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Jun 19, 2011 08:59 AM

Quiet dinners in Baltimore?

With another couple, my wife and I have embarked on a series of monthly dinners at restaurants none of us has been to before. Good food and conversation among good friends is our objective. To that end, we've had mixed success in our first three months. Alchemy and Feast at 4 East were very enjoyable, and we'd go back to both; Lebanese Taverna was a failure in that conversation was impossible (one of my friends has some hearing loss.)

Where might we go in Baltimore and surrounding area to enjoy good food and company with yelling across the table?

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  1. Pierpoints in Fells Point
    Gia's in Little Italy
    Zorba's in Greektown
    Blue Hill on Conkling Street in Highandtown
    Salsa Grill on Security Blvd in Woodlawn
    Mia Carolina's in Glyndon
    Black Olive on Bond Street Fells Point
    to name just a few!!

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

    Pierpoint Restaurants
    1822 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231

    Mia Carolina
    4844 Butler Rd, Glyndon, MD 21071

    Gia's Cafe
    410 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

    1. OOPS! Should have been "without yelling across the table"

      1. When we go out with friends, we love tapas restaurants, as we can linger over a few small portions at a time, making for a relatively long dinner. Two of the more quiet ones we love are Mezze and Sam's Kid (both of which are in Fell's Point). You may also want to consider Mr. Raine's Funhouse (above the Visionary Arts Museum), the Wine Market (Locust Point), Akbar (Mt. Vernon), and Waterstone (Mt. Vernon). I've really enjoyed the meals I've had at all four, and the tables are all spaced far apart enough for conversations without having to yell.

        1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

        Wine Market
        921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

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        1. re: stephanieg

          Try the Watertable in the Renaissance Hotel great view of the Inner Harbor at night.

          202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

        2. The dining room at Henningers Tavern is very quaint and not loud at all

          1. Tabrizi's is one of my recommendations. The tables are nicely spaced and the atmosphere is lovely. The food is also worthwhile.

            Of course, the Prime Rib has a nice atmosphere and if you arrive before the music, you and your guests can share conversation.

            Charleston is also one of my suggestions, if you want to break the bank.

            My husband and I enjoy Cafe Troia in Towson. Romantic atmosphere, nicely spaced tables.

            Hope that you continue your monthly dinners. There will be many CH recommendations.

            BTW, what was your take on Alchemy? We want to give it a try. Oh, that reminds me, you may want to try Woodberry Kitchen. If you dine early then the noise level will be acceptable. I find that restaurants that don't provide table linens seem to be much more loud because there is no buffer. FoiGras

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

            500 Harborview Drive, Baltimore, MD 21230

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

            Cafe Troia
            31 Allegheny Avenue, Towson, MD 21204

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            1. re: FoiGras

              Thanks for your suggestions. One of the criteria for our choice of dining establishments is that we try a place none of us has been to before. Since we've all been around Baltimore for35-40 years, that limits us somewhat. I think I'll suggest we expand to include places that have changed hands or we haven't been for at least 8-10 years.

              We liked Alchemy very much. I don't remember what we all had because it was several months ago, but I do recall that the house-smoked fish appetizer , mojito mussels, and lamb chops were all memorable. We've only been once so I can't vouch for consistency, but all of us are good cooks and foodies and we all liked it very much.

              1. re: dag44

                have you tried Corner BYOB in Hampden?

                1. re: hon

                  Haven't tried it yet, hon, and the food sounds terrific and interesting. Thanks for the suggestions.