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Magdalena, Baltimore, MD

Magdalena

4.6
4.6
939 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


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Private dining

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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

What 939 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Notable Wine List

  • Baltimore

    Notable Wine List

  • Baltimore

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great ambiance but need more food selection.
  2. A

    Angelique

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous venue, incredible food. Every bite was a flavorful surprise.
  3. EH

    ElishaH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Service ,Friendly Staff, Marvelous Meal & Awesome Ambience
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, excellent food, and a very nice server.
  5. s

    stressbunny

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved it! Glad we got there early enough so we could sit outside since it’s first come first serve.
  6. T

    Troy

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Magdalena is truly a place where every little detail is carefully considered, we could not have had a better night! Between the four of us, we tried several different drinks, appetizers, entrées, and desserts. All of our food and drinks exceeded our expectations, the service was excellent, and the ambience was lovely. My compliments to Chef Scott, to our wonderful and incredibly helpful server Dotty, and to the Food and Beverage director Dane, who checked in to make sure the entire experience was to our liking. We will most certainly return!
  7. VG

    VictoriaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, welcoming staff, great drinks with nice presentation. Staff knowledgeable about the menu and food was extremely fast. The patio was lovely and quiet and beautiful with shade. Would recommend for a dinner or even just apps and drinks!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service by Dotty, very friendly food was great. Outdoor patio was wonderful will definitely go back
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    My wife and I live in the city and love the food scene in Baltimore. We went to Magdalena for our anniversary and were very excited based on the reviews and friend’s experience(s) dining at the restaurant. We were seated on the patio and the ambiance was great. The cocktails and appetizers came out very quick and were delicious, but we waited over an hour to receive our entrees, which were delivered lukewarm to cold. During the wait, the server never came over to acknowledge the delay. My wife sent her lamb back and I ate my steak (begrudgingly). The food/flavors were on point, once they were re-fired but we were definitely unimpressed with the service. Not sure if there was an issue in the kitchen or the server let our food sit, but for price of the meal, we were definitely disappointed and it lacked what I expect of such a highly rated establishment. Maybe just an off night and if not for the issue with our entrees, it would’ve been a much more enjoyable experience, but we made the best of it and still enjoyed the night.
  10. MW

    MargaretW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and outdoor dining experience!! Five stars!!
  11. D

    Deanna

    Baltimore

    172 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    172 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We have dined at this restaurant on several occasions ever since it opened. We have experienced every chef and every server. We supported during Covid. We have stayed at the inn. This is the first time we didn't receive a warm greeting. Maybe the hostess was new or still being trained. When we asked to be seated outdoors, as requested during our reservation, we were told seating outdoors was on a first-come, first-serve basis. The hostess proceeded to seat us inside the restaurant at a table in the back corner. All of the other tables, including the ones closest to the courtyard, where there was plenty of sunlight, were available. There were no other diners present. Again, perhaps she was new and didn't know how to properly seat guests per their request. It left us with a lower impression than in previous visits. The meal service, however, was much improved. Clay took great care of us. We thorougjly enjoyed our appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts. One was more delicious than the next. We will return, but with hopes of a better reception.
  12. BB

    BaltimoreBrian

    Baltimore

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal in a beautiful setting. Service was very friendly. Got some great recommendations. Drinks were phenomenal.
  13. CW

    CoryW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was great. Wine recommendations were great!
  14. M

    Mymtvernon

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hadn’t been since December and were happy to find that the food and service are as outstanding as ever. One of the most creative menus in Maryland. Superb.
  15. VE

    VERAJ

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    this was was 1st visit, but not the last. I plan to visit this coming December with a friend. I am undecided to add a weekend visit or a visit to the SPA along with my return to the Magdalena as I am local. I intend to visit on Special occasions only until I experience the entire menu.
  16. CB

    CristianB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dane and bartenders and waiter were amazing deff recommend it and will be going back for sure
  17. b

    bernie

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The kitchen needs to improve one thing - they are cooking "sous vide" but they need improvement to cook steaks RARE.
  18. t

    tanian

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    Service can be more efficient Food takes too long
  19. KM

    KristenM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal we had at Magdalena was one of the best meals we’ve ever had! The Preakness cocktail (She Loves Me Still) was beautifully crafted and delicious. We decided to mix a few appetizers with an entree to share- which was definitely the way to go! The pork cheeks and mushroom tartine were so incredible flavorful. I think I’ll have dreams about those two dishes. The catfish croquettes were a nice mix or flavors. And our NY Strip- perfectly cooked! Jayna took great care of us. We will absolutely be back!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10th anniversary
  21. a

    angelinadramaqueena

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful outdoor area. Delicious food and great service
  22. J

