There are a ton of great places to take your significant other out to dinner for a romantic evening in Baltimore, but I will try to make my choices based on different things various couples may be looking for. Some may want a fancy atmospheric dinner, some may like something unique, and some may simply want good food- hopefully everyone will find something they like on this list.
For Those Who Want an Atmospheric Dinner
I would suggest Pazo. Featuring delicious tapas and a Mediterranean palace like theme, Pazo is hard to beat in the atmosphere department. The candles, the curtains, and the sweet aromas will ignite your senses and truly create a special evening. They have a wide variety of items on the menu and nice selection of wines that will interest just about anyone- but it is a bit pricey. Individual tapas, or small plates, average around $8, and you need to get 3-5 of them to constitute a meal. It may be a bit expensive, but you are also paying for the experience, which is second to none.
For Those Who Want Something Unique
I have two options: Annabelle Lee, a tavern with an Edgar Allan Poe theme, or Talara, a modern, artistic Latino Restaurant. Annabelle Lee offers a wide variety of items on their menu, but the joy comes from the fact that you are eating in a place named after one of Poe’s final (and greatest) poems. Maybe I get more of a kick out of that than other people would, because I am a literature buff, but the tavern’s trappings are interesting enough to please most anyone in search of something different. Talara is great because of the wide selection of Latino beers, and authentic Latino menu available, something that isn’t too common around here. There are interesting, if not puzzling paintings hung about as well, offering easy conversation pieces for your meal. Both of these choices are still a bit pricey, but have options that keep the cost at a reasonable level.
For Those Who Simply Want Good Food
Some people like good food for a good value, and that is where my final two choices come in. Regi’s, in Federal Hill, has an excellent menu consisting of old favorites with a unique spin on them. Everything I have had there is excellent, and that is not just limited to dinner. They also have an excellent breakfast panini that I would eat everyday if I could. Their prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of food you are getting, which is something that should please just about anyone in times like these. My other choice is Isabella’s, a little pizza place/ deli in Little Italy. Their cheese pizza is some of the best I have ever had in my life, created from the finest of ingredients imported directly from Italy. The owner is very passionate about the food he makes and the product he carries, making the trip very intimate. The place is a little small, with only a few tables available, but if you are able to eat there, the food is a real treat, and priced very reasonably.