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“Good Find” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Owl Bar

Owl Bar
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Ranked #187 of 1,999 Restaurants in Baltimore
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American, Bar, Brew Pub, Pub, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
Description: 'Spirits Welcome!' since 1903.... In 1903, the Belvedere Hotel, with the Owl Bar as its most bewitching attraction, was built as Baltimore's first luxury hotel. Initially open only to men, the Owl Bar quickly became the hottest spot in town, and the non-stop party lasted 17 years until the "ban of the booze", Prohibition... While business was booming at the Owl Bar, it wasn't until Prohibition that it really hit its stride. As illegal hidden stills popped up around the country the Owl Bar became Baltimore's go-to speakeasy for sinful spirits. How to know when it was safe to purchase? That's where the Owls came in.... At the Owl Bar, patrons did not speak of booze, bookies or illegal products and services. They simply looked to the Owls. If their eyes were blinking, it meant that the shipment had made it and the feds weren't around. When the eyes weren't blinking be quiet, or be busted. Even Prohibition could not dim the lights and the nights at the Owl Bar. Yesterday, a hot and spicy history. Today, still serving it up.
New England
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good Find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

Great Atmosphere and Service.
We loved the Watermelon Gazpacho and Lamb Chops.
Original Menu and Beer Selection.
Fun Wall of Fame and Hotel History

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Baltimore, Maryland
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“The Owl Rules”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

I just love coming to this place. The atmosphere is great, staff is always friendly and the good is just amazing. I ordered. The half chicken and this was worth the wait. The chicken was cooked to perfection with the mash potato so rich. I just keep thinking about it and now that lve written this l might go back very soon. Keep up the good work.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank russelljones83
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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Pizza; but hard to find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

My wife and I visited the owl bar in April of 2014. To start off, we parked in the lot attached to the Belvedere as listed on the Owl Bar's website. I was under the impression they validated, as they listed it on the website, but they don't. Finding the bar is... difficult... Getting to the front of the Belvedere (where the entrance to the bar is) is confusing, and once you get to the front finding any sort of signage for the bar was even more difficult. We had to ask a man in the lobby where the entrance was. Once we got seated it was much better. The bar has a great atmosphere, and the servers were very polite. The drinks we ordered were very well mixed, not to weak and not to strong. We both ordered pizza and I must say they were outstanding.

TLDR: Hard to find; the Pizza is outstanding; and the servers were very polite.

I would recommend a friend to this restaurant.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Stefan Z
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Delaware
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211 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Good Dining Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

We had dinner at the Owl Bar prior to attending a concert at the Lyric Theater (4 blocks north). I looked on TA and a number of other eating-review sites for a restaurant close to the theater that had a varied menu and good reviews (not so easy). I settled on the Owl Bar and made reservations. It is located within the old Belvedere Hotel (now condos) You go into the Belvedere then bear left to find the Owl Bar tucked away in the back corner.
The restaurant has an old bar atmosphere and was pretty busy the day we ate (Weds). The bar is the focus, but there are plenty of tables also. The place is somewhat cavernous and preserves the older, heavy wood feel of the place.
It has a very varied menu that covers, good starters (we had some very good fried calamari to share), salads, soups, sandwiches & paninis, burgers, main meals, etc.. There are also a lot of beers to choose from - I went with the Owl larger, which was very drinkable!
Our server was very pleasant and offered a number of suggestions, when asked. We went for the spicy turkey burger, French Quarter burger, Reuben panini and salmon entree, plus some duck-fat fries. The food was good - tasty and fresh, with generous portions.
Everyone was very pleased with their choices. Service was on the slow side; our server was very stretched on a busy night. Nevertheless, we were served within our schedule, without feeling rushed.
We would definitely go back here. It is good food and good value for money for a casual dining experience.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Noo12
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Baltimore, Maryland
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160 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Yard of Beer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

A great burger with a nice beer selection in Mount Vernon.

Meal highlights were the yard of beer and the umami burger

For my full review:
http://liketheteaeats.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/the-owl-bar-great-burgers-in-mount-vernon/

Visited March 2014
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