Magdalena

4.7
544 reviews
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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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While this is an expensive restaurant, the food, service and ambiance were all top notch. The beef tenderloin was amazing served with what I would call a truffle sauce and bread like a croissant.

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EW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It does many things correctly, but on this last visit, if did not succeed in reaching Relais and Chateaux experience.
The little things
No snack with the drinks.
Cheese served cold and not properly ripened.
Menu that was out of date was given to one member of the party.
I am sure I will be back, but really need to pull a few things together.

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N
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful intimate atmosphere with delicious food and impeccable service. And they even have gluten free bread!

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MH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Service and food were very good but very overpriced. Just 3 scallops as an entree at $40+. Disappointing.

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n
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the valet to the hot tea everything and everyone was superb!!!!

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ED
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel and dine often. Magdalena in the Ivey Hotel is exceptional and will be my Baltimore “go to” place for business or with friends-

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JJ
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience from door to door. Food is delicious, service perfect and the dining room was
lovely. It is expensive but worth it to treat yourself.

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ND
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magdalena is just about perfect. A beautiful space, elegant, intimate and also comfortable, outstanding food, excellent and also friendly service. Very welcoming. The staff wants to please and they do.

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L
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another fabulous dinner at Magdalena. One of the things that makes it stand out among the top restaurants in the city is its flexibility in how you dine there. You can have a quick meal at the bar, a couple courses for dinner, or a meal that fills the evening. We choose to do the latter at our last visit there, and spent close to 3 hours having our dinner. Our server was gracious, informative, fun, and knew how to pace our meal. The sommelier gave us two options on our price range and the red we chose was excellent. We had the shellfish platter for the first time - the oysters, gigantic shrimp, smoked salmon and ceviche were all outstanding. The ceviche particularly stood out.

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R
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. We do not eat out very much because we are disappointed in the quality of the food, the noise level and the ambience. This restaurant met all of our criteria. We will return.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food drinks and wine are excellent. The service is superb.

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I ate here before a show at the Modell Performing Arts Center. We were both very impressed by the quality of the food. I was impressed by the wine list and we enjoyed a excellent bottle of champagne from France. The service was top notch and very friendly. We plan to return.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Magdalena twice now and both times were remarkable! The food is beyond delicious and the service is incomparable. It is my new go-to for a memorable experience.

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GS
Baltimore
189 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is only one word needed to describe a dining experience at Magdalena's - SUPERLATIVE!
The birthday celebration for my dear friend was perfection thanks to the delicious cuisine, our fantastic server, and the excellent sommelier recommendation from Andrew.

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EB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The atmosphere was very, very, nice, we sat in a room that looked like a wine cellar, everyone enjoyed the room. The problem was our waiter, I had to get up and tell him, very quietly, that he was very inattentive to our party of 6. He never came back to ask if we wanted more bread or water. He didn't remove other plates before we had our entrée. It was uncomfortable to have to look for him and he did not come into our area to see if everything was ok. But when he handed us the bill he said out loud "I'm sorry you felt I was inattentive". We all felt service training would be good for him or hire the right type of employee who was attuned to the needs and proper treatment of patrons. After we left Baltimore, in the evening, we went to Zinburger's and I remarked that the waitress who was fabulous should be working for Magdalena, she was attentive, fast and courteous.

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M
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. I felt that our server was not as attentive to use as other tables. Perhaps because we only ordered an entre, no appetizer and no wine. I also feel that the food is a bit overpriced and the wine is certainly higher priced than comparable restaurants. However I am glad that I had dinner there and would tell others to dine there as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant to spend time at. The chef even came out to talk to people.

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LU
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are no words to describe how amazing this entire dinner experience. Blown away!!!

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TR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited Magdalena recently for a special occasion and were completely satisfied with the experience. The food was outstanding, as was the service. The staff at Magdalana were excellent at reading the mood of the room and each individual party, which heightened the experience and ensured that we made the most of the menu and wine list. This is not an every week restaurant for us, and our evening was made to feel special to reflect this.

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GG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about Magdalena. It is expensive so be prepared to spend more than you expected. But it's worth it!

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P
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful room. Lots of space. We were warned that it could be cool since we were seated in the “wine cellar”. However, blankets were provided at every chair. It’s not an inexpensive meal. But the food was delicious. We were cared for very well.

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SB
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time impressions were good. Menu could use additional entree selections. Appreciated complimentary valer parking. All staff were attentive and professional.

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OT
Washington DC
217 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our anniversary and overall enjoyed the time at Magdalena. Food was good and as well as the attentive service.

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F
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 12, 2019
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
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
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 on February 9, 2019
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
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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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EB
Baltimore
3 reviews
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 19, 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 18, 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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