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“'Champagne' Perfection”

Charleston Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2,419 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $150
Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Cross street: Exeter Street (in the Thomson Prometric Building)
Transit: Next to Harbor East Marina, close to water taxi stops.
Description: Charleston is Chef Cindy Wolf's signature restaurant whose cuisine is rooted in French fundamentals and the Low Country cooking of South Carolina, engaging both regional and international influences. The restaurant offers an extensive prix fixe tasting menu from which guests choose between three and up to six courses. Service is experienced, informed, and intuitive. The extensive, award winning wine list is selected by Tony Foreman and was designed to complement Chef Wolf's cuisine.
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Yes, we began with champagne in the bar, and the Charleston just exudes celebration with its elegance and refined atmosphere that we continued sipping champagne through the meal. Dining here was a special experience, the opportunity to taste new and exciting options in a very novel way with choosing either 3 course all the way up to seven course dinners. We opted for four! From the soft shell crab, rock fish, freshest salad, and delectable desserts, and cheeses. We will never forget this very innovative beautiful restaurant, and the evening we had the most delicious meal ever!..it was an evening filled with surprises . The staff were flawless too in every way. Thank you... it was an awesome experience!!!

Date of visit: June 2013
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Thank vikki b
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Chef Wolf is a master of fine French cooking in the traditional manner, and the restaurant resembles a cozy auberge, it may even have a fireplace in winter, but not on this very warm July night. The food is in a word outstanding!But it is offputting for me when the server spends five minutes at the beginning to lecture me on how the chef wants me to choose my meal and what the chef thinks. After the lesson about the chef's desires I feel less like a guest and more like a tolerated visitor. I am worried now there may be a test. It reminded me of when I was a child taken to visit an elderly aunt and told how aunty wants you to behave on your visit. And i am comforted to see that it is not just me who gets this treatment. i manage to select my dinner and get my server's nod of approval. The wine list is ridiculously long. That all being said, the food is rich, every dish fully flavoured with cream or butter or both, resulting in delicious versions of halibut lobster, scallops, veal, beef and even buffalo on this night, which the server assures me is local. The hierarchy of staff hover in a huddle near the door, leaving the poor Spanish speaking runners to deliver the dishes from the kitchen and struggle with their limited English and heavy accent to name the dishes they put on front of the diners. We both seem relieved when they successfully complete their task, and their genuine warm smiles put the senior servers to shame. I enjoyed every delicious bite of my dinner, and find the servings very generous for small plates. I think the value is there for such care in the kitchen. But a bit more concern for the guest and a bit less concern for the chef would in my mind make Charlston a place to return to.

Date of visit: July 2013
1  Thank sola123
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

It is very romantic the serve is perfect I really like for special occasion... You will have a really romantic time .

Date of visit: May 2013
Thank Jacqueline G
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

lovely decor, amazing and knowledgeable service, no rush, insistence on dessert, it is the best place I've eaten in within my city. It did not break my top 5, but certainly the top 10

Wife did 3 courses (choose any you want) at $79 and added for $117 total

Steak tartare - tenderloin, chives, shallots, jalapeno oil, and pan con tomate...fresh and flavorful, not heavy at all

Local grilled peaches and grilled Maine lobster salad - Romaine lettuce, mâche, tasso ham, fava beans, aged Reggiano...peaches burst with sweetness that played well with the lobster, hame and fava beans and cheese added a smoky finish after going after the good stuff first

Pan roasted sea scallop - carmelized caulifolur, roasted walnuts, lemon brown butter...tender shellfish, smoky cauliflour and lemon played well with the brown on the top and bottom of the meat

berry crumble with vanilla ice crea - she loved it

I did 4 courses ($91 base) with wine for $137

Shrimp & grits - tassso ham, andouille sausage, fresh chives....nice fresh and stone ground topped with a savory sauce

Roasted local red beet salad - upland cress, aged balsimico, and aged Vermont goat cheese mousse...not bad, fresh and sweet but not memorable

Pan roasted Alaskan halibut - oyster and button mushroom fricassée, lemon buerre blanc....perfectly cooked, nice crisp on the top, could eat the mushrooms and sauce on anything

Grilled Magret of duck - local aged roasted beats, apricot and cherry cornbread stuffing...cherry and duck is such a great pairing, and hey, apricots are in Chinese duck sauce too; really enjoyed this as my last course, savory and sweet

had cheese for dessert and they were fresh and a great finish.

have been to every Foreman Wolf in Baltimore, and this is a proper flagship for their empire.

Blows Woodberry Kitchen away

ask for the main dining room, lots of white and color...we ate in the room with the windows, more of a den. either is nice...but the bigger one can give you more people watching.

entire menu served in the bar as well

Date of visit: July 2013
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Thank Damian C
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The atmosphere was sophisticated. Service was impeccable. The Food was wonderful. The location was convenient to so much.

Date of visit: July 2013
Thank quiggers3
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