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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
  • "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
  • "We had a wonderful evening. The staff are all charming, helpful and extremely professional. I love being greated in French and like the greeter said, we come here for more than just the food. However, the food was superb and our fish was perfectly cooked. We live in the neighborhood and love having Petite Louis so accessible to us. I do wish it were a little quieter, though."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This has been our go to restaurant for sometime. Patrick will make you welcome every time you come thru the door whether it's your first time or an every day occurrence. We had the whole chicken and of course it was superb. We wanted a special little desert and our server came out with scrumptious chocolate, orange and hazelnut cake it was to die for, just enough for two to share. Everything as always wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Petit Louis has long been a favorite restaurant. Excellent wine list, wonderful service. In the winter, I particularly enjoy the cassoulet -- the special on Thursday's dinner menu. While I'm normally a lunch or weekend diner, I make sure to visit a couple of times each winter for this special."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We enjoy coming to Petite Louis for the food, service and overall pleasurable experience. This restaurant stays on the list of "must go again"!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Petit Louis' kitchen is generally very good. Sweetbreads, however, are not their specialty. I've had them there as an appetizer, where the sweetbreads were less prominent on the plate than the abundant sautéed cauliflower. And this last time I had them as an entree where the sweetbreads were less prominent on the plate than the abundant sautéed mushrooms. In both cases, the sweetbreads should have been the main ingredient by overall volume, and the accompanying garnish vegetables should have been decidedly less in volume and decidedly more in mere culinary support. And, both in the appetizer and the entree, the sauce enrobing the sweetbreads lacked the earthy umami flavors that make brown sautéed sweetbreads so delectable to order."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We arrived and were sent to the bar. Several people who arrived after us were also sent to the bar. There were many open tables. Service was great, but portions were extremely small, especially considering the prices. I order a chicken breast, that turned out to be part of a cornish hen. There were a few tiny vegetables on the plate. My husband's dish came with two small pieces of pork tenderloin and some overly buttered spaetzel. Immediately after our last bites, we were offered the cheese plate which we declined even though we were still hungry. We felt that the prices were way too high for the quantity and quality of the food. Very disappointing experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for my birthday and we had a great time. The wine list was faboulus. Since it is a french restaurant I thought that it would be quite but it was loud...would recommend for groups."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Good: The quality of the food was great. I had the duck breast and my wife had the short ribs. The wine list was extensive but the waiter made excellent suggestion for my meal. He provided a tasting of three wines for my wife to choose from. Your call: A very tight and ‘energetic’ atmosphere. There are no private conversations in this restaurant. Not so good: It’s in a neighborhood, a very nice part of Baltimore, so parking is a challenge. The Maitre d' seemed pushy. Maybe related to us not wanting the table in the corner next to the coat rack. I don’t recommend that table. I saw the couple seated there interrupted several times with people hanging coats and just standing up behind them casually holding conversations."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is the second time my wife has chosen Petit Louis for her birthday and the second time we've enjoyed terrific service and a great birthday experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014