Marie Louise Bistro

4.4
742 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
French, Mediterranean, Steak
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 10:30 am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00pm - 3:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(410) 385-9946
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private party facilities
Coming Soon!
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Casey: (410) 385-9956
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Marie Louise Catering’s expansive catering menu is perfect for any corporate breakfast, lunch, dinner, or special event. We offer delicious quality cuisine and a diverse menu at very competitive prices. In addition to standard menu items, we also offer custom menu services for special events. Let us work with you to create the perfect meal to compliment your event.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Read Street
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Street parking or a Pay Lot located adjacent to the Bistro at 910 N. Charles Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 742 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Quiet
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
E
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant
Not noisy
Parking nearby
Friendly service

Report
Helpful
m
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
BG
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
TI
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
LK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to get together for good food and conversation.You are not drowned out by music or loud patrons.

Report
Helpful
D
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
AJ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
c
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

we especially loved the hanger steak - delicious sauce and perfect doneness. the fried calamari and fried oysters were also delicious and the scalloped potatoes.

Report
Helpful
B
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
s
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very underrated restaurant. Should be people lined up at the door.

Report
Helpful
AR
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had not been there before and were very pleasantly surprised. Can't wait to go back

Report
Helpful
DM
Baltimore
95 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

Report
Helpful
d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great and food was good.

Report
Helpful
LF
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food, top notch French. Best steak tartare and frites. Excellent and attentive service!

Report
Helpful
PG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service in a nice quant restaurant. Worth the trip if looking for a different experience.

Report
Helpful
JM
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and our server was wonderful!

Report
Helpful
K
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

Report
Helpful
AG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sea bass was excellent, as were the salads and desserts. Lovely French dining, and service was wonderful. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
k
Baltimore
106 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
MV
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Tony is an exceptional chef

Report
Helpful
r
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Portions were very small. Lamb chops were less than a bite each.

Report
Helpful
H
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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)

Report
Helpful
B
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time and it was as good as the firstRonnie was our waiter both times and he was terrific.Good food,wine and service.

Report
Helpful
AD
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The bar is awesome. Anything with the beurre Blanc sauce is a winner! Great value!

Report
Helpful
S
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

Report
Helpful
T
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Jiust a nice surprise as a welcoming attentive staff and excellant food.

Report
Helpful
PB
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
JM
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

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.

JeannetteM

Report
Helpful
B
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
DO
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful and cozy spot to enjoy excellent French theme food! Exquisite!

Report
Helpful
B
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
M
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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 .

Report
Helpful
s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent french food. Well prepared sauces. good bread and butter. Priced well. Good choice of wines and by the glass wines. Recommended .

Report
Helpful
S
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, I had a steak frite. The frite were amazing, steak was a little dry and underseasoned, but not bad for the price.

Report
Helpful
JT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
j
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delish, service was great, wine was fantastic. Will be back!

Report
Helpful
GP
Washington DC
174 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Stopped in for some French Onion Soup. Very good. Also had the Steak Frites. All and all a good meal.

Report
Helpful
J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
LD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Just.. pretty much horrid. No wonder it was empty for lunch

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
19