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Magdalena, Baltimore, MD

Magdalena

4.7
4.7
1137 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (410) 514-0303
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American
  • Executive chef
    Scott Bacon
  • Catering
    Magdalena and The Ivy Hotel are both available for buy-outs as well as private dining. If you are interested or curious about scheduling an event, please contact our Sales Department at (410) 528-8090 or sales@theivybaltimore.com.
  • Private party facilities
    If you are interested or curious about scheduling a private event, please contact our Sales Department at (410) 528-8090 or sales@theivybaltimore.com.
  • Private party contact
    Sales Department: (410) 528-8092
  • Neighborhood
    Mt. Vernon
  • Cross street
    North Calvert
  • Parking details
    Magdalena offers complimentary valet parking for its dinner guests during regular hours of operation. Valet parking can be found at the Biddle Street pull-off at the front entrance of the building located at 205 E. Biddle St.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,137 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Romantic

  • Baltimore

    Best Service

  • Baltimore

    Innovative

  • Baltimore

    Great for fine wines

  • Baltimore

    Romantic

  • Baltimore

    Good for special occasions

1,137 Reviews
  1. PascaleD

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonder staff and truly exceptional service. The mushroom appetizer was flavorful and well seasoned. The steak was tender, but seasoning fell flat. We will come again and again for the ambiance.

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  2. JoAnnP

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing birthday experience! Excellent service and the food was delicious. The focaccia and ginger butter is out of this world

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  3. FrolicAndCourage

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We made reservations online in advance for our anniversary and were absolutely thrilled by our experience! From the professional, friendly staff to the cozy, small bistro atmosphere down to the excellent food and cocktails - we really enjoyed our experience and will be back!

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  4. LeeK

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another fantastic meal at Magdalena, and as always superb service. Everyone involved with this place seems to enjoy what they do and it shows and how they treat their customers I will come back here again and again 

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  5. Jack

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb in every way. Highly recommended. Special occasions or just a fine meal.

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  6. Ambassador

    Baltimore

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic venue. Food was great and beautifully presented. Drink menu was unique. A series of drinks tied to female artists. Really enjoyed it. Desserts were great and just the right size. Service was great starting with arrival at outside door. They have a beautiful courtyard but it was too cold. Would love to go back and sit in the courtyard.

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  7. JayK

    New York City

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was great. We will definitely be back again soon.

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  8. Shay

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious! *chef kiss* We had exceptional service from the time we arrived at complementary valet until the bill was paid. Everyone was polite, knowledgeable, and very friendly. The staff provided exceptional service! We will definitely return for another dinner experience. 

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  9. BrianneM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dottie was the best! Food was immaculate. We had the rockfish + grapefruit tart, chefs kiss!

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  10. SAEH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely surroundings, friendly staff, terrific food

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  11. ckcs

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Magdalena is my go-to for special occasions. I love the gorgeous design & stylish vibe. The food & cocktails are always fantastic.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a reservation for 2 at Magdalena for Feb 22nd at 6:30pm. We had a wonderful time. The food was absolutely delicious. My only complaint is that the specific menu item I wanted and made the reservation for was no longer available. I desperately wanted to try the shawarma braised lamb, with black garlic hummus, saffron couscous, herb salad, and house made naan. I understand and appreciate the menu is highly seasonal. Can the menu here be corrected to avoid any future disappointment?

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was amazing. Host staff were wonderful. Appetizers, cocktails, Rib eye and shared Lamb shank entrees were perfect.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose this place to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and from the moment we parked in front of the establishment we were taken care of very well adding to our special evening. Everyone was both professional and friendly. We are truly grateful
    MagdalenaResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for choosing to celebrate your 30th wedding anniversary at Magdalena! We are thrilled we could make your evening special. Our team strives for excellence, and we're truly grateful for your support and for allowing us to be a part of such a significant milestone in your lives. We hope to welcome you back in the future for more memorable moments.

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  15. MLaz

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience from start to finish. The service was amazing, the food was impeccable, and the ambiance was definitely luxury.
    MagdalenaResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for dining with us; we are thrilled you had such a wonderful experience. We hope to welcome you back soon!

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  16. FridayVisitor2

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was impeccable. Food details need improvmt
    MagdalenaResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are delighted to hear that you found our service impeccable. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we are committed to providing exceptional service to all our guests. We appreciate your constructive criticism regarding the food details and will certainly consider your comments. Our team is always striving to improve and enhance the dining experience for our customers, and your input is invaluable in helping us achieve this goal. We hope to welcome you back in the future and showcase our dedication to attention to detail. Thank you again for choosing Magdalena.

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  17. Deanna

    Baltimore

    198 reviews

    5.0

    198 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and drinks were fantastic as was the service. Glad to have had this experience once again.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was absolutely delicious and the after dinner drinks at the bar were a perfect way to end our evening. Can’t wait to go back. 
    MagdalenaResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for dining with us at Magdalena! It's always our goal to provide a memorable and satisfying experience for our guests, and we are delighted to know that we hit the mark with you. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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  19. rabus

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Do NOT miss the focatia bread basket. Perfect beet salad with wonderful touches. Service top notch.

