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Ampersea Restaurant, Baltimore, MD

Ampersea Restaurant

4.3
4.3
1037 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
At the intersection of Harbor Point and Fells Point, Ampersea is redefining cuisine that's modern, Maryland, authentic. A destination innovating the way Baltimore dines on the Patapsco River, Ampersea's dedication to locally-sourced, fresh ingredients--many from our very own greenhouse--and passionate commitment to storied Maryland recipes set our menu apart. Perched on the western corner of Thames Street and located in the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum building with the Living Classrooms Foundation, Ampersea dining room, patio, and event spaces offer a stunning combination of panoramic harbor views, impeccable service, and delectable dishes.
- Entire party must be present to be sat.
- No parties larger than 4 people Friday- Sunday.
- All tables are subject to an 18% autograt.
- Outdoor dining is not guaranteed for walk-ins/reservations

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Organic

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (443) 681-5310

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    In everything we do, Ampersea aims to bring to life an authentic, modern Maryland dining experience. We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (443) 681-5310

  • Neighborhood

    Harbor Point

  • Cross street

    Caroline

  • Parking details

    Parking is conveniently located on both Thames and Caroline streets, within half a block of the restaurant. There are also two public parking lots located adjacent to Ampersea.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,037 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Outdoor Dining

  • Baltimore

    Hot Spot

  • Baltimore

    Outdoor Dining

  • Baltimore

    Scenic View

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  1. JK

    JenniferK

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful outdoor dining, great service and good food. Scallops were the favorite of our table.
  2. MH

    MikeHikeEat

    Washington DC

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I had a terrific dinner of Fried Green Tomatoes, Watermelon Salad, and Rockfish with Squash with a good Chardonnay. The water view from the patio and great service sealed the deal. Awesome, relaxing dinner after a busy week.
  3. TC

    TiaCovington0401

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    OVER PRICED AND NOT ENOUGH ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM! THANK YOU
  4. M

    Moju

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We dined here
  5. AW

    AyannaW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ampersea is a good restaurant food is delicious the scenery was beautiful 10/10 would recommend
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    it was a 10/10 experience and definitely will be coming back either with a friend or boo. the food was amazing, live singer and the service was great! the drinks was also good. I had the crab dip and lobster roll will def recommend.
  7. LM

    LaMarr301

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great and drinks were good ! 10/10 lobster rolls are good and the fries that come with are great! The Crab dip was fresh and hot and so were the wings!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    I have been many times, food was not good on this occasion. None of the food came out hot, not even warm. I may come again but no time soon. I brought someone and it was there first time, i was upset experience was mediocre for them.
  9. KB

    KojoB

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Trash absolute trash now let me explain. I was never asked how my food was, because if they asked they would have noticed i took two bites of what was supposed to be a cheese steak, well i barely touched it. The meat was funky, had a foul smell and dry, the cheese was congealed just a mess. Service was spotty, server come to check on us when it was 3 o'clock conveniently at the cut off point lol. The first mimosa was good, subsequent ones was just OJ basically, the sangria wasn't good. Also they tack on an 18% gratuity, honestly i think that is tacky, because i surely wont have tipped 18%, what incentive do servers have if gratuity is automatically tacked on. The fries were awesome though, but i am not paying money just to enjoy fries considering the rest of the meal was a mess and pricey. My friend said her burger was very dry, she did specify medium well, they probably cooked it too long. It had been years since i went to this spot, i know i will never go there again. Go somewhere else to be honest.
  10. G

    Gentina

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The service, food and drinks were GREAT! My only suggestion is to the chef, add a variety of sides to the menu and offer a better dessert. Bread pudding is the ONLY dessert option and for birthdays, it’s not the best option. Marigold was our server and she was THE BEST!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The view of the harbor from the patio is amazing.
  12. W

    William

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great customer service and awesome food
  13. K

