Restaurante Tio Pepe

★★★★☆
  • 10 E Franklin St

    Baltimore, MD 21202

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  • 410-539-4675

About Restaurante Tio Pepe

Categories
  • Restaurants
  • Spanish Restaurants
  • Fine Dining
Details
  • $$
  • Fine Dining
  • People Watching
  • Romantic Dining
Hours
M-Th 11:30am-9:30pm, F 11:30am-10pm, Sa 5pm-10:30pm, Su 4pm-9:30pm
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Emails
  • info@restaurantetiopepe.com
Phones
  • Mobile (443-929-9297)
Specialties
  • Traditional Mexican Food
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Services
  • Dine In
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Dine In
  • Corporate Events

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Having lived in Baltimore and now in Florida, I have always enjoyed the excellent cuisine and ambiance of Tio Pepe, and when visiting I always include a trip to Tio Pepe's. It has always been superb and outstanding. You can not find

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★★★☆☆

Having lived in Baltimore and now in Florida, I have always enjoyed the excellent cuisine and ambiance of Tio Pepe, and when visiting I always include a trip to Tio Pepe's. It has always been superb and outstanding. You can not find

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Great restaurant! I have been to this restaurant twice, and it has been fantastic both times. The wait staff is very knowledgeable about the dishes and the wine, we've been seated promptly, and the food has been excellent (I've had both

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★★★★★

Great restaurant! I have been to this restaurant twice, and it has been fantastic both times. The wait staff is very knowledgeable about the dishes and the wine, we've been seated promptly, and the food has been excellent (I've had both

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took my wife and 2 sons to diner last night. I could not understand waiter as his english was very broken plus he was mean. appetizer was excellent, oyster with crabmeat. Everything after was down hill. My wife and I had the lobster and chicken with a seafood sauce. Chicken was grizzley and lobster was tough. sauce bland and rice boring. Worse$35 I ever spent. Sad cause I was looking forwards to a great meal and we were all very disappointed. Our waiter was miserable and so was his tip

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★☆☆☆☆

took my wife and 2 sons to diner last night. I could not understand waiter as his english was very broken plus he was mean. appetizer was excellent, oyster with crabmeat. Everything after was down hill. My wife and I had the lobster and chicken with a seafood sauce. Chicken was grizzley and lobster was tough. sauce bland and rice boring. Worse$35 I ever spent. Sad cause I was looking forwards to a great meal and we were all very disappointed. Our waiter was miserable and so was his tip

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Still as great as ever. First time I've been in more than a decade, but I was pleased to see that it is still fantastic. Can't wait to go again.

5
★★★★★

Still as great as ever. First time I've been in more than a decade, but I was pleased to see that it is still fantastic. Can't wait to go again.

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I hadn't been to Tio's in more than a decade, so I was a little nervous -- wondering if it would still be as good as I remembered. Lucky me (and my guests). The food, sangria and desserts were every bit as good as I remembered. Shrimp in garlic sauce is still a "must", as are any of the fish entrees. The chicken and lobster dish is still incredible, as are all their desserts (my favorite is the pignoli nut / custard roll). Not the least expensive place, but worth every dime. Don't hesitate to go.

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★★★★★

I hadn't been to Tio's in more than a decade, so I was a little nervous -- wondering if it would still be as good as I remembered. Lucky me (and my guests). The food, sangria and desserts were every bit as good as I remembered. Shrimp in garlic sauce is still a "must", as are any of the fish entrees. The chicken and lobster dish is still incredible, as are all their desserts (my favorite is the pignoli nut / custard roll). Not the least expensive place, but worth every dime. Don't hesitate to go.

Pros: Food is memorable

Cons: Nothing worth noting

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We went to Tio Pepe's -Spanish Mediterranean- this weekend to celebrate my boyfriend's 33rd birthday and it was great. Start with the red Sangria, as it's the best I've ever had. We had the garlic shrimp for an app and it was wonderful, tons of garlic and had a great sauce to dip your bread into. My bf had orange veal tenderloin and I had their special, which was beef tenderloin with mushrooms and green beans. We both loved our meals fully and my meal had 3 pieces of tenderloin and I was very impressed with it.

The restaurant is in a basement, so the reviews are correct. It is decorated old world style and it has not been updated in a very long time.

Make reservations early, as ours was at 7pm and they were still busy as we were leaving at 9pm. Jackets are preferred, but not necessary. It is a very nice restaurant and most people were dressed up, but I did see a few people who had jeans on with nice sweaters or shirts and it was fine.

Entrees were anywhere from $20 (chicken) to $80. They had specials which were mostly fish, but still great deals. The menu is quite large with lots of options. Sangria isn't cheap, but it's worth it. Def order a small if there's only 2 of you.

We are easy to please and enjoyed the atmosphere, food and people. Go and enjoy yourself!

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★★★★★

We went to Tio Pepe's -Spanish Mediterranean- this weekend to celebrate my boyfriend's 33rd birthday and it was great. Start with the red Sangria, as it's the best I've ever had. We had the garlic shrimp for an app and it was wonderful, tons of garlic and had a great sauce to dip your bread into. My bf had orange veal tenderloin and I had their special, which was beef tenderloin with mushrooms and green beans. We both loved our meals fully and my meal had 3 pieces of tenderloin and I was very impressed with it.

The restaurant is in a basement, so the reviews are correct. It is decorated old world style and it has not been updated in a very long time.

Make reservations early, as ours was at 7pm and they were still busy as we were leaving at 9pm. Jackets are preferred, but not necessary. It is a very nice restaurant and most people were dressed up, but I did see a few people who had jeans on with nice sweaters or shirts and it was fine.

