo of Ristorante Daniela restaurant
4.7
4.7 (416)
$31 to $50
Italian
Hampden
About the restaurant
Established in 2011, Ristorante Daniela serves hand made Sardinian and Italian cuisine.
Every detail and part of each recipe served at the restaurant is made from complete scratch, from the pasta and sauces, to the puff pastry and creams in our delicious desserts!
We also serve special dinners off menu which can be reserved in advance, ranging from $37 to $45 per person. These special dinners consist of a family style 3 course meal with an abundant amount of tastings for each course with different tastes of cuisines based on meat, seafood/fish, and vegetarian recipes.
Besides dining in and carrying out, Daniela is also available to cater your special events such as weddings, graduations, birthdays, etc.

Top review
CalonSegurvip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
The pasta dishes are different and uniformly excellent.
A photo of Kabuto restaurant
4.7
4.7 (60)
$30 and under
Japanese (Hibachi)
Parkville
About the restaurant
We are committed to serving an authentic Japanese experience to each and every one of our guests. From the atmosphere of our dining room to the dishes we make, we have constructed a Japanese-inspired restaurant people want to visit.
Whether you prefer the excitement of our chefs cooking in front of you on our hibachi grill or the bursts of tangy flavor from our sushi rolls, you’ll have a dine-in experience that is unlike any other.

Top review
RPB1vip
Dined 4 days ago
Friendly plentiful and delicious. Great spot for a birthday party.
A photo of LIBERATORE’S Ristorante & Catering – Westminster restaurant
4.6
4.6 (348)
$30 and under
Italian
Westminster
About the restaurant
With its stylish warmth and coziness, our Westminster location is a true destination restaurant. Host Pino Liberatore designed and built much of the interior himself; his pride of workmanship and attention to detail shows as much in the rooms as in the delicious food.

Our extensive lunch menu and dinner menu feature something for everyone to enjoy: From traditional favorites like Orecchetti alla Formaggio, to delicious fish and chops off the grill, to Linguini with Crabmeat Sauce and Fettuccine Bolognese. Come enjoy a wonderful meal prepared with the freshest ingredients and the utmost attention to detail. We offer periodic Chef's Specials, Daily Specials and Wine Dinners to add to your dining out enjoyment. Check our events and specials calendar for details.

Our staff takes great pride in providing you with the warmth and attention you've come to expect from LIBERATORE'S.

Top review
DonnaC
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Food and staff were Amazing! Staff is very friendly and go out of their way to make sure everyone is satisfied.
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