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Cafe Hon

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American, Cafe, Diner, Balti, Eastern European
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1002 W 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211 (Roland Ave)
+1 410-243-1230
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Cafe Hon established in 1992 has been a Baltimore tradition for 20...
Cafe Hon established in 1992 has been a Baltimore tradition for 20 years.Located in Hampden a four block main street Cafe Hon feature comfort food,homemade pie and cakes, homemade hot fudge for sundaes and a variety of burgers and seafood.
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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Funky and delicious

If you saw the movie Hairspray and liked it, you'll love the ambience of Cafe Hon. In addition the food was delicious. We loved the mismatched formica tables and chairs and the art on the walls. Three of us had lunch on a hot day in Baltimore. Two folks had crab cakes and one had fish and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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MD
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68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I have dined at this place many times and I have never been disappointed. The menu offerings are limited, but everything is good. I suggest that you save room for dessert...grandma's kitchen type cakes and pies...also shakes and of course malts. It's Baltimore Hon so of course crab cakes...if you are from out of town, but this in your must... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Okay, the real truth about this restaurant is you can get addicted to a particular meal. For the four of us there was a HUGE disagreement because each one insisted they had the best meal. I think the BALT (BLT with avocado for non Baltimore insiders) while another of the diners argued for the chicken salad and the other for... More 

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Wendy S, Manager at Cafe Hon, responded to this review

Wow! That was just super awesome! I am so glad you all had such great meals! We really work hard to ensure a quality product every time! We use only quality ingredients, make everything from scratch and cook everything to order, and because of that we make the usual, unusually delicious! Hopefully, you will come back and try some of... More 

Lewisburg, West Virginia
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84 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

If you saw the movie Hairspray and liked it, you'll love the ambience of Cafe Hon. In addition the food was delicious. We loved the mismatched formica tables and chairs and the art on the walls. Three of us had lunch on a hot day in Baltimore. Two folks had crab cakes and one had fish and chips. They praised... More 

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Wendy S, Manager at Cafe Hon, responded to this review

Thanks for such a cheerful review! We have always prided ourselves on a "no-filler" crab cake, because, let's be honest, we all order them because we want to eat crab, not filler, right? We are also always willing to substitute something to make a meal more pleasing to the customer. Our pies are made in house, truly from scratch, no... More 

Trinity
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193 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I recently had lunch here based on a recommendation from co-workers. The decor is nice and the food is tasty, but ouch the lunch prices are crazy. $37 with tip for a sandwich and a salad and two waters. Our company allots $16 for lunch (which is plenty) and normally I can eat for $10. Over $18 per person when... More 

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Wendy S, Manager at Cafe Hon, responded to this review

I am sorry that you feel our prices are too high. Our lunch sandwiches actually start at $7.99 for a fresh homemade egg salad sandwich with Utz chips, or for that price you can choose a BLT with 4 slice of fresh cooked applewood smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato, and Utz chips. You mentioned a "club" sandwich. We have two:... More 

Annapolis, Maryland
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Ive been there a few times over the years when up in baltimore. The place is always clean and the waitresses friendly. This last time i had a burger which tasted very good. They brought the wrong plate out for my daughter but quickly replaced it with what she wanted, all with a smile. Next time I'm up that way... More 

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Wendy S, Manager at Cafe Hon, responded to this review

Thank you for your pleasant review! We strive to serve the best food with the best service. It is delightful when customers take the time to let us know about their experiences. While we occasionally make mistakes, we also work quickly to correct them. We are especially pleased to hear how friendly and efficient the service was. We are looking... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Multiple stops at the Cafe Hon over the past 10 years have never disappointed me. Sometimes the place is crowded, the service is slow, but the food is usually pretty good. The staff is always friendly and willing to chat. It is a Baltimore landmark and you MUST go there if you are traveling anywhere near Maryland! God bless you,... More 

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Wendy S, Manager at Cafe Hon, responded to this review

Thanks for that "delightful" review! We are happiest when we make people happy, and feed them well. We want everyone to enjoy their meal, and hopefully if someone is not happy, they let us know right away so we can fix it! I do apologize if the service is slow at times, but we are happy to hear that the... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Definitely a "destination restaurant" meaning if you spend time in Baltimore you HAVE to come here just to say you did. The menu boasts an array of comfort foods like "Mom's meatloaf," grilled cheese, chili and turkey dinner complete with stuffing and cranberry sauce as well as the typical burgers and crab cakes. If you're looking for uninspired food, this... More 

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Wendy S, Manager at Cafe Hon, responded to this review

We are pleased that you were provided such excellent service. According to your review it was busy, and there are occasions (which we strive to avoid) when everyone comes in at once, and the kitchen can take some time. Additionally, we strive to provide only the freshest food possible, with each meal being cooked to order, which can also take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Best seafood in Maryland. I'd eat there again. The service was great, and the environment was fun. All six people we ate with enjoyed their dish.

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Wendy S, Manager at Cafe Hon, responded to this review

Thanks for such kind words! We strive to provide only the best seafood available, using fresh local crabmeat and oysters, in season. Our servers are a great bunch, and many have been here for over 5 years, and one has been here for over 20 years! We do hope you will come visit us again soon! More 

St. Albans, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Visited here as I was visiting a friend in the local area and she insisted we try it as it had been on TV. Thought it was a really nice place! Staff were friendly and helpful and the food was reasonably priced and nice. I had lasagne, wished there was more of it though! We had a good experience here... More 

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Wendy S, Manager at Cafe Hon, responded to this review

We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Cafe Hon. Thank you for then taking the time to write such a nice review. We work hard to ensure quality food and pleasant service. We do hope you will come again soon! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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160 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I can identify the giant pink flamingo outside of Cafe Hon in Hampden as one of the city's icons, however Cafe Hon was always one of those spots I avoided like the plague. I hadn't heard any great reviews about the place (they were on Kitchen Nightmares) and it just seemed like a tourist trap. My roommate had recently eaten... More 

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Wendy S, Manager at Cafe Hon, responded to this review

We do appreciate you taking the time to write such a detailed review. Occasionally, a server does forget an item, and we do apologize. Hopefully, you will come back and try our new Hon buns that are now made from scratch right here in our kitchen. We are also retraining our servers so that all milkshakes will be thick and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1002 W 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
    (Roland Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore
  • Phone Number: +1 410-243-1230

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Diner, Balti, Eastern European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Cafe Hon established in 1992 has been a Baltimore tradition for 20 years.Located in Hampden a four block main street Cafe Hon feature comfort food,homemade pie and cakes, homemade hot fudge for sundaes and a variety of burgers and seafood.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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