I went past Ouzo Bay on a trip to Baltimore before and it’s ambiance intrigued me from the outside. The next time I came to Baltimore, I made a point of trying it. I was on a trip to celebrate my birthday was looking forward to trying a new restaurant in a city that I have grown up visiting. From the start, the manager was very welcoming and presented me with a birthday card on behalf of the staff. I was also given my seating preference from the reservation. This restaurant has a lovely ambiance with modern fixtures and lively but controlled music.
The menu here is very expansive and mixes Mediterranean classics with some unique dishes. This began as early as the complementary bread that was served. My favorite dishes were the chargrilled calamari, the goat cheese spread with dates, and the flaming saganaki cheese, which is set on fire table side.
Throughout the whole experience, my sever, Chicas, the server assistants, and the manager were all very attentive, even more so than staff at restaurants more upscale than this one. They came over repeatedly to check on how everything was, which was much appreciated. Overall, as someone who appreciates restaurants, quality food and service, as well as someone who works in the industry myself, I would highly recommend Ouzo Bay if you are visiting the city or have not tried it yet. I will definitely be back in the future!
Cypriana has quickly become my favorite special occasion/date night spot. Everything I have tried has been amazing and fresh. Last visit I had the lamb rib chops, which were delicately charred and delicious. The serving was big enough for two, I barely finished half. We had started with the Sheftalies, which I also highly recommend. They are a savory seasoned ground pork based patty in a pita with tomato and cucumber. Our server was super sweet. It is a little pricey- but well worth it. Absolutely a hidden gem in Baltimore!