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Where to Eat Before a Football Game in Baltimore

The ultimate guide to eating around M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore

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Eating before the big Baltimore Ravens game means beer and hot dogs in the parking lot for some. But for sports lovers who want to make an outing out of the experience, the neighborhoods surrounding M&T Bank Stadium offer plenty of dining options.

The choices got better in the past year with two celebrity chef restaurants. Fine dining spot Gordon Ramsay Steak debuted late last year with a dark, moody interior befitting the salty chef while Food Network celeb Giada De Laurentiis opened her first East Coast venue in May with the trattoria-style GDL Italian by Giada. And the options may continue to proliferate as the city looks to reshape the area into an entertainment district.

Most of the restaurants listed below are located within a 15-minute walk of the stadium. The list includes a noodle joint. a swanky speakeasy, casual neighborhood bistros and, of course, several sports bars. Dig into the 13 best places to eat near M&T Bank Stadium.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. GDL Italian by Giada

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1525 Russell St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(443) 931-4575
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Horseshoe Casino Baltimore raised the stakes in its dining scene with two new celebrity-chef restaurants. GDL Italian by Giada offers a taste of Italy with influences from California and Maryland while Gordon Ramsay Steak serves fancy meats and seafood. The casino also holds a restaurant and casual BBQ joint from Guy Fieri and a bevy of casual spots in its food market.

2. Pickles Pub

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520 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 752-1784
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The mainstay sports bar becomes a sea of purple during Ravens season and turns orange during the Orioles game. Come for the crab dip pretzels and Old Bay wings, stay for the drink specials.

3. SoBo Cafe

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6 W Cross St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 752-1518
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This longstanding neighborhood restaurant delivers comfort foods like mac and cheese and chicken pot pie. The venue takes reservations for brunch — the perfect outing before a Sunday game.

4. 101 Baltimore

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1118 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230

The Federal Hill restaurant recently upgraded its cocktail and wine list and incorporated more seasonal ingredients. The new version of the restaurant is a modern neighborhood bistro, whose standout dishes include the Buffalo cauliflower and roasted salmon with chickpeas and squash.

5. Mi & Yu Noodle Bar

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1016 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(443) 388-9295
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With several locations in the city, Mi & Yu raises the bar for a noodle shop. Customers can customize their order by choosing their broth, type of noodle and adding egg, tofu and other extra protein.

6. Magerks Pub & Grill Federal Hill

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1061 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 576-9230
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The Philly-themed bar packs in the crowd with its cheesesteaks, wings and 14 flat screens that show every Philadelphia Eagles game. The “Eagles” wings are topped with a mix of Old Bay, sauce and Cheez Whiz.

7. Matsuri Restaurant

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1105 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 752-8561
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Folks who want an alternative to nachos and wings will find safe refuge in the area’s best sushi joint. The restaurant also serves an assortment of curry and noodle dishes.

8. Mother's Federal Hill Grille

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1113 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-8686
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On game days, the sports bar transforms its parking lot into a “Purple Patio” with two bars, a DJ and the Ravens’ color and logo painted on the side of the building. Enjoy unlimited drinks and one food item on the patio for $35 before heading to the game. Or eat inside to see photos and jerseys of football legends.

9. The Local Fry

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21 E Cross St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-1283
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Is there a more perfect pre-game treat than French fries doused with cheese curds or BBQ pork poutine? Some of the unique offerings include banh mi fries, topped with mayo, daikon and pickled jalapeno peppers, and kimchi fries, topped with sautéed kimchi, sriracha mayo, cheese and scallions.

10. Cross Street Market

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1065 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 685-2020
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One of Baltimore’s six public markets, Cross Street is in the middle of a major redevelopment that will modernize the 172-year-old market. While some of the market is closed during the renovation, visitors can still head to Nick’s Inner Harbor Seafood for oysters and the Pretzel Twist for soft, doughy goodness.

11. Ryleigh's Oyster

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36 E Cross St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 539-2093
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As the name would imply, bivalves are their specialty. Get them chargrilled with roasted tomato butter, fried on a sandwich, or raw for $1 during happy hour.

12. Bookmakers Cocktail Club

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31 E Cross St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(443) 438-4039
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Game goers hunting for the complete opposite of a sports bar should look no further than this sumptuous speakeasy. With a marble bar, plush banquettes and gold-framed mirrors, the glamorous space is just where you want to sip and inventive cocktail and nosh on small plates.

