Go for their long cooked and well flavored stews like boeuf bourgingnon or coq au vin, or their freshly cooked fish. This time we made the mistake of choosing the roast chicken and the magret de canard, both of which have to be pre-cooked. the kitchen overcooks them, so the meats were dry. their desserts are always delicious
I love this place. I believe it is tremendously underrated. Ambiance, food and service are terrific. Very enjoyable place to dine for lunch or dinner.
A delightful experience! The food was delicious. We had a wonderful server. A wonderful restaurant to visit after taking in play at Center Stage.
I love this place. Low key, friendly, informal , very good food, great desserts. Diverse menu. Lite fare to very good entrees.
Excellent as usual. Great service. Beautiful surroundings.
We went to Marie Louise Bistro for a Sunday celebration of my husband's birthday. It was pretty quiet on a Sunday night, so if that's what you're looking for, it's a great spot. The feel is that of a French bistro (as it should be) and was true to form. The front of the restaurant is coffee and pastries, while the back is country French. The food was excellent. We had classic dishes: steak frites, duck breast and the 1/2 chicken. All were very well-prepared and presented. Our server was informative and attentive all the way until the very end, and I think he may have lost track of us for a bit. No worries, we finished our generous cappuccinos and pastries.
The front-end staff was really helpful in explaining the pastries while we browsed.
Great specials- the sea bass and the beef were great! Not good, but great! It was a quiet Saturday eve and not very busy. My wife and I
had a wonderful dining experience!
My husband and I had an excellent meal. We were greeted and seated right away, and our server was knowledgeable about the menu. The cocktails were tasty, and the food was overall very good, though my potatoes were not as hot as they should have been. Extensive dessert selections and very good taste. Would definitely eat there again.
Went on a Thursday night, the restaurant was only about half full and nice and quiet, though a little cold. The food was extremely good as were my wife's Sangria and their version of The Old Fashioned that I had. Our 11yr old daughter had the mussels which she loved and I started with the Escargot. Our main entree's (rockfish, seafood pasta, and coq au vin) were also very good and more than enough to fill up all but the biggest eaters. For those that like pastry's and deserts, the eclairs and creme brulee were great. The service was great and never hovering.
We had a great waiter and enjoyed the food and the drink immensely. The prices were a little higher than our normal fare, but certainly not outrageous.
Exceptional food and service. Greg was our waiter and made the evening very enjoyable.
Over priced for what you get. I ordered the duck and the fat was not rendered off properly and the sauce had no flavor the complimented the duck.
Really unimpressed and for the pricing, I would have expected the chef to actually know how to prepare food.
Server was flustered but overall attentive. Not really sure how this place got such favorable reviews.
We went for Restaurant Week and we're really excited abt the menu options. I ordered a filler and asked for them to butterfly it. When our steaks arrived my husband's steak was much larger than mine, which I didn't complain about. But it was not butterflied. When I asked abt it, the waiter didn't know what I was talking about, and I had to explain it to him. Long story short, the meat came out extra tough because they went and cut it, then put it back on the grill. Worst filet I've ever had. They made up for it though with the sides, appetizers, and desserts. The place was very busy and that may have contributed to the waiters lack of engagement or attention. When we asked for steak sauce, sugar for the tea, butter for the bread, they acted like it was a hassle. They only had 3 waiters (from what I could tell) and were overwhelmed. I would bet that the food and service is better on a night outside of restaurant week.
As a part of restuarant week my husband and i thought we would try French tonite. Marie Louise Bistro did not dissapoint. The atmosphere was romantic and calm. Our server Gregory was very entertaining, he was knowledgeable about the menu, which helped us to decide, he never rushed us, but gave us time to discuss what we wanted and when we did, he was right there to take our orders. The food was delicious and decadent. The portions were great. We were very satisfied. If not for restaurant week we have never known this gem existed. We will b back.
Another great meal. One of us ordered from the regular menu; the other from Restaurant week specials. No disappointments. Ronnie was an efficient server as always.
Great Food and Service was excellent!
We went on New Years Eve and the food was excellent and cook to perfection. The service went out of their way to make our experience great. The restaurant was filled but not noisy so was good for conversation. Very nice experience.
Fantastic food and attentive service team. Very enjoyable dinner for 2.
The ambiance was perfect. I love natural brick walls in any restaurant. Our waiter was superb. I only wish my lamb burger had a pinch of seasoning & had not been cold. We were a large party and I realize they try to time the food to all be served together, but the timing perhaps caused hot food not to be so hot or not at all. Others had crab cakes and their comment was "it's okay". Recognizing that a French Bistro may not be the best at a good Maryland crab cake. One had a seafood pasta and would've preferred the sprinkled parmesan cheese on top been added upon request like fresh cracked pepper and not automatically. With everything taken in account I would be willing to give it another chance with maybe a party of 2 and hope for better food results.
