Magdalena

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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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Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

F
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To whomever it may concern,

On behalf of my family, our experience was phenomenal. The food was perfect. The service was more than excellent. Unfortunately, I do not recall our server's name, but the server was wearing glasses and had short spiked hair. Our experience was amplified because of the service given.

Thank you very much. We hope to see you soon, and have recommended this establishment to others.

SB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my absolute favorite restaurants in Baltimore. A true hidden gem! Great for date night as well as celebrations or just because you want to get together with friends for a good meal with fabulous ambiance.

s
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High end, elegant dining in a luxurious setting. Perfection,

BA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special restaurant. Superb service. An absolutely wonderful and well curated wine list. Knowledgeable sommelier. Simply one of the most outstanding and creative meals period. Brilliant all around.

s
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice anniversary dinner

BG
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in the city. We come often. They always remember our name, allergies, water preferences and even our preferred table. They have a few different rooms to choose from, each with a different ambience. Chef Levy creates the most interesting, divine, flavorful food and changes the menu frequently. He is very mindful to have choices for everyone - fish, beef, always something vegetarian. I’m particularly fond of his lamb. His soups are absolutely to die for!!! Fresh bread is baked daily.

C
Baton Rouge
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday celebration for my husband. Fantastic evening!

WM
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic anniversary dinner at Magdalena. From the drinks, to the food, to the service, everything was top notch.

KL
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent setting superb food and great service

MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We went there to celebrate our 21st anniversary. My husband told them in advance about our special occasion. We were there on a Tuesday and restaurant had plenty of seating, but they chose to put us right next to 3 people talking about dental devices and practicing with the equipment.
My husband ordered a goat cheese mousse salad and the cheese had zero flavor. The autumn soup was yummy, but only one vegetarian entree on the menu. The kicker was when they brought me a dessert complete with a happy birthday candle and message for our anniversary..funny but cringe worthy. Not worth the hefty price.

DS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Magdalena to celebrate my birthday. It couldn't have been a more beautiful experience. The decor is lovely. The service was outstanding. And, most of all, the food was superb. I give it an A+

JH
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue, staff, and delicious food!

AS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing start to finish! Each dish was simply heaven.

JG
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening in a delightful venue. We were seated in the tasting room area. It was lovely, uncrowded, beautifully decorated and blissfully quiet. Our server Andrew was very attentive, but allowed us to have a long, relaxing meal. The food was wonderful. We had oysters and goat cheese mousse as appetizers and then duck breast and venison for our entrees. All the food was top notch. The cocktails and wine were excellent as well. A meal like this is expensive, but the experience is very worth it for a special occasion. We arrived at 7:15 and didn't leave until about 10 and enjoyed the leisurely dining experience which is quite rare these days. There is also complementary valet parking which is very nice.

LT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Can’t say enough 5-star ratings! Absolutely everything was perfect!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere, highly recommend!

GL
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Top notch service. Friendly and attentive. Nice menu and excellent wine list. Filet and veal chop were delicious. Foie gras is a must.

r
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service, great atmosphere but not worth the high price. We’ve been to many exclusive restaurants and willing to pay the extra money but expect to walk away wowed and we didn’t have that feeling

EK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to say... The entire experience of Magdalena was beautiful and beyond any dining expectation. Capital!

PS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. Stellar service. Warm. Great special occasion spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC! From beginning to end. Dotty was great, guiding us through the menu, helping us with wine pairings, an overall excellent experience. If you haven’t been to Magdalena you are missing out on some incredible cuisine.

OT
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was my husbands bday. We had a lovely dinner and then we enjoyed the whiskey tasting. He was elated with the experience!!
Thank you!

MA
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once more setting the standards of service and haute cuisine for Baltimore......;)

M
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue and good

c
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and the ambiance was exquisite! Nice hidden gem and definitely worth a visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was sparse but overall tasty. We weren’t greeted as the host was on the phone and she looked for people to help as we walked in. The person who sat us down was very professional and kind. Our sever was obviously busy because we received the bare minimum of service. He never asked us once how things were and gave complimentary anniversary drinks to a table that sat after us when it was also our anniversary. Overall awkward experience and not enough people to do a the job expected for 202 dollars a head. Probably would not go back. Not the best service for what we spent.

PL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Amazing space; the new courtyard looks fantastic

M
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend. Pricey but everything from drinks, bread, appetizer, meal , dessert, coffee and service were outstanding. The ibérico ham appetizer served with small, butttery biscuits was a home run. All the staff we had any interaction with went out of their way to make our evening a memorable one.

JF
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Both of our sirloins were chewy and fatty. This was our fourth visit and we were disappointed.

D
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always pleasure!! The food and service is always outstanding

S
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dinging at Magdalena. We decided to try it for our 25th wedding anniversary and were blown away by everything. The inner courtyard was serene and beautifully set. The food was amazing at every course, and the service was top notch. We've definitely found our new favorite place in Baltimore.

EA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was decent, but service left more to be desired. The waiter paid much more attention to other tables than ours. I had to ask him several times for coffee. It was an expensive meal to have such awful service. Wont be back again

JG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fine dining- beautiful restaurant with truly haute cuisine. Excellent selection of wines. Attentive wait staff. Very quiet and few other diners. Might have been a slow night but that was a plus for us. Depends on what kind of atmosphere you like. Definitely reserved for special occasions

JW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem for foodies! Small separate rooms gives a low noise level and an intimate feeling. Service is first rate. It begins at the valet parking when he shows you into the restaurant and then parks your car! Celebrating a special occasion or just want to do something special for yourself this is the place!

j
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful anniversary celebration at Magdalena. We chose to sit in the courtyard, which felt like we were on a mini-vacation away from the city. The food was nothing short of amazing and the staff was cordial, attentive, and friendly. The overall experience was wonderful. We look forward to our next visit.

c
New England
43 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magdalena is a flawless dining experience. I had the lobster/crab salad on watermelon for a starter. Not exactly what I expected when served but it was amazing! The veal chop special was also the best! The service was flawless and the weather permitted dining on the terrace.

My only concern was the relatively empty dining room. Baltimore is not supporting fine dining. We need places like Magdalena!

Go! You will not be disappointed,