9 Baltimore Restaurants for Love Birds

Swoom over sky-high views, Edgar Allan Poe and more at these romantic restaurants.

These days, there are plenty of unconventional ways to spend a date night with your honey. But going out for a meal in a gorgeous dining room is never a bad idea. With its mix of nationally recognized chef-helmed spots and local favorites, Baltimore serves up plenty of swoon-worthy restaurants for that special night out.

Mount Vernon

Magdalena

The former Gilded Age mansion turned glam The Ivy Hotel is one of the most elegant stays in the city—with a price tag to match. But a night out at the hotel’s cozy restaurant is also a treat. You can’t go wrong with any of the five dining rooms—The Garden Room with courtyard views, the Wine Cellar with its brick floor, etc. Each gives diners an unforgettable setting for Mark Levy’s impeccable cuisine. 205 E. Biddle St., 410.514.0303

Sotto Sopra

Riccardo Bosio woos with his homemade pasta (ravioli dell’Amore fits the occasion) and a dining room that feels like an Old World secret aglow with candlelight. Events, like monthly opera nights starring singers performing classic arias, make things extra special. 405 N. Charles St., 410.625.0534

The Prime Rib

Black-and-white decor, gilded mirrors and white tablecloths set the scene for a classy evening at this 1920s supper club. Diners dressed to impress (yes, there’s a dress code) dig into some of Baltimore’s best steaks and chops with all the fixings, while live jazz musicians serenade nightly. 1101 N. Charles St., 410.539.1804

Magdalena

Little Italy

Aldo’s

Little Italy is a classic Baltimore neighborhood lined with row houses and dotted with fire hydrants painted in the colors of the Italian flag. It’s also home to some of the city’s O.G. Italian restaurants, like this spot. Here, the main dining room, with its lofty ceiling and skylight, makes diners feel like they’re twirling house-made pasta in a piazza in Firenze. 306 S. High St., 410.727.0700

Harbor East

Charleston

For upscale romance, diners can’t go wrong with seven-time James Beard Award finalist Cindy Wolf’s signature spot on the waterfront. Inside, the modern restaurant evokes its namesake Southern city with filigreed decor and ruby-red accents. The dishes here are all stellar, but the tasting menu shows diners why Wolf is one of the best chefs in the country. 1000 Lancaster St., 410.332.7373

The Bygone

When it comes to making a show-stopping impression, it’s hard to beat this ultra glam Baltimore spot. Perched on the 29th floor of the Four Seasons, The Bygone naturally highlights assets like 180-degree views of the harbor. The menu here is just as lofty, with caviar, foie gras, lobster and a duck flambé. If you can’t choose, opt for the five-course tasting menu and let the chef work his magic. 400 International Drive, 29th floor, 443.343.8200

The Bygone

Guilford

The Ambassador Dining Room

Locals often book tables at this elegant spot for special occasions and for good reason. Picture a European farmhouse-like interior with a crackling fireplace, aglow with tabletop lamps, and a terrace with a fountain in warm weather. But it’s not all cosmetic. The Ambassador’s modern take on classic Indian fare has landed it on Baltimore Magazine’s best restaurants list for years. 3811 Canterbury Road, 410.366.1484

Roland Park

Petit Louis Bistro

Located a bit off the beaten track, this locals’ Parisian-style bistro fits the bill for a fun date night. You won’t find candlelight here or piano music playing softly in the background, but you will find great food and a lively atmosphere, not to mention top-notch wines thanks to lauded somm Tony Foreman, making it well worth getting out of central Baltimore. 4800 Roland Ave., 410.366.9393

Canton

Annabel Lee Tavern

Those who like their romance with a dash of gothic atmospherics will die for this Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant. The writer spent his last few years in Baltimore and perished under mysterious circumstances while walking home in Fells Point. He’s buried at Westminster Burial Ground and honored by the city’s NFL franchise and at this local favorite, which is decorated with references to the master of the macabre (think ravens!) and his epic love poem. 601 S. Clinton St., 410.522.2929

Annabel Lee Tavern

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