10 Best Restaurants with a Harbor View Pair Great Scenery with Good Food

Take dining in Baltimore to a different level by pulling a chair up to the table of any of these restaurants with an Inner Harbor view featured on our 10best list. Breathtaking views of the city’s waterfront landscape make this area prime real estate for any restaurant and a deciding factor for visitors looking to savor the spoils of the Chesapeake, while overlooking it. Conveniently located near many of the city’s major attractions, these restaurants are welcome reprises to a full day of site seeing and exploration. Award-winning restaurants like Cindy Wolf’s Charleston, offer an extensive wine list with that view while stars like Rusty Scupper offer live jazz with their limitless Sunday champagne brunch buffet. For a more casual dining experience, Irish restaurant Tir Na Nog delivers on both atmosphere and sophisticated dishes. For a more budget-friendly option, the Cheesecake Factory, located in Harborplace, makes an excellent choice for desert lovers and families alike. If looking at all that water summons your inner-fish carnivore, Edo Sushi has enough of the raw stuff to last you through the evening without your having to take a dive for fresh catch. And if steak is your choice for dinner watching the harbor, Mc. Cormick & Schmick’s as well as Ruth’s Chris have got you covered.  

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

Tir Na Nog


Tir Na Nog is located right in the center of the action in the Inner Harbor at Harborplace Mall. One of Baltimore's popular Irish pubs, Tir Na Nog replicates the land of the leprechaun as best it can by furnishing its dwellings with imported...  Read More

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Pier 5


Ruth's Chris is the quintessential steakhouse with its dark woods and rich furnishings common to all of its locations across the country. Located on Pier 5 downtown near the Inner Harbor, Ruth's Chris delivers fine cuts of beef and fresh...  Read More

Explorer's Lounge - Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
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Explorer's Lounge offers an impeccable view of the Inner Harbor to hotel guests and other patrons. Located inside the Intercontinental Hotel in Harbor Court, guests can enjoy safari-inspired decor with the embellishments of animal murals, like...  Read More

Rusty Scupper


Located in the heart of the Inner Harbor, right around the corner from the American Visionary Arts Museum, Rusty Scupper provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the Baltimore waterfront. Its location makes it a popular seafood destination for...  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. When the weather is warm, patrons have access to outdoor dining on a first come, first serve basis. The menu changes regularly and the...  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



Charleston is arguably Baltimore's number one restaurant. A Michelin starred establishment, the menu offers refined Southern-inspired dishes with a French flair. Fresh ingredients from local farmers help to deliver the best seasonal creations....  Read More


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