New Restaurants and Bars in Baltimore

A weekly updated guide to the latest openings
December 4, 2017
by Zagat Staff

You can’t stay on top of the Baltimore dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Bar · Station North · $$

Set in the Motor House performance space, which was once a car dealership, this hip cafe/bar provides globally inspired street food like Texas brisket and egg sandwiches, panini and “bolsitas” (taco fixings served in a bag of chips), alongside house cocktails, local beer and wine. The funky, industrial space boasts high ceilings, slick surfaces and local art.
101 Deli Bar
Bar · Federal Hill · $$

From the team behind Federal Hill’s Banditos and Wayward Smokehouse comes this modern South Charles Street bar and sandwich shop boasting updated comforts like pâté -stuffed banh mi, charcuterie and BBQ-topped burgers, plus cocktails, craft beer and wine. The vibe is hipster-chic, with a long L-shaped bar, glossy teal tiling, leather banquets and a retractable front wall opening onto a small front patio.
Magdalena Restaurant
American · Mt. Vernon · $$$$

Located inside the chic Ivy Hotel, this upscale Mount Vernon eatery offers seasonal, French-influenced specialties like seared foie gras, butter poached lobster and prime rib-eye alongside wine and cocktails. The dining rooms sport vaulted ceilings, whitewashed brick and floor-to-ceiling wine racks, as well as leather banquettes and a marble-backed bar.
Ida B's Table
Soul Food · Downtown · $$

Dedicated to civil rights activist and feminist Ida B. Wells, this Downtown outpost offers reimagined soul food like catfish Reubens and 'Southern sushi' (a dirty rice, chicken and pickles rolled in collards) plus creative cocktails. The industrial-chic design completes the down home theme, with exposed beams, brick walls, corrugated tin and picture windows setting a friendly, approachable tone.
The Charles Baltimore
Brunch · Federal Hill · $$

A sports bar with a sophisticated side, this Federal Hill outpost serves revamped pub fare like "Nashville Hot” avocados, parsnip bibimbap and lobster roll rangoon alongside craft cocktails over two spacious stories. The industrial-chic space features whitewashed brick and custom steel and wood beam shelving, plus two bars, multiple TVs and a DJ booth.
In Bloom Restaurant
American · Federal Hill · $$

Global flavors mix and mingle at this cheery Federal Hill outpost serving comfort-leaning small plates (schnitzel, kebabs and dumplings), seafood and grilled meats, plus local beer and a diverse wine list. The laid-back neighborhood setting includes walls layered with untreated wood planks and corrugated tin, simple chalkboard menus and a plant-filled back patio.
The Elk Room
Cocktail Bar · Little Italy · $$

Hidden behind Harbor East Italian chophouse Tagliata, this dimly lit cocktail den from Atlas Restaurant Group (Ouzo Bay, Azumi) transports patrons back in time with handcrafted classic cocktails and rustic dishes like venison tartare and elk tacos. Vintage touches like taxidermy and crystal chandeliers coupled with nightly live jazz and a strict cell phone ban heighten the bar’s intimate, Prohibition-era ambiance.
Sir Duke Bar & Liquor Store
Fells Point · $$

Marked by a vibrant red-and-black sign, this Fells Point liquor shop–bar serves up local craft beer, cocktails and boozy milkshakes alongside bar bites like wings, tacos and flatbread pizzas under the warm glow of hanging Edison bulbs. Brightly painted, art-filled walls create a lively feel, while crowded glass cabinets show off bottles to go.
Rye Street Tavern
South Baltimore · $$$

Stationed alongside Port Covington’s Sagamore Spirit Distillery, celebrity chef Andrew Carmellini’s modern gastropub specializes in updated local comforts like crab pot pie, fried chicken and wood-fired seafood bakes plus beer, wine and housemade spirits. The decor reflects the relaxed, coastal cuisine, with warm copper accents, a long bar revealing the kitchen’s open hearth and riverside seating complete with fire pits.
Italian · Little Italy · $$$

Italian mainstays drive this upscale Harbor East eatery from Atlas Restaurant Group (Ouzo Bay, Azumi), where dishes like duck confit bruschetta, housemade squid ink campanelle and dry-aged rib-eyes are accompanied by a textbook-sized wine list. Edison bulbs cast a warm glow on an art deco–inspired bar, while a strip of courtyard seating and nightly live music add a European-chic touch.