AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar

4.6
1969 reviews
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Italian
AIDA Bistro is an Italian restaurant in Columbia, MD committed to providing you with the best culinary experience. We offer fresh food, straight from local farms, paired with our unique wine experience featuring Fine Wines On Tap.

Indulge in a culinary delight during lunch or dinner with friends in our dining room or enjoy Happy Hour from 3pm to 7pm weekdays with coworkers at the wine bar. You can also dine on our covered outdoor patio. We also have a private room for business lunches and dinners, or private events such as bridal & baby showers, rehearsal dinners or special celebrations.

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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

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TW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the service was excellent. We went for a late dinner so there were not many people which made it nice for us.

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SD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We love this bar and frequent it often because it is equal distance between us and dear friends in Annapolis. Food and service is always wonderful. Thursday night there was a mixup with one order...so it came out of the kitchen pretty much when we were all finished eating. But the waitress was apologetic and gave us a glass of wine on the house. (Maybe two). Very professional. We’ll be back.

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AW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with a group of ten people from work. Service and food were top notch! Everyone in the group had a great time.

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L
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

As always the service was fantastic. We love Boris and are so happy every time we have the pleasure of being one of his tables! Food was not as great as I have had in the past, but still good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a great time with family celebrating a birthday. Food was exceptional, as well as was the service. One of our party has Celiac, and the waitress helped us navigate the menu.

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J
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lunch is always very good. Try the lamb burger. It’s excellent.

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D
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve.

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c
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to Aida for the Christmas Eve Seven Fishes dinner for a number of years and absolutely loved it every time. The selections are creative and are delicious. The service is professional and warm. Meredith has been our server for the last couple of years and she is delightful. We already plan to repeat this custom next year! It is a lovely way to spend Christmas Eve!
Thanks, Aida!

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PJ
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was disappointed in this visit to Aida. We've been there plenty of times, and I always appreciate how the meals are apportioned--not giant-sized plates but rather reasonable amounts of food, well timed to allow you to enjoy every course. But on Christmas Eve, the meals were TINY--I mean, a few bites at most per dish. And we didn't even order off the prix-fix menu but rather the a la carte menu, where the dinner sizes should have been more than two flat noodles with some ragu on them. We took my Italian parents, who were rather stunned by the minimal amounts of food accompanied by such a large bill. We all left hungry. We definitely won't be going for Christmas Eve again.

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k
Baltimore
81 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

always love coming here for feast of seven fishes. food is fresh and there are so many options! exceptional service and lovely ambiance.

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J
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Aida doesn't disappoint. Great food and great service!

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G
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, particularly the well executed homemade pasta dishes. Good options on the wine. The format allows easy sampling with a “taste” 3oz option. As a smaller person I really enjoy being able to try two glasses without suffering the next day!

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D
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive and the atmosphere was nice. The food was good, but not the best Italian we’ve had in the area, and the prices were really high for the quality and portion size.

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LH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best creme brulee I have ever had ever!!!! Very elaborate wine on tap.

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Service great. Chef is always willing to customize. Will definitely go back

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening! Great recommendations, great service and always excellent food. We’ll be back!

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was very attentive and professional, and the food was very good. There were only two other tables that were occupied and no one in the bar area. This restaurant is in the middle of nowhere, but we had a very nice meal and good drinks too.

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VR
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb again, as usual. The food and service were excellent. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. My wife and I both enjoyed a late birthday dinner

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NO
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had dinner for 6 here after seeing a movie at Snowden Square (very close by). Our server was excellent. The food was tasty, though a little expensive. The sangria was very tasty.

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CW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. Service was fast and attentive but not intrusive. We had a lovely time.

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DM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Limited menu of local fresh foods put together in delicious and creative ways

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c
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed Aida. Want to impressed with the wine flights but there was a large selection otherwise.

