Magdalena

4.8
483 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–1:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(410) 514-0303
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Levy
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Catering
Magdalena and The Ivy Hotel are both available for buy out opportunities
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Calvert
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We offer private dining opportunities in an elegant and unique setting. Our spacious common rooms are ideal for an intimate gathering in a stylish atmosphere.

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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Magdalena will offer a $150 per person prix fixe menu featuring amuse bouche, Chilled West Coast Oysters, Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Warm Maine Lobster Tail. Please join us and ring in the New Year with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine!

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What 483 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, food was delicious, and the restaurant was pretty quiet so we loved it. They have complimentary parking which is great and would def come back for another day out.

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t
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every penny! One of the best restaurants in town!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Was super cold in dining room, ambiance probably much nicer in summer months on the patio.

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DH
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience! The dinner appetizers and entrees were unique, each an amazing blend of flavors and SO tasty (and all the while presented with such style!) The wine, the well-crafted cocktails, and the dessert . . . yummmm.

As usual, Dorothy's timely (yet unobtrusive) service throughout, along with her spot-on suggestions and guidance, made for another great evening!

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MV
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Drinks were just so so

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C
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to a lot of very good restaurants in the Baltimore area and this is one of the best. The food was creative and cooked perfectly. The specialty cocktails were excellent. Our seating was comfortable and we could hear each other talk without shouting. It was an excellent experience.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

very good food! unfortunately the service detracted from the overal enjoyment. also the carpets on the way to the dining room are very cheap looking and have holes literally cut into them.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly excellent service all around; in an elegant atmosphere, with great food and wine,

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RH
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was pretty darn near perfect. We started with cocktails at the bar, and they were delicious. The bartender was extremely friendly (as bartenders should be!) Then we were seated for dinner, and the ambiance was amazing. We felt cozy and comfortable. All the servers were delightful.
The food was delicious, and our only constructive feedback is that the portion of venison seemed small. We had appetizers, so it was okay to have a smaller entree, but for the price we would have been disappointed in the serving size if we hadn't already had a very satisfying entree.

We will be back!

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VT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, nice atmosphere. I would go again.

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MM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had raw & shellfish platter as an appetizer which was delicious. Vegetarian choice was ok ( Risotto balls). Roasted lamb was excellent. Great wine selection

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DT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dining experience was phenomenal. The service, the food, the plating, everything was impeccable. I can’t wait to return!

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S
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

In our experience there isn’t a restaurant in the Baltimore/ DC area that can match Magdalena for this level of cooking excellence. There are clearly talented chefs in the kitchen who prepare dishes that taste wonderfully and look good. An extremely satisfying evening.

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JM
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word, our visit to Magdalena was, "special." The small twists in presentation and surprise ingredients layered with decadent flavors made the experience memorable in all the right ways. Service from the valet to the table was friendly and capable, but the food/cocktails/wine were the stars of the night.

We will be back. We were truly wowed.

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g
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant brings fine cuisine up a notch in Baltimore. It is in the stratosphere with Charlestons and the other fine restaurants in this city. The staff are wonderful and professional, and nothing is rushed. Every dish was unique and impressive and tasty. The wine list and the whiskey lists are unparalleled. This is a first class place and a dining experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The desserts were incredible

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V
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary and were not disappointed. The service was excellent; we were very pleased with our waiter who was friendly and efficient. The food also was excellent as we both went with the lamb. My wife had a non-alcoholic drink which she really enjoyed. I went with wine and found it to my liking. Would recommend this for a special occasion.

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WM
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Magdalena, and it will not be our last. The attention to detail in each dish was as impeccable as the flavors. Can't wait to come back.

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D
Baltimore
99 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new Fall menu is spectacular. The venison and squab entrees and the squash soup will make you feel so warm and cozy. The attentive service adds to the overall experience. Treat yourself to this city's culinary gem. You'll have no regrets.

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BB
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is incredible. Can't go wrong with any of the choices.

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DH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience in every aspect! Food, service and ambiance were all on par with the best in Baltimore.

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a
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magdalena is a gem. Claudio is knowledgeable and the service was outstanding

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GP
Washington DC
175 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great evening. Dinner was awesome. Always such a treat to dine at Magdalena. Food, Service, Dinning room. Such a delightful night out. Dottie takes such good care of her quests. We will be back.

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was nothing short of amazing. Interesting, beautifully prepared, and creative. The ambiance is cozy with an elegant flair. The service was good, not as good as the food, but reasonable.

