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Magdalena, Baltimore, MD

Magdalena

4.7
4.7
1006 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 6 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 1,006 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore

    Best Food

  • Baltimore

    Innovative

  • Baltimore

    Great for fine wines

  • Baltimore

    Romantic

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  1. MY

    MsYummy

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service from the wait staff to the bartender. The food was delicious, specifically the venison and the duck pasta dish. The crispy fish was cooked amazing however, the accompanying sides were ok.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu filled with fresh seasonal food. The dishes were fantastic unusual combinations of flavors from which the presentation did not detract. Service was great and the staff were knowledgeable about the dishes and made great recommendations based on our dietary restrictions and dining preferences.
  3. TA

    TASHAD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and wonderful atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to add to food menu
  4. b

    bcw123

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Without question, Baltimore’s best restaurant. From the cocktails to the ambiance to the service to the FOOD…. It does not get any better than this. Go for a drink, stay for the entrees. The wine room is a gorgeous place for a large group. The owners take great pride in this place and it shows.
  5. JF

    JeffF

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food but menu was a bit limited. Interesting drink menu but a bit overpriced. Waiter could have had more personality to make the overall experience a bit more enjoyable.
  6. S

    Silky

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Food was only okay and not a good value. Service was outstanding, our waiter Clay was excellent. Restaurant ambiance is not as nice as the hotel
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional dining experience. Each dish conveyed a balance of complexity without fussiness that brought out the flavor of each ingredient and richness of the whole. I decided to challenge the chef by ordering the poached egg as main dish - an unpromising centerpiece. As with the appetizers before, the egg brought together the grains and vegetables into a delicate whole. The service, as well, was attentive without being overbearing. Dishes came out warm soon after the prior course was finished. The atmosphere was both modern and warm in materials and color. We didn’t have an issue with noise, but our neighbors were on the quiet side! I would think the restaurant particularly special when the weather is warm enough to eat on the terrace. Special kudus to the bartender. I’m training for a Marathon so I ordered a mochtail. I’m accustomed to sweet, tart afterthoughts that make non-drinkers (or those taking a break!) feel like second class diners. Again, the Apple crisp engaged the palette like a fine cognac that spent years building character. Magdalena’s not cheap so I am saving up for my next visit!
  8. t

    thanks

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful!
  9. c

    ckcs

    Richmond

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Magdalena is always outstanding. Food & vibe are what make us return every year for our anniversary. Service was ever so slightly slower -but our waiter appeared to be juggling quite a few tables, and still keeping up well, considering. We will return
  10. J

    Jmlc

    Baltimore

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service! One of our best visits yet.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dan and JP are amazing!! Service was excellent enjoyed myself very much.
  12. K

    Kristin

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I was expecting way more. I ordered the scallops for $48, and didn’t realize I was only going to get 2 scallops and some sausage. Ridiculous. Next time will stick to the tried and true restaurants.
  13. JS

    JoseS

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant. Staff are very professional and corteous. Ambiance imoecabke abd the food divine.
  14. S

    Sfrichman

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, outstanding and interesting food; drinks also great. Room was lovely but noisy.
  15. D

    Deanna

    Baltimore

    181 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    181 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It's hard for me to give 3 stars to one of my favorite Baltimore City restaurants, but that's the appropriate rating for last night's dinner. Ever since Covid, the restaurant, overall, has gone downhill. Last night, there appeared to be only 1 server on hand (at least, in the main dining room). With that, service was very slow. We felt bad for him, as he was doing his best, but he was unable to deliver the level of service to which we've become (and others, I'm sure) accustomed. There were a few times we waited for the server to stop by (for mayo, the check, etc). He was simply to busy taking care of all the other tables. Next, the food itself is not what it used to be. While the venison was very good, there was not much going on with it. The side dish of squash was something I could prepare at home. And because service was slow, the food was delivered at a luke-warm temperature. We know restaurants are still struggling from the effects of Covid. Our hope is that they overcome that struggle before much longer.
  16. CP

    ChloeP

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dining experience. The staffs were knowledgeable and helpful and very kind. We went for our 5-year anniversary and it was a wonderful experience. We had bread for two, foie gras appetizer, poached pear salad, and duck for two. The duck liver mousse was a bit of a mkss since we couldn’t really pick out the liver flavor but everything else was beautiful. Would definitely return!
  17. M

    Michie

    Baltimore

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a double date. Drinks were INCREDIBLE, JR’s creations were fabulous. Good was so so so so good. Get the Brussel spouts as they are a game changer! Everything was wonderful and a must go back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Our server was particularly slow. We were seated in the back area, which is pretty sterile and accented by uncomfortable chairs. This became an issue as the night progressed, because it took almost three hours to complete our meal. The food was outstanding as usual, but it was a disappointing experience overall.
  19. DC

    DavidC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly-great meal and excellent service. Innovative menu.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Food was great but super slow. Felt like our waiter kept forgetting we were there. We were seated by an open door that was freezing so that was not fun. I would go back in summer and sit outside.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Waited 40 minutes before we got drinks on the table and another half hour before we got our food. Fish bass & other food was good - fries not so much. Wasn’t asked if I’d like to sit outside on inside when I came in - just wasn’t happy about the long wait considering I had a reservation.
  22. B

