Petit Louis Bistro - Roland Park

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4235 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf’s uptown eatery features classic French Bistro fare, an extensive, award winning French wine list & a lively Parisian atmosphere.

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Exclusively offering four-course pre-fixe menu on Valentine's Day for $84 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity, $129 with paired wines.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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DM
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 4

DISAPPOINTED! Went to this restaurant for dinner and had their restaurant week prefix meal. The soup, butternut squash was excellent but it went down hill from there. I had to ask for my glass of wine twice and it arrived during my dinner. The lamp steak which I ordered medium rare, was so full of gristle that I couldn’t cut it with a steak knife. I don’t mind fat but this was tough and uneatable. The presentation lacked visual appeal due to this tough meat thrown on top of french fries. It didn’t even look like something I would have gotten at a diner. The dessert was tasty, the espresso tart, but 3 of us ordered the same thing and each plate had different size portions. One was enough for two and mine was 2 bites. Sorry to say but I expected much more from this restaurant and hope they remove that lamb dish from their menu. It really was only STEW quality and that is being generous!

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. There was no music which made the ambiance a little lacking! Excellent service.

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CH
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perennial favorite. Consistently good and wonderful atmosphere and service!

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CJ
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependably excellent in all areas. Duck terrific. Nice fire going. Perfect wine.

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SJ
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great value because of restaurant week. Good place

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C
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food but pricey esp the $10 bottle of French carbonated water
Attentive service

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T
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My fiancée and I went to Petite Louis Bistro for a Saturday night date night during the Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week. We chose the escargot and butternut squash soup for the appetizer round, salmon and grilled lamb steak for the main course, and tarte opera and financier aux amanda for dessert. The food was delightfully delicious and plentiful. However, we would most likely not order the financier again as we felt it wasn’t quite on par with the tarte. The wine list is extensive and would definitely match any mood and pallete. We decided to test the sommelier by choosing the optional wine pairings presented with the restaurant week menu, and both agreed that they were very well matched. Our only food complaint, not from flavor/taste, was due to not being able to try some of the amazing cheese tray. Unfortunately, we were unsure of when the cheese tray would be presented and were a bit disappointed when we were not offered the choose until after the main course and just as our desserts were arriving instead of what we were expecting to complement our appetizers. Nevertheless, the atmosphere and service created a wonderful evening. The Bistro fortunately has a small parking lot as well as street parking if needed. We both strongly recommend a visit.

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m
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed happy Hr the previous week and decided to go for dinner as soon as our schedules permitted. We're glad we did.

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been eating at this establishment for many years. The food is consistently good. What impressed me during this recent visit was the attentiveness of our waitress and the staff that came by our table more than once to see that everything was okay. Some restaurants have good food and mediocre service; others have good service and bad food. This was a dining experience when everything worked perfectly.

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D
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific as always.

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M
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, very loud due to proximity of the bar and waiting line. Ask for a table in the back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Expectations were high. Wound up being very disappointed. Seating was very tight. Noise level is very loud. Woman sitting next to me hit me several times while putting her jacket on.
Waiter stepped on my foot 3 times when he came to my table, yes my feet were under the table.
The food was very bland and didn’t have any type of presentation. I am not someone that like a lot of salt or sauces on my food. But I do like it to have some taste.

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WF
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Petit Louis Bistro is one of the few decent restaurants north of the city. The escargot were perfect. They had substance, but weren't too chewy and the buttery sauce had a nice garlicky flavor that was not overdone. The lamb and fritte, on the other hand, was inadequately spiced, too chewy and simply uninspired. The chocolate caramel dessert was very tasty, but the cake layers were dry.

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AE
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband’s NY strip was excellent in cut and preparation.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

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C
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited on our anniversary, January 15, in the middle of restaurant week. Nevertheless food and service were still outstanding. My cucumber salad was lovely with a nice dill dressing . Salnon on a bed of potato and spinach was tasty . We each got the chocolate torte for dessert and our sever surprised us with a chocolate mousse. Cappuccinos finished our meal. Petit Louis has a lovely welcoming atmosphere.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites! Authentic French bistro food.

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FY
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As good as usual. However, the dessert was somewhat disappointing this time.