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EW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service, ambiance, food and wine pairing.

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l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal. The karma salad, beet and goat cheese appetizer were all great. The squash soup with crab meat was outstanding.

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SS
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magdalena's never disappoints. The menu is always different and everything is terrific

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KS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have known about Magdalena for quite some time but just made it there for the first time this past week. It was pretty empty inside as it was a nice night out so most dinners were outside on the courtyard (which was gorgeous, felt like you were not in Baltimore!)

The apps and main dishes that everyone ordered were top notch. Some of the best dishes we have had in Baltimore! The butternut squash soup with crab meant was to die for.

I will admit the main course menu items appear a little "over done" at first glance but you will not be disappointed when your meal shows up!

Will definitely be going back!

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CA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent attention to detail. This is not a "quick dinner" stop, go and enjoy the experience. Stay at the Hotel too, absolutely perfect staycation stop, and great for a night out too. Great place

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food, as always!

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DD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in the Baltimore Area!
Beautiful place, amazing food, great service. Magdalena deserves a Michelin star!

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K
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very elegant setting, superb and attentive service, excellent food.
The intimacy of Treasury Room is compromised when a party of 8 is seated in the room.

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D
Baltimore
99 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The creativity and the execution of each course was outstanding. Their chef really does know the art of food. It's evident with each and every dish.
We had the pleasure of being served by Jen...again. She takes the time to explain the concoctions in detail that will be placed before you. And she wants to ensure that you are pleased with your selections. We were.
It's important to everyone that works there that your experience is nothing short of exceptional.
Go and you'll see what I mean.

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was not up to the standards of the price point. I would definitely have chosen Charleston or Prime Rib instead, had I known of the quality versus price here.

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U
Baltimore
54 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Magdalena 6-7 times since they opened about three years ago. Honestly, it gets better and better each time. The food is phenomenal, the cocktails are perfection, and the staff treats you like family when you visit. I had the pleasure of catching the summer menu in July and again last week just before the fall menu was about to launch. The sweet corn tortellini almost had me in tears both times! Magdalena is a special place. For special occasions, it is my opinion that it is overall the best in Baltimore.

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KK
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater reservation (which I was late for due to a client meeting). I called ahead, to have my dinner companion seated. The staff could not have been more accommodating. Never have to mention the menu and food choices. Among the very best in the city. Pricey entrees (for Baltimore) but very very well worth the modestly higher pricing than some much less accomplished and much less comfortable spots. One of my favorites in town.

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MT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was superior! A great restaurant to enjoy an anniversary dinner!

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B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

After reading reviews online I had high hopes for selecting this restaurant for our 15th wedding anniversary celebration. First the positive, the food was excellent! I had the cerviche and scallops for dinner. My husband had the pork scrapple and lamb. All were cooked to perfection with delicious sauces.

Now the bad. We were greeted by many attendants at the valet stand so I was hopeful the attentive service would continue inside the restaurant. Unfortunately that was not the case. The maitre d barely greeted us and I could hardly understand him as he reached down to grab menus. He lead us into the treasury room in a quieter section of the restaurant as I had requested in our reservation. The room was beautifully decorated, however, shortly after seating I noticed the tablecloth was soiled from the previous diners and had not been changed. The table was also only partially set and lacked flowers like the rest of the tables in the room.

Then there was our server. While she was very knowledgable about the menu, she was almost a bit too informal, for example asking if we 'kids' were ready to order. Their model of having one head server for 6 tables also did not work. I appreciate not having a server be too obtrusive and hover, but there were several instances when service was lacking like having to ask twice for more bread because the head server forgot and no one even asked us how our entree was after it had been served. Finally, the 45 minutes before and inbetween courses being served was a bit too long. The server did apologize for the delays but if this is the typical experience, the courses are not well paced. We opted not to wait for dessert as the 2.5 hours we had already spent there for the first two courses was long enough for us.

In summary, our experience was lackluster. Next time when we want a special dining experience, we will opt to go back to the Charleston were you get the food, service and atmosphere you pay for.

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B
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magdalena remains one of the best restaurants in the state, and is consistently outstanding on every level. Inventive menu with great and unexpected textures and flavors, a staff that truly cares and wants your evening to be special, and a warm and cozy atmosphere. I’ve been here several times over two years. They never have an off night or a bad meal. Highly recommended.

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CS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent reputation is well deserved.
Improvement management should consider?
Tone down prices on the wine list. Average wines are highly overpriced. I think you would get more return visits.

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