All the Best Restaurants in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

September 9, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Baltimore is most widely known for its beautiful harbor— even those who live in the area frequent the harbor for its views, shops, restaurants, and more. So, if you happen to pay a visit, you should definitely make a point to walk around there.

While you’re walking, you’re definitely going to need to make a few pit stops to eat. You should consider one of these fantastic restaurants as a great addition to your trip, as they’re all popular places with delicious food right on the inner harbor.

In addition, every restaurant on this list also happens to be supported by GiftYa, a virtual gift card company that lets you send someone you know a balance for a participating location via an app. They can set it up with their credit or debit card so that they don’t have to remember to bring anything extra!

So, if you’re taking some time to think about where to eat in Baltimore, take some time to think about GiftYa as well.

Rusty Scupper Restaurant & Bar

A great restaurant for brunch, lunch, and dinner on the inner harbor!

A great meal starts off with great starters, and luckily this restaurant has just that! Image courtesy of Instagram.

402 Key Hwy | Baltimore | 

With great views from three stories above the water and even better food, you won’t want to miss out on the dining experience you’d have at Rusty Scupper. They serve lunch and dinner every day of the week, and brunch on Saturdays with live jazz.

They have a 270 seat dining room, a 72 seat bar, and a 142 seat upper deck with an outdoor patio. There are definitely a lot of ways to dine here, and a lot of food to choose from on the brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, wine, happy hour, and banquet menus.

Hours at Rusty Scupper are from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays.

“Rusty Scupper is a beautiful waterfront restaurant that rises three levels above water... You'll pretty much get a beautiful view from any table you sit at. Dining here allows you to enjoy the region's highest quality fresh seafood.” - Yelp Review

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The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Delicious, seasonal seafood that’s flown in fresh daily!

The fish served at The Oceanaire is always fresh, sometimes right from the ocean! Image courtesy of Instagram.

801 Aliceanna St | Baltimore |

The Oceanaire has many locations across the country, all serving seasonal and fresh seafood that’s flown in daily. These restaurants originated in 1998, and apart from their delicious fish and fine wines, The Oceanaire staff pride themselves on immaculate service.

This location in particular, located on the east side of Baltimore’s inner harbor, brings only the best of the best to the table. You’ll definitely want to try their food, especially considering that the dining room just reopened recently! What could be better than eating seafood by the sea?

On Sundays through Thursdays, hours are from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The restaurant is open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

“Environmentally, this restaurant is in the perfect place! It's in Harbor East which is a very fine neighborhood of Baltimore that I enjoy as well as frequent quite a bit.”- Yelp Review

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Hard Rock Cafe

A popular tourist spot at the inner harbor, and for good reason!

The Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore’s inner harbor is a sight to behold from outside, and the inside is even better! Image courtesy of Instagram.

601 E Pratt St | Baltimore |

You’ve likely heard of the Hard Rock Cafe before, as it’s a very popular chain that shows up in the major cities of multiple countries, but the location in Baltimore’s inner harbor is definitely worth your time. The building, built in 1900, was originally Baltimore’s power plant, and it’s just as much of a marvel indoors as it is from the outside.

You definitely won’t want to pass up on what’s arguably the most iconic restaurant on the inner harbor, and you won’t want to pass up on the food either. Known primarily for their delicious burgers, the Hard Rock Cafe also serves salads, starters, shareable dishes, sandwiches, specialty entrees, and desserts. There are also separate kid and beverage menus.

Hours here are from noon until 8 p.m. every day of the week.

“They accommodated our party of 14 and we had fantastic service.  Our food was hot, fresh, and delicious. We had burgers, ribs, steak, and wings. Everything was wonderful and we are very appreciative of that.” - Yelp Review

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Loch Bar

Mid-Atlantic seafood and a sizable drink menu!

The menu is huge at Loch Bar, both for food and drink, and so are the portions! Image courtesy of Instagram.

240 International Drive | Baltimore |

Located within the Four Seasons Hotel and overlooking the harbor, Loch Bar is worth a visit whether you’re staying the night there or not. With an extensive raw bar and an equally sizable drink menus with whiskey, cocktails, and craft beer, you’re going to love your dining experience, not to mention the live local musicians.

Loch Bar specializes in Mid-Atlantic style seafood that you’ll definitely want to try. You can make a reservation right on their website, or even order crab cakes online!

On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, this restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Thursdays through Sundays, hours are from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. instead.

“This is the only place I get my shrimp cocktail.  The shrimp are so fresh, jumbo size, and come out from under the perfect temperature. I love sitting on the water, enjoy quality food, and drink.” - Yelp Review

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Lebanese Taverna

Traditional Mediterranean cuisine since 1979!

The appearance of the food alone is enough to make your mouth water— now imagine how it must taste! Image courtesy of Instagram.

719 S President St | Baltimore |

Lebanese Taverna has six locations— in Virginia, Washington D.C., and this one in Baltimore’s inner harbor. Since 1979, this restaurant has served traditional eastern Mediterranean dishes in a comfy, contemporary atmosphere.

The classic dishes cooked here are made to share, so it would be a great place to come with friends! Some examples of well-liked menu items are the hommus, maanek sausages, kibbeh, fattoush salad, shawarma, and kebobs.

On Mondays through Thursdays, Lebanese Taverna is open from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays.

“If you're thinking about trying this place, DO IT! I cannot recommend Lebanese Taverna enough, I've been coming here for years and it never disappoints. I brought my parents for the first time last night and they asked "what's good here?" Everything.” - Yelp Review

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Shake Shack

A restaurant chain with all the great casual dining food you could want— not just milkshakes.

Shake Shack may be named for their milkshakes, but the burgers are the real star of the show. Image courtesy of Instagram.

400 E Pratt St | Baltimore |

Shake Shack’s well-known and well-loved location in Baltimore’s inner harbor has only been open since 2015, but it’s certainly made a splash since. Located right across the street from the National Aquarium, this restaurant has all the casual dining cravings you could want.

Breakfast, burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, frozen custard— and those are just the foods! You can also choose to have your custard in the form of a milkshake or root beer float, and if you don’t want something sweet, they also serve alcohol!

On Sundays through Thursdays, Shake Shack is open from 10:45 a.m. until 10 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays it opens at the same time but doesn’t close until 11 p.m.

“I wasn't expecting a good vegetarian option but I LOVED the shroom burger. It was basically a portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese and fried, on a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and their house sauce. I enjoyed it so so much!” - Yelp Review

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The Bygone

Fine dining at the top of the Four Seasons Hotel, overlooking the harbor!

The drinks served at The Bygone’s bar are delicious all on their own! Image courtesy of Instagram.

400 International Drive 29th Floor | Baltimore |

The views aren’t the only extravagant thing about this restaurant, although being on the 29th floor provides patrons of The Bygone with sweeping sights of the entire city, not just the inner harbor. However, the beautiful and luxurious atmosphere is only met by the caliber of the food.

Inspired by the “bygone” era of the 1920s, this restaurant has a whisky bar and craft cocktails. Plenty of people come by for just a drink, but you’ll definitely want to try the food, too— The Bygone has an open rotisserie grill.

This restaurant is open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, and from 5 p.m. until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Additionally, brunch hours on Sunday are from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“The bygone is a really nice establishment with amazing views of the harbor. If you can manage to get seated on the balcony or by the window around sunset, you're in for a treat.”  - Yelp Review

Buy a GiftYa for the Bygone

You should definitely take some time to walk around the inner harbor if you find yourself in Baltimore, and you should consider visiting one of these amazing restaurants while you’re there, too. Maybe even buying a GiftYa for one of them!


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