The Best Restaurants in Baltimore, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

When diners are looking for the best restaurants in Baltimore, there's no shortage of great options. Famous for its crab houses, lake trout, pit beef, and Berger cookies, Baltimore is a foodie's dream city. Known as the “city of neighborhoods” based on its hundreds of districts, Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, as well as the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic.

Historically a working-class town, various cultures influenced the city’s unique cuisine. Whether diners are in the mood for blue crab cakes or some of Baltimore’s beloved “coddies,” this thriving port city has it all. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Take a look at this list to find Baltimore restaurants that are the best of the best.

Restaurants:Duck Duck Goose - Fells Point, Magdalena, Hersh's
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Bistro, Italian
Neighborhoods:Fells Point, Mt. Vernon, Federal Hill

Duck Duck Goose - Fells Point

$$$$·French·
Fells Point
479 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Duck Duck Goose is a French small plates brasserie known for its casual elegant dining room, outdoor patio, couch nook, and exceptional food. Located in Fells Point, a historic wat...

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95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Baltimore

Magdalena

$$$$·Bistro·
Mt. Vernon
804 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

When it comes to the best restaurants in Baltimore, Magdalena makes the list of top spots for a reason. A culinary jewel of the city, this downtown restaurant offers a fine-dining ...

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97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Baltimore / Maryland
5 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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Hersh's

$$$$·Italian·
Federal Hill
888 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Known for their wood-fired seafood, Neapolitan pizzas, and handmade pasta, Hersh's celebrates the best foods of Italy as well as the craft of American bartending. Their bi-level di...

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100% recommended
Best Overall in Baltimore / Maryland
18 people mentioned the Pistachio Pizza
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Rye Street Tavern

$$$$·American·
Port Covington
751 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date

Situated in Baltimore’s stunning Port Covington neighborhood, Rye Street Tavern is a scenic spot known for its high-end comfort food and innovative cocktails. Being one of the best...

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92% recommended
30 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Linwoods

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Owings Mills
3,636 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Continually recognized as one of the best restaurants in Baltimore, Linwoods is an upscale eatery that highlights modern American fare, cooked on an open grill. The interior space ...

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94% recommended
Contemporary American in Baltimore / Maryland
48 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Citron

$$$$·American·
Towson
1,527 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic

Citron offers a casually elegant dining experience within a comfortable bar and lounge, and diners also have the option to sit outdoors as they enjoy stunning lakeside views. This ...

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83% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Baltimore Suburbs
15 people mentioned the Calamari

Gunther & Co.

$$$$·American·
Canton
1,923 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

This airy, bi-level eatery is one of the best in Baltimore based on its elegant yet hip interior and globally inspired menu. Whether diners are out for a special occasion or simply...

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95% recommended
American in Baltimore
24 people mentioned the Hot Pot

La Food Marketa

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pikesville
1,341 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Blending flavors from the Americas, La Food Marketa is a fun, fresh eatery, making it one of the best restaurants in Baltimore. The restaurant itself is modern and charming, offeri...

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95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Baltimore Suburbs
24 people mentioned the Short Rib

Ouzo Bay - Baltimore

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Harbor East
2,217 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date

Specializing in seafood and upscale Greek offerings, this chic eatery also features an elegant, yet funky lounge. With a core focus on the freshest seafood possible, as well as res...

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89% recommended
Scenic View in Baltimore
105 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

Blue Hill Tavern

$$$$·American·
Canton
2,931 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Neighborhood Gem

This trendy New American eatery offers a stylish dining room, as well as outdoor seating. Located in the historic Brewer's Hill district, the Blue Hill Tavern is the perfect spot t...

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92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Baltimore / Maryland
43 people mentioned the Calamari
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Rec Pier Chop House

$$$$·Italian·
Fells Point
1,101 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Located in the Sagamore Pendry hotel, this modern yet rustic eatery dishes up an upscale menu that focuses on urban Italian cooking. Specializing in chops and steaks, Rec Pier Chop...

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100% recommended
Hot Spot in Baltimore / Maryland
12 people mentioned the Sparkler
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Black Olive

$$$$·Seafood·
Fells Point
2,818 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

Black Olive is a popular Greek establishment focusing on seafood and lamb, as well as other traditional dishes. Located in the quaint cobblestone area of Bond Street in Fell's Poin...

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87% recommended
Seafood in Baltimore / Maryland
693 people mentioned the Black Olive
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Azumi

$$$$·Japanese·
Harbor East
1,193 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Azumi is a traditional Japanese girl's name that means “safe harbor” — which is the perfect fit for this stylish, warm Baltimore establishment. Located in the city's Habor East nei...

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93% recommended
Scenic View in Baltimore
20 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
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