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
All was excellent Servers great Food exc ...
All was excellent Servers great Food excellent especially the lobster soup and scallops
Great food. Great service. Worth the top ...
Great food. Great service. Worth the top dollar price.
This was the most amazing meal both my g ...
This was the most amazing meal both my girlfriend and I have had in our entire lives. I was absolutely blown away by everything from start to finish.
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!
Our waiter Will was amazing and so helpf ...
Our waiter Will was amazing and so helpful and friendly throughout the entire evening. He made our night very special. We cannot wait to go back and celebrate again.
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.
Absolutely fabulous! One of my favorite ...
Absolutely fabulous! One of my favorite restaurants EVER! Incredible quality & creative food, excellent service and top notch atmosphere. Come hungry!
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!
Charleston was truly an amazing restaura ...
Charleston was truly an amazing restaurant experience. We were served by a team of waiters, all of them were attentive and polite. You could tell that all the vegetables and meat were fresh.
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.
Always wonderful! I especially love the "create your own tasting menu" concept, and every dish is just phenomenal. Terrific ambiance, service, you can't go wrong if you have the budget!
Charleston is one of the best!
great dining experience!!! Will defintly return on my next trip to the inner harbor!! Try the sweetbreads!!
Another wonderful dinner at Charleston! ...
Another wonderful dinner at Charleston! Our favorite restaurant never disappoints.
Good was spectacular. Wish someone would ...
Good was spectacular. Wish someone would have told us there was option for wine pairings with meal before taking out drink orders at the beginning.
Service was fab! Food was just okay. Not sure what the hubbub is about this place now. Asparagus was good. Shrimp special was meh. Lobster soup was okay. Dessert .... Eh? Drinks were like other places. If you are looking for top notch service this is the place. That's the only reason to visit. Food was pedestrian. Definitely better food options in the area.
Perfect 25th anniversary celebration!!
Went to celebrate our anniversary, the food and service was excellent as always! We even had Cindy Wolfe dining at table nearby!
Not just dinner, a true Dining Experience
Charleston is a true dining experience. From the moment we walked through the door we felt that we were in a very special place! WE had the three course dinner, which was actually more like a five course dinner. Everything dish was incredible in it's own way. The lobster bisque and Creole soup were terrific - the bisque right at the line where you might have thought it was too rich, but never crossing over and the creole with large shrimp and spicy Andouille sausage had just the right touch of spicy heat. The beef was done to my order to perfection. INCREDIBLE
The Charleston Restaurant provides a fantastic dinning experience with exceptional attention to food preparation. Food is served in three or more courses which makes ordering fun and the over-all culinary experience dynamic. You also get to pair each course with a different wine as an ordering option. Restaurant is close to the Baltimore river walk, so you can go for a nice stroll before or after your meal. The restaurant probably has the highest ratio of staff to clients that I have ever experienced, so you almost feel like royalty.
Came here after a long hiatus and although the food quality and service hasn't changed, we don't like their new menu concept so will not not returning. They offer a three, four or five course small portion meal with dessert included for a set price. Our preference is to split an appetizer, if there's one we like, order a main course and decide about whether we want dessert or not. Having a restaurant dictate how much we have to spend is not to our liking.
As always very elegant and service was ...
As always very elegant and service was impeccable. I requested a table that seats 4 for a two person reservation as was accommodated. My only complaint was I ordered halibut and the Amish chicken and both were over cooked and dry. My reservation was at 9PM, wondering if this was the reason the food was dry. I have dined many times before at the Charleston and the food was wonderful. Hoping this was a one time problem.
Dining at Charleston was just as I envis ...
Dining at Charleston was just as I envisioned. An experience that foodies, and people who enjoy great food should try. The tasting menu was the right amount of food. I had the 3 course with wine which had me wanting more. Wonderful service without being overbearing.
Exceptional food and service. And I so a ...
Exceptional food and service. And I so appreciate a restaurant where I can hear. No music, no people shouting. I loved it. Especially appreciated Ms. Wolf coming out at end to ask how things were. Among her other talents, what a lovely smile.
Charleston's was an excellent dining event...
My wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Charleston’s. The entire evening was just a great time, staff was very professional and very courteous. They provided insight to the various cuisine offerings and answered all of our questions. All of the choices my wife and I had were very well presented and were delicious. Chef Cindy Wolf came to our table and took time to speak with us, we both enjoyed being able to chat with her. We will recommend Charleston's to all of our friends.
Simply the best restaurant in all of Mar ...
Simply the best restaurant in all of Maryland - all if Cindy & Tony's venues are to die for...
The asparagus soup, scallops, and turbot ...
The asparagus soup, scallops, and turbot were all amazing. The staff is focused and helpful without being intrusive. A pleasure to dine here.
A Beautiful Evening
While visiting Baltimore, looking at the restaurant ratings we chose Charleston as being near the best. It met that expectation. Ambiance superb. Food and wine pairings inspired. We both had crab cakes, just because. She had filet, I had lamb and we called it a draw as to which was better. The surprise bonus calamari was perhaps the best . A fine meal that will be remembered for many years. Thanks Charleston..
Our service was spectacular and every course of the meal was fabulous. A definite gem.
The pricing is on the high end without m ...
The pricing is on the high end without much of a reason to be in my opinion. The food is great, the kitchen clearly puts in the time and effort to make it one of the most memorable dinning experiences. However, the size and portions of the meals to equal around $25 per plate is not a great value to me as a pork tenderloin ends up costing as much as a soup or salad. I believe individualized pricing would be more likely to get me to return to the restaurant. That being said, it is a great experience to have at least once.
impeccable service, superb food, and a s ...
impeccable service, superb food, and a stellar wine list - charleston was an excellent and memorable choice for a special occasion.
The service was impeccable. The food wa ...
The service was impeccable. The food was extremely good as well.
Wonderful experience - food and service ...
Wonderful experience - food and service were great!
The music is missing. Light jazz not lou ...
The music is missing. Light jazz not loud to accompany the dining experience would add value. The visibility to kitchen is not good. I should not hear or see it. The deemed light in wine room section is annoying and takes the comfort away, putting a sleep. The service and very well trained staff is noticeable accomplishment. The quality of food is the main value .
As always, great food, great service. A ...
As always, great food, great service. A memorable experience. Expensive but outstanding for a special occasion.
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