Magdalena

4.8
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734 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Magdalena, a fine-dining bistro, is both informal and thrilling, a culinary jewel of Baltimore. The cross-cultural menu is built upon the finest local ingredients, and changes with the seasons and the inspiration of the chef.

Magdalena also features an extensive and award-winning wine list for your perusal. Our list includes a wide variety of wines from various appellations to complement your culinary experience.

For fans of whiskey, we offer the Curated Whisk(e)y Collection..., an extensive collection of choice expressions from around the world. Discover the world of whiskey for the first time or find a new favorite.

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scuubadive
Baltimore
21 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
32 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?

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JasonL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The valet, hostess, wait staff, chef, service, food, ambiance, decor, mood, sounds...were all fantastic!

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SarahB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of my experience was outstanding. From the front door, to table to when we were finished. Everything was stellar.

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vipBryan
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful.experience.

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JuliaS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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.

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DoctorJDubs
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Kudzu
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMahender
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience

DD
vipDDSWriter
Baltimore
28 reviews