Tony Foreman & Cindy Wolf's Charleston is located on the waterfront in the burgeoning Harbor East neighborhood. Chef Cindy Wolf is a three-time finalist for Best-Chef, Mid-Atlantic by The James Beard Foundation. Her award-winning, contemporary cuisine is rooted in the regional cuisine of France and traditions of the "Low Country" area of South Carolina. Chef Wolf's commitment to fresh, local, seasonal products is reflected in the prix fixe tasting menu, which changes daily. The menu is complemented by an award winning wine list of more than 700 fine wines, which are displayed in the wine library and are chosen by co-owner and wine director, Tony Foreman. An elegant yet comfortable ambiance & luxurious service complete the extraordinary dining experience.
American, French, Low Country
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Exeter Street (in the Thomson Prometric Building)
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is complimentary.
Next to Harbor East Marina, close to water taxi stops.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Private Dining spaces available for intimate celebrations, highlighted by the exquisite cuisine of award winning chef, Cindy Wolf. The cuisine is complemented by an 800+ label global wine cellar. Beautifully appointed rooms, some with water views.
Charleston Ratings and Reviews
An all around AMAZING experience. Go hu ...
An all around AMAZING experience. Go hungry, be prepared to relax and take your time and be spoiled. The food is DELICIOUS and so many wonderful options. The service is incredible. Love that you sit down and they don't even give you a menu until you've enjoyed a glass of wine. Forces you to relax and enjoy your company.
I have had the privilege of dining all o ...
I have had the privilege of dining all over the world -- London, Paris, Istanbul, New York, San Francisco -- and simply put, Charleston is one of the finest restaurants in the world. Chef Cynthia Wolf gets better and better. My favorite restaurant in America. Perfect in every detail, every time. Worth a special trip to Baltimore.
I went to Charleston's for my birthday a ...
I went to Charleston's for my birthday and was treated well by the staff and given a special dessert treat. Most impressive was that they carried my favorite Moscato, the only one I drink, which really made it a special evening!
I have probably dined at the Charleston ...
I have probably dined at the Charleston at least 6 or 8 times at this point and it just seems to me that they always raise the bar higher. If there is a better meal to be had in Baltimore, I don't know where it is. The combinations of flavors are remarkable to say the least. The summer menu is full of surprises. The lamb was amazing as was the lemon tart dessert. Basil ice cream with a lemon tart? It doesn't sound like a great idea but the execution is just amazing. Service was impeccable as always. Every detail is covered at the Charleston, from the time you pull up to the valet station. These people know how to run a restaurant and never fail to impress.
Spent the weekend away in Baltimore with ...
Spent the weekend away in Baltimore with my boyfriend and we decided to treat ourselves one night to the Charleston! It was AMAZING! Service was on point! The food was really fresh and I liked the option to choose the number of courses and having dessert part of the price. I am not a seafood person and there was plenty to choose from. I did the wine pairing, which I don't know if I would do again just because the 3 meal options I choose had a red, rose, and white pairing respectively. There is an extensive wine list and I would probably stick to one kind. I felt it was a very good value for the food and we definitely enjoyed our meal!
Too much of a great thing Is never enoug ...
Too much of a great thing Is never enough. From our greeting, to cocktails, dessert and coffee, service was attentive and impeccable without being intrusive. We were truly impressed that they "remembered" we had made the original reservation a couple of months ago for a special occasion but had to cancel (twice) because several unfortunate events got in the way. The wine pairings complemented the shrimp, scallop and rockfish courses. All in all, a delightful and special experience. We'll be back!
Charleston is without a doubt among the ...
Charleston is without a doubt among the top 5 restaurants in which we have dined in the past 5 years. Although elegantly decorated and the service was impeccable, thankfully it was not at all pretentious. Food was awesome and wine pairings flawless. We enjoy dining in restaurants where we do not have to shout at each other to be heard. At Charleston, to the contrary, everyone was speaking in hushed tones. Delightful. My one negative observation is that a restaurant of this caliber should enforce a dress code. The party sitting nest to us was wearing jeans and a couple seated behind us was dressed for the beach.
One of the best restaurants I have ever ...
One of the best restaurants I have ever been to in the United States. Everything is perfect, even the way the staff handles folks who order too much and are full before the course comes. I haven't dined in so many years, it was a pleasure. The food is to die for and the service is impeccable.
This was the first time back in 15 years ...
This was the first time back in 15 years and the experience was better than the first time. Superb service at the bar and table and fantastic food and wine. My business associate exclaimed it was 'quite possibly the best dinner he ever had'. Thanks for the experience!
Again, Charleston reminds us that it is ...
Again, Charleston reminds us that it is truly the best restaurant in Baltimore. A party of seven was handled with the same outstanding service as a party of two. The lobster bisque, scallops, and filet were the main hits of the evening, along with the sabayon and cheesecake. Can't wait to taste Chef Wolf's next offering!
Food was excellent as it almost always i ...
