B&O American Brasserie - Hotel Monaco

3.8
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$30 and under
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American
Housed in the historic B&O Building and named after the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, B&O American Brasserie features an approachable menu of brasserie fare. Guests can sip on hand crafted classic cocktails while enjoying top notch service. The eclectic menu features hand cut steaks, sustainable fish and many vegetarian options. The experience includes a bustling bar, an inviting lounge; an open kitchen all housed a beautiful dining room that evokes modern sophistication.

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3.8based on recent ratings
4.0
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3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
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TH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated quickly and did not have a long wait for our food. The food was delicious. The hostess and other wait staff were attentive and personable. I would dine here again.

AG
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I'd like to write a more enthusiastic review for this restaurant, but our experience there this past weekend was a mixed bag. Our server was attentive, but it seemed like the kitchen was rather slow. We waited 45 minutes for our soup and salad, and it wasn't a particularly busy night. All of the food we had was good to very good, and arrived hot, but the pace of service could have been faster. The layout of the restaurant is not ideal if you are seated on the lower level , as the front door lets cold air in on most of the tables. Our meals were solid, and we'd return to the restaurant, but it's not our top choice.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The restaurant was understaffed and cold on the morning after Valentine’s Day. Seems like the majority of their staff called in sick. It was drafty however the food was right what it needed to be.

EB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pricey, the food was good but they garnished everything with shaved rock salt which ruined the taste of my fillet. Other then that the food would have been excellent.

A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Try a regular night. Valentine’s Day service was below average. We arrived a few minutes early had to wait as they were holding to reservation times. No problem however the table we were seated at was the empty table right by the door. A bit weird to be told to wait right next to where we would get seated. We were told a waiter would come get our drink orders. Finally a manager came by and said “I’ll take your orders if you like so you don’t have to wait”. He took the whole order top to bottom and somehow our first course arrived before our drinks. We sat around for a bit until we were able to get silverware and napkins. Finished the first course before the drinks made it to the table. The drinks weren’t something fancy that had to be made.. a glass of scotch and a glass of Prosecco. Entree was wonderful which saved the night. Dessert option was totally different from the menu listed. The cheesecake was like a store bought cupcake with cheese filling piped on top. Service left a lot to be desired. I would have much rather waited to have a dining experience in typical order. People dining around us would grab their napkins and had jackets over their shoulders because as soon as the door opened you would get hit with a burst of cold air.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We came here tonight for Valentine’s Day. The food was delicious. The service was extremely slow. I get that they were a bit busy, but they weren’t packed to where people were waiting. Even so, it was slower than slow.

CF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely night spent at B a la carte was also available!)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentines Day. Only one valet parking attendant so there was a wait. Staff was very helpful & hung my coat for me after I’d worn it to the table. They wanted to seat us by the bar but we’re accommodating in taking us upstairs where it was quoted. Drinks seemed watered down but wine & food was good. Oysters too small son eat time I’d get salad. Filet was excellent & prepared perfectly. I will return.

MG
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

There was one waiter for all of upstairs which was basically sat at the same time. Our appetizer never came and we only were able to get one drink. The service was extremely poor and we were never checked on. Very disappointing since it was reviewed so well. Will never return. Very upset since it was our valentines dinner out.

GB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was terrific. The atmosphere is very appealing. This is a great place to meet business associates. It’s also convenient to parking and has valley.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Visited on a Saturday evening and our server wasn't very attentive. In his defense he had at least ten different tables he was taking care of but that wasn't our fault and we expected better service. As far as the food goes, we had the charcuterie board as a starter which was pretty good but I had the pan seared crabcake entree and it was extremely bland. It was very dense with very no lumps of crab but rather fine pieces of cheaper crab meat. I thought for sure being in Baltimore they would now how to make a good crabcake but this reminded me of something that comes frozen in a box. I also had the crispy mushrooms. I love mushrooms but found these way to salty and far from crispy. For dessert I had the raspberry sorbet which was extremely sour and I might as well just sucked on a piece of lemon.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The service was very slow and we had to ask for every refill.
Others said food was okay. Crab cake not great. I had the lobster roll and was impressed that is was made with just butter. Fries were great.

MA
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ambiance nice. Food just so-so. Pricey for Baltimore City lunch.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday on reservation not noted by staff Cale dry No ice cream and when questioned answer was chef not used to new menu Nonsense

CK
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I would recommend for someone staying at the hotel and wanting a creative menu with good food. While a manager did check with people, the 1:1 service was ok but not overly welcoming and attentive. However, she did do her job.

WK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and booked both a room and dinner for a low key and relaxing New Years Eve together and not only were we not disappointed, we were blown away with the service, hospitality and beauty of the hotel and restaurant.
Rooms was spotless, beautifully decorated and what can I say about the enormous Japanese spa tub except...aaaahhhh!!
Food on the 5 course menu at the Brasserie was beyond delicious and I live the openness of the prep area where I enjoyed watching the chefs put the final touches on everything.
We will be back for Valentines Day weekend.
One night, one time was just not enough.

B&O American Brasserie - Hotel Monaco
Responded on February 10, 2020

Good Evening, I just want to take the time to thank you for choosing to ring in the New Year at the B&O. I also thank you for choosing to come back to us for Valentine's Day this coming weekend. It's feedback like your's that let us know we are doing something right. Since your last visit we have changed the menu and I cannot wait for you to try the new items! Feel free toast for me when you are in Friday! Again, thank you! Adrian Liles Asst General Manager B&O American Brasserie

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RP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was nothing special. But it was hard working off of a fixed menu for New year's.

