Petit Louis – Columbia

Petit Louis – Columbia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.petitlouis.com/
  • Phone: 410-964-9999x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Mon - Thur 5pm - 10pm
    Dinner: Fri & Sat 5pm - 11pm
    Dinner: Sun 5pm - 9pm
    Brunch: Sun 10:30am - 3:00pm
    (COMPTOIR)
    Monday - Friday 8am
    Saturday & Sunday 8am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, French
  • Executive Chef: James Lewandowski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Little Patuxent Pkwy
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Petit Louis – Columbia
Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf’s French Bistro on the lake in Columbia features classic fare, an extensive, award winning French wine list & a lively Parisian atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Petit Louis – Columbia reviews from OpenTable diners
269 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (160)great for outdoor dining (143)special occasion (139)notable wine list (136)scenic view (123)neighborhood gem (110)romantic (102)great for brunch (71)great for lunch (66)good for groups (52)hot spot (26)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (12)kid-friendly (12)Show More
  • Celebrations
    ebccolumbiamd
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Lovely atmosphere and specialty services from pre-appetizers to desserts! My family's choice for celebrating life's milestones. Thank you to Tony Foreman & The Foreman/Wolfe Group for a wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt like back in Paris
    BonVivant
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    From the hostess's greeting at the door to impeccable food and service: it was an amazing dinner. Went with my wife for our anniversary and couldn't have made a better choice. Impeccable service and management staff (specially Wendy) were on point the entire evening. The wine list is amazing and bar staff knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely will recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Close to Home!
    EvilIncarnateVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is our 2nd visit to this location. While the menu is interesting, the kitchen had a hard time timing out the whole chicken for two, and the other two entrees for our table. While the general manager did everything in her power to try and make it right, the passage of time, and thus cold food, made continued dining unpalatable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Night Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We decided to dine here at the last minute. It was an excellent choice! Service was very attentive, without being overbearing. We both had escargot and the duck breast. Loved them both. We plan to return with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun french in columbia!
    katie03VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    our favorite Baltimore French bistro makes a splash in Columbia! The food was delicious ( a bit of a broader menu to choose from for dinner with veggie sides and more specials), an outdoor dining space and high top tables. Seasonal plum menu was a hit at our table too -- delicious dug confit, plum salad and spice plum cake! Other seasonal desserts with peaches were similarly a treat!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Sunday evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a great Sunday evening outside with a view of the lake and could hear the band.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    LuvDevons
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a great dinner here at Petit Louis! We both enjoyed the roast chicken for two and took home the salted caramel dessert. The service was excellent! The only downside were the macarons. We were just in Paris and had the macarons at Pierre Herme, so honestly nothing was going to measure up to that. Look forward to next time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Merry
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have enjoyed both outdoor lunch and indoor dining. The service was amazing three out of the four visits. A glitch on one occasion was disappointing but handled appropriately in the end. Would highly recommend this wonderful addition to the Columbia scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ooh La La. Amazing!!!
    JimDee
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    What a Treat! Welcome to Our Neighborhood. We felt like we were beamed to Paris. Our Server Kelly was superb at helping us with our food and wine choices. Monsieur Francois saved us from decorating ourselves with our wine when he noticed our wobbly table and fixed it on-the-spot. Having the French Onion Soup first was like Having Dessert First. Both the Trout and the Bronzinno are our Favorites. Go ahead and spoil yourself at Petit Louis. We did and we will again sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad to have in Columbia!
    Linda
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our first visit to Petit Louis Bistro. Great food and beautiful decor. Our server was outstanding. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Nice to have Petit Louis in Columbia. I hope the residents learn to appreciate the quality that has arrived in their neighborhood, as the restaurant was disappointingly empty, even for a Tuesday evening. We are used to the bustle of the Roland park location and were happy to try the new restaurant, which is closer to home. As at the original location, Petit Louis offers superb food, drink and service. Here's hoping for many years of success in Columbia!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great experience
    futurechef
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had a really nice time. The service was excellent and the staff was knowledgeable in pairing your wine with the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal- Attentive Server
    diningforpleasure
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Petit-Louis. Our reservation went without a hitch and our server astutely sized up the meals we chose and suggested perfect wine pairings. Expensive wines- not in my case- my glass of white Burgundy to go with the bronzino and the aubergine dish was only $7. Though service was not efficient, itit was courteous, helpful, and every part of the meal tasted wonderful. With a new establishment, it takes time to fine tune, but our first experience here did not disappoint in the least. We will definitely come back and are delighted with yet another excellent choice for dining available in Columbia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NormVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food and service was very good - but the noise was bad - way too many tables and people jammed into a small room. I hope week day nights are better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Henry
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Petite Louis in Columbia was disappointing. First, it was noisy; very noisy; so much so that it was uncomfortable. It was difficult to hear other dinner guests at a table of four. Secondly, the couscous entrée was too salty. Third, the service was too pretentious. While the waiter was attentive, he was also a bit fawning. We have eaten at the PL in Baltimore and while it has many of the same qualities, it also has a more intimate feel. We would return to the Baltimore restaurant, but not Columbia.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out!
