Petit Louis Bistro - Roland Park

4.8
4153 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Provencal, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm; Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:30am – 2pm; Sunday Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(410) 366-9393
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Scanga
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Private party facilities
Private party menus are available for larger groups. Please contact the Private Party Coordinator for additional information.
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Private party contact
Patrick Del Valle: (410) 366-9393
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Upland Street
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Parking details
Lot on Site, Street Parking
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

New Year's Eve, we will exclusively offer a pre-fixe dinner menu from 5 - 11PM for $84pp ($129 with wine pairings) with a toast at 6PM and midnight.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 4153 People Are Saying
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G
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food at Petit Louis was delicious (although my companion would have preferred room-temperature, not cold, pate so it would be creamier). The service was attentive and friendly. The tables are situated very close to each other, but that, I understand, is the "bistro style."

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LC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite

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F
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite, and most frequented, restaurants in town. Genuine feel of a French cafe, authentic food, seasonally adjusted menu of always well-prepared French food. Tables are closely set, not necessarily ideal for quiet conversation. This is a happy place with lots of energy - not one of those stuffy, tomblike restaurants. People here are having fun.

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Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous bistro meal on a Saturday evening. Lots of happy patrons, but beware the noise level means you almost have to shout to carry on a conversation.

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OT
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Always nice to have dinner there, lots of customers and good ambiance, food, wine and service.

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SK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and we loved it. Warm, welcoming atmosphere and the food was prepared perfectly.

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

Wonderful, as always! Excellent food, enthusiastic and friendly staff, vibrant atmosphere. The favorite dishes of duck confit and steak frites were lovely, and I absolutely loved the Apple Festival menu.
Mousse au Chocolate and Pot de Creme to die for.
We will be back soon!

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Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

It's a energetic place with a very high noise level during peak hours. The food is fabulous, but even with a reservation you might have to wait. Our wait of 25' (with reservation) was made easier with a complimentary bottle while we waited. Nice touch! We would not return during prime dinner times since we just do not enjoy screaming at each other. Early or later times would be fine.

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Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Too crowded. Too noisy. Desperate table flipping.
Wildly overbooked.
AND EXPENSIVE

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Terrible bottle of wine for $120 (after they did not have the first bottle of wine we ordered, which was only $70)! I tasted 4 "principaux": Fletan Rotie - very average; Magret de Canard - good ; Steak Frites - below average; Truite Amandine - very good! Excellent service!

We patronized Petit Louis for at least one meal every year for the last four years, unfortunately quality is going down.

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TM
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience at Petit Louis!

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LB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petit Louis is a jewel. Savor the moment of life and partake!

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful and authentic French restaurant. Food is excellent. Drinks are very good. Sommelier is a bit pretentious and moderately grumpy but c’est la vie.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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F
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible as usual.

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VK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A light lunch (classic onion soup and eggplant napoleon) was the perfect way to decompress (deflate?) the day after Thanksgiving excess. The ability to carry on an extended conversation in this charming setting is always appreciated, but especially so after l the togetherness of a holiday gathering!

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t
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family gathering of 5 made up of 2 generations of adults. Nice meal with fantastic waiter.

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EV
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every meal we have had there is excellent. The preparation is perfect every time. There is good variety on the menu and the specials are always interesting and varied. Very authentic French cuisine experience.

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c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped by here for soup and salad with my sister. The staff was still very friendly, despite us not ordering entrees or wine. The food was fantastic, and we both want to come back for dates with our spouses in the future. Now one of my favorite Baltimore spots.

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DE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was enjoyable as always, it’s one of our favorite places!
Excellent service & delicious food.

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The night we went service was very slow and inattentive. Waited about 20 minutes after we were finished our main course for the plates to be cleared. Saw our waitress only 3 times in an hour and a half meal. Food is good but not exceptional. 3.5 stars overall.

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OT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance

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

Great food great service as always...really enjoyed my birthday dinner...

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M
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner as always. Went to get dinner and a bottle of the Beaujolais Nouveau.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful diner for the family!

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and experience.

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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious dinner for four. My husband tried the special 3-course menu and loved everything on it- the delightful cauliflower/apple soup, the splendid venisson and the flavorful tarte tatin. I loved my brioche mushroom appetizer and moules frittes. Our dinner companions savored their dishes.
The Beajolais Cote d"Amour wine was the perfect accompaniment. Our server took good care of us and Marc offered us a warm welcome and made sure we enjoyed the wine.
Lively place, noise level a bit much for my ears but definitely THE place to go for great food and ambiance.
One of our go-to places when traveling to Baltimore. A true neighborhood gem.

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VN
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Hostess was very rude. Probably because I walked in with two teenagers. They are well behaved, love food and often go to nice restaurants. We had a reservation and she just left us at the front. No reason to treat younger patrons this way.

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n
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good!!! Very busy, yet always manage to do a great job..

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CC
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always punctual and with a smile. As is the case for all of Tony Foreman ventures, the wine list is one of the best in town and the staff is very knowledgeable.

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B
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely quiet corner. Lunch time special never disappoints and the mushroom omelette was delicious.

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p
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time there and will go back. The food was very good and the ambience is great. It became a little loud as the restaurant filled on a Thursday evening.

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CL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At dinner this restaurant can be noisy, although still with great food and wine. We 4 went for lunch on a Thursday. It was not crowded, much less noisy than at dinner. There was a set price menu that was outstanding - excellent soup, main course, and dessert. Excellent value. Some wines at half price - and the wine list is terrific, as one would guess when Tony Foreman is involved.

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a
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I've eaten here many times and rarely have I been disappointed. I have also never ordered quiche here so I'm not sure if what I ate is typical of Petit Louis' quiche or just a bad batch. The consistency was more like flan & the crust was hard & crunchy, not flakey & buttery as I would have expected. The Celery Soup was outstanding!

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S
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had not been to Petit Louis for a long time. A recent newspaper review raved about it, which prompted us to return. I ordered a beet with apple salad and halibut, which were two of the dishes mentioned in the review. My dinner was fantastic! I haven’t raved about a meal for as long as I can remember. And my companion’s meal was equally delicious. It won’t be long until we visit again.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rally good good in the heart of Baltimore. Certainly coming back.

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TF
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French bistro that excels year after year after year. The duck confit you fell in love with on your 10th anniversary is just as perfect on your 15th. Cassoulet in the winter months? Museum quality. Wine list - the only thing better is the strength and manner of the sommelier. Service? Other restuarants try to copy the service delivered here.

"Yes - it's noisy" but better .... "Yes - it's full of joie de vivre"!

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PL
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food, excellent service. Great wine list and selection of European beers. However, I do wish the restaurant would permit corkage. I would be happy to pay $25 for them to open a bottle from my cellar.

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KW
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Petit Louis does not disappoint. The food and service were superb. We had a hard time deciding between some of our selections. Everything is sooo good.

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SZ
Baltimore
41 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We met friends for dinner at a mutually convenient location. Our Cahor wine and Manhattan were fine. The soup of the day, the beet salad, and green salad were, as usual, delicious. Three of the mains: duck, salmon, and eggplant were fine. My croque monsieu was poor; there was little flavor and too much grease. The dessert special was OK. At$75 per person, I look for more.

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