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Petit Louis – Columbia

Petit Louis – Columbia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.petitlouis.com/
  • Phone: (410) 964-9999
  • 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: French, Dessert
  • 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
Diner Reviews
  • "Surprised to see the restaurant empty at lunch time. Quiche was wonderful. Service good. Hope to see Columbia embrace its newest venture."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great for a special occasion. A bit pricey with small portions. Made you want to eat there again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had the three course recommended fixe pris and it was not good and expensive for the offering."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "A fantastic meal from appetizer to dessert and the best cafe au lait I've had. The wine was excellent."
    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"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Based on glowing recommendations from friends, we tried Petite Louis and were not disappointed. The atmosphere is very nice, the wait staff very attentive and friendly and the food was delicious! Situated right on the lake, there is also a very nice outdoor dining area. I had the beef short ribs which were excellent and my wife had the Branzino which was also excellent. We tried a number of the side which all proved to be delicious and beautifully prepared."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Second time with this server.her attention could be improvedand some of the staff brought a bill it did not contain all the items we ate I shows a special item which was far more expensive then I paid in other restaurants.I believe that went all the specials we should be told the price"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "First let me say that the restaurant is beautiful, with a great view, great ambiance, and seems to be a real happening place. The service, on the other hand is poor. One 0f our guests had to wait, for 15 minutes after we had been served, because her order had not been put in. Another guest ordered the evening special and never received her appetizer. The restaurant did box it up for her to take home. Two of us ordered the bouilliabaise, which had a fine flavor, but was very light on the seafood, and recieved only one order of the rouille and bread. Maybe a little more attention to detail would help."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I have never been a fan of Petit Louis in Roland Park. This was my first time at the Columbia location. It is an attractive venue and nice for dining outdoors. The service is very good BUT pretentious. You are greeted in French and woman are constantly referred to by "madame". This is pretentious. Most importantly, the food is rather uninteresting. It is solid but nothing to rave about."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Tables too close together - you are always a part of your neighbors conversation and they yours - whether you want to be or not. The duck breast was excellent but not very warm and the rabbit was very dry. Would go back but only if weather permits outdoor seating."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I have just added this restaurant to my list of favorites, particularly if you're looking for a middle ground between Washington and Baltimore. Great bartender, Francois, started us off right and the staff treated us like royalty. There was a mistiming with the food so the second course was started from scratch, no hot lamps letting the food turn old while we worked on the first course. Love the attention to detail and the flavors are great."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Had the opportunity to dine here with my son who is a foodie. Didn't feel like going all-the-way into the city to eat. Nice to have a Cindy Wolf establishment in our back yard. The only drawback, is our server became inundated with tables, and had it not been for the maitre'd, we would have missed parts of the end-of-our-meal. Would definitely revisit!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Eggplant appetizer! Onion soup! The quiche! And some very nice and helpful staff."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great food, service, and with tables outside fantastic ambience with lake views! A must try!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have been back many times since my first visit, and have been impressed every time. The food is excellent, and the wine suggestions have been right on target every single time. the Quiche Lorraine was amazing, as is the duck ... well, and everything else we've had! Their sides tend towards local and in season, and it shows - so fresh. It's pricy, but worth it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our server was outstanding. The ambiance was nice. Overall, the food was very good. There were a couple of notable exceptions. First on the salade du salmon would have been much better had the salad been dressed with the dill vinaigrette stated on the menu. As it was, the salad was oily and there was no hint of dill to be found. Perhaps the kitchen staff forgot to whisk/shake before pouring? Second, the chantrelle mushrooms were overly buttered and overly salted, hiding the delicate taste of the mushrooms. With some time and work, Petit Louis could be an excellent restaurant - they just need to work out a few kinks with the kitchen and food prep. We were expecting just a bit more, considering this is a Foreman-Wolf restaurant."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This was our first time dining here and we were very pleased and plan to return. Our waiter Will was excellent, was very attentive and the service was outstanding. The food was delicious, well seasoned and attractively plated. We tried the duck, chicken and seafood special which were all excellent. It was hard to choose a dessert so we got 3 - the raspberry mousse cake, the pot of creme with chocolate and salted caramel and the brownie with ice cream which were all delicious! We can't wait to go back and try some other dishes and maybe their brunch!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This was the worst dinning experience I have had in years. I ordered three coarses which threw the waiter off. Our first coarse was fine but we waited an hour for the next coarse to arrive. One person's meal was cold - it was supposed to be hot. They served two of us our main coarses while another was still being served his second coarse. We waited another hour for the main coarse to be served to the one person who had ordered three coarses. This is part of a group of restaurants being run by Cindy Wolfe which are usually excellent. Very dissapointing."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Wine was amazing, view was too. The food was good, but not matching the rest of the experience. Too expensive for what you get too. That being said, will go back again if I am in the area."