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, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, 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
What a fantastic location and restaurant ...
What a fantastic location and restaurant. I believe it is even better than the original up in Baltimore. Though we did not sit outside, I can certainly imagine using the ample outdoor seating by the lake on a temperate day or night. The inside is cozy, and there's a long comfortable looking bar, a variety of table sizes,a fireplace and private dining room. Our server, whose name I do not recall but whose French accent was a perfect highlight for the evening, was a joy to chat with. His excellent service really was the punctuation on a great evening out.
The food is top notch. My wife (vegetarian, and pregnant so limiting herself on certain foods) and myself (complete omnivore) had no trouble deciding on dishes. The shrimp was expertly cooked, my chicken was fantastic and my wife's salmon was excellent. Our appetizers were also great - whatever the berry compote for the fois gras was, I want them to try to duplicate it on a linzer torte, it was amazing. The only negative I'd say was the 'sides' per dish were very limited, maybe a serving spoonful (if that) of roasted vegetables.
Desert was wonderful and the wine list was also ample, though the by-the-glass might have been a bit small of a menu (if you were to split a bottle with someone though, you'd be all set).
Overall, I can't wait to come back and sit by that fireplace when the weather gets cold. I almost didn't write about it just so I'd keep it to myself.
We rarely get to Columbia, but we gather ...
We rarely get to Columbia, but we gathered our family there for an informal birthday dinner. The service was slow and waiters were neither friendly nor helpful. The manager also seemed remote and poorly communicative. Food was all right, but nothing was as good as the Baltimore Petit Louis, which we find delightful no matter how many times we go for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Absolutely wonderful - my wife and I cel ...
Absolutely wonderful - my wife and I celebrated our 21st Wedding Anniversary with our two kids. All of the dishes were fantastic - the salmon and lamb especially. My only regret was not ordering ore of the appetizers!
The waiter was wonderful with a delightf ...
The waiter was wonderful with a delightful French accent! Onion soup was, as always, fantastic & the special tomato and nectarine salad was fresh & summer!
& a visit to the Comptoir was a perfect end to a perfect meal!
Thanks as always!
This was our third visit. Each time we ...
This was our third visit. Each time we have enjoyed the atmosphere, food and service. The food is always fresh and distinctive, although the menu is somewhat limited. If going on a weekend, reservations are highly recommended. We did have a reservation but since it was a weeknight, we really didn't need one. Would highly recommend this restaurant for either casual or romantic dining.
When I eat here, I wish the meal would n ...
When I eat here, I wish the meal would never end, or that I will not get full. The food is so good and beautifully plated. This is my husband and my go to place for our anniversary. Last time my meal came out I didn't want to start eating it because it was to beautiful.
This was our second visit. Waitstaff fr ...
This was our second visit. Waitstaff friendly and helpful but not intrusive. Sommelier very knowledgeable. Eggplant appetizer unique and delicious. Husband had bronzino - loved it. Grilled salmon cooked perfectly and well matched with mustard seed sauce. Will definitely be back.
Excellent service. Limited menu. Crab m ...
Excellent service. Limited menu. Crab meat was spiced which was not mentioned on menu nor by the waiter. No one rushed us to finish as the dining area filled up on Saturday night. Parking was easy to find. Portions were small considering the price of the meal.
Each time we're here, we're impressed by ...
Each time we're here, we're impressed by the restaurant's darkness. Adding some pops of light, despite the need for black ceilings, might add nice lift to dining. Otherwise always solid if not exciting dining. Servers are consistently informed, kind and helpful.
Unlike the other venue in Roland Park th ...
Unlike the other venue in Roland Park this venue is extremely loud. It has become more of a touristy, casual dining hot spot than the intimate setting one might expect. The food is also, in comparison to the other venue, rather disappointing in most regards. There are people there in running shorts and tank tops with their young, ill-behaved children - something I would expect (not condone) at a TGI Fridays.
We went here for brunch on a Saturday, a ...
We went here for brunch on a Saturday, and we got there right when it opened, so it was quiet and not busy yet. We even sat down in the little pastry shop next door until they opened which was more casual than the restaurant but still very nice. All of the staff were super nice and accommodating. Food was delicious; drinks were good. I would definitely go back.
This place was very warm and charming on ...
This place was very warm and charming on the inside. It is situated in front of a beautiful lake and offered cozy outdoor seating. I chose to eat indoors, but will try the outdoor area in the future. The servers were vary attentive and answered all of our questions. We enjoyed ourselves very much.
