For your next date—be it your 1st or 100th—avoid the whole “Where do you wanna go?” “I dunno, you pick!" and skip right to this list! We asked our friends, family and team members where their favorite Baltimore date night restaurants are. From perfectly cooked steaks to fresh sushi, this list has a little something for every taste.
These 10 Baltimore restaurants are sure to start your date night off right:
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Mouthwatering Meats & Warm Ambiance
Treat your date to a special evening at one of Baltimore’s most heralded steakhouses—the reliably exquisite Morton’s Steakhouse and Ruth’s Chris are both situated along the infamous Inner Harbor. Expect perfectly tender steaks, rich sides, to-die-for desserts, and a warm, welcoming ambiance.
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Fresh Local Seafood & Beautiful Views
What’s better than that first, irresistibly-juicy bite of fresh, local seafood? Savoring that bite in a hip locale!
Take in sweeping harbor views from Rusty Scupper’s third-story dining room (or get things started a little earlier with their Sunday live-jazz brunch, if that’s your jam), or indulge in BlueStone’s perfectly executed Rockfish, paired with a wine suggested by their knowledgeable staff.
Enjoy Azumi’s vast selection of fresh sushi and sashimi among unique decor—uber modern (think neon and DJs) and Old World Japanese (think clay pots and rice paper paintings). Love sushi? Check out our FAVORITE sushi restaurants in the Baltimore area!
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Small Plates & Trendy Settings
Generously praised in Zagat, Baltimore Magazine, and Forbes, Pazo boasts delectable small plates—the avocado bruschetta, pork veal empanadas, and yellowtail tartare are all standouts. Located within a refurbished warehouse space with complimentary valet, Pazo manages to feel simultaneously special and comfortable. B Bistro boasts a similar industrial-chic ambiance, with a menu full of modern takes on classic dishes, as well as several gluten-free options.
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New American Fare & Welcoming Spaces
It’s a trend for a reason—locally-sourced, ethically-raised, sustainable ingredients are delicious! Fleet Street Kitchen offers an ever-changing selection including mushroom agnolotti and seared pork belly, while customers rave over Cunningham’s is another farm-to-table fare, prepared inside a rustic, wooden oven. Enjoy a complimentary valet and al fresco dining, should the weather cooperate.
At The Food Market, the crab cake benedict and lobster mac-n-cheese are top choices, and with good reason! Blending unparalleled execution (at the hand of award-winning chefs) with delectable comfort food, The Food Market is an excellent locale to catch up with a long-term loved one or get to know somebody new.
Want to play it by ear? Iris Lovelace recommends heading to the Harbor East neighborhood in Downtown Baltimore: “There’s a variety of restaurants and shops to enjoy while holding hands on a stroll alongside the harbor. After taking a stroll you can enjoy a movie and a glass of wine while cuddling with your boo at the Landmark's Harbor East Cinema."