    Kira

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    Staff was very awkward, host didn’t great us when we walked in he just stared at us, the other host sat us inside & said “we aren’t seating outside” even though there were multiple people being seated & served outside. Our waitress was very timid and awkward, didn’t introduce himself & just started taking our order. The food was mediocre especially for the price. The ambiance was off due to the fact we were the only ones inside and everyone else was outside. I had the lobster roll, it was pretty soggy. My friend had the hot & honey wings; there was nothing “hot” about them, and my other friend had the maryland half & half soup which was cold, and she had the ampersea burger which was over-cooked and very dry. After we paid and left no one said “have a good day” or anything of that nature they just stared at us. Overall not the best experience i could’ve overlooked the food if the ambiance and service was better but they both were terrible. I wouldn’t go again and I wouldn’t recommend.
  14. YC

    YolandaC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    The ambiance and the restaurant is really nice but if you end up with a waitress named “ Sahara” get another waiter or waitress. Her energy and mood was horrible and I wanted to say something to her but I was like forget IT let me just get out of here. She needs to go back to orientation, so she can get a refresher on how to treat patrons that dine at the restaurant.
  15. MM

    MrsMCBJ

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    We dined with friends on Saturday evening. The place looked just like it used to when it was The Waterfront Kitchen. We too had to wait a very long time for a server to greet us as another reviewer stated. I wished we had also shared a sandwich. It took the server so long in between visits that we forgot to order our appetizers. Was looking forward to trying the fried green tomatoes. (sounds like I didn't miss out on anything). We ordered a $60 bottle of Chateau St. Michele Riesling that was far over priced and not chilled properly upon receipt. A lady came and practically threw the wine glasses on the table. My pet peeve is a spotty wine glass. A $60 over priced bottle of wine should not be served in spotty glasses! We ordered the salmon special x 3 and the filet Mignon special. We didn't get any silverware when the food came, so, after another really long wait my friend had to go and get the silverware so that we could finally eat our now COLD food! What we had tasted really good. I imagine had we not had to wait so long for the silverware it would have been even better. My friend wanted coffee with her dessert, but, she couldn't get it for after all the shenanigans we learned that the restaurant had lost power earlier in the day. I saw on the menu that the 18% gratuity was included. I assume they do this because the service is really bad. Our bill for 4 was over $300. Not an issue if it had been worth it. I was very embarrassed that I picked this place to bring my out of town friends! I knew that the view would be nice, which it was.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Good views and ambience. Food was a bit lackluster and needed salt.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Ampersea presents very well. The restaurant is very nice and the view from the outdoor table is amazing! The wait at the table for a waitperson to greet us was quite long but because we had the view, we were ok. We started with drinks, fried green tomatoes and raw oysters. The drinks were ok, a bit weak and watered down. The oysters were good although we had no horseradish to accompany them. The fried green tomatoes were very hard and they had a bit of a sour taste. I wouldn’t recommend. After the appetizers, we decided not to drop the $40 for rockfish or $60 for a steak. We liked the view and the ambiance so we ordered a sandwich to split. We really couldn’t spend a lot on a dinner that we weren’t sure on. The shrimp and lobster BLT was good. I mean it was a sandwich, ya know. The waiter added 18% gratuity to our check which surprised us. I’m guessing because he realized the service wasn’t top notch so he wanted to be guaranteed! We usually tip 20% so there that is. Anyway- would I go back? Yes. For the view and the outside dining. I would order an appetizer and a beer! Both good choices and unable to be really bad. I would give the place a 6/10, overall. Prices are high but that is everywhere now days.
  18. LW

    LaWanK

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the ambience and location.
  19. M

    Myeisha

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. The service was incredible. And the food was beyond tasty
  20. DM

    DeneenM

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    Our deviled eggs were delivered to the wrong table but the wings were cooked better than our first time. My chicken skewers were very dry! The corn salad was not flavored properly. The lobster Mac was ok. Overall it’s a cute place to have a cocktail and app. Not sure about the food and this was our second visit.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    The view was absolutely stunning and our waitress was lovely, but the food was just not good at all. Remarkably bad tbh. I ordered the crab cake and my partner ordered a short rib, and they were both extremely underwhelming. They also don’t have any specialty cocktails which was odd.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Poor view from lower outdoor patio. Very overpriced for quality.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a 10/10 experience! I will be going there again!
  24. SP