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  20. JodiB

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband loved everything he ate, considered it one of the best meals he's had- the scallops crudo and rockfish specifically. I was about 8 months pregnant and unfortunately had to avoid a lot of the menu- mostly just because it's a pretty pared down menu. I ate the focaccia and green garlic butter, and it was like the best thing I'd ever eaten. The "gem lettuces" was a real fancy little caesar salad dish, and the potato soup was just okay, in my opinion. The desserts were yummy, and my husband loved the whiskey selection. Service was lovely, and the execution of all the dishes was really nice. Things were just really pricey for not being as wildly impressed as I wanted to. Definitely a classy place!
    MagdalenaResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed feedback with us. We are delighted to hear that your husband thoroughly enjoyed his dining experience with us and that the focaccia and green garlic butter brought you so much joy during your visit. We hope to welcome you back soon and provide you with an even more memorable experience. Thank you for choosing Magdalena and for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. High quality food. Beautiful aesthetics.

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  22. TanyaM

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu, amazing flavors, delicious drinks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic, fantastic service, and wonderful ambience with some music via jazz guitarist and saxophonist.

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  23. JohnH

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I came in for our 15 year anniversary. We had a hard time choosing the right place for such an occasion and decided here was going to be the spot. We were greeted by a friendly hostess and taken to our seats, the restaurant is very nice looking and wish it wasn't winter so we could've enjoyed the outside area. The server was working solo it seemed, other than the bartender. Which was fine for an early reservation before the room fills. Service was a bit slow and our drinks were mid. My wife's bourbon cocktail was $19 on the menu, but $25 on the check. (Server took too long to get back to us when we were ready to leave, so we just took the loss there.) Our first two courses were really good. The potato soup, bread service and the mushroom were great. BOH even split the soup for us to make the sharing easier. The entree, the vegetarian option, was good but left something to be desired taste wise. I'm sure everything else is great, the tables around us were all happy with the choices they made. Our server never made table touches to check in on us other than clearing the plates and bussing for next course. Again, our 15 year anniversary and was sad the ONLY time it was acknowledged was when he dropped off a couple cookies with the check. So, it wasn't quite what we were expecting, maybe the hopes were a little too high based on places we've been to in the past for celebrations. I'd be willing to try again.

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  24. JeanieS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing as was the service!! Thank you staff for an amazing first time experience!

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  25. Diningout

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment they greet you, you feel welcomed. The atmosphere is relaxing, the staff is attentive and the food is delicious. What a wonderful way to share a meal with a friend or loved one.

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  26. Grits

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was not careful about gluten sensitivities. I was told my burger could have gluten free bread but it came from the kitchen with regular bread and only because I asked did I avoid eating it. I was told that one of the desserts was gluten free. It was not and I have been sick for the entire next day.

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  27. Julia

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Inventive and delicious cuisine with excellent service and ambiance

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  28. ShayanG

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of food is not compatible with the price. Wonderful service though.

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  29. ChristineW

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great wine selection and great cocktails. The appetizer dishes we had were excellent from the NYE special menu. The rib eye was just fine but the side vegetables were great. Ambiance and service were top notch.

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  30. Kate

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved everything! One of our favorite meals we've ever had in Baltimore. The venison was delicious!

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  31. GiavannaM

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a place to savor drinks and dishes, all curious and wildly delicious.

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  32. LisaS

    Baltimore

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We don't get here as much as we used to, and I was pleased to see that the food and service are still top-notch. Even the starter bread and butter will make you weep wit joy!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service, great environment. Drinks were fantastic as well

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  34. bcw123

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service. Lovely atmosphere. Perfect for a special occasion or business dinner or for foodies.

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  35. Brandy

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Magdalena team was so great! It was a great way to celebrate my Birthday! The food was great and so was the service.

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  36. Friend

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nearly flawless dining (and wining) experience. Thank you!

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  37. formerciti

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Steak, broccolini, french fries, salmon crocettes were delicious. Ambience was nice and the Servicers and all Staff including the Valet were excellent.

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  38. DineLancaster

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow. Top to bottom one of the best meals we’ve ever had, hands down. Some highlights worth mentioning…the house made hot sauce (to accompany the oysters), and the house made bread were both superb. The pork belly had an amazing char but still melted in your mouth, and was absolutely delicious. The wagyu burger and venison were both prepared to perfection, and the pumpkin cheesecake (recommended) did not disappoint. Overall, highly recommend. So glad we went out of our way to visit, will definitely return again for another amazing meal. Thank you!

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  39. Hank

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent customer service and the food was delicious. Will definitely return.

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  40. MartinG

    Oklahoma City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak for two was wonderful. Great wine selection and cocktails. Mushroom tarting was excellent! Perfect atmosphere. It was our first time, but we’ll be back.

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FAQs

Magdalena is rated 4.7 stars by 1137 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Magdalena

205 E. Biddle st., Baltimore, MD 21202

Additional information

  • Cross street
    North Calvert
  • Neighborhood
    Mt. Vernon
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Magdalena offers complimentary valet parking for its dinner guests during regular hours of operation. Valet parking can be found at the Biddle Street pull-off at the front entrance of the building located at 205 E. Biddle St.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American
  • Executive chef
    Scott Bacon
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (410) 514-0303
  • Catering
    Magdalena and The Ivy Hotel are both available for buy-outs as well as private dining. If you are interested or curious about scheduling an event, please contact our Sales Department at (410) 528-8090 or sales@theivybaltimore.com.
  • Private party facilities
    If you are interested or curious about scheduling a private event, please contact our Sales Department at (410) 528-8090 or sales@theivybaltimore.com.
  • Private party contact
    Sales Department: (410) 528-8092
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