Entrees were anywhere from $20 (chicken) to $80. They had specials which were mostly fish, but still great deals. The menu is quite large with lots of options. Sangria isn't cheap, but it's worth it. Def order a small if there's only 2 of you.

We are easy to please and enjoyed the atmosphere, food and people. Go and enjoy yourself!

Pros: Food, Food, Food and Lots of It!

Cons: Basment, not a lot of room

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I love this old world classic restaurant. I celebrated my birthday there last year and it was outstanding. It was super crowded because I have a Dec. birthday there were lots of holiday parties going on which only added to the festive feel. I love dining out and usually like to try the lastest and greatest restaurant around, this time I decided to go old school and we all were thrilled that I did. The best Sangria of all in the area. So do yourself a favor and go back in time to dine.

Life Lover, Wine Lover and Food Lover

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★★★★★

I love this old world classic restaurant. I celebrated my birthday there last year and it was outstanding. It was super crowded because I have a Dec. birthday there were lots of holiday parties going on which only added to the festive feel. I love dining out and usually like to try the lastest and greatest restaurant around, this time I decided to go old school and we all were thrilled that I did. The best Sangria of all in the area. So do yourself a favor and go back in time to dine.

Life Lover, Wine Lover and Food Lover

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Tio Pepe Restaurante
Baltimore MD.
(410) 539-4675

Mediterranean $$$
Reservations Recommended:

This restaurant is Spanish Mediterranean, NOT MEXICAN, serving European cuisine in a civilized manner! You will descend into a dimly lit world of stucco-sculptured walls and wrought iron appointments. It??s as if you were entering the ??Caves of Drach?? on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Attentive waiters address your every need. Interested in ??before dinner?? drinks? A pitcher of White, Red, or Champaign Sangria is a must. Order dry or sweet, custom blended to suit your taste.

For me, a great beginning is the shrimp in garlic sauce, Sopa de Pescado y Mariscos (Mediterranean seafood soup) or the Champaign Oysters, the flavor of which explodes on your palette like nothing before. Mention ??puff potatoes?? (not on menu) and you will be treated to the complementary creation of head chief Emiliano Sanz. Prepare for ??Emilio? to visit your table sometime during the evening, as is his custom.

Entrees are too numerous to mention. If you desire meat, the ??Three Amigo??s?? will satisfy the most robust appetite. Order medium rare for this generous portion of lamb chop, petite filet mignon, and veal chop. The saut veggies and sauce are rich and complementary. Each day one suckling pig (and only one) is roasted. Order this when you make your reservation or you may be left out. For the seafarer, three succulent soft crabs are ??to die for?! I prefer hot lemon butter to the almond sauce. The sole with banana is both rich and rewarding. Like many of the entrees, this one is a never to be forgotten experience.

Linger over Tio??s generous deserts. Fresh raspberries in Sabayon Sauce, are delightful. However, a single order of half pine nut, half walnut cake is perfect. Share with your companion and neither of you will be disappointed.

APETITO BUENO !

Bernie Dvorak
Towson MD.
PS: Overheard at BWI:
??TIO PEPE??. NO ONE GOES THERE ANYMORE??IT??S TOO CROWDED!?

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★★★★★

Tio Pepe Restaurante
Baltimore MD.
(410) 539-4675

Mediterranean $$$
Reservations Recommended:

This restaurant is Spanish Mediterranean, NOT MEXICAN, serving European cuisine in a civilized manner! You will descend into a dimly lit world of stucco-sculptured walls and wrought iron appointments. It??s as if you were entering the ??Caves of Drach?? on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Attentive waiters address your every need. Interested in ??before dinner?? drinks? A pitcher of White, Red, or Champaign Sangria is a must. Order dry or sweet, custom blended to suit your taste.

For me, a great beginning is the shrimp in garlic sauce, Sopa de Pescado y Mariscos (Mediterranean seafood soup) or the Champaign Oysters, the flavor of which explodes on your palette like nothing before. Mention ??puff potatoes?? (not on menu) and you will be treated to the complementary creation of head chief Emiliano Sanz. Prepare for ??Emilio? to visit your table sometime during the evening, as is his custom.

Entrees are too numerous to mention. If you desire meat, the ??Three Amigo??s?? will satisfy the most robust appetite. Order medium rare for this generous portion of lamb chop, petite filet mignon, and veal chop. The saut veggies and sauce are rich and complementary. Each day one suckling pig (and only one) is roasted. Order this when you make your reservation or you may be left out. For the seafarer, three succulent soft crabs are ??to die for?! I prefer hot lemon butter to the almond sauce. The sole with banana is both rich and rewarding. Like many of the entrees, this one is a never to be forgotten experience.

Linger over Tio??s generous deserts. Fresh raspberries in Sabayon Sauce, are delightful. However, a single order of half pine nut, half walnut cake is perfect. Share with your companion and neither of you will be disappointed.

APETITO BUENO !

Bernie Dvorak
Towson MD.
PS: Overheard at BWI:
??TIO PEPE??. NO ONE GOES THERE ANYMORE??IT??S TOO CROWDED!?

Pros: GREAT FOOD / EXCEPTIONALSERVICE / ROMANTIC AMBIANCE

Cons: CROWDED / LONG WAIT TO BE SEATED / NOISY

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Great place for a romantic dinner of paella and sangria. As a former resident of Spain and a lover of paella, I can say this is among the best paella in the USA and similar to the finest paellas of Spain. The delicious sangria is at the best price that I have ever seen for a massive pitcher.

