Diners who hunger for a meal with a spectacular view are in luck. This city is blessed with a number of restaurants whose food matches the beauty of the vistas in the dining room. Here are a few of our favorites.
Executive chef Andy Gaynor’s upscale Japanese restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel features not only a lovely patio with harbor views, but the magnificent miso-marinated black cod, one of the city’s best dishes. Prices are high in part because some ingredients are flown in from Japan’s finest seafood market.
The huge pink flamingo on the exterior of the building here marks the spiritual home of Hampden. Named for a term of endearment in “Baltimorese,” Café Hon sets an eclectic back-drop for down-home food like meatloaf, and of course, crab soup, crab dip and crab cakes.
Across the street from the water, Robbin Haas’s restaurant sits on the top floor of the American Visionary Art Museum. Like the museum, his dining room highlights funky art and has a menu to match. Deviled turnips, Korean shrimp pancakes—you get the idea.
A pioneer of modern Chesapeake Bay cooking, John Shields’s longtime restaurant inside the Baltimore Museum of Art remains one of the best. Nothing beats sitting in the courtyard among sculptures on a warm Sunday morning in the spring, while sipping a Bloody Mary and munching on eggs crabette: poached eggs and tomato atop spicy crab cakes and a toasted English muffin drizzled with jalapeno hollandaise sauce.
Gunther & Co.
This century-old boiler room, formerly the Gunther Brewing Company, showcases the beauty of its soaring spaces and the quality of chef Jerry Trice’s cooking in standouts like Thai seafood hot pot and pan-roasted rockfish. There’s a raw bar in the front, dining rooms in the back (with a living green wall, see opposite), and a patio outside with a lounge and a bar.
Sausage is king at this cozy bar in Highlandtown, which used to be known as Snake Hill before the city annexed the area at the turn of the 20th century. Here, diners find bratwursts but also exotic fare, like rattlesnake, wild boar and alligator. There’s even a vegan variety. The Scrabble-tile-topped bar and local art on the walls (usually for sale) ensure that there’s no shortage of stuff to look at while you’re scarfing down your meal.