1000 Lancaster St, Baltimore, MD | Directions 2120239.282421 -76.599774
Neighborhoods: Little Italy
Don't Bother – Charleston does capture true Charleston, SC feel. If you don't like it, don't visit Charleston, SC. Seated 30min late and hostess simply commented "typical Sat night". Server was polite but nesty hair was horrendous. First course was wonderful, then downhill. Tenderloin was too smokey and pork was missing ingredient (fresh cranberries the server raved about) and too tough to cut. When I told someone, he said, "everyone has commented how tender it is." I realize meat's condition is a variable beyond control but don't respond with other praise. Asked for salad instead - dressing was mostly salt. Ordered ice cream - only one flavor was right. Server giggled and stated flavors change so frequently it's hard to keep up. Grande finale was neighboring table telling server he couldn't drink the coffee because milk was curdled. Save time and money and drive down to DC to truly experience fine dining.
A destination – This beautiful restaurant on the Baltimore waterfront, is very well appointed and very romantic. The wine room is warm and quiet. The food is creative, and well done with more than ample portions. The tasting menus are well thought out and well worth considering. The wine list is extensive and the wine steward is knowledgeable and helpful. Cindy Wolfe's restaurant is worth a trip. Reservations a must. Visited four times in the past 12 months and never disappointed.
French-influenced Southern cuisine and exquisite service distinguish this fine dining spot. – The Scene
Charleston's decor and ambience provide a visually stimulating feast for the eyes. Low-hung chandeliers and warm woodwork contribute an impression of dining on an elegant plantation with an open kitchen. The superb service is the epitome of Southern hospitality. Reservations are strongly recommended.
As with most fine-dining restaurants, owner-chef Cindy Wolfe's menu changes regularly. Two outstanding Southern-style starters are the cornmeal-encrusted oysters with lemon-cayenne mayonnaise and the paper-thin smoked salmon, which literally melts in your mouth. A perfect entree of veal medallions is served in rich, sweet reduction sauce; the bacon-wrapped filet mignon overflows with juices. Continue with a cheese course or move straight to dessert. Charleston's decadent selection includes creme brulee topped with soft raspberries and a chocolate Napoleon with fresh blackberries.
I had dinner here with a large group of coworkers during a business trip in Baltimore. I have to say it was among the best dining experiences I've ever had. It was pricey, so it helped that it was paid for by the company!!! Anyways, this place was like a food fantasy. So many things that I've always wanted to try were available, as well as a vast wine list. The waitress was the most personable and knowedgeable one I've ever come across. Everything was delicious. There's an 8-course meal that allowed you to try a little bit of everything, with slightly smaller portions so you don't get too full.
"Family freindly" elegance – Without a doubt, the Charleston is the finest example of fine dining experiences in Baltimore. The food is exquisite, the decor classic, and the service pampering without being obtrusive. My partner and I have chosen the Charleston as our special occasion place both for the food and the inclusive and tolerant nature of both the staff and the other patrons.
If possible, don't miss the New Years Eve gala for 2003. It is an indulgence worth saving your pennies (and dollars) all year.
Great food and best service – Highly recommend this place if you never been there. Their food is great and the BEST service every time.
No question about it! – Charleston Restaurant is our all-time favorite in Baltimore. It is equal to the best that New York has to offer, only with friendly staff to boot! Not inexpensive, but it's worth the cost just to enjoy this kind of dining experience. Cindy knows her business!
Wildly expensive – No doubt about it, Charleston is a wonderful restaurant. But its prices are so high that it is difficult to justify going there for anything other than a REALLY special occasion. Also, Saturday night diners may find themselves rushed to decide and rushed to leave. At these prices, perhaps one should plan to go during the week.
Wonderful Restaurant – Charleston is great. The food is among the best I have ever tasted. You do pay a nice price for the food, but when you want to splurge on really, really great food - this is the place to go. The service is great, they literally have someone to do everything. They are wonderful, fast and courteous. There is no wait for anything except the next course.
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