SoBo Cafe

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$30 and under
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We pride ourselves on preparing our from-scratch menu with fresh ingredients and a whole lot of flavor. Our cozy, intimate dining room is the perfect setting to enjoy a seasonal dish and a glass of carefully chosen wine or beer. 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.
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BM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is excellent and the Music that evening Roses and Rust, was superb!

BL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was very slow. The server apologized for forgetting about us. Food was fine, very good actually. We’ve gone once a year for the past four years. Not sure we’ll go next year when we’re there. At least there wasn’t live music. It’s so loud then.

n
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Say at the. At. Great service, food as always was excellent. The biosecurity really ARE the BEST in Baltimore and that’s saying something. Terrific wine list. A local place but with a high level ambiance

AE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Amazing vegan options!

b
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food (chicken pot pie was excellent) and service outstanding!

C
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have found a new favorite restaurant! It was just what we wanted and like in a restaurant - great, friendly greeting and service, fantastic food, great physical layout and not real noisy. It's small so it should never get too wild. It was also a pleasant surprise that SoBo Cafe is owned by the same people who has one of our favorite vendor stalls in Cross Street Market. Especially since it's "in the neighborhood", this will be our new "go to" restaurant when friends and family visit us in Baltimore.

CT
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My second time there in a month, my friend’s first. Food was EXCELLENT! I ordered off the Paleo/Keto menu but it’s similar to the regular entre menu, only the sides are so much better I think! Got the HUGE salmon fillet (7 oz) perfectly cooked! So yum. Had the roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato wedges. Seriously, one of the best meals out I’ve had in ages. Friend got the carrot ginger soup (I had that last time), which is on the spicy (no sweet) side and loved it. She also had the garden salad and salmon fillet on the side—same 7 oz portion! The salad with topped with so much thick crispy bacon—-we were in heaven.

One of those restaurants in a previous row house, very cute, ample space between tables. Nice bar, too, and happy hour. Street parking but not difficult either time I’ve been. Highly recommend it!

AR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ok, but waitress said she “hit the wrong button” so 4th member of our party got her meal well after the rest of us. In those cases, perhaps the meal should be comped or discounted. I didn’t request that, but the customer shouldn’t have to. The wait staff should know to make that call.

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love SoBo. Great food, service and ambiance. It’s our go to restaurant in the neighborhood!

PP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We go to SoBos for happy hour often and really enjoy the food, drink and value. This was our first time there for brunch and the breakfast food was delicious. Especially the homemade cinnamon rolls🙂

p
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food and ambiance was excellent. Decent menu choices, although more vegetarian and possibly vegan options is needed. Service was friendly but spotty - slow return times and had to flag the serve down a couple of times. Definitely will return!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious meal - great service!

M
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in, the staff was very accommodating to our party of three adults and a toddler. The staff was wonderful to our little guy -- they immediately offered a highchair, fussed over him, gave him crayons and paper, drew a welcome picture, and went out of their way to make him feel special. The food, as always, was excellent. Only disappointment was that French toast is no longer on the menu! SoBo Cafe has rapidly become one of our favorite restaurants, and we're looking forward to returning soon.

E
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful time, as always! The menu changes enough seasonally to keep things interesting, while maintaining some old favorites. The service is the warmest and truly makes each experience special.

CC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, it was a perfect dining experience. .

L
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Servers were very friendly. We arrived late but they were very accommodating.

CM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for a first date and it could not have been better. There was an incredibly fun acoustic band playing, the food was incredible, the wine was delicious. Needless to say - my date and I had a great time. Hopefully we'll be back again soon.

AS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and it has a great energetic feeling in the restaurant. The staff was friendly and I look forward to returning and trying some other items on the menu.

SF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We tried the restaurant week menu. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing. The only thing that was really good was the spinach pie. I ordered the SoBo burger which came with a decent salad. But the fingerling potatoes were not seasoned enough. As a matter of fact, nothing was seasoned enough. My daughter, who loves Mac ‘n’ Cheese everywhere, didn’t like this one either. The hot chocolate was the worst I’ve ever tasted. The apple pie was a disaster in appearance and doughy in taste. Needless to say, we will not be going back.

C
Greensboro
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. The appetizer was scant but good. We had the burgers which were excellent. The apple dessert was great. The chocolate pudding not so much. No real flavor. Overall great experience.

BJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun and funky neighborhood gem. Very good food overall, but room for improvement. To be fair, I went during Restaurant Week, and ordered from the course menu, which is not always as great as the normal menu.

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bar was a little loud due to the Raven’s game, but otherwise a great meal as always!

SA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and nice selection of craft brews. Our go-to before ravens games without the crowds

CT
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dined early at SOBO with another couple before attending the Illusions Bar Magic show (which was surprisingly great!). Food was pretty good, but not outstanding. The ginger/carrot soup was extremely spicy hot (and we like hot). Scallops were really good but the butternut squash base was tepid, a real bummer. Husband said the chicken pot pie was very tasty (but he had really bad heartburn that night—the pastry crust). Burger was huge and really good, lots of bacon per our friend. Waiter was efficient, not particularly friendly. Good experience overall.

OT
Baltimore
115 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyed New Year’s Brunch at SoBo — service was polite and attentive, the crowd was lively and enjoying themselves, and the food was (as always) outstanding. Highly recommended! P.S. You have to try their chicken pot pie — it is the best I have ever had!

RB
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good brunch menu. Pleasant service. Can’t ask for more.

F
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a good dining experience at SoBo. The staff is always polite and courteous. They also know the regular patrons by name, which is a nice touch

a
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Food was delicious as always :)

SY
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. My girlfriend and I were impressed with the quality of the food and wine. Our server was very responsive and helpful.

BJ
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So Bo is our home away from home. Wonderful food. Delightful staff. Comfort environment. And, I must mention the muscles. Yummy!

P
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is her usual routine before a ravens home game. Great food. Very convenient to the stadium.

JC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A variety of interesting and delicious fare, friendly neighborhood vibe, enjoyed our lunch!

c
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy place. Live band on Tuesday. Great food. Street parking close to downtown Baltimore.

PC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

the food was absolutely delicious! have never been to brunch before - will definitely go again plus they serve brunch on Saturdays!!

BG
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SoBo Cafe is always wonderful. They treat you well and the food is interesting and great. If you haven’t had it before, don’t miss the chicken pot pie. The Mac-n-cheese with really good bacon was also terrific. It can get loud. If it’s crowded, like before a Ravens home game, service can understandably be a little slow. Good wine list and craft beer selection. It’s a go to place.

A
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I continue to enjoy eating at SoBo. This was a business meeting, not just for pleasure. However, we chose SoBo because you can hear yourself think, and because the service is personal and dependable It was a good choice. It is our favorite, personal restaurant, and our business guests appreciated it as well. It has to be the best restaurant in Federal Hill, by far.

l
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful meal at a wonderful restaurant!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite brunch in Baltimore!!

BA
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute establishment. Great food. Soup portion on the small side but delicious.

j
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was very pleasant and upbeat. We both ordered the butternut squash soup and were disappointed because it had no flavor. However, the entrees we chose were very good. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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