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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Petit Louis – Columbia reviews from OpenTable diners
268 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (165)great for outdoor dining (157)special occasion (141)notable wine list (130)scenic view (129)neighborhood gem (113)romantic (99)great for brunch (66)great for lunch (64)good for groups (58)hot spot (29)kid-friendly (14)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (12)Show More
  • French food in Columbia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Who knew that you could get excellent French food in Columbia, Md. ? Now I know! I've been to Petit Louis twice--once for brunch and a second time for a birthday dinner. Both times were excellent! I would give this restaurant the highest rating.... No need to go to downtown D.C. for a gourmet experience anymore!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Baltimore "Petit Louis" reputation did not appear to be upheld at the Columbia restaurant. The menu sounded creative and imaginative, but the implementation fell short of my expectations. My fish selection was so salty that I could not finish it. My dining partner's chicken selection fared a bit better. The dessert, while tasty, was far from excellent. Overall, while not a bad meal, it was certainly not a memorable one. The restaurant is lovely and the location is a plus. Hopefully, in due time, the food preparation will improve.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PETIT LOUIS C'EST GRANDE!
    N2itall
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Our first visit to Petit Louis Bistro in Columbia exceeded already high expectations in every category. As frequent diners at Charleston in Baltimore, we were anxious to see if the Wolf-Foreman team could again deliver the perfect dining experience. They have! Everything was thoroughly enjoyed. Our table for 4 celebrating a birthday enjoyed 3-exquisite courses for lunch. The wine selections were perfectly paired with the food. We enjoyed salmon, trout and omelet du jour entrees. We particularly appreciate the wait staff, who once again have mastered the art of giving timely and attentive service in a manner that makes you feel perfectly at home. We can't wait to plan our next visit to Petit Louis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We'll be back
    PickyDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nice to find a decent restaurant in Columbia that serves a bit later. Kind of noisy, but cute. Nice "view" by the lake. We would have sat outside, but it was raining. Food pretty good and not inordinately expensive. The mussels were delicious, and the duck breast was very good. The chef could go a little easier on the salt. The chef could go a little easier on the salt, though. Service was good. Wine suggested by the waiter was VERY good. We'll be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why Columbia and not Roland Park?
    samyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Because the food is equally good and the atmoshere is better
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place in Columbia.
    DZcolumbia
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good place to try French cooking in Columbia. Not a vast selection in the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Enjoyed our Friday night date at Petit Louis. We both had the Steak Frites. Found it quite tasty. I ate all of my fries which I never do. Steak was cooked as requested. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Parisian Bistro, Good Food, Pricey
    LeslieavaVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I imagine sitting outside overlooking the lake on a not too humid evening would be delightful, but when we dined, it was raining. The decor is a beautiful mirror of a Parisian bistro. The food was tasty but small portions and my plate had to be returned because it was lukewarm in temperature. Wine list good, but pricey for a delicious glass of wine. Less expensive wines are tepid in flavor. Our waiter was a delight, but based on other reviews, perhaps because the restaurant had few diners in it on a week night; therefore, we received lots of attention.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good, service was rough
    cs186
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We may have had a new server, but still, it was pretty bad. It has to be pretty rough for me to write a less than enthusiastic review. There were maybe 5 tables in the entire restaurant at that hour and each seemed to have their own server. We were _constantly_ waiting for things. One of the worst server experiences we have had in years. Drinks took forever, we had our menus a very long time before our order was taken, etc. The turnaround on the check was fast, though. We will go again as we like French very much, hoping this was a one-off. The other servers seemed to be on the ball (I had plenty of time to watch them). The food was great - didn't blow me away - but is was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed review
    eatingout
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Finally made it to Petit Louis Bistro Columbia after anticipating its opening and hearing the rave reviews. Frankly, our experience was mixed. Two in our party order the steak dinner - steaks weren't anything special and neither was prepared as we had requested (rare.). Crispy eggplant hors d'oeuvre was heavy on the breading, though the cheese, tomatoes and sauce were wonderful. Others in our party were pleased with their entree orders (Bronzino and mussels.). Server was energetic and attentive. We probably won't be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointment
    GlencliffeVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    As long-time patrons of the Petit Louis Roland Park location we took friends to celebrate their anniversary at this new location in Columbia. The larger restaurant has many similarities to the parent, unfortunately the food is not up to the same standard. The wait staff is still learning - this will take some time - but they are trying hard. The menu looks the same - same dishes but even though the recipes may be the same the result is not. We wish them well but will return to Roland Park rather than Columbia. Assistant Manager was gracious, offering a special on-the house drink for our friend's anniversary.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skimpy Fare
    FootedContessa1VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Portions are small. If not for the bread, we would have left hungry. Pot de Creme dessert was the highlight for us!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Columbia
    baltimoreJim
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The split chicken dish was great as well as the heirloom tomatoes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Lovely Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed our anniversary dinner here -- and right from the welcome to the goodbye the service and the staff couldn't have been more attentive. Loved the salad with romaine, endive, walnut and roquefort cheese. My branzino was delicious, although my husband said his steak was okay, nice but not wonderful. The frites, however, were. Very nice selection of wines by the glass. We were happy sitting indoors, although outside looked like a good spot too. We'll return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Like the Original--So Far......
