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Alewife

Gastropub, Pub, and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Baltimore, Baltimore
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  • The burgers at Alewife is a can't miss
  • Bryce C.
    "Smoke burger won best in Baltimore and it 100% deserves it"(28 Tips)
    Rachel L.
    "The smokehouse burger with duck fat fries is a match made in heaven."(16 Tips)
    Sandra
    "Love their fish tacos, duck fat fries and great beer selection."(23 Tips)
    Rachel L.
    "Get the smokehouse burger and duck fat fries."(6 Tips)
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  • Noah M.
    Noah ManionMay 14, 2016
    It sounds like stoner food, but the pork belly Mac & cheese fries were insanely good. Mac and cheese, collards and some old bay fries with a hint of rosemary.
  • Marguerite A.
    Marguerite AveryOctober 27, 2012
    Fish tacos are excellent with some crazy roasted corn salsa. Loud but good bc they are playing Phoenix - what's not to like? Cool space to boot.
  • Capital R O.
    Capital R OneLoveJuly 3, 2017
    Good variety of beer on tap. Shrimp tacos where great, but not the fish tacos so much. They forget some of the ingredients when they made the fish tacos, but they did take a few bucks off.
  • Scott C.
    Scott CoverSeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Excellent food selection, the Ox Tail is phenomenal and has the benefit of being the least expensive entrée. If you get a chance, track down Chef Chad and spend some time learning his food philosophy.
  • Peter D.
    Peter DiPrinzioNovember 23, 2015
    Best beer selection in the city. Sips is unfortunately not on the list, but love seeing up on the bar. #vt
  • Michael M.
    Michael MaysillesApril 13, 2015
    Went back later in the day and I'm glad I did! Great atmosphere and great craft beer selection. Wish I had more time to try them all!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LaceySeptember 14, 2014
    Smoke Burger. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the tastiest MF'in burger you'll ever have. Ever.
  • Gregory S.
    Gregory SchwenderJune 15, 2016
    Love the craft beer selection. $15 will get you four 5oz pours. The feral pig pork sliders were really tasty!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LFebruary 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The smokehouse burger with duck fat fries is a match made in heaven. Also they have a great beer list.
  • David B.
    David BouchardJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great chill atmosphere. And I must echo what everyone else says. Smokehouse burger, duckfat fries, and a draft beer, or five.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KmetzFebruary 2, 2013
    Make a reservation for dinner...or take your chances trying to get a seat at the bar. Bartenders are friendly...but c'mon, don't ask for miller lite!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LFebruary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Smoke Burger at Alewife is the Best Burger in Baltimore - the duck fat fries are also amazing. Read more
  • Wayne
    WayneFebruary 23, 2016
    The Wild Boar Sliders and the Smoke burger are amazing! One of my favorite craft beer bars!!
  • Lola
    LolaJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the black bean burger and fall in love with their dill guacamole. Always impressed by their beer list - Arrogant Bastard was on draft!
  • David W.
    David Wertheimer IISeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Smoke Burger with Fries is pretty much the staple, but they also have other great foods too like the catfish tacos. Great service!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MooreFebruary 7, 2015
    Best tap list in Baltimore - great if you are in the area, but it'll be packed before a big event at the arena.
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunDecember 9, 2013
    Baltimore's Best Bars 2013: "Alewife will satisfy any beer lover with its rotating list of 40 draft selections." http://bsun.md/1hIiS0N
  • Becca B.
    Becca B.September 15, 2013
    Great for late night eats ... All these people raving about the Smoke Burger ain't lying, it is ridiculously good.
  • Laura T.
    Laura T.November 30, 2015
    Great draught beer list. For food try either the smokehouse or black bean burgers.
  • Bryce C.
    Bryce CalderoneDecember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite bar in bmore to avoid the crowds Come before 5 or after 730 on nights when the hippodrome has a show
  • BeerGivr.com
    BeerGivr.comFebruary 1, 2012
    Alewife accepts BeerGivr.com! Have your friends buy you a drink or an appetizer even when they are at the bar with you.
  • Jake L.
    Jake L.November 18, 2011
    Get the smoked Burger with stone smoked Porter. Then get the flourless chocolate cake with the oatmeal stout! Heaven!
