19 Federal St, Easton
Spoiler alert - the menu offers marvelous food, fresh local ingredients, and an elegant and refined dining experience. If you are cruising around the Eastern Shore and you are ready to indulge, come here. If you live within 100 miles of Easton, come here and indulge. My Easton BFF (who I shall call "A") invited me to pay a visit from Baltimore for lunch, inducing me with the promise of her delightful company, plus a delightful dining experience at a venue so fancy, she admonished me to wear at blazer. When we walked in, we were promptly and warmly greeted, and alas, it was immediately obvious that A was a V.I.P., as the host asked her, "Your usual table?" The question was rhetorical; we were already making our way to a table situated right next to the window. Our server was a charming young lady whose name I did not receive but she whisked in and away often invisibly, and other times, to converse about the menu and whether to keep the vodka with ginger beer and limes coming. I am unclear how many of those we had but I eventually had to ask our charming server what was the English translation of the name "Bas Rouge" and she answered, quite matter of factly, "Red Stockings." Once voice in my head proclaimed, "The Five Stars are earned at this point - just do not mess things up." Other servers brought us warm, freshly baked bread. I believe I sampled three different selections. When we finally cracked open the menus, I have to concede I was hit with a little bit of sticker shock. "Wait - this is Easton, right?" But I knew if I reached for the tab my hand would be in danger so I tried not to think too much about the prices - and what a great decision that was!! A had the Chicken Liver Mousse "Cigar" that she started talking about a few days before we met. I had the Baby carrots and Ricotta. I lived up to my promise and I tried the CLM - but it is not something I would order and I do not have much to go by - but the flavor was marvelous. My Baby carrots and Ricotta was so simple yet so much flavor from the mix of the carrots with the ricotta and sweet honey and orange flavors. Oh, we also had the oysters, which we were told were from the nearby Miles River. They were fresh and delicious. Our plates were cleared just in time as I think we were both contemplating licking our plates. I am pretty sure I did swipe my bread through the remaining whipped ricotta sauce on my plate a time or two- For our entrees, A had the Wiener Schnitzel - mostly because she loves the potato salad and lingonberries that come with. I had the Forrest mushroom Fettuccine. The flavors in the Fettuccine were so rich, I was finishing by trying to stab the few remaining bits of mushroom so I could swirl it around the sauce to enjoy the flavors more. Then there was the Finale which was one of everything being offered for dessert. I believe there were five, including the blueberry ice cream. As you can see, we laid them all to waste. Bas Rouge describes its concept as, "The dining experience is refined, and the dishes are characterized by their polished adaptation of traditional Viennese and European classics, with ingredients from the finest local purveyors and farms." Bas Rouge is indeed a dining experience and there is an attention to detail to the service, the elegance in the dining room, and the chefs' dedication to local and fresh shows in each dish. A said as we walked out, "I could walk a long block and come right back here." I thought about that for a second and nodded, "Me too, but this time let's start with the desserts and go backwards."
We have dined at Bas Rouge many times over the last few years. The service is impeccable and the food is delectable. The seasonal menu is carefully designed and presented wonderfully. The chef and the culinarily team are talented and meticulous. The serving staff and maitre d' are courteous and professional. A great dining experience every time!
A Wonderful experience! class act from entering the restaurant to leaving it. their ability to be attentive to all your needs during your dinner was remarkable. I felt like I was in New York . Now let's talk about the food. Everything from the appetizers to desert was phenomenal. food was delicious and served with such elegance. We set with anticipation for each dish to arrive. bon appetit! Thank you to the Chef and staff for such a wonderful evening.
We had the steak, which was fantastic! Servers were best! Baas Rouge is the best restaurant in Maryland, very professional.
Chef Peete knows his food! Wife and I were there for 2 hours. One of the best hidden places to visit.
This is a hidden gem in the Eastern Shore --Annapolis area. Very elegant yet quiet and subdued. The presentation of the food by excellent staff is tops. The food itself is refined and beautiful. The night we enjoyed every item, but the scallops really stood out. It was shared with us that the scallops are supplied by the same source as the Le Bernadine in NY--which is one of the very finest restaurants in the Wold. Bas Rouge aspires to be equivalent of Le Bernadine, covering all of South of NY, and it is doing an admirable job.
Wow!!! We had dinner with friends a few months ago and hands down the best in town. The old saying that you get what you pay for is an understatement. The service and food far exceeded expectations. The wine list did not disappoint. This may not be for everyone, but if you can appreciate what Bas Rouge offers its clients, you won't be disappointed.
We had a six Star meal with excellent service and are live locally. Highly recommend
The decor, the ambiance, the stellar service, and the delicious meal made dining at Bas Rouge a fabulous experience. Three courses, all delicious and beautifully presented, plus a very professional and kind wait staff, exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend Bas Rouge.
excellent 5 Star dinner Highly recommend for people who appreciate a fine meal They have a very nice wine list but pricey and a full bar Staff was very attentive and the restaurant is tastefully decorated
Outstanding fine dining and only minutes from home! A relative newcomer to town, but exceptional in every aspect of the dining experience. If there is a very special occasion upcoming, do consider Bas Rouge for it! We will make it back as often as possible!
