Outdoor Dining in Baltimore
Enjoy your food with a view at these restaurants with outdoor seating.
Baltimore has no shortage of outdoor dining options, whether you’re looking for a waterfront patio, a hidden oasis or a rooftop view. Pair your meal with a sculpture garden, live music or sandy surroundings at your ideal al fresco dining destination in Charm City. Neighborhoods like Fell’s Point, Canton and Federal Hill are popular for their outdoor setups, but you’ll find options all over the city.
Fresh seafood and relaxing views of the Chesapeake Bay from which it came.
Curated by executive chef Nelson Morton, Ampersea’s menu aims to celebrate Maryland in its entirety with signature dishes like the blue crab dip, plus vegan and vegetarian options, such as the cauliflower risotto.
Barcocina’s outdoor patio on the water in Fell’s Point is a picturesque spot for tacos and cocktails made with fresh-squeezed juice. The rolling garage doors open during the warmer months to bring the harbor breeze through the restaurant and stay closed in the winter to keep you warm while enjoying the view.
Located in Canton’s Tindeco Wharf development, Bayside Cantina offers one of the best waterfront settings in the city with ample covered and uncovered outdoor seating. The menu features traditional Mexican fare like tacos and burritos while the cocktail list encourages you to step outside your comfort zone. The Mescalita, for example, is a twist on a margarita that pairs mezcal, sour mix and caramelized chile ancho syrup. There’s also the Bayside Manhattan, which uses tequila and chocolate bitters. Follow their Facebook to keep tabs on Taco Tuesday deals and live music nights.
Cindy Lou’s Fish House
Set in Harbor Point’s Canopy Hotel and created by lauded restaurant duo Tony Foreman and chef Cindy Wolf, Cindy Lou’s Fish House pairs waterfront views of the Domino Sugar Factory with a menu inspired by Southern classics. Expect delicious cuisine standards with a modern update, such as chicken-fried steak, pork chops served with barbecue sauce and “kaleslaw,” and fried green tomatoes alongside pimento ricotta.
Inspired by the elevated, laid-back atmosphere of the Mediterranean Coast, this floating dock concept provides breathtaking views of the water, top-tier cocktails and delicious bites to satisfy every palate. Lean toward surf with small bites like fried shrimp and lobster rolls or opt for turf with Italian meatballs and cheesy bratwurst. The drinks are the main event, though; frozen cocktails come in four sizes, from 16 ounce glasses to 40 ounce fishbowls. They can also do 60 ounce pitchers of margaritas, crushes and sangria, so bring your friends and treat yourself to a couple of hours on island time.
This 1920s-inspired oyster bar offers Chesapeake seafood as well as products from all over the East and West coasts and Mexico. Dine outdoors with Loch Bar’s sweeping view of the Inner Harbor while feasting on a seafood tower and enjoying one (or several) of the more than 350 different whiskey offerings.
Nick’s Fish House
Located in the developing Baltimore Peninsula neighborhood, this seafood restaurant’s open air crab deck and earthy aesthetic will make you feel like you’ve landed in a beach town. The menu is a seafood lovers’ dream, with offerings like crab dip, loaded fries, lobster rolls, crab cakes, fish tacos and steamed crabs, mussels and clams. Also be sure to try a Nick’s crush, which are heavy on the fresh-squeezed juice and liquor.
A casual and friendly atmosphere and a delicious seafood feast await you on the Phillips Seafood crab deck, located just steps away from paddle boats, historic ships and the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor. During Phillips’ outdoor Friday happy hour, enjoy $4 beer, wine and sangria as well as specialty appetizers like crab rangoon, crispy calamari and Chesapeake crab dip.
Looking for more places to enjoy Chesapeake-style crabs? See our guide to all things Maryland blue crab—including how to find, crack and season them.
We don’t know what the future holds for temporary beach bar Sandlot so enjoy it while you can. With big umbrellas, comfy lawn chairs, picnic tables and, of course, the sand beneath your feet, transport yourself to the beach without leaving the city. Enjoy specialty beverages and mouthwatering treats and relax along the water with your dogs or take advantage of the volleyball and bocce courts, swings and play area for kids.
Photo-worthy surroundings with lush greenery or cozy fireplaces.