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★★★★★

Great place for a romantic dinner of paella and sangria. As a former resident of Spain and a lover of paella, I can say this is among the best paella in the USA and similar to the finest paellas of Spain. The delicious sangria is at the best price that I have ever seen for a massive pitcher.

Pros: Spanish Paella and Sangria in charming setting

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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I am going to try and be nice about this. I am from Spain and I was good friends with the man who started Tio Pepe's. He was one of the greatest Chefs in all of Europe (even cooked for Spanish royalty), and his two brothers that helped him start the Restaurant were just as good. The three of them together were nothing short of Gods of the kitchen. A family of true Master Chefs...(The Sanz Brothers) Its a shame that Tio Pepe's has turned into nothing more than a cash cow for the owners that truly should not even be the owners (Miguel Angel and you know who). They have been riding the Sanz brothers wave for a long time and I think its about time it hits the rocks. There is only one man that should be the owner at this time and his name is Chef. Angel Sanz, the last of the Sanz brothers, and the man who helped make Tio Pepe's restaurant world famous. Oh, and by the way that famous Garlic Shrimp that everyone loves so much, that recipe was created by Chef. Angel Sanz and no one else. Being Spanish and Spanish food have allot in common. The food should explode with all the great flavors of Spain. The food should visually be beautiful and draw you in, and most importantly you should not have to sell your house to pay for your tapas and a glass of sangria. Its a real shame that Tio Pepe's has faded into a mist that was once one of the greatest Chefs in all of Europe's dream. The owners of Tio Pepe's should release ownership of the restaurant and return ownership to its last surviving true founder, Chef. Angel Sanz who still resides in Baltimore, MD. As a Spaniard I feel that Tio Pepe's does not represent Spain in its true glory. I just though that everyone should know the truth about the restaurant. First, the people working there are not Spanish, which means they are not from Spain. That is for those of you who do not know the difference between Spanish and Hispanics, they are rude and not so friendly, in Spain that would not be allowed. The Food is ok at best. The Paella, the true main Spanish dish is a 3 on a scale of 1-10. Garlic Shrimp is great, thanks to Chef Angel Sanz. Drinks are crazy high in price, Sangria is $45 a pitcher and they use cheap wine. If you want real Sangria please feel free to come by my house. The Pine Nut Cake and the Flan, well you should try Chef Angel Sanz, that is all I have to say on that. And if you just so happen to know the current owners, do not expect them to give you any kind of deal or special treatment while you are there, they will just treat you as badly as they do everyone else. Now that is what I call not being Spanish at all. Very soon a new truly authentic Spanish restaurant will be opening, and none other than Chef Angel Sanz will be at the helm. Are main focus, well I guess you know who.. Tio Pepe's, get ready......

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★★☆☆☆

I am going to try and be nice about this. I am from Spain and I was good friends with the man who started Tio Pepe's. He was one of the greatest Chefs in all of Europe (even cooked for Spanish royalty), and his two brothers that helped him start the Restaurant were just as good. The three of them together were nothing short of Gods of the kitchen. A family of true Master Chefs...(The Sanz Brothers) Its a shame that Tio Pepe's has turned into nothing more than a cash cow for the owners that truly should not even be the owners (Miguel Angel and you know who). They have been riding the Sanz brothers wave for a long time and I think its about time it hits the rocks. There is only one man that should be the owner at this time and his name is Chef. Angel Sanz, the last of the Sanz brothers, and the man who helped make Tio Pepe's restaurant world famous. Oh, and by the way that famous Garlic Shrimp that everyone loves so much, that recipe was created by Chef. Angel Sanz and no one else. Being Spanish and Spanish food have allot in common. The food should explode with all the great flavors of Spain. The food should visually be beautiful and draw you in, and most importantly you should not have to sell your house to pay for your tapas and a glass of sangria. Its a real shame that Tio Pepe's has faded into a mist that was once one of the greatest Chefs in all of Europe's dream. The owners of Tio Pepe's should release ownership of the restaurant and return ownership to its last surviving true founder, Chef. Angel Sanz who still resides in Baltimore, MD. As a Spaniard I feel that Tio Pepe's does not represent Spain in its true glory. I just though that everyone should know the truth about the restaurant. First, the people working there are not Spanish, which means they are not from Spain. That is for those of you who do not know the difference between Spanish and Hispanics, they are rude and not so friendly, in Spain that would not be allowed. The Food is ok at best. The Paella, the true main Spanish dish is a 3 on a scale of 1-10. Garlic Shrimp is great, thanks to Chef Angel Sanz. Drinks are crazy high in price, Sangria is $45 a pitcher and they use cheap wine. If you want real Sangria please feel free to come by my house. The Pine Nut Cake and the Flan, well you should try Chef Angel Sanz, that is all I have to say on that. And if you just so happen to know the current owners, do not expect them to give you any kind of deal or special treatment while you are there, they will just treat you as badly as they do everyone else. Now that is what I call not being Spanish at all. Very soon a new truly authentic Spanish restaurant will be opening, and none other than Chef Angel Sanz will be at the helm. Are main focus, well I guess you know who.. Tio Pepe's, get ready......

Pros: Garlic Shrimp

Cons: Out of control prices, not truly Spanish Anymore

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Here are my tips for having a great time at this restaurant:

Go early - 5:00P.M. when it first opens because you won't wait.

Reserve a few weeks in advance

Don't park in garage across the street from the restaurant- too expensive. Park on the street near the area or up the street in Mount Vernon.

Order the Seafood Bisque soup or shrimp and garlic. Both are good.