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DodsonAugust 27, 2013
    Expect to drink large quantities of good beer. If you're eating, have the Smoke Burger or Blue Catfish Tacos.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BreezyMarch 1, 2014
    This is a good place if your a beer drinker. Service was so-so and not enough bar space. One beer for $5 during happy hour but no app specials? C'mon! My fried oysters were partially cold. Overall "6"
  • PJ W.
    PJ WascherJune 7, 2015
    As a fan of sour beers, this place is awesome! Very creative tap list.
  • Trolly
    TrollyNovember 4, 2013
    Great selection, cool aura, good service. If I lived here, I'd be a regular.
  • Pat G.
    Pat GillihanMarch 7, 2014
    If it's your first time you must try the smoke burger! Soo good!
  • EatDrinkBrandy
    EatDrinkBrandySeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the amazing craft beer selection, stay for the awesome ambiance!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KellerDecember 3, 2012
    The smoke Burger is deadly good, highly recommended, the duck fat fries are a nice side
  • Leaf M.
    Leaf MushroomMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the soup is to die for! If I feel like sweet, I will order the flourless chocolate cake which is perfect for 2.
  • Louis R.
    Louis Reed IIIMarch 12, 2013
    Trivia Night on Mondays! Good selection! Smoke Burger is a winner.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LDecember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Smoke burger is a can't miss. Th ai peanut wings are awesome too
  • Cary
    CarySeptember 14, 2014
    Great beer list. If you're a serious beer geek avoid coming here right before a play at the theater next door.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the smokehouse burger and duck fat fries. Great beer selection.
  • Deven G.
    Deven GrevuousAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Smokehouse burger and duck fat fries yesss. Cubano is great. And plenty of great beers to choose from
  • Christina
    ChristinaOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Smoked Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons. Comes with table side presentation
  • Greg B.
    Greg BondJune 28, 2011
    First time here and it's already my favorite place. Dozens of draughts and the duck fat fries are a god send.
  • Victoria
    VictoriaMay 7, 2012
    If you order the burger the menu doesn't lie. This takes a LONG time. So if you're looking to rush out, order when you first sit down!
  • Denise D.
    Denise DuttonSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    LOVE the do-wop they play during lunch! And the chicken salad ain't bad either. :-)
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunNovember 30, 2012
    The Baltimore Sun ranked this as one of Baltimore's 100 best restaurants. Read more: http://bsun.md/QSSKF5
  • Sandra
    SandraDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love their fish tacos, duck fat fries and great beer selection.
  • Sandy D.
    Sandy DavisJuly 16, 2011
    $1 off drafts, $2 off food M-F 4-7, try the black bean burger--better than most veggie burgers!
  • Steven C.
    Steven CohenSeptember 19, 2014
    The Smoke Burger and fries is amazing. The portion is huge.
  • Jari H.
    Jari HasanAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bean burger is also amazing, don't let the lack of meat shy you away.
  • Dustin J.
    Dustin J.September 22, 2013
    Always love this place. Try the duck fat fries, they are primo.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MarieJuly 30, 2015
    Delicious cocktails & food. Try the duck fat fries!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Start a beer list and try their dozens of beers on draft with your smoke burger.
  • John R.
    John RybockDecember 5, 2014
    The burger with the duck fat fries, and good beet esel
  • Marguerite A.
    Marguerite AveryOctober 27, 2012
    Local beer is Union Hamden on Rye - otherwise it's all regional
  • Staci C.
    Staci CousertApril 27, 2014
    Layla is awesome!!! She will make you ANYTHING you want--especially for this allergy-ridden girl!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MaysillesApril 13, 2015
    Went today at noon and was disappointed to find them closed. The hours listed here are incorrect. Maybe will try again later. Sounds like a great place!
  • Bill A.
    Bill AdamsJanuary 2, 2012
    If you're British and happen to see "Fish & Chips" on the menu, remain British by not ordering that item. :-/
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FrenchDecember 31, 2012
    Airliner chicken is fab. Choc chip cheesecake also fab
  • Shannon K.
    Shannon K.September 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger is amazing. Stay away from the fish and chips which were less than stellar.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BurrissNovember 4, 2015
    An hour after our reservation time, on a Tuesday, and we're still waiting for our burgers to get to the table. Had to leave because we had theater tickets
  • Deb L.