Tucked along the Jones Falls waterway, feel transported to Italy on Cosima’s waterside patio surrounded by the brick and stone façade of the historic Mill No. 1 underneath twinkling lights and shining stars.
Ouzo Bay & Ouzo Beach
Retractable windows and doors create an open-air feel connecting the restaurant and waterfront patio at Ouzo Bay. You’ll feel transported to Greece without leaving Harbor East as you enjoy fresh bronzino, kalitsounia and one of the most extensive ouzo selections on the East Coast. Just across the street is Ouzo Beach, sharing a kitchen and a lighter, modified menu with Ouzo Bay. The Mediterranean villa-inspired bar is even closer to the water and features a live DJ every night.
Whether you’re enjoying an evening by the fire pit or hosting a group of friends in your own private section, enjoy your evening underneath the trellis with food from 10 of Baltimore’s most creative chefs, and inventive craft cocktails from r. bar at R. House, a former auto body repair shop turned food hall located in Remington.
Highlandtown’s Sally O’s has developed a loyal local fan base thanks to its swanky decor, hot happy hour deals and comprehensive late-night menu courtesy of “Top Chef” alum Jesse Sandlin (midnight mac and cheese, anyone?). Having opened during the pandemic, the restaurant boasts a thoughtful al fresco setup consisting of plush velvet chairs, large wooden tables, heat lamps and a canopy. Stop by for a signature cocktail like an Old Fashioned with marshmallow syrup or the Star Tropics with a secret blend of tropical flavor.
Often hidden from street view and just intimate enough to feel like a private oasis.
Bodhi Federal Hill
This family-owned authentic Thai restaurant in Federal Hill has a hidden courtyard behind the restaurant for an intimate meal. Try Bodhi’s crispy chicken, pad Thai or crab fried rice for out-of-this-world flavor.
Besides being a go-to spot for catching the latest soccer game, Claddagh Pub has an interior courtyard with its own bar and is covered by nothing but twinkling lights. Be sure to check out the surf and turf options, or an authentic Irish reuben.
This outdoor beer and cocktail garden opened up just off Hampden‘s main drag, 36th Street (aka “The Avenue”). Hampden Yards is a laid-back, dog-friendly and entirely outdoor spot that offers craft beer, cocktails, wine, crushes and bites like brats, burgers and pretzels. Plus there’s board games and foosball on deck to keep you entertained.
Enjoy al fresco dining in the courtyard of Magdalena, the celebrated restaurant of The Ivy Hotel, a Relais & Châteaux property in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. High-quality, local, seasonal ingredients are at the forefront of the menu, along with a wine cellar of great depth and variety, malt whiskeys and craft beers.
Sky-high views, delicious food and fancy cocktails.
Atop the extravagant Four Seasons Hotel, this fine dining restaurant will satisfy your cravings with the Chef’s Tasting, a five-course meal specially cooked by its head chefs. Even better, you can feast your eyes on the panoramic scenery of the Inner Harbor on the balcony of the 26th floor at The Bygone.
Head upstairs to The Chasseur’s third floor bar surrounded by floor to ceiling garage doors that remain open during warm weather. Pair the elevated bar food with a local beer on tap or a specialty cocktail.
At the end of Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, Watershed is a welcome rooftop reprieve from the neighborhood’s bustling bar and club scene. Whether you want to watch an Orioles or Ravens game on the big screen, go head-to-head with your friends in the gaming area or relax with a beverage at the covered bar, Watershed can match your going-out vibe. As for the menu, it’s elevated Charm City seafood: cream of crab soup, stuffed lobster, pan seared salmon, soft shell crab platters and more.
Baltimore's Farmers Markets
For the ultimate outdoor dining (and shopping) experience, spend the morning at one of Baltimore’s sprawling farmer’s markets. These hyper-local community events are a foodie’s paradise, filled with seasonal bounty, specialty coffees, smoked oysters, artisanal cheeses and fresh bread. They’re also a great way to mingle with local artists, enjoy live music or shop for handcrafted souvenirs.
Find fresh groceries at downtown’s Baltimore Farmers Market, the largest produce-only market in the country. Savor local bites at the year-round Waverly Farmers Market, or grab a drink at the waterfront Fell’s Point Farmers Market. See our full list of neighborhood markets here.