    CharmCityGal
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I expected the beautiful, sunny Friday before Labor Day would bring out the diners who had taken a long weekend or wanted a special lunch break with colleagues. Between Open Table and the restaurant itself, I probably had 4 reminders about my reservation. With both of these things in mind, I expected to see the bustling crowd common to the original location (or any well-loved brasserie.) At 12:10 pm the restaurant was empty (a few diners were outside) so I felt stupid for panicking that I was minutes late. The staff was very good--buttoned-up & gracious, the location -as always- gets an "A", however the quiche I had felt phoned in. My experience with PL or brasserie food in general is that the simpler a dish is, the better it should be. :-(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JackEVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Outdoor seating looks out onto dockside. Very peaceful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JayMac
    JayMac
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Disappointing all around, since we've enjoyed Petit Louis in Roland Park in the past. Unimaginative menu, food generally overcooked--both salmon and steak cooked waaaay beyond the medium rare both recommended by the waiter and requested by the diners. The waiter was pleasant, but not highly skilled. Nice view of the lake. Overall rating is two stars or one "meh".
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, as always.
    Bethiebeth
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Gracious and competent service. Generous portions of very tasty food. We shared the chicken, carved very professionally at table side. We were there on a weeknight so the noise level was not too high. A most enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise level
    Pammy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've been twice and the food was very good. We sat inside our first visit and it was very loud. Our second visit we sat outside and it was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • need to work on service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I ordered a frisee salad minus the egg and halfway thru I realized that not only had they taken off the egg, they had ALSO taken out all of the cheese!
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  • MoJo
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent Food; Great service waitstaff and bartender. Loved sitting outside on a wonderful summer evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Never disappointed
    etsaotrgVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have eaten at Petit Louis in Columbia and always left satisied. Tried the dinner special recently (garlic flan with vegetables- appetizer, head-on shrimp with rice- main course) with recommended wine pairing which was simply outstanding. The wine complimented the meal pefectly and the service was always attentive (but not intrusive).
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still have hope
    Worldgourmand
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Opended a few months ago, this restaurant has lots of potential. Just hope they don't stop improving. I went last Monday to celebrate my daughter's birthday and got a little disappointed. Even having very few guests, the service was very slow and it was hard finding someone to ask anything. And things that we had had chance to ask would never be provided, even sugar or butter. Employees would pass by trying to avoid eye contact, so it seemed that there was no willingness to serve. At the end, we gave up on ordering desserts. This was our third time in 3 months there and we haven't seen any change on the menu, still very limited. I intend to give them another chance, but will give them a couple of months to see if there was any improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    GourmanVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have dined here on more than 3 occassions, everytime we have only had great experiences. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    PRperson
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The staff is very friendly. The food was delicious .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was great as was the service. Attentive but not cloying. Our only real gripe was the noise level. I don't know if it was just the room we were in but, at a table for four, we found it difficult to hear the person across the table. I would still go back. My wife had the Branzino and was very happy with it. My braised short ribs were good as well. The French onion soup was terrific. The Pot de creme (sp?) for dessert was a hit too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too fast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    2nd time here since May 30. Very different experience. The food was outstanding, beautifully prepared & presented although there were far too many frites & no veggies on the steak frites plate. The pace was frantic this time. We were in & out in a little less than an hour in spite of ordering a cocktail & an appetizer. We were put off by the extremely fast run through by our waiter, Russell & felt stunned when he finished.The entrees arrived before either were finished. We noticed that the other 2 tables of 2 on either side of us were being rushed at this same pace. When we dine at an elegant French restaurant, we expect French pacing. We will return to Tersiguel's where we have been dining for 36 years the next time we want French food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Special Send-Off
    Jackie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Each year it gets harder to send our daughters off -- this year was especially hard since one is heading off to NYC for her first job in the real world. Petit Louis made it easier. We all had a wonderful time - had a lot of laughs, but most importantly enjoyed sharing our food selections with each other and having a family meal in a really cool place. I am so glad that Wolf/Foreman chose Columbia for this bistro. Especially since our longtime favorite, Café de Paris, closed its doors. We will miss Monsieur Erik but the loss will be somewhat softened by Petit Louis.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Ooh La La. We Shall Return ... Soon
    JimDeeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Was here Today at La Comptoir (excuse my French) - The Counter / Cafe and was Pleasantly Surprised. I couldn't see much of the chicken, but the young lady (? Ms. Red Eye ... My Fav Drink - Cafe mixed w Expresso) explained it was like Chicken Salad. The Chicken Taragon Sub / Sandwich was Delicious & Moist. Don't forget to start with an Almond Croissant or Fruit Tart first. Bonjour to Mgr. Wendy et Ms. RE. I was glad the Seafood Gumbo at the new place down the way was Cold, so I could end up at Ooh La La w Wendy, Ms RE et P Louis!
    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, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    bmorefoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my first time getting to enjoy the outdoor dining aspect of Petit Louis which was really nice. It was quiet enough to enjoy casual conversation at the table and has a nice view of the lake. The food, as usual, was wonderful. The wine list is excellent. The service was attentive while giving us time to enjoy our meal - we never felt rushed and they were quick to offer recommendations that were spot on. I love this place -- it was a much needed addition to the Columbia area! Next time I plan to try brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • 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!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ooh La La. Amazing!!!
    JimDeeVIP
    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
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    • 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.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic