About Wine Market Bistro
Baltimore, MD 21230
Wine Market Bistro is a unique café, wine bar and wine shop all under one roof. We proudly offer over 30 wines by the glass and a 500 bottle selection in the wine shop. Most restaurants charge 300% or more for wine--at Wine Market guests can enjoy amazing wines for a small corkage fee ($11) over the retail price! This is a great savings for any wine lover. We feature a beautiful courtyard patio in the warmer months and a sophisticated Soho Loft like dining area inside all year. Reviews- Baltimore Magazine "Best Restaurants" 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009; 2011 Baltimore Sun rated us as one of the top 10 kitchens in all of Baltimore; Style Magazine listed us as one of their- "100 Favorite Places, People and Things." See website for more details.
Contemporary American, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am -4:00pm *limited menu 3:00-4:00*
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free parking available right in front of the restaurant.
Baltimore's free bus service; the circulator banner route stops right next to our location.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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Private events available in unique wine tasting room. Buy out options available as well.
Wine Market Bistro Ratings and Reviews
My boyfriend and I dined here for his bi ...
My boyfriend and I dined here for his birthday and Baltimore restaurant week's $35 dinner special we saw on Wine Market's website. We were excited to see that the menu had great items we loved such as the lamb burger and mac & cheese side. We arrived a little bit before our reservation to sit at the bar for happy hour- except there wasn't any at 6pm on a Tuesday night. The bartender explained that they don't participate in HH during restaurant week- something we wished we knew before coming half an hour early. So to pass the time we ordered a bottle of wine. Came time to sit at the table, we looked at the RW menu to find the items we loved. They didn't have them! Ah! We asked our waitress why the lamb burger and mac & cheese weren't available and she just said "things change." What an explanation. We asked if the manager would honor the items and THANKFULLY he did, because that IS what we came for. My boyfriend and I shared appetizers of pork belly and fried oysters. The pork belly was by far my favorite dish out of all- coming with an egg on the side; and the oysters were large and full. For our entrees, we both got the lamb burger and the rich, creamy, cheesy, amazing mac &cheese as our side. The food runner switched up our temperatures on the lamb burgers, though. The lamb "burger" was surprisingly a little spicy in the middle of a flatbread with a side of fries- sooo yummy! And finally, saving the best for last- dessert! I had the bread pudding and my boyfriend had cheesecake- I guess they don't do candles for birthdays or maybe they forgot because no one ever mentioned the occasion! Overall the food was EXCELLENT, there wasn't any dish we didn't like or thought blah. The only suggestion I have is to keep their website updated to avoid both the HH and RW incident so patrons don't waste anyone's time or come for something that's not available.
The entire evening was under whelming. T ...
The entire evening was under whelming. The service was very strange. First our server Mike never introduced himself ( I learned his name from our receipt) or asked if we were celebrating anything special or if we had dined at the Wine Market before. Second he never made eye contact with me or really addressed me at all the entire evening, he would only look my boyfriend in the eyes and talk with him. Mike also continuously fumbled with his serving towel folded over his private parts while talking about the specials, which was extremely distracting and awkward.
We sat at a very tight two top and my boyfriends empty beer stayed present on the table almost the entire dinner which crowded an already tight table. We ordered wine with dinner, the only time wine was poured for us was the initial taste.
Grilled Caesar was delicious! For dinner both my boyfriend and I got the rib eye. They both lacked seasoning but my boyfriends rib eye was cooked prefect nice tender juciy warm pink center, my steak was over cooked and tough. We went to another restaurant for dessert.
The check was presented paperclipped to an ad for their private dining room? I found this very odd for a nice establishment.
I expected a high level of service and food. If we hadn't gotten a $100 gift certificate for Christmas I would have asked to speak with a manager. I don't think we will return.
I have been to the Wine Market many time ...
I have been to the Wine Market many times and consider it one of my favorite restaurants. However, our New Year’s Eve meal was quite disappointing. Long waits between courses. Cream of crab soup much too spicy to eat. Scallop entrees arrived lukewarm at best and lacking the promised truffle flavor. The server offered to return them for heating, but by that time we were running out of time and patience. Dessert was fine. I would say the meal pacing and service was quite off and the food was good, but not outstanding. Considering prior experiences in this restaurant I was disappointed.
On a cold and rainy night, what a pleasu ...
On a cold and rainy night, what a pleasure to dine at the Wine Market where you can park just outside the front door. I had the veal schnitzel and my wife had the Wahoo fish dish. Both were great. Mine was so large I had to ask for a take-home box. Service was polite and accurate and the noise level was tolerable. All in all a very good experience.
Wine market is always a good place. Thi ...
Wine market is always a good place. This is one of our favorite 'special occasion' type places in the area. The food is fantastic and the rotating menu always brings something new. The atmosphere is nice, and overall it's just a good place to be. The only downside is that it definitely falls on the pricey side - we typically end up at ~45-60 per person for a dinner evening. So, not an 'everyday' affair for us, but good on the occasion.
I have dined at the Wine Market 3-4 time ...
I have dined at the Wine Market 3-4 times a year for 5 or more years, lunch and dinner. Generally always solid and good, a go-to place, though all its hard surfaces can make it noisy and cold. This was the year I chose to have our office holiday dinner there on Saturday.