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AC
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The wait staff were nice and caring, the goat cheese salad was great, and the breadsticks were wonderful, but we had to pay for the breadsticks. So, we were all in all off to a good start, until the food arrived. The steak was chewy, the roasted potatoes were uncooked, the fish of the day (grouper) was tasteless, and the homemade pasta clammy. The only main course that was edible (and very good) was my son’s chicken tenders and fries. So, my wife and I picked on his food, being unable to eat and enjoy ours. The waiter was nice and gave us a 20% discount, but we regretted choosing this restaurant to have our 18th wedding anniversary dinner. We were thankful, though, for the small créeme brûlée desert on the house.

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KG
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal at Aida's was great as usual from appetizers to dessert. The wine selection is wonderful and offers something for every palette. This time, we did the red wine flight wherein we had 3 ounces of three different reds - each of which was enjoyable. The best part of the wine selection is that you get to taste the wine prior to committing to it. This certainly encourages exploration so each time we visit, we are able to try something new. The service was also perfect! I only wish that the lighting could be a little more dim in the evenings to change the atmosphere a bit, but the things that matter the most were perfect!

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DF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is different from classic Italian restaurants. Both our meals were excellent. The wine on tap is very unusual and gives you a lot of choices. We plan on returning; probably with guests.

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p
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was... OK but pricey for what you got. The pasta seemed fresh but the sauce was otherwise unremarkable.

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D
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Was disappointed with the meal. The lobster linguine dish was overwhelmed with tarragon and underwhelmed with seafood. The creme' brule was flavorless but had nice fruit for garnish. I think it was the owner walking around and talking with those guests he knew. It would have been better and polite if he had spent another 20 minutes talking to the other 4 tables in the room since it was not busy. Service was excellent, I wish I had caught her name, our waitress was on top of refilling water and being very pleasant and well versed in the contents of the dishes.

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and awesome food. Really good desserts. We loved it.

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r
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner, very good service, nice wine selection within comfortable dining space.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and unbelievable wine! We will be back.

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s
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Looking for a good place for a business lunch? this is great. it's fast, it's good, it's got some great options for vegetarians?

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F
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Aida! Great, great food from young Executive Chef. Pasta is hand made and other dishes are incredible! You have to go! Great wine on tap and other delicious options. Fun night out with good friends. The creme brulee and the current black truffle risotto is to die for!

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JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had dinner there last Saturday. This is a hidden gem of a place. Lively atmosphere inside and outside seating as well. It's located near a large scale office park so it's quiet at dinner time. I had the hanger steak my wife had pasta primavera both of which were outstanding. There wine list is excellent and the service was attentive without feeling rushed. Our server knew the menu well and was quit helpful. I would recommend Aida highly!

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PC
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The meals were good, Melissa’s service was great.
At the time of reservation on 9/21/18 at 8pm it indicated 1000 points, today I see only 100 points allocated, why?

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EG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! And we got the pleasure of meeting Joseph and Mary... the owners! It's our first time in many years and we were not disappointed!

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MH
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and excellent service. Always enjoy going to Aida.

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T
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Simply delicious, from the appetizer (flatbread w/prosciutto and fig ) to the salad (w/ goat cheese croquette) to the entrée (linguini w/lobster, shrimp and crab) to dessert (coconut ice cream). Service was impeccable. What more can I say?

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SS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our visit to Aida Bistro & Wine bar. The service was wonderful, very friendly and responsive. The wine on tap is a true treat for a wine lover such as myself. Great options and choices. The food was simply amazing. Kudos to the chef! My husband had a lovely seafood pasta dish which was a bit spicy and delectable. I started w/a yummy cheese plate, granted half my body is probably made of cheese at this point so needless to say I am partial to cheese. I thoroughly enjoyed the manchego, humbolt fog and prosciutton ( lean and super flavorful) the plate was accompanied w/a proper amount of crackers and crispy bread. As my entree I had a special, hanger steak, potato with truffle butter. Sublimely delish! We will be back.

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l
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our dinner at Aida was great! The seasonal dishes were perfect for a summer evening, and Boris, our server was exceptional - as always! Aida is most certainly a neighborhood gem!!!!

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