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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
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.
Four of us were seated at a tiny table with barely room for all of our plates. Service was mediocre-- we were seated for 15 minutes before someone took our order. We ordered the 3 spreads, and since the kitchen was out of plates put them on 3 plates so we barely had room on the table. Overall the service was slow and haphazard.
On the other hand the food was delicious with a nicely varied menu. I think on a less busy night it would have been better.
SoBo has an eclectic, fun menu of scratch-made foods. My food requirements are a bit restricted due to some stomach problems, but I was able to find food simple enough to work: flank steak with creamed spinach and roasted potatoes. Yet my dinner companion found a dish that was exciting to try and that he really liked. So, there's a nice range even within a small menu. Everything was very fresh, well-seasoned, and tasty.
Great for brunch. Started with a mimosa and cinnamon buns. Should have shared one since the buns were large. Ordered the shakshuka and the tomato biscuit sandwich. Both were good but the sandwich was the better of the two. Street parking next to impossible but West Street garage was only $5 for 2 hours which allowed time for a stroll over to Federal Hill to take in the view. Fun time and will do again.
Showed up an hour early on a Sat night, but still got seated at bar. Mushroom flatbread was loaded with cheese and mushrooms. We split the Dry Rubbed Bavette Steak, which was plenty of food for two of us. Steak, potatoes and creamed spinach were all delicious.
I've been here more than 6 or 7 times now, and never had a bad experience. Their carrot ginger vegan soup (seasonal?) is amazing and I'm not a vegan. From delicious vegetarian options to homemade out-of-this-world chicken pie (a staple on the menu), there's something on the menu for everyone. I always leave feeling relaxed and as though I just enjoyed comfort food, regardless of what I ordered.
Service never rushes you and is attentive. I love taking family, friends, and just this week I took a coworker. So good.
Loved the food. Great spot! Had a hard time getting seated because the hostess couldn't find my Open Table reservation in their computer system for five minutes. I definitely felt that I wasn't being treated well when the hostess started to see other people who came in with no reservation and she made me wait at the bar until she could find my reservation.
The owner of the B&B we were staying at recommended SoBo to my wife and I and we were very glad he did. Every item we ordered was awesome! The Mac and Cheese is the best I've ever ate. We had the steak and salmon and both were excellent and finished with apple bread pudding, also excellent. Not only was the food better but dinner was half the price compared to what our lunch cost 2 blocks away at the inner harbor.
First the good news: nice room, clean restroom, not too noisy (though that might have been because it was Tuesday night and they were more than 2/3 empty). Wait-staff attentive, though not particularly knowledgeable, and the place was convenient to the 8x10 club we were going to later.
Unfortunately, that's the end of the good news. The food was really bad. Everything we ordered was either too sweet, way too salty (how do you over salt a salad?!) or overcooked. If even some of the food had been any good, we'd probably give this place another try. As it is, There are just way too many better options.
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