Marie Louise Bistro
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!
The food on our visit was quite good. The service was excellent--friendly, competent, thorough. I liked the atmosphere, which is relatively simple but comfortable and inviting. Of course, having the pastry choices available that they do makes dessert a welcome opportunity. The drinks were outstanding.
We dined at Marie Louise Bistro on a Wednesday night when bottles of wine $50.00 and less are half off. As in the past, they have trouble keeping their wine list current and I would have appreciated a greater selection of $50.00 and less wines. Nevertheless we tried 2 French Reds and were pleased with both. We also took advantage of their $45.00 pre-fixe menu. The food as all very good. All is all, it is a very good French Bistro (primarily) featuring what I think of French comfort food. It's a great place to go before Baltimore Center Stage. It's a place that's easy to go back to and I certainly will be going back! Enjoy.
We went before a show and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. We had the hanger steak and duck breast and both were cooked to perfection. Our server was attentive and we had time to spare for a delicious pastry and coffee. I would definitely go back.
Great place to get together for good food and conversation.You are not drowned out by music or loud patrons.
Sometimes French restaurants can be a bit pretentious and stuffy, but no with this place. My spouse and I found the atmosphere pretty chill and casual, which was what we like. Being from Boston we didn't know much about the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, so we were pleased to find this nice area of the city. We enjoyed the pate apps very much, and our mains were also quite tasty. We ordered hanger steak and the roasted duck. Both were quite goods. The portions could be a bit larger on the mains, but not greatly so. We'd go back next time we're in Baltimore.
I would give them 4.5 stars if I could. We enjoyed our dinner. Drinks and oysters were good. Husband and I both had duck entrees; he had the leg and I had the breast. Both served with fabulous au gratin potatoes and asparagus. Dessert was very good also. Service was good and timing was just right to get to our show at Center Stage. I would definitely eat here again.
we especially loved the hanger steak - delicious sauce and perfect doneness. the fried calamari and fried oysters were also delicious and the scalloped potatoes.
Full disclosure:the owner is a friend. That said, it's a very eclectic menu, with something for every appetite. The house wine selections are reasonable. Jazz nights in the bar (usually Friday, check the website) are great fun.
Very underrated restaurant. Should be people lined up at the door.
Had not been there before and were very pleasantly surprised. Can't wait to go back
Hadn't been to Marie Louise in a while, and were very pleased. Quick service - they know they get a lot of center Stage attendees and move things along at a good pace without rushing. Food was very good. Cheese cake to die for
The service was great and food was good.
Wonderful food, top notch French. Best steak tartare and frites. Excellent and attentive service!
Great food and great service in a nice quant restaurant. Worth the trip if looking for a different experience.
Great food and our server was wonderful!
Our dinner was (as usual) fabulous! All four of us raved about our dinners. The couple we were dining with had never been there before. They were astonished at how delicious and authentic their meals were. They both have spent months in France. We will definitely return!
The sea bass was excellent, as were the salads and desserts. Lovely French dining, and service was wonderful. Highly recommend.
It was a last minute get together for friends. As it was Tuesday, it was steak night. that was a surprise to us. A filet, hanger or NY strip for $16.99, your choice. Served with the vegetable of the day and potatoes au gratin which were delicious. Steak was cooked to perfection. My wife got a Salad nicoise and the tuna was rare just like she wanted. We shared chocolate grand marnier cake for desert. Perfect meal. Salads and onion soup were great starters.
Enjoyed the food very much, but it was a bit salty. The wait staff was very nice - especially the man with the glasses behind the counter who seated us.
Tony is an exceptional chef
Portions were very small. Lamb chops were less than a bite each.
we've come here many times, especially pre-theater & food is fantastic (have had various fish & the steak/frites), wine list is excellent and the service is just lovely - the desserts are to die for - very French - (highly recommend the chocolate cake w/ orange liquor)
Second time and it was as good as the firstRonnie was our waiter both times and he was terrific.Good food,wine and service.
The bar is awesome. Anything with the beurre Blanc sauce is a winner! Great value!
With all the dining options on Charles Street, I often forget about Marie Louise Bistro, but I'm always more than satisfied when I remember. The highlight of the meal was the baby lamb chops, succulent, tender and flavorful served with potatoes au gratin (not too rich) and grilled asparagus. The pear, candied walnut, goat cheese and mixed greens salad was excellent. Finally, the shrimp Puttanesca appetizer is bursting with flavor, a truly unforgettable dish!
Jiust a nice surprise as a welcoming attentive staff and excellant food.
I hate to be harsh, but I have received better service at Manhattan deli's or McDonalds than my wife and I got Friday evening. Specific shortcomings included having to flag down a waiter after waiting for 15 minutes to even get menus; having incomplete orders delivered to the table; waiting another 20 minutes after appetizers and then again needing to stop a waiter in mid-stride to ask for our next courses. When I asked to see the manager, she told me that they were short-staffed, but (a) that shouldn't end up being my problem, and (b) the lack of service reflects improper training or discipline from management. Even when I voiced my concerns, the manager made no offer for inducement to me to come again, e.g., "We'll comp you a glass of wine"or something similar. She just said she was sorry and hoped that our experience would be better "next time". Sorry, but I don't foresee a next time for Marie Louise Bistro and me.
The first time we dined at Marie Louise Bistro, it was excellent. We were seated in the back room. It was quiet, romantic, had great service, and the food was fabulous. This time was almost the opposite. It was very noisy and the service was very rushed. It was like the waiter was wanting to turn over tables. I must have seen the waiters rushing around with food and especially the dessert tray, countless times. I felt the waiter wasn't interested in us at all. I did not get any personal help with selecting my food. I am not sure I will return. If I do, it will because of the food. Thanks for reading.
We had a great meal! The lamb burger and pommes frites and the beef bourguignon were very tasty! The tiramisu was excellent! Our server, who was also the bar tender, was friendly and attentive. Plenty of parking options (street meters or lots). Check it out! Great bread and I enjoyed a glass of the house red wine.
Just a wonderful and cozy spot to enjoy excellent French theme food! Exquisite!
Server was terrific. Food and drinks were excellent. It was our first time there and will definitely go back. Wish they would seill the bread to go.It was so,so good.
The portions are a bit smaller than I had remembered from our last visit in 2015. The Escargot and the sauce that came with it was good but the duck confit was dry and needed a sauce and the lamb was small and over cooked without any real herb crusting .
Excellent french food. Well prepared sauces. good bread and butter. Priced well. Good choice of wines and by the glass wines. Recommended .
Good food, I had a steak frite. The frite were amazing, steak was a little dry and underseasoned, but not bad for the price.
Good service, delicious food! Everyone enjoyed their meal tremendously! It had been a while since we were last there - we all agreed we have to frequent the restaurant much more often.
Food was delish, service was great, wine was fantastic. Will be back!
Stopped in for some French Onion Soup. Very good. Also had the Steak Frites. All and all a good meal.
This is a really difficult review to write. We frequent a number of well regarded restaurants in the Baltimore/Washington area. This restaurant is better than most and as good as the best. While many of the other restaurants have long wait lists, Marie Louise has been a relatively easy reservation. Their food is superb and the service excellent. Why this restaurant isn't a more difficult reservation is beyond our knowledge. On the one hand, we are concerned that it remains successful; on the other, we are terrified that everyone else will discover this gem, and we will not be able to get a reservation.
Just.. pretty much horrid. No wonder it was empty for lunch