The French Kitchen - Lord Baltimore Hotel
20 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $30 and under
The French Kitchen - Lord Baltimore Hotel
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.lordbaltimorehotel.com/
- Phone: 4105398400x1
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: French American, French
- Executive Chef: Michael Carstens
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A word from The French Kitchen - Lord Baltimore Hotel
Located at the top of the lobby’s grand staircase in the historic mirrored Versailles Room, this elegant restaurant focuses on market-driven interpretations of classic French bistro fare. French Kitchen serves lunch and dinner, as well as special holiday meals. French-trained Executive Chef Michael Carstens leads the culinary team, bringing a keen contemporary eye to his dishes. Pastry chef Donna Simmonds oversees all house-baked breakfast items, as well as all the bread we serve, and the French Kitchen’s contemporary French dessert menu.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
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The French Kitchen - Lord Baltimore Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since June 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelQuiet
romantic (24)special occasion (23)fit for foodies (17)good for groups (10)notable wine list (8)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (5)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/15/2014Gorgeous classic/formal and elegant mirrored French room ... Service was superb. The food was very good, but falls a little short if "inspired" because flavors were somewhat muted and unremarkable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- lovelyDined on 10/12/2014I recommend the French Kitchen to anyone who is interested in dining with style and good atmospher.Special Features:
- Amazing RestaurantSnowblindDined on 10/4/2014We came all the way from Rockville just to eat at the French Kitchen and were beyond impressed. These folks are doing a lot to draw attention to this amazing historic hotel and this restaurant is a major part of that effort. Definitely a great romantic spot and the food was amazing! Probably the best steak and seafood ever!Special Features:
- Molecular Happinesswine2dineDined on 10/1/2014The French Kitchen is a molecular dining gem just waiting to be discovered. Assistant Chef Kevin shared the fascinating details regarding the special preparation of the food. Server Mina was wonderful in recommending culinary delights. I'm glad we found it before it becomes a crowded fine dining destination which it well-deserves to be.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good TimenewSpotz4meDined on 9/27/2014I was looking for somewhere I hadn't been before and stumbled across The French Kitchen. The service was nice even though I had to wait to be seated because the greeter wasn't at the podium. The food was good; I had the canard and my date had the steak frites. The canard was a bit small but very good. All in all I had a good time.Special Features:
- An amazing restaurantElliDined on 9/20/2014This place is fantastic. The decor is absolutely gorgeous and the food was amazing. One thing that really irks me about fancy and popular restaurant in Baltimore is that you cannot enjoy your meal in peace because you are basically sitting on your neighbor's lap. Not at the French Kitchen. The dining room is very spacious and each table is sitting by itself. Big points for that. We started with the steak tartar, which was amazing. They add pine nut, which makes for an interesting twist on the traditional tartar. I had the steak frites, and it was one of the best steaks I have had in a long time. Perfectly cooked and served with little mushrooms, a delicious sauce, and fries. My husband had the Boeuf Bourguignon and it was also delicious.Special Features:
- Not French, Just awful.OpenjoDined on 9/19/2014We decided to go to the French Kitchen because of the good reviews. The staff is not trained and the food was terrible. Firstly, we ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter brought out two glasses of wine. When asked, he said that he had opened the bottle in the back. He then said he had given us different wines. Wines we had not ordered. We had ordered the cheese and pernod fondue and it came cold. The waiter's assistant could not light the little candle, which by the way, would have never been strong enough to heat the fondue. I ordered Beef Bourguignon which was really just one short rib with dried vegetables. It was full of fat. Bread came after our first course. Strange evening, strange place.
