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Dinner and a Show: Pair a delicious meal with a captivating performance during Restaurant Week

January 15, 2024

Baltimore City boasts a rich tapestry of flavors and unique cuisines from each of its 250 neighborhoods. Now in its 18th year, Downtown Partnership and Visit Baltimore have once again partnered to bring you Baltimore Restaurant Week — returning for its winter iteration January 26 – February 4, 2024.

As you embark upon what is sure to be a culinary adventure throughout Charm City, we encourage you to make the most it! In addition to being a hub for incredible dining, Baltimore is privileged to host world-class theaters, venues, and award-winning performing arts spaces across every corner of the city. The coolest part? Many of these venues are mere blocks away from restaurants offering incredible dinner deals during Restaurant Week.

Plan an evening filled with cuisine and culture and watch sparks fly!  Whether it’s a budding relationship, or you want to reconnect with your significant other, there is an expertly paired suggestion to tailor your date night experience to. An intimate evening of laughter, creativity, and delicious food in the heart of Baltimore is sure to do you some good! So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading for our expert picks and let us take the guess work out of planning your next date night.

1. Ruth’s Chris + Show @ The Hippodrome or Everyman Theatre
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Renowned for its succulent steaks, fresh ingredients, and upscale ambiance, Ruth’s Chris Steak House graces the edge of Pier 5. Embark on an elevated date night with breathtaking views, as Ruth’s Chris presents a menu featuring unforgettable house favorites. Begin your culinary journey with their expertly seasoned Louisiana seafood gumbo, complemented by a delightful main course of juicy stuffed chicken breast and creamed spinach.

As the night unfolds, let Baltimore’s talented actors and actresses weave you into the tapestry of theatrics. Extend your love for the performing arts by making your way to The Hippodrome to catch the crowd-pleasing production of Mrs. Doubtfire, with performances occurring nightly at 8PM Jan 30 – Feb 4. Or, head around the corner to Everyman Theatre whose production of Crumbs From The Table Of Joy opens Jan 28 with daily performances offered through the duration of the Baltimore Restaurant Week.

 

2. The Tilted Row + Patti LaBelle @ The Lyric Baltimore
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Paying homage to Baltimore’s signature row home architecture, The Tilted Row, located in Bolton Hill, features elevated American cuisine inspired by Middle Eastern flavors. Prepped with high-quality ingredients, this restaurant adds a fine dining experience at just the right price! At the Tilted Row, all are welcome to enjoy, as the menu features gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Try something new like the Tilted Row’s butternut squash ravioli or charred octopus. Just 7 minutes down the road, be in the presence of powerful voices and melodies at The Lyric. Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Patti Labelle graces the stage on Feb 2, 2024.

 

3. Tapas Teatro +  Movie Night @ The Charles Theatre 
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Sometimes you’re in the mood for something quick and delicious. Known for their small plates with big flavor – Tapas Teatro is a cafe with an eclectic flair. Celebrating the true tradition of tapas, Tapas Teatro regularly updates their menu, so restaurant goers are always in for a surprising treat. Try their famous farm-house sangria; or take a bite into the Marmitako — a Basque stew of tuna, potato, roasted sofrito and tomato. Right next door, you’ll find Baltimore’s historic Charles Theatre. The Charles is known for screening revival and indie flicks you won’t always find at your local chain theater. Opening night of The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen coincides with Baltimore Restaurant Week, with more film screenings being announced in the coming weeks.

 

4. Guilford Hall Brewery + Back to the Future Live in Concert @ BSO
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If you’re in the mood for beer, or looking for a dinner in more casual digs, Guilford Hall Brewery is a solid option. This European brewpub  is located in the original 1898 Crown Cork & Seal factory in Station North and offers quick bites like their famous giant pretzels, as well as full course dinners featuring options like the Jagerschnitzel and Romanian garlicky meat sausages (known as Mici). Not shy with accommodations, you’ll find vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options here. A short drive will have you and your date arriving at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to see the mesmerizing Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Looking for something fun a nostalgic? The BSO is playing the soundtrack to Back to the Future live in concert from January 26 – 28. Also in concert will be Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue from February 2 – 4.

 

5. Mera Kitchen Collective + Jazz Show @ An Die Muzik
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Priding itself on being a worker’s cooperative, non-profit, and restaurant Mera Kitchen Collective is a community-driven food business. Savor in their crowd-pleasing Yassa Chicken Wings, smothered in a mouth-watering tangy mustard sauce. Or maybe you’re looking to enjoy something on the lighter side? Their Burkinabé Plantain and Avocado Bowl might be the dish for you. Expert tip— this spot is great for vegetarians and vegans! After dinner, take a short drive to catch a jazz show in an intimate setting at An Die Muzik. Located on the second floor of a historic townhouse, enjoy performances from Hannah Mayer & Friends, Joe DeCara and Bob Butta Quartet, Garibaldi de Almeida Silva, or a Musical Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe — all happening during Restaurant Week.

 

6. Pie in the Sky + The Port Comedy Club
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Melted cheese, homemade dough, and endless toppings are the key components of Pie in the Sky pizzeria in Fells Point. Known for their gourmet slices, they also offer gluten-free and vegetarian pizzas! Not in the mood for pizza? No problem; this pizzeria dishes out wings, hot sandwiches, and delectable desserts. Within walking distance, share a laugh and continue date night at Federal Hill’s Port Comedy Club. With various shows to choose from, listen to some of Baltimore’s hilarious comedians. 

 

7. Wicked Sisters + Don’t Tell Comedy (Hampden)
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Whether you are looking for a more social outing or would like to keep it intimate, Wicked Sisters has you covered. Offering comfort food in elevated digs, indulge in gourmet burgers, crab cakes, and expertly crafted cocktails. This American-style tavern delivers both vegan and vegetarian options for brunch, lunch, and dinner. After dinner, uncover hidden laughter at Don’t Tell Comedy‘s pop-up show in Hampden on January 27. With exact locations only sent out on the morning of the show, Don’t Tell is a spontaneous way to keep the excitement going into the evening.

 

8. Blackwall Hitch + Concert @ Baltimore Soundstage or RAMS Head LIVE! 
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If a sit-down meal is more your speed, head east to the Inner Harbor’s own Blackwall Hitch. Pulling from the harbor’s rich history, Blackwall Hitch has made waves in the hearts of Baltimoreans. Locally sourcing its food and spirits, Blackwall Hitch features elevated takes on seafood favorites like Maryland Crab Cakes, Glazed Scallops, and Chesapeake Alfredo. Take a quick walk over to Baltimore Soundstage or Rams Head LIVE! and spend the rest of your evening rocking out. Various shows are popping up during Restaurant Week including Almost Queen: A Tribute to Queen at RHL on January 26, Jospeh at RHL on January 29, and Disturbing The Peace — a two-night hardcore fest — at Soundstage January 26-28.

 

9. Sobo Cafe + Magic @ Illusions Bar and Theater 
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Enjoy a glass of wine and try the seasonal dishes at Sobo Cafe. Going out of their way to make customers feel at home, Sobo Cafe has prepared a 3-course menu for Restaurant Week featuring dishes like the; rosemary hummus, Korean short rib, paired with a yummy dessert. Less than a 5 minute walk away, you’ll find one of Baltimore’s hidden gems — Illusions Bar and Theater. Spark magic between you and your boo at this truly unique, interactive and intimate magic experience. Blending comedy, sleight of hand, mentalism and even a bit of danger, you’re sure to be amazed at the various magic shows.

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