Baltimore fish (no, not crab) restaurant for celebration?
Fish, fish, fish. Just out of the water, splendidly cooked with inventive flavorings that do not hide the original tastes. Where can I find this in Baltimore City/County or Howard County?
Don't want it TOO formal, but this is a celebration.
How about The Black Olive? They specialize in whole fresh fish (most filleted at your table)...I have only been once but my whole party was pleased with the freshness and perfect, simple preparation of their respective fishes. The waiter will invite you to come with him to "tour" today's available fresh fish. Do that, see the freshness, and choose for yourself.
+1 on Black Olive. Sometimes it seems like it's the only "real" seafood place in town.
Now, they just grill it and serve it with an olive oil/lemon juice concotion, so there will not be inventive flavors. Just the pure fish.
After three horrendous service experiences at the Black Olive (waits of 45 minutes for apps in a half-empty restaurant; 2 servers for 30 tables, thus minimal service; etc.) I've never gone back. It's been 5 years and I'm still loath to go because of those angst-inducing waits. Have they improved in that department?
Kali's Court has a similar setup (fish sitting on ice, you can pick out which one you want) with far more stellar and upscale service, IMHO. I remember the grilled calamari being divine, ringlets charred on outside, cooked just perfectly on the inside. Also a bit pricey, definitely stuffier than Black Olive.
Once upon a time I would have recommended Johns Stevens, but alas their quality has become too inconsistent for me to be able to do so. Plus, they took some of my favorite fish treatments off the menu. (Best stick with steamers there.)
I was only marginally impressed with Blue Sea Grill. The food was good, but not "blow me out of the water" good. And the fish is a la carte, so the sides add up quickly. Kind of a "see and be seen" type of place. Gorgeous turqoise decor.
Trapeze. It's off of 216 in Fulton. They have crab cakes, but the focus of their menu was fish. I had a very good seared tuna dish.
People seem to like Bonefish Grille. I know there's one on Rte. 2 in Glen Burnie, but I think there's one in Baltimore County, too.