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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
Went for our 20th anniversary and it was a remarkable experience. Excellent food, superior service Our first exposure to this type of al a carte menu and it was excellent. A few years ago we had the pleasure of dining at Emeril's in New Orleans. It was excellent and it became the standard by which we rated all subsequent dining experiences and none were better, until now. We now have a new standard, Charleston.
We knew it was a good restaurant (*very* good) but the gentle surprises kept on coming.
Their service is impeccable and quite low key, as great service so often is. Their wine list and service is so good, and if I knew wine better I am sure I would be even more impressed.
But the food is the best part. When the chef is this good a tasting menu is the best idea. You choose how many plates you want and enjoy. Yes, you will end up liking some better than others, but that is part of the adventure. Although nothing that night was "mouthgasmic" to me, it was all so good and in such different ways that it ended up better than one spectacular course. If you cook at home, be prepared to take notes! Fantastic.
And I should note that the price, while high(ish), I must take some credit because I ordered that bottle of wine, that I ended up loving!! (My bad.)
And I must again mention the service. In the room we were seated in, there were two gentlemen in suits wandering around making sure ALL questions were answered and offering advice that to me was perfect. They ended up insuring that our evening was the very best it could be.
Get ye to Charleston! You will not be disappointed. You probably, like me, will end up impressed and very happy (and a bit glad, if like me you kive four hourts away and can not eat there MUCH more often!). This is a special place!
Charleston was good, but had it's weaknesses, especially at the price point. We felt the pacing was a bit rushed at time. We were underwhelmed by the wine pairings as either uninspired or worse. My spouse described one wine as 'like gym socks', which is not saying much.
Great service, great food. Still best restaurant in Baltimore, I believe. I'm not sure how you get out of there without being absolutely stuffed. Maybe they should have a 2-course option. I believe it's just 3, 4 or 5, and everything tends to be really rich...amazing, but really rich! I'm happy going there just once a year, partially for that reason--and I'm a big eater.
Visiting Baltimore for the first time in many years. One of, if not the best meal I have ever had a a restaurant. From the moment you enter, you know you are about to experience something special. Service is warm, friendly and not rushed. Pricey but you get what you pay for which is a great atmosphere, personalized service and a multi course meal unique for each individual. Wine pairings were perfect compliments.
We have friends who we have dined with several years now, always going to top-notch restaurants. Our friends and we have been to Charleston before, but never together so we were excited about the evening. As usual, the ambiance was casually elegant and the appointments were beautiful. The food, with one exception was outstanding (the one exception being the grilled sweetbreads which were unusually salty, although not so much as to ruin the taste).
The only thing keeping this from being another perfect evening was the service. For the most part, we were treated like special guests, beginning at the reception and carrying through most of the courses. We had enjoyed a nice bottle of Chardonnay with our first course and then on to a Zinfandel. For the final course, which we all reserved for beef or veal, we had spoken to the wine captain about getting a special wine. With so many choices (and good suggestions from him) he left us to decide, saying he would be back "in a few minutes" to take our wine order. Unfortunately, he never returned and our final course arrived leaving us to drink what was left of our Zinfandel which did not really complement the course. To make matters worse, the wine captain passed by our table multiple times after that and never once acknowledged that he had stiffed us, or to see how we were doing.
Hopefully, this was an aberration since none of us want this incident to spoil what was otherwise a special evening out.
Lovely and very expensive. A special night out . There is food as good other places, but the "you can have conversation" quiet is not everywhere. The staff is well trained and everything was very nice. Both of us got the curried lobster soup as a first course and we think that was the best part of dinners. Delicious.
The service was outstanding along with the food. Options for dinner and the quality was also outstanding! We would recommend the Charleston to everyone that enjoys fresh ingredients, a warm atmosphere and great quality food. The waiter made us feel like routine customers.
My wife and I went for our Anniversary. Expensive but worth the hype! Service is extremely gracious and efficient like clockwork. Menu set up for tasting where you pick courses is wonderful. We had 3 courses each, plus dessert, complimentary amuse bouche and bread - and left full. Even though courses are small, ingredients are rich so 3-4 courses is probably the way to go unless you're famished. Food is really well done across the board. One thing that really sets Charleston apart is the wine list & pairings. I have been in the wine business 10 years and looking at the list is a dream come true of insider favorites that you just won't find elsewhere: from 30 Year Amontillado with 1st course to 1996 Blandy's Madeira with dessert, these are wines chosen by someone who knows & is passionate about finding wines that really over-deliver. Any steakhouse can buy big name & charge big price, but Charleston excels at finding gems.
The waitstaff were attentive, kind and fun. Very knowledgeable yet low key.
The food choices were amazing. Combinations of small plates to choose from.
"free" cheese course and dessert were brilliant (and quite high end)
I would highly recommend this for a special occasion of any kind. Take your time. Enjoy. Savor.
A lovely experience. Excellent food and very gracious service. Charleston is not inexpensive, but the quality of the food and service makes it worth every penny. We particularly liked the lobster soup, the fried oysters, and the perfectly seared foie gras. The sommelier made a wonderful wine recommendation. All in all, a very memorable evening.
This place was amazing. The food was out of this world. Some of the best I've ever had. The wait staff was very helpful and described everything and was friendly and available when I had questions, and you may have questions. The menu is not like your typical restaurant. Your order a 3, 4, 5 or 6 course meal and then pic your courses. They change nightly depending on what's available and fresh. There are some exotic selections available for the adventurous. I had sweet bread and loved it (Google it).
You can also order a wine sampler with your meal. The wines were great, but it was too much alcohol for us.
The wait staff is out of this world. Helpful, without being a burden. They were there when you needed them and disappeared when not needed.
We ordered a 5 course meal and it was way too much food. I think most average people would be more than happy with 3 or 4 courses. And remember, it comes with desert as well.
Anyway, my wife and I really loved it and if we find ourselves in Baltimore again, we'll try to hit this place up.
Another great meal at the Charleston. the food was amazing as usual. Loved the cauliflower soup. Had many of our favorites such as the lobster curry soup and the shrimp and grits as well as some new dishes of rabbit and halibut cheeks. Our favorite place to go for a special occasion.
My boyfriend and I went to Charleston for an early Valentine's dinner and had a wonderful time. The service was fantastic as everyone we interacted with was friendly, laid back, and professional. The food was extraordinary. You can't go wrong coming here for a wonderful date night.
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