We stopped in for late lunch. Pretty out ...
We stopped in for late lunch. Pretty outside dining area and great view of the lake. They serve authentic French food and it's delicious. Quiche was superb. Soups and entrees were well presented, tasty and perfectly portioned. Service was a bit off, but the food made up for it.
We actually had a wonderful server the n ...
We actually had a wonderful server the night we went but I cannot say the same for the other staff. We began with drinks at the bar and it was happy hour and only moderately crowded but they did not seemed prepared to handle although there were many staff waiting around. I notified the staff at the door that I had arrived early for a reservation but they did not seem to pass on the maitre d. When she did come by our table she asked where we would prefer to sit and we replied, so she sat us in the opposite area. Once we were able to order dinner, it took approximately one hour for the food to be served. During that time, I observed the chef come out to speak with staff, and our server did apologize to my mother. It was my mother's 81st birthday and she is a diabetic so it was a good thing we had ordered appetizers when we first arrived.
Each time I have been to this restaurant there is a snob factor that I just don't understand because the food was fine but nothing that pretentious. So now I'm convinced this is not the place to go if you would like to feel pampered, but it is if you want the snob treatment.
We got there too late for their prix fix ...
We got there too late for their prix fixe menu for Bastille Day, and quite of few of the menu items were no longer available (altogether expected since our reservation was for late in the evening), the bartender and our waitress were wonderfully accommodating, inventing and presenting alternatives to our requests. As always it was a festive occasion and reason enough for me to continue to let the French celebrate my birthday.
It was Bastille Day and my Sister-in-Law ...
It was Bastille Day and my Sister-in-Law's birthday. She's a Francophile and we knew this would be a fun evening for her. We arrived exactly at 7:30, our reserved time and with my 89 year-old Mother-in-law were seated in the adjacent bistro for well over half an hour. "We've got a lot of 7:30 reservations and we're trying to turn the tables." Things were loud and chaotic. It was around 8:10 we were seated, but not assigned a waiter. 15 minutes later, when we asked, a waiter was sent, took drink orders and brought a small basket of whole wheat bread (?) Our hors d'oeuvres were good, but it was 9:10 when I finally questioned why our dinners were taking so long? The waiter said he was waiting for mother in law to finish her food before putting in our order. O.K. The entrees arrived a few minutes later and the food was quite good. As the restaurant emptied out, the service remained less than mediocre, from the wait staff on up. We put on our reservation that it was a birthday celebration and told the staff on arrival. We were told they would provide a little celebration and cake. It did not happen. We went on our way around 10:40 p.m. and when it was pointed out, they gave her 5 bonbons and goodnight. It was a long and dissatisfying experience. Even with the half-priced bottle of wine special that we were told about after we bought our first bottle of wine. "Oh, by the way, bottled wine is half-priced for Bastille day." Maybe another bottle or two might have helped the over-all experience.
This was our second visit. The first, a ...
This was our second visit. The first, a weekend brunch, was perfect with good food, attentive service and even a tableside chat with the restauranteur. This time we went for dinner and sat outside with a lakeside view -- relaxed and lovely. It was a weeknight and the place was busy but not at capacity. Our waiter, who told us he had been there two months, seemed quite harried. Service overall was not satisfactory. We ordered wine but it turned out they no longer had our choice. Then we ordered s second, more expensive bottle, and it was brought to us but not uncorked for about 10-12 minutes while the waiter served others. We ordered sparkling water, but someone came along and poured (without asking) plain water into our glass, mixing the two.
The menu is pretty basic French cooking, and the food was excellent if a little pedestrian: my friend had salmon and I had steak frites, nicely prepared and served, but slow to arrive. As we were finishing our meal around 9 p.m., new people came to the table next to ours and our young waiter attended them -- telling them about a couple of interesting specials that were not on the menu -- that he forgot to mention to us! It seemed to us that the problem was not the waiter but the management and training of the waiter, who seemed always racing about while other staff stood by. It was a distraction and a disappointment. Because we like the food and the ambiance we likelywill come back and hope that this was a one-time set of screw-ups.
I must say this restaurant has improved ...
I must say this restaurant has improved greatly since the last time I dined here. The duck confit was perfectly executed. My dates steak was cooked perfectly, well rested, and full of flavor. The desserts were very delicious especially the ice creams. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys Classic French Cuisine.
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