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.
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
Join us every Wednesday night beginning at 6PM for live music, featuring the melodic voice of Alexis Tantau accompanied by guitar, a violinist, and bassist.
Convenient free on-site parking is available in two parking garages and on a surface lot.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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. Food is g ...
Petit Louis Never disappoints. Food is great, atmosphere is fantastic and the staff is 1st rate!
Loved every bit of our Saturday night di ...
Loved every bit of our Saturday night dinner! Tableside presentation of roasted chicken was as beautiful and delcious as told it would be. Morelles to die for. My mouth is all over again just about it!
I'm glad I found this restaurant. Booked ...
I'm glad I found this restaurant. Booked a reservation for 5PM on Father's Day. We were seated immediately at an outdoor table overlooking the lake. The staff was friendly throughout the entire meal. I ordered the Steak Frites, prepared medium rare, which was delicious. They had an impressive selection of wine, but we decided to pass—I'll try a pairing next time. I will be dining here again. I would also like to try other Foreman Wolf locations.
As in all Foreman/Wolf restaurants, the ...
As in all Foreman/Wolf restaurants, the food was great, very traditional yet innovative , and a good value. The same can be said for the wine list. We ordered the Roast Chicken Tarragon which was some of the best we ever had including what we had on numerous trips to Europe. It was cooked just right and so large a portion that we had a good amount to take house with us. The shrimp beignets were also excellent. Fried in a very light and tasty. Our profiteroles were huge more than enough for 2 persons. All the portions at Louis are large enough to be shared. The ambience of the dining room is very nice However, it would be good if the restaurant would invoke a dress code because I don't think that shorts and flip-flops are appropriate at a fine dining restaurant like Petit Louis in the evening. On the evening we went, most of the diners in the main dinning room were dressed this way.
We sat outside near the lake in Columbia ...
We sat outside near the lake in Columbia on a beautiful day. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and friendly. The only problem was an occasional jet flying overhead which drown out conversation for a moment or two.
Petit Louis continues to knock it out of ...
Petit Louis continues to knock it out of the park. By far my favorite restaurant in Howard County, and it's not really close now that Bistro Blanc has closed. The food is consistently excellent here, and the service is equally very strong. Drinks are concocted by the awesome Issac at the bar, who might be a wizard masquerading as a bartender. Main courses and appetizers are both equally delicious, and the cheese cart is wonderful. My only complaint is that they don't offer a soufflé for desert.
Excellent food, but service was slow. To ...
Excellent food, but service was slow. Took a while for our waitress to come to the table and she didn't check back until we were almost done with dinner. Also, slow to get our drinks. Coffee was cold and bitter, it was replaced with hot but still bitter. We left a better tip than we should have.
The duck confit that I had was outstandi ...
The duck confit that I had was outstanding, as usual. My companions both had steak frite, which they both said was terrific. We also had a delicious side of asparagus, salads, and a fine shrimp/asparagus appetizer to share. Yum!
My husband and I enjoy eating there. It ...
My husband and I enjoy eating there. It is one of our favorite restaurants.
We enjoyed a special occasion at Petit L ...
We enjoyed a special occasion at Petit Louis Bistro. The service was exquisite, the meals we ate were delicious, and the atmosphere was informal yet refined. We will definitely return and highly recommend this delightful establishment.
Very nice ambiance but a bit noisy insid ...
Very nice ambiance but a bit noisy inside/at the bar. Once the large, rowdy group got settled in a private room it was much nicer. Impressive wine list and reasonable prices. Food was outstanding and staff were very apologetic about the noise. Will definitely go back.
It was a beautiful day for eating outsid ...
It was a beautiful day for eating outside. June day with low humidity and temps in the70's. The Petit Louis restaurants are my favorites in the Baltimore area. The menu is varied with lots of classic French Bistro items. There is a great prix fixe lunch option. Had a nice lunch with a friend. The quiche was good, but the dressing on the green salad was was very salty. I mentioned it to the waitress and she told the chef. I was given a small pastry as an apology. Friend was happy with his meal. Service was excellent with well trained waitstaff. Of course I will be back even though the Baltimore Petit Louis is just down the street from me.
Dinner with friends
We had hoped to dine outside but the weather was windy and chilly. Table inside was spacious, service was impeccable and the food was delicious. It was quite noisy in the dining area near us which detracted from the normal ambiance here. Looking forward to our next visit so we can dine outside.
we chose to sit on the patio; view was mostly restful, although music from an adjacent restaurant was distracting. service was attentive; food (including the red snapper special) was memorable, seasonal, delicious. this is a favorite for special occasions, closer and more casual than Charleston, which is our other birthday/anniversary choice. Wolf/Foreman never disappoints in any location. Alight was superb and half-price!
It's All Good!
We sat outside with a lovely view of the lake. Our server was friendly and attentive. We ordered some items to share and our server had everythjng come out at a great pace. We did not feel rushed. Of course, the food was absolutely delicious. We had the branzino special along with the smoked salmon appetizer and asparagus salad that was dressed to perfection. Petit Louis is still my favorite not only because of the great food and ambiance, but you can actually get a reservation withoit being on a 3 month waiting list!