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We sat in the front section of the restaurant this time and it was quite noisy even at 6 PM. I think I would recommend a table farther back for easier conversation. Our waitress was pleasant and attentive without being obtrusive, but the noise level did create one or two small missteps. The food was excellent I had the first Summer in Provence fixed price Dinner and it was very nice. The take on Salad Nicoise was excellent and the Lemon Tart was pleasantly tart with a rich and creamy meringue. Wines to match were well chosen pairings. Although the restaurant is not child oriented we took our 6 year old son who enjoyed the trout almondine a great deal."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food and wine - outstanding. Service over the top. So different than the normal Ellicott City dining experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Comptoir: The sandwich, salad and quiche offerings were great, punctuated by friendly, attentive and very good-humored service. They brought water for our dog and bread with butter and jam at no extra charge. The gentleman at the counter was hilarious and made our lunch memorable. Bistro: Because I had such a a good lunch experience, I quickly made reservations for myself and a friend for dinner at the Bistro. Unfortunately, this was a flop. The magret entree (duck) had a nice flavor, but was undercooked and red in the middle (should have only been pink). But it was dessert that really bummed me out. My "dark chocolate" pot de creme (what should have been a dense, smooth mousse) was a tough, flavorless milk chocolate disappointment."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "this restaurant at this time. I am a devotee of Foreman/Wolf establishments, but this one didn't meet their usually high standards of service. I will give it another chance, but until then --"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Excellent business lunch spot and the food was superb. A great addition to the Columbia ho-hum restaurant scene"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I wanted to take my daughter to dinner for her birthday. It had to be someplace very special. I found that at Petit Louis. I could not have enjoyed the evening more. I know you have no control over the weather but it surely did add to our enjoyment in that it was perfect. My daughter and son-in-law had the veal which they reported was excellent and I had the trout which was delicious. Everything was done to perfection. Could find nothing to complain about."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "It was a perfect dining experience on a beautiful Saturday evening. We got a table, as requested, view a view of the Lake. The server (Zack?) was wonderful: knowledgeable, polite, attentive and helpful. Great food and wine. Very highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have always heard good things about the Petit Louis in Roland Park but had never been there. When I heard they had opened a Petit Louis much closer to my home in Columbia, I suggested this restaurant to my husband and friends. We had an amazing dinner! Everything was delicious from the wine to the food to the dessert! They made me look very good for coming up with the idea to go there. I would definitely return as soon as possible and I would love to try the Sunday brunch!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "there were many things we didnt get what they were and had trouble understanding the waiters description. the food was ok, i really liked my $13 omlette but the steak was just ok. the vinagrette dressings (i THINK my friend and i got 2 different vinagrettes) was extremely salty. i may go back and give a second try but am not in a hurry to."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I don't usually review restaurants, but I'm really excited to have such a fine one in my own backyard! In the past, we felt like we had to go to Baltimore or Washington to get really good food, but no more! The location is wonderful on Lake Kitamaquondi, the food is excellent, the portions are just right, and the price is reasonable! It has that perfect atmosphere where you can dress up or come as you are and feel comfortable either way. I also love the bistro area where you can have a quick, delicious bite with a friend in a gorgeous spot - what's not to love?"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food is good, service is nice and may be a little cloying. Chocolate sauce on ice cream is chocolate sauce on ice cream, let's not try to make it into something so unique and so different as to be what it's not. The quiche is marvelous, the beet salad delicious, but chocolate sauce is chocolate sauce. And I'm going again next week. Columbia needs nice restaurants and Petit Louis fills the need very very nicely."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was very good. For a French restaurant , they did a nice job with the menu describing the dish in French and English. Service was friendly and just right for attention at the needed time. We like a quieter place. It was noisy when we came in, but we were guided to a table that met our needs very well. Good value for the dollar. @ nice dinners and dessert with wine for $100. A good way to celebrate a special occasion ( our anniversary)"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food was too slow and too salty. Plus the restaurant was much too noisy. Could barely have a conversation."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dinner! The trout fish of the day was very well prepared with a delicious lemon-based sauce, the chicken has become one of the favorite dishes, and the salmon was fresh, moist and flavorful. My wife is on a diet so she chose the eggplant appetizer as an entree. The breaded eggplant was crispy but not at all greasy, the tomato was garden flavorful, the goat cheese gave everything a wonderful flavor and the interesting almond pistou was delicious. Even though my wife's birthday had passed, our friends gave her a gift. The waitress noticed it and surprised us with some profiteroles for dessert! Petit Louis is rapidly becoming our favorite restaurant in Columbia."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I chose Petit Louis to celebrate a friend's engagement. The wine list was fantastic but the food was over priced for what we got. I had the special, short ribs, that were almost entirely fat. My friend ordered chicken but recieved duck. The waiter tried to make up for it by giving us complimentary champagne but it wasn't the fine dining I expected. They also forgot to give us forks with our dessert!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Petit Louis is the type of restaurant you drive into Baltimore or D.C. for, but it's in your own backyard!! Great ambience that hits you as soon as you walk in. You feel like you are walking right into a bistro in Paris. The bar is well run and a fun place to be before sitting down for dinner. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable and want to please you. The food is wonderful. Recently I had the short ribs, upon the server's recommendation, and they were tender and full of flavor. The dessert, the chocolate mousse, was perfect. It came to the table as a big scoop with whipped cream on top. I'm usually underwhelmed by restaurant desserts but this tasted fresh and homemade (in the best sense). Love this place!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014