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Best Fancy Restaurant

Charleston

1000 Lancaster St., (410) 332-7373, www.charlestonrestaurant.com

Posted 9/20/2006

There is a long list of special-occasion worthy restaurants in the Fells Point/Harbor East area (the Black Olive, Kali's Court, Timothy Dean's, Pazo, Oceanaire) without even opening the field up to the rest of the city (hey there, Saffron, Corks, and Petit Louis, among many, many others). But when it comes time to lay out some serious cash on a nice meal, Charleston is still the place we dream of. The service and ambiance are impeccable, and we've never eaten anything there we didn't rave about for weeks to come. We were a bit skeptical about the trendy move to a small-plates menu, but it has actually enhanced the dining experience, allowing you to sample more dishes. Yes, Charleston is expensive--three courses and a complimentary dessert will set you back $67--so we don't make it there very often. Even more rarely if we're actually paying. But Cindy Wolf's flagship is still the best fancy dining experience in town.

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Other Awards for Best Fancy Restaurant:

Cinghiale, 9/16/2009

Charleston, 9/17/2008

Charleston, 9/19/2007

Petit Louis, 9/21/2005

Corks, 9/22/2004

Charleston, 9/17/2003

All Awards for Charleston:

Best Fancy Restaurant, 9/17/2008

Best Fancy Restaurant, 9/19/2007

Best Fancy Restaurant, 9/17/2003

Best Restaurant for Special Occasions, 9/19/2001

Best Service, 9/13/2000

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