AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar

4.7
2179 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2179 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vippopeka
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service was top notch. Specialty drinks are made to order. Wine list is fantastic.

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PJFoodie
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat outside. The new heaters are great. Very comfortable and didn't need my jacket, scarf or hat. Food excellent as always.

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viplocal
Baltimore
65 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Saturday night date night! Special menu is available. Always outstanding service, fantastic food and wine in a modern style atmosphere but stays true to a family feel❤️

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APatron
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Salad dressing for the house side salad was not desirable. Italian salad need more meat, and better selection of Italian meats that were less tough and fatty. Wines tasted tart and bordering on vinegrated.

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vipArtsyGalColumbia
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Visited on a November Friday evening for dinner. Enjoyed the date night special four course meal, each generous, beautifully plated, and delicious. Wine choices plentiful, we had Ojai Chardonnay. Server was attentive and professional. Will planning on dining outside with our next visit. Covid protocols firmly in place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were very good. Service was also very good. Eat part was the outside seating with radiant heaters providing a lot of heat while not having walls up as many places with tents do. Felt very comfortable with plenty of space and ventilation for covid. We will not eat inside or in tents with walls. Will definitely be back.

JK
vipJosephK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate at Aida Bistro this weekend. The food and service were excellent. The rock shrimp is always a good appetizer and the Port of Manhattan cocktail was delicious. My wife had the Caesar Salad with salmon and I had the Eggplant Parmesan. Both dishes were outstanding. The portions are generous so we took dessert to go. Don’t pass on dessert. Plenty of outdoor seating and the owner said the installation of the outdoor heater system is expected to be completed this week so you can dine outdoors all winter. Will definitely go back soon.

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AriT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Great for a quiet date night.

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viplocal
Baltimore
66 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doing and outstanding job with Covid precautions!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I really liked our server and the wine was extremely reasonable. They had a special menu, which we loved; however, half of us ordered from the main menu and I definitely think we were expecting higher quality for the price and presentation of the restaurant. Also I would be mindful that the bread pudding is more like bread cake, not pudding.

Overall, I’d definitely go back for the wine, but probably not the food, it’s a little hit or miss, probably a great happy hour option.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the date night menu. Each serving was delicious. Service was attentive. Extreme care was taken to maintain safety - we ate on the patio. Owners are installing heaters to keep patio open through colder months. Would definitely recommend and return.

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RitaP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere couldn’t be more relaxing. The food, cocktails & service were excellent. Would recommend bringing family & friends to Aida for a great meal.

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vipBlhig1
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. If you’re going to get the salad I would suggest the goat cheese salad; it’s amazing! The service is great; they are very attentive. I will be back when I’m back in town.

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NickM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Swordfish meal was great, creme brule was tasty but small portion size

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vipStevenB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy our dinning experience at AIDA. Food, wine and staff always make for a great experience. Love dinning at this establishment!

JK
JanK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Good and interesting wine list with a good variety of wines from different regions of the world. The Date night option is well worth it.

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JulieF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate on patio and was very nice and distanced from other diners. Enjoyed our first visit. Was hoping for better wine selections.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food in comfortable outdoor dining area . Tables spaced far apart . Staff attentive . Lucious wine . Homemade pasta , exquisite roasted Brussel sprouts and yummy cannolis !

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Fun2dine
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Chefs and menu selections exceeded expectations! Our server Joe was incredible and the way all servers should be. Great wine selections and outdoor dining was nice. Thank you!

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Grace
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the patio dining.
It will be nice to have heaters out for chilly evenings.
Can't wait to go back.

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vipJerry
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with wonderful variety from small plates, salads to main entrees. I had the Grilled Caesar salad which was wonderful, flavorful and grilled perfectly. Then the eggplant parmesan which was good---a little dry and crispy. Enjoyed overall. The lemon Blueberry creme brulee was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Only one waiter. Several tables. He worked very hard and was as attentive as he possibly could be. However, we didn’t have condiments with out meal. We had to ask for the salt, ketchup, mustard, the take-home box. The menu was somewhat limited. Nit a lot of choices for vegetarians.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Fish was overcooked you the point that fork wouldn’t cut it... crab dip had barley any crab meet... and this is just a few of the things, will not recommend it.
2nd time trying, hoping 1st terrible experience was a one of, but nope, it’s just not that good, sorry

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on September 28, 2020

Sorry to hear about this. After receiving your review, I asked my servers who worked on Saturday if anyone had brought these issues to our attention. No.....It is difficult to fix a problem if you don't tell us. We are in the hospitality business and want to know about your experience before you leave. If you really care about supporting local restaurants, next time you might want to let the server and restaurant know.

