Baltimore Special Occasion
My wife and I want to have dinner Friday night for our aniversary)and can't figure out where to go. It needs to be a "special occasion " restaurant, but we cant settle on a location. We have decided against Chrleston for reasons that are too long to go into.
Other than that everythng else is on the table. Your thoughts?
A great list by SGI. I personally would second the Oregon Grille recommendation (had a wonderful group dinner last November and can't imagine a personal anniversary dinner being any less spectacular). I'd also add these places to the list:
1) Milton Inn: also near the Hunt Valley region like Oregon Grille (technically it's actually in Sparks). I've never heard a bad word about it. Very historic, very romantic.
2) The Prime Rib: king of what it does, the setting is dark with deep reds lining the atmosphere. Food is excellent.
3) Tio Pepes: There is contention about it amongst food lovers of Baltimore. Great food, lovely decor, but it might be a bit loud and chaotic for your special occasion
4) Aldos: Italian, of course. Another fantastic place.
Best of luck!
Oregon Grille is a nice special occasion place. You won't be disappointed. It's not great -- it doesn't take enough chances to achieve that, but it doesn't fail either. I can't imagine not having a satisfying if not world class meal there.
Tersiguel's is also an excellent choice, and the food does get great on occasion, although more in summer when the produce from their farm is in evidence.
Milton Inn has never impressed me. I love Prime Rib as much for the decor as for the very good food.
Forget Wine Market. It's just not impressive IMO.
No one has mentioned the following, which I can personally endorse:
Haven't been to most of the others mentioned, except for Sammy's Trattoria, which I would not recommend.
Pazo can be loud if you want a nice, quiet, romantic dinner. It's more of a high-energy, see and be seen, type of place.
We did Cynthia's in Severna Park for a recent special occasion and were blown away. The menu wasn't slaying me online, and so nearly went for an old standby (Trattoria Alberto) but I'm glad I tried Cynthia's. Great service, great food, and that muffin to take home was damn near the best pastry I have eaten. The duck rocks, and the chocolate souffle is top notch.
Another vote for Woodberry Kitchen. My wife and I went there last night for a special occasion and it was fantastic. Great food and the ideal atmosphere for the occasion.
I agree that the Oregon Grill is quite romantic (they have a pianist). Boccaccio's in Little Italy features a lovely dining room and wonderful service/food. FORGET Pazo. If you intend to have a romantic dinner with the people seated next to you--the tables are so close together you can barely squeeze between them to get seated. And, what's with restaurants using stemless wineglasses? They may be trendy, but at Pazo I had to use two hands to pick up the wineglass as the bowl was so large (but the drink serving wasn't) I couldn't lift the glass with one hand for fear I would drop it. And, I prefer higher end restaurants to use linens on their tables, which Pazo does not do. But, the food was good, not outstanding and certainly not for a celebratory dinner.
The Brass Elephant is also a good suggestion. It's a lovely environment with good food and professional service. I think another great choice would be Capital Grille. The food and service are exemplary and it's a place to go where you can get "dressed up." Which reminds me--don't people dress up for dinner anymore? Especially on Saturday evenings.
Personally I think Prime Rib is best special occasion restaurant - the food is elegant, people are dressed up - the atmosphere is good - we were just there for my husband's birthday - the following week we went to Tio Pepe - again to celebrate his birthday - I like it alot - but I know many who don't.