Like a visit to a spectacular museum or a thrilling performance, memorable meals can stir emotions and stay with us long after the experience is over. Perhaps that’s why so many visitors (and local foodies alike!) rave about our restaurant scene and Baltimore’s chefs, who know how to please our palates and our other senses, too. Our city’s culinary scene has evolved to include a wild array of experiential dining options, all made right in front of your eyes and presented as works of fine craftsmanship. Read on to find out where you can feast your taste buds and your eyes on the modern version of “dinner and a show”.
At the Bygone, a roaring 20’s-style restaurant atop the Four Seasons, the staff embodies the decadence of the era with a formal dress code, exceptional service and top-notch menu items. Order the duck Flambé, Wagyu Beef Rotisserie or the Baked Alaska and each will be rolled out on a cart and flame-cooked at your table.
Rec Pier Chop House
Fans of Caesar salad will get a new appreciation for and old standby at Rec Pier Chop House. At this Italian restaurant located inside the Sagamore Pendry Hotel, servers chop and dress the salad tableside on a wheeled cart. The theatrics alone are reason enough to order it, but the taste of tangy parmesan, fresh romaine and savory anchovies will renew your passion for the classic dish.
At this South Baltimore seafood spot, bartenders have elevated classic cocktails to new heights. A local fan favorite is “Velvet Underground,” a magical twist on the traditional Old Fashioned where bartenders infuse the spirits with applewood smoke under a glass dome just before serving.
The Bluebird Cocktail Room
This Hampden hot spot is channeling 50s cocktail culture with Tiki Thursday. The menu of tropical-inspired drinks changes weekly but flamed garnishes and quirky serving mugs are guaranteed.
The Black Olive serves the finest seafood and Greek dishes daily, but the restaurant’s real specialty is its fish prepared whole. Select a Mediterranean sea bass or another option from the display on ice at the center of the restaurant, and your meal will be filleted tableside and served with the restaurant’s simple (but outstanding) house-made sauce.