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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.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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
Our evening at Charleston was the best date experience we have ever had! We were greeted and seated immediately on arrival. I mentioned that we were celebrating my partner's promotion, and everyone who interacted with us congratulated him. We started with a champagne suggested by one of the knowledgeable staff, chosen because we wanted a full-bodied champagne. Everything was the best we had ever tasted. We chose 4 courses with wine pairings, and each pairing was perfect for the dish. I think most of our dinner conversation revolved around how perfect everything about our experience was! We chose to have a few cheeses between dinner and dessert, and these were served with the house bread, which was of course the best artisan bread we had ever had. Dessert was accompanied by macaroons and a coconut lime chocolate - small, delicious details that made an extraordinary meal into the absolute perfect experience.
It was our first visit and we were beyond pleasantly surprised. The moment we walked in the door we knew it would most likely be a great and memorable evening---and it was all that and more. We were greeted by a friendly staff and our server Jessica was so pleasant and professional. The food was outstanding from start to finish. Truly an evening that did not disappoint. Can't wait to return for another wonderful evening of delightful indulgence and to also try her other restaurants!
Ambience is nice and hostess provided a nice welcome...valet parking is free. Ordering here differs from most restaurants in that you choose the number of courses you want (3,4,5,6) from the menu and all items carry the same "value". So whether you order a soup or salad or main dish, each counts as a separate course. Wine pairings are available (at additional cost, of course) for each item.
Service was excellent, if slightly pretentious. Roses on the table were lovely. We each enjoyed the lobster soup. Wife had delicious peach salad while I had an excellent calamari salad.
We each thought the soft shell crab was excellent as was the halibut course we each chose.
By that time we were filling up but my wife managed the quail while I had ordered foie gras, which I'd not had before. Can't speak to the quality of taste & preparation, but it wasn't to my liking, and our server quickly replaced it. I tried the duck which was OK. Then came dessert which is gratis and doesn't "count" as a course.
Dining at Charleston is a special and unique experience, but don't expect everyday fare or pricing.
The variable prix-fix menu structure allows you to truly explore the fine cuisine offered by the chef . The offering of a cheese course after such a fine meal of my choosing is a very nice option. I recommend this restaurant for people interested in well prepared food. Familiar dishes with flare. Service is exceptional.
Start to finish, outstanding. We both did the 3 course meal. So much food! After you choose your 3 courses, you then choose your dessert which is included in the price. Kind of wished we split the 5 course, if they let you do that. We each started with the lobster soup. Never have we seen such a huge pile of lobster! I then had the mushroom tart and the halibut. Both were fantastic. Hy husband had the rabbit tenderloin and then the veal tenderloin. Both were served with risotto. He's a huge carnivore. The risotto had a nice bite, al dente, which is the way it is supposed to be served and often isn't. We finished with the white chocolate mousse and the chocolate pot de creme, a nice ending to the meal. The pacing of the meal was perfect. Courses were well spaced. Our server was attentive but not hovering and was very helpful with selections. Will definitely return. Very nice cocktail and wine menu. Can't say enough great things.
We had a great time figuring out what to order so we could get a good sampling from the menu. We ordered a 4 course and a five course meal and were stuffed!! We took food home !!! Each dish was beautifully served and presented. Dinner took us 2 1/2 hours and we enjoyed every minute including a visit from the chef/ owner!
It is not often that one has the pleasure of being served by such a professional and capable staff. They were all attentive but not intrusive or hurried, and the repeated descriptions of the plates, as they arrived, served as helpful reminders. The food was excellent and beautifully prepared, including the desserts.
BEST RESTAURANT IN BALTIMORE
My wife and I ate at Charleston not long after it opened 20 years ago. It was the best then, and it is even better now! The chef was at the top of her game when we were there this week and the food could not have been better. It is not often you find artichoke soup, cherry soup, and morel mushroom tart on a sable cookie crust, and they were all perfection, as were our other dishes. The wine list was impressive and the sommelier suggested a moderately priced bottle that was terrific with the good. Service was very attentive. We had a quiet table and could view the harbor. Our only regret is we no longer live in Maryland and there were at least 6 dishes that I would have liked to have tried.
The best thing about the restaurant was the wine menu. They had a lot of options at various prices. Unfortunately the food was not a great value. While it tasted good, nothing to write home about, it was not a great value for the money. The portions were small. In fact, I was still hungry after my three course meal, but didn't want to spend another $24 for another small plate.
My wife and I had a magnificent experience tonight! I enjoyed the lobster soup, scallops, fried oysters, and the most tender cut of beef I've had in a long time. She had a delicious artichoke soup, salmon, and a green tomato sandwich. Our servers absolutely spoiled us from beginning to end and we're already planning our next visit. Truly a night to remember!
My SO and I went to Charleston for an anniversary. We had drinks first at the bar and then were seating in the dining area. Our menus said "Happy Anniversary" - a small but meaningful touch. We had one 4-course and one 3-course dinner - both with wine parings. We shared everyone so that we could each taste a wider range of the menu. It was all delightful - I was especially a fan of the fried oysters and the lobster curry soup.
We will definitely come back for another special occasion.
Can sum this up in one word... WOW! I loved that the entire menu was open to choose from, with the hint that it goes from heavy to light. I wanted one of everything! It ALL looked good. But I was very happy I only picked 3! Portions are not small AND dessert came with it too!
We drove over from DC and it was WELL worth the trip.
One more single word: GO!
The Charleston restaurant staff provided a fantastic and delicious meal with superb service for a special anniversary dinner. The attentive service started even before we entered the door w an efficient parking valet and then the maitre'd was at the door to greet our party. The dinner was creative and the ingredients were exceptional. Matt helped us with a special arrangement and Jonathan was an impeccable waiter. Really, it was an amazing evening and a dining experience I didn't realize was still available.
For the past 20 years, every special occasion and major family event has been celebrated at Charleston. We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary there and things just keep getting better and more interesting each time we visit. Chef Wolf is just an incredible artist in her kitchen. The food is not only delicious but brings together a southern inspired menu with a classical French influence. The turbot and lamb were both truly perfection. The soft-shell crabs were divine. Once you have tasted the Chef’s cornmeal-fried oysters you will never be able to eat them anywhere else again. The coconut cake on the menu at the moment is not to be missed. It is truly a little slice of heaven.
We were very happy with our experience. The service was exceptional in every way - from valet to table clearing. It is obvious that all staff are well trained and it shows in so many ways. Lighting, comfort, privacy/sound levels all just right. We had hoped that the food would meet our expectations (which it definitely did!) - but service and ambiance took the entire evening to another level.
Service there is in a slow decline to average I fear. Saturday's dinner was a rushed affaire without the hallmark Charleston care. We got there in advance of our reservation to have a cocktail - they offered a table instead. Fine. We had not had two sips of our drinks and they were pushing for our order. The first courses came flying out of the kitchen before we were half way through our drinks (and it wasn't even our reservation "time" yet. Barely 10 minutes had passed.) We chose the wine pairing, but no wine arrived. No bread. No sign of our server. I finally flagged someone down. They tried to collect our plates the moment I put my fork down ( with food on my plate - I wanted a sip of water for crying out loud!) The next courses flew at us with such rapid succession that I finally said to our server that we wanted to catch our breath before ordering dessert. I don't know what's up - this was my second visit in 2 months and I'm seeing a troubling trend...
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