Best American Restaurants in Baltimore

Baltimore draws on local bounty for its innovative American cuisine
January 1, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

With its mix of coastline, farmland and forests, Maryland has been called "America in miniature." Baltimore chefs mix tradition and innovation for plates sure to please.

Out of the Fire
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Food 4.8 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

"Sit at the bar and watch the action" in the kitchen at this "superb" Easton New American where "amazing chefs" who really "get the magic of fresh, local ingredients" "artfully plate" "great things" cooked via the showpiece open hearth; it's not cheap for such an "informal" vibe, but service is "attentive" and the space is "inviting" with a "warm" "Tuscan" palette.
Charleston
French · Harbor East · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

Cindy Wolf remains "at the top of her game" , applying "world-class technique" to "Lowcountry" cuisine to create "phenomenal" New American masterpieces at her Harbor East "destination" ; "no detail goes unnoticed" by the "superlative" staffers, who "spoil" guests with selections from co-owner Tony Foreman's "epic" wine list in a "stunningly beautiful" space; just "be prepared" for the multicourse menu's "sticker shock" – for many, it's a "once-every-few-years kind of place."
Bartlett Pear Inn
Breakfast · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

"Extraordinary doesn't begin to describe this culinary temple" in rave fans of the "beautifully prepared" New American three-, five- and seven-course tasting menus (as well as wine pairings) presented by a "superb" staff at this "charming" and “gorgeous” 18th-century inn in Easton; prices place it "high on the romance and special-occasion scale" , though the bar offers a more casual approach; P.S. open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Linwoods
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Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Chef-owner Linwood Dame brings "interesting nuances" to his "impeccable" "modern" American cuisine at this "serene" spot in Owings Mills that's been "charming" "sophisticated" diners for around a quarter-century; a "contemporary, elegant" room with an open grill, patrolled by a "first-rate" staff, enhances an experience that's worthy of a "special occasion" or any time "you're feeling plush."
Salt
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Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

“Every detail is considered” at this “top-shelf” New American tucked “off the beaten path” near Patterson Park, where the “imaginative” menu “always impresses” , as do the “well-informed” service and “wonderful” cocktails; set in a tavernesque space that mixes a “hip” , “urban” vibe with “local flavor” , it's “worthy of being a destination."
Pope's Tavern
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Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.8

A circa-1880 Oxford inn is the romantic setting for this high-end "Eastern shore favorite" offering "superbly prepared" New American selections in a best-of-both-worlds setting: "cozy in winter, airy in summer" ; a mix of "locals" and "visitors" appreciates the "first-rate" service and complimentary "Popemobile" (i.e. a British cab) that shuttles diners from the dock or other locales within town.