Steak with Bearnaise sauce and stuffed rockfish are very good, but the entree to get is below:

If you want to have a great entree, you need to get this one. It's called Mariscos al Cava and usually is not listed on the menu. It is usually listed during the New Years Holiday, but if you ask the waiter, the chef will prepare it. The dish is also called the Trio and is shrimp, lobster, and crabmeat in champagne sauce. This is the best dish I have ever had in my life, the only problem is that it costs about $50 +/- , but it is worth every penny. I have been to many high end restaurants around Baltimore/DC metro and this is by far my favorite dish.

Please Please Please get the trio/ Mariscos al Cava - even if it is not listed, they can make it. Then, you feel special because you will be the only one in the restaurant to have that plate and you know that it is fresh.

Also, the desserts that are really good are the Walnut Cake, Chocolate Mousse (my favorite ever), and Chocolate roll.

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★★★★★

Here are my tips for having a great time at this restaurant:

Go early - 5:00P.M. when it first opens because you won't wait.

Reserve a few weeks in advance

Don't park in garage across the street from the restaurant- too expensive. Park on the street near the area or up the street in Mount Vernon.

Order the Seafood Bisque soup or shrimp and garlic. Both are good.

Steak with Bearnaise sauce and stuffed rockfish are very good, but the entree to get is below:

If you want to have a great entree, you need to get this one. It's called Mariscos al Cava and usually is not listed on the menu. It is usually listed during the New Years Holiday, but if you ask the waiter, the chef will prepare it. The dish is also called the Trio and is shrimp, lobster, and crabmeat in champagne sauce. This is the best dish I have ever had in my life, the only problem is that it costs about $50 +/- , but it is worth every penny. I have been to many high end restaurants around Baltimore/DC metro and this is by far my favorite dish.

Please Please Please get the trio/ Mariscos al Cava - even if it is not listed, they can make it. Then, you feel special because you will be the only one in the restaurant to have that plate and you know that it is fresh.

Also, the desserts that are really good are the Walnut Cake, Chocolate Mousse (my favorite ever), and Chocolate roll.

Pros: Quality Food, Great atmosphere, Chef Emiliano is great

Cons: Nothing

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Pros: Bons bifes

Cons: nenhuns, nunca lá fui

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We were seated as a large group and waited a very long time for the waiter to take our order. the room was intensely hot, we were all sweating terribly. after nearly 40 mins our food came. the appetizers were average we had lobster bisque and mushroom toast, nothing fancy, presentation was bare minimum. then a while later we got our entrees and the moment i saw worn white plates with aluminum covers that were stacked, i thought airline food or room service...but i've had better room service. I ordered their famous paella...which i thought you can't mess up and its their signature dish, right? It was the WORST paella I've ever eaten. Granted, I've been to Spain and France where they know how to make it. But when the rice is mush and looks more like mashed potatoes and you have to pull the paella apart to get sections or chunks of lukewarm rice mush, it is just aweful. the chicken was dry and room temp, shrimp was mushy and sausage dry, leathery and rubbery. i sent it back and the waiter told me the beef was the best of the night...it was airplane food with a brown gravy over green beans and sirloin tips. at least the rice was actually rice...separate grains. most of the group ordered fish, which general concensus was average, but the presentation was so mediocre with a browned cream sauce topping reminiscent of cafeteria style entrees. The desserts were just as sketchy, nothing truly 'authetically' spanish, they are ho-hos with whipped cream or pudding fillings, a true disappointment. the service was fine, the treat was when i ordered a specialty coffee, they put on a fire show that burns off much of the alcohol, but you still pay $11.00 for the drink. at least the whipped cream topping was fresh. will not return and will dissuade friends too.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were seated as a large group and waited a very long time for the waiter to take our order. the room was intensely hot, we were all sweating terribly. after nearly 40 mins our food came. the appetizers were average we had lobster bisque and mushroom toast, nothing fancy, presentation was bare minimum. then a while later we got our entrees and the moment i saw worn white plates with aluminum covers that were stacked, i thought airline food or room service...but i've had better room service. I ordered their famous paella...which i thought you can't mess up and its their signature dish, right? It was the WORST paella I've ever eaten. Granted, I've been to Spain and France where they know how to make it. But when the rice is mush and looks more like mashed potatoes and you have to pull the paella apart to get sections or chunks of lukewarm rice mush, it is just aweful. the chicken was dry and room temp, shrimp was mushy and sausage dry, leathery and rubbery. i sent it back and the waiter told me the beef was the best of the night...it was airplane food with a brown gravy over green beans and sirloin tips. at least the rice was actually rice...separate grains. most of the group ordered fish, which general concensus was average, but the presentation was so mediocre with a browned cream sauce topping reminiscent of cafeteria style entrees. The desserts were just as sketchy, nothing truly 'authetically' spanish, they are ho-hos with whipped cream or pudding fillings, a true disappointment. the service was fine, the treat was when i ordered a specialty coffee, they put on a fire show that burns off much of the alcohol, but you still pay $11.00 for the drink. at least the whipped cream topping was fresh. will not return and will dissuade friends too.

Cons: poor food, not good value for price

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I used to live in Baltimore and it's been 20 years since I had the pleasure of dining at this gem of a restaurant. I still dream about the garlic shrimp appetizer and know many who turned it into a main course which the restaurant was willing to do. I had one of the most memorable meals ever at this restaurant and if it's still as good as twenty years ago, I suggest you go if you happen to be in Baltimore. I also loved Gampy's and the Cultured Pearl. Great eateries.

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★★★★★

I used to live in Baltimore and it's been 20 years since I had the pleasure of dining at this gem of a restaurant. I still dream about the garlic shrimp appetizer and know many who turned it into a main course which the restaurant was willing to do. I had one of the most memorable meals ever at this restaurant and if it's still as good as twenty years ago, I suggest you go if you happen to be in Baltimore. I also loved Gampy's and the Cultured Pearl. Great eateries.

