Fell’s Point, a national historic district dating back to the 18th century, perfectly pairs Baltimore’s old-fashioned maritime beginnings with modern flavors. After shopping at local boutiques, learning about the neighborhood’s lore with a walking tour, or hopping off a boat tour, enjoy a seafood feast with stunning waterfront views, stroll the stone streets with a gelato in hand or unwind with a cold drink.
The Black Olive
This family-owned restaurant serves the finest seafood and Greek dishes daily, but its real specialty is the fish prepared whole. Choose a Mediterranean sea bass or another catch from the display on ice at the center of the restaurant, and your selection will be filleted tableside and served with a simple (but outstanding) homemade sauce.
Rec Pier Chop House
Combining two concepts – rustic Italian cuisine and modern steakhouse – the Rec Pier Chop House creates a dining experience worth talking about. Located in the luxurious Sagamore Pendry Hotel atop the restored two-century-old Recreation Pier, the restaurant’s industrial vibe speaks to the building’s origin as a landing point for thousands of immigrants coming to America. James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini curates cuisine from locally sourced ingredients in the form of homemade pasta, grass-fed beef and sustainable seafood.
Thames Street Oyster House
When Thames Street Oyster House arrived in Fell’s Point in 2011, it was one of the few raw bar concepts in the area. Today, the local favorite continues to impress with its daily offerings of fresh oysters, shellfish and fish. The restaurant has even beat out competition from all over New England for the title of “best lobster roll.”
Twist Fell's Point
Crafted by executive chef Jose Molina, Twist offers American cuisine with a flavorful, Mediterranean flare, in a cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere. Unlike many of the nearby restaurants and bars, Twist is BYOB, giving guests the chance to pair their favorite wine with a signature mezze plate or the Maine lobster ravioli.
Located on the very edge of the harbor, Ampersea arrived last year with its aesthetically pleasing blue and green decor that pairs well with its water views. The menu celebrates Maryland with signature dishes like seared scallops and blue crab dip. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.
Points South Latin Kitchen
For authentic Latin American flavors – think huevos rancheros or shellfish style paella – and delicious cocktails that reflect the region, try Points South Latin Kitchen. This welcoming, two-tiered location on Thames Street features a colorful mural on the second floor and an outdoor patio with a full bar and lounge, perfect for an evening out. Bonus: the menu is entirely gluten free.
The Daily Grind
Reenergize at the Daily Grind, a funky coffee shop that is just steps away from the water taxi terminal. On a sunny day, enjoy an iced latte and a turkey pesto sandwich on the front patio with views of the harbor, or relax with a cappuccino and comfortable seating inside surrounded by the work of local artists.
Blue Moon Café
Keep it local and delicious for brunch with Blue Moon Café, located in a brightly decorated row house since 1996. Sit back and relax as you indulge in signature dishes like the jumbo lump crab benedict or the Capt’n Crunch French toast. Come early to beat the line – no reservations allowed – this is a hot spot you don’t want to miss.
Founded in 2007, this gelateria churns its flavors, ranging from pistachio to black sesame, on site using locally sourced ingredients, to ensure peak freshness and amazing taste. Just a few blocks away, the Pitango Bakery & Café overlooks the water and offers sandwiches with classic Italian ingredients like prosciutto di parma, mortadella and mozzarella.
Waterfront Watering Holes
Bond Street Social
A one-of-a-kind culinary experience, Bond Street Social combines American classics with international flair, like pulled duck confit arepas and eggplant parmesan “meatballs.” The indoor fireplaces, leather seats and multiple rooms create a cozy, creative atmosphere that has a dual purpose: dining throughout the day and dancing throughout the night.<
From the creators of Bond Street Social, Barcocina serves up Mexican-inspired cuisine, ranging from cheeseburger tacos to drunken oysters drenched in tequila. With its full-service bar, outdoor seating and aluminum garage doors that open to a magnificent view of the harbor, this restaurant is the perfect hangout, any time of year.
Known for its tater tots smothered in cheesy, creamy Maryland crab dip, Alexander’s Tavern provides visitors with a relaxed dining experience in a converted brick rowhome, just steps from the water. The menu contains a variety of American classics including specialty nachos, a barbecue pulled pork burger and gluten-free and vegan options.
The Point in Fells
Located on the corner of Thames and South Anne Streets, The Point in Fells offers weekly live music and a game room with arcade games and a pool table. Beyond entertainment, head here for quality pub food plus daily food and drink specials.
Known for the bumper sticker and famous slogan, “Eat Bertha’s Mussels,” Bertha’s is one of the oldest seafood establishments located in the center of Fell’s Point. The variety of mussel options, ranging from a spicy coconut puree to a creamy mustard sauce, is what makes this 40-year-old site stand out. Bertha’s also offers live music options in the bar almost every night of the week.
If you’re looking for Maryland’s largest beer selection, stop by Max’s. The tap house has five casks, more than 100 drafts and more than 1,000 bottles available. Stop by during one of its many annual festivals, like the Belgian Beer Fest in February, or weekly events like the Tuesday beer social where guests can sample rare and exotic beers with a resident expert.