Wit & Wisdom, a Tavern by Michael Mina

Wit & Wisdom, created by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina, serves regionally influenced modern American comfort fare. In addition to a spectacular view of Baltimore’s famous waterfront, Wit & Wisdom diners will get a glimpse of the kitchen's live-fire grill and rotisserie.

While some of the comfort food dishes seem more edgy, such as roasted bone marrow with mushroom jam, Mina delivers impressively on the local offerings. You will enjoy being introduced to Maryland Eastern Shore Marvesta shrimp, Gunpowder bison and locally sourced produce.

And you’ll undoubtedly will enjoy the wine — the expansive list has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. As a result, The Lounge is perpetually filled with a lively, stylish crowd.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The name Wit & Wisdom (courtesy of former Baltimore resident Edgar Allan Poe, who used it in his poem “The Haunted Palace”) was chosen to convey a comfortable, playful vibe.
  • With its unveiled floor-to-ceiling harbor views, open kitchen and lively front-and-center lounge, the Baltimore restaurant attracts discerning diners from all over the city.
  • Along with offering some of Baltimore’s best views, Wit & Wisdom’s gorgeous waterfront Lounge is arguably the most vibrant bar spots in the city.
  • The service at Wit & Wisdom, a Tavern by Michael Mina is fantastic. Servers are attentive and helpful, making sure each course comes out exactly when you’re ready for it.
  • Wit & Wisdom is all about sourcing locally. The restaurant works with farms and fisheries from within Maryland and nearby, along the Eastern Seaboard.
Things to Know
  • Wit & Wisdom, located inside Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, is offers a variety of dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 
  • Like most of the chic restaurants around the hip and happening Harbor East neighborhood, the dress code at Wit & Wisdom — the elegant dining establishment in Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore — is smart casual.
  • Reservations are highly recommended at the ever-buzzing Wit & Wisdom, located in the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. To make a reservation, hotel guests may book through the concierge, and all diners are also free to reserve through OpenTable.
The Food
  • A tavern by celebrity chef Michael Mina, Wit & Wisdom’s menu applies farm-to-table ideals to contemporary notions of comfort food, with a particular focus on succulent seafood.
  • Prominent local ingredients you’ll want to try — especially since you’re in Maryland — include the Maryland blue crab cakes, the Chesapeake oysters, the wood-fired rockfish and the Monocacy silver goat cheese.
  • Be sure to try the wood-roasted bone marrow. Sliced cleanly in half, this buttery, melt-in-your-mouth marrow is luscious and unique, served with tasty pickled ramps and a mushroom jam.
  • Another comforting specialty is the Maine lobster pot pie. Deconstructed tableside for you and your guests to see, this fresh lobster is sweet and tender, partnered with a pumpkin sauce, diced pumpkin and a thin flaky butter crust. 
  • Don’t leave without sampling one of pastry chef Chris Ford’s dessert creations, like the Coffee & Cake — devil’s food, espresso curd and brown butter coffee sherbet.
The Bar
  • The lounge at Wit & Wisdom is a chic place to grab a relaxing drink while taking in a fantastic view of the Baltimore waterfront.
  • The lounge offers a variety of happy hour specials every night, including indulgent $5 snacks such as Maryland blue crab deviled eggs served with shallot cracklins’ or wood-fired meatballs with whipped polenta and a savory gravy.
  • You’ll also find plenty of craft beers to choose from, including tasty selections from such Maryland breweries as Duclaw Brewing Company.
  • Cocktails made from fresh, sprightly herbs and clean spirits are the specialty here. Take The Company, for instance, a house concoction of saffron-infused Beefeater gin, honey, lemon and orange bitters, shaken up and served in a champagne coupe glass with a fresh sprig of thyme on top.
Business casual
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Getting There
Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, 200 International Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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