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CO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never does Petit Louis disappoint!!! Thank you for remaining so consistent over the years!!! Touche'!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall food was good. Recommended wine pairings were perfectly on point, and enhanced our experience. Service was adequate. The restaurant was very busy given restaurant week, and perhaps servers were stretched thin, but our sever seemed rushed and just going through the motions. The environment was comfortable and romantic. We were surprised to see so many children there given the menu options, but they were well behaved :)

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petit Louis is my favorite restaurant in Baltimore by far.
From the delicious food to the amazing attention, they always make me feel welcome and like home.
In a word: Fantastic

Ps. Highly recommended the Magret de Canard

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OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week

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JJ
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood country French staple. Food is always excellent. Beautiful decor. Only downside is high noise level (the restaurant has an authentic tin ceiling.

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S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate dining experience where you can enjoy French cuisine in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Ask for wine suggestions to pair with your meal

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AK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The food and service are impeccable and the dining experience is in an authentic French Bisto atmosphere!

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SP
Baltimore
64 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best French restaurant in the region. Better than most in Paris! Very authentic and always perfect.

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K
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food for Restaurant week was excellent. The wine pairings were also incredible. I was worried because it was Restaurant week that we would get less-quality food, small or portions or bad wines, BUT it was EXCELLENT. Also, we added a couple glasses of wine outside the wine pairing. I told the waiter what type of wine I liked and he brought me a taster to see if I'd a Lirac. It was great. The service was excellent. No one was rude or snobby. Everyone was attentive, respectful and charming. Definitely worth to come outside of Restaurant Week, and highly recommend to come visit. Food we got that was freshly and deliciously prepared: cucumber salad, escargot, scottish salmon and torte opera cake.

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SM
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

PetitLouis’s food and service are always excellent. It is definitely noisy, especially on a busy Friday night. We always have a delightful time and recommend it.

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S
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Petit Louis. My daughter has Celiac Disease and Petit Louis is one of the two or three consistently safe restaurants for her in Baltimore. Other restaurants simply aren't as careful about their handling of gluten-containing ingredients (cross-contamination is a huge problem). My daughter will be sick for days -- this is a matter of health, not simply a preference. I'm thankful for Petit Louis. Our server was wonderful and deserves special recognition (I'm sorry that I don't remember her name).

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r
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent
Noise level very high

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RT
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Sunday night for duck confit and mussels. I think I have figured out how to manage the wine list. The house wines on offer by the glass are actually decent. Stick with those and avoid the high mark up on bottles. Food and service was excellent. Has become one of our neighborhood go to restaurants, much like the sister restaurant around the corner, Johnny's.

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SW
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best value in the city by far. Always great food. Great service (somm is wonderful with amazing memory). Beautiful neighborhood. 10/10

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OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual!

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

I love the food at Petit Louis, however, I seldom come, especially with friends, because before long we are screaming at each other across the table . While noise seems to be a popular feature at many restaurants, when I eat out with friends, it's not just about the food. I want to have good conversation. It's just not possible at P.L. Clearly you don't need more customers, but I do hear more people complaining lately about noise in restaurants in general, and in particular, Petit Louis. I've eaten at many bistros in France, none as noisy as yours. Thanks for the opportunity to voice an opinion. Wish it would make a difference. I have even talked to a friend, an accoustical engineer, who has clearly outlined the problems with P. L.

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b
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is very pretty inside but it does seem like a lot of people know each other and the waiters so if you are not from that area ( Roland Park) you might feel somewhat out of place. The food was not as good as I expected. The eggplant appetizer had a hot eggplant outside with cold ingredients inside (goat cheese and a tomato) which made for a strange combo. My husband had mussels which were good but the sauce was watery and tasteless. We get mussels frequently as an app and they were mediocre compared to other restaurants. I had scallops which was a special and they were very good. My husband had the trout almondine which was an ample portion but was very rich in a too buttery sauce. The pear tart for dessert was yummy. The wait staff was very nice and accommodating . I would go back and maybe try some other apps and entrees.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

had a fantastic experience and the wine cellar rush event was great!

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n
Baltimore
76 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a terrific experience. Food is amazing & service, excellent! Our server, Cordelia was great, helpful & professional.

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OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant, a little taste of Paris.

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S
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We both had lots of great coffee which was constantly re-filled without our having to ask. The gruyere cheese and mushroom omelets were good, but the restaurant should have small pepper mills on the table so that additional pepper can be added without bothering the servers. For dessert, it was great to have a tease, a single scoop of delicious raspberry sorbet. The only place where a real improvement would be welcome is the bread----it should be crisp French bread, not a tired brown bread; they used to have much better bread in the form of small loaves.

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j
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always delighted with the food and service at Petit Louis

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