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I have never been disappointed when eating at Tio Pepe. It's on the pricey side to be an everyday place, but to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other life milestone, there are not many places that are better.

I always threaten to make a meal of the shrimp in garlic sauce with a loaf of bread, but the menu is too tempting to stop with the appetizers. Desserts are amazing and there's something for every taste. Contrary to what the previous reviewer said, this place is authentic Spanish through and through, from the food to the feel of being in one of the mesones below the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. If it was listed as Mexican somewhere on the web by another diner, it's not the fault of the restaurant.

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★★★★★

I have never been disappointed when eating at Tio Pepe. It's on the pricey side to be an everyday place, but to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other life milestone, there are not many places that are better.

I always threaten to make a meal of the shrimp in garlic sauce with a loaf of bread, but the menu is too tempting to stop with the appetizers. Desserts are amazing and there's something for every taste. Contrary to what the previous reviewer said, this place is authentic Spanish through and through, from the food to the feel of being in one of the mesones below the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. If it was listed as Mexican somewhere on the web by another diner, it's not the fault of the restaurant.

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I had read rave reviews of Tio Pepe so my husband and I went. Bad choice. I honestly think the people reviewing it favorably are either in their 80's or have never traveled out of Baltimore. The food was horrible. Watery, bland, you name it. The vegetables were those diced peas and carrots like you get at the grocery. And our bill came to over a $100. It is not romantic, authentic or good. And I have no idea why this restaurant is listed under Mexican in this review. Oh, wait, I do. Spanish= Mexican to people who like this place. Tio Pepe is bad, bad, bad. Yeah, it's an "institution" in Baltimore but only with people who have really limited views or experiences of good food.

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I had read rave reviews of Tio Pepe so my husband and I went. Bad choice. I honestly think the people reviewing it favorably are either in their 80's or have never traveled out of Baltimore. The food was horrible. Watery, bland, you name it. The vegetables were those diced peas and carrots like you get at the grocery. And our bill came to over a $100. It is not romantic, authentic or good. And I have no idea why this restaurant is listed under Mexican in this review. Oh, wait, I do. Spanish= Mexican to people who like this place. Tio Pepe is bad, bad, bad. Yeah, it's an "institution" in Baltimore but only with people who have really limited views or experiences of good food.

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Spanish restaurants are hard to come by, but this is the best.

Tio Pepe doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you descend the stairs into this basement restaurant, you're in a new world.

The setting is beautifully romantic, and the wait staff is very polished.

The seafood paella is the best. The menu says it feeds two, but it could fill up even three or four people.

I also recommend the sangria, which is very strong, but very fruity.

A wonderful Baltimore secret.

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★★★★★

Spanish restaurants are hard to come by, but this is the best.

Tio Pepe doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you descend the stairs into this basement restaurant, you're in a new world.

The setting is beautifully romantic, and the wait staff is very polished.

The seafood paella is the best. The menu says it feeds two, but it could fill up even three or four people.

I also recommend the sangria, which is very strong, but very fruity.

A wonderful Baltimore secret.

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In town on business from NYC, I stumbled upon Tio Pepe and thought I would have lunch. The gentleman at the door looked me up and down when I asked to look at a menu (I was dressed in business attire) and turned his back to me. When I decided to dine there, he apathetically walked me to a table, half attempted to pull out my chair and walked away before I could even move into the table to sit. The only reason I was truly mortified FOR HIM was that I have spent several years running some of the more upscale establishments in New York and would NEVER treat a guest that way. Especially if I were wearing a tuxedo and handing guests filthy menus. Food was wonderful, but what a shame it was tainted by a poor attitude and atmosphere of superiority.

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★★★☆☆

In town on business from NYC, I stumbled upon Tio Pepe and thought I would have lunch. The gentleman at the door looked me up and down when I asked to look at a menu (I was dressed in business attire) and turned his back to me. When I decided to dine there, he apathetically walked me to a table, half attempted to pull out my chair and walked away before I could even move into the table to sit. The only reason I was truly mortified FOR HIM was that I have spent several years running some of the more upscale establishments in New York and would NEVER treat a guest that way. Especially if I were wearing a tuxedo and handing guests filthy menus. Food was wonderful, but what a shame it was tainted by a poor attitude and atmosphere of superiority.

Pros: Pleasant service, wonderful food

Cons: Attitude at door made me uncomfortable

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Tio Pepe is a classic. It is absolutely perfect for what it is -- old school, rich sauces, a little pretentious -- its kinda like your Aunt Evelyn -- she shouldn't be as pretentious as she is because she's 30 years behind the times...but she is...and you have to love her for it.

This experience is not cool and hip. It's not a Cindy Wolf / Tony Foreman restaurant. It's not delicate cuisine. It's heavy and filling -- the way food was in the old days. It's decadent. And, I think, a hell of a lot of fun.

Again...go into the experience with an open mind and an empty stomach and you'll love it. All of these negative comments on here seem odd. I've never had bad service. Sure, you have to wait for your reservation now and again...but that's any busy restaurant.

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★★★★★

Tio Pepe is a classic. It is absolutely perfect for what it is -- old school, rich sauces, a little pretentious -- its kinda like your Aunt Evelyn -- she shouldn't be as pretentious as she is because she's 30 years behind the times...but she is...and you have to love her for it.

This experience is not cool and hip. It's not a Cindy Wolf / Tony Foreman restaurant. It's not delicate cuisine. It's heavy and filling -- the way food was in the old days. It's decadent. And, I think, a hell of a lot of fun.