    Cindy58VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were celebrating a friends birthday - and we have a very memorable evening! Great food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Menu Please
    21044
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I guess Petit Louis has been open for about 6 months and we have been there at least that many times but now we are ready for a new menu. We keep returning because the food is good, we just want to have other choices. The friends we took thoroughly enjoyed their meal but found the noise level a bit high. The service was excellent and not over the top as on previous occasions when our dinner conversation was interrupted a few too many times answering the question "is everything satisfactory" or words to that effect. We will continue to din at Petit Louis an by the way they do have the very best quiche Lorraine - someone tell me how they get it so high and fluffy, it's just magnificent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely restaurant
    Woodiem
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Well represents a French bistro. Atmosphere good and all staff competent and professional. Food is delicious and well presented. A relaxed environment while still providing an elegant ambiance
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret
    drfisher5
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    How this place isn't more crowded is beyond me! Great food and service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfectly Serviceable
    Seamus
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Decent food at appropriate prices. No surprises here. Poulet a l 'estragon for two was moist, tender and tasty - a little light on the veggie garniture. Steak frites were fine. Frog legs were weak. The oily sauce degraded the crispy coating on the legs so they were mushy and a bit insipid. The accompanying haricot were the best part of the dish. Also, when did waitstaff start using 'we' so much? As in: 'How are we doing tonight?' and 'Are we having desert tonight?'. Are they including themselves in our dining experience? If so, please split the bill with me. If not, then please forgo the third-person plural as I'm sure 'you' know how 'you' are doing and what 'you' are eating without asking 'me'. It comes off as patronizing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Farm Table French
    jjfoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This is not high Parisian food (no crepes or souffles) but the menu does have french staples such as escargot. Everything was good, if a little on the bland side. We tried two of the three confit dishes but the standouts were the croquettes, fried eggplant, and chocolate mousse for desert. The recommended wine was also outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine, dinner and amazing service!
    Marie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I wanted to take my mother and her two sisters out for a special dinner, so I chose Petite Louis in Columbia. We love the original in Roland Park. I have to say that I enjoyed the bistro environment in Columbia even more than the orginal! It is louder, but we liked the energy. The two-tops are pretty closed to one another so I'm not sure about a romantic dinner, but the walk around Lake Kittamaqundi was nice after dinner. Our waiter, Francois, was a delight! We placed our wine and food selections in his hands and we were pleased with every recommendation. The short ribs, duck and quiche were just fabulous! Leave room for the cheese, profiteroles and chocolate "pudding;" they are not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same as Baltimore location
    icemanVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We are very fond of Petit Louis on Roland Avenue in Baltimore, so we visited their Columbia location about a month ago. It was fine at that visit. So we went back last Saturday. We were served our appetizers promptly, but waited at least 40 minutes for the next course. We were ready to just leave, when our entrees finally arrived. We were told the reason it was taking so long to get the entrees was that the chef wanted to make sure that they were prepared "right". We ate some of what they served, and paid the check and left-----unhappy! In their favor, I will admit they removed the charge for the two entrees from our check on their own. But it "ain't the same" as their Baltimore restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Wine and Food
    KyleE
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After our second visit to Petit Louis - Columbia, I am happy to say that it is an amazing experience. They have an extensive wine list and staff to help you navigate this wine list. The food is also amazing from the omelets to the duck everything my husband and I have tasted has been wonderful. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad You're In Columbia!