It was so disappointing. The services was slow, the wait intolerable between courses. The food arrived lukewarm to cool. The sauce was congealing on my fish, which was meaty and tasteless. Other dishes looked similarly unappetizing. None of us commented as we were so hungry and it was so late and it was the office holiday party. The dining room was full along with a function in the adjoining room. I guess we were last on the attention list.
I will not return. Baltimore has many other fine dining establishments worthy of my dollar.
Overall a fine meal, creative dishes, be ...
Overall a fine meal, creative dishes, beautifully prepared. Interesting wine selection. 15% discount on wine from small attached retail shop. Overall service was good.
Gripe #1: I know it is hard to expect expert or just really good wine service outside of luxe restaurants. But, in a restaurant of this name, I was surprised to watch our white wine disappear from our table after the initial pour. Our server inexplicably carried it to an ice bucket a few yards away instead of leaving it next to our table. The wine seemed more than cold enough without the ice bucket, but she was gone by the time we realized this.
The server was nowhere to be found as our glasses emptied. So, I got up from our table to retrieve our bottle. As I lifted it from the ice bucket, it was encrusted - with ice cubes. Apparently, the bottle had been stored at below freezing. The loose cubes in the bucket had become frozen to the bottle. I had to scrape off the ice as best I could using just my fingers. When I then walked back and tried to place the bottle on our table, I found that there was a chunk of ice sticking to the punt. I had to use a spoon to pry off enough of this ice to set the bottle down on the table. As we enjoyed the meal, more ice hidden in the punt melted, creating a puddle on our table, which I had to wipe with my napkin to prevent it from running off the table into my lap.
Never store or chill white wine lower than 40 degrees F.
ASK your customer if he/she wants an ice bucket, or prefers the bottle be left on the table.
If your customer prefers an ice bucket, place the bucket close enough to the table that your patron can retrieve it without standing up.
Gripe #2: To me, there was an unpleasant odor in the restaurant. It smelled as though it has endured many food and beverage spills in time which were not properly or completely cleaned, thus leaving that sour fermentation smell - covered up by some industrial disinfectant.
Once again we had another completely del ...
Once again we had another completely delightful meal here. I am biased as we eat here about once a month
As usual the food is inventive without being weird or strange. Though they do not have a gluten free menu they have always gladly made adjustments when it was possible.
Some may consider it "out of the way" but it is actually so convenient and with free parking on site it is clear great dining choice for city or county dwellers wishing for a good meal
Recently, my wife and I took her parents ...
Recently, my wife and I took her parents out for their anniversary. We had not been to The Wine Market in over a year. Glad we went back. Our server--Zach--was so gracious and helped to make the evening special. He was also helpful with wine pairing suggestions. Playfully creative cuisine, like roasted sunchokes over fois gras mousse, with soft poached egg and crispy chicken skin. Scallops were beautifully seared, hanger steak was perfectly cooked, and all meals were served hot! It is a bit noisy, but the atmosphere and the fall menu can't be beat.
Good overall meal and 3 course for $35 o ...
Good overall meal and 3 course for $35 on Wednesday was a bargain. Sea bass was excellent as was grilled Caesar salad. Flourless chocolate cake was dry and a little disappointing but overall very nice experience.
Really wanted to like this place. Servic ...
Really wanted to like this place. Service was friendly but not attentive at all. Apps were poorly done. Wine was warm (yes, I know what temp a wine should be). One main was excellent, the other was really an unbalanced dish with a massively dressed heap of cabbage and only 5 gnocchi. Weird vibe like maybe something was going on in the back that they couldn't fake in the dining room
The Wine Market Bistro is a very comfort ...
The Wine Market Bistro is a very comfortable room. The room felt exceptionally clean and fresh. My wife and I sat at one of the tables overlooking a courtyard with landscape lighting. Nice.
The food was very good. I had monk fish for the first time. I now know I don't like monk fish but if I did, I would probably think this was the best monk fish I'd ever had.
We liked everything about The Wine Market Bistro. Our friends will like it, too.
We had not been to Wine Market Bistro fo ...
We had not been to Wine Market Bistro for some time. We returned on this visit for a special occasion, remembering the exceptional meals we had here. This visit was a big disappointment. Except for an excellent starter, the roasted sweet potato soup, everything was below average. The pumpkin gnocchi were tasty, but there were only 4 of them and they were buried in a red cabbage slaw. The clams and linguine were flavorless. For dessert, the pumpkin bread pudding was soggy and the ice cream was not homemade. Service was friendly, and management took the gnocchi off our bill after we expressed dissatisfaction. We do not know whether we made bad menu choices or the restaurant has suffered an overall decline. We will think long and hard before we return.
The Wine Market is a consistent pleasure ...
The Wine Market is a consistent pleasure for us when we drive through the Baltimore area. We live in No. VA and at least a couple times a year when we are travelling back from NYC, Wilmington or other northern locations we stop at the Wine Market on the way home. An easy off and on from I-95 just south of the Baltimore Tunnel, we discovered the Wine Market about 10 years ago. We've had numerous dinners there, and a couple brunches, all excellently prepared, and inventive pairings. And besides the range of edible options they offer an excellent range of wine and beer pairings.
All in all one of our go-to restaurants.
Dined outside on a beautiful evening. Th ...
Dined outside on a beautiful evening. The patio is surrounded by buildings so there is little or no wind. Waiter chose an excellent Pinot Noir by the glass. My wife and I shared 3 appetizers and a fish entree which were all creative and delicious. This is one of our favorite restaurants and it's a 30 minute drive from our house.
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