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“Downtown Bel Air Bar with Food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Main Street Tower

Main Street Tower
29 S. Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014
410-838-8007
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Ranked #74 of 138 Restaurants in Bel Air
Price range: $5 - $33
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Bel Air, Maryland
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Downtown Bel Air Bar with Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

I have been going to the Tower for years and wanted to give a good review of where the place has gone and if it is worth spending your time and money.

First, they have a rooftop deck that is a great time for a drink as long as it is not middle of summer as you will get burned up! On the roof you will normally find Fox bartending/serving... she is great and really cares about making your experience right! The front bar is ok as long as you don't take kids in anymore. The bar has been taken over mostly by an older crowd that talk as they want and the language can be a bit harsh and loud. But once again most of the time you will find Matt bartending who is also a great guy! Then you have the back bar that was a quiet small bar that was seperate from the dinning room. Well that has changed with the wall removed to make the area bigger for evening bar crowds. So now if you want to have a nice dinner in the dining room you might be interupted by a band or DJ setting up and also the folks in the bar that can get loud since they are in a bar.

So as you notice I mostly note their bars, which is what they seem to be concerned with mostly. I feel that the top priority for the manager is the bar and nothing else. This has severely hurt the food quality as it is not consistent any more. BUT... if you want a guarenteed good item for dinner there are a couple of items that are always good no matter who is cooking... The Chicken Parm and the Crab Cake are some of their top items. A new item is the Crab Bowl that is fantastic!!! Outside of those items it is a crap shoot.

So if you are looking for a local place that is average then go here... in Bel Air it is outside of the chain world and is pretty good. However, for a nice quiet romantic dinner I would find somewhere else.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Bel Air Md
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Left hungry everytime”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

My wife and I have been to the Main Street Tower 3 times and I haven't eaten there yet. The first time I selected several items from the $10 menu only to find that the specials were chicken and pasta that night. Nothing on the $10 "every night" listing. I was going to order a burger but not on the rooftop menu. The second time we were going just for appetizers. I spent too much time the previous visit choosing from a menu that didn't have my selection when it was time to order so I figured I would just share whatever appetizer she order. Oh well, she's allergic to shellfish and that eliminates almost all of the offerings. The third visit we went to the bar. They have several different menus in the bar so I did finally get to order a burger. I lost again. My medium burger was solid brown and dry so it went back. I give up. Three trips there and I haven't eaten yet. I know that any place can have a bad day but 3 consecutive visits, that's ridiculous.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Bel Air, MD
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“Variety of entertainment, great food + service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

I came to the tower a bunch of times last year, a few times in the summer on the deck. Excellent atmosphere! you can eat and have drinks under the stars and look over main street. the entertainment, from what i have seen there, have all been top notch. they now have a piano bar on fridays in the back, which are really great. the food, from what i've had, has been pretty awesome. i have read a couple other reviews on this site about the tower, and they seem pretty biased on a couple of "bad" experiences... in my opinion, you should always give a place a couple of chances.... all restaurants and bars make a couple mistakes here and there. nothing to get so upset about.... we're all human. anyway, the tower is an awesome cheerful place to hang out at and eat... would recommend to absolutely anyone!!!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, MD, USA
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Poor service, mediocre food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

We had a very strange experience at the Main Street tower, being seated in what seemed like a banquet hall, with few other people. Service was very uneven, with two elements (a drink and a side) being wrong. Food was so-so, at best. The bar scene - which we only saw on the way in and out, choosing not to stay - was clogged with very loud middle-agers, all of whom appeared to be "regulars." Not very welcoming. Oh and the cost was too high for what we received.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Service and food are subpar”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

The dining experience here is not a great value. Nothing distinguished about the food or the service.

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