About B&O American Brasserie - Hotel Monaco
Housed in the historic B&O Building and named after the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, B&O American Brasserie features an approachable menu of brasserie fare. Guests can sip on hand crafted classic cocktails while enjoying top notch service. The eclectic menu features hand cut steaks, sustainable fish and many vegetarian options. The experience includes a bustling bar, an inviting lounge; an open kitchen all housed a beautiful dining room that evokes modern sophistication.
American, Contemporary American, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 10:30am
Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The B&O chef team caters all Hotel Monaco - Baltimore events. The Hotel Monaco has space that can accomodate groups 10-250 ppl. The Hotel Monaco is perfet for that private business meeting or a dream weddig.
Please contact our Director of Catering Randie Haber for details at
Guests can enjoy $5 valet parking
Metered street parking available
Charm City Circulator, Purple route: Fayette Street stop
Michael Ransom, Executive Chef
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
For private dining inquiries inside B&O American Brasserie please contact Events Coordinator Marissa Gossage at Marissa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Perfect for business events or social gatherings, B&O American Brasserie features an intimate lounge area downstairs for more of a relaxed experience along with a mezzanine level dining room for semi-private events.
B&O American Brasserie - Hotel Monaco Ratings and Reviews
We went for lunch and had the chicken ca ...
We went for lunch and had the chicken caprese sandwich and the pear and arugula salad.
The chicken caprese is something I recommend to my friends to have here. In addition to the anticipated chicken and mozzarella, it comes with a tomato jam that is tasty, but what pushes it over the top is the balsamic syrup. This comes w/French fries that are fairly mundane, until you request a spicy aioli to dip them in.
The pear arugula salad was pretty, but a scant portion. The pears wear 4 small, thin, under-ripe slices. The greens were nice, but I would have preferred it dressed with their lemon dressing rather than the amaretto vinaigrette, which I couldn't distinguish as having any almond flavor. I didn't get any goat cheese, but didn't realize this until just now when I was referencing the menu to write the review. The praline prosciutto was outstanding, but a simple accent, not enough to qualify as a protein. The portion size was somewhere between a dinner meal size and a side salad, definitely not worth the $13 price tag.
Luckily, my friend and I halved the sandwich and salad so we could have some of each.
Ben was a great server, very friendly.
Went for Sunday brunch. The drinks are p ...
Went for Sunday brunch. The drinks are pretty pricey but the food was good. Although they were out of turkey bacon and the waiter told us they are pretty much out of everything by Sunday. So if you want a chance to experience all they have to offer, don't go for Sunday brunch.
Visited this restaurant at the recommend ...
Visited this restaurant at the recommendation of a friend for an anniversary dinner. We had an outstanding evening! Drinks were great, food was fabulous (I have a new favorite dish - Basted Scallops), service was excellent - all in all, a truly wonderful experience! We're already looking for opportunities to return to Baltimore to eat here again!
Interesting menu using somewhat unusual, ...
Interesting menu using somewhat unusual, if not popular, ingredients and garnishes. Although banquettes and some of the other furnishings are really nice and expensive, the tables themselves, the lighting is pedestrian.....these are easy fixes, it's a shame they don't pay attention to them.
We had a great brunch for two here while ...
We had a great brunch for two here while visiting Baltimore from out of town. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were very large. They seemed understaffed or possibly experiencing some staffing issues while we were there, but our waitress was still attentive and very kind and the manager was also available and checking on tables consistently. Overall we really enjoyed our visit and would come back again.
While service was good, the food was ho- ...
While service was good, the food was ho-hum. Another "farm to table" gastro pub menu that reads well but fails to deliver. Nothing at our table stood out, per se, except maybe the French fries. Son had the grilled cheese and tomato soup which sounded good on the menu, but pork belly confit was disgusting and the soup was maybe a step up from Campbell's. I had the arugula salad with a weird bacon brittle thing on top and the fish which had a warm new potato salad, new peas and corn shoot - the fish was overdone, and the surrounding items without much flavor. Husband had the scallops and said they were salty, and also over done but that the dish itself didn't work over all. None of us finished our food . Seemed to have a very happening bar scene though downstairs. Here's the thing - too many really good places in Baltimore to choose from and if you're gonna write a hip menu, then deliver. And, with the word 'brasserie" in the name and the restaurant being in Hotel Monaco - maybe, just maybe..a little bit of classic French food or even a French steak house theme would be a thought. Don't try to compete with surrounding gastro pubs.
The food was a 6 out of 10. The brussel ...
The food was a 6 out of 10. The brussel sprouts side dish were the star of the meal. I tried a piece of my companion's flatbread and it was ordinary at best. I got the strip steak dinner and it was drenched in sauce and the steak itself was full of bristle. Overall, the steak dinner was mediocre at best. I would not return to this restaurant.
My appetizer -- grilled octopus - arrive ...
