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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-4:30pm & Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday - Friday 8am
Saturday & Sunday 8am
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
The omlet du jour was quite amazing - as was the grab lox appetizer and gateau opera dessert The French toast, however was a bit dry. Service left a bit to be desired. Our server, Shakira, was not very attentive and only offered drinks after we had to ask for them. We were served by Shakira on a previous visit about a year ago when she had just started, and hoped her serving skills had improved.
We had a very good bistro dinner. The quiche lorraine was one of the best I've ever had! A smooth custardy filling and excellent pastry crust. The duck breast was quite well prepared, too. Definite thumbs up for the opera cake and chocolate mousse. Our waiter was Benoit, a charming French fellow.
This was a Tuesday night and service was dismal from the moment we arrived. Waited to be shown to our table, had to send our salmon back as it was over cooked and then we were charged twice on our bill. Asked for water refills three times. As we were leaving, the floors were being wiped for the next day. Very disappointing anniversary dinner.
We have dined approximately 20 times at Petit Louis and Charleston and have only had wonderful experiences. So our latest experience was profoundly disappointing. The only good parts were the ambiance because we sat outside with a lake view and it was a beautiful evening, and the wine we chose with Tony's helpful notes was excellent. The service was atrocious, it took 20 min after being seated for menus to appear, 10 more before our drink order was taken, 25 more to get the drinks, and 10 more before our food order was taken. So more than an hour to order food despite trying to get attention several times along the way. The food was also poor - the salads were overdressed, the stuffed pepper appetizer over cooked and mushy, and the shrimp brochettes overcooked dry and tasteless. Not worth the effort and money.
PLB in Columbia is one of our favorite go-to dinner places. The front-of-the-house is always welcoming, the sommelier is knowledgeable and has never steered us wrong with his suggestions, and the wait staff are attentive but not overly-so. We love the seasonal changes in the menu and look forward to dining outside when the weather gets warmer.
Decent food, in a nice venue, at reasonable prices, with excellent service makes me want to come back, but the food, while well prepared, was very pedestrian...that is bland, without much flavor...and that after all is the reason we went to the restaurant. It's a shame, because Columbia needs something to compete with Iron Bridge.
We always have a great experience here. From the beginning, when we sat at the bar, our bartender Amanda took great care of us and made us two fantastic cocktails. The hostess granted our request for a specific server (French gentlemen who is the absolute best) , food was phenomenal, the sommelier helped choose a spectacular French wine and we enjoyed the entire evening. Will go back soon.
Having moved away from Baltimore, where the original Petit Louis was a favorite, my Baltimore friend and I discovered that the Columbia P.L. is roughly halfway between B'more and Alexandria, where I now live. Perfect place to catch up, and for a lunch on a Wednesday afternoon, it was quiet enough that we could catch-up. Food is excellent at both locations, but the Columbia restaurant is much bigger and has more items on the menu. Excellent place for a rehearsal dinner or any other group, as there are private dining rooms available. Go!
The waiter seemed to forget that he was there to serve us, the customers. We had agreed to some package and he presented our bill before he served everything included. We had to ask him for more butter, more coffee, etc. Even though the restaurant was not crowded, he seemed in a hurry to get us out of its dining room.
Absolutely indulgent! My wife and I enjoyed a nice "date night" with our kids off on other adventures. Everything was delicious - the escargot, gravlax and tuna tartare were just right for appetizers. Meanwhile, my wife had the rainbow trout as a main entree, while I enjoyed the salmon - both wonderful. We arrived towards the earlier end of the dinner hour, and were rewarded with a nice table in one of the quieter rooms. And our server was very nice, sincere and attentive. A great experience, and we will happily return later.
Fantastic! !! From beet salad to seared scallops with mushrooms to roasted salmon w incredible Brussels sprouts to the drinks and FINALLY THE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE. Gastronomic heaven. One of the top 10 meals we've ever had, well above Season's 52 across the street. A must try!!!
We had SUCH a great experience. The entire team at Petit Louis went out of their way to provide exceptional service to us for a very special occasion. Thank you to the manager with whom I spoke the day before our reservation for recommendations on making this experience special, Benoit for his amazing service and kindness to my homesick sister-in-law (she's French and he took such care in making her feel at home), and the lady who greeted us as well as bade us goodbye with a bag of baked goods.
I love this restaurant and will be back!
Everything was so delicious!! Benoit, our server, was so delightful. The wine list, all French, is extensive with something delicious in all price points. We started with a glass of sparking rosé, perfect for Saturday Brunch. Can't wait to sit on the patio when the weather warms up!
My wife and I had a rare, kid-free evening planned. Dinner and a comedy show. Petit Louis was the perfect start to a great evening. The food was outstanding, especially given it was a Friday in Lent - many great options. The mussels apatizer was one of the best we've ever had.
This was our first visit to Petit Louis and it was excellent. I tried their cocktail special and will forever be a fan. Our appetizers, main course, and desserts were all excellent. Everything was good! Our server was engaging, knowledgeable, courteous, relaxed, as well as confident. We are already planning our next visit. I would highly recommend Petit Louis for any occasion.
Had a lovely brunch at Petit Louis to treat two friends for their birthdays. Got seated next to the fireplace which was wonderful. Food and service excellent--waiter even took a lovely picture of our party upon requests. While this is not an everyday restaurant for us (a little pricey), it is one we return to for special occasions!
So wonderful! First, they accommodated the fact that I was running late after picking up family at airport. Then, the service was attentive but not overbearing. The sommelier recommended a delicious wine that was just the right balance of fruity but not too sweet or dry. Finally, the meal was scrumptious! I do have to say I am not sure about the bleu cheese in the potatoes, but the roasted chicken was tender, juicy, cooked perfectly. The boeuf bourgignon was so tender and delectable! It is really so great to have such a lovely restaurant so close to home!
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