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About Petit Louis – Columbia
Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf’s classic bistro on the lake in Columbia features rustic fare, an extensive, award winning French wine list & a lively Parisian atmosphere with gorgeous lake views. Outdoor seating is seasonal.
Columbia, MD 21044
French, Dessert, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner:Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - 10pm
Dinner: Sunday 5pm - 9pm
Brunch: Saturday 11:30am-3:30pm & Sunday 10:30am-3:30pm
Tuesday - Friday 9am
Saturday & Sunday 9am
Little Patuxent Pkwy
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are open during construction on Little Patuxent Parkway. Convenient free on-site parking is available in two parking garages and on a surface lot.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Every Thursday night guests can raid the wine cellar and enjoy 50% off all full bottle purchases. The extensive wine list pairs perfectly with the menu. Why not try one bottle or two?
Petit Louis – Columbia Ratings and Reviews
Petit Louis never disappoints! Our waiter, the gentleman with the sweet French accent is attentive and utterly respectful as I met with friends I hadn't seen in a long time. We were able to catch up on our chitchat, yet taste our choice of wines before confirming selection and listen to specials he recited (unbelievable what he commits to memory!!) and never miss a beat! Our food was delicious, he brought me trout done to perfection and really listened when I requested it be prepared with minimal butter---I highly recommend again and again.
I introduced my newly 16-year-old niece to this nice restaurant. We were there for brunch. Our waiter was special in that he fixed my niece up with a drink that closely resembled my mimosa. We enjoyed out shared appetizers and quiche, and even though we had eaten our fill, and without any mention of it, he sent my niece home with a beautiful tart as a birthday gift, packaged for the road. He had noticed that she opened a gift, and decided that day must have been special. Our visit was lovely.
Repeat visit, so we do like it. Salmon was excellent. Duck, coq au Vin and omelette were very good, but temperature was too cold. Timing of service was off. Unexpected for this spot. They did make it up to us, in discounting the check and pastries to go.
We will be back. We have had excellent experiences in the past.
We were meeting friends from Bethesda MD & York PA so Columbia turned out to be the best place to meet, and the women all voted for French. Our table was ready early, and our waiter more than accommodating. Turned out he's a native French speaker from the Caribbean, a very gentlemanly guy (so sorry I don't have his name, he's awesome). A few of us have very specific diets, and the restaurant had many choices for us as well as allowing us to change items. We ordered wine by the glass, a Negroni that was perfect, and for me, a Grimbergen beer - which I tried in Nice and have trouble finding here. Awesome! Wine by the glass had some good selections, by the bottle you can find any French red or white wine you want, but I didn't see any French Rosé - hope they will add some.
Four of us ordered steak, all of us were happy with it - Filets cooked perfectly, tasty and tender. One had the duck, didn't leave a speck on her plate, guessing it was good. The shrimp over ratatouille was another choice that was good - a low carb choice.
For dessert we split a Pear Tartin a la mode 6 ways - everyone got a taste and it was good. I wish I had tried the chocolate mousse, next time!
There's a free parking garage across the street from Petit Louis, and in summer you can dine outside on their patio by the Columbia Lakefront.
We had a very lovely dinner. We tend to dine early (5:30) so not surprising that it was quiet upon arrival. We were seated immediately with a reservation for three and placed next to the fireplace which was perfect for a chilly night. I had the vegetarian couscous- flavorful and light. My husband had the steak frites, which were cooked just as he asked. Service was just right- polite and attentive without disruptions. I love the ambiance, staff, and food at Petit Louis.
Three of us had a wonderful meal but my friend's order was incorrect. I wish waiters would write the order down.. She waited for the replacement but the quiche was not good. May have been microwaved, inconsistently heated. No one apologized or tried to make up for it in any way with free dessert or comped her dinner which was surprising for a restaurant of this caliber. I don't go looking for comps but in this case it all left us with an overall bad impression. A shame because i love this place.
