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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
Service was mixed until they got the pace right... When I complained about the first table we were taken to, I got some attitude; however, once we got past that...it was a good experience. Light appetizers and a wonderful white burgundy was delightful. Great catch up evening with my brother who lives out of town...
Not our first time there, but this dinner was a bit disappoiting. The duck breast, requested to be medium rare, was served very rare, and the strawberry/rhubarb dessert came out more like a cake than a juicy, savory dessert we were expecting. Also, the service seemed to have gone down hill. With water glasses nearly empty, we had to flag down our waitress to get refills, and she wasn't aware of what the drink of the day was. But still a pleasant evening, just not as good as it has been in the past.
The only reason I did not give a 5 star was the service was a bit slow and my entrée was not as enjoyable the night we went however I have been before where the service and food were spot on! All in all Petit Louis is a wonderful restaurant with an authentic French feel. They have an excellent sommelier and an extensive wine list. The cheese and charcuterie are beautiful and always enjoyable. If you went just for the French Onion Soup and an Arugula Salad, you would leave happy!
It was good but not great. The French Onion Soup was very good but the Shrimp Bisque was fishy. The Steak Frites was a giant plate of french fries with a piece of beef shoved underneath.
The Rainbow Trout was good but nothing memorable and the desserts were good. The best part was the service. We had a French waiter and his accent was heavy. He was a little hard to understand with the noise but he was a very good waiter.
We went for lunch and ordered the special omelet which had a great description but which turned out to be average. The regular coffee was strong and delicious. The decaf ordered by my friend was cold and clearly from the bottom of the pot. They did make a new pot and it was improved. The highlight was dessert. We've had chocolate mousse in many places but this one was incredible. The texture and the taste were perfect and it was served surrounded by an orange liqueur for dipping. I would recommend it for coffee and dessert and maybe for a happy hour.
We had an exceptionally wonderful meal and a totally happy evening dining at Petit Louis in Columbia recently. Our experience, until that evening was only with Petit Louis in Baltimore, so we were delighted to find the same French bistrot menu in Columbia. The dishes we ordered were expertly prepared, and the service was excellent. We are looking forward to our next visit with happy anticipation.
Service was pleasant but quite disorganized. Ordered a bread plate (croissants, etc and not free) right away. Never came. When we were having our meal they finally came by, after we told the server to forget it. Food service slow, even for cappuccino orders. Brought us another table's food initially; when our orders came we had to point out who got what (only 4 of us).
Food was very good, but very disappointed with service and organization.
We really want to love this place, and I almost hate to leave this review. The location is lovely on the water in downtown Columbia. But after many visits, to include some larger family gatherings, it continues to be just OK. When it originally opened in Columbia, it was superb. But at some point, we assume the kitchen staff turned over and/or has become complacent, and the end product is just average. Although menu items sound enticing and creative, execution is not great. This past meal, it seems maybe our food wasn't delivered in a timely fashion, leaving appetizers and entrees dried out (or maybe just overcooked?). And one offering, a crepe with chorizo, was an amateur plate presentation at best. Just wish it could regain its original quality. On another note, service remains solid with friendly, helpful front house staff.
We've been to Petit Louis many times, but this was the worst service ever. Twenty minutes after sitting down there was no one at the restaurant. We waited over 20 minutes to place our order and we only were able to do so then as I flagged down the maitre d'. Our whole order never came and it felt like service to our table was an after thought. I took my mom to lunch for an early Mother's Day celebration. What a disappointment.
This was my first time at this location, although I've dined at other restaurants in the lakefront area, and had meals at Petit Louis, Roland Park. I was impressed by the lovely interior space, but very happy to be able to eat outdoors on a beautiful day. The food was as wonderful as expected, the service was perfect, and the bakery area topped it all off! The macarons are amazing!
My Wife and I eat here at least once a month on our date night and have never been disappointed. The food is always good from the beginning course to dessert. The wait staff are always friendly. The sommelier is also very friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Petit Louis. Slow down, relax, drink good wine, eat good food ! Don't rush yourself !
I don't like leaving negative reviews, however we need this venue in Columbia, and maybe the management might be helped by our comments. On the pro side, our server was very good, as was the wine steward, and even the table help ( table cleared promptly, water glasses filled constantly). We've been here before, and think the layout is great for the genre. However, in the opinion of our party of six, the food is not up to par. For example, the onion soup, at $12 !, is petite compared to a normal sized similar quality one at Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda which is $10. Also the chicken and steak frites are overpriced comparatively speaking. The duck entree that I had was mediocre at best, with very little accompaniment in the way of sides as described on the menu. When we're paying almost $100 for 2 courses and drinks, we expect more. We'll give this place another chance at a later date and hope they get their act together.
I wanted a place to take 2 friends for lunch for their respective birthdays. I had not been to this restaurant before, but the location was convenient for all 3 of us and the reviews had been positive. After dining at Petit Louis I too will add positive feed back. We had a lovely lunch and were able to talk without using a raised voice, which, in my mind, is critical to an enjoyable dining experience.
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.
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