Magdalena

4.8
796 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 796 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BobR
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this fine dining restaurant. Great food, service and atmosphere. Great palce for a special occassion. Steak was great as was the bronzini. I recoomend the burrata appetizer, neat touch with cherry tomatos and strawberries.

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TaneaS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a intimate space that we would love to add as one of our frequent places.

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vipSusan
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magdalena's has never disappointed. It is the best restaurant in Baltimore. The creativity of the dishes, the merging of flavors, the quality of the ingredients and the quality of the service is unmatched. Every dish we had was beyond superb. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

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DionneH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magdalena's is truly a fine place to dine!!!! My husband and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary there. The food was delicious and the ambiance was awesome!!!! We will be returning soon and highly recommend Magdalena's for fine dining in a relaxed upscale setting.

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LucasS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was good, but over priced in my opinion. The service was mediocre. Took much too long for simple items like bread to be brought to the table. Asked for steak to be cooked rare, but received it medium rare (Ask for it to be bloody if you want it to be truly rare).

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vipMichaelF
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a “go to” for a special occasion. Food, ambiance, service - all outstanding.

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vipPrintNewMenus
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my husband was excellent. We went because of reading about the cocktail Laws & Lillies (and had been to Magdalena before too). The cocktail was beyond stellar.

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MaraG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally amazing meal for my birthday

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Abby
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience here! Wonderful ambiance, great service, and incredible food. A great place for a special occasion, would absolutely return again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the octopus salad to the perfectly cooked wagyu Bavette, I enjoyed every bite at Magdalena. The server was excellent, and the kitchen did not disappoint

KT
vipKevinT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Phenomenal service without feeling stuffy. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Birthday celebration. The food and atmosphere was great but the waiter kept forgetting things, like our appetizer came out with the entree because it has been sitting out for 30 mins and he admitted it was his mistake. And had to remind him 3 times about a drink order for a cola, simple things like that. I’m going to put it down to he was having a bad day, and not hold it against the restaurant as a whole, because I would definitely recommend it and plan to go back

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vipwinetiger
Baltimore
88 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We return here and have not been disappointed. Excellent food, outstanding service and a very intimate environment that still manages to be somewhat casual.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son leaving for the military

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DurryleB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is was a wonderful experience all around. Food, service, and atmosphere was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Pure elegance.

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vipElizabethM
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The folks at Magdalena never disappoint. The food and service are both amazing. The food is not only delicious, it’s beautiful. I love me some food art! The ramp risotto and Rohan duck were so good, I can’t stop thinking about them! Make sure you try the ceviche, it’s heavenly. Thanks Andrew and Nicole for making our 7th anniversary one for the books. Thanks to the kitchen for being awesome! This was our first dinner out since before the pandemic and we felt totally safe, and socially distanced. Well done all around. Best restaurant in Baltimore.

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RoyT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed every bit of the Resturant despite having to sit inside because of the weather. Seating was a bit closer then I wanted it to be but it was more than manageable. I left in the description that I was celebrating a birthday but we did not receive any such accommodations. That is my only complaint

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vipDeanna
Baltimore
155 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another great dining experience at Magdalena recently. This time, we tried some sandwiches on the menu. They sounded wonderful, and they were. The burger was one of the best burgers we've ever had. The grilled vegetable and burrata sandwich was outstanding. It tasted ad though it had just come out of the garden. Both, in my opinion, we're best eaten with a knife and fork. My one request is that they step up their dessert menu. We had the Smith Island Cake, which was good, but not to write home about.
We're looking forward to warmer weather and courtyard dining for our next visit.
Lastly, we would be remiss if we didn't mention Dominic as a fantastic server. He does a great job in describing the menu, making recommendations and doing it all with a great smile.

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MatthewK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and food. I highly recommend Magdelena as a "must visit" restaurant in Baltimore.

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ChrisD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely an amazing experience. Dominick, our server, was always right on time. Great social distancing and the food was outstanding. Will definitely return soon.

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vipKathyE
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best chefs in the city. This smart intimate spot is a Baltimore gem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. Food and drinks were excellent. My friends and I will be returning.

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Lancaster66
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic. Unfortunately, the heater in the courtyard near us stopped and no one dealt with it. We were pretty cold during most of the meal. Other outside diners had heaters near them. Not sure why the staff didn't bother asking about us or moving another heater so we could be warm. It was a really big oversight.

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vipmaydi
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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ThomasM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as it gets. Creative, well prepared and presented food, excellent service, and we could hear each other. Highly recommended.

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vipJillS
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Magdalena has always been one of our favorite Baltimore restaurants. In fact I celebrated my 50th birthday there with 6 friends. While I know Covid has been tough to recover from, the food was not up to their standards. My husbands duck was overcooked and came with nothing on the plate as far as color. A side of red cabbage or something to make the plate more appetizing. The side of carrots were undercooked and tough. My scallops were cooked to perfection but the dish just was just a bit of an odd combination. The kimchi cabbage was tough and undercooked. We will be back as our waiter and service were great and hopefully it will be back to its better days!

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vipDeanna
Baltimore
155 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be back inside this restaurant. Everyone put their best foot forward and made our dining experience a great one. The caviar and leg of lamb were fantastic. Can't wait to return.

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Magdalena
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious though perhaps a wee bit (10% maybe) overpriced. The service, however, makes up for it tenfold. Everyone was kind and attentive, though not in an annoying way. The experience was first, the food second (though still quite good).

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vipwinetiger
Baltimore
89 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magdalena in its previous form was one of our favorites. Now reinvented we have been there twice separated by COVID shutdown and we like the new format which while less formal is actually more intimate. The staff and service are outstanding and the food excellent. The wine list is deep and excellent and there are a number of good choices in the $50-$100 range but be careful, some of the markups are 2.5 to 3X retail. In summary, perhaps our favorite upscale restaurant in Bmore, still.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing. The food was also very good. The appetizers were our favs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a blast at Magdalena. The food was excellent and the drinks were amazing too. The service was also top notch which altogether made for an awesome dining experience. Will definitely be back!

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ademolaf
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had amazing time with my fiancee. The level of the hospitality amazing.

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LatoyaM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was great. Waiter explained everything and answered all of questions.

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vipMicheleh
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid has been tough on restaurants. Magdalena is special and so happy it has returned as beautiful and tasty as ever. We had the treasure room all to ourselves. Elegant sophisticated stunning restaurant. So happy to share this jewel of a restaurant with my family. Oysters were superb scallops delectable crumble spectacular. Thank u Magdalena for a special night and welcome back.

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Fred
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Fantastic dinner! Excellent, excellent service!!
Without a doubt the BEST dinner experience in Baltimore!! Don't go anywhere else for dinner. You won't regret it!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience with a truly impeccable staff. The owners were a sweet couple who came out to see what there customer’s experience was. The whole evening was unforgettable.

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vipMariamaJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The level of service we received was phenomenal. Our waitress was well informed about items on the menu. She made great suggestions. The ambiance and the food was phenomenal. I would highly recommend Magdalena.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening. Great food and service with great safety protocols. Will definitely be back - hopefully soon.

NT
vipNushatT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was amazing!

FAQs

Magdalena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 514-0303.

Magdalena is rated 4.8 stars by 796 OpenTable diners.

Magdalena does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.theivybaltimore.com/gift-certificates/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.