Romantic Restaurants in Baltimore

Spend a Little or a Lot for a Lovely Evening on the Town

Few things are as romantic as great food and wine in a restaurant with ambiance. It doesn't have to be fine dining and expensive; romantic doesn't have a price tag, and it doesn't need a special occasion. Baltimore has a host of romantic restaurants perfect for Valentine's Day, a special anniversary, or just an ordinary night out with your sweetie.

 

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    Couple having drinks in a restaurant
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    Dine in a luxurious palazzo-like setting enjoying dishes made with organic and often local ingredients at Aldo's in Little Italy. While Aldo's describes its offerings as "Southern-influenced regional Italian cuisine," look for a lot more than pasta doused red sauce. The house's signature dish is foie gras-wrapped tournedos Rossini with wild mushroom sauce. A jug of Chianti wine, a loaf of Italian bread, and your honey are all you need for some fine romance at Aldo's.

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    The Black Olive dining room's dark setting is a great place to enjoy some of the freshest fish in town. It's filleted tableside. For a truly special occasion, dine in this Fells Point restaurant's private wine cellar with more than 3,000 bottles.

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    The white tablecloths and upscale setting are nice at this Inner Harbor East spot, but it's chef Cindy Wolf's magnificent Southern-inspired dishes that make this a truly unique place to share a romantic meal with someone special.

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    Booths at B&O Brasserie
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    Located in the snazzy new Hotel Monaco, B&O is a stylish space with food that follows suit. The restaurant's menu is wide-ranging and well-executed. With a selection of pizzas, seafood, beef, and chicken, along with inventive cocktails, the B&O is a classy, comfortable, yet not crusty destination for food-lovers everywhere.

     

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    Old Baltimore meets New Orleans at this upscale Creole restaurant in Fells Point. Highlights of the stylish interior salvaged from Baltimore's juiciest landmarks include a nude from Haussner's and the staircase's intricate ironwork railing, which was saved from the ​Inner Harbor's Power Plant. The Creole cooking is not to be missed, either.

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    Men have to don a jacket on Saturday nights to dine in this steak-lovers paradise in downtown Baltimore. Dark colors, rich leather seats, and some of the ​juiciest, top cuts of steak around make The Prime Rib perfect for a special occasion. 

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    Historic Milton Inn in Sparks, Maryland
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    Throughout the last half-century, countless couples have marked anniversaries, engagements, and Valentine's Day in this Baltimore County restaurant in Sparks. A French menu and the country elegance of stone walls, candlelight, and white tablecloths set a celebratory mood.

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    This contemporary, artistic restaurant in Mount Vernon serves some of the most authentic Italian cuisine in the city. Craft cocktails, cheese plates, and house-made pasta are among its many charms. The menu is in Italian with descriptions in English, and that's all you need for amore.

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    Couples looking for a cozy corner to stare into each other's eyes are bound to find one somewhere in the six dining rooms on three levels at this former 19th-century home serving French country fare in Ellicott City.

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    For a laid-back romantic meal, head over to Fells Point Tavern, where you'll fine upscale comfort food like chicken and waffles, Maryland crab cakes, short ribs, tacos, flatbreads, fish and chips, and shrimp and grits. Wash it all down with a craft beer or your favorite domestic or imported brew. Maybe the best part: There's live music Wednesday through Sunday, and that makes any meal a special occasion.