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Petit Louis Bistro
Petit Louis Bistro

Petit Louis Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.petitlouis.com
  • Email: info@petitlouis.com
  • Phone: (410) 366-9393
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm; Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:30am – 2pm; Sunday Dinner 5pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Provencal, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Ben Lefenfeld
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private party menus are available for larger groups. Please contact the Private Party Coordinator for additional information.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephanie Piland (410) 366-9393

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Upland Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Lot on Site, Street Parking
A word from Petit Louis Bistro
Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf’s uptown eatery features classic French Bistro fare, an extensive, award winning French wine list & a lively Parisian atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "The dishes we ordered were delicious! It was Easter Sunday brunch, so things were busy. As a result, the service did not reach the same high standard as the meal"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "From Patrick, Mark, our waiteress and other patrons we were comfortable and well served. We experienced 'tastes of a Parisian Bistro' presented by a caring professional service staff, always consistent menu variety of fowl, farm and fortress. All was topped off with fresh coffee and unusual parfaits and cake."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great for family brunch on a special day such as Easter, Mother's/Father's Day, special Birthdays or just the two of us. Clearly the food and food preparation is authentic as is their concern that it is to your liking. We never feel rushed, just very comfortable. A real gem in a pleasant setting. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Petite Louis lived up to our expectations. We had a great time!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Much more than the typical bistro. This is haute cyusine in a wonderful setting! You must try it! You'll want to return the same day to try something ne. A titanic wine list for such an intimate spot, too boot!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I like the calm atmosphere at lunch...not the noisy chaos of evening here. I can always count on someone welcoming us cheerfully and a good meal! I do tire of their menu sameness."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "When very crowded, Petit Louis can be too noisy, but as for food and service, it never disappoints. The truit amandine was absolutely wonderful - I will definitely order it again."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Went for dinner before an event recently. I forget how much I love this spot. Sommelier was really helpful in finding a wine. Wound up with a Muscadet that was aged on the lees and wonderfully complex. I ordered the Dourade which was perfectly prepared and the most perfect pairing with the wine. The Steak Frites was also a winner - with and without the wine - and cooked to a perfect rare. And then there is the cheese cart, which probably warrants a full essay of its own - in short - a nice balanced selection and every cheese we ordered was amazing."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "we used to enjoy Petit Louis but it's become terribly expensive, especially for lunch. $25 to $30. plus for entrees at lunch, especially given not esp. generous servings, is badly overpriced. I can do better in New York , san francisco, - or Paris for that matter.. (thought your new restaurant in Columbia also overpriced, and was not overwhelmed by the steak frites at all. I can do better at home. a thin piece of meat, not correctly cooked either. back to PL: Roland Park: the service was Ok, spotty - lots of waiters, but one didnt want to split the bill for us,, another did not bring more bread when we asked for more."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Food was very good as was the service. Make sure you order a side of pommes frites - you can thank me later."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great food, and service from one of our standard venues. However, if energetic is loud it was energetic Xs 10. No one in our party was able to hear another speak."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have loved Petit Louis for years, wouldn't ever stop coming back. Service on Friday was excellent: personable and efficient; when one dinner was not correct (medium rare was brought out medium well), it was quickly replaced, and three different staff, including the manager, came over to make sure everything was to our liking. My only caveat about Petit Louis on a Friday night is the noise level, which keeps the restaurant from being 5-star all the way in my book."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I was alone tonight. No big deal. The staff ushered me to a nice table, no vibe as a single. It was as if I was a old friend. The sommelier knows her wines and was very descriptive and friendly. My server was, well, perfect. Can I take her home? And the food was perfect too - Aubergines Croquantes stacked with mozzarella (?) and tapenade followed by a delicious Salade au Saumon. The portions were just right and the recommended wine complemented perfectly. No rush whatsoever. I lingered over the remaining wine and a book. What a nice evening!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I found the restaurant trying to know the neighborhood . Eversince, I have been coming here . Food were excellent . Service ok .. Can be improve more .so far it was good.."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "On a recent trip to Baltimore, we dined here with our 8-year old grandaughter. It was her first trip to Petit and she very much enjoyed it, although she is quite picky about what she will and will not eat or even try. And it was good to see another child dining here as well. Sevice was attentive as usual. It's a great space, although the restaurant is loud and the tables very close, but the food is worth the trip. The food is fairly priced. Soups are excellent as are fish dishes. I have experienced very few disappointments in my many visits here. Whenever we visit the Baltimore area, we make an effort to eat at Petit."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I sometimes read the service at PL is over the top. One of the reasons we keep going back is because we love that a server there will never reach in front of you, will always serve and clear from the correct side, will be well versed on the menu and will deliver just the right amount of attention. It's a treat to dine with such great service, from the moment we walk in and throughout dinner. Service aside, the veloute is HEAVEN IN A BOWL. PL is a favorite - always good - always reliable."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "As a relocated Washingtonian, I frequently tell people that Baltimore has better restaurants than DC. We love to dine out and try new places. We've been huge fans of Pazo since we first discovered it about five years ago, but look out Pazo, I think we have a new favorite. No surprise it's the same owner, which is what convinced us to try Petit Louis Bistro in the first place, and really, the experiences are very different. In fact, Pazo is better for vegetarian options. But as far as flavor, service, and ambiance, stepping outside of downtown, and heading up to Roland Park was the best decision we could have made for taking friends out for their anniversary. Everything was done to perfection. Impeccable place. Absolutely adored it."