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Jun 3, 2009 01:49 PM

Looking for Romantic Dinner in Baltimore Area

My wife and I are looking for a romantic dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant should be somewhere in the Baltimore metro area including Howard County. We're looking for a place that would treat you special and have excellent food.

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  1. baltimore: the prime rib, charleston
    howard county: although there are good restaurants, none fit your description

    1. I second The Prime Rib!!!

      1. A third vote for Prime Rib. I did an extensive review of it a couple of months ago, but the upshot was that they treated us like royalty. It was the most romantic evening of my life.

        1. The Prime Rib is great, we also had a very good experience @ Tersiguel's in Ellicott City/Howard County. If you like Italian, La Scala has wonderful service and food.

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          1. re: joannamood

            If you end up in Howard County, I second Tersiguel's in old Ellicott City. Excellent service, good wine pairings, and seasonal food.

            1. re: brewsky55

              Is your first priority wonderful food or to celebrate your anniversary in a romantic, accomodating place? If the latter, Jordans on Main Street in Ellicott City has very good (but not outstanding) food, friendly and knowlegeable service, and comfy armchairs. Given the weather, the fireplace may even be lit!

          2. OK. Lots of votes for the Prime Rib BUT I remember going there many years ago and felt that the tables were too close together and the atmosphere a bit stiff. We don't want casual but want to be treated with friendliness in a quiet setting. We really like Ruth's Chris and Morton's. Also, we plan to arrive around 5pm on a Friday. We are willing to go back to the Prime Rib but could someone comment about our concerns. Thanks for all the comments so far.

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            1. re: baltcouple

              I went with my fairly sophisticated 22 year old daughter and she got totally ignored whenever she tried to talk to the waiter. I complained and got brushed off. Good food is not worth bad treatment. Ruth's Chris will treat you better, and so will Jordan's, by far.

              1. re: baltcouple

                i have never had any problem with service at the Prime Rib and can only describe the service as well trained professional waiters and outstanding food. In addition, you can request a table that is not on top of others. If you go early, you should not have any of the issues. I also like Ruths Chris, do not love Mortons and have not been to Jordans. IMO go to The Prime Rib

                1. re: baltcouple

                  I agree with your concerns about the Prime Rib. I've always come away somewhat disappointed.

                  You might want to consider Tio Pepe's, especially since you are dining quite early. Also, the Brass Elephant is quite romantic. I haven't dined there in several years, so I can't comment with any certainty as to the cuisine. It used to be quite good and made even better on account of the beautiful atmosphere.

                  Charleston would be another recommendation. Perhaps not supremely romantic, but the food is usually outstanding.

                  In any event, Happy Anniversary. FoiGras

                  1. re: FoiGras

                    Almost always great.. I'm a little afraid to put this down here for very selfish reasons (don't want it to get TOO POPULAR...then we'll never get a table). But Cafe so deserves it, I think. The food is almost always very good. If you like mussels, their cream sauce with curry is to die for (just forget your diet:).
                    We like the owner/maitre d very much... great guy ... It's lovely, comfortable. Music is usually good jazz. We've been going for years and like it better than everything else listed above EXCEPT Charleston, which is ahead of everyplace... course it's very pricey too.

                    Cafe De Paris
                    8808 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD 21045

                    1. re: FoiGras

                      Oops. Hadn't noticed OP is from 2009. Brass Elephant closed that year.

                      1. re: chefdilettante

                        Not to worry. I've made the same mistake on several occassions!

                        Which does to bring to mind; wondering why the Brass Elephant closed.

                        Also, my husband and I really enjoyed The Blue Sea on Water Street, which closed down. Has another restaurant taken it's place in that location? FoiGras