Planning to travel overseas to expand your palate? Save your miles and reduce your carbon footprint. Baltimore welcomes cultures from across the globe with its expanding culinary scene – take your palate on an international journey with this guide to worldly dining in Baltimore.
Baltimore’s Little Italy draws visitors with its aroma of home-style Italian dishes from numerous restaurants, bakeries and delis lining the historic streets. Here, wandering is rewarded: venture to Harbor East for Cinghiale’s take on a modern Italian table or for Tagliata's hand-cut steaks and fresh hand-rolled pastas. Continue on to Woodberry for Sicilian and Southern Italian fresh and authentic flavors at Cosima. Aldo's also boasts authentic Italian cuisine with Southern Italian influences. And, take a trip to Sicily at Café Gia with their hearty Sicilian dishes and colorful murals on the walls.
A keen eye for mixing contemporary with classic French Cuisine, Petit Louis in Roland Park and Chez Hugo in the Inner Harbor each bring a piece of euro-bistro fare to Baltimore’s dining scene. Span borders and immerse yourself in the ancient culinary arts of the Basque region at La Cuchara. Located in historic Woodberry, La Cuchara's inspired dishes bring diners through both France and Spain with dishes like Parisian gnocchi or charred octopus with chorizo. With a menu that changes daily, diners will be delighted any day of the week.
You won’t miss the Mediterranean while dining along the Inner Harbor at Ouzo Bay. With Bronzino from Patras and a kalitsounia recipe from Crete, each authentic dish is served with nostalgia, along with one of the most extensive Ouzo selections on the East Coast. At Twist in Fell's Point, executive chef Jose Molina brings personal to the plate as he marries his Hispanic and American influences to his time spent in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean.
Go south of the border… in Baltimore. Points South serves handcrafted cocktails with fresh herbs and Latin American cuisine that’s earned top ratings and local loyalty in Fell’s Point. Lump crab or lobster tacos anyone? Stroll along the cobblestone to Papi's Tacos, inspired by the antojitos of Mexican street food trucks, carts and markets. Or enjoy Mexican-inspired dishes along the water at Barcocina, served to share. Take a trip to an Argentinian table at Bar Vasquez where Chef Mario Cano Catalán embraces meat, fire and seasonal ingredients with a wide variety of whiskeys for a perfect pairing with any dish.
Harbor East is home to Azumi, which translates to “safe harbor.” The brain child of Tokyo native and executive chef Eiji Takase, Azumi wows with expert plates that highlight masterfully prepared ingredients.
The Helmand is a Mount Vernon landmark, heralded as a must-taste just blocks from the Inner Harbor and Baltimore Penn Station. Established more than 20 years ago, The Helmand brings Afghan spices and exquisite dishes to Baltimore diners with a wealth of experience and flavor.
The Ambassador Dining Room is among the most romantic restaurants in Baltimore. The stunning décor and finely prepared Indian cuisine create a vibrant experience of culinary and cultural excitement in Roland Park.
Lebanese Taverna is an international sensation. The restaurant’s ambiance is a nod to the nautical, which is fitting for its dockside location in Harbor East. The menu offers an expansive variety of authentic dishes and extras like Lebanese pickles and house-made breads.
Transport yourself to the Caribbean with the flavors of Jamaican jerk chicken, king fish, curry goat and oxtail at Culture Caribbean Cuisine.
For the most authentic Ethiopian food in the region, head to Ebenezer Ethiopian Restaurant. This no-frills mom and pop shop offers large platters of meat and vegetables with Ethiopian seasoning for reasonable prices.
Restaurante Tio Pepe has been a Baltimore stalwart for generations. Stop in to experience the exotic flavors of fine Spanish cuisine and an extensive wine list. If you’d like to try a little of everything, head to Tapas Teatro for traditional Spanish dishes. Here you’ll find hot and cold dishes, salads, meats, ham and sausages, fish, shellfish, veggies, eggs and more.
At Pho Viet you’ll find true Vietnamese pho, bahn mi, rolls, and more. The flavorful dishes are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner on the go.
Enjoy authentic Turkish and Mediterranean food at Cazbar in Mount Vernon. From assorted mezes served with Turkish bread to elegantly spiced kebaps, their menu will take you on a journey through Turkey. Cazbar's food, atmosphere and belly dancing shows on Friday and Saturday nights provide for an "exotic and enchanting dining experience."