Magdalena

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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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JE
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

OT
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?

JL
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!

SB
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.

B
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful.experience.

JS
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.

OT
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.

DJ
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.

K
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.

M
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience

DD
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular!

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KC
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

First night with new tasting menu with wine pairings. Service friendly but chaotic with food and wine arriving in an uncoordinated fashion. Several times with no explanation. Food sometimes arriving cold. Food was good but not great. They were over-reaching and failed

TB
Baltimore
71 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

There were very few options and they all required a Pre-Fixe choice. Very expensive. The steak was salty. The interior of the restaurant was very nice.

CV
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant in every way, staff professional but friendly, ambience relaxed, and the food by Chef Mark? Outstanding is not a good enough description. A gastronomic experience to remember! Highly recommend.

VV
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magdalena is always a delight. Relatively quiet and serene on a Saturday night. Food and cocktails delicious.

R
Baltimore
72 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful venue, attentive service. What else is there to say? Not inexpensive and not overly large portions but not enough to change my opinion as to the excellence of the restaurant!

S
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service was slow.
One waiter for our entire dining space.
Scallops were over salted
Started to send back, but declined.
Out of Ketel One Vodka

BG
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find in the Mt. Vernon area of Baltimore! Amazing and creative menu: you have never had ceviche like this; the mushroom lasagna side dish looked like a hazelnut wafer cookie but tasted worlds better; and I would not normally order parsnip soup, but I am so glad we did. Beautiful little spot, very intimate, very pretty -- perfect for a great date. Amazing wine and whiskey lists too. Prices can add up, so this is more of a special occasion location for us, but we will be back.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and we got tucked away into a corner so we could have a quiet, romantic anniversary dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot for our 30th anniversary dinner. I can only remember one other meal in Baltimore that was this good. This place cannot be missed.

D
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Scallops had a little grit. Sweet potato tots a miss.

A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu with great food and service. Knowledgeable staff. Comfortably elegant atmosphere. Could have kept wine glasses filled.

FV
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and attentive staff. Food was absolutely delicious. This is a favorite restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When I entered the restaurant, there wasn't a hostess at the front, so I asked the bartender if I could sit at the bar, to which he said yes, and didn't engage in further assistance (e.g. asking if I had a reservation or letting me know that he'll get the hostess). It was a Sunday evening, the restaurant wasn't packed, so I was taken aback at the lack of service at first. a few minutes later, the hostess arrived, grabbed our coats and walked us to our table. Overall, the food was fine - not great - and the service was fine. I was expecting a bit more class and comfort upon arrival - the experience that I envisioned reading Magdalena's website and on social media didn't really match what I experienced in person.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Terrible service.

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AB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Amazing menu. Amazing atmosphere. No rushing. Would recommend for any occasion (we were celebrating special birthdays and couldn’t have been happier.

JL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Dottie was our server and she was great. Service as a whole is first class. The food was excellent.

JB
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Magdalena was highly recommended to me from my friends so I had high hopes and expectations for my recent dinner on 12/11/19 at 6:00 for my birthday

I arrived early and sat at the bar and said hello to the bartender and got a dismissive grunt back from him and he said he was busy and would get back with me shortly.

Maybe 5 other tables in the whole restaurant at that time

That was about 5+ minutes.

I ordered a glass of wine and he didn't even have time to pour it and asked a server to pour it.

My wife arrived and got the same cold response from the bartender.

The hostess sat us early for our table across from the bar near the outside area.

Very pleasant and comfortable

We were surprised to see that our server for the night was the very same grumpy bartender!

Not happy about that.

We asked him several questions about the menu and he could not really provide a decent amount of details.

Anyway we placed our order and all was good.

There was a table sitting next to us who has a different server and I wish we had her.

Super nice and attentive and answered questions with utmost detail.

She went over daily specials and we heard items that our server didn't even mention!

We ordered 2 appetizers (venison tartare & ceviche) and 2 entree's (halibut and bronzini).

All the food was wonderful....but the ceviche was AMAZING!

Would love to know what was in the recado. I asked our server and he had no idea. Didn't offer to find out.

We ordered the frangipane tart for dessert which was ok.

When the bill came it was as expected pricy, but we knew that going into the meal.

Overall for the food and dinning space, Magdalena hit the mark.....but for service and price to value....would say absolutely not worth the $$$$.

This is probably one of the most expensive restaurants in Baltimore and for the price you would expect everything to be top notch.

Highly suggest that you re-train the bartender/server!

BIG MISS!

m
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food starting with the bread and butter,and ending with dessert. Excellent,attentive,well informed waitstaff.

F
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent meal. Service was fine. Took a while to get my check.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The food was absolutely delicious but we were disappointed in the service which was very spotty. Either three people were serving us or we sat alone. The valet attendants and coat check person were friendlier and warmer than our servers, who seemed busy and distracted. We were seated in the back room and it felt awkward, odd and un-special. i almost feel as if they should have a different menu and price point for people stashed in this weird space. I would not sit there again. This was a very expensive meal and I was surprised at how ordinary the experience felt. The food was quite good but nobody in our group wanted to stay for dessert; we were all dying to get out of there.

BR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly, the best meal I’ve ever had. Will be coming back multiple times!

DT
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place with highly professional and attentive service. Incredible artisan bread, innovative menu featuring top quality ingredients expertly prepared. Menu is varied but approachable. Beautiful and deep wine list with a ton of hidden gems. Given its Relais status we expected a good evening and weren’t disappointed in the least. Looking forward to a return visit.

TW
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a lovely evening at one of the top restaurants in Baltimore (deservedly so!). Wonderful, attentive staff. The food was to die for. For an appetizer I had the maple-glazed Colorado lamb bacon with Ricotta Gnudi, Local Squash, Fermented Green Cherry Tomatoes, while my wife had a salad. Both were superb! We each got the same entree.... the seared venison tenderloin with foie gras, Yorkshire pudding and Tuscan kale. It just melted in our mouths. This was our first visit to Magdalena and will be followed by many more!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Favorite restaurant in Baltimore.

DM
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants. Excellent food and service

SH
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and service! One of the best meals we’ve had in Baltimore!

S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early reservation and that turned out to be a good thing. There was a power outage in the neighborhood and the kitchen was affected. The staff was very attentive and they explained that not every dish would be available. We decided to stay and chose from the menu of what was available. Dinner was delicious. Some diners were not so lucky but the staff found them reservations in other restaurants. I will definitely be back

CG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, accept the menu was limited more selection would be great.

F
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was amazing. Service is excellent. This is one of the best restaurants in Baltimore.