Magdalena

4.8
520 reviews
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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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Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were very good. However, cost was high and portions small (two scallops for an entree).

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AK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The valet parking was good and attendants helpful. Table service left much to be desired. For the price of the entree, I felt it was so so, not especially well seasoned and a bit overcooked.

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LB
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. New favorite restaurant in Baltimore! Beautiful ambiance, amazing food, top notch service. I will definitely be back!

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D
Baltimore
41 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new special occasion ... or just about any occasion spot!! The food and wine choices were one of the best in the city, and both were incredible. I must highlight my husband's cassoulet.. it was awesome, it was deconstructed but taste as good as any that had been baked in an oven for hours.
And I can't forget the service.... 5-star service all around.

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j
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our recent experience was far beyond expectations. Service, food, ambiance - everything was perfect. A great way to celebrate my husband's birthday. This is now our go-to place for all future special events! Sincere thanks to Michelle (I hope I remembered our server's name correctly) for her outstanding care and service. JPB

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L
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

First the good news - the food was excellent. Black Cod was melt in your mouth good as was the lamb shank and s"more sundae. The bad - there were only a few diners that night and they sat us all together and outside a large and loud retirement party. Not sure why they didn't put us in the other dining room away from the loud party. Also, I had called and asked for a quiet table as we were celebrating my husband's birthday. Not only did we not get a quiet table, but they bought the two other tables birthday desserts with a candle but didn't bring my husband one. Made me feel like the worst spouse ever even though I had called that day to tell them For a high end restaurant they dropped the ball on atmosphere and customer service.

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ND
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dishes were amazing and make sure to save room for desert. Wonderful place for our Anniversary. Great drinks also. Noise level wasn’t too bad but sitting by the bar probably didn’t help. However, once the crowd moved out. It was wonderful.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful service, one of our new favorite dinner spots.

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OT
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Aloof service
Lack of knowledge of menu items

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KR
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious; ambiance great; intimate surroundings; excellent staff.

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PV
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finest restaurants in town. Wine list, appetizer, and entrée were exceptional. Dark chocolate tart was amazing, highly recommended for dessert. Food presentation was nearly perfect. Service was flawless, very professional. The dining area was elegantly decorated. Overall perfect. Would definitely return!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My experience at Magdalena was absolutely fantastic! From our arrival at the front door until our departure, I felt like the most important guests that Friday night. The staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming. Everyone made eye contact and was very attentive without being intrusive! I ordered the Wallis and Edward cocktail and it was superbly crafted. It took great will-power to sip this very tasty Manhattan meets Old-fashioned cocktail. Although vegetarian options are limited, I was pleased with the portions of my appetizer and entree--the well-seasoned endive salad and rice dumplings. My dinner date had the foie gras and the duck. He cleaned his plates! Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert so only had espresso after dinner, but the dessert offerings were enticing. Next time I will be sure to leave room for dessert! The location is great for business dinners especially if your business partners are traveling by train. Penn Station is within walking distance. I highly recommend checking out Magdalena.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! From the cocktails at the bar to the dessert, food was outstanding. Price tag was steep, but worth it. Chose fantastic bottles of wine, which significantly added to the cost. Highly recommend for special occasion!

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AA
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our evening out at Magdalena. Definitely one of the best meals I've ever had. Everything was delicious!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mardee and Claudio were fantastic. Everything was perfect. Love this place, will recommend to any and everyone I can!

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w
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Feeling like the descent into a cave with offset illumination, the entranceway into Magdalena sets the tone for the dining experience, transporting the diner into an urbane space kissed by natural elements. The paths to the small, cosy dining spaces nestled around the bar and the two main dining rooms create the illusion of subterranean passageways. We’re in a place where good things come out of the ground, truffles, root vegetables, savory and aromatic herbs and spices, all participating in an edible dance in an epicurean netherworld. One of the best restaurants to surface in Baltimore in decades, Magdalena is characterized simply by excellence in cooking and subtlety in flavoring, combining old world techniques with new age tastes. Congratulations, Magdalena; you’ve brought an international caliber restaurant to the Baltimore waters. May you live long and prosper.

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very memorable dining experience. Gourmet dining. The service was professional but not stuffy. Very pricey. Portion sizes could have been better. Great ambiance. Looking forward to going back.

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m
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous dinner while staying at the Ivy Hotel.

Venison was wonderful as was the Oxtail Soup!!

Even the water is filtered and super fresh tasting.

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GP
Washington DC
178 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I add that hasn't been said already. This place is a must. Dottie was wonderful. I can't find anything negative to say. Great food, service and wonderful dinning room.

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MP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was exceptional. The venison was the best I've had and I get it every time it is available on a menu. (If you are reluctant to try venison, you are missing out on a wonderful experience.) The best part of the evening was Jen our server. She was extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of menu, but more importantly she was extremely personable and funny and made the entire evening special and memorable. The restaurant is expensive, but worth it.

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SD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great, setting nice (different rooms have a different feel), food very good and prices on the high side (salads and appetizers more than mains).

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was incredible. Justin and the entire staff: amazing.

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining at Magdalena, and I would definitely recommend it as a special occasion destination. The only thing that detracted from our experience was a rather large, talkative party seated next to our table. Once they cleared out, it was nice.

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EM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Magdalena for my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. Everything was perfect! From the kind and courteous Valets to our patient server, the entire experience was flawless. Most importantly, they made my parents feel so special. We all agreed that the ceviche was the best that we have ever had. Every entree was superb and the desserts were divine. This restaurant is unlike any other place in Baltimore. We look forward to returning soon.

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ES
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great restaurant and an amazing night out! Everything was perfect and made so well.

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CR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a marvelous time. Excellent service on the busiest night of the year. Prie Fixe menu was excellent. Everyone found something they loved.

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CP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply stated -- Exceptional. If this is in your price point, you're doing your self a disservice if you don't dine here.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner here. Great service and a beautiful restaurant.

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J
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely experience. The food and service were exceptional. I did find some items to be very pricey... salads.
Overall, a special place for special occasions

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EL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great anniversary dinner, food was spectacular. I got the squab, it was perfect! Try one of the whiskey flights

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f
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous, waitservice fantastic, drinks and with knowledgeable suggestions. Food creative and outstanding. My watering and memorable. Can’t wait till the next dinner there.

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r
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove from north of York,pa to experience Magdalena for the first time. Every aspect of the evening was outstanding. Food was phenomenal and service was perfect. This definitely was worth the drive. Will return as soon as possible.

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, ambiance, and service. Very classy

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J
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is perfect for a celebration for two or twenty! From the valet to the food to the service to the ambiance, Maglalena makes for an extraordinary evening!

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m
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had been to Magdalena twice before and had a wondwerful experience. This time the service was painful slow. My food was very salty, I was unable to wear my rings the next day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was fantastic. The service left something to be desired. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived. Our server never told us his name and was absent minded. There were significant menus item questions that he was not able to answer. The meal itself was very good, but for $330, I don’t think I will be rushing my return visit.

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GA
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall great experience at Magdalena. Service was a little uneven in terms of time it took to be greeted after seating, clearing of plates, etc. Part of that is due to higher expectations based on the price point. But would go back again.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
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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