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed dinner Sunday evening with a friend, and every aspect of the meal was above reproach. Gracious and efficient service; the best -- dense and chewy -- bread in the City; simple, delicious, and lovingly prepared food. My duck breast with beets and orange gastrique was cooked to perfection, tender, and beautifully served. Rice pilaf was an excellent complement. My companion's eggplant napolean was beautiful and delicious. One minor slip ably rectified by the sommelier was a poor wine recommendation by our server. Desserts ended the meal on a fresh and not too sweet note -- rhubarb with chantilly cream and chocolate mousse -- topped with fresh whipped cream. This restaurant remains my hands-down favorite in Baltimore."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Took my wife there for her Birthday first time for us. Outstanding service and really great food and a very extensive wine list. Really a good find."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Petit Louis had a wonderful wine list but drinks and food are quite overpriced. $10 for a kir royale is absurd. If you have money to burn, though, that is your place. I also have never had a waiter taste my wine before. Does it matter how it tastes to him? I'm the one drinking the wine!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "You can't beat the service, food, or feel of this authentic French Bistro. I drive well over an hour to eat here and it's one of my favorite resaturants of all time... Top notch in every way!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The menu, which they claimed will be changed very soon, was not exciting at all. My salade frisée was decent by the omelette au canard was tasteless with a few pieces of very dry duck leg. The tarte au citron was good but the meringue on top was way too sweet. All in all, not the best dinner experience and the bill was over $200 for 3 of us."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Petit for a while. Met my son for dinner. First, the entire team serving us were as top shelf as I've ever experienced. Absolutely incredible at their job, their attention, their professionalism and their warmth. Then there was the meal. My son had the trout that he adored. I ordered the pork tenderloin. I have traveled the world and the states, and can honestly say this dish was as flavorful as I've experienced anywhere. The tenderloin could have been cut with a blade of grass. The seasonings and sauce were amazing. And blending it with the spaetzle was awesome. An incredible meal."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I selected the Prix Fixe lunch- The food was wonderful including an artichoke salad and lamb sirloin. We could not pass up the deal on the wine. Good Wine, Good Entree and a superb rhubarb tart. Fantastic plus I got to see Cyndi, Patrick and the rest of the staff.My dining partner commented on the excellent service Gary Schatz"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I have been to Petit Louis many times with friends over the years. I chose to go there for my birthday this year, with my husband who'd never been. When the hostess carried my drink to the table, it tipped and spilled everywhere, leaving a wet, sticky mess. We were told upon seating that the day's special, cassoulet for two, one reason I'd chosen the restaurant that night, was gone. My husband chose another dish, which after 20 minutes they came back and said was also no longer available. I ordered wine with my meal and was halfway thru before it arrived. A couple was seated next to us at some point, they ordered and received the cassoulet, with much flourish. After we ordered dessert, they brought out a third (birthday) dessert."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We love living near this wonderful little restaurant. When we go, no matter how busy it is, we're always greeted warmly, the service is efficient and well-executed, and the food is consistently delicious. I love that we can eat lightly or with reckless abandon - the menu is such that it's just as easy to have soup and salad as it is a boeuf bourguignon. And the soups are excellent - never too salty. We have no complaints!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I eat here frequently and usually the food is excellent but tonight the mussels were not as fresh as they should have been. I pointed this out to the waitress after the dish was removed. She apologized but that was it. We should not have been charged for them but they were on the check. The rest of the meal was fine and I have had this dish many times previously and they were fresh, plump and delicious."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I had a wonderful time and the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The meal was delicious. Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating. Great for a special occasion or if you just want good food."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Cozy and with very good, attentive service. A bit hard to hear the server list the specials due to fairly high noise level. My appetizer of warm lentil salad with duck confit was a bit too vinegary but very tasty. The short ribs with mashed potatoes and the side of sautéed spinach were superb! My companion loved his beet salad appetizer and liked his main course duck confit. Dessert was satisfying - profiteroles and ice cream, an unusual, not-totally successful combination of orange and hazelnut - neither flavor really enhanced the other. All in all a very pleasant and delicious dining experience. I look forward to going to the sister restaurant in Columbia."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wonderful food, cute setting but the staff seems intent on rushing you through and out and the noise level is like Grand Central Station at rush hour. Definitely not a place to either relax or recharge!! Staff also seems trained (most are this way) to present a weirdly haughty, austentacious manner which comes off as a bit bizarre. Definitely unlike a bistro in France or any more upscale restaurant anywhere!!! Just off-putting!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Have eaten here several times I the past but not recently. Still a little noisy but food and service excellent."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "once again a great meal and fabulous service -- also the best martinis around - - lots of groups and happy couples as well as parents and kids-- a real gem"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "As always, the food and the service were superb. No complaints, will return there again."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "It is always a pleasure to dine here! The steak frites were perfect and our duck with blood orange gastrique were amazing!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I went to Petit Louis recently to celebrate my husband's birthday. We love the restaurant - it feels authentically French and the food is consistently excellent. The service is usually quite good, but on our recent visit it was nothing less than spectacular. We're already looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We came out for a birthday dinner and enjoyed a splendid time. Each different food we tried was simply delicious. The wine selections were also a great compliment. A bit noisy when sitting so close to other tables, but otherwise a great experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've been going to Petit Louis for the past 6 years. I've never had a bad experience there. It can get quite loud in there but it doesn't bother us. We recently went to Petit Louis to celebrated our 6 year anniversary. We started off with some appetizers, escargots and some sort of soup (it was one of their special soups of the day) Both were very good. I ordered the Steak Frites and it came out perfect. I asked for it to be cooked medium and it came out just perfect, red center but not bloody. My boyfriend ordered their special of the night, the short ribs, and they were perfect. Overall I would recommend this restaurant to foodies and people who don't mind a noisy atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The french onion soup and beet salad! C'est manifique!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Reliably brilliant - feeling like Norm on Cheers - is it bad when everyone knows your name?! In many ways Baltimore's perfect restaurant."
    Dined on 3/21/2014