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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Baltimore / Maryland

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems in Baltimore / Maryland? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of SoBo Cafe restaurant
4.9 (1057)
$30 and under
Federal Hill
About the restaurant
Located in the quaint neighborhood of Federal Hill, Baltimore. SoBo Cafe continues the tradition of American comfort food with global influences and expands it with vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and keto/paleo options. We serve craft cocktails, local draft beer & carefully selected wines. 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.

Top review
Dined on 16 Apr 2024
Great neighborhood gem of a restaurant. Pleasant, upscale casual American bistro vibe. Was in Baltimore for a work trip, staying right by Camden Yards, and was looking for a restaurant to offset the high-priced tourist traps in the Inner Harbor. My team loved the pleasant 1-mile walk through a nice residential neighborhood. The Future Ball cocktail is absolutely delicious and super inventive - I've never had anything like it. We all loved the mezze platter we got to share to start, and everyone said their food was great. The Korean short rib is awesome and a hefty portion, my colleagues enjoyed the burger, the bavette steak and the Peruvian chicken. Would absolutely go again, this was a super high quality and refreshing change from the usual expensive-but-bland business-person restaurants.
A photo of La Barrita Restobar restaurant
4.9 (128)
$31 to $50
Upper Fells Point
About the restaurant
La Barrita features Argentinian style steak seasoned with mouth watering chimichurri, home made pastas, and empanadas. Nestled in the Butcher's Hill neighborhood, La Barrita provides intimate atmosphere with a Baltimore industrial feel. In the warmer months enjoy al fresco dining when we roll up the garage doors.

At La Barrita we treat our guests like family. An upscale casual restaurant, we suit a variety of dining needs, from special occasions to catching up with friends; you might even catch a soccer game on at the bar. Just don't get caught in a Boca jersey! La Barrita is a proud supporter of River Plate fc.

Top review
Dined on 14 Apr 2024
This restaurant is amazing every single time! Food is always on point! Service is absolutely phenomenal! The best flan in the city! If you want pasta or steak it’s definitely worth a visit!
A photo of t at The General Store restaurant
4.8 (706)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
St Michaels / Tilghman Island
About the restaurant
We offer a local farm-to-table menu. Best described as American cuisine with a healthy twist, we prepare our dishes fresh daily. We use no added salt, bringing tea infusion as a flavor and spice. We have a full bar with hand-crafted cocktail specials. Located inside the historic Royal Oak General Store, you will find a fun, modern decor.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent overall experience. The restaurant is beautiful inside, the staff was attentive and had great recommendations. Food was excellent. A truly wonderful experience.
A photo of Momma Maria's restaurant
4.8 (44)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Welcome to Momma Maria’s Mediterranean Bistro & Bar. Our menu offers mouth-watering, stone-hearth artisan pizzas created right in front of you, or a variety of dishes that embody the bold tastes of Italy and Greece. Chef Christopher Clark combines classic Mediterranean flavors with local seasonal ingredients and has created a menu that tastes as exquisite as it looks. Whether you’re in the mood for a beer & wings or a glass of Cabernet & a filet mignon— at Momma Maria’s we offer something for everyone.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 Mar 2024
Food, service and ambience was wonderful. We each had the artic char for dinner and it was amazing.
A photo of Venetian Italian Eatery restaurant
4.7 (94)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
In May 2021, this 40year-old-neighborhood gem on a hill underwent a full renovation. Venetian Palace is now sporting new digs with crisp modern decor and an expanded wine list. The impetus for the revamp was new ownership. Yes, the rumors are true... Valentino’s Restaurant Group which began in NE Baltimore city has now come to Harford County!

The food is better than ever, with highlights being the seafood pasta, the jumbo lump crab cakes, the grilled lamb chops, artisan handhelds, and the breakfast choices served all day.  Whether you are dining in or picking up carry-out do not forget the dessert!

Come as you are, the staff is knowledgeable and ready to serve.  We also offer our entire menu for carryout.  For your convenience, The Venetian Italian Eatery has teamed with Doordash, GrubHub & Uber Eats.  

Buon appetito!

