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.
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, 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 our own, artisanal breads
house roasted & smoked meats
healthy salads with our freshly made dressings
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
Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
SoBo Cafe Ratings and Reviews
I liked the SoBo Cafe a lot. The staff i ...
I liked the SoBo Cafe a lot. The staff is very efficient and friendly but not overbearing. I ordered the ribs and they were delicious. The piece of cornbread that came with them was dry and hard--too bad. I ordered the dessert of peach bread pudding: the pudding part was lovely and soft, with nice bits of peach, but the peach slices on top were dry and not sweet--which is odd, at the height of peach season.
As always, never disappointed with SoBo. ...
As always, never disappointed with SoBo. I went there with a supplier for a business meal. They requested this place as they have been here a couple of times before and really enjoyed it. Definitely delicious food with local ingredients. Impeccable place! One of my favorite restaurants for all meals, brunch, lunch or dinner.
We have not been to SoBo Café in years. ...
We have not been to SoBo Café in years. So we were looking forward to our dinner there. Not much has changed, the place looks the same. Artist works for sale on the wall, brightly painted walls, tables with bistro chairs (which are still uncomfortable) and a small bar area. The dining area is not large. When the place is full, the noise level goes up quite a bit – all hard surfaces. The dinner did not start out well. We asked Krystin, our server, for separate checks. She informed us that it was impossible to give separate checks. Not sure I really understand what the difficulty is in giving separate checks to two couples. But she insisted that they could not do it. Oh well. Two of us had the burgers – perfectly cooked to our specifications. They were huge and came with a side salad and fingerling potatoes. We both thought the fingerling potatoes were an odd accompaniment. My husband enjoyed the Chicken Pot Pie. Our friend ordered the Mussels and a Caesar salad. The Caesar salad had a bitter after-taste. My husband and I had a bottle of Viognier Cline Pinot Grigio which was crisp and fresh. Our friends enjoyed a glass of Rosato, Vinho Verde, So Berry Good cocktail and an iced coffee. We finished the meal by sharing a Sobo Sundae. The food was delicious, although pricey. Our total bill was $135.21 plus tip.
Sobo is always delicious, with friendly ...
Sobo is always delicious, with friendly and helpful service! I had a small brunch here for a friend and they could not have been kinder or more accommodating, and everyone raved about the food and drinks too! One of my favorite restaurants in Baltimore!
Went here for a date night with my husba ...
Went here for a date night with my husband during restaurant week. Nice restaurant. Reasonable prices. Everything we got was delicious: Peach sangria, ribs, chicken fried steak. Grape Leave appetizer is good but small. Mac and cheese was delicious but when we were almost to the end of eating it we found a dark hair in it which was a little bit of a put-off. Other than that was a good experience and would go again.
Sobo was a fantastic find. So many home ...
Sobo was a fantastic find. So many homemade items such as pancakes, peanut butter cream, strawberry marmalade. Even the fruit cup as a side item was fresh and delicious. The service was courteous and prompt. Would go back again for dinner and lunch.
I went to Sobo Café during Restaurant We ...
I went to Sobo Café during Restaurant Week to try somewhere new. I absolutely loved it! The food was amazing, with a laot of great, fresh options. The atmosphere was cozy and ambient, and the waitress was so nice! This is my favorite restaurant that I've been to in the city so far.
SoBo Cafe an excellent Baltimore neighbo ...
SoBo Cafe an excellent Baltimore neighborhood restaurant. Food was very well executed, clever blends of classic techniques with modern themes blending ingredients and flavor profiles.
Finnish (yes, from Finland, not a typo) summer cream soup with fresh veg and smoked salmon, very fresh roasted summer veg papardelle with a superior subtle tomato sauce, and succulent braised ribs were the evening standout entrees. Service was charming, friendly, honest advice, and professional. We went on a busy Saturday night during Restaurant Week in Baltimore and the staff and kitchen did an excellent job with all facets of our experience, presentation, timing, and tastes. The course selections for our prix fixe dinner were thoughtful and diverse, including real options for our vegan friend. We were impressed that the owner was present to make sure everything ran "just so", nice touch. Ask her about the John Wayne portrait in the Men's Room, funny story. We wished that the award winning biscuits were available for dinner as well, not just Sunday Brunch, but can imagine the cost of time and labor this would cause on a daily basis. The only slight disappointment was with the featured cocktails on the menu, too bland, too watery, too old schoolish trying to seem hip. The wines were a much better choice. Maybe the drinks sat at the service bar too long before being presented but they were not up to caliber with the rest of the fine experience.
