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About Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites
Le Garage Beer Bar and Frites, a hardworking little neighborhood bar & restaurant in Hampden serving approachable French cuisine including savory frites with a multitude of creative dipping sauces, and an eclectic list of 14 draft beers. Parking available.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Hours of Operation:
Thursday to Sunday 5pm - 11pm (kitchen until 10:45)
Friday and Saturday 5pm - 1am (kitchen until midnight)
Sunday Brunch 11am - 3pm
$30 and under
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Guests may access our FREE parking lot by taking Roland Avenue just past 36th and left into the alley where our lot is located.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites Ratings and Reviews
Came here for dinner with my Girlfriend and Mother. We all really enjoyed our food, and for the price we thought it was more than reasonable compared to other places in the area. Definitely coming back sometime soon for a date night. All the staff was very friendly and the decor was really nice as well.
Good French food in Hampden. Not much to look at from outside but nicely decorated on inside. A little expensive for what you get. The music was too loud and they were out of an item (at 6pm!) that several of us wanted to order. Service was prompt but despite many open tables they tried to clear table while diners were eating.
Food was excellent. Great blend of flavors. Visually appealing. Hand crafted cocktails were awesome. Want the recipe. Only distraction was that the music was too loud and a bit on the harsh side for dinner. We were not attending a rock concert. We will be going back.
Don't let the fact that Le Garage is tucked underneath a mid block Hampden building with a claim as a Beer, Bar & Frites restaurant fool you.
It was Truly an unexpected culinary experience.
The fried oysters as well as the grilled shrimp were simply so amazing we had to pause to enjoy the complete experience and savor every moment of them. Only to be outdone by the Seared Sea scallops.
Our waitress Campbell was spot on with recommendations and great service. Even the signature cocktails nailed it..particularly the Wathen's Vinyard.
The atmosphere was comfortable and the only regret we had was not trying any desserts..because everything else was so perfect..they had to be as well. Definitely next time!
Food was good, service was fine. Nothing spectacular but it was good for dinner. We brought our two kids only to realize that they only have one high chair for the entire restaurant. Our kids are used to going to restaurants to eat, so they were fine and behaved but we wouldn't take them back. There aren't very many kid options. Luckily my kids eat fish.
I spilled my drink and they replaced it at no charge (and the 2nd one was even better than the few sips I'd taken before the glass slipped out of my hand). That alone means I'll come back (and of course, we tipped on the amount based on paying for the 2nd drink). Plus my food was excellent. :D
We were quite disappointed with our experience at Le Garage. We had looked forward to trying it for a few months. We decided Valentines night would be the night. Upon arriving we found the restaurant to be extremely cold. My wife along with many others in the restaurant had put their coats and parkas back on after a few minutes sans outerwear. The prix fix menu for the evening looked like some great possibilities. Our appetizers of Oysters (one out of the three was loaded with grit) and butternut squash-lobster bisque (taste of old fish) were not very good. Our salad course was better with the roasted beet salads. The main entree of a Rockfish dish, which was excellent and pork shank, which was tender but not a lot of taste, were good. The deserts of house made carrot cake, good, and the spiced apple cake, that I dubbed the "one hundred year old cake, inedible, were hit or miss again. There were some highlights and some lowlights to our meals, but at a nearly $200 bill including a couple of drinks and tip, it was just to inconsistent for us. Also for Valentines Day, the mood that was set by disco music coming out of the bar area, was far from romantic.
We came here to experience French cuisine. The fries with the sauces were amazing...the burger was huge and tasty. We liked the sausage Benedict.. .large portion and delicious. Since it was restaurant week we were unable to try the French onion with oxtail soup and other things on the menu. Guess we'll have to return.
We loved the shopping in Hamden after...parking a plus.
The service was slower than expected and it would have been helpful had we been told in advance that some items take longer to prep/cook than others. Just communicate with your patrons because your food and drink were incredibly delicious!!! I can see why others would give negative reviews if they were expecting quicker service. We would definitely return!!!!
Very good food as usual. The steak frites and the short ribs are wonderful. The desserts are fantastic, esp the donut with chocolate sauce and the chocolate bouchons. The fettuccine was under seasoned. The wait staff all work very hard, including the manager, to take care of the customers. The restaurant was a bit overwhelmed on Restaurant Week with the large turnout, so service was slow. Great to have in the neighborhood. Very reasonable prices.