The menu has been revamped but many of the classics like the rainbow trout and table side carved chicken for two remain. The carrot butternut squash soup was delicious and the simple mesclun greens salad was as crisp and tasty as always. I had the coq au vin which was rich and wonderful and my brother had the salmon which he enjoyed with buerre blanc substituted for the shrimp cream sauce. Our waiter was well-informed about the menu options and as usual, the staff was welcoming. I heartily endorse this restaurant.
I felt like I was at a bistro along the Seine in Paris. Everything about this dining establishment was authentic French. The food, the wine list, the casual ambiance, and the service were excellent at a very reasonable price. We took our elderly mother and it was convenient to have the easy ground level access. The apple and fennel soup was delectable. The duck breast with root vegetables was perfectly prepared. The pear tart with cinnamon ice cream was heavenly. I cannot wait to return.
Being fans of Petite Louis in Roland Park, we figured it would be nice to try this location, especially since it was a great night and they have outdoor dining.
We arrived at 7:15 for a 7:30 reservation and were seated outside, as requested. It took longer than expected for a server to approach us and ask for drinks, but we were not in a hurry, so no complaints yet. Sparkling water came out quickly, but cocktail took a while.
After my drink came our waiter stopped by and said “do you have any questions about the menu?” To which I answered,; “Yes, what are your specials?” I think this is a pretty valid question since there are (I think) 4 or so “du jour” items on the menu.
We heard the specials, then placed our orders. I ordered an appetizer and entree, and my wife ordered just an entree.
Besides bread being dropped off the next time we were approached was about 25 min later when my appetizer of Gravlax was delivered by a different server who announced “Gravlax to share”. I said “no, just for me”. She said something to the effect of ‘oh, really?’ ... Yes, really.
Our waiter cleared my plate and empty glass, asked if I wanted another drink, to who I said no thanks.
8:10 our waiter comes by and says “I’m sorry your food is taking so long, there is a large party for a 50th anniversary, and the kitchen is backed up. Your food will be out soon”. We did not see our waiter again.
Being told that your quiche and flat iron steak would be out “soon” I feel a reasonable assumption would be 5-10 minutes. At 8:30 we threw in the towel and gave up. I spoke with the Manager, offered to pay for what we had (bottled water, cocktail and gravlax), and told him we just wanted to leave, and were unwilling to wait any longer. The Manager came back to our table, apologized and did not charge us for what we had.
Can’t really say we were “customers” since we weren’t allowed to pay, but as guests, we felt as though we were an imposition to the wait staff.
Service was slow and unfriendly. Appetizers cleared before we finished, yet we still waited 20 more minutes for our main dishes. Salmon and spinach dish very oversalted (and I like salt). Quiche Loraine was quite good though. Other food just so so. Overall, very disappointing.
My wife and I went to dinner at Petite Louis with another couple on a busy Saturday night this past weekend. We sat outside, as it was a beautiful evening on Columbia Lake. It was a very busy night and there was a large private party there, so service was a little on the slow side. However, we did not mind at all because the staff was very courteous and attentive. Once the food arrived, things got even better. It was simply spectacular. Our table had the French onion soup, the fish cakes, and the fried shrimp and zucchini appetizers. All were excellent. For dinner, we had the grilled salmon salad, the flat iron steak, and the rainbow trout entree. The salmon and steak were cooked perfectly and the rainbow trout was not only the best trout that I've ever had, but possibly the best fish dish I have ever eaten....perfectly pan-seared in a smooth, buttery-caper sauce. Perfectly awesome! Thanks for a great evening. We will definitely be back!
We were looking for a comfortable restaurant for dinner before a show at MPP and we found a winner. The food , ambiance and location are all winners. We had steak frites and roasted salmon and were delighted with our meals. The creme brulee and coffee were excellent for dessert. We have told several people about this already....we will return!
Excellent service and excellent food are a great combination. Good and plates hot when they arrive at the table. Waiter picked right up on wine interest. We were seated in a quiet corner as we suggested. Many people were outside enjoying the vista. Will return soon.
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