Again...go into the experience with an open mind and an empty stomach and you'll love it. All of these negative comments on here seem odd. I've never had bad service. Sure, you have to wait for your reservation now and again...but that's any busy restaurant.

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I'm not quite sure what all the hype is about, it is okay. The food it very good, can't complain about anything I've had so far. We go several times a year, mostly for special occasions, but at least once for the heck of it, a craving for the Shrimp Scampi I suppose! I do believe it is quite expensive for what you get. I would also think by now they would have updated in some sort of way without loosing the ambiance. I do so enjoy when the chef makes his appearance! The food is quite good but in my opinion doesn't live up to all the hype! If you don't mind spending money on good food then you should go. If you're looking for a 5 star dining experience, save your money.

2
★★★★☆

I'm not quite sure what all the hype is about, it is okay. The food it very good, can't complain about anything I've had so far. We go several times a year, mostly for special occasions, but at least once for the heck of it, a craving for the Shrimp Scampi I suppose! I do believe it is quite expensive for what you get. I would also think by now they would have updated in some sort of way without loosing the ambiance. I do so enjoy when the chef makes his appearance! The food is quite good but in my opinion doesn't live up to all the hype! If you don't mind spending money on good food then you should go. If you're looking for a 5 star dining experience, save your money.

Pros: Good food for sure

Cons: Very expensive, atmosphere is lacking.

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We have enjoyed this restaurant for over 30 years! The food is excellent - you can order anything and stay in your price range - if you are not up to ordering an entire meal - try two or three appetizers, they are outstanding and will do the trick. We have eaten all over the U.S. and would rate Tio Pepes as consistently the best in food quality. Lunch is great as well as evening dinners - the only downside is late Fridays and Saturdays if they are busy, you won't get the best service but that would happen in any busy restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

We have enjoyed this restaurant for over 30 years! The food is excellent - you can order anything and stay in your price range - if you are not up to ordering an entire meal - try two or three appetizers, they are outstanding and will do the trick. We have eaten all over the U.S. and would rate Tio Pepes as consistently the best in food quality. Lunch is great as well as evening dinners - the only downside is late Fridays and Saturdays if they are busy, you won't get the best service but that would happen in any busy restaurant.

Pros: Outstanding quality food

Cons: If a busy Saturday night, better off choosing another night

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FYI, this restaurant is not Mexican, it is Spanish. Just a little bit of difference in types of cuisines. You may want to update your listing.

2
★★★★★

FYI, this restaurant is not Mexican, it is Spanish. Just a little bit of difference in types of cuisines. You may want to update your listing.

Cons: Listing is misleading, this is not Mexican food.

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My wife treated me to a dinner for my birthday. Tio Pepe is just a lot of hype and was a great disappointment, long wait, and noisy. Feel rushed to finish your lousy meal, pay up and get out. Baltimore can do a lot better. Don't go here just to say you've been there like it's some kind a Baltimore monument one HAS to visit.

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★★★☆☆

My wife treated me to a dinner for my birthday. Tio Pepe is just a lot of hype and was a great disappointment, long wait, and noisy. Feel rushed to finish your lousy meal, pay up and get out. Baltimore can do a lot better. Don't go here just to say you've been there like it's some kind a Baltimore monument one HAS to visit.

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because you're going to need them. The food can be great, but it is wildly inconsistent. Ditto the service, where one waiter is cool and the next has anger-management probs. Oh, and make reservations a month ahead and CHECK ON THEM!

2
★★★★☆

because you're going to need them. The food can be great, but it is wildly inconsistent. Ditto the service, where one waiter is cool and the next has anger-management probs. Oh, and make reservations a month ahead and CHECK ON THEM!

Pros: Has the ability to serve the best around . . .

Cons: . . . but does not do so on a regular basis.

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I have been going to Tio's since it opened. We have all of our family gatherings at Tio's and every one of our guests is always completely satisfied. The staff and food are always wonderful!

2
★★★★★

I have been going to Tio's since it opened. We have all of our family gatherings at Tio's and every one of our guests is always completely satisfied. The staff and food are always wonderful!

Cons: Expensive

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Tio Pepe's is by far the most romantic restaurant in Baltimore...the restaurant is in a basement and has small alcoves that can be very romantic. The food is excellent and the service is the best. Make reservations because it's hard to get into especially on the weekends...but don't miss out...you must go.

5
★★★★★

Tio Pepe's is by far the most romantic restaurant in Baltimore...the restaurant is in a basement and has small alcoves that can be very romantic. The food is excellent and the service is the best. Make reservations because it's hard to get into especially on the weekends...but don't miss out...you must go.

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I heard so much about this fancy restaurant that they served good food and all, but after I tried it I would never want to go back there. At first I thought their foods should be delicate and delicious, but that was the major disappointment. I ordered some shrimp dishes, most of the shrimps contained sands, each bite I can feel the sands between my teeth. Then the entree finally came, paella, it was watery, all the seafood was too well done. I personally had spanish food in Boston before, and it was great, their price is not as expensive as Tio pepe, and they have great paella. That is the reason I wanted to try the paella again. Unfortunatly, it was horrible experience. Price does not equall to the quality, that's all I can say. So I am not recommend this restaurant to any of my friends.