HA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was a typical overpriced restaurant in a overpriced hotel that was listed as 5 star but the only thing 5 star about it was the price. The food portions were tiny ( one crab cake entree for $32!) and all sides were ala carte . I had to ask for a dinner roll and was served a stale obviously previously frozen, mass-produced store bought roll. Nothing 5 star about it .

LM
Baltimore
102 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were a party of five, on an evening that was fairly empty in the dining room. Service was ok, a little slow, and a little casual for my taste.
I ordered the scallop entree and the cauliflower side. The cauliflower was very good, and enough to share, as promised. The scallops were tasty, but only three medium sized scallops for around $30! I think that’s pretty skimpy. Several others ordered crab cakes which were just ok. New York strip was average. I ordered coconut cream cheese cake for dessert. It was ok, but I couldn’t detect any coconut.

VG
Philadelphia
100 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Had a very mediocre lobster salad, with a few additional shrimp for an uncharge. One of the most forgettable $26 salads I've ever had. The only reason we ate here was to use up the $100 Amex food and beverage credit while staying at the Hotel Monaco. Stay at the hotel; eat somewhere else.

r
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The B&O is a solid place--I've had many good meals there. We had oysters (which were good but not great), a delicious burrata salad, scallops that were very tasty, and rockfish which was very good. The rye IPA was delicious. All in all a very nice meal--although not anything real special.

B&O American Brasserie - Hotel Monaco
Responded on February 9, 2020

Thank you for choosing to dine with us! It is much appreciated. Have you heard we have a new menu out? See you soon. B&O Team

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EC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great and we made our play in plenty of time!

JP
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience5

Took a friend out to dinner for his birthday. Perfect experience until I went to pay. The first time back the server noticed a drink included in my tab that they weren’t able to make. She had to get the manager to correct it. Like 10 minutes later the manager comes and says “they’ve never encountered a card like mine before and it seems to be incompatible with their system.” A Visa? I offered to go withdraw cash to pay for the dinner and she directed me to the nearest ATM.

On the way I looked in my bank app and they had charged over $600 on my card tying up all of my funds and overdrafting my account on a $250 bill. I found the manager again and explained that I would not be able to pay them until the holds cleared because they had over two times the payment on hold in my account from their earlier errors. I showed her my account and they apologized and offered to comp me the meal. I declined and offered to return after the holds cleared. I asked my fiance to go get cash to tip the server and she suggested I “not worry about that”. I explained at this point that was all I was worried about.

Their accounting people had the holds cleared that night, no easy feat and it speaks volumes to the rest of the organization. So I returned the next day to pay and was told I would have to wait 15-20 minutes for the manager to help me (without even knowing why I was there, to pay for her mistakes). Then she rings everything up under her. I know in restaurants of this caliber that the servers have goals and I don’t think this was fair that she gets to look good when my server did all the work and the manager just screwed things up, disparaged my bank, tried to bs me, showed zero concern for her crew, and stole sales.

I will be checking to see if she’s on duty when I want to come back and walking out if she’s there. There’s not telling what level of service I’m going to get with her at the helm.

DS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food and service used to be so much better. The crab was missing my crab soup and my water glass was never refilled.

D
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at 8:10 for the 8:15 reservation and were seated immediately. Unfortunately, in spite of the restaurant being virtually empty, we were not approached by a server. I left to use the restroom and returned to find that a server still had made not contact. It was at that time we decided to leave the restaurant. BIG disappointment!

M
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Typically we always have an excellent dining experience. However this time we ordered the prime rib special and my companion's steak was barely edible. We were comped for her meal but what a disappointment.

k
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service

L
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was good except when someone walked in and a gust of cold air chilled us out.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Our waiter was very kind and helpful, but the food took such a long time to come out to us and the restaurant was not very busy. It seemed like hostess was part bartender/server so it took about 15 minutes standing by the podium just to be seated. The food was fine, but not really worth the price. Many of the menu items were sold out. The restaurant itself was beautiful but that was one of the only redeeming qualities.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and the service was great. There is a TV that should be turned off, but restaurant is worth visiting

RK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was fine and food was very good. Could have done without the loud drunken Patriots fan at the bar though. Aside from that...it was a great evening out.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drove down to MD from NJ to visit my daughter in college. Dining at the B&O was a very nice way to end our day. The food was delicious and the atmosphere quite enjoyable! Dominic was very attentive and extremely knowledgeable about the cuisine. Overall it was a really pleasant evening!!!

MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, well prepared - definitely a place to consider when in the Camben Yards vicinity.

LS
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic- the service was okay. They could use a few more servers.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Very slow service due to lack of staff. Waitpersons who were there just couldn’t keep up. Breakfast eggs good but had to ask for butter for toast, really? Waffles cold and not edible so sent back. Had to ask for syrup too.
Opening meal painfully slow. Dishes not picked up before main entree served. No fresh silver furnished. Evening food not bad but prime was nearly raw instead of medium rare as ordered. We were too tired to send it back.

OT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall very good. Food and wait staff were great. This is my second visit here. Both times I’ve had to wait 5+ minutes at the hostess stand to even be greeted. This is disappointing and should be addressed. I was about to walk out both times, glad I stayed for the food

PH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All round nice

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was one of the worst restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. The service, management and food were all extremely poor. We waited an hour to receive our breakfast dishes, which were cold when they arrived. When we asked the manager why it was taking so long, he became argumentative. The sever failed to fill our coffee or bring cream during the hour we sat there. When the food arrived, it was ice cold. One member of our party had eggs Benedict that were inedible. From the rude staff to the extreme wait times to the poor food quality, this was just all around bad. Look elsewhere for dining options...Baltimore is full of better places.

CS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

$24 chicken dish was two thighs and a tablespoon of cut asparagus half the size of a pencil. Ordered a martini ($13) & it came in a gimlet glass.