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do_e_decimal Oct 1, 2010 08:35 PM

I'm planning to take my girlfriend to a nice dinner in Baltimore after I propose to her. I read great things about Woodberry Kitchen. Was also considering Charleston (but that might be too expensive for me but I'm sure she will be impressed with a prix-fixe meal) and Salt. I'd like to find a place that is rather quiet, not old-fashioned atmosphere, great food of course, no steakhouses, and not TOO far from downtown since I'm not familiar with the Baltimore area. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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Woodberry Kitchen
2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

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    shortpath Oct 2, 2010 01:31 PM

    Sotto & Sopra would be nice on Charles Street - make a reservation and tell them about the special night and i am sure they will give you a good table sort of in the back. Congrats.

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      SaltyBalty Oct 2, 2010 02:38 PM

      Given the three restaurants that you have provided and your criteria, you should go to Salt hands down. Great foos and a relatively small space allows for a romantic setting. Woodberry Kitchen is good but fairly loud in a large open warehouse type space (neat atmosphere). Charleston is the city's best restaurant, but can be price prohibitive depending on your budget. Congratulations and best of luck.

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      Woodberry Kitchen
      2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

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      stephanieg Oct 2, 2010 02:41 PM

      I would not recommend Salt for a special dinner. While the food is good, it's a pretty casual place and on the noisy side.
      My new favorite in town is Dogwood, and I think it will meet your needs perfectly. I think the food is amazing and the tables are far apart enough for intimate conversation. You may also want to consider the Black Olive in Fells Point if you both love seafood. If you have never been, you'll love the display of all the fresh fish on the evening's menu, and everything there is so delicious. It also has a great wine list.
      Congrats!!!!!

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      Black Olive
      814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

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        JonParker Oct 2, 2010 03:02 PM

        We had a very romantic dinner at Black Olive back in July, which I wrote about here. That's a good choice. Charleston is also very romantic, but again, quite expensive.

        Agree with stephanieg's take on Salt.

        It's a shame you ruled out steakhouses and old fashioned atmosphere, as The Prime Rib is uber romantic, and it's old fashioned in a cool retro way, not a stuffy way.

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        Black Olive
        814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

        Prime Rib
        2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

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          lawhound Oct 4, 2010 05:40 AM

          Second Prime Rib.

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          Prime Rib
          2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

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        bunerabbit Oct 3, 2010 05:26 AM

        I think your original plan of Charlestons, while expensive, is definitely the right place for such a momentous occasion. It's one night where you want everything perfect. Request Brian as your server and he will take good care of you.

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          wendelz Oct 3, 2010 06:17 AM

          Really depends on the type of atmosphere you're looking for and cuisine and the day of the week. Tio Pepe is a wonderful local place that's far enough away from the tourist trap areas. They some times have suckling pig with super crispy skin as a special. Killer paella and probably the most authentic sangria in Baltimore. Also not sure what's expensive to you but you can get out of there for around $50 per person if your eyes don't go too crazy on the wine. Would definitely stick with the sangria if budget is a concern. There's a parking garage right across the street so you won't have to deal with blocks of people asking for hand outs as well...which is always a 'pleasant' experience when you're trying to have a special evening.

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            sas Oct 3, 2010 11:21 AM

            Agree with salt. Not fan of wood berry and tio pepe is just an old has been Baltimore restaurant(not from Baltimore)

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