Marie Louise Bistro

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799 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I met 10 other people for Easter dinner. Everyone ordered a wide range of entree's. The Bistro is a hidden gem !! I highly recommend you eating at Marie Louise. I have been to so many Baltimore restaurant's that pale to compare in quality and price. The ambiance is very preaceful and comforting. Seriously a Must Go !

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TC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Marie Louise is one if my favorite restaurants. The quality of the food is exceptional. But a close to 40 minute wait to pay individual checks for nine people was absurd. While I'll continue to go back in groups of two and three, I will not take large parties there again.

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S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible. After taking our order, server returned to our table no less than 20 minutes later to tell us they were out of what we had ordered.
Wait time for food also unreasonable

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M
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fine meal and service. A little noisier than usual. We were late arriving but the had us out the door in time for our concert without feeling rushed.

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SK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

It has been a year two since I last ate at Marie Louise and I remember having had very pleasant experiences in the past. Thursday, I hosted my brother and sister-in-law for lunch. We all got the Onion Soup which was very good. My brother ordered the burger and was very pleased. My sister-in-law and I each got the house made croissant with Gruyere cheese and Black Forest Ham. I could not have been more disappointed. The croissant was stale and quite crumbly. The sandwich had been warmed but seemed to have been done the day prior for while not cold, it was not warm either. The ham was tough to eat/chew and seemed like something other than what was advertised.
While our server could not have been nicer nor more efficient, his service could not make up for my disappointment in the order I received. It will likely be a long while before I visit Marie Louise again.

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JH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Each of the 6 patrons had a different entree and all were very satisfied. For me, the Boullibase was excellent -- served hat and just spicy enough. The Bread Pudding desert was enjoyed by several.
Very well done in all regards.

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a favorite.... staff is wonderful and the food is to out if this world ..... the desserts our unreal.
I recommend it to all...it's a must

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t
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The waiter had too many tables to serve for 1 person alone. The decor appeared unfinished at two opposite ends of room and upon leaving, we stopped to buy pastry and the young man behind the counter walked away without speaking to us ,so we left.

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L
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had the grilled scallops and the filet mignon from the priz fixe menu. There are only three scallops, so it's not a great deal if you're trying to get the most for the fixed price. They were good, however. Better, I thought, was the filet, which was cooked just right for my taste (med. rare). We also got the tiramisu (recommended) and the pear and gorgonzola salad and the duck pate (both recommended).

There weren't many people in the restaurant, so it shouldn't have been loud. Unfortunately, there was a person sitting two tables away who was never taught to modulate her voice, and nothing that she was saying was remotely of interest to us, so I was less cozy in my corner with my husband.

Wednesday is the night for 1/2 price bottles of wine, so we tend to come on Wednesdays to add value to our meal.

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S
Baltimore
67 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

My friend ordered beef Bourguignon which she thoroughly enjoyed. I got the smoked salmon appetizer, which was plentiful and tasty. I also got the portobello sandwich with skinny French fries. I would have liked roasted eggplant on the sandwich. I liked my non-alcoholic, bubbly citrus soft drink - very refreshing!

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MA
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good! We went for brunch on Sunday. I enjoyed my hanger steak sandwich. Cooked to perfect temperature and flavor was outstanding. Sadly, service was so poor. Host told us that they had been busy. At one point, we were the only table in the lower level. Still have to request refills on beverages.

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TL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately we must have visited the day after a good review or popular blog. The place wea packed and service very slow. We have visited many times and love the food here and will return -for us -an unfortunate blemish on this sweet restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I've eaten at Marie Louise multiple times and I usually get the same dish since it is my favorite. This time around, it seems as though the menu has changed. There were no home fries but roasted potatoes. Our server kept saying that the potatoes were in fact home fries but I know the difference between home fries and roasted red potatoes. If you are using roasted red potatoes instead, please change the menu.

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ME
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Men loved the delicious steak night which was very reasonable . Good drinks . Well done service. Desserts over the top. Will recommend to some French friends who frequent petit Louie.

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OT
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Slow, quiet weekday night but everything was well done. Will definitely return soon.

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MS
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, everything was great. Service was good, the food was good, cleanliness was great. No issues. For my friend, it was his first time here. He enjoyed himself as well.

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was slow The chicken and artichoke hearts appeared to have been cooked ahead and re heated (microwave?) The cous cous was only warm. Our waiter seemed to be trying.

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j
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Delicious food. We had prime rib, goat cheese and pear salad, and tiramisu for dessert. Service was attentive but confused what we ordered. Water glasses dirty.

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SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was as good as I remembered. Warm welcome. However, my Open Table reservation had not been received despite a confirmation from you. This is the second time this has happened - same problem at K.Bistro in Kensington, Md. I think you may not have my correct e-mail address. It is oswyn1998@verizon.net.

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t
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding restaurant. the food is great and the service is welcoming and friendly. even better it is quiet enough to hear your tablemates' conversation.

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SB
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent in every respect!

