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I am taking my girlfriend out for her birthday the Friday after next. I have been doing a lot of research to find a nice romantic place to take her to in the Baltimore area. The problem is that I am finding so many choices and never actually trying any of these places, I would like some personal input and suggestions. I am also looking to stay in the moderate to expensive price categories. Anyway thanks for the input!

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  1. What are the results of your research? And what type of places does your girlfriend enjoy?

    1. Charleston is great. I haven't been in a while but the Brass Elephant was good when I went. If you drive south to Severna Park, Cynthia's is incredible. I know it is in a strip mall but don't let that stop you. The food in unmatched in the area. If you keep going south and want seafood go to O'Leary's in Eastport.

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      1. re: JQuigs

        Charleston is not in the "moderate to expensive" range. It's very expensive.

        I agree on the Brass Elephant, although it can add up too. It's very romantic. They have prix fixe menu in the early evening.

        Is there anything that you and your gf particularly like or dislike? Where are you coming from -- we can try to point you toward something you wouldn't find at home.

        If I read you correctly, the Friday after next is 2/13, the day before Valentine's Day and I bet restaurants will be very busy. Whatever you decide, definitely make a reservation soon!

        1. re: pomme de terre

          We like everything and will try anything, so nothing is really out of the question. We will be coming from the Owings Mills area, so nearby is fine but also nothing over a half hour commute. I also know that reservations are a must, which is why I am trying to figure this out now. Just from my research I have seen various places recommended such as Bicycle, Henningers, Woodberry kitchen, The Helmand, and the Brass Elephant. But if I would love a more personal recommendation. Thanks a lot!

          1. re: mbarker03

            I would cross the Helmand off the list -- it can get really crowded and noisy in primetime and the romance factor drops off quickly. I've also never seen waiters that are so blatant about hurrying you through a meal -- I used to notice it a bit but I think it's gotten worse. (The Helmand used to be a favorite but I had just the worst time there two Fridays ago.)

            The Bicycle might be a good fit -- they just released a $20 entree menu to keep pace with the economy.

        2. re: JQuigs

          Thanks a lot, those are some places I was thinking of as well. I did look at the prices on the Charleston menu, and they are a little high for my budget. Since I am picking her up in Owings Mills, Severna Park and Annapolis is pretty out of the way.

          1. re: mbarker03

            Well if you'd like to stay closer to Owings Mills, you might consider Linwoods.

        3. I think the intimate dining room at Henningers is very romantic!

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          1. re: hon

            I think it depends alot on your girlfriend. If she is alittle kitchy and fun loving, I agree Henniger's is a good choice. If she is the type that likes to get dressed up but still likes something a little different, how about the Chameleon Cafe on Harford Road. If she is the type who likes to tell her girlfriends "oh my gosh, he is the best, he took me to ..." then someplace with a combination of name cache and $$$, maybe the Brass Elephant would fit the bill.

            Hope this helps.

            1. re: KAZ

              Chameleon has great food, but is almost completely lacking in atmosphere. Linwood's is quite nice in a Scandinavian kind of way, and their menu runs the gamut from pricey to affordable. Food and service are excellent.

          2. I highly recommend the Bicycle. Great atmosphere and the food is fantastic. I also like food and atmosphere at the Ambassador Dining Room if you like Indian. I agree with what others have said about the Helmand. Used to be a fabulous place, but has gotten too hectic recently. I still go for the food, but I wouldn't recommend it as a romantic date place. I haven't been impressed with the food at the Brass Elephant or Chameleon Cafe.

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            1. re: qualia

              Thanks a lot, I think I am pretty set on going to the Bicycle. It seems to be a popular recommendation.

              1. re: mbarker03

                Be aware that Bicycle just changed their menu to make it more budget friendly. It's the same chef, but many of the recs are based on the old menu. Caveat emptor.

                I liked Bicycle fine, but the food is much better at Corks, IMO.

                1. re: JonParker

                  here here, had some service issues the last couple times at Bicycle that took away from the evening (doesn't happen to everyone, just my experience) and would recommend taking her to Corks.

                  1. re: BaltoPhilFood

                    I hadn't responded to this thread because I'm a bit torn. Bicycle seems to have a more romantic atmosphere, but the food, while I enjoyed it, wasn't in the same league as Corks.

                    Corks did have better service, but it wasn't bad at Bicycle. If it were up to me I'd go for Corks, but they'd probably both make a fine date place.

            2. i like sotto sopra on charles st and rocco's in little italy for romantic dinners