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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
What a lovely special occasion evening a ...
What a lovely special occasion evening at Charleston--we were welcomed nicely as we walked through the door, and that special feeling lasted all night. Delicious and inventive food--we especially loved the wine pairing. And I have allergies and the server/chef were helpful and conscious of making sure I could relax and enjoy my meal. Don't skip the cheese cart! Highly recommended!!
Decided to go with four courses, it was ...
Decided to go with four courses, it was just enough. Great selection, even managed to work in a salad without regret! Will definitely go back and try four different selections because I'm convinced everything is delicious and worth trying. Kudos to the chef and her team!!!!
The experience at Charleston was top not ...
The experience at Charleston was top notch from beginning to end. Carmen was wonderfully knowledgeable and responsive. We closed the restaurant, and the maître d' was not only present, but there to walk us out while inviting us back. The next time we are in Baltimore (from NYC), this is our only choice for dinner.
From the point at which you enter the re ...
From the point at which you enter the restaurant, you know it's a special place. The greeting, the conversation with the staff, being led to your table. The attention from the wait-staff. An incredible menu, complimented by the wine pairings, followed by the best Stilton i ever tasted and then dessert. Having Cindy Wolf stop by the table to chat and check on the experience.
The Rack of Lamb Chop was the best thing I ever ate....except their Foie Gras. I could only use one word to describe it. Exquisite. Both were perfectly prepared, delicious and complimented by perfect pairings and accouterments.
I cannot sing the praises of the staff too loudly. The balance between attentive and withdrawn, they know their craft.
Unbelievable meal, and we're looking forward to the next time!
We were in town from Wisconsin. We have ...
We were in town from Wisconsin. We have eaten at some really excellent restaurants in the country, but this is the best we've ever had. Everything was AMAZING! It was worth the money and we are so glad we had this experience. The only negative is that I would say the dress is a little more dressy than business casual. We felt under dressed and a little uncomfortable, but the food more than made up for it!
Food is still outstanding as ever. Found ...
Food is still outstanding as ever. Found the service somewhat off. Long time before we got our drink orders and then our food orders. Also, we were not served our amuse bouche . I think it was an oversight that hasn't happened to us before.
I was in Baltimore for business and I me ...
I was in Baltimore for business and I meet a friend for dinner. I found them on Open Table as a top rated restaurant in the area. They far exceeded my expectations, I had the waitress chose my courses. The chef even stopped at our table to say hello. (probable because I ate the whole shrimp)
Unsatisfactory service. Not engaging wi ...
Unsatisfactory service. Not engaging with her descriptions of the food, accent hard to understand, we had to work so hard to understand her. Poor knowledge of wine. She did not describe the format of the menu. A lot of money for so so food but the presentation was beautiful.
Charleston is the go to place for a spec ...
Charleston is the go to place for a special occasion. We've went here for our anniversary several times over the past 15 years and Cindy Wolf really keeps up with the times.
Service I noticed is not like before but it's fine. Food is excellent.
We came here to celebrate my husbands bi ...
We came here to celebrate my husbands birthday. The food was so wonderful and the service was outstanding. No one pushed us to get or try something we did not want. The waitress was very helpful in explaining some of the menu items. The meal was pricy but worth it.
The fried green tomato may be one of the best things I have EVER eaten.
Once again, an absolutely fabulous meal ...
Once again, an absolutely fabulous meal at Charleston. Party of 4, 2 people opted for 3 courses and 2 opted for 4. Combined, it was perfect! I am always amazed that they are able to coordinate the timing of so many dishes so perfectly. Chef Wolf lets nothing past her that is not exactly right. The only flaw in our evening was when we retired to the bar for a post-dinner drink and were left unattended for over 15 minutes. Eventually we walked to a nearby restaurant for a nightcap but we would have preferred to stay in the lovely confines of Charleston.
We had heard a lot of great things about ...
We had heard a lot of great things about Charleston and chef Cindy Wolf, but the experience truly exceeded our expectations! The service was exceptional and the food was outstanding. We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant experience. The staff was very attentive and the chef herself stopped by every table at some point during the evening. It was great to meet her, after having heard so much about her and her restaurants.
We decided to go with the three course meal, accompanied by an awesome 2011 Brovia Barolo. The roasted sweet corn soup was velvety and flavorful. That blew me out of the way; it was by far the best dish of the night, hands down. The shrimp and grits with Tasso ham was very good; the star of the dish being a perfectly cooked shrimp! The pan-roasted turbot with mushrooms and beurre blanc was well-balanced and moist. The sweetbreads with poached egg was excellent, but we didn't particularly care for the frisée salad. The quail with creamy polenta was absolutely fantastic! The meat was cooked to perfection and the polenta was so smooth! The veal was served with a delicious Barolo risotto and was tender and flavorful. We couldn't turn down the cheese course, so we tried a creamy goat-sheep-cow cheese from Piemonte, Italy; an English cheese, which tasted earthy and "mushroomy"; and, last but not list, a Stilton, a delicious blue. For dessert we tried the trio of sorbet (watermelon, peach, and berries) and the peach Melba. They were both great.
I wish I could give it an extra star! I can't recall having a better meal than this.
Absolutely marvelous evening, start to f ...
Absolutely marvelous evening, start to finish. Superb food, wonderful attentive service. Best restaurant in Baltimore! Too bad the Michelin guide doesn't rate Baltimore restaurants. This would get at least 2 stars!
