About Cinghiale - Enoteca (Wine Bar)
The Enoteca at Cinghiale celebrates the modern Italian table. It is designed to be a playful section of the restaurant, as well as a gathering place; the center of downtown where everyone goes to meet over business and social occasions. The space has a lively urban bustle that features rich woods, wrought iron chandeliers and a handcrafted marble tile floor. The centerpiece is a 40-ft mustard-yellow marble bar flanked by two bronze wild boar sculptures that appear to be lunging into the space from the wild. Adjacent to the main bar is a Salumeria that features traditional meats, cheeses and antipasti; each prepared in open view. The Enoteca staff is highly trained on Italian wines and looks forward to serving you from the over 400 label selection. There are approximately 40 wines by the glass. Food & Wine magazine recognized Cinghiale for having one of the best new wine lists in the country for 2008.
Italian, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 5:30pm-8pm
S Exeter St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet Parking; cars are parked in a private, gated lot or in a garage. Limited street parking is also available.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Half-priced Rare Wine Night: 50% off full bottle purchases every Tuesday in the Enoteca. The nationally recognized Italian wine list was recognized by Food & Wine magazine as one of the best in the country. Classic Italian Supper: $29pp 3-course Italian Supper available 7 nights a week.
Chef Julian Marucci's modern Italian cuisine paired with a nationally recognized, award-winning wine list, is set in richly appointed rooms perfect for family celebrations, business entertaining and other receptions of varying sizes.
Cinghiale - Enoteca (Wine Bar) Ratings and Reviews
Incredible Mother's Day brunch! We were ...
Incredible Mother's Day brunch! We were able to sit outside and the setting was lovely. The food & drinks were amazing! Highlights were the salmon tartare and squid ink bucatini. Service was perfect! Love this restaurant so much!
We had a delightful Mother's Day brunch!
We had a delightful Mother's Day brunch!
Dinner at Cinghiale
Great food. Had only been to the bar before. Loved that they offered smaller portions of some entrees. Would definitely go back again
Always a great meal
Always a great meal
This was not our first visit to Cinghial ...
This was not our first visit to Cinghiale. If it was, it would have been our last. The food was very good, as always....but the service was just unacceptable. It was so uncomfortably warm in the restaurant that I sweat through my clothes. We usually love this restaurant. My husband and I chose it for our special occasion meals several times....but I will now be very cautious about going back. I'm very disappointed.
Fantastic food, amazing wine!
This restaurant should be on every "must" list for Baltimore. The service was friendly, attentive, engaging, but not obtrusive. The staff is clearly a team, and everyone takes an interest to ensure that your dining experience is excellent from the manager and sommelier to the support staff. The menu is flexible, so you can do a la carte or a 4-course tasting menu with a wine pairing option. The menu includes new spins on classic ingredients as well as more traditional Italian dishes. Flavors are clean and balanced. The squid ink pasta with octopus, chili, and pesto was amazing! So was the duck, which was cooked perfectly. There is also a great charcuterie and cheese list. The wine list is extensive and would thrill any oenophile. So many fantastic choices for Italian wine fans, and many are very reasonably priced. But they have lovely options if you want to drop some bucks. I can't imagine going to Baltimore without dining at Cinghiale!
A bit "stuffy" for my taste. Expensive w ...
A bit "stuffy" for my taste. Expensive with too many servers who took themselves very seriously. I felt smothered!
The New King
While Charleston represents some one of the best restaurants year in and years out, Cinghiale also from the Foreman/Wolf group may be nipping at the Charleston's heels. Vibrant, metropolitan in style, non-red sauced Italian at it roots, Cinghiale rocks with the perfect combo of style, flavor, menu curation all complemented by a wine and cocktail experience with top shelf tale tending by some of the best in the industry.
Enjoyed the atmosphere, food and service.
We went for a special Birthday celebration and was not disappointed. We enjoyed the ambiance, service and the food was delicious. The service was excellent! Will definitely return.
Great dishes, fantastic ambience, impecc ...
Great dishes, fantastic ambience, impeccable service, Serina was fantastic!
Great Northern Italian Food
While Baltimore has Little Italy with all of the standard meatballs and spaghetti, this place is a real treat. The service combined with a tasteful menu and appropriate portion sizes is a winner. I don't think I have been to a place with so many different types of mushrooms used in a variety of dishes.