- Excellent Service, Romantic PlaceGloNDonDined on 9/12/2014Good food with a French flair. We enjoyed it. Had a quiet table for 2. Could have perhaps included a salad with our steak and fries. But I was given a free birthday treat for my birthday. The chef came to check on us, and the service was perfect.Special Features:
- Highly RecommendthefrenchconnectionDined on 9/4/2014Found out about this place from the Best of Baltimore party. Food and service were excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- French with a twistPollyVIPDined on 8/28/2014Chef Kevin dazzled us with each of the six courses of our tasting menu. From the fennel pollen infused butter for the house-baked bread to the apple crumb pain perdu with crème fraiche ice cream we enjoyed French fare with fun modern touches. The kitchen smokes its own pork belly for the chacuterie selection (YUM!) Oh, and those frittes! Whimsical touches included caramel pop rocks and lavender sugar and so much more. The restaurant space feels like a palace diningroom - and the food is fit for royalty. Try it. You'll LOVE it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good meal.MichaelVIPDined on 8/21/2014Our meal at the French Kitchen was very good. We were one of two tables served in the whole restaurant that night. Not sure how they stay open with a slow night like that!Special Features:
- REW4infoDined on 8/16/2014The French Kitchen is located in the Lord Baltimore Hotel, a grand old dame that has been refurbished and looks wonderful. The ambience and decor of the lobby and dining room are nothing short of old-world beautiful with modern lighting. The room was large with high ceilings, gold leaf molding and curtained windows. Our waitress was friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and caring. The manager and chef visited to make sure that the food and service met expectations. We ordered wine, soup, salad, veal, crab and scallops. The wine, a dry Malbec, was delightful with our various seafood and meat dishes. Aside from the fine restaurant, the hotel features valet parking, live piano, bar and a comptoir that were welcoming.Special Features:
- Charm and EleganceFriendsandfoodDined on 8/13/2014It had been many years since I had been in this dining room. They made a large open room feel cozy while you can still "people watch." The servers were attentive and relaxed. The fruit soup was wonderful for a summer afternoon and the quiche was light and tasty. It was a great place to have lunch with a friend and would be nice for a romantic dinner.Special Features:
- Needs Stronger ManagementOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/9/2014This French restaurant is located in the most beautiful space in Baltimore. Its food has some highs (roasted bone marrow) and lows (lamb chops with excessive fat). What the restaurant really needs, however, is a trained professional staff of greeters and servers. Its servers are young and to be fair, attentive, but they lack the experience and training one expects of a staff of a higher end French restaurant. The ambiance alone deserves another visit but it will not occur until later in the year. Hopefully, by then, the sophistication of the serving staff will be up to the level of the setting and food.Special Features:
- Attention to DetailWorldtasterDined on 8/8/2014Excellent dining experience, food keeps traditional French flare while having an added twist of gastronomy. Chief Kevin & Server Mena were great during our dining experience. Highly recommend starting at the Hotel's Bar first, the Diamondback is a great precursor to your dining experience. On your way out try the French bakery goods for the next day, excellent variety. Enjoy, Best French Cuisine in BMore!Special Features:
- Unusual French cookingDeedeeVIPDined on 8/8/2014The onion soup had only a piece of bread with some cheese on it instead of a crust of cheese, the profiterols had the ice cream OUTSIDE of the pasterie and the coq au vin had no "vin"? very untraditional French fareSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great night!NomNomMomDined on 8/7/2014We went during restaurant week and everything was delicious. My only gripe was that the dessert, Chocolate Pot de Creme was so sweet and rich that I couldn't eat it all. The staff was very attentive and cared about us having a wonderful dining experience. The chef even came out and asked how our meal was. Very good, give it a try!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food, Quiet, Elegant AmbienceijsvvtVIPDined on 8/5/2014We had a great Restaurant Week feast at the French Kitchen. The food was superb. The service was even better. Our server, Mina, fluent in English and French, was very attentive. Chef Kevin came out and answered our questions about one of the menu items. He then gave us a tour d'horizon of his approach to French cuisine and his warranty that everything that comes out of the kitchen will be fresh and creative. We will definitely return and urge our friends to come down town and eat great French food in a royal banquet hall (but relatively quiet) environment.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, knowledgeabel staffDebWroDined on 8/1/2014Beautiful restaurant, the portions were small but everyone enjoyed their meal. We had a wonderful server who was very familiar with French food and the wine list. She made our dinner especially enjoyable.
