Marie Louise Bistro

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$30 and under
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French
Marie Louise Bistro is located in the heart of Mount Vernon and specializes in a blend of French, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisine at reasonable prices. The Bistro atmosphere is casual yet upscale, and offers an expansive wine selection to guarantee an affordable and enjoyable meal. We offer delicious quality fare using only the finest and freshest ingredients available.

We are open bright & early 7 days a week for coffee & pastries, and then lunch & dinner throughout the day. We serve breakfast Monday-Friday. We also serve brunch every Saturday & Sunday.

Stop in for a meal or even just a cup of coffee!
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! Superb service! The delicious trout almandine was served with equally delicious risotto and asparagus. The duck salad consisted of mixed greens with goat cheese and crispy pieces of duck and a dressing that complemented all. Marie Louise Bistro has out of this world pastries to finish a perfect meal. The attentive server worked hard to make sure we were in time for our concert at the Meyerhoff.

WM
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and food. It’s a shame more people don’t frequent this restaurant. We will definitely be back!

p
Philadelphia
786 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed steak night (Tuesdays). Choice of 1 of 2 steaks. Substituted the potato and assigned vegetable for double Brussels Sprouts. Also they have happy hour from 4-8 with discount on drinks and appetizers. The old bay wings were great! Also house wines only $5 during happy hour which were good too. Service great! Seen it busier in the past.

TB
Baltimore
64 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the special scallop entrée - delicious. Risotto was very good. My date had the duck salad and the lamb chops which he said were excellent. The seasonal pear salad was very fresh. We shared an oreo cheesecake dessert. I chose the 3-course menu for only $45. The dining area was intimate and diverse. Loved it. Will definitely return to try some French favorites which Marie Louise Bistro is known for.

S
Baltimore
85 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The special pear salad was outstanding. The scallops and risotto were delicious, but the portion was unreasonably small for a main dish (3 not so big scallops). The chicken and artichokes is a reliable and consistent choice. The pistachio chocolate creme brulee was a nice finish to our meal. Our server upstairs was also the bartender, so the service was somewhat inattentive. The food took a long time to come out, probably because the kitchen wasn't quite equipped to deal with the Meyerhoff lecture series crowd.

BG
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food at Marie Louise is usually very good. Not great, but very good. The puzzling thing about this restaurant is the slow service. This is especially so when there were only two tables with customers in the main dining area. A little bit frustrating. If you have tickets to Center Stage or any other show I would highly recommend telling the waitstaff immediately upon arriving. It's convenient to Center Stage and, as I wrote, the food is good, so I will be returning and hoping that the service improves.

s
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Very good food. Lots of variety on the menu. Very nice staff. Great value. Everything just works. This restaurant deserves to be very popular.

M
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal before catching a BSO Pops show at the Meyerhoff. I had a fresh and delightful pear and gargonzola cheese salad while my husband tried the Maryland crab soup, which was rich and almost sumptuous, so much more than your average crab soup which usually has a thinner consistency. I then had the lightly browned, pan fried scallops with asparagus and risotto which I loved while my husband had trout almondine, asparagus and risotto well. The food was so so good and the service was excellent. We will certainly be back for more next time we're in the city!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner! The food was excellent, the service was friendly and the waiter asked if we were going to the theater to make sure we were served promptly.

M
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Recently we enjoyed lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Our hanger steak salads was really tasty, the meat was cooked to order and the price was reasonable. The service was attentive without being pushy. The only thing negative was the number of flies around our table (we were seated near the front window). Otherwise, we will definitely return.

s
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I think it is very underrated. The food quality is excellent, there's a good bit of diversity on the menu, meals are prepared well and it is a very good value. Desserts are really excellent. I have no criticism of the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a really lovely meal, with a glass of wine on the way to the theater. I had never been there before but I will surely return!

CM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Marie Louise Bistro prior to attending a performance at Center Stage. We had mussles in red wine sauce and pate to start, then the special scallops over rissotto, and the steak salad for entrees. Everything was wonderful! Their bread is outstanding! Our only regret is that we didn't have time to stay for dessert!

N
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was decent. The atmosphere could use a little boost. Considering it is a French restaurant, one would think there would be French music playing. Our server Ronny, was the only server in the place. Despite being the only server, he did a good job taking our order, checking in on us and providing the check efficiently. I feel there should have been one other server to help Ronnie out.

GS
Baltimore
210 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have always enjoyed dining at Marie Louise Bistro, but last night was SPECIAL. Why? The Bistro now is fortunate to have a new chef, Justin, whose cuisine is equal to that of any five-star restaurant. Our dinner was superb, and our server, Alex, was professional and caring. The desserts were also divine. I am not a dessert eater, but I could not resist after viewing the pastry case. Do not miss this Baltimore dining experience!

m
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a delightful early dinner at Marie Louise Bistro. I had a perfectly prepared filet mignon and my husband had bouillabaisse. Unfortunately, the fish used in the soup was dry, although everything else was terrific. Our service could not have been better.

D
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Restaurant-Week menu was as good as any other time I've eaten there. Always, every plate is cooked or prepared to perfection. This time we had the trout and the duck, preceded by a pear and arugula salad and the foie gras, followed by tiramisu. All were very good to superb. Decent house pinot noir, too. And, as always, no who the bartender, one of the best gin martinis in town. If only the owner would improve the lighting (especially downstairs) with fewer or softer overhead lights and the acoustics—tablecloths would help; so would some area rugs. Then the ambiance would approach the quality of the food and the service.

