Among the many dining options in the Canton/Brewer’s Hill area, Blue Hill Tavern really stands out from the crowd. Brewer’s Hill is often called “a neighborhood in transition”, and while some would say Blue Hill Tavern was a little ahead of its time when it opened back in July of 2009, developments such as a new luxury apartment complex, and a delayed building development project that is finally back on track suggest the neighborhood is catching up.
Blue Hill Tavern’s spacious two-story dining room, high ceilings and modern décor are a stark contrast from the tight quartered, converted row-home restaurant that is the neighborhood status quo. When you combine the visually appealing setting, which Baltimore Magazine called “one of Baltimore’s most impressive dining spaces”, with delicious (and creative) food and drink, you have a recipe for a great night out.
I often refer to Baltimore as a T-shirt and jeans kind of town. I don’t mean that as an insult, it is actually one of the traits that I appreciate most about this city. There is no shortage of restaurant or bar options that encourage casual dress, but sometimes you want a place to go where you can dress a little nicer, and enjoy a more sophisticated atmosphere. For those occasions, Blue Hill Tavern is an awesome option.
Please don’t get the wrong impression. Blue Hill may not be the kind of place you’d want to stroll into wearing mesh shorts and a dirty T Shirt after a kickball game, but by no means is it the type of stuffy restaurant with an arrogant maitre d that is often lampooned in movies and on TV. There is a very clean, contemporary and sophisticated décor, but we find the atmosphere to be very comfortable, and easy to enjoy.
Blue Hill Tavern describes their menu as “contemporary American fine dining”. What does that mean exactly? It means you’ll find instantly recognizable main dishes (Salmon, Pork Tenderloin, Crab Cakes, NY Strip etc) creatively “reinvented” to make it a unique experience. The Pork Tenderloin is served with brussel sprout and red potato saurhash, caramelized honey and dijon sauce. The New York strip steak is served with bone marrow butter, sautéed spinach, rustic red bliss potato gratin, and worcestershire gastrique. If you’re anything like us, you probably have no idea what several of those words mean….but it sure does sound good, doesn’t it?
Be sure to save room for dessert, because Blue Hill Tavern’s pastry chef is an artist. If you’re having trouble deciding, we recommend the “Candy Bar”, which is pretzel cookie crust, peanut butter mousse, caramel, chocolate ganache, with vanilla ice cream. You can thank us later.
Blue Hill Tavern offers outdoor seating, both on the ground floor and on second floor balcony bump outs. If you stick around for a drink after your meal, Blue Hill has a bar on each floor, and decent beer and wine list to go with their specialty cocktails. We really enjoy the Clearly Dirty Martini with blue cheese stuffed olives, and The New Old Fashioned. There is also an additional outdoor drink patio on the second floor, which (weather permitting) is open most Friday and Saturday evenings, for those who wish to enjoy some cool evening air with their beverages.
Great food? Check. Creative cocktails? Check. Slick decor and comfortable atmosphere? Check. Blue Hill Tavern is pretty awesome.
Elisa says: When Blue Hill first opened in summer 2009, we thought their chic outdoor area on the second floor would be the perfect spot for July 4th fireworks. We brought some of our best friends, saddled up to the outdoor bar, ate some delicious crab cakes and eagerly awaited the celebration fireworks…which we couldn’t see because the wall was too tall around us. Perfect for enclosing the area and hiding it from the rest of the neighborhood…not so perfect for firework viewing. In the end, it really didn’t matter because they kept the cucumber martinis flowing and we were a happy group. (If you do stop in, can you please request that they bring the cucumber martinis back to their drink menu? It’s my only complaint about them—the cocktail was awesome!)
Blue Hill Tavern • 938 S. Conkling St • Baltimore, MD 21224
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30
Dining Room: Mon-Thurs 5-10 p.m. • Fri & Sat 5-11 p.m. • Sun 4-9 p.m.
Business casual to dressy attire recommended
Free Valet Parking