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Charleston is Chef Cindy Wolf's signature restaurant whose cuisine is rooted in French fundamentals and the Low Country cooking of South Carolina, engaging both regional and international influences. The restaurant offers an extensive prix fixe tasting menu from which guests choose between three and up to six courses. Service is experienced, informed, and intuitive. The extensive, award winning wine list is selected by Tony Foreman and was designed to complement Chef Wolf's cuisine.
PRICE RANGE
US$50 - US$150
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner
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American
FEATURES
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 17 October 2020 via mobile

Absolutely incredible food and experience, if you are prepared to spend the money! Highly recommend absolutely everything, except maybe the cheese. I am a cheese snob and regularly buy excellent cheese for my house- hard to swallow paying the same for a small portion as...I would for a large block.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 9 September 2020

Definitely a place to come to for a treat. Am obsessed with finding a recipe for that french onion soup amuse they gave us. Husband declared the fried oysters the most perfectly done he'd ever had. Everything we ordered was delicious. This is a place...to come celebrate and be pampered.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 2 September 2020

The food was fantastic. The options are excellent. They are Carona Virus Crazy at this place. That made for a less than enjoyable dinning experience. Management is a bit full of themselves. Service was OK. These seemed to be a little difficulty getting water and...other simple items such as salt and pepper.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 22 August 2020 via mobile

Fantastic food, world class service, Charleston Is and should be the best in Baltimore! Enjoyed every aspect of this restaurant from walking through the door to paying the check, just a treat tonight for my whole family! Covid won’t stop this establishment from providing a...spectacular experience and Len, our server, was perfect in his service! Explained the menu perfectly, which was needed because every dish on the prix fixe menu is outstanding! It was a hard decision for all of us to pick everything we could without overlapping our orders so as to partake in all this restaurant has to offer! My wife started off with a flavorful Steak Tartare, which was very tasty and overflowing with subtle richness! My son had the Shrimp and Scallops Ceviche and it was the best bite of the evening, which is saying something with all the other great dishes involved! Great depth of flavor and spice made this an outstanding dish, Superb! My daughter in laws’ Salmon Crudo was very fresh with a good bit of vinegar to make your pallet pucker and the rich Lobster soup with Curry was to die for! Large chunks of Lobster served table side with the soup poured over all was simply some of the best we have had, also Superb! The Arugula Salad was perfectly dressed and refreshing in its flavor, not your ordinary salad! Lobster Ravioli had subtle flavor and an interesting take on its presentation, almost like rose petals or tomatoes, but totally different when eaten, which is a joy when you can fool the pallet! My wife had an excellent Salmon for the entree portion of the evening, moist and juicy describes it well! My lobster tail was a little undercooked, but the flavors and Caviar on this Crustacean took care of that faux pas! My sons Squab was excellent, again perfectly cooked and very juicy! Daughter in laws’ scallops and Truffle Fettuccine was another eye roller! Just fantastic flavor! All the desserts were lip smacking good, from an Almond Pound Cake to an outstanding Chocolate Raspberry Opera Cake! Highly, highly recommend this restaurant when in Baltimore, but bring your checkbook. Great food, ambiance and service come at a price, but it is certainly well worth it! Enjoy!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 24 July 2020 via mobile

Perfect evening! Wow! The team at the Charleston nail it every time! The service and food was top notch and could not ask for anything better. We did three courses which included bread, and amuse bouche, and dessert. Their shrimp and grits is my favorite...- cannot find them as good anywhere else! They were super strict on hygiene requirements and we felt comfortable the entire time.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 2 March 2020

Spent the weekend with wife at the hotel. Beautiful hotel and the staff was friendly. The food at the restaurant in the hotel was expensive. The waiter and servers were very nice. Valet Parking was expensive. Do it your self. The garage is 20 meters...from the hotel called Charleston County Parking Garage. You save $20 a night. Lots of restaurant from the hotel. They also have a store called Harris Teeter so you can save some $ and buy water by the case.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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colbyr772, Other at Charleston Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2020

Though the high marks are certainly appreciated, Derek, I am not entirely sure you are rating the correct location. Should you be in the Baltimore area looking to wine and dine, however, we would love to welcome you to Charleston!