    ShawnaP

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve walked past this gem countless times telling myself I need to check it out. I’m so pleased I finally made it to a table. The Rock Fish - the current specialty item was exquisite! The chef left a beautiful mark on my tongue ensuring my return in the near future. Our server Sahara was attentive to our every need while dining on the patio.
  25. SM

    SalimaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was great, but service was low. Server seemed slightly overwhelmed
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good experience
  27. LS

    LaurenStephanie

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated immediately even after being a few minutes late for our reservation. We had a beautiful seat outside which was perfect for the mildly humid evening. I had the Rosé while my friend enjoyed a mock tail, of which we started off with the grilled octopus and the crab dip. Both were absolutely delicious!! For our main, I had the lobster Mac and cheese and my friend had the seafood risotto. The large pieces of lobster and the cheesiness of the Mac was sooo good! The seafood was super fresh and the sauce that was paired with the risotto was cajun like and super flavorful. My friend was stuffed after her meal but I had to have the bread pudding. It was a little harder than I wanted it to be but the berry flavors saved it. Overall, I’d give this place a 9.5/10 and would definitely go back!!
  28. JJ

    JasmineJ

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    They should have more food options and add seasoning to their food
  29. SG

    SamG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic views, perfect ambience! Will be back soon!
  30. d

    daryea

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    - Was forced to sit at a uncomfortable high table after making reservations - The two hostess didn’t care about my request, told my wife and that the tables were reserved for another party and nobody came the entire hour we were there. - The food was very bland! - To not use old bay in Baltimore on seafood should be illegal - The best thing about our experience yesterday was our waiter was very nice, knowledgeable and considerate.
  31. j

    johna

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The service was extremely slow…waiter forgot several items. Basic request like salt took 30-mins to receive. Drinks were slow to be delivered. Best thing is the outdoor seating view. I will not be returning unless something materially changes with their service standards.
  32. BM

    BarbaraM

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I tried to increase the reservation to 8. The person who answered the phone was completely inflexible and would not accept the change. So instead of our original 6 reservation four came to dine. Only to snap a picture of an empty restaurant at 6:30 that surly could have accommodated a larger party. Won’t be returning ever.
  33. FC

    FlyingChef

    Baltimore

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The setting is beautiful. we had tender chicken wings, an interesting Mexican corn and Romaine salad, a delicious lobster and smoked shrimp BLT, well seasoned shrimp deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes with 2 interesting sauces: this kitchen clearly knows what it is doing. Our server was great: knowledgeable, friendly and checked back with us several times, without being pushy. the bus person too was on his toes, refilling our water glasses as soon as needed and clearing plates promptly. We'll be back!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING food! Everything we had was delicious. Gorgeous atmosphere outside right on the harbor.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good food Great spot Helpful staff We’ll be returning
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at this restaurant and I am already making plans to return! Customer service was not just Good, I will undoubtedly say it was EXCEPTIONAL. I would also like to mention the food was appealing and plentiful. Prices are competitive and maybe even a little less then some neighboring establishments. Last but certainly not least the view of the water along with the decor made the entire experience over the top pleasurable! Give this restaurant a try, you won’t be disappointed.
  38. WS

    WilliamS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Very limited menu and a little pricey. Service was good, however, wait time for meals to arrive was a little disappointing.
  39. FB

    FidelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. Choice of inside or outside dining was great. Will be going again!
  40. d

    dmg5096

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and we highly enjoyed it! Our waitress was friendly and the entire staff was accommodating and helpful. The view is beautiful and the food is phenomenal. Can’t wait to go back.

FAQs

Ampersea Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 1037 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for Ampersea Restaurant

1417 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Caroline

  • Neighborhood

    Harbor Point

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Organic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is conveniently located on both Thames and Caroline streets, within half a block of the restaurant. There are also two public parking lots located adjacent to Ampersea.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (443) 681-5310

  • Private party facilities

    In everything we do, Ampersea aims to bring to life an authentic, modern Maryland dining experience. We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (443) 681-5310

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