What to Eat in Baltimore

The Baltimore dining scene is as varied as any other big city, however, due to its close proximity to the water, visitors tend to gravitate toward the seafood here first. The most popular seafood dish by and far is Maryland crab. This famous crab is the blue crab, which resides in the Chesapeake Bay. The blue crab is such a hot commodity that 50% of the country's supply of blue crab comes from Maryland. If your main foodie mission in Baltimore is to grub down on these tasty crustaceans, make sure to come during the season (April through November) and seek out a restaurant that has True Blue certification, a distinction given to restaurants that use more than 75% of local crabmeat. Since restaurants in Maryland aren't legally required to identify the source of their crabmeat, you could easily walk into a seafood restaurant and end up eating blue crab from the gulf coast, or any crab from anywhere in the world. Popular seafood restaurants with True Blue certification include Gertrude's Chesapeake Kitchen and Phillips Seafood Restaurant.

While crab is certainly a star attraction in Baltimore's dining scene, there's more to the city's foodie landscape than seafood. In order to properly soak up Baltimore's culture as a whole, you'd be remiss not to grub down at one or more of the city's many Black-owned eateries. African Americans make up more than 60% of the city's population and as such, have shaped Baltimore to be what it is today. One of the most lauded Black-owned restaurants in Baltimore is Ida B's Table, which serves modern soul food. There's also Land of Kush, which has been praised by locals for its delectable vegan dishes. Ekiben serves Asian fusion fare and boasts two locations in Baltimore while Union Craft Brewing is a leader in Baltimore's brewery scene. For a cozy cafe experience, schedule a detour for Dovecote Café or Water for Chocolate. For baked goods, hit up Crust by Mack, located in the popular Whitehall Market, which serves everything from cookies to crab pies. 

Other standout restaurants in the area include Clavel, a taqueria and mezcaleria that serves top-notch cocktails and makes its tortillas by hand. La Cuchara stands out for serving Basque cuisine (a province in northern Spain) while Woodberry Kitchen will charm those who appreciate farm-to-table fare. The fine dining venue Charleston is known for combining French and low country cuisine cultures together. For a casual setting that doesn't skimp on quality, hit up comfort food haven The Food Market. Wherever you choose to eat, make sure to save dessert for Sacre Sucre, an impressive pastry shop that could easily stand tall next to a proper Parisian patisserie.  Or, you could take the easy route and get all of your courses in one go thanks to Baltimore's several food markets, including Broadway Market, Lexington Market (the oldest continually running market in the country) and Mount Vernon Marketplace

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  • #1
    Charleston Restaurant
    #1 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 915 reviewsTripadvisor (915)
    $$ | American
    1000 Lancaster St, Baltimore, MD 21202-4631
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  • #2
    Di Pasquale's Italian Marketplace & Deli
    #2 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 685 reviewsTripadvisor (685)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
    3700 Gough St, Baltimore, MD 21224-2539
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  • #3
    The Land of Kush
    #3 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 254 reviewsTripadvisor (254)
    $ - $$ | American, Healthy
    840 N Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201-4624
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  • #4
    Joe Benny's Focacceria
    #4 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 205 reviewsTripadvisor (205)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    313 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202-4332
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  • #5
    Thames Street Oyster House
    #5 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2078 reviewsTripadvisor (2078)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    1728 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231-3416
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  • #6
    La Tavola
    #6 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 647 reviewsTripadvisor (647)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Italian, Northern-Italian
    248 Albemarle St, Baltimore, MD 21202-4455
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  • #7
    Koco's Pub
    #7 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 280 reviewsTripadvisor (280)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Balti
    4301 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214-3117
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  • #8
    The Capital Grille
    #8 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 636 reviewsTripadvisor (636)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    500 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202-3133
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  • #9
    Samos Restaurant
    #9 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 285 reviewsTripadvisor (285)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek
    600 Oldham St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4530
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  • #10
    SoBo Cafe
    #10 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripadvisor (225)
    $ - $$ | American
    6 W Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230-3716
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  • #11
    Dalesio's of Little Italy Restaurant
    #11 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 967 reviewsTripadvisor (967)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    829 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202-4355
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  • #12
    Pitango Gelato
    #12 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 259 reviewsTripadvisor (259)
    $ - $$ |
    802 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231-3482
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  • #13
    The Helmand
    #13 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 598 reviewsTripadvisor (598)
    $ - $$ | Middle Eastern, Afghani
    806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201-5308
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  • #14
    Blue Moon Cafe
    #14 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 890 reviewsTripadvisor (890)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, International
    1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231-2925
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  • #15
    One-Eyed Mike's
    #15 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 299 reviewsTripadvisor (299)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    708 S Bond St, Baltimore, MD 21231-3303
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  • #16
    La Scala
    #16 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 885 reviewsTripadvisor (885)
    $$ | Italian, Tuscan, Sicilian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
    1012 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202-4326
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  • #17
    Miss Shirley's Cafe, Inner Harbor
    #17 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1225 reviewsTripadvisor (1225)
    $ - $$ | American
    750 E Pratt St Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD 21202-3142
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  • #18
    Sotto Sopra
    #18 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 493 reviewsTripadvisor (493)
    $$ | Italian, European, Tuscan, Central-Italian, Contemporary
    405 N Charles St Ste 1, Baltimore, MD 21201-4413
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  • #19
    Miss Shirley's Cafe, Roland Park
    #19 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1423 reviewsTripadvisor (1423)
    $ - $$ | American
    513 W. Cold Spring Ln., Baltimore, MD 21210
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  • #20
    Petit Louis Bistro
    #20 of 2,240 Places to Eat in Baltimore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 333 reviewsTripadvisor (333)
    $$ | French, European
    4800 Roland Ave Roland Park, Baltimore, MD 21210-2393
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