Reviewed 23 February 2020

The seven dishes we shared (in ascending order of how much we liked them): (1) escargot - we prefer the traditional garlic butter preparation to the wine reduction preparation at Charleston; (2) beef tenderloin - the beef or course was absolutely first rate but the...olives in the sauce didn't do much for us; (3) lobster ravioli - this was an off-menu special that sounded so good we ordered it even though it was an extra - very good but not great; (4) through (7) - I can't rank these in order - they were all fabulous - shrimp & grits, a scallop, halibut and squab. Service was impeccable. Pricey but worth every sou, shekel, yen, euro and peso.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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colbyr772, Other at Charleston Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2020

Thank you for permitting us the privilege of serving you and for taking the time to flatter us with such kind words, Marc! It is truly wonderful to hear your praise for the great skill of Chef Wolf and her team. We look forward to...More

Reviewed 20 February 2020

I once asked the late-great chef Bernard Perrier (brother of the famed Georges Perrier, the culinary icon behind the legendary and deeply missed Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia) with whom my wife and I were friends, “Bernard, where do you go to eat when you...want a spectacular dinner?” His answer without hesitate or equivocation was “Cindy Wolf’s Charleston”. Over the more than ten years since Bernard recommended Charleston to us, my wife and I have enjoyed many exceptional dinners there; our most recent visit for Valentine’s dinner was no exception. First, the ambiance is very refined. We began our evening with a glass of Champagne complimented by some decadently addictive white truffle chips in the modern, elegant, and comfortable bar area. Once finished with our aperitif, we adjourned to our table. The restaurant has three beautifully appointed dining rooms, each with a slightly different motif. On this visit, we were seated at a sweetheart booth table in the newly renovated main dining room (it was gorgeous before, even better now). Second, the service team – all super friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, and excellent. Turning to the food, we were treated to a special Valentine’s menu offering a choice between an “X” (seafood leaning) or an “O” (more land-based leaning) menu. We decided to try one of each and to share bites. Before commencing the menu proper, an amuse bouche consisting of a petite cup of very tasty asparagus bisque served with a gruyere puff was presented. My “X” menu began with Chef Wolf’s famous lobster curry soup (likely the best lobster bisque I’ve ever eaten with succulent pieces of lobster meat in a rich, savory lobster curry). Next I enjoyed the chilled shrimp salad (large shrimp in a refreshing and flavorful salad). From there, I was treated to a button mushroom vol-au-vent adorned with a phenomenal shallot and cognac cream sauce. For my main, I switched with my wife at her request and had the grilled New York strip --- perfectly seared medium rare served with trumpet mushrooms and a savory and delicious Barolo reduction. Following the savory course, we enjoyed a selection of cheeses from the cheese cart (I always appreciate the presentation of a cheese cart, and Chef Wolf has stocked hers with a bounty of the very best). To close, I enjoyed the chocolate cremeux (appropriately served in the shape of a heart to commemorate the day) in a raspberry sauce. Petit fours were presented before the bill of fare. We enjoyed both Champagne and a Barolo from the restaurant’s super-comprehensive and fairly-priced wine list to complement our meal. Overall, Charleston always delivers in a big way, and it is truly among the very best restaurants in the United States.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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colbyr772, Other at Charleston Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2020

We deeply appreciate your continued patronage, and we feel truly flattered by your accolades. You are quite the ambassador for us! We look forward to the great pleasure of welcoming you back and treating you to another, perfect Charleston experience.

Reviewed 6 February 2020

We were back at Charleston for another fantastic birthday celebration last week. Cindy Wolf and her team never disappoint. I had the four course menu with wine pairing. Steak tartare, Scallop, Halibut and Lamb Chop, with the best of the evening award going to the...Scallop, which was a special. Len provided outstanding, attentive but not obtrusive service. This is our "go to" restaurant in Baltimore for a special meal, and one of our favorites anywhere.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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colbyr772, Other at Charleston Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2020

Thank you for choosing to celebrate such a special occasion with us at Charleston! I am so glad to hear that we were able to help make your evening enjoyable. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back soon!

Reviewed 29 December 2019

A truly outstanding restaurant. Flawless service starts with the valets, to warm greeting by the hostess, the restaurant manager, and the bartender who makes an outstanding martini and many other great specialty cocktails. The price fixe menu (you choose the number of courses and dessert...is included) is very well executed, paced perfectly and the wine pairings are truly amazing and spot on for the dishes. Chef Cindy Wolf and her kitchen staff prepare really wonderful, creative dishes. The soups, fried oysters, white truffle fettuccine, and the caramelized cauliflower were standouts to a really interesting menu this week. Service is flawless, friendly but very professional. All the servers are amazing and know their jobs very well, and Jocelyn in particular makes our meals at Charleston a special experience. As you might gather, we are "regulars" but have never been disappointed. Expensive but since you only live once, treat yourself to an outstanding experience at Charleston.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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colbyr772, Owner at Charleston Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2019

We appreciate your continued patronage! It always has been and always will be our great pleasure to serve you. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Dave L
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We offer complimentary valet parking.
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Yes, we offer complimentary valet parking.
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Thank you for your question, we are owned by our executive chef, Cindy Wolf.
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