Food was excellent. Waitress very knowle ...
Food was excellent. Waitress very knowledgeable about the menu and gave us just the right amount of attention. Good energy in the bistro. Would highly recommend it.
Interesting menu but poor preperation
I took my wife here for our 19th anniversary and was very disappointed. This place seems to be more about the wine than the food. The menu was interesting but the portions were VERY small and the preparation was poor at best. We both ordered the soup, which was the only part that was ok. I ordered a steak plate but the steak was so tough I could hardly cut it, and for the $39 price the 3 small pieces and two little potatoes provided was disappointing. My wife order the tuna with crispy potatoes and the fish came as two pieces the size of ice cubes with two hush puppy sized crispy potatoes, which were basically bad tater tots. We also ordered desert, as we were still hungry, and it was ok, but also ridiculously small. On top of all that the waiter was either rush, unimpressed with the fact we didn't like his wine selections, and just rude. bottom line, poor service, value, and execution. Won't be back or recommend! Had a great PB&J when I got home! :)
When you want to impress out of town guests
We had a friend visiting from out of town and wanted to show her how good the restaurant scene is in Baltimore. Cinghale met all the necessary criteria from well mixed cocktails to yummy dessert. Service was attentive but not hovering. A great experience.
Everything is always good. We usually go for the prix fixe menu and add the wine pairings. That makes it a bit expensive, but what's the price of perfection? There is no better pasta in Baltimore. Everyone is an expert.
Fantastic prix fixe menu for Valentine's ...
Fantastic prix fixe menu for Valentine's weekend. My wife and I tried different courses and shared. Loved the beef cheek with risotto, the agnolotti, stratciatelli with lobster, and the beef short ribs. All paired with a delicious yet reasonably priced valpolicella ripasso. Love Cinghiale. 3rd time dining there and it won't be the last even though it's a 50min drive from Annapolis for us.
Great experience: great food, great serv ...
Great experience: great food, great service, great wine (and company, though I'll take credit for that),
Went here last year on our stay in town and absolutely loved it! Second time like bed it just as much , service was impeccable, food was amazing, drinks delicious! Highly recommend!
Went for restaurant week and had amazing food. One of my party did not order off restaurant week menu. Our service was outstanding and had a very enjoyable meal!
unusually disappointing for Cinghiales.
Not a great experience, which is unusual for this restaurant. There was barely enough broth in the soup to cover the beans, and the kale was almost nonexistent. The tuna which was promoted as sushi grade was only okay. The waitress mixed two different wines in our guest's glass, then walked off with the damaged wine with barely an apology. She was also hard to find that evening. Our bill total was higher on the amount run through the credit card machine versus the itemized total. Again no waitress around to ask why...
ANOTHER Great Experience
This was our 5th meal at Cinghiale, and another home run. My wife & I started with cocktails at the bar. The bartender was prompt and friendly. Once at our table we shared a charcuterie plate. The proscuitto was thinly sliced and and well aged. Fantastic. The venison I had was well prepared, as was my wife's tuna. The waiter could have been a bit more prompt, but, overall, we had a great meal.
Great dining experience
Had dinner before the theatre with a group of friends. Waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the wine selections and menu. Enjoyed the selection of cheese and meats from the salumeri. Each of us ordered different items from the menu and everyone was pleased with their choices. The chef sent an additional plate of fresh pasta to be enjoyed by the group which was awesome and a nice gesture. Desert was fantastic and, once again, the chef sent a complimentary desert to be shared by the group. Can't wait to return!
Excellent food and superb service!!
Excellent food and superb service!! Seven good friends out to dinner and we could not have picked a better place! FUN NIGHT!
We're regulars on Tuesdays!
Half-Price wine night on Tuesdays in the Enoteca is great! With the ability to get a half size portion of an entrée and pair it with a more expensive wine is a real plus. The staff is very attentive and remembers prior bottles of wine we have tried and our favorite tables. The charcuterie is delicious. When duck is on the menu it is superb. Our favorites are the "comfort" foods like homemade pasta and shrimp or the chicken fricassee. We have also had a private event that we were very impressed with the food and service. Would definitely recommend having an affair at Cinghiale.