The decor and original art on the walls are comfortable and tasteful, making the diner feel like we were in a warm vibrant room full of friends having a good time. Absolutely going back, for brunch too someday, based on the evening's wonderful experience - just skipping the missteps on mixology.
Go tonight, you deserve it, and it's worth the trip.
We love SOBO! The food is always consist ...
We love SOBO! The food is always consistent and worth the price. The wines and beers are always on target. They are always really careful and good about marking the menu and modifying dishes to accommodate allergies, vegan, or vegetarian requests. My favorite dish is the steak w/ creamed spinach (which is amazing and gluten free!). Thanks Sobo for being an amazing spot in Fed Hill and Baltimore.
we felt immediately welcome and at home ...
we felt immediately welcome and at home almost. the table was super small for 4 people but the food was super delicious, fresh and creative. we shared the spread plate, had salmon salad and salmon sandwich and the kids had the burgers, all very fresh and good. I had a homemade cocktail which was delicious. our waiter was super attentive. I thought the bill was a little high however...
Delicious food and great service even th ...
Delicious food and great service even though it was busy because of restaurant week. We've eaten here several times and I love that they update the menu seasonally, but also have some excellent standards. The chocolate peanut butter cake was out of this world!
I'm so happy we chose SoBo as our "try i ...
I'm so happy we chose SoBo as our "try it because it's Restaurant Week" find this year. You can go casual or dressy and won't feel out of place. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars throughout is because the location is small. Maybe they added tables to accommodate Restaurant Week. It wasn't unbearable...just a little tight.
One of the restaurants in the Cross Stre ...
One of the restaurants in the Cross Street Market area, we stopped in due to some good reviews. It pretty much lived up to the hype. Interesting selections which we all thought were delicious. A smallish place with a good wine list and beers ( no cocktails ), we'll be back.
Standouts on the summer menu are the gaz ...
Standouts on the summer menu are the gazpacho to start and the key line pudding to end. And the Peruvian chicken in between. Sobo Cafe is your neighborhood hangout with upscale food. And fabulous people working there
This was my first time trying Shakshuka ...
This was my first time trying Shakshuka and SoBo Cafe definitely nailed it.
Overall I really appreciated the diversity of offerings on their menu - rather than the traditional fare (though there are still plenty of options there), SoBo Cafe experiments with playful new additions that reimagine the brunch experience. Definitely will be coming back!
The SoBo chicken pot pie lives up to its ...
The SoBo chicken pot pie lives up to its reputation. My husband loved it. I was pleased with the Caesar salad which was perfectly dressed and topped with a succulent piece of salmon. A perfect dinner. Wish we had room for dessert.
The food was delicious!! All appetizers ...
The food was delicious!! All appetizers and meals were fresh, appealing to look at, and delicious to eat. Service was excellent. The general feel was welcoming and warm. It was our first time and we will definitely be back and recommend it to everyone.
Our second visit--not as wonderful as ou ...
Our second visit--not as wonderful as our first due to lack of communication on our server's part. I ordered the same solo smoked salmon benedict as I did last month stating I didn't want the potatoes but the salad greens instead and the potatoes came out and no greens.but had spinach on my benedict-- and the server had the gull to say to me : "You didn't communicate that to me". Anyway--I found that disappointing.
Was expecting more from the food.. Sword ...
Was expecting more from the food.. Swordfish was juicy which was great since it tends to be dry yet the butter on top was not intriguing.. Saw someone else at another table take the butter off as well. Heard so much about this place, did not meet expectations
Great brunch spot, fantastic food, wonderful staff
My friend and I biked up from DC and were looking for a great place to eat after our long ride. SoBo Cafe was perfect!! The food was amazing and the portions are generous; the staff were warm, welcoming, and lovely. Two thumbs way up.
The food and drinks at Sobo Cafe were absolutely delicious. I had the fettuccine and it is some of the best I've ever had. Also, the sangria pops in champagne were a great treat. It was nice to find this gem on a trip to Baltimore. I'll definitely return.
Great second visit
Second time at SoBo Cafe and it was wonderful. Definitely recommend the grilled stuffed grape leaves as a starter and flourless chocolate cake for dessert (with a peanut butter sauce that makes the dish). In between, we had three different entrees amongst us and enjoyed each. I think the chicken pot pie was the biggest surprise hit.
Always a treat at SoBo!
Hubs & I decided on Sobo for brunch, as it had been a while since we visited (lately we've been hitting up the closer & equally as delish new SoBo Market!) As always, we were delighted with the menu choices, and our selections for brunch. I got the bacon & egg flatbread (yum!) and hubs got the "Back to Bed" which he couldn't finish, and subsequently ended up back in bed for a nap! :) Service was on point, atmosphere welcoming, and overall it was a pleasurable experience!
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