I was less than impressed with my experience at Le Garage. I went for restaurant week and found everything to be very bland. The first course was the cauliflower fondue which was the one tasty thing we enjoyed, however, there was nothing special about this dish and it would be very easy to replicate at home for much less. The other dish was a duck prosciutto- there were 4 tiny slices on a huge piece of bread with oyster mushrooms- everything in the dish overpowered the duck. Second course was seared scallops with polenta- the scallops were in fact not seared, but rather barely cooked with little sauce, and the polenta was tasteless and cold. There were only 3 scallops in the dish, pretty small for an entree. The other dish was duck confit with lentils- the duck was well cooked, but with absolutely no spices. It was only tasty because of all the duck fat in the dish. This was true of the sides as well- the lentils and potatoes had no seasoning to them. The desserts were good- we had the profiterols and the figgy pudding. That and our drinks were the tastiest part of our evening. Our waitress and the ambiance was lovely- but I would not eat here again. I would probably not go here again in general.
Service had a few issues this last time we visited. We were seated 45 minutes after our reservation time, however management offered a round of drinks on the house as an apology. That was a nice way to make our night better. All the food was amazing and the fried oyster appetizer was out of this world. They ran out of sticky figgy pudding by the time we got to dessert, but my second choice was even better than I expected, so I was very happy after all.
Maybe we just caught Le Garage on a bad day, a Friday night during Restaurant Week, but it just wasn't a great experience overall. Mind you the rockfish and mussels were great, and so were the desserts, but the broth and bouquet garni for the mussels were downright uninspired. And the braised fennel in the appetizer salad was nowhere to be found, without explanation. Oh yes, and we had t owait 20 mins before our reserved table was available. I have to conclude that this must be uncharacteristic, because the ambiance and the quality of the ingredients were fine -- I guess the staff was just a little overwhelmed. We'll go back some time and hope to write a more positive review.
Service was unacceptably slow. We were seated at 6:15 and it took 30 mins for our waitress to come by and take our order. Appetizers didn't arrive until 7. Other tables around us that had been seated at the same time were eating entrees before we even had our appetizers. When my entree finally came it was slightly warmer than room temp. This was our first time here and we won't be returning because of the poor service.
Food was delicious but service was really slow. I think it was more our waiter than anything else. Our empty dinner plates sat in front of us for about 20 minutes. When I got up to use the restroom I saw the waiter and asked him if we could have dessert menus and he tried to hand them to me right there. I said, "I'll let you take them to the table while I use the restroom." As a former waitress at a busy restaurant I was really annoyed at this.
The BEST Brussel Sprouts in town, not kidding! Roasted, toasted brussels, with bacon and blue cheese and chili sauce made for the perfect combination. Not kidding, these were bowl licking scrumptious and I'd go back just to have them again paired with a yummy draft Belgian brew.
My husband and I loved Le Garage. We were asked, "Did we want more or less light, booth or table, more or less private?" Very impressed-never asked that before. Food and service excellent and all staff very friendly. Free parking behind the restaurant a huge plus in this area. Very creative menu and even home-made mayonnaise. We do not drink so can not rate that aspect but many guests were and seemed quite happy. Wanted decaf coffee and it came in a French Press-very nice touch.
We went during the Baltimore Restaurant Week, and very much enjoyed it. We were seated in a room further in the back, a bit secluded from the main dining area which is ideal if you want a more intimate dining experience. The food was excellent, the service attentive, and the cocktails extraordinary. We will be back for steak and fries.
We have dined here multiple times, however, this time was a terrible experience, service was incredibly slow, steak was under cooked, sent it back, it came back out where they basically had put it on a grill to make it look cooked on the outside, sent it back again for it to be cooked perfectly and 30 mins later received our meal back. Pork shank for my partner was cold when first delivered, sent it back to be reheated, came back cold, sent it back again and it came back 20 mins later still luke warm. At no time did the waiter apologize for our experience, offer a complimentary glass of wine nor did the manager ever stop by to see what was happening. We weren't the only ones, there were other tables experiencing the same poor service and poor food. We had to take our check to the Manager to get our bill paid, told him of the poor service and he did take small deduction on our check, though disappointing that we had to go and find the manager in order express our disappointment. We will not be returning nor would we recommend this restaurant. We dine out 2-3 nights a week and this was one of the worst experiences in recent memory.
Had a terrific experience at Le Garage. The food was OUTSTANDING. The service was as well. I wish I remembered the server's name - cute young lady with semi-short dark hair. Super knowledgable and helpful - and if she didn't know the answer she found out. We went for Restaurant Week and feel like we robbed the place for the meal we got for $30. I HIGHLY recommend Le Garage for all sorts of occasions.
Some dishes were good and creative (brussels sprouts w/thai chili & bleu cheese, some were ... off (cauliflower fondue), steak frites was just right as were the mussels/frites with truffle aioli. Mixed drinks were "creative" but not necessarily having again; wine was priced very fairly. Service was very nice but rushed - also, timing was off. Profiteroles w/ice cream were excellent. Neat Hampden decor. 2nd time there with similar feelings. Stick with the steak or mussels frites and beer or wine and you'll be very happy, if not rushed.
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