This includes info about cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing, and usage of personal protective equipment. Learn more.
Magdalena features thoughtfully created bistro fare inspired by the classic dishes of France, the comforts of England and the vast spirit of Baltimore.
The seasonally evolving menu highlights a playful yet sophisticated take on classics driven by the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay region. Ingredients are sourced close to home and relationships with local farmers and purveyors are at the heart of the culinary philosophy.
A cheeky cocktail program, revered whiskey collection, Wine Spectator awarded wine list, and regionally sourced craft beers complete a delightfully unmatched dining experience.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Heirloom Carrots, Coriander Seed & Hollandaise Sauce. Sommelier's Pairings: Domaine Trotereau, Quincy, Loire Valley, France 2017
Nantucket Bay Scallops
Cambodian Peppercorn, Scottish Game Ravioli, Celery Root, Apple & Red Wine
Prime Beef Tenderloin
Molasses Cure, Cipollini Onions & Caf de Paris Butter. Sommelier's Pairings: Azienda Agricola Tintero Elvio Nebbiolo, Langhe, Piemonte 2016
Service as always was outstanding. Staff is top notch, polite, respectful and professional. We are regulars at Magdalena’s and unfortunately this dining experience was slightly underwhelming as far as food was concerned. Our Hamachi fish appetizer was slightly fishy, the octopus app was very small and sea bass entree was flavorless. We suppose the chef was not on his game that evening. The desserts were amazingly good. We’ll definitely return regardless.
High prices for food that tried too hard to be innovative and missed the mark. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great. Was just blah. We did the chef’s tasting menu at $90/pp to sample different bites, but I can’t name one memorable thing. From interiors to service to menu, it all felt a bit confused, tired and dated.
Great birthday dinner
We had a great birthday dinner here. Everyone loved the food and ambiance. We are highly appreciative of the restaurant honoring our request for a certain table type and for doing all the birthday things. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Baltimore, and perfect for a special occasion. We will be back and next time will stay at the beautiful Ivy hotel.
Just a remarkable dining experience. Beautiful room creatively cooked and presented dishes, attentive but n’t intrusive staff. We will definitely return
best night ive had in a long time
food was amazinfg
I made the reservation to celebrate my friend’s retirement. We were both extremely pleased with the food and the ambiance.
Magdalena is most definitely a fine dining restaurant. Its location in the former basement of the Ivy Hotel's historic mansion is intimate and elegant. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. I especially enjoyed the sweet potato ginger soup. It was served with a small piece of pork terrine and a few other embellishments. What was special was the way the server poured the soup around, but not over the ingredients. My only complaint was that the menu selection was fairly limited. Since I don't care for fish, my options were even more limited.
In our opinion, Magdelena is the #1 Restaurant in Baltimore, and our favorite for special occasions. The food is always amazing. The service is perfect. In addition, the decor in is warm, and the ambiance is beautifully tasteful without being ostentatious. The restaurant is divided into several spaces, each with 3-5 tables, making for a private, quiet feeling in which it's easy to carry on a conversation. What more can you ask for?
The valet, hostess, wait staff, chef, service, food, ambiance, decor, mood, sounds...were all fantastic!
Every aspect of my experience was outstanding. From the front door, to table to when we were finished. Everything was stellar.
Best restaurant in Baltimore. The quality of food and level of service is unparalleled. We look forward to coming back to this restaurant for our next special occasion.
Our dinner experience and service was fantastic, the food is amazing and our waiter was excellent.
The only bad experience was at the bar before dinner. We were the only couple at the bar and there was one bartender. He was aloft and quite rude. He never introduced himself nor welcome us. He seems overwhelmed with the drink orders from the restaurant. We waited for drinks without being addressed, then he ran out of martini glasses, and when I asked for water he told me it would “be a few minutes.” I am disappointed in his attitude and non welcoming personality. He didn’t speak to us at all except to take our drink order. We weren’t looking for a new best friend but one would think a bartender would have a personality and at least be friendly.
This is a can’t miss restaurant in Baltimore. The new menu allows for tasting of many different dishes. The flavors are impeccable and the presentation, ambiance, and service are outstanding.
I have dined at Magdalena’s for regular dinners and special occasions. The service is always warm and attentive but never intrusive. It starts from the valet and carries throughout the meal until you are back at the valet. The drink options are wonderful with and without alcohol. Our party often includes those with a vegan diet. Chef’s creations for entrees and desserts are on par with the regular menu options. Will be back.
Always a wonderful experience
First night with new tasting menu with wine pairings. Service friendly but chaotic with food and wine arriving in an uncoordinated fashion. Several times with no explanation. Food sometimes arriving cold. Food was good but not great. They were over-reaching and failed
There were very few options and they all required a Pre-Fixe choice. Very expensive. The steak was salty. The interior of the restaurant was very nice.
Brilliant in every way, staff professional but friendly, ambience relaxed, and the food by Chef Mark? Outstanding is not a good enough description. A gastronomic experience to remember! Highly recommend.