    Deb Lakowicz-DrambyJanuary 28, 2012
    Yucca fries are time consuming! (pictured fries aren't Yucca, they are duck fat)
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsSeptember 10, 2015
    Great beer choices and unique food!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KnollJuly 11, 2011
    Smoke burger is amazing. Beer selection is also out of this world.
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher RauschAugust 15, 2011
    Two words. Smoke Burger. Oh and they have lots of craft beer too.
  • Miranda K.
    Miranda KarsonSeptember 25, 2012
    The burger is to die for, maybe best in Baltimore.
  • Eduardo R.
    Eduardo RodriguezJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best burger in Baltimore! The duck fat fries are awesome!
  • Timothée P.
    Timothée PoisotAugust 13, 2015
    Lots and lots of amazing beers, and a very cool atmosphere.
  • A B.
    A BCMay 11, 2014
    Any barley wine and a trio of Blue Catfish tacos. Nomnomnom.
  • Kerry T.
    Kerry TanNovember 10, 2012
    The Smoke Burger makes all other burgers seem inferior!
  • Greg L.
    Greg LearMarch 30, 2014
    Without a doubt, the beer and food are great!
  • DrinkBaltimore.com
    DrinkBaltimore.comOctober 6, 2011
    Check out the Happy Hour: $1 Off All Drink and $2 Off Entrees! Read more
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BrownApril 6, 2016
    Burger and pale ale were excellent.
  • Lori S.
    Lori Struss WeatherlyOctober 20, 2015
    Leave plenty early if you want a seat prior to a show at the Hippodrome
  • Crystal G.
    Crystal GMarch 23, 2014
    a ton of great beers to choose from, but the food is overpriced and really not that good. the smoke burger, fries, and gumbo were blah.
  • N S.
    N SApril 8, 2012
    One of the best beer lists in the country. Truly.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BakayMarch 8, 2015
    Servers know their beer- ask for suggestions!
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BlueMay 1, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    40 taps! The beer is amazing
  • Qiana M.
    Qiana McKoyJanuary 29, 2012
    Great selection of beer...especially Belgian ales.
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas CassadineMay 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love it, the smoke burger and duck fat fries.
  • Craig S.
    Craig StoneSeptember 3, 2012
    Great beer selection and the smoke burger is awesome.
  • wonderwillow
    wonderwillowApril 3, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Start a Mug Club list and embark on an adventure of the best year in beer you've ever had.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HenryJanuary 27, 2012
    Shrimp grits and duck fries to die for!
  • Lauren J.
    Lauren JohnsonMay 19, 2014
    Not impressed! Out of half their beers and cocktails and the food wasn't particularly good. Ordered the Weak Knee cocktail that was recommended and it was AWFUL! It was too strong and had no flavor.
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor RempeAugust 8, 2011
    Smoke Burger might be the best burger I've ever had. Fantastic.
  • Ann Marie B.
    Ann Marie BJune 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Let's just say: damn good beer and damn good mac&cheese.
  • Bryce C.
    Bryce CalderoneDecember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Smoke burger won best in Baltimore and it 100% deserves it
  • Hanna S.
    Hanna SchellerSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the cubano!!! The bacon warn spinach is to die for!!
  • Rita W.
    Rita WuFebruary 29, 2012
    smoke burger was good, even with a little kick!
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FairmanFebruary 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Kim is the best! Burger is to die for! Love this bar :)
  • Maxim D.
    Maxim DzeroMarch 22, 2013
    Smoke burger is very tastyyyyyyy
  • Justin S.
    Justin SmithDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Appreciate the bartenders! Best in the city!
  • Emily H.
    Emily HatchMarch 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Way better than Brewers Art up the street.
  • Elder T.
    Elder TeixeiraSeptember 25, 2016
    Good people + good beer = satisfaction
  • Rafael R.
    Rafael RegalesAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    beer & burgers, 'nuff said. Appetizers always good Read more
  • Bryn T.
    Bryn TMarch 6, 2015
    Love the veggie burger and beer section.
  • Kim D.
    Kim DefrancoSeptember 20, 2011
    Dig it but beware. They have some old menus out there, now I have a $26 beer.
  • Theodore P.
    Theyve got doggy fish head on top
  • Sid C.
    Sid CAugust 19, 2014
    Their black bean burger is top notch.
