Bustling and crowded, this luxuriously dark dining room is just north of Mount Vernon Square and a five-minute drive from the Inner Harbor. Tables are set close together under a low ceiling, keeping things intimate for the bankers and lawyers who often eat here, as well as couples on expensive dates. The leopard-print carpet and live pianist lend a swanky 1960s feel to a place that seems untouched by time. The traditional menu is headed by a superb prime rib and an even better filet mignon; the jumbo lump crab cakes are also great. The wine list is predominantly from the United States.
May 14, 2012
Strangely, although their address is for Calvert Street, you will see their awning and entrance on Chase Street that crosses Calvert. There is also indoor complimentary valet parking at the attached garage on Hunter street which is just around the block. Just follow the very detailed directions on their web page and you won't get lost or go wrong. After going through several doors and hallways from the garage, you will enter a dimly lit world
straight out of AMC's Mad Men. This is the world of power dining and three martini lunches (although it's dinner only here). And if you love that sort of thing, The Prime Rib does not disappoint. My wife and I both ordered the smaller "split cut" Prime Rib which total filled the plates they were served on. I can only imagine the "signature cut" comes on a much bigger plate. We also shared a Buzz's salad which they brought plated for each of us, a nice and classy touch. But classy is the theme here. This place will take you back when dining was meant to be a classy experience. And the Prime Rib doesn't fail at that. This is not just eating, it's an event. So it goes without saying our service was excellent and also informative. And our steaks were prepared exactly how we requested them. The Prime Rib no longer requires gentleman to wear jackets during the week either but you might still feel out of place sans one. Who cares what the rules are? It's the kind of joint you really want to dress for. And it's worth the effort.