Fantastic Outdoor Dining!
Petit Louis in Columbia has all of the special enjoyment of the original Petit Louis in Roland Park plus one huge improvement- location. We ate outdoors overlooking the lake, a rare opportunity in the Baltimore region. The Columbia location is spacious with the same excellent food and service as Roland Park. The mussels were perfectly cooked, seasoned with fennel and saffron, a different twist on the traditional preparation. Delicious but we would have liked more garlic. The escargot also needed more garlic. The beignets de crevettes were outstanding and demonstrated the chef's creativity. They are a perfect light entree. We had to skip dessert this time but there's nothing better than Petit Louis's profiteroles. We will return just for them!
We celebrated our son's graduation with ...
We celebrated our son's graduation with family and friends. All six plates were empty at the end of the meal. The food was delicious, the presentation was exceptional, and the service was top notch. A wonderful evening was had by all.
Lovely lunch overlooking the lake in Col ...
Lovely lunch overlooking the lake in Columbia. Great food, service, relaxing ambiance.
We had a very nice lunch outdoors. The f ...
We had a very nice lunch outdoors. The food was excellent. A bit pricey for lunch, but worth it for a special treat.
Loved the lake view. We went for brunch and sat outside. The food was good. It was not great. We are foodies, eat out all the time and know how to cook. The quiche was the consistency of creme brulee. Not something we are used to. It may not be wrong, but it did not taste right. All in all everything was fresh and the service wasn't bad. I would go back for cocktails and maybe an appetizer.
First time, great experience!
My friends and I went to Petit Louis for the first time. I was very surprised by the quality of service and food. I would definitely recommend. Pricey but what I would expect for what we paid.
I was treated to lunch for my 70th birthday. Outdoor table, nice lake view. Quiche was excellent, and accompanied by a very nice salad. Wait staff was very personable. And surprise... they brought me a nice dessert on the house as a birthday treat. Overall a most pleasant experience.
Very nice experience, Benoit was an outs ...
Very nice experience, Benoit was an outstanding server, very informative. My food could have been warmer, omelette was a cold.
Excellent brunch options. Great pace of ...
Excellent brunch options. Great pace of meal, good atmosphere. Prices not too bad.
Great setting for a French restaurant on ...
Great setting for a French restaurant on the lake in Columbia Plenty and easy parking , good restaurant , I'll be back
GREAT RESTAURANT WITH OUTSTANDING CHEF
LOVE THIS PLACE, LOCATED ON THE LAKE. WONDERFUL, REFINED FOOD AND GREAT SERVICE.
Perfect Birthday Dinner
Petit Louis was perfect for our birthday dinner. Everything from the appetizer for two to the dessert was delicious. We will be dining at Petit Louis again.
There was an error that resulted in the ...
There was an error that resulted in the entrée arriving at the table before the appetizer. This was not received well, and does not align with a top level dining experience.
Awesome food, great wine at this neighborhood gem
Petit Louis is a real find. Tucked away on the lake side of the Wincopin Circle area, it is not ostentatious and easily overlooked -- but it is a gem. The food is always exquisite, the wait staff are informed, the sommelier is extremely helpful. The ambiance "feels" like a Parisian bistro, minus the notorious Parisian wait-staff snippiness. The food is unusual and interesting and authentic, from the Chef's specials that will transport you to Ile de France while challenging and intriguing your palate, to wonderful basics like roast chickern or braised lamb. The prices are very reasonable: Incredibly, you can get a mind-expandingly good three-course meal for under $40 (though you can, of course, pay more as well). (P.S. If you're a oenophile, be sure to go on a Thursday, when the entire wine selection is half-price.)
We have dined at Petit Louis in Columbia ...
We have dined at Petit Louis in Columbia at least half a dozen times and always have a wonderful experience. This time I tried the chicken confit and it was delicious. Since it is Spring, my husband had the asparagus soup and I had the asparagus salad. Both were superb. You simply cannot go wrong eating at this restaurant!
We haven't dined here in a while but hav ...
We haven't dined here in a while but have to say we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner this time around. The warm frisée salad is to die for!!
Our new favorite of the Foreman Wolf res ...
Our new favorite of the Foreman Wolf restaurants! My wife was initially nervous to try French food, but was quickly relieved by how familiar the dishes/ cooking is. Wait staff explained things without being overbearing could be casual or fancy at the same time. Great experience.
The choices are fantastic representation ...
The choices are fantastic representation of french food . the wine list is deep in moderate priced bottles.
Restaurant is very noisy. Coffee was not ...
Restaurant is very noisy. Coffee was not hot--again. This is a chronic issue.Food was delicious!
Chef was asleep
Good was cooked to death. Dry. Mushy. Awful tasting. Waiter would. It stop talking or leave us alone
Duck season! Wabbit season!
The rabbit was fantastic. I can't wait to go again. The problem will be having to decide between the rabbit again or something different. Both desserts I tasted, the chocolate mousse and the creme brulee were wonderful.
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