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About SoBo Cafe
We pride ourselves on preparing our from-scratch menu with fresh ingredients and a whole lot of flavor. Our cozy, intimate dining room is the perfect setting to enjoy a seasonal dish and a glass of carefully chosen wine or beer. A perennial favorite among neighbors and visitors, we go out of our way to make everyone feel at home. We are vegetarian & vegan friendly.
Baltimore, MD 21230
American, Comfort Food, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Between S. Charles & S. Hanover Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Music Tuesdays - join us for live music (acoustic or jazz) on select Tuesdays
Our Business Lunch Platters feature
handcrafted sandwiches on house made, artisanal breads
house roasted & smoked meats
healthy salads with our freshly made dressings
build a bowl
vegan & vegetarian friendly
We will customize any order to suit your taste or diet.
Please contact us for more information.
Street (please read signs carefully)
Evenings - Shofer"s Furniture Parking Lot (Hamburg St entrance) - one block from SoBo Café - evening paid parking
West St Parking Garage - 40 E West Street - paid parking
Charm City Circulator (Purple Line) Stops: Cross Street or Henrietta Street, MTA (1 or 64 Lines)
Private Party Facilities:
Our cozy, intimate dining room is the perfect setting for your event. Enjoy a seasonal dish and a glass of carefully chosen wine or beer. We pride ourselves on preparing our from-scratch menu with fresh ingredients and a whole lot of flavor. A favorite among neighbors and visitors, we go out of our way to make everyone feel at home.
Weekdays - Business Breakfast/Brunch Meetings
Happy Hours - Rehearsal Dinners
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
SoBo Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Charming gem in the heart of Federal Hill. The food is immaculately prepared with enormous attention to detail and tastes like the best meal you've ever had. The staff is kind and gracious like they are always happy to see you. We had our first date here almost 5 years ago and it's still our favorite restaurant to return to and enjoy an intimate, delicious meal with a side of exceptional service.
Excellent food. The seasonal pasta dish was rich, vibrant and incredibly tasty. The service was great, wine list abundant and the food was top notch. The only complaint I would have would be the Brussels sprouts. They were definitely still "good" but definitely brought the meal down from its 5 star pedestal. I highly recommend this place to anyone.
I loved it! The staff was great and took great care with us, yet did not hover. The food was great and not too weird for me! I sort of felt I was at home eating, yet in a very elegant setting. That is amazing. My friend recommended SoBo and I loved it! I will recommend it and also dine there again.
We were in Baltimore for a wedding and wanted to eat brunch before hand. I'm so glad I found this restaurant. It was walking distance from our hotel and out of the touristy areas. The table next to us were definitely regulars. This is the type of place we look for .... the neighborhood gems. We found it this time!
Amazing brunch food with amazing recommendations from our server/bartender. He was right about the cream chipped beef - it was one of the best things I've eaten. Also the banana pancakes with peanut butter were fantastic. Really happy that we randomly stumbled into this place.
Really imaginative cuisine and a super-friendly wait staff. Cozy, unpretentious atmosphere. You'd be hard pressed to beat this place, including price for the quality. Our second trip here was even better than our first.
On a quiet weeknight before an Orioles game it was (surprisingly) uncrowded. Tasty beer flights and perfectly-sized portions left us full without being stuffed. It would be hard to improve on their winning formula. Curb appeal is lacking, but if they had some it would quickly be too crowded.
Real neighborhood gem here, one block west of Cross Street Market and on the other side of Cross Street.
We love Sobo Café. It's our go to place for Sunday Brunch. When I realized on Saturday night that I hadn't made any plans for Mother's Day brunch I went on Sobo's website and discovered that there was no problem getting a reservation for Sunday morning. The food was great as always, the restaurant comfortable, the service great. Since they take reservations, there's never any problem getting a group in. While we were there we saw at least 2 fairly large (more than 6) family groups, which fit in easily, even though Sobo's space is limited. When we had family visiting from out of town and needed a place that could accommodate 8 people on a Saturday at lunchtime with one vegetarian and one gluten free, we immediately thought of Sobo. Every item on the menu is annotated if it's vegetarian, vegan or gluten free. Perfect choice all around.
Great restaurant! We always enjoy walking over to SOBO to enjoy a casual meal. The food is excellent and the service is friendly and efficient. We had the salmon spread appetizer (always a favorite of mine) before devouring our entrees -- the crusted catfish and the salmon. Both of which were delicious. We finished it off with a slice of carrot cake. A wonderful evening!
We went to Sobo based on reviews I had read on various sites - it was better than I could have imagined. My husband, son and I all enjoyed every single bite we had while dining at Sobo. We started with the House Salad and chicken liver mousse. The salad was fantastic, looking at it, it looks like lettuce with some pear, but the dressing is so tasty and had a bit of a kick, there wasn't a bite left. The mousse was very creamy and flavorful, with such a great start we were very excited for the rest of our meal, and it did not disappoint. My son had the mussels appetizer for his dinner - there were close to 40 mussels so we made him share them. The sauce was fantastic, when we ran out of bread to dip in it, we were eating it with a spoon. I had the Salmon, which I typically never order out. The salmon was cooked perfectly. The tomatillo quinoa was wonderful and the pico de gallo was so fresh. They do not miss a chance to enhance the flavor of every item on the plate - with great results. My husband had the Chicken Pot Pie - he said it was the best he's ever had. The sauce was very flavorful without being too heavy or overbearing. For dessert my husband and son split the Sundae (with homemade marshmallow fluff) and I had the lemon squares - just the perfect amount of lemon without being overpowering. We were told everything is made in house and you could tell. I HIGHLY recommend Sobo to anyone visiting Baltimore.
I came here for a birthday brunch with a few friends. Just the kind of atmosphere I wanted, cozy and vibrant. We started off with a cinnamon roll which was the perfect bite. It was moist and doughy in the inside and the outside had a nice caramel color that was slightly crispy giving it a chewy texture. The cream cheese icing on top wasn't too sweet or heavy. We also were given complimentary banana bread slices while we were waiting for our food. I ordered the roasted tomato and biscuit with pesto. The homemade biscuit is one of the best I have. This is definitely one of their specialities which is why I always come here for brunch. The flakey, crumbly biscuit with eggs, roasted tomatoes and pesto spread is mouth-watering.
The food was great, however it took 35-40 minutes to get our food which was a little longer than expected. They did bring us more banana bread while we were waiting which was a nice gesture. Also I was not a huge fan of the cocktails they offered. They only have spirits so it really limited my options. When I asked some questions about the cocktails on the menu, our server was not able to explain the ingredients in the drink and had to get someone else to do so. However our server did make sure our water glasses were always filled.
Overall the food was delicious, service was decent and the atmosphere was great!
We would probably give this restaurant a second try. An overly busy brunch day like Sunday does not always bring out the best in a restaurant. The ambience is perfect for the younger set who are meeting up with friends. Sunny room with small tables and lovely flowers. The staff were friendly and tried to be attentive. However the staff could not make up for the overcooked, and in the case of my home fries and tofu (egg substitution), actually burnt food. My husband fared better with a veggie omelet, but even there, he felt that though acceptable, it was just fair. The onion soup was good and the gruyere had a nice flavor, but too many bread/croutons were stuffed into the bowl and made it seem more of a soaked bread dish than a soup dish.
Came here for a business dinner with some colleagues. Food was outstanding. Service wasn't bad, but seemed a little confused. Young staff, but lovely. Owner came over more than once to check on things - she was great. Only downside was there was no hard liquor - just beer and wine. We really wanted a drink.
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