Top review
Dined on 13 Apr 2024
We will definitely visit again. Lois was our server & he was funny. He gave great suggestions and the food was delicious.
A photo of Marie Louise Bistro restaurant
4.3 (854)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Marie Louise Bistro is located in the heart of Mount Vernon and specializes in a blend of French, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisine at reasonable prices. The Bistro atmosphere is casual yet upscale, and offers an expansive wine selection to guarantee an affordable and enjoyable meal. We offer delicious quality fare using only the finest and freshest ingredients available.

We are 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. We also serve brunch every Saturday & Sunday.

Stop in for a meal or even just a cup of coffee!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Steak tartare was great, French onion soup had a nice flavor but needed to be under the broiler for a little longer- room temperature and the cheese needed it, the duck confit was prepared well but could have used a something- a bit bland, and I would not recommend the mussels. Loved the ambiance and the live jazz duo was nice. I would try it again.
A photo of Costas Inn restaurant
4.3 (299)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
We have Steamed Crabs to enjoy year round. After making your reservation, please call for Crab sizes and availability 410-477-1975. We hope that on your next afternoon or evening out, you will give us the opportunity to make your visit or event as enjoyable as possible. The entire family and staff of Costas Inn thank you for your continued support and look forward supplying the excellence and quality that you have come to expect.
Top review
Dined on 25 Mar 2024
Great food always, the seafood is just right, however, make sure you order your crabs ahead of time otherwise, only small ones may be available. However, their drinks suck! Never had a jalapeño margarita with canned picked jalapeños eww! Anything, strawberry or fruit tasting tastes like chemical... so gross. How about using fresh fruit for drinks or homemade mixers??? Just stick to the beer or soda, it tastes way better.
A photo of Kneads Bakeshop restaurant
4.3 (27)
$30 and under
Harbor East
About the restaurant
Join us for an elegant, casual family style dinner at Kneads. Happy hour and Dinner service available Wednesday through Saturday 5:30pm - 9:00pm.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 Apr 2024
My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate our anniversary and had a fantastic time! We love Kneads for brunch, but this was our first time trying their dinner. All of the food was fantastic. We got the pork belly small plate which had stellar presentation, and shared the Wagyu Frites as an entree. The combination of the very graciously sized Wagyu and the delicious french fries was definitely enough for two people. Thank you to our server Brittany who made sure we had a magical anniversary night and even offered us our choice of a dessert on the house. We chose the crème brûlée which is a must have!
A photo of The Point in Towson restaurant
4.1 (408)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
About the restaurant
The Point in Towson is a completely renovated restaurant and bar in the Towson marketplace. It will be the second location stemming from The Point in Fells, an 8 year strong restaurant placed squarely on the waterfront in the heart of Baltimore’s ever competitive and popular Fells Point neighborhood. We focus on upscale American pub and comfort food with a twist and a bar focused on reinventing classic craft cocktails. We are an upscale bar focused on excellent food. A place where you always know you will get the best of everything. The Point in Towson will feature wooden fixtures, back deck and game room, a large communal dining room, comfortable furnishings and decor with soothing warm tones. It is be the perfect place to stop in for a bite to eat, for a drink, a small business meeting, an Orioles game and everything in between.
Top review
Dined on 30 Mar 2024
pretty empty for a saturday but im sure the rain had something to do with it. first time here, prices were great and food was delicious!
A photo of The Periodic Table Restaurant & Bar restaurant
3.9 (46)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Periodic Table Restaurant & Bar is "Formulating Flavors Daily”
Our goal is to find the perfect, ‘symbiotic’ relationship between food and spirits! Our team makes great quality dishes from all over the world with a twist like our Korean Nachos, Osso Bucco Wings, shepherd’s pie as well as creative apps, unique bar bites, sandwiches, salads, and entrees of fresh seafood, quality meat, and dietary options (GF, V, Ve). Brunch service and Weekly Specials.
Our talented team creates amazing specialty cocktails, mocktails and drinks using bourbon, whiskey, gin, tequila, vodka, rum, as well as wine, and over a dozen beers on tap and bottle.
The Table has a spacious dining area inside and a large patio or our expansive, separate bar area with high-top tables. Come for a quick bite or drink, date night, special family event, gather with friends, or attend one of our fun, clever events (i.e., live music, Trivia Wed, Drag Brunch).
We look forward to serving you soon!

Top review
Dined on 26 Mar 2024
Loved the place. Excellent food…(burger was a bit bland but nothing salt didn’t take care of) Would definitely patronize the establishment again!
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