Anchoring a stretch of restored, historic buildings on Federal Street in Easton, Maryland, Bas Rouge is the jewel of the comestible collection of culinary properties recently revived by Bluepoint Hospitality Group. In the relaxed and charming town setting, it channels the soul of a fine European restaurant as it delivers an extraordinary experience of purposeful cuisine, notable wines, and faultless service. The atmosphere alludes that of a serene and stylish Continental salon, with creamy walls subtly defined by intricate molding, antiqued mirrors, elegant mahogany furnishings, 19th century German and Austrian hunt-themed oil paintings, and medieval-patterned cement floor tiles. The dining room is illuminated by an antique Lobmeyr crystal parlor chandelier and sconces. Intimate sidewalk bistro seating offers a more casual al fresco dining option. The exclusive 24-seat gem of an establishment welcomes patrons for an à la carte lunch on Thursdays and Fridays, and a prix-fixe menu for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Executive chef Harley Peet, a longtime resident of the Eastern Shore with a keen interest in fishing, and his finger on the pulse of the seasons, marries the freshest local ingredients with rare imported delicacies interpreting classic dishes from German and Austrian cultures. The contemporary artistry of each of his plates, and the Old World glamour of tableside guéridon service, make for a polished presentation. A wine list of nearly 500 exceptional labels from France, Austria, and California, curated by Thad Hoy, parallels the high standard and European inclination of the cuisine at Bas Rouge; in its short and laudable life, it was honored with Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2018 – a “two glasses” rating.
19 Federal Street, Easton, MD 21601