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Magdalena, Baltimore, MD

Magdalena

4.8
4.8
976 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


Booked 16 times today
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Dining areas

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 976 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Notable Wine List

  • Baltimore

    Notable Wine List

  • Baltimore

    Romantic

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  1. d

    diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sitting arrangements for 4 were great. I'm a little confused. At first they were planning to sit my guest at what looked like a snack bar. Afterward, was relocated to the formal dining hall. SWA
  2. H

    Heather

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pretty environment and, seeing the courtyard, imagine it’s gorgeous in summer. Food was really nice, just not up to the high prices they charge.
  3. LC

    LindsayC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening. Our waiter was attentive but not overbearing. The drinks and food were both excellent. Would definitely return and recommend to others.
  4. C

    Courtney

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We were excited to go to Magdalena’s for our anniversary celebration, but that excitement quickly waned. I’m not sure why, but the server was unapologetically slow. We ordered bread, salad and veal..we didn’t get the bread until 1 hour after we ordered (although I saw other tables order after us and receive their starters before). Not sure we will be coming back to this establishment when we are in town again, slightly disappointing
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  6. EB

    EleB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, it was a pleasure to dine at Magdalena’s.
  7. AS

    AllisonSullivan

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience in Baltimore in a very long time! Our server was amazing. We ordered everything she recommended and it was all delicious!
  8. AG

    AviG

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great ambiance, very kind staff. Food was solid — some really exceptional bites, and nothing we didn’t like. Burger a bit overdone and they put tomato on bottom so the bottom bun was totally soggy. But still very tasty. Bar pricing a bit exorbitant. Only real complaint was that it was a very slow meal and they essentially were shutting the restaurant down around us. It was just two of us and we aren’t slow eaters yet the meal took over 2 hours.
  9. A

    Audrey

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing spot for a celebration, birthday, or special occasion! The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the ambiance to die for. We tried a bunch of different plates and honestly you can't go wrong here - everything was SO good! We even got the seafood sampler and were beyond impressed with the selection on it - everything was quality and top notch! You can tell Magdalena cares about quality, whether with food, service, or atmosphere!
  10. K

    Karen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the entire staff was so friendly and attentive. I had the beet and apple salad, the scallops and the hazelnut panna cotta and all three were incredible. my old fashioned was also perfect. would definitely go back.
  11. R

    R2000

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The service from the free valet parking through entire visit was exceptional! My husband and I shared the duck shareable entree, but found it uninteresting and not very enjoyable. Breast was the best part, everything else paled in comparison. The cocktails were the “bell of the ball.” Our friends thoroughly enjoyed their Wagyu burger. Will we visit again, more than likely not, since we traveled from DC.
  12. SM

    ShieldMaiden

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Intimate setting with delicious food and excellent service
  13. BG

    BaltimoreGreg

    Baltimore

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic fine food in a historic hotel. Everything we had was amazing and the ambiance can’t be beaten. It’s pricey but so worth it.
  14. NW

    NaiW

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Magdalena was just divine. We had the foie gras, duck for two and pannacotta, every dish was delicious and so were the drinks. The patio seating was the other highlight, it’s a beautiful setting, like a little oasis in the heart of Baltimore! Highly Recommend!
  15. T

    Troy

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent experience as always. I had the Koji marinated Pork Chop, which offered an exceptional amount of flavor, and paired perfectly with a drink selection from Jim at the bar. Thanks for everything, see you again soon!
  16. j

    judgemaarcy

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration. Our waiter was great, took photos. They allowed a friend to bing in a special glass and gave me my drink in that glass. We ate in the Courtyard which is beautiful. It was like being in a resort. Food was great.
  17. AK

    AmyK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a lovely and special night out, Magdalena's is a great choice. But can also serve a more casual occasion. Especially enjoyed the garden setting
  18. MK

    MarcK

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best venue in town, no question. And Andrew best waiter in town.
  19. TM

    TanyaM

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous all around! One of our favorite restaurants in the city.
  20. DG

    DavidG

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant, well stocked bar, food was excellent both in perpetration and taste. This is one of the special places in Baltimore. Fantastic wine selection as well. Not inexpensive but very good.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an outstanding meal, with each bite more delicious than the last.
  22. R

    Roti

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable friendly staff, curious delicious drinks and exceptional food.
  23. P

    Pleasedcustomer

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the restaurant is beautiful.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have traveled all over the world and I can say this is one of the best restaurant we have tried. We will definitely come back and recommend to everyone. Everything was perfect.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I’ve had in Baltimore so far. THE DRINKS and the truffle fries are to die for
  26. K

    Katelyn

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second time dining here and it was as fantastic as the first time. Everyone we encountered was so kind and welcoming. The service is top-notch. We first ate at Magdalena in the spring so when we saw the summer menu, we had to come back. As always, the bread is wonderful; catfish croquettes, so fresh and clean; the pork and grilled peaches, phenomenal; rose and whiskey flight, excellent; and the dessert (strawberry cake and chocolate tart), the perfect ending to a meal.
  27. g

    gkgarg20

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner for anniversary
  28. d

    davids

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the food, to the service, to the ambiance, everything was stellar
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Absolutely loved Magdalena. It was our first time there and it did not disappoint! The chef was on a tomato kick and had beautiful, delicious tomato forward dishes that we loved. I possibly loved that more than the entrees, which were also delicious (pork and rockfish). Thought the tart we had for dessert was fine, but they brought out a scoop of mascapone and that was just wow! The one piece of feedback we had was the service was a little slow. Our server was super knowledgeable, nice, experienced…just super long periods between checking in on drinks/water and food was way too spaced out. But overall, just a fabulous experience and worth the price!
  30. L

    Larry

    Cleveland

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, intimate setting in boutique hotel. Drinks, service and food were outstanding.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining experience! Flavors and presentation were outstanding!
  32. S

    Sparkle

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating our 55th. anniversary and we could not have chosen a more appropriate dining experience. Dotty, our server was quite familiar with the wines as well as the menu. The corn crusted oysters were "delicate" and delicious. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the tile fish entree was also outstanding. Bread baked on the premises added a little extra enjoyment to our meal. We enjoyed a bottle of viognier, which complemented our meal perfectly. The sorbet medley, a cool and refreshing end to a fantastic meal for our special occasion! All of the staff were very pleasant and helpful. Looking forward to our next visit to Magdalena.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, a real Baltimore gem. Can’t wait to be back!!
  34. BL

    BernardL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Quality of food & presentation was very good. However, not enough variety in the menu choices and the prices were too high
  35. f

    francophile

    Philadelphia

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Room was disappointing — it did not live up to the quality of the meal. Perhaps a garden-view would have been more desirable. Pate and duck were excellent, as were the accompanying breads. Bottle wine prices were excessive such that we restricted ourselves to glasses.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and the service was very great.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

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

    Angelique

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

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

    ElishaH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

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

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 4.8 stars by 976 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


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Magdalena

205 E. Biddle st., Baltimore, MD 21202

Dining areas

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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