1
★★☆☆☆

I heard so much about this fancy restaurant that they served good food and all, but after I tried it I would never want to go back there. At first I thought their foods should be delicate and delicious, but that was the major disappointment. I ordered some shrimp dishes, most of the shrimps contained sands, each bite I can feel the sands between my teeth. Then the entree finally came, paella, it was watery, all the seafood was too well done. I personally had spanish food in Boston before, and it was great, their price is not as expensive as Tio pepe, and they have great paella. That is the reason I wanted to try the paella again. Unfortunatly, it was horrible experience. Price does not equall to the quality, that's all I can say. So I am not recommend this restaurant to any of my friends.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: price, low food quality

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I'd read about and was looking forward to a meal at this long established Spanish outpost in Baltimore.
In a word, weak. Having spent a fair amount of time in Spain, this is no where near as good as the weakest. The place was absolutely jammed with drunks. We arrived at 9:20 for a 9:30 and were promptly seated at 10:15.
The waiter was very rushed.
We has shrimp in thick brown garlic sauce and smoked salmon (lox), both good, but also nothing distinctive.
Red snapper with clams, mussels and another thick sauce was OK, but way to filling for fish. Sauteed spinach with pine nuts and mushrooms was good. Lobster and chicken breast also had that thick sauce.
Dessert was completely forgettable. But the cappuccino was very good.
The bill was exorbitant for what it was.
 
Don't bother.

1
★★★☆☆

I'd read about and was looking forward to a meal at this long established Spanish outpost in Baltimore.
In a word, weak. Having spent a fair amount of time in Spain, this is no where near as good as the weakest. The place was absolutely jammed with drunks. We arrived at 9:20 for a 9:30 and were promptly seated at 10:15.
The waiter was very rushed.
We has shrimp in thick brown garlic sauce and smoked salmon (lox), both good, but also nothing distinctive.
Red snapper with clams, mussels and another thick sauce was OK, but way to filling for fish. Sauteed spinach with pine nuts and mushrooms was good. Lobster and chicken breast also had that thick sauce.
Dessert was completely forgettable. But the cappuccino was very good.
The bill was exorbitant for what it was.
 
Don't bother.

Pros: atmoshere

Cons: food, wine, service

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Having had a nice experience at this restaurant years ago, my partner and I thought to impress our friends from Germany with a meal here. What a mistake! Despite having made reservations, we waited nearly an hour in a cramped noisy entry. The food was fair at best and the service terrible--and all at a very steep price. A dim and noisy dining room to boot.

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★☆☆☆☆

Having had a nice experience at this restaurant years ago, my partner and I thought to impress our friends from Germany with a meal here. What a mistake! Despite having made reservations, we waited nearly an hour in a cramped noisy entry. The food was fair at best and the service terrible--and all at a very steep price. A dim and noisy dining room to boot.

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Crowded and noisy. A hang out for the well-to-do. Definitely not the place for a romantic meal.

2
★★★★☆

Crowded and noisy. A hang out for the well-to-do. Definitely not the place for a romantic meal.

Pros: food, service

Cons: , noisy

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Often before symphony concerts I dine with friends or family at Tio Pepe, and I've never been disappointed! The food is outstanding, the service tremendous. I can only fault the price, but a great dining experience comes with a price: a price that I will continue to gladly pay.

2
★★★★★

Often before symphony concerts I dine with friends or family at Tio Pepe, and I've never been disappointed! The food is outstanding, the service tremendous. I can only fault the price, but a great dining experience comes with a price: a price that I will continue to gladly pay.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Service

Cons: Price

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tio is simply the best in food quality, service,the best dinning experience on the east coast period
the filet of sole with bannanas over holindaise sauce is an experience of its vey own

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★★★★★

tio is simply the best in food quality, service,the best dinning experience on the east coast period
the filet of sole with bannanas over holindaise sauce is an experience of its vey own

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Tiny, smoky entryway where you wait to be seated, and boy, will you wait. On weekends often 60-90 minutes after your reservation. Several of the seating areas are in very cramped sections of this below grade whitewashed plaster wall catacomb. Can't get out of your seat if the desert cart is nearby. Food is hit or miss. Have had great and mediocre. There are many finer places in town at less cost with higher quality food and more friendly service.

1
★★☆☆☆

Tiny, smoky entryway where you wait to be seated, and boy, will you wait. On weekends often 60-90 minutes after your reservation. Several of the seating areas are in very cramped sections of this below grade whitewashed plaster wall catacomb. Can't get out of your seat if the desert cart is nearby. Food is hit or miss. Have had great and mediocre. There are many finer places in town at less cost with higher quality food and more friendly service.

Pros: Good food, Sangria, Spanish coffee

Cons: Cramped, Pricey

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I have travelled and dined in 42 states out of 50 and nations of Europe, middle east and Asia. Dined last night with wife at this restaurant. My opinion:

Appetizer and wine were perfect, entres & desert were far below average [ chichen with skin on was a punishment to palate and eyes ] and prices were exorbitant. My Spanish knowledge is very poor but rude comments can come thru like their frozen butter through stale bread. Baltimore deserves better.

1
★★☆☆☆

I have travelled and dined in 42 states out of 50 and nations of Europe, middle east and Asia. Dined last night with wife at this restaurant. My opinion:

Appetizer and wine were perfect, entres & desert were far below average [ chichen with skin on was a punishment to palate and eyes ] and prices were exorbitant. My Spanish knowledge is very poor but rude comments can come thru like their frozen butter through stale bread. Baltimore deserves better.

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I have eaten here for the page 25 plus years and have never had a bad meal.
Sometimes the service will lag, but if you have ordered the pitcher of sangria, why hurry.
The steak Toledo, the salmon, all great.
For dessert, there is always the pine nut cake.

