AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar

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2000 reviews
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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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OT
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a marvelous experience at Aida’s today! I took my 95 year old father and 82 year old mother to lunch to celebrate my mother’s birthday. Aida made our celebration so special from accommodating our request to be seated in a quiet part of the restaurant to bringing my mother a complimentary dessert with “Best Wishes” piped in chocolate on the rim of the plate. Even the owner/manager stopped by our table to check in and to thank us for celebrating my mom’s special day with them. We will definitely return to Aida’s. Fantastic food and marvelous service.

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R
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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DD
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great the creme brûlée was amazing.. I finally found a restaurant that actually knows how to make it!!

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c
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I used to love Aida a few years ago. Its seems to have gotten very pricey and the menu selections have become very limited. This latest experience was disappointing. Steak was not cooked as requested. The music selection was too loud and not a genre of music conducive to a relaxing dinner. Due to these and other issues, I find no reason to visit Aida in the future

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OA
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal per usual, excellent wine and friendly service. This is an outstanding restaurant.

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s
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I don't want to bash this place because, truthfully it is a cool joint. I think maybe it was an off night. I should also start out by saying our server and the atmosphere were great. Our entree's were pretty good as well. The issue we had was with our appetizers and our wine flights. We ordered the cheese plate, a bread plate and a wine flight each. The cheese was terrible, cuts were taken directly from the rind with maybe 1-2 bites of edible cheese each. Not the best quality either. The bread plate consisted of 3 soft/warm bread sticks, baked with shaved parm cheese. Which is fine; however, they were served with a black bean hummus (which you don't normally see served with soft bread) and some extra shave parm cheese. Just seemed like an odd pairing. The wine flight was all tapped/keg wine and wasn't great. It consisted of a pinto gris, an oaked chardonnay and an rkatsiteli. Not sure how the rkatsiteli got put in that mix. Again, not all bad. We would go back, maybe for lunch to try again.

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g
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We have been going to AIDA for a long time. We enjoyed this visit very much. There were a couple of things that could have been better, but overall the selections were diverse and there were several in each course that were gluten free. The main courses that we selected seafood in tarragon cream sauce and short ribs bolognese, were delicious, generous and very well-prepared. He also loved his goat cheese salad and walnut carrot cake for dessert. I enjoyed a flight of red wine and each was unique and wines I had not had previously. Very nicely curated!
My quibbles are small. I had the grilled Ceasar salad which was tasty but tough. Needed a serrated edge knife to cut it and one was not provided. Or the chef could have cut through the base after grilling to allow easier cutting of the romaine leaves. That's my only food issue. The other was about ambience. On a Tuesday night, the dining room was VERY quiet and so we noticed the music being played, which was 60's British cover bands. They weren't very good and such a lovely dining room deserved something a little more sophisticated. Something instrumental?

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homemade flavor, great experience! I finally found a rich and flavorful italian sauce in Maryland. We all loved our dinner and experience.

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SJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. The service was excellent as was the food and the experience as a whole.

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OT
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food, ambience and service from this HoCo gem.

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c
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have not dined at Aida for years. There new location is great and the service is top notch. We loved the smaller portions too. See you next time!

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I truly regret saying anything disparaging, because the food was excellent and our service was top notch. (Kudos to Boris). We just felt the tables were a bit too close together where we were seated, and we felt like we were seated with the couple next to us, rather than next to. Had we been at a table rather than the seating against the wall, it would have been a completely different experience.

Seriously though, the food and service are excellent and we will be coming back in the future.

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OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Nothing great, food was good, a little over priced. Don't worry about what to wear, there were well dressed people and those in dirty jeans and old t-shirts. It would be nice to see a bit higher standards for attire.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentines Day

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ES
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was an early Valentine’s Day dinner and our first time at AIDA. The service was great. Lots of options on the wine list. We had a starter and dessert with our dinner. We had a good time.

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HM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Here were the negatives: ridiculously small pour on a glass of overpriced wine. The waiter was nice enough to top off the pour when I complained. The fish of the day was somewhat bitter, and the sauce was cold and tasted bland. The crispy brussel sprouts were served with partially warmed feta was not good. Overpriced

The positives- can't think of any other than the waiter. Won't return

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EP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is lovely and just enough for me. But some of my friends with bigger appetites said the portions were small. Appetizers were good and could make up for some of that. Desserts too! Drinks are pricey!

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C
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quiet dinner for a couple or to meet with long time friends. The ambiance was warm and the restaurant was well lit and the noise level was perfect

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Everything was ok, just didn’t live up to the hype for me. All of the 2-top tables were awkwardly close to each another in a big line in the back where one seat at each is a very long booth. Restaurant was relatively empty and we were seated between the only other two couples in the restaurant. We could all basically participate in each others’ conversations since we were so close and it was so quiet. $18 cheese board was three tiny wedges of cheese with a few crackers, mustard, and about a tablespoon of pickled vegetables. Entrees were good but overpriced for what they were. Eggplant Parmesan was around $18 and my husband’s squash risotto (no meat) was around $26. Service was great; our server was very attentive and good with suggestions.

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CH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was spectacular and the food very nice.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I met up with a friend to celebrate our birthdays. We enjoyed the restaurant week menu. The short rib pot pie was amazing as was the creme brulee. An added treat for our birthday they brought out a cannoli to share. It was a lovely end to a great meal.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hospitality and ambiance!

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T
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aida Bistro was amazing!! Appetizers, wine on tap, Entree’s, and best of all the service. My favorite restaurant and bar! Good people across the board!!

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MM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were a party of 8 in for Restaurant Week. I and several others ordered off the RW menu. We also ordered several carafes of wine from their lists for "flight of three" offering. The wine was extremely good. The appetizers and entrees were very good. The desert was disappointing. (The tiramisu was over-soaked.) Dinner for 8 about $300. Five carafes about $220. Very enjoyable evening even with the loud ambiance.

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C
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Staff was warm and friendly however service was slow and frustrating. Food came quickly and was good with the exception of crab flatbread pizza which was served lukewarm

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Here's another restaurant I decided to tryout during Howard County's Restaurant Week. AIDA offered 2
Lunch options: two courses for $17.19 or three courses for $20.19. I went with three courses and enjoyed each course. My first course a Grilled Polenta was pretty good. My second course their Grilled Salmon BLT Sandwich without the "B" Bacon was delicious. And last but not least was my third course White Chocolate Creme Burlee. The mini size was just enough to end my lunch dining experience. I can't forget my great waiter Boris. He provided useful food suggestions and amazing service. I will be back.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boris was attentive yet let us talk business. Food was delicious!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent way to start off restaurant week! it was an early lunch so no wine but both the food and the services was amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boris was excellent!

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Serve was slow although the restaurant was not crowded. Asked for non-spicy sauce and was given spicy sauce so my dish had to be remade. Food is pricey and the portions are small. Extensive choice of wines.

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

Compared to previous visits, food was good but not as good as I expected.

I don’t know how the price ratings are determined, but two $ is not representative of an actual dinner (maybe spaghetti and water, no bread, salad, or literally anything else. No way two adults with a beverage leave without spending $100+ with tip

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TW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
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
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
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
18 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 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve.

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c
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 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
59 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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