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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-3:30pm & Sunday 10:30am-3:30pm
Tuesday - Friday 9am
Saturday & Sunday 9am
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
Rarely does one of Tony Foreman's restaurants disappoint, but our experience at the Columbia Petit Louis was quite lacking. While delightful to be outside with friends, the food was not good. Haricots verts were way overlooked, way over oiled/buttered and so salty they were inedible . Likewise the fish was way overdressed and too salty. The whole meal was disappointing. The lamb special my husband had was again too salty.
had a lovely and delicious dinner here recently. sat outside with pretty view of the lake. 3 of us shared 2 appetizers, the beignets de crevettes and the pissaladiere. we enjoyed both. the first reminded me of tempura and the second was not unlike a gourmet pizza on a little puff pastry. for our entree's 2 of us had the duck, which was very tender and wonderful! our other entree was the pork belly and that was delicious, too! shared desserts were very good as well.
We had six guests in our after-theater dinner party. This was the first time dining at Petit Louis for two of our guests. Our server was very enthusiastic and very French! He gave a feeling of dining in Paris when describing the entrees.
Everyone raved about the cuisine. We had everything from chicken, steak, trout, vegan, salads, soup, appetizers and dessert. There were several comments complimenting the whole experience and saying it was a very good restaurant. Most of these comments were from people who are very well traveled in the U.S.A. and internationally.
As always, I saved half of my meal to "savour" the following day. The dinner was a big hit and everyone said we must come again. An exceptional experience we always look forward to!
Service was all over the place. The wait staff did not seem to notice that we did not have silverware when we sat down and did not seem to be in a hurry to get to it. The men's bathroom was out of paper towels and the toilet paper was all over the floor.
The food was o.k., but not work the prices. Bottle of wine was very good, but a bit too high priced for working folks on a budget.
We tried Petit Louis to celebrate our anniversary. Our waiter, Thilman, was fantastic. He was professional, attentive, personable, kind, friendly, knowledgeable, and helped make the evening special. The restaurant was decorated very beautifully. The food was good. The Creme Brulee was the best I've ever had. The pommes frites were delicious also. It was a nice anniversary dinner. We would come back again.
Petit Louis Is a pleasant surprise! A very good authentic French menu to choose from. I have never been disappointed and have been there on several occasions. It is a great locale for a business lunch....not too noisy, good food and good service. Al fresco dinning is available if you so desire. I would not hesitate to recommend Petit Louis to my friends or associates.
We love sitting outdoors when the weather is nice. It is close to the lake and it is great for people watching! I also love to go there for lunch with friends. My personal favorite is the Beignets et Crevettes. Having been to New Orleans many times, I was surprised to find out that this is like a Tempura dish with shrimp and veggies in a lovely batter with a delicious sauce for $13--terrific for lunch for one. It is also great to share as an appetizer which we did. We both had Steak Frites which we enjoyed. The flatiron steak was tender and it served in a Bernaise sauce--yummy! The frites were good too. We shared a nice bottle of Pinot Blanc. Service was good.
This was our second time here. Great food and service is superb but our waitress was just a little aggressive and kind of aloof. It ruins the experience a little, but the food and the speed of service from the runners etc makes up for it. We'll go back I just hope we don't get her again.
We've eaten here several times and at the original location Baltimore. Usually we find the food to be top drawer. Unfortunately, this time the food was extremely disappointing. The french onion soup was excessively sweet, the shrimp ratatouille was flavorless and the quiche was simply too eggy, with stingy amount of bacon which didn't impart much flavor.
I don't know if there's a new chef and he or she hasn't quite settled in yet or what. The menu has changed since our last visit, which is nice. Changing the menu can keep an established restaurant fresh, but I'm afraid the food simply wasn't up to scratch this time.
I know that the Baltimore location has been running for several years and this one for only a couple of years, so I don't know why the food at this location should go down hill so quickly.
There aren't very many top restaurants in Columbia, so we'll probably go back to see if this last visit was an anomaly. Let us hope that it was.
There were five of us having dinner for a birthday celebration. The wait staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The food was very good and we all enjoyed our meals. The place was a little dark and it was hard to read the menu, but that is my only complaint.
We had been here in the past, on this visit we chanced upon a restaurant week value. We were seated as we had requested. We were a little early as our whole party was not present. We were seated in the bar area and we ordered drinks. When our whole party arrived we all moved to our reserved table. Our server let us know of the restaurant week special menu. We ordered our appetizers and then our main entrees. Our server was very good she keep our drinks refreshed and brought our food out as soon as it was ready. Overall it was a very good night. We will be back in the near future.
We had wonderful seats overlooking the lake; our waiter was friendly, efficient, and attentive. He was assisted by a young waitress, Rachel, who had waited on one of our guests a few weeks ago, and my friend had the opportunity to tell her how special she made her lunch experience. This was our first return to MD and Columbia after moving to SC, and the experience at Petite Louie made the visit very special.
We were a party of four , who individually arrived at varied times. Aaron was our waiter and
accommodated the staggered arrivals very well. We enjoyed cocktails and appetizers for 45 minutes and then moved to our table for an exquisite meal. All of our meals, the rack of lamb, salmon, and shrimp were all absolutely delicious. The atmosphere fostered a great evening of camaraderie. Aaron and all the service were terrific. 5* recommendation.
Service and quality seems to be slipping. Service was very slow, especially considering restaurant was nearly empty when we first arrived. Lima beans were much too salty. Taken back and second attempt still salty at least on top layer, but was not asked if it was ok. Burger left out caramelized onions, which is the best part. Didn't notice it until too late to send back, but still pointed it out to waiter. Received an apology. Burger was excellent otherwise. Other items were good.
The expanded lunch menu offers many good choices. Gravlax appetizer was flavorful and very fresh. The omelet de jour was a wonderful fluffy presentation of perfectly cooked eggs with a variety of mushrooms and ham. The deserts were outstanding, as usual. Only downside was that service was very slow and at times inattentive.
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