Magdalena is always a delight. Relatively quiet and serene on a Saturday night. Food and cocktails delicious.
Great food, beautiful venue, attentive service. What else is there to say? Not inexpensive and not overly large portions but not enough to change my opinion as to the excellence of the restaurant!
Service was slow.
One waiter for our entire dining space.
Scallops were over salted
Started to send back, but declined.
Out of Ketel One Vodka
What a find in the Mt. Vernon area of Baltimore! Amazing and creative menu: you have never had ceviche like this; the mushroom lasagna side dish looked like a hazelnut wafer cookie but tasted worlds better; and I would not normally order parsnip soup, but I am so glad we did. Beautiful little spot, very intimate, very pretty -- perfect for a great date. Amazing wine and whiskey lists too. Prices can add up, so this is more of a special occasion location for us, but we will be back.
Exquisite food and we got tucked away into a corner so we could have a quiet, romantic anniversary dinner!
Amazing spot for our 30th anniversary dinner. I can only remember one other meal in Baltimore that was this good. This place cannot be missed.
Excellent meal. Scallops had a little grit. Sweet potato tots a miss.
Creative menu with great food and service. Knowledgeable staff. Comfortably elegant atmosphere. Could have kept wine glasses filled.
Lovely and attentive staff. Food was absolutely delicious. This is a favorite restaurant.
When I entered the restaurant, there wasn't a hostess at the front, so I asked the bartender if I could sit at the bar, to which he said yes, and didn't engage in further assistance (e.g. asking if I had a reservation or letting me know that he'll get the hostess). It was a Sunday evening, the restaurant wasn't packed, so I was taken aback at the lack of service at first. a few minutes later, the hostess arrived, grabbed our coats and walked us to our table. Overall, the food was fine - not great - and the service was fine. I was expecting a bit more class and comfort upon arrival - the experience that I envisioned reading Magdalena's website and on social media didn't really match what I experienced in person.
Amazing service. Amazing menu. Amazing atmosphere. No rushing. Would recommend for any occasion (we were celebrating special birthdays and couldn’t have been happier.
Dottie was our server and she was great. Service as a whole is first class. The food was excellent.
Magdalena was highly recommended to me from my friends so I had high hopes and expectations for my recent dinner on 12/11/19 at 6:00 for my birthday
I arrived early and sat at the bar and said hello to the bartender and got a dismissive grunt back from him and he said he was busy and would get back with me shortly.
Maybe 5 other tables in the whole restaurant at that time
That was about 5+ minutes.
I ordered a glass of wine and he didn't even have time to pour it and asked a server to pour it.
My wife arrived and got the same cold response from the bartender.
The hostess sat us early for our table across from the bar near the outside area.
Very pleasant and comfortable
We were surprised to see that our server for the night was the very same grumpy bartender!
Not happy about that.
We asked him several questions about the menu and he could not really provide a decent amount of details.
Anyway we placed our order and all was good.
There was a table sitting next to us who has a different server and I wish we had her.
Super nice and attentive and answered questions with utmost detail.
She went over daily specials and we heard items that our server didn't even mention!
We ordered 2 appetizers (venison tartare & ceviche) and 2 entree's (halibut and bronzini).
All the food was wonderful....but the ceviche was AMAZING!
Would love to know what was in the recado. I asked our server and he had no idea. Didn't offer to find out.
We ordered the frangipane tart for dessert which was ok.
When the bill came it was as expected pricy, but we knew that going into the meal.
Overall for the food and dinning space, Magdalena hit the mark.....but for service and price to value....would say absolutely not worth the $$$$.
This is probably one of the most expensive restaurants in Baltimore and for the price you would expect everything to be top notch.
Highly suggest that you re-train the bartender/server!
Delicious food starting with the bread and butter,and ending with dessert. Excellent,attentive,well informed waitstaff.
Excellent meal. Service was fine. Took a while to get my check.
The food was absolutely delicious but we were disappointed in the service which was very spotty. Either three people were serving us or we sat alone. The valet attendants and coat check person were friendlier and warmer than our servers, who seemed busy and distracted. We were seated in the back room and it felt awkward, odd and un-special. i almost feel as if they should have a different menu and price point for people stashed in this weird space. I would not sit there again. This was a very expensive meal and I was surprised at how ordinary the experience felt. The food was quite good but nobody in our group wanted to stay for dessert; we were all dying to get out of there.
Honestly, the best meal I’ve ever had. Will be coming back multiple times!
Awesome place with highly professional and attentive service. Incredible artisan bread, innovative menu featuring top quality ingredients expertly prepared. Menu is varied but approachable. Beautiful and deep wine list with a ton of hidden gems. Given its Relais status we expected a good evening and weren’t disappointed in the least. Looking forward to a return visit.
Magdalena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 514-0303.
Magdalena is rated 4.7 stars by 734 OpenTable diners.
Magdalena does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.theivybaltimore.com/gift-certificates/.
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.