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Restaurants in Baltimore

Baltimore is renowned for its crab cakes - said to be the best in the world. Aside from a wide choice of fresh seafood, you can tuck into Italian cuisine in Little Italy and Mediterranean specialities in Greektown. Trendy eateries dot hip neighbourhoods such as Fell's Point, Mount Vernon and Federal Hill.

The following restaurants have been grouped into three price categories:
Expensive (over US$50)
Moderate (US$25 to US$50)
Cheap (under US$25)
For a three-course meal and the equivalent of one-half bottle of wine (sales tax of 6% will be added and allow 15-20% for your tip).

Expensive

Aldo's Ristorante Italiano

Cuisine: Italian

A carpenter as well as a chef, Aldo Vitale crafted this restaurant's intricate woodwork, including the mahogany bar. The menu features seasonal ingredients such as Italian white truffles from Alba. Vitale's home-cured pancetta and soppressata, pickled vegetables and hand-picked herbs lend a personal touch. Diners are welcome to tour the wine cellar and the cheese cave.

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Telephone: +1 410 727 0700.
Website: http://www.aldositaly.com

Aldo's Ristorante Italiano

Cuisine: Italian

A carpenter as well as a chef, Aldo Vitale crafted this restaurant's intricate woodwork, including the mahogany bar. The menu features seasonal ingredients such as Italian white truffles from Alba. Vitale's home-cured pancetta and soppressata, pickled vegetables and hand-picked herbs lend a personal touch. Diners are welcome to tour the wine cellar and the cheese cave.

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Telephone: +1 410 727 0700.
Website: http://www.aldositaly.com

Azumi

Cuisine: Japanese

A curve of stylish wooden booths curls alongside enormous windows in this sleek affair inside the Four Seasons Hotel. The upscale eatery serves sushi, steaks and omakase (chef's selection), with fresh seafood flown in from Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, accompanied by a selection of sake and traditional Japanese desserts.

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Telephone: +1 443 220 0477.
Website: http://www.azumirestaurant.com/baltimore

Azumi

Cuisine: Japanese

A curve of stylish wooden booths curls alongside enormous windows in this sleek affair inside the Four Seasons Hotel. The upscale eatery serves sushi, steaks and omakase (chef's selection), with fresh seafood flown in from Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, accompanied by a selection of sake and traditional Japanese desserts.

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Telephone: +1 443 220 0477.
Website: http://www.azumirestaurant.com/baltimore

Bo Brooks Restaurant

Cuisine: Seafood

If you're going to try the local speciality, it makes sense to go where the locals go to eat it. So if steamed crab is in your sights, you'll be in good company here. Fat, spicy crabs are served up to a mixed crowd in a waterfront setting overlooking a busy marina.

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Telephone: +1 410 558 0202.
Website: http://www.bobrooks.com

Bo Brooks Restaurant

Cuisine: Seafood

If you're going to try the local speciality, it makes sense to go where the locals go to eat it. So if steamed crab is in your sights, you'll be in good company here. Fat, spicy crabs are served up to a mixed crowd in a waterfront setting overlooking a busy marina.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 410 558 0202.
Website: http://www.bobrooks.com

Moderate

1157 bar + kitchen

Cuisine: International

Inventive small plates draw crowds to this laid-back Locust Point eatery. Pull up a stool at the long wooden bar or share a window booth (and food) with friends. Try a pork belly and Granny Smith apple corn dog, slurp duck noodle soup or crunch crispy octopus with chickpea salad.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 443 449 5525.
Website: http://1157barandkitchen.com

1157 bar + kitchen

Cuisine: International

Inventive small plates draw crowds to this laid-back Locust Point eatery. Pull up a stool at the long wooden bar or share a window booth (and food) with friends. Try a pork belly and Granny Smith apple corn dog, slurp duck noodle soup or crunch crispy octopus with chickpea salad.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 443 449 5525.
Website: http://1157barandkitchen.com

