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“Outstanding dining in downtown Hagerstown” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of 28 South

28 South
Ranked #11 of 247 Restaurants in Hagerstown
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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79 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Outstanding dining in downtown Hagerstown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

Downtown Hagerstown is a trip. Several very interesting venues in a two block area. We chose 28 South. It turned out to be an excellent choice. We arrived and left before the music started at 9, but the menu and service were outstanding. Being this close to the Chesapeake Bay, one expects, no demands, good and fresh seafood. We were not disappointed. Three of us had the salmon special and the less venturous had the cod. All were excellent. Give this place a shot. You won't be disappointed.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Frederick, Maryland
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very Disappointed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

I was here almost a year ago when the place had been reopened. My experience then was just the same as my most recent! First, last October, I was dining with a few friends. We had crab wontons, which were really nice, but everything else, just did not hit the mark. Food was cold, service was slow, and drinks were not made as they were advertised. Very disappointing.

My next trip, August 2013, was as bad or worse than my first experience here. In fact, everything was so bad I received a $10 gift card for a future visit, NO THANKS! Again food not only cold, but bland. Female bartender paying more attention to staff then her 8 dining guests, making drinks wrong again. (If you offer a nice beer selection, make sure your bartenders know which beers to pour) I was very disappointed in my experiences here. Recommend next door or down the street.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chowzter88
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Lutherville, MD
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120 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“They try but don't hit the mark”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Both the cooks and waitstaff try hard but they are not quite there yet. The chicken fondu is an interesting idea but it didn't taste like chicken or fondue. Wonderfully cooked cod in the fish and chips but the fries were thin cut and had been held in a warmer, tough not crisp. The crab pizza my wife had had a nice crust but didn't make it to our table piping hot. The topping looked unattractive when it cooled?
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  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Annapolis2000
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Jackson
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50 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great place in the Arts/Entertainment area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

We ate dinner at 28 South while passing through Hagerstown in early August. We had eaten at a restaurant in the same location 3 years ago and had a great meal and wanted to try it again. That restaurant is gone and 28 South is now there and what a nice find the new place is. We ate on the outside patio and as mentioned in another review it can be loud but it is worth being outside. Another caution about being outside is that smoking is allowed and can be pretty powerful when trying to enjoy a nice meal. The inside seating is great also with a large bar and 2 levels of seating. The food is great here. We shared blue crab dumplings that were very flavorful and huge. I had the blue crab cakes which are 2 very large cakes full of crab, sauteed spinach, a special of fingerling potatoes-all excellent. My wife had the fish tacos which consisted of 3 tacos with fresh fish and great toppings. Her meal was so large she could not finish even 2 of the tacos. There is a very large selection of craft beers to try and nightly specials on many. The wine list is limited but we got a bottle of the house chard for a great price. Service is very good with our waiter very knowledgeable about the food served and the beer selection. I would highly recommend this restaurant for dinner. The customers are a nice mix of ages and mainly locals who know they have a good place to eat. We met the owner/chef and complimented him on the food and service. We also mentioned the smoking and how some of his staff were taking breaks in the dining area to smoke with friends (a guy rode up on a bike and asked for a smoke leaning across the fence to get it then staying there to smoke). He was very apologetic and appreciated being told of this as he was not aware. When we drive south again, 28 South will definitely be in our travel plans.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CurtisF
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wv
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Excellent Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

This is a local restaurant and they had the most excellent risotto. Although everything that I have eaten has been excellent. Great atmosphere. A must try is you are in the Hagerstown,MD area

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wvbeachlovers
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