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Loch Bar

Seafood

Center City

$$$$Perfect For:Pre-Theater KidsLive MusicPre-Theatre EatsSmall PlatesEating At The BarPeople WatchingCorporate CardsPre-Theater Eats
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Of all the notable Maryland exports—Old Bay, crabs, Michael Phelps—Loch Bar isn't the state's best work. Unlike Phelps, this restaurant on Broad by the theaters needs a bit more practice. The new Philly outpost of a Baltimore chain delivers plates to the wrong tables, will make you hunt for utensils, and has the music cranked up so high that you’ll have to talk to your friends through side glances. The seafood-heavy menu and mediocre cocktails haven't found their grooves yet either. From the oysters to the $39 lobster roll, everything we tried has been just okay. Steer clear of the fish and chips. They'll give you a salty jump scare. If you insist on eating something after a show at the Kimmel Center, go for the crab deviled toast instead (the only memorable starter). We'll chalk up Loch Bar's bumps to its newness and be back for more soon. Until then, hold off on going unless you absolutely require live music in your life. They host different singers every night, so even if you don’t have tickets to Wicked, you can still catch a performance.

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