10 Best Lunch Spots in Baltimore: Serious Business From Mile-High Sandwiches To Succulent Crab Cakes

You can get just about anything you want for lunch in Baltimore that you can get for dinner, whether it be a sit-down meal, buffet, or grab-n-go. Places like Lexington Market house counter-stops like Faidley's, famous for their crab cakes - good to eat just about anytime of the day - and sandwich shops like Mary Mervis' deli, fixing up over-sized sandwiches worthy of a "To Be Continued" sign. With over 23 carry out shops and 11 delis, on top of the seafood, fried chicken and international fare food vendors, Lexington Market has dozens of options for you to grab a quick bite to eat, depending on your lunch time fancy.

If time permits and you're looking for something more mid-scale you have several choices in the Harbor ranging from Spanish tapas at La Tasca Restaurant to seafood at Phillips Harbor Place Restaurant or Rusty Scupper to American fare at the Cheesecake Factory.

More upscale options for the business or special occasion lunches can be had at formal restaurant and locations like Brightons Orangerie in the Harbor Court Hotel or just about any other hotel in the Harbor with an onsite restaurant. And don't rule out the food trucks - they're mobile, cheap, fast and just about anywhere in the city. Baltimore has your mid-day nourishment needs covered whether you're looking to eat a little or a lot.



Mama's on the Half Shell
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A 10-minute drive from the Inner Harbor, Mama's on the Half Shell is located in the Canton-Highlandtown area. Opening in 2003 and joining the myriad of seafood houses in Baltimore, Mama's environment is down-to-earth. This popular hangout offers...  Read More

Nacho Mama's


Nacho Mama's is a fun place to grab a quick bite of Mexican food for lunch, possibly without the long wait you'll find after work. However, be prepared, the wait can be just about as long as the menu on some days. Popular with the young...  Read More

Cheesecake Factory


The Cheesecake Factory is one of Baltimore's few trusted chain of restaurants. Its prime real estate at Harborplace, overlooking the water make it an easy and popular destination for visitors staying at nearby hotels. Its popularity means long...  Read More

Waterfront Kitchen


Ensconced in the ground floor of the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Meyers Museum, the Waterfront Kitchen serves meals, quite simply, that you'll be remembering fondly (and hungrily) weeks later. Chef Jerry Pellegrino and his spectacular team pride...  Read More

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
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McCormick & Schmick's has been serving hungry seafood lovers at Pier 5 near the Inner Harbor since 1998. Although the restaurant is a part of a national chain, this location is distinctly Baltimore serving up local favorites like Maryland...  Read More



Located in the former Harbor Court Hotel now called the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, this elegant dining and tea room features fine chandeliers, dainty furnishings and a beautiful panoramic view of the Inner Harbor. Drawing straight from...  Read More

Faidley Seafood
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Faidley's, located minutes from the Inner Harbor in Lexington Market, is a crab cake landmark. The building itself has been around since 1886. Eat-In is done at stand-up tables where diners can enjoy other Faidley seafood favorites such as raw...  Read More


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