    Jackie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Meal was absolutely delicious. One of us had the restaurant week menu, the others ordered a la carte. No one was disappointed! I especially like that you have smaller options for dessert, like the bon bons and macarons. It is so nice to be able to indulge but not overdo. We hope to try the bakery/coffee shop next door soon. The service was very enthusiastic - I think that while it was evident that some of the servers were new and there were a few minor missteps, it was equally obvious that Tony and the rest of the staff were providing immediate guidance, and I expect the service will only get better and better with time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner at 5
    7at5
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our fourth visit. Service was very quick and receptive. The food for five of the seven family members was excellent. Two orders of magret de canard(duck breast) with mashed potatoes were cold. We ordered medium(warm, pink) and both orders were very rare. I did tell the waiter. We did not have the time to send it back. Our previous visits were very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    GourmanVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was my 2nd time dining here. The first time was when they initially opened. We arrived early as is our style. We sat at the bar. The bartender was very professional. We ordered two drinks. He made the drinks as ordered. When the dining service started we were shown to our table as we had reserved. Our server immediately arrived and our experience was great. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cafe
    BigRed
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The staff and food made for a great evening. They were able to quickly move everyone inside without drama when an evening storm rolled through. Even with this slight interruption we were quickly re-seated. I had the warm beet salad and poached salmon. Both were excellent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We were very impressed with the wine list at this restaurant. If you have any questions Peter was there to help guide us in the right direction. The ambience of this restaurant is also very unique and makes you feel like you are in France.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine lunch
    db01
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Had lunch with three friends on a July Tuesday. The restaurant was very empty, so the noise level was fine that day. I have heard that the noise level is terrible in the evening when the restaurant is busy. Food was delicious. Quiches are excellent for lunch or a light meal. I wish that the Columbia Petit Louis had the same prix fixe menu as the Baltimore restaurant. The prix fixe at Columbia is much more limited. Restaurant is beautiful. Good service from professionable yet affable waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Empty at Lunch time
    Dexiesmom
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Surprised to see the restaurant empty at lunch time. Quiche was wonderful. Service good. Hope to see Columbia embrace its newest venture.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great for a special occasion. A bit pricey with small portions. Made you want to eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Beach4
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a very enjoyable dinner last Saturday for our Anniversary. Everything from appetizers to dessert was very good. Service was spot on attentive but not intrusive. We started with French Onion soup, which was probably the best I've ever had; followed by mussels - I wasn't crazy about it because it had a tomato base, and I prefer just white wine/garlic style - but my husband enjoyed. I had the Rainbow trout, and my husband had the beef short rib special - which he really liked. They had many choices for desserts, but we were full, so we split a coffee glace (ice cream) and had one of their yummy bonbons (chocolate Rasberry). It was a perfect choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Husband and I enjoyed a lovely Sat evening anniversary dinner with great food and pretty good service. The waitress seemed a little harried (tho restaurant was NOT crowded at all) Tables are small and we were happy/relieved when the slightly loopy couple seated adjacent felt it was finally time to leave. I had the cold salmon with an amazing cucumber compote. Husband had the short ribs and was very satisfied with them. We both started with the French Onion soup which is worth the trip. The wine pairings with my meal were outstanding. Dessert and coffee did not disappoint. Very pricey even off the prix fix menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Luvit
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went there for my husband's birthday. The server was wonderful. She knew the menu, including the recipes, so she could answer any of our questions. Our meal was superb and the deserts were even better. It's not cheap but not outrageous either. we will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dissappointing Lunch at PL Columbia
    BanashreeVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The entrees were good but expensive -- my Grilled Branzino was just one small fillet for $25. The onion soup was a bit too sweet and had a stale taste. Our server was slow and inefficient. At some point she even ignored us and vanished from the field of view. She also spilled champagne while pouring into my glass and stated that she is not good at this (pouring). All in all a disappointing visit this time. Hope next time will be better!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had the three course recommended fixe pris and it was not good and expensive for the offering.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Petit Louis - Eat Quiche daily!
    Yum4
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I love, love their vegetable quiches. Absurdly and consistently light and fluffy. Delicious! Quiche and pinot noir. Who needs anything else, really, especially on a summer evening overlooking the lake?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    MA11
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A fantastic meal from appetizer to dessert and the best cafe au lait I've had. The wine was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was our 2nd meal - first time was brunch for Father's Day. We were agan impressed by the meal - very well prepared. Unfortunately they still need to work with their wait staff - inexperienced (poured tap water in our glass of Badoit, dropped the soup bowl of the table next to us, mixed up plates, etc.) Nevetheless, the food was good enough that we will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall