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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
The last time I was at Charlston was very disappointed as nothing up to the standard I have come to expect from them. This time was truly exceptional from food and ambience. Chef had more choices than ever before, and a new creation post her last trip o France. Snails were outstanding but sauce with cranberry beans was truly exceptional. Many chefs can make main courses, but exceptional ones create and cook great sides, vegetables, and sauces. All of these were wonderful including kernel corn cooked to perfection.
Was there on a Tuesday night for a 30th Wedding anniversary and it was a little loud at first until the group in the bar moved into their private room, but once they did and their doors closed, it was perfect! The Food was excellent, the Wine was amazing, and the staff, (especially Matthew with assistance in selecting our wine and then great conversation on the wines, and Danielle, our server, who was such a great help in describing the menu to us and helping us finalize our choices as everything sounded so wonderful), all made our special evening one to remember! We can't wait to get back again!
Impeccable service, extensive wine list. The menu offered something for everyone: fish, shellfish, poultry and red meat. All were seasoned to perfection and elegantly displayed. It's a leisurely served dinner, expect about an hour per course and you'll want to have at least three to fully experience the restaurant. The waiter was attentive to our special dietary needs and helped us navigate the menu.
Absolutely outstanding in every aspect. Service (starting the second you walk into the door until the moment you leave), ambience, food, presentation, and every aspect you could imagine is top notch. Attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the experience. We will be back.
Charleston has a prix-fix format but it's unusual 3 dishes can be 3 appetizers, 3 entrees, salads or a more normal combination such as 1 each..
Typically an an amuse bouche and dessert is included as an additional course whether 3 or 4 courses are chosen..
It 's not the quantity of courses it's their quality
We have eaten at Charleston previously and we know which we prefer.. That being said we were very full at end of meal.. so quantity is ample
We both had the Lobster Bisque with Curry which we love. It is presented with a ta-da factor more than the Mushroom Bisque
I had the Haddock and the Rockfish dishes.. Both are well done with the Haddock having flourishes but The Rockfish with the Lemon Buerre Blanc was the Best Rockfish I have ever eaten!
MaryAnn had the Shrimp and Grits and a very delicious Roast Duck entree
We both had Creme Brûlée.. the best we have ever had.. so creamy I had strong coffee
Charleston's menu is colorful, creative and delicious, which is offset by their plain, neutral, decor. GORGEOUS china accents artfully arranged, seasonal cooking, which every server from the maitre d' to the bread deliverer can describe in detail. The service is very attentive, almost overly solicitous at times, but other than not offering beverages when it seemed appropriate, the staff seemed bent on making the visit special. The complimentary nibbles were excellent and appreciated, and the tab was just what we would expect from outstanding, upscale dining. Finally, the dessert , mentioned throughout dinner, is definitely worth planning for!
I really wanted to love Charleston after reading about it for years. The food was all nice and well prepared but not overly exciting. Also, to be honest I was rather turned off in the beginning of the meal. I was upsold on a pre-dinner drink even when I said I would do the wine tasting - so I got a glass of bubbly. My fault, I know but about 3 sips in I knocked it over. They came, cleaned it up, but never replaced the wine! I have been to many restaurants and many spills, some my own, and some not, but I have never had a restaurant not replace a drink! I guess for a place that prides itself on service this didn't do it for me.
I dined at Charleston last night, and select the 4 coarse menu with wine pairings as I have before.
The first coarse chanterelle mushroom tart- the tart shell was on the gummy side and the accompanying sauce was just bland
The second coarse was sea scallop with cauliflower purée cooked well but the cauliflower was sliced and not a purée , the rosemary scented lemon brown butter had no rosemary or lemon
The third was Veal tenderloin was cooked perfect the potatoe "risotto" was average and again the reduction was tasteless
The forth coarse was buffalo tenderloin was perfect
The cheese coarse was outstanding with a mixture of sheep, goat and cow selections
Dessert coarse was carrot cake was dry and very grainy -
I'm guessing that the saucier is not very passionate or has tired of the position
We come here at least twice a year, and every time we leave amazed at the service level and the food. In all of our visits over the years, we honestly can say we have NEVER had a bad meal or a bite of anything that was not outstanding. The service is great from walking in the door right up to the end of the night. There isn't a finer restaurant in the area!
This was my second visit to Charleston restaurant. I LOVED dining here the first time, celebrating my birthday in a smaller more intimate room. I LOVED going back this second time, eating/drinking with friends from out of town - we were seated in the bar area, where there are large windows that overlook the waterfront. We all ordered the 3 course meal with wine pairing which was just right. The food is simply outstanding! We had a delicious martini before dinner and special coffees with dessert. The atmosphere is wonderful, and the wait staff is well-informed, professional, and friendly. Everyone should try this place at least once - it is a truly enjoyable dining 'experience'. Put it on your bucket list; you won't be sorry.
Charleston is a magical experience from the moment you walk in the door. We were warmly greeted and asked if we wanted a cocktail or champagne before being seated. We decided to try a couple of their favorite cocktails and the traditional martini and the lemon drop with vanilla bean were both refreshing and made with top shelve ingredients.
Cindy Wolf, the James Beard winning chef stopped by, introduced herself and said she looked forward to having us dine with her.
Dinner can be anywhere between 3 and 5 courses, not including dessert which is included with the meal. We shared everything and had an heirloom and mozzarella salad, corn and crab soup, fried bay oysters, foie gras, veal sweetbreads, turbot with calamari and the world's tastiest crab cakes.
During the meal chef Wolf stopped by twice to check on us and discuss the preparations. She could not have been more delightful.
I selected a couple of cheeses from the trolley for dessert and my wife had something with a lot of chocolate.
We did not do the wine pairing and opted instead for a wonderful Rioja. The wine list is extensive and offers some rare finds as well as several affordable entries from all over the world. This is a special occasion destination and we will be returning soon, even if we have to make up a holiday!
Having spent 15 years in the restaurant business in Washington, DC, I appreciate and tend to over critique every restaurant I visit. Dinner at Charleston is one that I would recommend to everyone and while the tab adds up quickly, it is worth every penny. We started with one of their unique specialty cocktails and then moved to their "sampling/small plate" menu style dinner for which they offer an excellent wine pairing. There were so many choices that we felt we couldn't resist, we each ordered the 4 selections and then split each of them to double down on trying as many as could. Each time I thought that the Chef couldn't exceed expectations, she did over and over with not a single one not worth ordering. While it is difficult to highlight a particular favorite or two as they were all wonderful, some of our top picks include the Lobster Curry Soup, Ceviche', melt in the mouth oysters and the Foie Gras to die for.
The staff and service were excellent from the smile and sincere recommendations of the bartender to the manager who seated us, our amazing waiter and all that assisted with the service. Each course was delivered that included a detailed explanation by the server as they presented each plate well deserving of its own full page layout as individual ad's for "beautiful food and exquisite plating."
As someone who travels frequently for work and pleasure, I am pleased to say that this was one of the most amazing meals that I have had the fortune of experiencing in quite a while. Without a doubt, we will return as we were only able to try 8 of their selections and there are so many more. Chef Wolf is a food goddess and I can't wait to see what she serves up next. Bon Appetite!
We drove to the restaurant from Washington and it was worth it. Very creative and tasty dishes. The tasting menu is "robust", but the staff are very good at guiding you through it and helping you pick courses. Three were plenty for us. Cheese or dessert after that (though my guest tried a couple of cheeses, plus sorbet for dessert). Excellent service throughout the meal. They really make you feel special.
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