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Restaurant Reviews - Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian Restaurant & Bar in Baltimore
A fantastic Restaurant in Baltimore
My wife and I were in Baltimore this past weekend for her birthday and we decided to eat at Supano's since it was recommended to us. It was surprisingly not too busy for a Saturday evening and we were seated instantly. We had reservations, but they weren’t necessary. The overall atmosphere of the restaurant was fantastic with a live band playing music. We ordered the mozzarella sticks as an appetizer and they were delicious! For our entrees, I ordered the chicken parmesan and my wife had the ½ pound crab cake. Both entrees included a side of pasta. Within 10-15 minutes our food was brought out to us and it was all hot. The marinara sauce used for both the mozzarella sticks and the chicken parmesan was truly amazing and had so much flavor. It’s probably one of the best marinara sauces I have ever tasted and this is coming from an Italian who grew up with homemade sauce prepared every Sunday for dinner! My wife's crab cake was bursting with fresh crab meat and didn’t have any filler in it like some of the cheaper crab cakes you can get elsewhere. The crab cake came with a zesty dipping sauce which further enhanced the overall flavor of the crab cake. Not only was the food delicious, but the service was excellent as well! Ken was our waiter and he was very attentive and made sure our drinks were always filled and that our food was to our liking. We both felt that the prices were reasonable compared to other restaurants we could have dined at in the area. If you want a tasty meal and for it to be well prepared you're going to have to spend a little more for it. We both had a wonderful evening at Supano's and definitely will be coming back the next time we make a trip to Baltimore!
Just finished a fantastic meal. This was our first visit - family group of ten. Barbara, our waitress was friendly and attentive. The steaks were very tasty and juicy. The filet was not to be believed. Two fish dishes were flavorful and well balanced. One chicken dish was outstanding. We will be back!
Supano’s may be one of Baltimore’s best-kept secrets
Suzanne Loudermilk / The Baltimore Sun
Supano’s Prime Steakhouse Seafood & Pasta may be one of Baltimore’s best-kept secrets. The Inner Harbor restaurant has been at its Water Street location for almost 10 years, but many people have never heard of it.
“We’re tucked away,” said Terry Coffman, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Olga.
As soon as we walked in from the downtown alley, we felt as if we had stepped into the Rat Pack era. The low-lit room was bedecked in ornate wood, tin ceilings, brick walls and, sure enough, a big screen with crooner Frank Sinatra belting out tunes.
Black-and-white photos of other old-time stars like Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin adorn the dining room. The tablecloths are red vinyl, and the menus are as big as wooden cutting boards.
We expected someone to call us “doll face” at any minute.
But the wait staff was professional and polite, including an engaging host who stopped by every table to chat.
The restaurant offers a variety of global wines by the bottle and glass, as well as a selection of cocktails and local and imported beer.
The food leans toward Italian, although thick steaks, seared in a 1,600-degree oven, and seafood are available, as the restaurant’s name indicates. “Miss Bettie” Peterson is in the kitchen, cooking pasta, soups, sauces and tiramisu as she has been doing since the 1970s.
Supano’s history goes back further than its current address. Coffman bought Velleggia’s, founded in 1937 in Little Italy, in 2005. The restaurant closed in 2008, and Coffman opened Velleggia’s on Water Street that year.
He renamed the restaurant Supano’s in 2010. If you were a fan of Velleggia’s — and we were — you’ll enjoy the restaurant’s hearty, filling fare.
The clams alla Franco were a beautiful beginning. The plump seafood nuggets were dressed in their shells with a generous amount of crab meat cloaked in a flavorful marinara sauce.
We also indulged in terrific bruschetta topped with vine-ripe tomato cubes, and a beautiful house balsamic salad that included romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and black olives, glazed with a tangy vinaigrette. It was large enough to share.
We really liked the sausage-and-peppers starter, a satisfying medley of its key ingredients bobbing invitingly in a complex, aromatic tomato sauce.
We wanted to see if the restaurant lived up to its “steakhouse” designation, and it did.
Dino’s prime rib-eye steak was a behemoth. The 16-ounce hunk of beef was succulent, delicious and pricey at $49. You can upgrade to a 22-ounce slab for $64. There are no sides with the dish, so we paired it with an adequate bowl of mashed potatoes.
It was probably subliminal after watching Sinatra’s screen performance across the room, but I ordered the chicken for the Chairman (his nickname). The tender chicken breast, sautéed in a balanced white-wine sauce, was enhanced with artichoke hearts and mushrooms, and hit all the right notes.
We added sautéed spinach for an extra charge. The leafy vegetable was overcooked, but we liked its underlying garlic tinge.
The decadent baked manicotti featured two pasta tubes, oozing luscious ricotta cheese and covered with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. We paired it with three rotund meatballs sitting in more sauce.
We ended our meal with traditional Italian desserts. The feather-light tiramisu offered more custard than cake, but we liked its creaminess. The two cannolis featured shells that were pleasantly crackly and stuffed with sweetened, whipped ricotta that spilled onto the plate.
The restaurant’s first floor, with a dining room a few steps up from the bar area, isn’t the only component of the building. A downstairs level houses a sports bar. And in mid-September, Coffman is opening a second-floor dining room and bar, along with a private club for the business community on the third floor.
The restaurant wasn’t empty on our dinnertime visit. It was populated mostly by out-of-towners, who seem to come on the recommendation of area hotels. (We gleaned this information from the conversations at neighboring tables.)
I’m not sure why Supano’s isn’t on more people’s radar locally. It’s time to get the word out.
ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS PLACE
Chris M., NYC, NY
I was in town for a concert and looked on the internet for a good steakhouse. I found this place and I absolutely loved it. I look forward to going back. The owner parked my car for me and stopped by the table to make sure everything was perfect.
This place is amazing! One of a kind in Baltimore. Thank you 🙂
AWESOME AS USUAL
Willam Hunt, Baltimore, MD
Took my parents to Supano’s last night to listen to some Sinatra and dine. Awesome as usual. Re-learned about their mother's day special. It always is Mom’s eat free. We will be back Sunday. We will also be back for father's day same deal but I eat free. “Free Steak” that my kind of life.
AWESOME CRABCAKES AND STEAKS
Bill M., Summit, Va
Love the Sinatra Vibe. My new favorite dining place in Baltimore. Kitchen open late night very mice when coming into town. The local folks very friendly. Karaoke a nice surprise late night.
Jordan Walker, Baltimore, MD
I definitely would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a fun and nice night out. The food is absolutely fantastic and the staff is amazing. The food came out hot and fresh. Definitely go there!
Roland Powers, Lincoln, NE
Sheraton City Center Hotel recommended this Baltimore Icon. One of the Best Steaks I’ve ever eaten and I’m from Nebraska. Love dry aged beef. Great red cab selection. Calamari was superb. Do not miss this local restaurant. No chains for me…..
BEST WE’VE EVER HAD!
Sophia, Ellicott City, MD
We came in for my nephew’s birthday tonight and were so impressed! What a warm inviting atmosphere with selections on the menu from Italian, Baltimore seafood and prime steaks. Our waitress was Holly and she was so professional and catered to our every need. We didn’t have room for dessert but she recommended the tiramisu from a recipe over 70 years old. Best we’ve ever had! We will be back to hear the jazz next time!