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Celebratory dinner for 2 in Baltimore

jes May 3, 2007 10:14 AM

My boyfriend is fininshing his Masters Thesis next week and I'd like to take him somewhere to celebrate. We'd be going out the weekend after next most likely Saturday the 12th. I live in Mt. Vernon, he lives in Pikesville so pretty much anywhere Baltimore or nothern suburbs is okay. Any type of food (except for a seafood place) is okay. Good food is most important but I'd like the whole night to be special (service, ambiance, decor, etc.). No set budget, willing to splurge for a meal thats worth it. Ideally we'd like to go someplace neither of us has been before. Right now we're leaning towards Corks but open for any suggestions.


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  1. ktmoomau RE: jes May 3, 2007 10:43 AM

    I don't know the exact atmosphere you want hip or romantic or anything, but Ixia is really good and they have a great drink list so it is a fun place to hang out and they have great food. It is probably a little more hip than romantic though.

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      jrussd RE: jes May 3, 2007 11:22 AM

      If you want to stay in the Mt. Vernon area, I would strongly suggest The Brewer's Art. You've probably been there if you're in the area. It's casual but the food is certainly upscale.

      If you're interested in Cork's, then check out my recent review. I was there last Wednesday. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/395532

      But, my strong recommendation is Charlestons. This is the place for special occasions. By far, it is the best restaurant in Baltimore. Been there several times. Never have been disappointed. Looked for flaws or mistakes or even just an off night, and have never found that. Service is impeccable--they treat you like royalty. The food is amazing. Intricate ingredients plus lovely presentation equals deliciousness all around. You can't go wrong with this choice.

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        dwbengals RE: jes May 4, 2007 08:06 AM

        I have to agree- if price isn't a concern, Charleston is by FAR the best restaurant in Baltimore. Incredible food, great service. Can't be beat.

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          hopeinmee RE: jes May 4, 2007 11:25 AM

          I had a nice meal recently at Black Olive. The service and atmosphere was nice.

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            venera RE: jes May 4, 2007 11:35 AM

            I'd recommend Abacrombie. You can walk there from Mt. Vernon, and the food and service are first-rate. I thought it to be cozy and romantic. But the food! Divine.

            1. aussiewonder RE: jes May 4, 2007 11:39 AM

              It's been said before, but it's worth seconding (or 'thirding'). If special is what you are after, Charleston's is IT. Abacrombie is also another great place. Oregon Grille is great too, except i think it's a bit stuffy (jackets required). While i do love the atmosphere and food at the Black Olive, I've never been impressed with the service (to the point of offended), so I'd consider it carefully before going.

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                GregJ RE: aussiewonder May 4, 2007 12:48 PM

                I've been to Charleston a couple of times, and it is indeed a wonderful place, though quite pricey. In addition to the other places that have been mentioned, I liked Gertrude's for lunch. I never been for dinner, though. It a southern focus. It's up byJohns Hopkins in the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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                  travelbuff RE: GregJ May 6, 2007 05:01 PM

                  If you like Indian food, Ambassador is very special, with excellent service. It's a tablecloth restaurant with a very nice outdoor patio. I had a terrible experience at Black Olive and thought it was ridiculously overpriced. I agree about Charleston, but I think that was the best meal I have ever had, and best service. Perfect. Petit Louis has excellent service and food, but the atmosphere is fairly casual.

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                nvagirl RE: jes May 8, 2007 08:05 PM

                My husband and I had a great dinner at Ixia on North Charles. The decor is really cool, service impecable and the drinks are too die for. Very hip place with wonderful menu. Reservation are a must.


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                  jstroose RE: jes May 9, 2007 06:03 AM

                  I was at the Prime Rib Saturday night - it's one of best restaurants in town although it can be a zoo on Saturday night. Tio Pepe is also fabulous. Something off the beaten path is Antrim in Tawneytown. It is also a B & B - can be romantic. Have fun

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                    johnny dollar RE: jstroose May 9, 2007 08:39 AM

                    i'd have to second for both the prime rib and tio pepe. those are our two go-to celebration restaurants. not new and hip; rather, classic, polished, impeccable.

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