    Bill

    Baltimore

    162 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely, if expensive, restaurant with good food, a fine wine list and an upbeat, cheerful vibe. The menu is small but quite delicious.
  23. JK

    JujuK

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for our anniversary and had a wonderful experience. We even sat next to another couple celebrating their anniversary! This was our second time coming to Magdalena to celebrate the occasion and they always deliver the best service and the food is always divine!
  24. b

    bitterswtmocha

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was amazing, cocktails yummy, courtyard beautiful. Service was painfully slow. Maybe next time we will just sit at the bar…
  25. BM

    BMoreEater

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Magdalena used to be our favorite restaurant in the city. Sadly it's gone from excellent to just okay. The appetizers and bread were quite good, and we enjoyed the outdoor patio as well. We had to send back a steak due to it being very tough despite being ordered at medium rare. The plate was very hot which is usually a sign it's been sitting in the kitchen window for too long. The second steak was better, but still overdone. The taste was okay, but we've had better steaks at a local neighborhood spot for half the price. Service started out strong but quickly went downhill as we did not see our server for very long stretches and had to flag down other servers as well as the manager. A major disappointment for what used to be a phenomenal restaurant.
  26. J

    Jmlc

    Baltimore

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall, a very good meal. The stone fruit salad should probably be taken off the menu at this point as the fruit had zero flavor. The sucking pig ravioli, eggplant and scallops were outstanding. Server was kind, knowledgeable but slow.
  27. BJ

    BaltimoreJames

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience here (a party of 6) was TOP NOTCH! I would consider this restaurant to be one of the top 5 dining options in Baltimore. The food, cocktails, ambience, service and overall experience were all exceptional. Out waitress was attentive and on point throughout the night - never letting a glass stay empty for longer than a minute or any of the diners wondering where their food was. There were some other parties dining in the same room as us, but never was the volume level a problem. We had appetizers, main entrees, deserts, and cocktails throughout, thus at the end of the night we were looking at a total bill (including gratuity) of just under $900. Rarely does one face a dining bill so large ($300 a couple) and have absolutely no problem with it given how amazing of an experience we had! I highly recommend!
  28. d

    diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sitting arrangements for 4 were great. I'm a little confused. At first they were planning to sit my guest at what looked like a snack bar. Afterward, was relocated to the formal dining hall. SWA
  29. H

    Heather

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pretty environment and, seeing the courtyard, imagine it’s gorgeous in summer. Food was really nice, just not up to the high prices they charge.
  30. LC

    LindsayC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening. Our waiter was attentive but not overbearing. The drinks and food were both excellent. Would definitely return and recommend to others.
  31. C

    Courtney

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We were excited to go to Magdalena’s for our anniversary celebration, but that excitement quickly waned. I’m not sure why, but the server was unapologetically slow. We ordered bread, salad and veal..we didn’t get the bread until 1 hour after we ordered (although I saw other tables order after us and receive their starters before). Not sure we will be coming back to this establishment when we are in town again, slightly disappointing
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  33. EB

    EleB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, it was a pleasure to dine at Magdalena’s.
  34. AS

    AllisonSullivan

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience in Baltimore in a very long time! Our server was amazing. We ordered everything she recommended and it was all delicious!
  35. AG

    AviG

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great ambiance, very kind staff. Food was solid — some really exceptional bites, and nothing we didn’t like. Burger a bit overdone and they put tomato on bottom so the bottom bun was totally soggy. But still very tasty. Bar pricing a bit exorbitant. Only real complaint was that it was a very slow meal and they essentially were shutting the restaurant down around us. It was just two of us and we aren’t slow eaters yet the meal took over 2 hours.
  36. A

    Audrey

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing spot for a celebration, birthday, or special occasion! The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the ambiance to die for. We tried a bunch of different plates and honestly you can't go wrong here - everything was SO good! We even got the seafood sampler and were beyond impressed with the selection on it - everything was quality and top notch! You can tell Magdalena cares about quality, whether with food, service, or atmosphere!
  37. K

    Karen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the entire staff was so friendly and attentive. I had the beet and apple salad, the scallops and the hazelnut panna cotta and all three were incredible. my old fashioned was also perfect. would definitely go back.
  38. R

    R2000

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The service from the free valet parking through entire visit was exceptional! My husband and I shared the duck shareable entree, but found it uninteresting and not very enjoyable. Breast was the best part, everything else paled in comparison. The cocktails were the “bell of the ball.” Our friends thoroughly enjoyed their Wagyu burger. Will we visit again, more than likely not, since we traveled from DC.
  39. SM

    ShieldMaiden

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Intimate setting with delicious food and excellent service
  40. BG

    BaltimoreGreg

    Baltimore

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic fine food in a historic hotel. Everything we had was amazing and the ambiance can’t be beaten. It’s pricey but so worth it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Magdalena is rated 4.7 stars by 1006 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 6 times today
Google Map for Magdalena

205 E. Biddle st., Baltimore, MD 21202

Dining areas

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

  • 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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