    John

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere in restaurant, some dishes very nice, some ok.
  23. MB

    MB09

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect! Everything from the food (particularly, the pork cheeks appetizer and the duck for two entree) was just perfect!! Clay, our server, made the evening even mor excellent.
  24. LM

    LisaM

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clay was an OUTSTANDING server. He could go far in the industry, if that's his passion. Love the historical nods within the space. Beautiful decor. Food amazing. Wine, bar cocktails, EVERYTHING amazing. Was a wonderful romantic celebration for my husband's 66th birthday. Thank you for reading that we preferred private table, and not the banquet. Hope to go back with friends.
  25. DT

    DylanT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    We have dined here 10+ times. This was a very off night. My medium wagyu burger was literally raw in the center. Napkin was dirty on arrival. Room was too cold. Music too loud. Food took too long to come out. Server was nice, and probably did her best, but for $100+ per person, this would be an "F."
  26. BN

    BernardN

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had such a great time at this place and sure tiki recommend the spot if you are ever in the city.
  27. KF

    KevinF

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food and wine, as well as the best service possible. This was an amazing dining experience, and we will be back again. Special thanks to Clay - outstanding!
  28. PO

    PeterO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent ; all dishes were outstanding; however, I would add just a bit of more food for the main course.
  29. R

    Randy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food 5 Star Ambiance 5 Star Service was 4 star due to the waiter not being as attentive as we thought he should be. Definitely worth the money, you can’t control employees.
  30. CM

    ChristinaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. It’s beautiful I will be there every chance I get
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would definitely eat there again. We went for our anniversary. Nice and quiet. Food was amazing!!!!!!
  32. r

    robley

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The food is not good and the entree portions are ridiculously small for the price. The service was good and the place is beautiful. I’d probably only return for drinks and French fries.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Birthday 4/16/22
  34. M

    Matt

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, all done expertly in a very nice setting. All the different rooms have their own vibe and is a great spot overall.
  35. SD

    StuartD

    Cleveland

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Recommended. This was our second visit to this very good restaurant. Last time we were seated in one of the bar area booths. This time we were in the dinning room. The latter is a small but charming space. The food was of good quality and very well prepared. The service was attentive and knowledgable. We were there on a Thursday night and the first ones seated. By the time we finished, there was a group of 6 men and two other couples dining. The noise was fine, although I could see it become a bit loud if completely full and diners aren't using their inside voices.
  36. LW

    LynnW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is the second time we've been to Magdalena's, the first one being New Year's Eve this year. We had a terrific experience that evening. This time, we were celebrating a special birthday, and the evening didn't quite seem to measure up to our last visit. We were really impressed by the biscuits we started off wth--they were fabulous. The mixed green salads were very nice, and their fried oysters were delicious. Two guests had the NY strip, which were quite large and beautifully prepared. The roast duck was very good, and the greens under it were a good complement. The lamb, though, was a very small portion, and not as good as we expected. The olive cake and the almond cake were both very nice, but not particularly special. Our waiter recommended a very pleasant Rioja, which we appreciated. There was some confusion with other servers bringing desserts and beverages to our table, and our waiter wasn't really paying enough attention to present the tab after an appropriate interval. Given the prices, we expect everything to be right on point, and last night just wasn't quite there. Also, if you appreciate a quieter dining area, be sure to ask to be seated in a room other than the bar area.
  37. BD

    BridgetD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration. As always a very nice evening, Cocktails at the bar first. Seating was on time. Wonderful quiet area with perfect table. Food was outstanding. Service by Dottie was attentive as always. Oysters to start. Mushroom appetizer was very good. We ended with the burger and vegetables. Very nice Zinfandel from the wine list. So glad we were able to get a table on a Saturday evening.
  38. TF

    TowsonFoodie

    Baltimore

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magdalena exceeded our expectations! Such a beautiful space with great service and most importantly, great food! Wine list was exceptional. We will be back for sure! Oh, and complimentary valet parking was a huge plus!
  39. A

    Ashley

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience at Magdalena was beautiful. It's set in the gorgeous Ivy Hotel, so I already knew that the atmosphere would be impressive- lovely decor with some Baltimore touches. The service was wonderful- servers were so friendly and attentive. And of course, the food was delicious! Everything that was brought to my table was wonderful, but my favorite was the foie gras- I would definitely return for it!
  40. d

    diner

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small and intimate place with really good food. Staff goes out of their way to make it a pleasant experience

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 4.6 stars by 939 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


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

  • 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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