Went for a quick dinner with a friend before a show. I had the Niçoise salad and found the tuna to be nicely cooked to medium rare and well seasoned. My friend enjoyed her turkey and roasted pepper sandwich; portion was very generous. I didn't love my cocktail and would stick to beer or wine next time. Prices seemed quite reasonable though I guess we did not have full entrees. Ten percent was taken off our check as they are partnered with Center Stage. We enjoyed ourselves and plan to return. Sad to have missed dessert as pastries looked incredible.
Very impressed with breakfasts, although web page says they start serving at 8:00 and they don't actually start until 9:00. Dinner very good -- both service and food quality. We asked for theater discount and our waiter was unaware -- later he suggested a discount less than what was agreed with theater. overall, we love this place and will return.
Our server Tiffany was very attentive and provided great service at the upstairs bar. Food was superb and great value! We came from Silver Spring for a concert at the Peabody. This is our go-to place before the theater/concerts. Would definitely recommend to friends.
I love your beef burgundy and have had it often. Unfortunately last Tuesday, the cubes of beef were really bad. The meat we had was almost entirely gristle and was actually gelatinous because there was so much fat. I know you have to watch costs, but I'd prefer having half as much beef if I had better quality. Gregory was a wonderful waiter and handled the problem nicely. I already have plans to return and truly hope you'll be able to correct this one weakness that we experienced in your lovely restaurant.
perfect last minute dinner before catching a late train. delicious dinner and we could hear ourselves plus wonderful pair of musicians playing jazz.
We enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal there and couldn’t have had a better time. Service was exceptional, friendly, professional and accommodating. And the pastries...oh the pastries! The fruit tart, the dark chocolate cake and the eclair were spot on. Skip the pineapple-coconut tart. But go for everything else.
Service was VERY SLOW. It was a holiday, but there were very few customers.
This bistro has very nice food and a wait staff that is attentive and pleasant. The food is authentic and apart from a bit of the wait from our oysters, the evening went smoothly. What could improve the place a bit is that the space is a bit cold and gives you no memories of a cozy French bistro, more of a Baltimore vibe that needs warmer lighting.
This is a very approachable restaurant with some interesting dishes from the Mediterranean region. The lamb two ways (appetizer) was probably the best dish of the night: tasty and well-prepared; the salmon carpaccio was delicious, but there were too many sun-dried cherries and that made the dish overly sweet. The bouillabaisse had muted flavors of fennel and saffron; the broth was more of a clam-based marinara sauce, good, but not what we expected. The bass with herb risotto was tasty, but a tad overcooked. As dessert, we had a pineapple tart that was really good.
Dining at Marie Louise Bistro is always a treat! The relaxed atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food are great!
Gem of Baltimore! And definitely save room for dessert!
What's going on in the restaurant industry. The last several restaurants I've been to have all had problems. Unfortunately Marie Louise was no exception. Why are restaurants running out of wines on their wine lists? It shouldn't be that hard to keep a current list. I don't want to order a second bottle only to be told that the "first" was the "last." This happened last night. But that's not a big deal. What is a big deal is a dish that's supposed to be hot being served at room temperature and after being sent back to be heated is served again at room temperature. That's simply not acceptable and ends up ruining everyone's meal. The restaurant was not busy and seemed understaffed. I never saw a hostess or manager whom I could speak to. Other than the wine and the temperature of one dish the food was very good. The service was okay but not great. So I was disappointed but will go back trusting that this was a one time problem. But please restaurants, keep your wine lists properly updated!
Everything about our meal here was perfect. The waiter was amazing, we never had to ask for anything. Each of his recommendations for food and wine was spot on.
The food was amazing and was served very promptly. We didn't have time for coffee and desert, but did take some pastries to go (I wish we had gotten more!).
Our favorites from the night - muscles in white wine sauce, grilled salmon, pear almond tarte and flourless chocolate cake.
Great spot for a quick dinner before seeing a show at Center Stage, we will be stoping here again the next time we are in Baltimore.
I took friends there so I could get the beef burgundy, which was absolutely superb; but everyone enjoyed everything they had. Our waiter was extremely pleasant as well. We are all eager to return to Marie Louise.
Exceptional! Unexpectedly delicious, even, or especially, the sides. Lyonaisse potatoes were supurb as an accompaniment to the braised duck. All guests were delighted!
What a great find for us Pennsylvanians. After theater dinner and it was exceptional. The trout was amazing. Can’t wait to come back. Loved our waiter, what a smile.
Simply wonderful for everything and quality of food and service
our food was fabulous - fantastic fish, really wonderful salad & oyster appetizer & loved our wine - desserts were out of this world - we came pre-theater (Center Stage) - what a great find!
Wonder food, great music, friendly and waiter, relaxing atmosphere. What more could I ask for?
Service was slow at first, probably due to the large party wrapping up dinner. However, once they were through, we received very good service - our server was very friendly and welcoming. The French Onion Soup was delicious, and we loved all of the pastries available for dessert!
The food was very good. Fresh. Well prepared. That said, the bouillabaisse I had was exactly the same as my wife's pasta sauce. That felt a little strange, even though it tasted good.