About Petit Louis – Columbia
Columbia, MD 21044
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.
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
We were disappointed. Upon arriving, I was very happy to find that the restaurant looked like a real Parisian bistro. Our service, at first, was good and our starters were nice. While we were eating our starters, the hostess seated couples at the tables on either side of us. They were seated so closely, that we couldn't carry on a conversation anymore. The six of us were in a space smaller than my kitchen table. When the waiter was telling them the specials, he was right on top of us. After a long wait, (that I wouldn't have minded if I had been able to talk to my date) our entrees arrived. Both the beef and the lamb were perfectly cooked, tender and moist. However, the dishes were both overly salted. We passed on dessert, because we didn't want to have to sit there with the other couples and wait. I might have understood this better if the restaurant had been very busy or full. It was neither. There were other tables that were never occupied while we were there. There was other floor space that tables could have been located that weren't so intrusive to other diners. I do not plan to return.
I love this restaurant, but this time I was disappointed. The special menu that was sent out via email was not the actual menu that they had at the restaurant, which mattered in this case since it was a prix-fixe menu. I don't know if there is a new chef on board as well, as the food was just soaked in butter, and I love butter. I will go back to the restaurant, but only because I've had great meals there before.
I am no expert on French cuisine...but I love the food at Petit Louis regardless of how it measures up against traditional French fare. I also enjoy the atmosphere...well decorated inside, lakefront not far away outside. I have enjoyed several meals - with good wine recommendations, too - and will continue to go back.
Just a wonderful restaurant for get-togethers with friends and family or a romantic date. When a chill is in the air opt for in front of the fireplace. In the summer go with the patio with a view of the lake. The book-length wine list is a gem as is the sommelier. There's a prix fixe menu for lunch for 3 courses for $30 that is wonderful. There's also an adjacent bakery/cafe if you want just a quick sandwich. Parking was not a problem on a weekday.
This was our first visit to Petit Louis Bistro. It was an early dinner on a weekday evening. The host welcomed us and we were seated promptly. Lighting at the table was not as bright as we would have preferred to easily read the menu. Only two other diners were there at the time... so the atmosphere allowed for quiet conversation. Our server that evening was excellent (5 stars). We ordered Quiche Lorraine with a side salad. Serving size was ample however taste-wise was just "OK" (3 stars, the lardon was gristly). We may visit again in a few months and try one of their other menu selections.
This is a Celiac-friendly restaurant. Their waitstaff are very knowledgeable about every ingredient used in preparation, and are willing to double-check and make any adjustment you would care for (example: French onion soup with no bread layer). There is a clean prep area (not sure if it's always dedicated, but it's cleaned regularly). The food is authentic French but despite that the portions are decent. We have been to the original location in Roland Park and prefer the Columbia one for its atmosphere and better parking situation.
The service was excellent, we were seated at our table within seconds of giving the hostess our reservation information. The waiter was prompt and took our drink orders quickly - at times he appeared a little rushed. We had the potato and leek soup, the baked chicken and pork loin. My husband loved his chocolate dessert while I very much enjoyed the cherry custard tart. The overall experience was fine except for the long delay between the soup course and receiving our entrees and dessert. One thing that we noticed, there was definitely more attention paid to the wine drinkers than the non-drinkers at the restaurant. The table in front of us had several visits to their table from other members of the staff (maybe the sommelier or manager) while no one asked us if we enjoyed our meal. I would definitely recommend making reservations as there was a number of people waiting for a table when we left at 8:30 pm.
The manager/sommelier made the evening. He was a master at his craft, everywhere at once, and helpful in the extreme. Even though the food was nothing to write home about, great intuitive service and a wonderful attitude when it comes to creating a comfortable dining experience will combine with ambiance to create a fine overall experience. Food? The snails were almost tasteless, the short rib undistinguished. I suggest trying something else. The sommelier read me perfectly when I told him that I was on a business budget, and suggested a fine red wine for $38 that surely must outpace some of the much more expensive bottles readily available. I continue to find Petit Louis the perfect venue for a serious business dinner. It is high end, yet without pretense.
Our waiter made the evening special - charming and attentive but not hovering. Food excellent, esp. the lamb dish, potato leek soup, and chocolate dessert bar. Not a place we'd go on a regular basis - above our pay scale - but certainly for special occasions. Unexpected treat of pastries given to us as we left - I'd return just to buy those.
I've been to Petit many times for lunch and dinner. I always enjoy my meals. However, this time I will say that our waiter was a little lax ...we asked for just a few minutes to decide on drinks...but after 10 minutes he never returned...instead was standing at the bar conversing with the bartender and couldn't get his attention. Luckily another waiter took our order for drinks. Then when the main portion of our meal was due, our assigned waiter mentioned that the order was not put in so it would be a few more minutes. Perhaps he was having a bad day? I ordered the onion soup...nice and cheesy. I also ordered the quiche jardon...however it was dry and the crust was overcooked (perhaps too many times of reheating). But they did make a great martini. None of this will keep from returning, but little details do matter.