2
★★★★★

I have eaten here for the page 25 plus years and have never had a bad meal.
Sometimes the service will lag, but if you have ordered the pitcher of sangria, why hurry.
The steak Toledo, the salmon, all great.
For dessert, there is always the pine nut cake.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Sometimes a wait

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special, unique place with excellent food and a lot of style.

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★★★★★

special, unique place with excellent food and a lot of style.

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Dining at many restaurants in Baltimore, I always find myself back at Tio Pepe for a fabulous dinner. The quiet and elegant atmosphere is a must when dining for two or on a special occasion with a larger group. The food is excellent and any meal is perfect with a glass of thier famous sangria. I just adore this restaurant

2
★★★★★

Dining at many restaurants in Baltimore, I always find myself back at Tio Pepe for a fabulous dinner. The quiet and elegant atmosphere is a must when dining for two or on a special occasion with a larger group. The food is excellent and any meal is perfect with a glass of thier famous sangria. I just adore this restaurant

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I arrived at Tio Pepe with friends from work and from the street it is very unassuming. However, as soon as you come down the stairs you realize you have been duped as you are greeted by the Formally Clad wait staff and quaint romantic decor.

The food was excellent as was the service. My thought as I walked out the door was, I am bringing my Fiance here for a quit dinner before a night on the dance floor.

2
★★★★☆

I arrived at Tio Pepe with friends from work and from the street it is very unassuming. However, as soon as you come down the stairs you realize you have been duped as you are greeted by the Formally Clad wait staff and quaint romantic decor.

The food was excellent as was the service. My thought as I walked out the door was, I am bringing my Fiance here for a quit dinner before a night on the dance floor.

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We visited Tio Pepe expecting a great experience. I knew I was in trouble when the waiter, who barely even said hello to us, couldn't even deliver Diet Coke and Iced Tea correctly. Our soup appetizers were just OK. The waiter never came back to ask how our soups were. I ordered Prime Rib, and my companion ordered a version of Veal Cordon Bleu. Mine was not spectacular; my companion's veal was salty and uninspired. Dessert was likewise a refrigerated chocolate mousse cake, lacking originality, with a bland taste. My iced tea remained empty for the majority of the meal. The table was never cleaned of crumbs. The entire experience was exhausting, a very loud atmoshphere with no acoustical treatment. That was the hardest $80.00 dinner bill I ever had to pay, and without a doubt I will never be returning. Tio Pepe failed miserable in almost every way.

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★☆☆☆☆

We visited Tio Pepe expecting a great experience. I knew I was in trouble when the waiter, who barely even said hello to us, couldn't even deliver Diet Coke and Iced Tea correctly. Our soup appetizers were just OK. The waiter never came back to ask how our soups were. I ordered Prime Rib, and my companion ordered a version of Veal Cordon Bleu. Mine was not spectacular; my companion's veal was salty and uninspired. Dessert was likewise a refrigerated chocolate mousse cake, lacking originality, with a bland taste. My iced tea remained empty for the majority of the meal. The table was never cleaned of crumbs. The entire experience was exhausting, a very loud atmoshphere with no acoustical treatment. That was the hardest $80.00 dinner bill I ever had to pay, and without a doubt I will never be returning. Tio Pepe failed miserable in almost every way.

Pros: Unique foods, Easy to get a table, On-street parking

Cons: Bad value, Inexcusable service, Older worn out decor

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Well I have to admit I haven't actually had a main course there in many years, but I do go specifically for the caracoles. I stand firm of 5star review for the escargot, but may be over-rating them for dinner. Now I feel I must go back to

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★★★★★

Well I have to admit I haven't actually had a main course there in many years, but I do go specifically for the caracoles. I stand firm of 5star review for the escargot, but may be over-rating them for dinner. Now I feel I must go back to

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Good: Everything about this place is first rate. I've been going there ever since I was a teenager. My friends mother used to be a editor for The Baltimore Sun and took us there on their account... Thanks for not only my first fine dining

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★★★★★

Good: Everything about this place is first rate. I've been going there ever since I was a teenager. My friends mother used to be a editor for The Baltimore Sun and took us there on their account... Thanks for not only my first fine dining

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The prices at Tio Pepe are HIGH, but the ability to deliver is non existent. Where to start...the shrimp in...

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★☆☆☆☆

The prices at Tio Pepe are HIGH, but the ability to deliver is non existent. Where to start...the shrimp in...

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The atmosphere at Tio Pepe's is elegant, the food is slightly pricy, but the meal is worth it! I shared the...

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★★★★★

The atmosphere at Tio Pepe's is elegant, the food is slightly pricy, but the meal is worth it! I shared the...

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Tio Pepe's is a hidden gem tucked away in Mt. Vernon. Though this basement-level restaurant is easily passed by on the street, it's in the running for one of my favorite Baltimore restaurants. Prices are NOT cheap here, and there is a

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★★★★★

Tio Pepe's is a hidden gem tucked away in Mt. Vernon. Though this basement-level restaurant is easily passed by on the street, it's in the running for one of my favorite Baltimore restaurants. Prices are NOT cheap here, and there is a

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Tio Pepe's doesn't look like the greatest when you drive by, but once you go down the stairs down into the basement level you see why people come here religiously. The food is amazing...you have to try the garlic shrimp appetizer. It is

2
★★★★★

Tio Pepe's doesn't look like the greatest when you drive by, but once you go down the stairs down into the basement level you see why people come here religiously. The food is amazing...you have to try the garlic shrimp appetizer. It is

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Located conveniently in the heart of downtown Baltimore, Tio Pepe offers the finest Spanish Cuisine in the area. Enjoy the authentic flavors of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine with the perfect wine to compliment it. Feel free to stop by or call ahead at 410-539-4675.



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