Few things are more classically romantic than sharing a good meal and a bottle of wine in a restaurant that knows a thing or two about creating ambiance—and that doesn't necessarily mean it has to be expensive. In Baltimore, you can find a lot of restaurants with settings and menus romantic enough for Valentine's Day, a special anniversary, or just a special night out with your sweetheart. Many of these restaurants are near the water, so you can enjoy a romantic stroll through historic Fells Point or along the Inner Harbor before or after dinner.
You can dine in a luxurious palazzo-like setting and enjoy dishes made with organic and local ingredients at Aldo's in Little Italy. While Aldo's describes its offerings as "Southern-influenced regional Italian cuisines," you should find a lot more than pasta and red sauce on this menu. The house's signature dish is foie gras-wrapped tournedos Rossini with wild mushroom sauce. Throw in a few glasses of Chianti and you're all set for a romantic evening.
The Black Olive
The Black Olive is an authentic Greek tavern in Fells Point with a dimly lit setting and the freshest fish in town. They even offer the special service of filleting the fish right at your table! For an extra special occasion, you can request to dine in the restaurant's private wine cellar where you'll enjoy your meal surrounded by the restaurant's wine collection.
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. The menu is prix fixe, which means the chef is always cooking up something fresh. You will also have the choice between a three, four-, five-, or six-course meal.
Old Baltimore meets New Orleans at this upscale Creole restaurant in Fells Point. The stylish interior includes decor salvaged from Baltimore landmarks like a nude painting from the now-demolished Haussner's Restaurant and the staircase's intricate ironwork railing, which was saved from the Inner Harbor's Power Plant. On top of this lovely setting, the menu offers a variety of spicy and flavorful Creole dishes.
The Prime Rib
At this steak-lovers paradise in downtown Baltimore, the attire is business casual. This is a classic and very classy steak joint with dark colors, leather seats, and some of the juiciest and best cuts of steak in town. It's perfect for celebrating special occasions and big appetites.
This contemporary, artistic restaurant in Mount Vernon serves some of the most authentic Italian cuisine in the city. Craft cocktails, cheese plates, and fresh pasta are among its many charms. After dinner, you'll want to say yes when the waiter comes around with the dessert menu and try the tiramisu, which you can split with your significant other.
In Ellicott City, this French restaurant is enormous with six dining rooms across three levels in this former 19th century home. That may sound like it can get crowded, but it's actually the perfect place for any romance-seeking couple to find a cozy corner and stare into each other's eyes over a plate of pan-seared foie gras.
Fells Point Tavern
For a laid-back romantic meal, head over to Fells Point Tavern, where you'll find 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. The best part of this tavern is that there's live music every night Wednesday through Sunday, which sets the mood nicely for any special occasion.
This restaurant has temporarily suspended operations in 2021.
B&O is a classy and comfortable destination for romance-seeking foodies in Baltimore. Located in the snazzy Hotel Monaco, B&O is a stylish and historic 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.