Stuffy and extremely over priced wouldn’t recommend
A truly exquisite fine dining experience.
There are restaurants that I would drive 30 miles to, and a few that I would drive 40 miles to for a meal. This is a restaurant I would drive 50 miles and enjoy the anticipation on the meal on the way and feel satisfied returning home. . From the moment you enter you realize this is some place special and it does not disappoint. Service is great. The CIA trained chef shows that he he has learned his lesson well. Each course was superbly prepared.
Very nice fancy restaurant. Impeccable French style service and excellent food. I had the $100 four course â€œprix fixeâ€. The first picture is the complimentary â€œamuse boucheâ€ then I had the â€œsummer gazpachoâ€ (sorry I had a bite before taking the picture) followed by â€œtuna tartareâ€ then salmon over lobster as my entrée and the â€œalmond peach tartâ€ for dessert (it looked so good I ate it all before I remembered to take a picture). All was delicious. I will absolutely come back next time I am in town!!!
Bas Rouge is a hidden gem. We eat at renown fine dining establishments all over, and Bas Rouge compares to any of them, and surpasses some. The service and food are impeccable, the wine list is fabulous, and it has the quiet, relaxed, non-rushed atmosphere but it isn't stuffy. It's just the perfectly little special restaurant!
My wife had an eye appointment in Easton on a Thursday and I invited myself to lunch... and wanted something special. We had eaten dinner here a while back and loved it. My wife had subsequently eaten lunch here. So... I made a reservation on Open Table through TA.. . We arrived a little early for our noon reservation and were seated at the prime window table by Deborah and were given the menus and wine list. Even though there's not a ton of offerings for starters and entrees, we wanted some some time to relax, chat and think about our choices as we ordered our drinks... my wife a really, really nice French Sancerre... and i had a bourbon Manhattan.. . My wife selected a grilled trout starter and veggie pappardelle entree. I love Gazpacho, so that was my starter choice and the Wienerschnitzel for my main. My wife's starter appears first... three small pieces of trout with some toppings. And here is where you can get fooled at a high end place like Bas Rouge. You're not going to get AYCE sized platters. The high end is for the ingredients and preparation. The trout hit the WOW button. . . But my Gazpacho deserves a special comment. I've never had any thing like it. The server puts a shallow soup bowl in front of me and it has a silver dollar sized (about the height of three of them) round of finely chopped yellow and red peppers and a golf ball size of something red on top, which looks a frozen tomato ball. The server proceeds to pour what looks like cold water around that concoction. Super WOW. The finely diced peppers were crunchy and the tomato ball... a tomato icy... and the clear liquid... a reduction of Gazpacho juices. Think of it as a deconstructed Gazpacho. I almost licked the bowl dry.. . My wife's Pappardelle was perfectly al dente and the Veggies freshly seasoned and cooked lightly. My Wienerschnitzel covered half the plate and accompanied by a small cup of lignon berries... sweet with a cranberry kick... and some warm German Potato salad like my Nana used to make. The pork steak was thin, tender and crispy... without any excess grease. I'd say kind of light, but Wienerschnitzel should never be confused with light lunch fare. BTW, the fresh house baked bread and Vermont butter are unbelievably great also. . . The service is very attentive... and very professional as befitting such a high end place. The decor is French/European Bistro... casual elegance. It was a great Thursday lunch treat... and at $99 without tax and tip... more than worth the price. .
Celebrated our wedding anniversary at Bas Rouge. Food, service, and atmosphere were outstanding. Reminiscent of fine dining experiences at Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia and Le Bernardin in NYC. Highly recommended.
I hadn’t read the reviews but stopped in for lunch after an appt. around the corner and seeing an ad in a magazine showing the crab cake sandwich. I was blown away, to put it mildly. The small elegant European dining room was slightly intimidating from the street, as I was casually dressed. But, taking a chance after looking at the delicious sounding posted menu, I was warmly greeted and treated to an exceptional experience by an exceptional wait and kitchen staff. Phil, the young and personable chef, even came out to greet me and tell me about the restaurant. I had the lobster ravioli and crab cake sandwich and their fresh, warm sourdough bread. The crab cake was huge, solid lump crab with no fillers. The ravioli had chunks of lobster and the handmade pasta dough was perfect. Everything was made in house, fresh and perfectly prepared and presented. The flavors were exquisite, light, perfectly seasoned and paired. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had such an extraordinary meal. They should be Michelin rated. I was very pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices for such incredible ingredients and preparation, no more than all the other local restaurants for a superior meal. They are only open Thursday-Saturday and dinner is more formal. They can accommodate dietary restrictions with a call ahead. Lovely staff and a lovely atmosphere with to-die for food. I can’t wait to return.
The food selections are fabulous and beautifully served, but remember that this is a price fix menu and one of your courses must be a dessert (and you must select it upfront). We asked if we could sub an appetizer instead since we did not want dessert, but the answer was a firm no. On a beautiful Friday night there were only 2 other tables occupied, so it was a very quiet experience. We enjoyed it once, but don't plan to rush back.