Gertrude's

Cuisine: American

Named after celebrity chef John Shields' grandmother, who first introduced him to the delights of cooking, this bistro prides itself on serving the freshest local ingredients - with lobster and crab topping the menu. Try single-fry oysters, dusted in cornmeal, with a tangy sauce. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a sculpture garden and, in warmer weather, there's terrace seating.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 410 889 3399.
Website: http://www.gertrudesbaltimore.com

Gertrude's

Cuisine: American

Named after celebrity chef John Shields' grandmother, who first introduced him to the delights of cooking, this bistro prides itself on serving the freshest local ingredients - with lobster and crab topping the menu. Try single-fry oysters, dusted in cornmeal, with a tangy sauce. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a sculpture garden and, in warmer weather, there's terrace seating.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 410 889 3399.
Website: http://www.gertrudesbaltimore.com

Tapas Teatro

Cuisine: Spanish

Enduringly popular, this charming bistro adjoins the Charles Theatre, making it a handy pre-show venue. There's certainly a buzz about the place. Arrive with an appetite for the paella, accompanied by a pitcher of sangria. Alternatively, sample and share lamb chops, sausages and veggie dishes.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 410 332 0110.
Website: http://www.tapasteatro.com

Tapas Teatro

Cuisine: Spanish

Enduringly popular, this charming bistro adjoins the Charles Theatre, making it a handy pre-show venue. There's certainly a buzz about the place. Arrive with an appetite for the paella, accompanied by a pitcher of sangria. Alternatively, sample and share lamb chops, sausages and veggie dishes.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 410 332 0110.
Website: http://www.tapasteatro.com

Cheap

Sascha’s Cafe

Cuisine: American

A 19th-century Mount Vernon townhouse is the venue for an eclectic café menu. Red velvet drapes and high ceilings frame the banquettes, and the marble columns add a further touch of sophistication. Munch a portobello mushroom and goat cheese panini or fill up on crab cake sliders with a mound of coleslaw and fries. Lunch only.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 410 539 6103.
Website: http://www.saschas.com

Sascha’s Cafe

Cuisine: American

A 19th-century Mount Vernon townhouse is the venue for an eclectic café menu. Red velvet drapes and high ceilings frame the banquettes, and the marble columns add a further touch of sophistication. Munch a portobello mushroom and goat cheese panini or fill up on crab cake sliders with a mound of coleslaw and fries. Lunch only.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 410 539 6103.
Website: http://www.saschas.com

The Bun Shop

Cuisine: International

Warm filled buns and pastries are created in every shape and size imaginable at this popular late-night Mount Vernon hangout. Flavours come from around the globe, so you might chomp your way through an empanada, chew on a pork bun or sink your teeth into a cinnamon roll. There's a second shop downtown at 22 Light Street.

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Telephone: +1 410 989 2033.
Website: http://www.thebunshopmd.com

The Bun Shop

Cuisine: International

Warm filled buns and pastries are created in every shape and size imaginable at this popular late-night Mount Vernon hangout. Flavours come from around the globe, so you might chomp your way through an empanada, chew on a pork bun or sink your teeth into a cinnamon roll. There's a second shop downtown at 22 Light Street.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 410 989 2033.
Website: http://www.thebunshopmd.com

Vaccaro’s

Cuisine: Italian

Skip the paninis and salads and head straight for dessert at this Little Italy pastry institution. From cream puffs slathered with hot fudge to crispy sfogliatelle (pastries filled with baked ricotta and citron), there's plenty to sate any sweet tooth. The cannoli and, of course, gelato, are something to save room for.

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Telephone: +1 410 685 4905.
Website: http://www.vaccarospastry.com

Vaccaro’s

Cuisine: Italian

Skip the paninis and salads and head straight for dessert at this Little Italy pastry institution. From cream puffs slathered with hot fudge to crispy sfogliatelle (pastries filled with baked ricotta and citron), there's plenty to sate any sweet tooth. The cannoli and, of course, gelato, are something to save room for.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 410 685 4905.
Website: http://www.vaccarospastry.com

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