Food was excellent as it almost always is. This was really an off night for service. It was a new server who I don't think fully understood the meaning of fine dining and expectations of a meal that you are spending $250. Charleston should do better.
Had our anniversary dinner there and enj ...
Had our anniversary dinner there and enjoyed a very special evening ,food ,service ,everything was done to perfection. Highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions . Altought I am not a fan of wine pairing and prefer to order my own wine, in this instance I did enjoy the sommeliers recommendations.
We have been to the bar at Charleston se ...
We have been to the bar at Charleston several times for specialty cocktails and appetizers (or, as this born-in-the-Midwest girl likes to call them, "schnecks") and have been waiting for the day that we would actually eat in the dining room. This past Tuesday was the day. We were celebrating our 13th anniversary and what was supposed to be the end of a court case - but we just wound up celebrating the anniversary. We started out with a specialty cocktail (and schnecks!) in the bar and then moved into the dining room for our reservation. I initially thought the portions were small, but they were so wonderfully prepared and rich (but not grossly so - deliciously so!) that by the time I got to the final course, I was wondering if I'd be able to finish. (I was.)
Our wine was delicious, all our courses were fantastic - I will assume my husband's sweetbreads were based on his assessment. I wasn't going to go there. Dessert was comped and was amazing. I can't wait till the next time we go back. It'll be a while, because it is truly a special occasion place.
Bravo, Chef Cindy!
Wonderful as always. Started in the bar ...
Wonderful as always. Started in the bar with cocktails that were top notch. Headed into the dining room and had lobster bisque, shrimp and grits, halibut and lamb. Everything was prepared to perfection. Our "service team" delivered everything in perfectly spaced out time frames. I can't wait to return.
We came here to celebrate our 10th weddi ...
We came here to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. The experience was wonderful. Clearly, the repeat James Beard nominations are well-deserved. Chef, herself, visited multiple tables to check in on the food and experience.
We sat in the room facing the harbor, which would have been my choice before having experienced it. However, if returning, I'd rather sit in the main dining area, as our room was very quiet and lacked some energy, taking away from the ambiance a bit in my opinion. However, for a special occasion or private conversation it might be great. The crowd was just a bit mature in that specific room and the noise level so quiet I wasn't sure if I would bother people to laugh out loud. The view was lovely though!
I loved the way the menu was done in that you could do a three, four, or five course menu. The dessert and cheese course were included on top of those courses. The selections were not divided into first course, second course, etc, so you could choose what you liked from anywhere on the menu. This was wonderful because if you wanted to have soups and salads you could, or you could have filet, duck, and fish.
The food was delicious - high marks for the lobster soup with curry, corn bisque, shrimp and grits, halibut, duck, and prime filet. I loved the crab cake as well, but my husband was less excited about it. The grouper seemed a bit overdone and under-flavored to me, and was the only one we were not over the moon for. The desserts were delicious; you must try the creme brulee trio. I think the star had to have been the earl grey brulee; it was to die for.
I called a few days before our reservati ...
I called a few days before our reservation to request an item I have had at Charleston before, but that was not currently on the menu. Not only did Chef Wolf source and prepare the requested dish (Fried Green Tomatoes), she actually visited our table and spoke with us for a few minutes! WE WERE SO DELIGHTED TO MEET CHEF CINDY WOLF! Talk about star-struck!! The servers couldn't have been more professional, and of course the food, as always, was superb. The entire experience was fabulous and one we'll remember always.
There is no finer dining experience in B ...
There is no finer dining experience in Baltimore than Charleston. Everything they do is impeccable, starting with and most importantly, the food: Delicious roasted sweet corn soup, followed by an amazing baby zucchini carpaccio (with coolea, sportaletti, and basil from Cindy's garden); then big-eye tuna tartare, scallop, a savory squab dish, and sweetbreads (a very creative preparation). The winelist is beautiful and diverse; there is a great selection of champagne, white and red burgundies; as well as others that we did not get to try, but there's always next time. The entire restaurant staff is in tune with Cindy's culinary symphony, which complements the whole dining experience, relaxed and friendly while paying close attention to the needs of the guests.
Charleston was everything I hoped it wou ...
Charleston was everything I hoped it would be. Beautiful restaurant accompanied by beautiful food. All the dishes were amazing. Even my vegetable dish was elevated to a different level. Staff was professional and attentive.
Delicious dinner - each course better th ...
Delicious dinner - each course better than the last. I would recommend doing the 3 course with wine pairings - we did 4 plus dessert and it got to be too much at the end. The food is incredible and the wine pairings were perfect. Loved everything except that the air conditioner was not working in our part of the dining room and I would definitely recommend jacket and tie - one of the more formal dining spots in Baltimore - very nice!
Everything about our dining experience w ...
Everything about our dining experience was terrific. From the moment we arrived until we walked out the door three hours later we were cared for by experienced, knowledgable staff. Our three courses and accompanying wine selections were perfect. We enjoyed cornmeal encrusted soft shell crab, turbot, duck, lamb loin, and asparagus.
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