Marie Louise Bistro

4.3
761 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!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us at Marie Louise Bistro for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. We are featuring a special three course menu and offer an atmosphere that will make you fall in love all over again.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 761 People Are Saying
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FC
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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AH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Early seating for pre-theatre - excellent service. Creative and delicious starters. French fries and lightly breaded fish could have cooked longer to be crispy. Will return. Looks like a great brunch on Sat and Sun.

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It is gorgeous and comfortable, elegantly decorated and with a lovely serene atmosphere. We had Saturday lunch and it was perfect. The food was not absolute top-drawer but was good.

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d
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

catching up with an old friend at lunch was especially nice in this bistro -- service is fast and attentive and of course the food was delicious -- try anything with the tuna which was done perfectly and of course the pommes frites are outstanding -- if you are in the area this is the lunch spot to go to

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T
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent and interesting food in a quaint space. Service was a bit slow due to a large wedding party in the restaurant. We enjoyed lunch. We did not have a dessert but they all looked fabulous!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good, service was a bit disjointed especially for how slow it was at the time. Staff was professional and once the music started playing everything went a lot smoother.

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DF
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

What a disappointment! My friend and I ordered eggs-her an omelette and a Benedict for me. The omelette was rubbery & flat. My Benedict was a veggie, but it hardly had any vegetables. What it did have wasn’t fresh & strangely diced very small. We also each had a side of bacon. Six dollars for two strips of bacon seems extremely unreasonable. Our waiter was nice but not responsive to multiple requests for a coffee refill. Would not go back.

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D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

From entry to exit, everything in between was a good experience: the martini, perfectly proportioned and stirred; the salmon—flakey and moist inside its crust of crushed pistachio nuts; the creamy risotto (probably the best I've ever eaten) with asparagus. Courteous and efficient service, warm and inviting with attractively appointed rooms. This bistro is referred to as a “neighborhood gem,” and it surely is; it also gives value to a trip from elsewhere. I am eager to return.

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h
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Lunch took almost 2 hours and 3 of our 7 meals were wrong. We were 1 of only 2 tables in the place. I've had good experiences before - but not this time

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E
New England
46 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charming, local French bistro in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood in Baltimore. The linguine with white clam sauce was very good. My friend loved the lamb burger. Desserts of vanilla custard tart and carrot cake were outstanding. A true French bistro -- lovely.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A good restaurant with ample paid parking just across the street with a good menue with a variety of dishes available for all ages and preferences. A tad on the pricey side, but the quality of the food and service was better than average. Best of all it was within walking distance to the Nutcracker Ballet performance at the Baltimore School for the Arts so there was no need to relocate our car.

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TI
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food in Baltimore in my opinion. Reasonable prices, great wine list. One of my favorites

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Very difficult to hear when the place fills up. The onion soup was only adequate and the place is extremely understaffed at lunch. We walked in to no one behind the counter or on the floor, patrons yelling for someone to please come talk to them, and some general chaos. While the situation resolved itself eventually, it was quite off-putting and awkward.

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D
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time at Marie Louis Bistro. Food was excellent and so was the service.

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JH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely bistro in the true sense of the word with a menu reflective of same. Excellent food quality and reasonable prices. Very modest wine list but markups are modest, so having a bottle of real champagne or a nice dinner wine doesn't feel like highway robbery. Sensitive to theater timings, so a great place to dine before a concert of theater, or alternatively a great place to have a traditional French dining experience without feeling rushed.

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T
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quiet that night, but the best meal we have had there in several years. Compliments to the Chef and staff

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CR
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming spot and great for a post-concert dinner. Wonderful food and wine in an authentic but unpretentious venue.

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j
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and LOVE dining at Marie Louise. We don't treat ourselves to a meal there too often, but celebrating Thanksgiving Day at Marie Louise is a must. It has become our new Thanksgiving tradition.

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E
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant
Not noisy
Parking nearby
Friendly service

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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.

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BG
Baltimore
35 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.

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TI
Baltimore
7 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.

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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.

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D
New England
11 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.

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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.

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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.

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B
Baltimore
26 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.

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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.

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AR
Baltimore
27 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

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DM
Baltimore
97 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

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

The service was great and food was good.

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P
Baltimore
6 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!

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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.

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

Great food and our server was wonderful!

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K
Baltimore
21 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!

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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.

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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.

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k
Baltimore
107 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.

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

Tony is an exceptional chef

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