What are five things to know about Charleston?

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If you’re thinking about reserving a table at Baltimore’s Charleston restaurant, here are five things you should know ahead of time:

1. Come hungry. The restaurant only offers prix-fixe menus, with either three, four, five or six courses, plus dessert and the option to add in a cheese tasting. Portions do run pretty large (for smaller plates, that is) and also include an amuse bouche and mignardises, which makes this one of the city’s outstanding fine dining deals; note, though, that prices start at $76 for the three-course tasting.

2. And come thirsty. Full wine pairings are available with each of the menus and represent a good value for big drinkers. One of the things we really love about the beverage selection at Charleston is that all wines by the glass are available in whole and half pours, the latter of which are ideal for the smaller plates menu. If you’re in a larger group, though, definitely consider ordering off the extensive wine list, which features more than 800 different bottles from around the world.

3. Service is great. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, are having a solo dinner or are with a party of friends or extended family, the warm and welcoming staff will instantly make you feel at home and will automatically offer thoughtful touches, like bringing you a pillow if you're seated at a banquette.

4. The menu changes daily. With a selection of about twenty offerings, including vegetable highlights, classic dishes and daily specials, the menu offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for vegetarian fare or a lobster and foie gras feast.

5. Explore the surrounding area. Charleston was ahead of its time when it opened in Baltimore’s East Harbor neighborhood back in 1997. Now the area’s filled with chic boutiques, as well as one of our new favorite hotels in the city, Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, a mere two-minute walk away.

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