Magdalena

4.8
764 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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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
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 764 people are saying
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4.9
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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a blast at Magdalena. The food was excellent and the drinks were amazing too. The service was also top notch which altogether made for an awesome dining experience. Will definitely be back!

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ademolaf
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had amazing time with my fiancee. The level of the hospitality amazing.

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LatoyaM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was great. Waiter explained everything and answered all of questions.

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vipMicheleh
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid has been tough on restaurants. Magdalena is special and so happy it has returned as beautiful and tasty as ever. We had the treasure room all to ourselves. Elegant sophisticated stunning restaurant. So happy to share this jewel of a restaurant with my family. Oysters were superb scallops delectable crumble spectacular. Thank u Magdalena for a special night and welcome back.

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Fred
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Fantastic dinner! Excellent, excellent service!!
Without a doubt the BEST dinner experience in Baltimore!! Don't go anywhere else for dinner. You won't regret it!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience with a truly impeccable staff. The owners were a sweet couple who came out to see what there customer’s experience was. The whole evening was unforgettable.

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vipMariamaJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The level of service we received was phenomenal. Our waitress was well informed about items on the menu. She made great suggestions. The ambiance and the food was phenomenal. I would highly recommend Magdalena.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening. Great food and service with great safety protocols. Will definitely be back - hopefully soon.

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vipNushatT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu is AMAZING, it continues to be my favorite Baltimore restaurant of choice, well done team Magdalena

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vipKarenR
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting in the enclosed patio. Flawless service. Clean and gorgeous building. Love it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great experience. Delicious food and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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viptmleste
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I wish I would have come to this restaurant before it reopened. I missed out on all the French cuisine and I went in with hopes that it wouldn't matter but I think it made a huge difference. The only thing I thoroughly enjoyed was the sticky toffee pudding. It was my first time I had that and it was great. I also feel like their should be a chef tasting table for French dishes though!

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EricaN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Magdalena. I never went before when it was a bit "fancier," but we absolutely loved the remodel. It is fresh and classy, without being pretentious. Service was on point and every item we ordered was phenomenal. This will 100% be a place we bring friends and out of town guest. So charming and wonderful.

P.S. Get the goat cheese ravioli...it was phenomenal.

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JoVW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

New menu with superb appetizers and interesting blend of entrees (from Cheeseburger to Duck for two). I miss the ambience of the old Magdalena's. Colorful painted walls are now a sterile white. Service great as always.

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rayg
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef special is always the greatest
we love their drinks and enjoy the ambience

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CDCMD
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, knowledgeable bar tender and wait staff. Food was exceptional.

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vipraven
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. It was our anniversary and were greeted with good wishes from all the staff. A nice welcoming touch.
Menu was interesting and enjoyed our choices!
The garden was lovely and the spacing comfortable.

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vipKaren
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on the patio—just lovely. Setting, food, and service top notch. Love the focus of the new menu. Also the wine list had great selections at many price points.

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vipACawley
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and dinner was excellent. Love the new iteration of Magdalena! We were there to celebrate both our anniversary and my birthday. We were recognized by one of staff from a previous visit so she sent out some glasses of champagne on the house, very nice touch! Courtyard is beautiful and spacious and you can tell they are taking all precautions during this pandemic. Will absolutely be back! 10/10

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vipJasmineB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, food and people. You really feel special and looked after there.

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vipMaryN
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was very disappointed with our dinner on Saturday. This new concept of "Modern Maryland Bistro" was anything but bistro-like.

Magdalena was perfect before. Now, I won't be going back anytime soon.

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TrudyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Was excited to try the Bistro menu at the Magdalena and as soon as the hotel reopened made a reservation. It was a party of four and two of us started with the Maryland Han and two with the Frito Misto.. all very good!
For Entrees three of the party went for the British Fish & Chips and one had the Chicken & Morel pie from the specials. We all agreed the fish was delicious but disappointed with the ‘chips’ .. we thought we’d be getting British style home cooked chips but instead they were just well done fries! Could of done better!
The pie did not come with any sides and would of been mice if the server pointed this out so we could of ordered side dishes!

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vipNelson
Baltimore
132 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The black bass chef's special was delightful. The arugula salad added just enough spice to the entrees that both of us enjoyed. The oysters on the half shell were cleanly shucked. The desserts were good but not special. (rocky road sundae & berry crumble).

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ChrisB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and the new approach! We came here to celebrate our recent wedding and were not disappointed!

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PigtownDesign
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent. Love the new menu!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best friend and I love to go out to eat and really treat ourselves. This dinner was exactly what we needed, especially with everything going on. Every drink was amazing, everything we ate was perfect, the staff was SO nice, and it was just a beautiful experience overall. They also have a great outdoor seating option if you prefer that! Will 100% come again.

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vipMarcK
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Mark’s food is the best - always inventive and a delight to enjoy. Kudos!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu!!

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vipwinesap
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and service were excellent. We appreciated the strict observance of Covid space precautions. My fish dish - black bass with small beans and pickled fennel was the best thing I have eaten in a long time. Flavorful but not too rich. I loved it.

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scuubadive
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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vipMicheleh
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner

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vip2worldtravelers
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipdonp
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a remarkable dining experience. Beautiful room creatively cooked and presented dishes, attentive but n’t intrusive staff. We will definitely return

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JarrelG
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best night ive had in a long time
food was amazinfg

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AndreaH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made the reservation to celebrate my friend’s retirement. We were both extremely pleased with the food and the ambiance.

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vipJulieE
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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?

FAQs

Magdalena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 514-0303.

Magdalena is rated 4.8 stars by 764 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.