- KGoodDined on 8/1/2014We very much enjoyed our lunch here! Service was greatSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overall experience was not positiveDaveKDined on 7/19/2014I read the early reviews about bad service, etc. but later reviews sounded good so we decided to dine here. We arrived and the restaurant was not busy. It was a Saturday night so that was a bit troubling. We sat and it was almost 5 minutes before anyone brought water and menus. The length of delay between courses was way too long and the waiter for the most part couldn't be found. The host was so busy serving bread and water to tables he didn't notice what was going on and we couldn't get his attention either. Drinks from the bar were not consistent. Overall not a good experience. While the food was good, we expect a lot more from a restaurant when we dine out.
- gourmetwinoVIPDined on 7/13/2014Everything was perfect. The plates were artfully prepared and tasted as good as they looked. Service could not have been better. The room is beautiful. What more can you ask for in a dining experience!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 21 reviews are from the The French Kitchen - Lord Baltimore Hotel reviews archive.
- Perfect birthday eveningfoodiesuzieDined on 6/21/2014I took my husband to The French Kitchen to celebrate his 84th birthday. Neither of us had ever been there before. The room is exquisite; we felt as though we were in the restaurant at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. The service was excellent--caring but not suffocating. We liked the small menu because it made choosing easier. My husband had the steak tartare, which he thoroughly enjoyed, and he also had the onion soup, which he also liked. I ordered the steak frites, which were quite good. Do save room for desserts. We appreciated the peaceful environment because we could visit. Also, the chairs are most comfortable. It was especially nice that the chef came out and asked us how we liked our dinner. We plan to become regulars.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SpectaculartobesDined on 6/19/2014I must say I was very impressed by this place. I read some good reviews online but was blown away by the service and the food, from appetizers to dessert. The manager and chef even came out to ask how our food was, which was a first in my entire restaurant dining experience. The ambience was nice and relaxing and a perfect fit for our romantic evening. I knew the food would be delicious but I have to say that the canard and the Danish bread pudding were some of the tastiest dishes I've ever tasted. I feel like this place should be a lot busier but due to location and being inside a hotel it was fairly quiet and the noise level was low, but I highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys great food and desires a lovely eveningSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First time at the French KitchenBanashreeVIPDined on 6/14/2014This was our first visit to the French Kitchen. The food was good -- we ordered charcuterie and onion soup for appetizers. The Main dish was Canard and Steak Frites. For dessert we had a pistachio Creme Brule. We enjoyed the food. and martini drinks. Service was good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic French FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/10/2014The presentation of the dishes alone makes this restaurant a worthwhile choice. Delicious and imaginative selections. Great service! Romantic ambiance. The chef even came out to address a question we had. We were celebrating our anniversary and had a wonderful experience. Hope the place survives!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Service, Great RoomKathyDDined on 5/30/2014The service was good, and the room was gorgeous, however, there was't much to choose from on the lunch menu. I don't think I would go back.Special Features:
- Plezsantly SurprisedlilsnobbishVIPDined on 5/17/2014The Lord Baltimore Hotel seems dark and frankly a little uninviting in the lobby area. However, the Restaurant is bright, airy, quiet and comfortable. It is like stepping into another planet. While the menu is small, what they do, they do really well. We had a group of 6 and everyone loved their meals. I ordered a entree' size of their tartare. Very good! Wine list had a couple hidden deals...nice list overall. I'd go back again. The waiter from NJ did a bang up job as well...
