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Ze Mean Bean Cafe

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Eastern European, Café, Wine Bar
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1739 Fleet St, Baltimore, MD 21231-2918 (Broadway)
410-675-5999
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining
Large groups
Outdoor seating
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Interesting Slavic/Polish Specialties in a Charming Setting

This was my fourth trip to the restaurant, and it's been good and consistent every time. The pierogies are fabulous, and the stuffed cabbage rolls are very good. There is also a pretty good selection of salads and some other interesting Eastern European fare. Their wine selection isn't what it used... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
NaFrCo
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Baltimore
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Baltimore
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This was my fourth trip to the restaurant, and it's been good and consistent every time. The pierogies are fabulous, and the stuffed cabbage rolls are very good. There is also a pretty good selection of salads and some other interesting Eastern European fare. Their wine selection isn't what it used to be - just a few selections in each... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Having grown up with a Polish brother -n-law, missed those meals his mother and sisters use to make. Ze Mean brought those memories back. I guess the special ingredients... "LOVE" was missing it was good but the polish flair i still missed.

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Vienna, VA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This place is a real gem in Baltimore. We were looking for an easy place to settle down for brunch on a beautiful Sunday morning in October. This spot looked great -- a few outdoor tables for sunning and a lovely intimate setting inside. Definitely one of the best brunches I have ever had -pancakes to die for, bacon like... More 

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Columbia MD
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My mother was a terrific Polish cook. I especially loved her pierogis. The pierogis at Ze Mean Bean are better than Mom's! (Sorry Mom!) The kielbasa had a smokey-flavor that I enjoyed more than the garlicky version I'm used to. I don't know much about Hungarian goulash, but it was very tasty and I enjoyed it. I never cared that... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Small restaurant in Baltimore with great service and delicious food. My wife and I both tried the Slavic Sampler (potato pancake, holupki, kielbasi, and three pierogi's). My wife even had some Croatian white wine which she really liked. I want to go back and try the lamb chops. The only negative is having to find metered parking.

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Ellicott City, MD
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Visited this small Fells Point restaurant during our 10th anniversary, in August 2014. We found it online, and were quite pleased with the service, decor, and food. The borscht was nicely done, as were the perogis and shrimp and scallop risotto. You could definitely taste the mushrooms in the risotto.

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Annapolis, Maryland, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stopped in for the "Jazz Brunch" recently after attending the Polish Mass at Holy Rosary Church. It's a nice little cafe, with charming decor and a relatively diverse menu. We ordered from the brunch menu (since it was the only menu offered to us). We were at first a bit put off by the prices: a bit high for... More 

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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I heard about Ze Mean Bean Cafe from one of my husband's coworkers. Being from the Baltimore area, it was not hard for us to find. After we found the restaurant, which is on Fleet Street, we parked and entered. We were immediately greeted, quite warmly, and seated. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. He offered to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Tried their Polish fare....Large Pierogi Sampler and the Goaki entree! Fabulous! Great European Beers. Visited from Boston, will be back.

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Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Three years ago, my wife and I went to this unique neighborhood gem. We tried it again for dinner last night with much anticipation after reviewing the menu online. It is difficult where to begin. The table rocked so much that our wine flight spilled. We appreciate the rustic/Old World feel, but it is not helpful when you need to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1739 Fleet St, Baltimore, MD 21231-2918
    (Broadway)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore
  • Phone Number: 410-675-5999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: Eastern European, Café, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?