Best Restaurant in Baltimore. Excellent ...
Best Restaurant in Baltimore. Excellent food and very romantic. The menu changes seasonally but the sweetbreads, hard to find anywhere anymore, are always delicious as is the foie gras. Highly recommend the lobster soup. Don't go when they have a limited menu like on Valentine's Day. This is food to savor and linger over on your own special day. And DO get the wine pairings.
Absolutely fantastic. the food was secon ...
Absolutely fantastic. the food was second to none, great ingredients, presentation and flavor. Forget French Laundry, or the Inn at Little Washington, Charleston is where you want to be for a stellar gastronomical experience and just great food.
I think our dinner at Charleston may be ...
I think our dinner at Charleston may be one of the top 5 ever. Their concept of portion size and a choice of the number of courses is unique and allows a fantastic meal with variety and without being wasteful or over indulging. The flavors and presentation were sublime.
Magnificent! Charleston was the perfect ...
Magnificent! Charleston was the perfect spot to celebrate our anniversary. The cuisine was absolutely delicious and the service was the best of the best. We loved the way the menu is structured with coursed meals, rather than a la carte. We were unsure about it initially, but the courses are well-sized, so a 3-course meal (plus dessert) is not overwhelming. Definitely a must-try for those with an appreciation for fine dining that is neither too safe nor too edgy.
We had recommended this restaurant to ou ...
We had recommended this restaurant to our friends as the best restaurant in the Mid Atlantic region. They joined us for dinner after attending the Antiques Show. We had sparkling wine (Roederer Estate Brut Rose) in the bar with a kind of sophisticated nachos that had truffle cream and grated cheese. Wonderful pairing. We had the 4 course menu. For the most part the food and wine were exquisite. However, there were some misses. The Lobster Bisque this time was underseasoned and bland. The Rock fish was a strange preparation and overcooked. This is normally incredible. My wife, who grew up in New Orleans, did not like the shrimp and grits, saying it was strange and the grits were too soupy. The sauteed foie gras had a lemon verbena sorbet that totally interfered with the Sauternes. I don't understand why the lemon verbena flavor and sorbet was used on this dish. Otherwise great experience.
Possibly the most expensive place in Bal ...
Possibly the most expensive place in Baltimore. Still, the food is worth it . It gets busy on Fri nights and it is best to reserve time a little early or a little late. Small plate menu came in 3, 4, 5, or 6 servings. I found 4 to be just right. Dessert comes in addition to the servings. I highly recommend the corn floured fried oysters as one of the servings. Even if you don't see them on the menu, ask.
I took my fiancé here to celebrate our n ...
I took my fiancé here to celebrate our new engagement earlier in the day.
The food was amazing. We both got the pan seared scallops and we both felt they were the best scallops either of us have ever had! Everything we ate was exceptional.
The service was impeccable. We both had an amazing night. The ambiance was perfect. The wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable.
It was worth every penny, we will be going back next time we find ourselves in Baltimore for sure. It was the perfect ending to a very special day.
Really creative dishes......but too many ...
Really creative dishes......but too many of the same ingredients in different selections. For example the andouille sausage was in the shrimp and grits , but also in other selections. The friend green tomatoes were in the tomato sandwich selection and on top of the beef tenderloin.
I was surprised by that and felt that selections should not have redundant ingredients, each should be it's own surprise. That being said the lobster bisque was fabulous , I'd go back just for that.
I was also disappointed with the wine pairings. For the price I could have ordered a great bottle of wine , what we received was mediocre selections at best and very young.......2014 vintages (seriously). I was expecting a fabulous big 2012 vintage cab with the tenderloin, what we received was Safeway shelf .
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but for a $500+ dinner for two, I feel it should have been outstanding. The service WAS absolutely outstanding.
We had an amazing anniversary and adored ...
We had an amazing anniversary and adored every aspect of our dinner (except for the people on their cell phones/watching videos on their cell phones--- who does that at a gorgeous restaurant?!) and can not wait to return for more delicious food and cocktails.
Thank you for making our special day even more special!
I believe I ate the best thing I have ev ...
I believe I ate the best thing I have ever eaten at Charleston restaurant in Baltimore. It was the chef's special foie gras with some watermelon and had a lemon sorbet on the side. I have thought about this dish in my spare time, multiple times a day, since I ate it. I have never had anything like it. Perfectly cooked. I've simply never had something so perfectly cooked. Every other aspect of my dining experience was perfect, but I can't stop thinking about that one dish.
This may very well have been the best me ...
This may very well have been the best meal we have had in the US. I still cannot believe this fantastic restaurant does not have a Michelin star....it so deserves one. I will go round for round so you understand....amuse bouche was an incredible artichoke soup with a cheese stuffed puff pastry.....1st course for both of us was Lobster soup w curry oil, amazing! The stock by itself was enough, but adding butter poached lobster made it the best soup I have ever had.....2nd course a scallop over cauliflower puree, again the flavors were amazing....3rd course foie gras, which was rich and creamy and paired with apricots and peaches in a fruit sauce, so good.....then shrimp and grits to rival any southern restaurant as my 4th course and lastly the tenderloin,which was cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth.....the desserts were also top notch and the wine list is unbeatable.....had a great new Chardonnay and a dessert wine for the foie gras and dessert.....it is expensive, no question, so if your idea of fine dining is Outback this won't be for you....you get what you pay for and for this fantastic meal the price was well worth it! We will be back for sure.....
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