MH
Jackson Hole
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good French bistro cuisine. Service was good

AM
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent dinner somewhat early Sunday evening. The service was excellent, bistro style (not the extreme fine dining of Baltimore's Charleston), attentive - not intrusive. The food was superb - on par with the quality we enjoyed when living in Paris. The value was also superb - helped by the wonderful restaurant week menu.

R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great, we enjoyed the dinner here. The service was good, they only have one waitress serving during our time of visit, but we were not neglected. The dessert were very well.

s
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love everything about this restaurant. I wish more people would discover it because I know they would go back repeatedly.

C
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. Under appreciated.

G
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

B
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great location. But lasagna was burnt and salmon under flavored. Help too attentive (I know, but there are limits).

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to go after a show at the Hippodrome.

F
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, as usual. Marie Louise Bistro has become our go-to spot before shows at Royal Farms Arena or the Hippodrome. It never disappoints! The food, the atmosphere, and the service are always wonderful.

C
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants. The food is consistently very good to excellent, and the prices are reasonable. We sat outdoors due to the beautiful weather (and we had our dog), but the two-top was pretty small to the point that you had to be careful about knocking dishes/glasses/etc. off the table. The waitperson was very nice - friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The only minor demerit I give the restaurant is there are a limited number of entrees that are truly excellent, and once you know what they are (which of course takes a few visits), you're good to go. Not that there's anything bad on the menu, but some entrees are a notch below the top standard of our "go to" entrees. My better half had the Artichoke chicken (one of our top favorites), and I had the Hangar Steak (flavorful, cooked perfectly) with a side of the excellent Pommes Frites. And the deserts (and French Coffee) are to die for.

m
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have always liked Marie Louise Bistro. It is a great choice prior to theater, symphony or just a night. The menu offers great choices ,at reasonable pricing. We were a group of 7 and all were satisfied. Service with excellent.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great spot for a delicious meal! The server was in need of additional support, but never wavered in being friendly and as attentive as possible. Highly recommend!

s
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always get a good meal when I go to Marie Louise. The food is good and it is a very good value.

S
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, quiet spot for a nice date. All the food was very good.

EM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place, the duck is always amazing and reasonably priced

SM
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal. Pear and blue cheese salad followed by salmon stuffed with crab on risotto. Great service and excellent meal.

k
Baltimore
109 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed the clams in white wine sauce very much, as well as the steak entree and the trout almondine. They seemed a bit understaffed for lunch, so our meal took longer than we'd hoped and we felt a little ignored at certain points. We weren't in a huge hurry, so it was fine in the end. Also, it's very dark in the restaurant for lunch, even if you're seated by a window - my older companion had trouble reading the menu.

F
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful place for a quiet dinner on a weekend night. Calm atmosphere, great cocktails, delicious meal, efficient and attentive service!

G
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I was impressed by what I had seen online and in reviews about this sweet bistro, conveniently located on Charles Street, close to various venues, including the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where my son and I were headed to see a Seinfeld show. Marie Louise Bistro was the restaurant we chose for our pre-show dinner.

The place is cute and well appointed, very comfortable for a casual dinner. The prices are reasonable, and I was surprised at how good the Tempranillo was for $10 a glass, although the pours could be larger. But the food left much to offer: my son said his pistachio-crusted salmon was good although I didn't taste it, but the presentation was average at best. Unfortunately, I opted for the rack of lamb and couldn't have been more disappointed. The presentation was just okay, but more important, the flavor of the lamb was less than okay. The meat was cooked medium-rare as ordered, but it was seasoned insufficiently and tasted gamey, maybe even a bit past fresh. It wasn't good. I didn't send it back, but I didn't eat it either; every time I took a bite, I wondered why I was paying $28 or whatever it was for something so unpalatable. The lamb came with asparagus, just past brilliant green but okay, and mashed potatoes that were fine but unimpressive. Further, the dinner was not hot -- nothing on the plate was hot, but, again, I didn't send the foo back because we had a time constraint. I think this place has great potential, but I was underwhelmed by the food, and with so many options in the immediate area -- Brewer's Art, City Cafe, The Grub Factory, Sotto Sopra and many more -- I won't go back.

c
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Marie Louise Bristro was beyond fabulous! I could not have asked for a better experience. We came here for a bite to eat before going to Baltimore Center Stage and parked in the lot to the side of the restaurant which had plenty of parking spaces for a reasonable charge. We then walked two blocks to the theatre. The service was top notch and the food was scrumptious! So nice. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

B
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Full disclosure: Marie is a friend and I've been going to her bistro for a long time.

That said, the menu offers good bistro fare with a slight North African twist. The service is far better than in a real French bistro. And it won't break the bank.

p
Philadelphia
786 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not been here in awhile. Wow! I was missing out! Great happy hour from 4 to 8 with many great appetizers and drink specials! Daily specials too. Martini Monday only $6. Enjoyed a French Pear Martini! Yum! Also great appetizers including Buffalo Brussels Sprouts! Service was fantastic! Nice atmosphere! Definitely coming back again!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service was impeccable and friendly and the food is always scrumptious from the appetizer to the main course to dessert - you cannot go without having one (or more to share) of their delicious house made desserts! Very cool atmosphere and artwork. Creative drink options and terrific wine menu. It's well worth heading up to Mount Vernon area for this hidden gem. Enjoy!