This is a trendy, local sourced restaurant, with a loud atmosphere, and very good food. With that said, this is why I only gave it 3 stars: We were seated next to the wait staffs' service area at a table for 4 that hardly accommodates 4 people so they can have a conversation. It's called jamming a table in a space for 4 that's too small. Next, while the wait staff seemd to be all over us filling our water glasses, our wine arrived AFTER we had finished the meal. Their excuse? They had "a hard time finding the wine". Really? It felt cramped, like we were seated at a busy bus stop location, and there were wait staff standing all around us. While the food is good, the wine was good, they need to get rid of this table. It will be a long time before I return. Making money should not come at the expense of comfort for your customer, especially when said customer is spending close to $400 for dinner.
One of the best restaurants in Baltimore. Everything is good here! Except the wine list.. It could be a little more extensive but holy smokes the cocktails are amazing. Brunch, Dinner whatever, go there and eat because whatever comes out of this farm to table restaurant is delicious! Time and energy goes into the preparation of the food. The ambiance is top notch! Get a reservation because this place is packed most of the time. Stop reading this review and GO!
Our expectations were far greater than the food that was served on Friday, August 8, 2014. The farm to table concept speaks to us, however, a meal laden with salt and fat masked the natural flavor of the food. I ordered the braised beef with mashed potatoes, gravy, and vegetable. Although the braised beef was tender enough, it could have been fused with more herbs and less salt. The mashed potatoes were a runny consistency loaded with butter, salty too. The green beans were few in count and strewn across the mashed potatoes which was unappealing to say the least. The peach and blueberry cobbler was delicious, but again, loaded with butter. My husband had the buttermilk soft shell crabs and he said they were small and the batter bland. He topped off his meal with the butterscotch pudding which was both rich and tasty, but the serving size was hardly worth the money spent. We are not new to Spike and Amy Gjerde's string of restaurants, but so far, not impressed with any of them. Simply put, they are overrated and overpriced!!! For those reading this review, take a stroll over to Hampden's ever so popular "Avenue" (36th Street) and give the award-winning Chef Chad Gauss of The Food Market a try. Sure, its location on Hampden's bustling "Avenue" is inferior to the renovated Clipper Mill, but everything else about your experience at The Food Market will be superior. The décor and lighting urban chic, warm and inviting, but more importantly, from appetizer to dessert you won't be disappointed in presentation, taste or price. Recently, my husband ordered the lamb chops at The Food Market which he described as succulent. There isn't a meal we haven't thoroughly enjoyed at The Food Market and it's because they do a fine job of fusing flavor, depth, and texture into their artful menu selection. The shrimp n' grits is unlike no other around town and the portion size won't disappoint. There's a fool born every day and farm to table appears to have many, especially at the Woodberry Kitchen and Shoo-Fly Diner. Friendly Service 4 stars/Mediocre Food 2 stars/Atmosphere Loud & Crowded 2 stars.
Food was amazing! Scallops were awesome, great crab cake. Cobbler for desert was outstanding! Sat at the bar, a little crowded but overall it was a great time.
My favorite restaurant yet. And I eat all over country. This place is great in every way. Make a reservation, expect to spend some money and enjoy yourself. 6 stars if I could.