A great place of diner and wine
The food is good; it has a large and notable wine list, specially of Italy, and the staff is friendly and well informed.
Fantastic dinner with a few notes
The food was excellent and the menu was fantastic, even with a few items that the chef had prepared that day that aren't listed in the online menu. The wait staff was very polite and accommodating even though the sommelier did make one snarky comment, he was polite the rest of the time. The wine pairings were pretty fantastic so a little snarkiness is forgivable. Be prepared to spend about 2.5 hours there. I read a lot about the benches and chairs being uncomfortable but neither myself nor my date had an issue with either. The atmosphere, in terms of noise level, was all over the place like any normal restaurant with lulls and swells in conversations. We'd definitely go again. :)
Cinghiale constantly exceeds expectation. The menu choices are always solid choices however the specials excel. The food combined with outstanding service always makes this a first choice for dinner out.
Mind blowing food
Our meal was spectacular! The seared foie gras and brussels sprouts were mind blowing. Our bartender was also super friendly and Sam, the manager, selected an equally mind blowing (perfectly paired) bottle of wine to accompany the meal. A+ experience.
Wonderful dining experience
I had a first-time date with someone I wanted to impress and decided Cinghiale was the perfect spot. And it was! We had a wonderful dinner, great conversation and am now dating a wonderful woman. I owe a lot of it to Cinghiale!!
Service was horrendous tonight. Food qui ...
Service was horrendous tonight. Food quite good but didn't make up for the spotty service. No coordination of drinks,servers. Meal did not flow and experience was terrible. Asked to be seated on the bar side and reservation was not accommodated. Overall huge disappointment.
Always a go to for a quick drink/bite at the bar
We always enjoy going to the bar for a great selection of Italian meats and cheese along with a some good wine and a relaxed atmosphere. My wife and I have been coming here for 5 years since we first started dating. It's our go to for when we're visiting downtown Baltimore.
A bit pricey, but you get what you pay f ...
A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. Excellent dishes with spectacular presentation. Although it's smaller tapas style dishes, our meal was very filling and satisfying.
Worth a Visit
Friendly staff, excellent food, great service and convenient valet parking. Highly recommend.
Wow! Really, Really enjoyed the veal entrée! Very talented chef! Always enjoy the friendly ambiance and wonderful cuisine. We return frequently!
Half price wine and the only true Italia ...
Half price wine and the only true Italian experience in Baltimore. A+
Quiet on a Sunday Night
We've been here before - always on a special occasion, because it's a special place. It's usually bustling, but on this Sunday night it was quiet and lovely. The food was delish...as always.
Italian Wine Fear - Help is on the Way @ Cinghiale
Needed to get to the BSO so not much time but 5 great small courses shared - tough decision between what was better the veal versus blue fin tuna tartare's but the staff's assistance with 3 oz Italian wine pairings with each course made our night as our knowledge of Italian wines isn't quite up to snuff. Having also eaten in the main dining room have to say we enjoyed the Enoteca for its casual atmosphere but also think it has more of an neighborly Italian feel.
Lovely but lagging attentive service
Lovely food for our entire dinner party. Entertaining friends from Norway. They were pleased to see a upscale dining experience in Baltimore. It was 1/2/ bottle wine night which I did not know upon making plans to visit. It was very over whelming for the wait staff & chefs to managed. The server was pleasant and knowledgeable but we order wine and food at 7:15pm then finally received our wine at 8:10pm then our first course at 8:30pm and second at 9pm. We did not finish dinner til 10:15pm. MIA wait staff-- No one where to be found. Lovely but our friends became exhausted just waiting for food and some type of service. Need to hire more staff and move your food faster.
Three of us went to Cinghiale based on others reviews online and were VERY happy with dinner! Two of us had a butternut squash soup that was excellent and then we all had variations on pasta: squid ink pasta with seafood, spaghetti with shrimp, and spaetzle with venison--all really good. There were meat, fish, and chicken mains that we didn't try. We also had a very nice Verdicchio from a pretty extensive Italian wine list. All in all, one of the best Italian meals I've had in a long time.
Cinghiale - Enoteca
Overall a very good experience, would definitely go back again. The food was very good in an attractive setting. My only complaint, although minor, would be the service felt at times rushed.
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