13. The Abbey Burger Bistro

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1041 Marshall St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(443) 453-9698
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Lauded by many as one of the best burger joints, the Abbey boasts an impressive selection of ingredients and toppings. In addition to the usual beef burger, there are burgers made with duck, shrimp, lamb and bison. Peanut butter and bacon, kimchi and raspberry sauce are among the more unusual toppings.

1. GDL Italian by Giada

1525 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore raised the stakes in its dining scene with two new celebrity-chef restaurants. GDL Italian by Giada offers a taste of Italy with influences from California and Maryland while Gordon Ramsay Steak serves fancy meats and seafood. The casino also holds a restaurant and casual BBQ joint from Guy Fieri and a bevy of casual spots in its food market.

1525 Russell St
Baltimore, MD 21230

2. Pickles Pub

520 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

The mainstay sports bar becomes a sea of purple during Ravens season and turns orange during the Orioles game. Come for the crab dip pretzels and Old Bay wings, stay for the drink specials.

520 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21230

3. SoBo Cafe

6 W Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230

This longstanding neighborhood restaurant delivers comfort foods like mac and cheese and chicken pot pie. The venue takes reservations for brunch — the perfect outing before a Sunday game.

6 W Cross St
Baltimore, MD 21230

4. 101 Baltimore

1118 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

The Federal Hill restaurant recently upgraded its cocktail and wine list and incorporated more seasonal ingredients. The new version of the restaurant is a modern neighborhood bistro, whose standout dishes include the Buffalo cauliflower and roasted salmon with chickpeas and squash.

1118 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230

5. Mi & Yu Noodle Bar

1016 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

With several locations in the city, Mi & Yu raises the bar for a noodle shop. Customers can customize their order by choosing their broth, type of noodle and adding egg, tofu and other extra protein.

1016 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230

6. Magerks Pub & Grill Federal Hill

1061 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

The Philly-themed bar packs in the crowd with its cheesesteaks, wings and 14 flat screens that show every Philadelphia Eagles game. The “Eagles” wings are topped with a mix of Old Bay, sauce and Cheez Whiz.

1061 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230

7. Matsuri Restaurant

1105 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Folks who want an alternative to nachos and wings will find safe refuge in the area’s best sushi joint. The restaurant also serves an assortment of curry and noodle dishes.

1105 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230

8. Mother's Federal Hill Grille

1113 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

On game days, the sports bar transforms its parking lot into a “Purple Patio” with two bars, a DJ and the Ravens’ color and logo painted on the side of the building. Enjoy unlimited drinks and one food item on the patio for $35 before heading to the game. Or eat inside to see photos and jerseys of football legends.

1113 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230

9. The Local Fry

21 E Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Is there a more perfect pre-game treat than French fries doused with cheese curds or BBQ pork poutine? Some of the unique offerings include banh mi fries, topped with mayo, daikon and pickled jalapeno peppers, and kimchi fries, topped with sautéed kimchi, sriracha mayo, cheese and scallions.

21 E Cross St
Baltimore, MD 21230

10. Cross Street Market

1065 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

One of Baltimore’s six public markets, Cross Street is in the middle of a major redevelopment that will modernize the 172-year-old market. While some of the market is closed during the renovation, visitors can still head to Nick’s Inner Harbor Seafood for oysters and the Pretzel Twist for soft, doughy goodness.

1065 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230

11. Ryleigh's Oyster

36 E Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230

As the name would imply, bivalves are their specialty. Get them chargrilled with roasted tomato butter, fried on a sandwich, or raw for $1 during happy hour.

36 E Cross St
Baltimore, MD 21230

12. Bookmakers Cocktail Club

31 E Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Game goers hunting for the complete opposite of a sports bar should look no further than this sumptuous speakeasy. With a marble bar, plush banquettes and gold-framed mirrors, the glamorous space is just where you want to sip and inventive cocktail and nosh on small plates.

31 E Cross St
Baltimore, MD 21230

13. The Abbey Burger Bistro

1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Lauded by many as one of the best burger joints, the Abbey boasts an impressive selection of ingredients and toppings. In addition to the usual beef burger, there are burgers made with duck, shrimp, lamb and bison. Peanut butter and bacon, kimchi and raspberry sauce are among the more unusual toppings.

1041 Marshall St
Baltimore, MD 21230

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