  • Max L.
    Max LentsApril 19, 2012
    The Smoke Burger really puts the lotion in the basket
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McMahonMay 22, 2012
    Love the bike rack right out front!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HarrisonJanuary 30, 2011
    Smokehouse burger, duckfat fries, a good draught, what's not to love.
  • Irroll G.
    Irroll GlascoeDecember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food great coworker Batman and Robin stike again
  • Roly T.
    Roly TorresMarch 18, 2014
    Crab cakes were delicious!
  • Patti
    PattiOctober 31, 2010
    Try a flight of Stone vertical epic and burger w duck fat fries
  • Dan S.
    Dan StevensonSeptember 30, 2012
    Good food, limited menu. Hipsterish
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin ThompsonJune 30, 2015
    Wouldn't call this place a gastropub... tried the wings and sprouts. both were disappointing
  • Tim G.
    Tim GrahamMarch 9, 2013
    I....I love you Alewife. Will you be my actual life wife? Please?
  • Igal G.
    Igal GhitelmanFebruary 8, 2015
    Smokehouse Burger!
  • Suzanne Vegan M.
    Suzanne Vegan McQuaidDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    A few too many yuppies, but I'll cope. Good beer selection.
  • Scott C.
    Scott CoverDecember 19, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Add bacon to you Cubano. Pork goodness.
  • Christina
    ChristinaOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Crab Deviled Eggs. Delish!
  • Adam W.
    Adam WalkerJanuary 7, 2015
    Great food and beer
  • Tom M.
    Tom MeagherFebruary 21, 2014
    Good beer menu.
  • Cindy R.
    Cindy RobbinsJune 17, 2011
    Hang out late and enjoy multiple drafts!
  • Travis K.
    Travis KOctober 27, 2012
    Smoke Burger is awesome!!
  • Gary W.
    Gary WilliamsOctober 2, 2013
    Try the catfish tacos
  • Steven D.
    Steven DOctober 27, 2017
    Decent beer selection and the burger was good.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin ShiverFebruary 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Tip on tipping 20% is good but 25% is better !
  • Regan R.
    Regan R.March 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Easily the best burger around!
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchmidtMarch 7, 2011
    Laugh at your waiter for referring to Victory from Philadelphia as a local brewery
  • J.Vanessa S.
    J.Vanessa SanchezMarch 11, 2013
    Smoke burger..... it's the Truth
  • Victoria
    VictoriaFebruary 17, 2013
    Order the burger and duck fat fries.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SmithDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Baltimore's Best Burgers don't make themselves!
  • Grace G.
    Grace GonzalezDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Safety goggles are a must!
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas CassadineApril 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Smoke burger and duck fat fries!
  • Lynne S.
    Lynne ScheibAugust 10, 2013
    Love the beerfest
  • Rich H.
    Rich HauckAugust 22, 2015
    Nope, bottles aren't available for carry-out.
  • Mooney M.
    Mooney MjAugust 7, 2014
    Interesting menu items.
  • Holly I.
    Holly IngrahamJanuary 22, 2012
    Great beer list but the salmon was a very small portion and overcooked. Disappointing.
  • Irroll G.
    Irroll GlascoeDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    See saute it rockes Justin the man
  • psideburns
    psideburnsApril 12, 2014
    Good burger
  • John C.
    John ColemanJanuary 24, 2012
    yummy beers
  • Travis D.
    Travis DuCoteSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Trivia every Monday at 8
  • Sam G.
    Sam GiuntaJuly 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Airliner chicken.... Amazing!
  • Breanna P.
    Breanna PerryOctober 14, 2012
    Delicious.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HinchliffeJanuary 28, 2017
    Disappointing. All of the menu items people brag on are no more.
  • Irroll G.
    Irroll GlascoeDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Learn to duck or fright
  • Maritza A.
    Maritza AlcorezaJuly 12, 2011
    Bourbon cider
  • Berny W.
    Berny WerntgesSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Golden draak!
  • Irroll G.
    Irroll GlascoeDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Batman and Robin the shit
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KMay 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Smoke Burger
  • robert g.
    robert gillespieNovember 4, 2011
    Raise a pint to Baltimore.
  • Leah A.
    Leah ArrDecember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    SMOKE BURGERRRRRRRR!!!!!!
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