My husband and I finally went for the 1st time last night. This place is in the top 3 of places we have eaten. The flavors were incredible and the service was wonderful. I can't wait to go back. Its a must go to restaurant.
Really lovely restaurant and wonderful food. Excellent service and attention. Portions are on the smaller side - but unique combinations and presentation. Outstanding wine list - great selections but at hefty prices.
We have seen this restaurant for a while and until recently did not realize they did lunch. Went today for a stellar meal. Great food, great wine, and superb service. I had the lobster salad which may be the best salad I have ever had. The mussels appetizer was fabulous. The bread was great; would suggest asking for the sourdough bread rather than the lavash with the mussels to soak up the incredible sauce.
We love the Coffee shop, especially.the pastries.. Had dinner and lunch once,enjoyed very much!!!
Top of the mark here in Easton!
Our new favorite special-occasion restaurant, easily worth the drive from Annapolis and nicely combined with an after-dinner drink at the adjacent Stewart. Thank you so much for a very special anniversary dinner, everything was perfect from food to wine to staff to decor. Can't wait to return.
Everything was delicious and perfect.
If you love fine dining, but are frequently disappointed when you go out, look no further! My friend took me out for lunch last week at Bas Rouge and wow! what an amazing meal we had. We started with a corn soup with lump crab meat in the center. This was absolutely delicious. Next we both had the poached lobster salad and it was amazing! Just the right portion. We ended with the olive oil cake which I have never had before and it was incredible. I have to say I can't stop thinking about the food here and when I can return for dinner!
Food is good, very small plates and expensive, server had a stuffy attitude
My husband and I went to Easton for a special evening out and Bas Rouge did not disappoint! The dinner was amazing, the service was perfect, and we could not have asked for a better date night!
We wanted to dine somewhere special and what an amazing dining experience and was not disappointed. The service and quality of food was unbelievable you will not leave hungry. Thank you for making our Anniversary extra special!
We had a lovely dinner this Saturday evening. The food was impeccable and the service was first class. The ambiance was great, the decor was beautiful, and the service was professional and friendly. Our dishes were presented hot and the attention to detail was stunning. The food was so fresh and perfectly seasoned and prepared. From the asparagus soup amuse bouche, the delectable veal ravioli with poached egg yolk and white foam, to the buttery miso sole, to the almond nut cake- it was the best of the best at each course. The wine selection was impressive, and the complimentary warm cake bites at the end of our meal, and a piece of olive oil cake to take home, made the entire experience five star
Keeps getting better. Did our first lunch there recently. I had a wonderful lobster salad. Super fresh lobster. Husband had, yes, the burger. He said it was great so next time I'm getting that burger!
I stumbled upon this gem when searching for restaurants near St. Michael's. My boyfriend and I spent Presidents Day weekend there and were first-time visitors. We came to this restaurant Friday evening - a bit of an uber drive from St. Michael's but well worth it! From the moment we walked in, we knew we were in for a treat. Spectacular service from entrance to exit. We were brought a lovely veal sausage amuse bouche. I started with the veal ravioli which I am still dreaming about. Hands down one of the best things I have ever eaten. My boyfriend had the grilled lobster tail to start which was also heavenly. My main course was rack of lamb with a delicious succotash. My boyfriend had the miso black cod which he compared to some of the best he's had in Japan. The desserts were also lovely, but the starter and entree courses were fabulous. A phenomenal wine list, we had a difficult time choosing but eventually went with a lovely Pinot Noir to complement both of our mains. After leaving, we were presented with a freshly-baked olive oil cake which I snacked on with coffee at our hotel the next morning. We talked about this restaurant all weekend and I will be sure to return on our next visit to St. Michaels! If you're in the area for anything, don't miss it!
My wife and I went for our 27th Anniversary and it was fabulous. Totally professional from the first second you arrive, to the time you leave. My wife had an amazing Rockfish meal and I enjoyed my incredibly satisfying beef. High end experience and thanks for a great evening. Fancy dinning in a really cool small eastern shore town.
This was our first time in his small town, and we found a jewel box! we loved every part of this evening from the service to the decor and spectacular food and of course you have to save room for the peanut butter chocolate dessert. It's worth a detour-when in this region,(Easton)an amazing destinations- the town feels like a Hollywood set but the food is much better. Lamb chops, veal & pork as well as the mushroom consumé is all cooked to perfection. I also love the tuna tartare.super fresh!!! This was a unique exclusive experience sure hope we come back soon.
Today was our first dining experience at Bas Rouge [for lunch]. It was like walking into a New York fine dining restaurant. We were impressed with the quality of service, the food [prepared by Chef Peet] as well as the ambiance. Beautiful china place settings, thin-stemmed crystal glassware [and] excellent food is a guarantee we will be back. Bas Rouge is one of those little neighborhood gems we are fortunate to have. Keep up the great work!
Elegant fine dining. The food and staff are excellent. Perfect atmosphere for an intimate dinner.
19 Federal St, Easton, MD 21601