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Dora
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. We sat outside and it was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First date night after the birth of our son 4 weeks ago.

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Jeosnksksbekskenkskswknw
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Portions of food were not at all worth the price. I’d rather go somewhere else.

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BobW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience. COVID menu pretty large with many great choices - entrees and sandwiches (we had both).

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vipHocoeats
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both superb. Excellent wine list! Felt very comfortable and safe dining out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! My husband and I have added this to our list of go-to-places! Keep up the great work!

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vipGolfmagnet
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful lunch! Everything was prepared to perfection. Great service. Definitely an experience worth sharing.
Will return soon.

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vipbethbrac
Baltimore
88 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as always! Staci enjoyed her special dessert for her Birthday, thanks for all the thoughtful touches.

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vipSueH
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was, as usual, delicious. We were disappointed in the menu, changed due to COVID. The selections were more geared to lunch than dinner.

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vipPaul
Baltimore
98 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While Aida Bistro had been a perennial favorite of ours since 2006, this was our first visit since November 2019, primarily because the quality of the dining experience had deteriorated dramatically under a new executive chef. Upon hearing that the chef had moved on, we decided to visit one of our old favorites to assess the changes since last year. And we are VERY GLAD that we did. We arrived at Aida on a Saturday evening in late August and were greeted at the front door by always gracious owner Mary Barbera, who guided us to an outdoor table on the covered porch. Our waiter, Luke, arrived shortly thereafter to review the new menu, take our drink order, and, later, our dinner selections. We decided to begin the evening with the basil pesto flatbread with mozzarella. The flatbread was cooked perfectly and contained an abundance of basil, cherry tomatoes, arugula, and both parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Our salad course was comprised of the goat cheese salad and the watermelon and tomato salad. Both salads were delicious, lightly dressed and visually stunning (someone in Aida's kitchen has remarkable knife skills, as the precision with which strawberries and apples were sliced and arranged in the salads was mind-blowing). Entrees included the beef short rib and the grilled swordfish. The former was fall-of-the-fork tender and was artfully arranged among root vegetables and asparagus tips in a flavorful red wine demi-glace (I tried this before my own meal and was immediately jealous). My grilled swordfish was topped with pistachio pesto and sat upon an Italian version of ratatouille in the freshest tomato sauce I have ever tasted. We finished the evening with a tiramisu (the coffee-soaked sponge & pastry cream were delightful) and cannolli stuffed with sweet cream and ricotta. If you haven't been to Aida Bistro lately, you owe it to yourself to check out the talents of Chef de Cuisine Kara Lovalvo & Sous Chef Nick Fontaine. Aida Bistro is back!

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on September 28, 2020

Thanks for your feedback. We really appreciate your business and are happy to know about your experience. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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BelT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and Great Service! On the expensive side

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vipMysterio
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even better than the food was the absolutely amazing staff. Thank you for a great meal.

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kenblock
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good but the portions were pretty small

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LaurenN
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was great and they did an outstanding job on keeping everything sanitized and clean. Food was just okay. Wine was delicious.

TB
vipTerraB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gourmet dining options for reasonable prices and a delicious wine menu! Apparently the beer menu is also quite good. Try the Grenache Blanc on a summer day outside, crisp and refreshing like a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but with low acidity. Yum!

PJ
vipPJFoodie
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It continues to be great to be able to go to Aida Bistro. We had the restaurants week menu again, but we don't mend that next week this will be over since the regular menu is awesome.

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vipDoreneC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aida Bistro is our go to place. They make the best espresso martinis & the food & service is always amazing! Great place for a night out!

FAQs

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 953-0500.

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2179 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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