An Atlantan in Baltimore: Tapas Time

Tapas Teatro: Mt. Vernon, Baltimore, MD, USA

I finally got to try Tapas Teatro after my friend A.Bharmal gave some great reviews about it.  It’s not too far from my place, but for some reason I never really came here to eat.  Located just next to the Charles Theatre (also a really great entertainment venue), this place is quite quaint with some pretty dark lighting.  Luckily for us, we managed to get seated close to the windows so I was able to snap a few shots with my trusty iPhone.  Things that we ordered included:

  • croquettes
  • shrimp scampi
  • tako octopus fritti
  • fried cod
  • pistachio cake
starters for the table

starters for the table



  • really light and fluffy
  • lightly crispy but soft on the inside
  • not super ridiculously greasy


  • could be a bit bigger


Shrimp Scampi


  • well flavored
  • shrimp felt/tasted fresh by texture: not mushy
  • not overcooked (i.e. not rubbery) but have a nice firm bite to them


  • swimming in oil. yuck.
shrimp scampi

shrimp scampi

Fried Cod


  • um, I guess it’s fried?  But not so sadly…


  • very thinly sliced – more batter than fish
  • poorly seasoned
  • if you don’t eat it immediately, the batter becomes super greasy and soft
fried cod

fried cod

Tako Fritti


  • good quantity
  • similar to Japanese style of tako karaage (deep fried baby octopi)


  • way too greasy
  • over fried: this is possibly due to the fact that they used really small octopi compared to the Japanese versions that I have had.  If the tentacles are too small, they will burn faster than the head will cook and then you just have a lot of burnt octopus.  Not too tasty 😦
tako fritti

tako fritti

Pistachio Cake


  • super large slice, definitely shareable


  • too heavy: cake feels like it’s half brick – still moist but just way too heavy
  • not enough pistachio “flavor”: there was definitely pistachios in there, but for some reason there wasn’t enough.
pistachio cake

pistachio cake

All in all a quick summary:

  • croquettes: ***.5 (3.5 stars)
  • shrimp scampi: **.9 (2.9 stars)
  • tako fritti: **.9 (2.9 stars)
  • fried cod: ** (2 stars)
  • pistachio cake: *** (3 stars)

If you want to check out Tapas Teatro, I definitely recommend the spring or the fall unless you get inside seating.  It’s great to sit outside and catch a quick meal right before an indie film at the Charles Theatre.  You can find them in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, MD at the address below:

1711 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 332-0110

Until then, I hope your bellies are continuously full of awesome food!


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This entry was published on June 12, 2015 at 17:45. It’s filed under North America, restaurants, series, tapas, The Gastronome, USA and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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