The Oceanaire Seafood Room
801 Aliceanna St., (443) 872-0000, theoceanaire.com $$$, D
The Oceanaire may be a national chain, but its seafood sure tastes local, with crab cakes that fall apart when you touch them with your fork (more crab, less filling!). Amazing wine selection and a good happy hour.
1000 Lancaster St., (443) 708-5818, ouzobay.com $$$, L, D, BR, R
High-end Greek fare that is worth the price. The house spreads—including skordalia (garlic dip), tirokafteri (a spicy feta cheese sauce), taramosalata (a dip made from pureed fish roe), and tzatziki (yogurt, dill, and cucumber)—are better than most place’s entrees.
1390 Lancaster St., (410) 522-3200, rasushi.com/baltimore $$, L, D, R
Not just another high-end Harbor East chain restaurant, RA offers some interesting Japanese fusion dishes in addition to the standard rolls, and it wows with a bit of atmosphere.
720 Aliceanna St., (410) 659-0099, roysrestaurant.com $$$, L, D, R
This chain fusion restaurant’s menu, which features prix-fixe and gluten-free options, is seafood heavy with a few sushi offerings and entrees that frequently feature a Hawaiian or Asian vibe.
618 S. Exeter St., (410) 234-3782, tacofiesta.com $, L, D
Amid all of Harbor East’s high-end delights, Taco Fiesta has carved out a niche as the go-to spot for great, fresh Tex-Mex specialties at decent prices. The fish tacos and burritos are great, as are the steak nachos, but the star of the show is the salsa bar, with seven varieties to choose from, along with fresh cilantro, onions, and jalapeños.