32 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD | Directions 2120239.288796 -76.607168
The Best Just Got Better!!!! – Wow, I'm telling you the best just got better! Now I've been to Babalu Grill a number of times and I've never been disappointed. The food is great, I love the atmosphere, and the service is always great. It seemed like everytime that I ate there I had a server named Ray. He was always great, never had a problem with him. But this last experience was absolutely phenomenal!! We had a server named Bryan, a handsome gentleman, with a great smile. Now I dont usually do this, but I felt that Baltimore needed to know that Bryan's service was undeniably unmatched. He topped the cake with his charm and genuine personality. Now I know I sound tacky, but I was impressed, if service was this fantastic everywhere, I would never eat at home again! Thank You Babalu, for a wonderful dining experience. Thank you Bryan for an unforgettable evening.
Exquisite! – Yesterday my friend and I had one of the most wonderful dining experiences. The food and service was far beyond our expectations. We started our diner with the freshest ceviche with shrimp, scallops and fish marinated in the lime juice. For the main course, the Cuban crab cakes special was absolutely delectable, with mango and papaya adding a unique flavor. Top it all off with some chocolate éclairs and authentic mochitos and you'll get an experience that will be very hard to beat! The service was courteous, friendly and timely, and the Cuban music provided for just the perfect ambiance. Highly recommended! You won't be disappointed!
Authentic & Fun – Last weekend I dined at Babalu Grill, and I was taken aback by my overall experience. The ambience was great - very colorful and inviting. The food was SOOO delicious - very flavorful and visually appealing. I also tried their well-acclaimed mojitos which I found to be the best I've ever had. My friends and I enjoyed our service a great deal too. The server was knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive to all are needs. We had such a fun and enjoyable time! A definite return visit in the near future!
Unfortunately, not impressed.... – After reading rave reviews, I went to Babalu Saturday night. My boyfriend and I received what was probably the worst seating in the restaurant...right in front of the kitchen doors and next to the bus area where all we heard was the clanking of dirty plates and silverware. (The restaurant was fairly empty, so I was a bit surprised by the seating choice.) I couldn't bear to watch the kitchen door swing open and closed all night, so I sat next to my boyfriend in the booth. Service was prompt and friendly, but a bit too quick, if that is possible. We were seated at 730pm and walking out the door by 825pm! Not relaxing at all. The food was average - we ordered the paella for 2 - not at all flavorful as we were expecting. A very average experience....and disappointing as my hopes were set high.
In Light of True Cuban Tradition... – My experience at BaBaLu Grill was truly amazing. Everything from the service, to the food, to the atmosphere and music was very Cuban. The staff was warm like family, the food was flavorful and delicious and the bright colors and photographs of old Cuba make you forget that you're in the US. Not only was the dining experience great but the restaurant turns into a nightclub on Fri. and Sat. nights and I had a ball! I reccomend this place for any and everyone!!
Babalu - Baltimore's hidden hot spot! – Wow! I went to Babalu for the first time last weekend, and was definitely impressed! It's much more classy and upscale than I thought it would be. All of the people there were beautiful. It was really just a fun place to be. I almost felt like I was in Miami. Definitely check out babalu for a fun time with good food and good drinks and great looking people!
One of Baltimore's Best – dined on a late Sat night, Food was outstanding, service was even better, and the bartenders know what they're doing. The atmosphere was fun and hip, Def one of baltimores must-go-to places. Stayed after dinner for dj and dancing. Music was great, The crowd was upscale and fun. Saw the better of what Baltimore had to offer. Must say, the only downside was the fact that they had to close that night and we flew out Sunday afternoon. When we return to Baltimore, we will def return
Babalu Grill – Great night! Food and service were fantastic. Then the restaurant turned into a dance club and we danced the night away.
Miami's ABC – If you're from Miami or Cuba, you're going to feel right at home! If you're not, you're going to feel like you are for a night! Everything's great! From food, to ambience, to music! I recommend most anything on their menu. On weekends.... they're a must! I'm highly recommending Babalu's Grill!
An authentic Cuban eatery that Lucy and Ricky would love. – The Scene
With salsa and merengue music in the air, the atmosphere at Babalu is fun and festive. Photographs, an elegant bar lined with grandiose mirrors, low-hung lights and bongo drums add to the authentic Cuban vibe.
Real Cuban cuisine served with pizzazz. Start with the Babalu, a sampler platter of empanadas, tamales, tostones and more. The lobster with dark rum and coconut rice is a deliciously inventive twist on a favorite dish. Paella for two, loaded with seafood, is a feast fit for Neptune himself, and the red snapper is fresh and flavorful. Caribbean-style crab cakes won't disappoint, and the spicy corn relish accompanying them will set your tongue afire. Bottom line? The braver your taste buds, the more fun you'll have.
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