My appetizer -- grilled octopus - arrived cold and oversalted. With my entree, rockfish, at least the fish was pretty warm, but the bed of fingerling potatoes was just barely above room temperature. Fish seemed fresh. No one is trying very hard in this kitchen.
Food was good. Resturant was very dead w ...
Food was good. Resturant was very dead when we went for dinner, and the host then walked us upstairs and sat us in a terrible location next to the kitchen. We declined that table and sat towards the balcony overlook. 10 minutes later still with us as the only diners upstairs, the host again tries to seat a couple at this terrible table, and they refuse also!
Nice change for lunch.
If you're from Baltimore and you haven't been here you're missing out compared to the host of garbage spots around the Harbor. I work downtown and when I need a good lunch at quiet place B&O is my destination. The staff is very friendly with a West Baltimore flavor which may not be understood by out-of-towners but I assure you, the chef is on point as well as the staff.
The menu had fewer selections than I exp ...
The menu had fewer selections than I expected. The food combinations were unusual. It almost felt like the kitchen was doing their own version of CHOPPED with mixing bizarre ingredients. Nothing was "bad" just very weird. Pricey too
A modern gem in an historic crown
Within the magnificent B&O headquarters building on Charles Street is the Hotel Monaco. Accompanying the re-purposed landmark is The B&O Brasserie. I've eaten there now 3 times, and plan on going back as often as I possibly can. The food is superbly prepared and presented, and the menu changes as often as possible to utilize changes in locally resourced foods.
The wait staff are well trained and attentive without being intrusive. The setting is traditional yet modern. Baltimore has been developing into a first class restaurant city, and right in the lead is The Brasserie.
With all the pub about the location/reno ...
With all the pub about the location/renovation/food, I thought hoped this place would be MUCH better. We ordered a charcuterie plate to share as an appetizer; that was good (wonder where they source the meats?) and the mostarda was decent as were the "pickled things" (as described on the menu). The plate could have used more of both. Things went downhill fast after that.
We ordered the fish of the day and a vegetarian entree. The server was careful to explain to us that the chef elected to leave the skin on the locally sourced rockfish. S/he did that. Unfortunately it was also finished in the oven after searing, so the result was a soggy, rubbery skin that had to be discarded. It was served over a take on German potato salad -- warm roasted red potatoes with some vinegar and celery. meh.
The roasted squash, wild rice and smoked mushroom entree also had problems, not least of which that it was neither fully cooked nor served with a spoon to 'scoop' since the skin was left on. It ended up being very hard to eat, and we left most of it.
We chose this restaurant for a birthday ...
We chose this restaurant for a birthday dinner before going to see a show at the Hippodrome theater. The food was really delicious and there was a variety to choose from. Ambience was very nice - perfect for a special occasion dinner but definitely casual enough to keep us feeling comfortable. We were a little disappointed that the wine list did not include any sweeter wines - it would be nice if there were at least some options available. We noted in our reservation that a member of our party was allergic to shellfish, and we really appreciated the fact that the staff confirmed this with us at our arrival to make sure that that member of our party did not have any problems. Thank you for a great dinner!
The cocktails at B&O are always amazing. ...
The cocktails at B&O are always amazing. This visit I was pleased to see they offer non-alcoholic "cocktails" that allow everybody to feel fancy and special toasting, even if they aren't planning to partake in booze.
Service was a little lacking
Walked into the restaurant and no one was the hostess stand for over 5 minutes. There was a private event going on downstairs and I had to ask one of the attendees there if they had rented out the whole restaurant because I did not see any servers or hostesses. Once I was seated though it was a pleasant experience
B&O has great modern American dishes and ...
B&O has great modern American dishes and cocktails. The menu can be a bit on the pricey side but it's not outrageous. My favorite part is the scene and the vibe inside the restaurant, a nice blend of classic and trendy. I'll definitely go back.
It took about 45 minutes to get our drinks and then we waited 30 more minutes to be able to put our food order in. After a total of an hour of waiting we asked the waitress if we could order and she told us she was busy and proceeded to go to the table next to us and take their order. I was not happy with the wait time or the waitress' attitude towards us. The food was good, but dinner took a lot longer than anticipated due to our waitress.
Exceptional attention to food and schedule needs.
My colleague and I had need for good food and fast service in order to get to BWI for our flight. The host and attending staff accommodated us with great food and rapid service that actually didn't seem rushed. This was amazing since the entire restaurant was packed. We will definitely be back.
Excellent food, fun atmosphere
The food was excellent and the atmosphere is relaxing. The restaurant has a nice energy level. I loved the contemporary decor. We went for brunch. The mimosas were outstanding and the crab cake sandwich was fantastic with minimal shell. I must recommend the banana pudding for dessert. It was heavenly and topped with melted marshmallow. I will definitely be back.
B&O Brasserie is consistently good. Although the menu is small there is something for everyone from chicken to lamb shanks to crab cakes to salads. Beautifully plated and tastefully prepared. Great unique drink menu and nice selection of beers and wines. Relaxed atmosphere.
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