- rcmcgrcmcgDined on 5/15/2014Our dinner was very pleasant. They have done a good job of rehabilitating the lobby and dining room of the Lord Baltimore hotel. Food was excellent, the ambience is upscale and the service very attentive and helpful. The dining room was very quiet, but there were only two other tables on this Thursday evening. Highly recommend adding it to one's list of downtown Baltimore restaurants.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Another Choice for Theatre DiningdunnsgrVIPDined on 5/13/2014We had a wonderful meal before the Hippodrome. It is only a short walk to the theatre area.Special Features:
- What a pleasant findgut2pleaseDined on 5/9/2014The four of us had excellent food, great service in a fabulous setting. The fish of the day, I believe was wreckfish, and was the best fish dish I've had in Baltimore in a long long time. Hope soon they will open for Sunday brunch. My dinner party had read all of the mixed online reviews, and we each said we will return soon.Special Features:
- UnderwhelmedJackSDined on 4/26/2014We were underwhelmed unfortunately. Olives weren't very good. Salad Niçoise was lovely looking but too spare to serve as an entree. Beer choices were far too conventional. Room is beautiful but felt a bit like a lounge more than a restaurant.
- Great food, pacing seriously offHomeTownFoodieDined on 4/26/2014Recently, we made our second visit to the French Kitchen, reconfirming that this new restaurant will be an important addition to Baltimore dining, if they get their act together. On both visits, we were served by very nice but very green wait staff. And on our recent visit, with only about five tables occupied, the pacing of our meal was inexplicably slow. I finally mentioned it to the hostess; our entrees arrived shortly after; (The Arctic Char was really fantastic.); and we were given free dessert. I hope Baltimoreans and visitors will give The French Kitchen a try; and I hope the kitchen gets its act together. BTW, the tables are spaced nicely apart, and it is not a loud space. Easy to hold a conversation without shouting.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Faux FrenchastromanVIPDined on 4/25/2014Bland approximations of bistro fare. $31 lamb dish turned out to be one lamb chop, a little couscous, and a few micro-slices of raw asparagus.
- Lots of workmandyVIPDined on 4/19/2014This restaurant has potential. The room is beautiful but everything else disappoints.
- Very good fish dishesPhillyexpatsVIPDined on 4/18/2014My wife had halibut and I had cod. They were both delicious. Pear torte was a highlight. Bread basket and olive tray were nice touches. Service was polite, but a tad slow. Dining room is attractive and quiet.Special Features:
- Very unpleasant dining experienceJd80VIPDined on 4/17/2014We were initially very excited to dine at the restaurant, but were quickly disappointed. We were expecting a fine dining experience, but found ourselves in an environment I could only liken to a chain-like hotel diner. The service was horrible. The bread was stale. We asked for French bread and were handed faccacia. Then after 45 mins we were told the chef was not comfortable serving bread he thought was stale. The waitress described our salad as luscious with various fresh vegetables and what we got was a plate of greens with 10 peas. Our dinner was no better, the fish was so-so and the chicken was salty and dry. We were vastly disappointed. The desserts sounded horrible and there were no little french like pastries.
- Only one thing lackingOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 4/17/2014This was our first visit to the restaurant. The room is absolutely lovely and the wait staff was friendly and accommodating. We would have preferred a white table cloth in this setting, but cannot argue with contemporary customs. The food was exceptional and worth returning for. The only thing that really ruined this dining experience was the lack of dimmage on the gorgeous crystal chandeliers. The rest of the lighting was at appropriate levels, but a couple of wall sconces and chandeliers could not be dimmed. We think lighting is one of the most important aspects of a dining experience and the bright lights felt like the interrogation room at central booking (not that I've actually been there). Very distracting.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Finally French restaurant in BaltoBaltimoreanNewYorker2Dined on 4/12/2014Beautiful and great food. And price is right. What else do we need. Duck and lumb both are very good and presentation was beautiful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Grand time from beginning to endOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/12/2014We enjoyed everything about the French Kitchen, starting with delicious bread and olives through the truly amazing food and ending with coffee that was perfect. It was obvious that the ingredients were fresh and the chef creative with an emphasis on taste as well as presentation. The dining room is gorgeous and our server was knowledgeable and paid just the right amount of attention to us.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.