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D
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

New to Baltimore, this has become one of my favorite restaurants because the food is so well prepared, the diners are indulged with attentive and welcoming service. I had always eaten upstairs, but on a recent slow (and rainy) Sunday night only the downstairs rooms were open. And therein, for me, lies a problem. Although the brick walls are warm and inviting, the lighting is garish and threatening. Despite the commendable service and superb entrées (flaky sea bass; delectable sea scallops; creamy risotto), it was difficult to relax under the glare of harsh overhead lighting. (A good martini helped.) The quality of food and service merits a better context. I will go back, of course (the seafood is always perfectly cooked), and I will insist on eating upstairs.

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R
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always very good, and the service is absolutely outstanding, very friendly and accommodating. The prices are extremely reasonable, too.

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g
Baltimore
82 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Marie Louise Bistro is a great location for lunch and a productive business meeting! Relatively quiet and deliciously uncrowded, we were very pleased to have chosen this centrally located spot for a recent lunch. We both had the Nicoise salad--not outstanding but we were pretty happy with it. Rare tuna, olives, potato and hard boiled egg on a bed of mixed greens with a nice light dressing. The waiter was lovely! The pastries in their front pastry case looked yummy but they will have to wait until next time.

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R
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marie Louise Bistro was like being in a small European cafe. The service was alert and impeccable. The food mouthwatering and just the right amount. The Black Bean Soup was superb, a real soup, not thickened. A perfect choice before Center Stage

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F
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The server, a young woman, was VERY unhappy about working at the restaurant, and she made it clear that she didn’t want to be there. I like the restaurant, but her bad attitude and entitlement make me not want to return. If you don’t won’t to work here, then ‘don’t girl. U aren’t doing anyone any favor!!!!

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CE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dining at Marie Louise Bistro was lovely. Dessert was excellent and dinner was great. Dinner was more expensive than I expected, but it was a lovely meal.

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RC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My friend and I made reservations for Valentine’s Day. I looked at their website and Facebook page and no special menu was listed. When we arrived we saw you had to order from a $75 menu. We relayed ted to have just champagne and dessert and out waiter politely obliged. However, another couple arrived asking for dessert too, and the manager (I’m assuming that’s who he was) yelled at the hostess in front of the ENTIRE floor, saying they HAD to order from the special menu, it was extra embarrassing to my friend and I, as we had also just got dessert. So that was terrible on his part and why was he yelling at a woman in front of everyone? So embarrassing. The food and drinks were good though and our waiter was wonderful. Weird experience, overall.

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MP
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food; excellent service despite a rush of people all arriving at the same time.

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M
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our go to spot in the Mt. Vernon area. Never disappoints.

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TL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food-unfortunately the coffee was not really hot....probably served in a cold cup.

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P
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. A varied menu. Our waiter was efficient and entertaining. The wine we ordered was not available but we were offered two excellent alternatives at the same price. One had duck, one had salmon, and one had the coq au vin. All were excellent! We will consider Marie Louise Bistro the next time we are at the Meyerhoff.

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MC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My first time at the restaurant for a pre-show dinner. Bad weather and roads greatly delayed arrival, but they were very gracious about getting us in -- and out -- in time for the performance at Center Stage. Only complaint was that the nice red wine I ordered was way too warm. Unfortunately, that seems to be typical around Baltimore.

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GS
Baltimore
193 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All around lovely dining with excellent service. Delightful bistro.

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s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, as always. Excellent service

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NL
Baltimore
66 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Our pre-theater dinner at Marie Louise was not ideal with delays & dissappointment. Although our waiter was very attentive & really wanted to please us, some things were beyond his control. Food preparation was slow. When finally served, the almond trout was luke warm. We sent these back for heating. When served again the fish was slightly hotter, but not real hot and the risotto and string beans were barely warm. Our third dish was was for a hanger steak entree- instead a hanger steak sandwich was served.

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B
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

There were four of us going to Center Stage so were on a time line which the waiter knew. We got our drinks and first courses quickly, but our entrees took a long time. And, only three out of four appeared. When mine came even later, it was under cooked and I couldn't eat it. We did not have enough time to return it to be cooked. The waiter did deduct the cost of this entree.

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f
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My father and I went to Marie Louis prior to a play at Center Stage and it was great! We got there on the early side around 5:30pm it was very quiet, but by 6pm it was more busy and much louder, but still a good atmosphere and able to have a conversation. I wanted the pistachio salmon but they had run out so I got the Artichoke Chicken and when I asked for it without couscous they were able to put it over asparagus which was perfect!!! I really enjoyed my food and so did my father who got the veggie lasagna! The one downside I would say is they sat us at a 2 person table right by the station where the waitress put in orders and got menus etc so it did get a little distracting at times. I would recommend just not using that two top table. Otherwise it was a great experience!

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FC
Baltimore
64 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A nice place with good if not outstanding food and friendly service but a little disorganised: a waiter came out with an appetiser plate and tried to present it to 3 tabkes, unsuccessfully. The Restaurant Week menu is outstanding value, including duck in prt sauce and a foie gras first course. Ingredients are top notch, preparation usually good.

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JC
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed by this little bistro. Not sure why I never tried it before. We dined during restaurant week and was impressed by the amount of food for a $35 3 course meal. The duck was perfectly cooked with nice accompaniments. We will be back again.

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