Petit Louis Bistro is my absolutely favorite restaurant in Columbia. This past weekend the restaurant week Coq au Vin was terrific in a wonderful sauce filled with mushrooms. The potato leek soup was delicious as well. On any given evening, their small menu ensures that every entrée is executed to the diner's satisfaction. The greeters welcome each diner as though they are welcoming guests into their home. The wait staff is well informed about each selection, and can readily advise as to appropriate wine pairings. I am never disappointed by this establishment.
We were dining with another couple, who are good friends. We are all into dining and wine. We all order a different meal and had two bottles of wine. The service, wine steward, the appetizers, the meals, and the deserts, were all to rave about. Good friends, good food, good evening! We will be back!
Petite Louis is always very good. We were a little disappointed with our of our entrees but I'm not going to mark them down for this. This is the first time we've had something there that wasn't executed as it should be. This is not a place where the menu is groundbreaking but it's not trying to be. They are a French Bistro and the Wolf/Foreman group know how to work their concepts. Petite Loius is no exception. Fabulous food, great service, and a beautiful space. Would certainly recommend and will continue to dine there regularly.
Tried this place on a Friday night with my fiancé. The restaurant is lovely but smart casual dress is fine (eg jeans & nice sweater.) Service was superb - our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. Nice and affordable wine list. My bronzino was good, not innovative but solid traditional French presentation. My fiancé thought his scallops were the best he's ever eaten. Profiteroles were tasty, but not standouts. Excellent value and the ambiance & service will make this one of our date night standards.
A wonderful way to welcome in the New Year. The Parfait de Foie Gras was a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors with the richness of Foie Gras, The Soupe de Poisson was a creamy seafood flavor softened with the Tarragon Oil. The Noix de Saint-Jacques was a creative presentation of perfectly grilled scallops with artichoke, fingerling potato, rouille and a sauce. The grilled sirloin was dressed and seasoned with bone marrow foam,a roquefort custard and finished with sauce birch - delicious flavor and artful presentation. The wine pairings with each menu were superb. Was there room for dessert? Barely, but we did enjoy the Mousse a la Framboise and a balk forest cake with chocolate cream, and fantastic wine pairing. The live music throughout the evening was enjoyable, sounded like Woodie Allen's Midnight in Paris.
At midnight everyone gathered around the bar for music and champagne. Chef Antonio joined the group to welcome in the New Year. What a great evening.
Just inedible. Unbelievable for a Cindy Wolfe restaurant. Scallops had weird metallic/cleaning fluid taste with a sauce that had already congealed on the plate. Fish soup cold. Staff befuddled and seem to be actors playing waiters (chain restaurants often have better servers). We had a bad experience a year ago and thought we would give it another try - we really wanted this place to succeed. Never again
Celebrated New Year's Eve with friends at the fabulous Petit Louis Bistro in Columbia.
The food & wine were excellent and the service was outstanding, especially with Benoit & Issac helping us make the right choices.
We always look forward to dining at Petit Louis and we were not disappointed. They exceeded our expectations.
Could not have been better! We went for my son's birthday and they couldn't have been nicer or done more to make it a special occasion. We asked the sommelier's advice for a bottle of wine and he recommended a specific Italian white. When he found that the bottle he had in mind wasn't chilled enough, he brought us each a sparkling white wine from the same region to drink while we waited for the bottle to chill. My son and I had the duck breast a l'orange, which was wonderful, and my husband really liked his lamb. The service was great, and when we didn't order dessert because I had a birthday cake at home, they brought us some macarons with a candle. I love this restaurant!
We stopped by for dinner this Christmas Eve. Food was outstanding, as was the service. Our server was knowledgeable and offered excellent wine pairing suggestions for the entrees we had chosen. Our food was delivered promptly, without making the meal feel rushed. Although the restaurant was busy, we did not feel crowded and the noise levels remained low enough to allow for easy conversation.
We dine here at least once a month, and as always, everything was delicious. I had the bronzini and my husband had the cassoulet. He waits for winter so he can have that wonderful dish. In the past we have loved the whole chicken for two, the lamb and the chicken paillard. You can't go wrong at Petit Louis.
The wine list seems to have changed with only one Chassagne Montrachet available. I am still waiting for Cremant de Bourgignon to be added to the sparklings available, but these are small details. We still had a wonderful evening.
Wish I lived in Columbia, I would come here often. Lovely bistro evoking a French café. Came with family after a Christmas concert. We were almost the last to leave but didn't feel rushed. The food was creative and delicious and a little pricey, typical of a Tony Foreman place. Great for vegetarians, pescatarians, and meat eaters. The service was efficient and helpful, and the atmosphere casual and fun. It was somewhat subdued when we were there on a weeknight, but when it is crowded I'm sure it's lively and noisy. I'd love to return someday.
food was very good. Server was excellent. All of his recommendations were spot on. Overall, it was a bit expensive for what it was but not over the top. I've had meals in places in downtown DC for about 10% less that were as good or better. Still very nice for the location.
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