The Most Fun Restaurants in Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland remains true to its working-class roots with ties to a nautical past but also boasts impressive entrepreneurial ventures, arts, and phenomenal food! The prime waterfront location means you can check out the Disney-fied Inner Harbor, cobblestone streets of portside Fells Point or the shores of Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem. Stroll through the quirky neighborhoods to see historic row homes, visit museums like the BMA, Walters Art Museum and the American Visionary Arts Museum and check out the array of farmers’ markets. If you’re looking for a lively spot for good eats, check out our Tastemaker 20 List of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book a table at one tonight!

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Flamant

$$$$·European·
Annapolis
415 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Flamant is a warm, cozy neighborhood bistro and bar in West Annapolis. They offer a fun experience with a menu of classic European cuisine featuring good, simple food. The menu changes seasonally and ...

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The Smokehouse Restaurant at Antrim 1844

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Taneytown
322 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

Antrim’s 1844 Smokehouse Restaurant has a legacy as a culinary destination with exquisite ingredient-driven cuisine. The menu highlights the finest and freshest ingredients through a sophisticated int...

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Best Overall in Baltimore / Maryland
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Guinness Open Gate Brewery

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Elkridge
1,062 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Fun
  • Casual

This restaurant is part of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in the Baltimore Suburbs. Located on the site of the historic Calvery distillery, it is the first Guinness brewery to open in the United State...

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Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille Elkridge

$$$$·American·
Elkridge
283 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Casual
  • Disabled Access

Locals consider Mutiny Pirate Bar and Island Grille one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore! They have amazing scratch food created by trained chefs and sure to please even the pickiest eaters. T...

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Late Night Find in Baltimore / Maryland

Uncle's Hawaiian Grindz

$$$$·Hawaiian·
Bel Air
486 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients

Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz is a full-service casual dining restaurant and bar serving up food, drink, and aloha! It is definitely one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore and they feature real Hawaii...

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Backfin Blues

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Port Deposit
658 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Worth the Drive

Backfin Blues Bar and Grill offers the freshest, most succulent seafood, juicy Black Angus Steaks and Prime Rib, cold beer, specialty martinis and after-dinner drinks - and they are all hand-crafted a...

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Contemporary American in Baltimore / Maryland
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The Vineyard Wine Bar

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Havre De Grace
710 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries

Located amidst the charming art galleries, boutique hotels, antique shops and marinas of Havre de Grace, The Vineyard Wine Bar is a convenient stop for a glass of wine, light lunch or a fun and reward...

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Best Overall in Baltimore / Maryland
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Bacco Italian and Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Bel Air
415 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Bacco Italian and Wine Bar offers a delightfully relaxed atmosphere for dining and locals consider it one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore. They feature a top-rated wine list and a full menu o...

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Neighborhood Gem in Baltimore Suburbs

Foraged

$$$$·American·
Hampden
261 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine

Chef Chris Amendola runs the kitchen at Foraged and locals love his menu of locally-sourced creations. It’s a hyper-seasonal eatery located in the trendy Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore and it featu...

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Xenia Greek Kouzina

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Columbia
756 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies

For one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore and delicious seafood to top it off, head to Xenia Greek Kouzina! Nestled in sprawling Columbia, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore proper, Xenia seek...

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Best Ambiance in Baltimore Suburbs

Jazz + Soju

$$$$·Korean·
Locust Point
27 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies

Jazz and Soju offers an elegant and unique dining experience that guarantees a fun time, whether you’re on a date, out with friends or entertaining co-workers. Come enjoy the soothing jazz music and c...

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Cazbar

$$$$·Turkish·
Mt. Vernon
1,168 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

The Cazbar, established in 2006, is the first and only Turkish restaurant in the city. The food, atmosphere and entertainment feature an authentic Turkish style and the restaurant provides a thoroughl...

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Creole de Graw

$$$$·Creole·
Havre De Grace
391 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

Creole de Graw offers new French and Creole fusion along with New American and French dishes, and locals think it is one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore! It has a super casual atmosphere and ...

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Great for Brunch in Baltimore Suburbs
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Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Ellicott City
2,144 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant offers a wide range of French and French-Canadian delights. It is the place to go for an impressive dish that you probably can’t find elsewhere in the region! Try...

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18th & 21st

$$$$·Speakeasy·
Columbia
665 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date

18th and 21st, located in Columbia’s Merriweather District, is the sister restaurant to Cured, which it shares a building with. It is a modern supper club that brings something fresh and classic to th...

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Best Ambiance in Baltimore / Maryland
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Black Kettle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Catonsville
608 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Black Kettle, owned and operated by Head Chef Kevan Vanek, is a super fun restaurant located right on Main Street in Catonsville. The cuisine here starts in the Kettle with healthy, savory broths and ...

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Magdalena

$$$$·Bistro·
Mt. Vernon
832 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

Magdalena is a fine-dining den inside the Ivy Hotel on Biddle Street. The restaurant features several dining areas, including the Garden Room overlooking The Ivy’s picturesque courtyard. The space is ...

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Best Food in Baltimore / Maryland
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The Light House Bistro

$$$$·American·
Annapolis
349 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch

The Light House Bistro is one of the most fun restaurants in Baltimore. It offers people with employment barriers the opportunity to learn to work in the dining industry while building a resume and ea...

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Jimmy's Famous Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
East Baltimore
2,414 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, located on Holabird Avenue Downtown, is a casual, elegant seafood and steak restaurant. Open since 1974, it is one of the most beloved local spots for delicious food and a warm...

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Ida B's Table

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
836 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch

Ida B’s Table is a modern soul food restaurant where guests can enjoy food in the boisterous and fun bar, the parlor, the drawing-room or the main dining room. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch a...

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