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Old time Baltimore restaurant still good but needs improvement
Jan 25, 2015 by: MaizeBlueVA from Fairfax, Virginia
Dining at Bertha's will get you a "Eat Bertha's Mussels" bumper sticker for everyone in your party. The bumper stickers, like Bertha's itself, go back decades. The restaurant is right in the heart of gentrified Fells Point (good luck in finding a parking space) and is housed in what must be an old tavern and inn building from about American Revolutionary times. One gets a bit of an impression of Colonial Williamsburg by the sea. The dark interior with separate bar has character and looks colonial. But the facilities are fine for dining though you will be seated close to other diners. Mussels are the obvious speciality here and they are quite tasty for those who enjoy this seafood. We choose paella, a dish requiring about a forty minute wait - which Bertha's warns you about in the menu. The paella was tasty but not exceptional. It seemed a bit tired for both taste and freshness of the ingredients. Maybe the ingredients had been sitting around too long. Another description of the paella would be that it lacked the interesting, lively (spicy) taste that one gets with this dish in some other restaurants serving it. We started our dining with the Maryland crab soup, which should be a winner in any self-respecting Maryland restaurant offering it. The crab soup was good with balanced spicing and with plenty of crab meat and other ingredients. For a $6 bowl one really gets one's money's worth of crab meat and vegetables; there was hardly any room for the liquid! Bertha's offers Yards, a fine craft ale. The service was both friendly and efficient.
Jan 22, 2015 by: 964john from Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Try to visit Berthas every time we go to Maryland - been going there for over 40 years. Food is always excellent and the hospitality impressive. Love their mussels. Love the atmosphere. The owners (especially Andy) always go out of their way to ensure our needs are met. Wish there were more parking places, but we always seem to find one.
Jan 13, 2015 by: Rpie99 from Baltimore, Maryland
Had family visiting from out of town and we decided to go down to Fells Point. They were wanting seafood so I said I've heard of Bertha's so we should check it out, that was a mistake. Our group of 3 were led through the dark dingy dining room to our table and the waitress greeted us after about 5 minutes. We all wanted to start with mussels as we expected them to be good since they are in the name of the restaurant. The mussels looked like they had been steamed about 2 hours earlier and were full of grit. They were almost inedible with all of the sand and grit in them, we only finished about half of them. I got a crab cake which was fine but there are much better options in the city so my advice is to look elsewhere. For the quality of the food the prices are a bit high but the service was fine.
Jan 11, 2015 by: Richard B from Thurmont
Bertha's always comes thru with good food, good service at a reasonable price. We eat lunch here as often as we get to Baltimore. The mussels are the best, with great choices of dipping sauces. The crab cake also lives up to expectations. We love it! They fulfill what we expect when at the foot of Broadway in Fells Point.
“Consistently good. Always return”
Dec 26, 2014 by: poppop60 from Gloucester City, New Jersey
This is not our first.... second.... or third trip to Bertha's. My wife and I enjoy the ole time charm of the area. The mussels are perfect each and every time. The drinks always hit the spot. Always make a special trip to Bertha's.... you won't be disappointed.
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