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 Dining, 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
I love the consistently good food and th ...
I love the consistently good food and the Roland Park location, but Columbia service has been spotty.
For this occasion, we were celebrating an engagement. The server was polite and friendly, but seemed distracted. The restaurant was less than half full and there were plenty of servers.
She failed to bring the wine in a timely manner which meant that we were left with barely any food left and a new bottle of wine. She forgot to bring butter, even after we asked.
To add insult to injury the server, bus staff, and hostess all tried to remove our plates at different times, without asking, before we had finished - they seemed to have no clue about the rhythm of a meal - weird!
Hoping they can improve the service because the food is better than at most similar Columbia restaurants.
Old friends re-uniting for dinner. I re ...
Old friends re-uniting for dinner. I requested a table set apart from the hub-bub and the request was granted -- we were seated at a corner table where we could chat and catch up. The entire dinner experience was terrific. The waiter was knowledgeable and friendly and helpful. The food was outstanding. Foie gras, salad, potatoe soup, duck confit, braised lamb -- all of it was outstanding. Dessert also was fabulous. I highly recommend Petit Louis!
This was the second time that my husband ...
This was the second time that my husband and I dined there. This time there were too many mistakes from the kitchen. My husband ordered lamb with vegetables. The first dish the server brought was short ribs. He took it back and brought a plate of only vegetables. The third time he brought out a plate of lamb with NO vegetables. We asked the manager if she could do something for us on our bill, and she took off my husband's meal. I had the vegetable quiche and salad, neither of which were fabulous. All in all, a disappointing evening.
Outstanding meal and service as usual. R ...
Outstanding meal and service as usual. Received excellent explanations of specials, tremendous wine list as well. Our server Theron E was superb, and wine steward gave us excellent recommendation to go with our meals. Petite Louis Bistro is our go-to place for special occasions, and never fails to please! Duck breast was magnificent!
Excellent authentic French cuisine, with ...
Excellent authentic French cuisine, with a lakefront setting on a nice day, say for Sunday brunch. Our sommelier Oscar was most knowledgeable and helpful with both the Old Tom barrel-aged gin and a fine moderately priced red blend. Our waiter Benoit was a real hoot, absolutely delightful and caring but not overbearing. Food was all perfectly cooked, run immediately from the kitchen, and beautiful presentations. Pricey for us, but fair, and a real treat for my birthday.
Petit Louis is an amazing place. The foo ...
Petit Louis is an amazing place. The food is amazing and so is the service. It can be a very special place to go on a date or something unusual for a business meeting. Only fresh,local produce is used and the chef is very creative. Always a treat for the senses!
This restaurant thinks it's an upscale r ...
This restaurant thinks it's an upscale restaurant but it hasn't made it yet. Although the mussels were good, the broth was lost in the bottom of a deep bowl instead of mussels swimming in scrumptious fragrant juice . The flank steak was tough. My companion had to discard the first bite because it it was inedible. The béarnaise sauce was too heavy we thought. The wine, at the lower end of the wine list and cost, was a sad choice for our meal AND for the wine list, recommended by the waiter when our choice was unavailable. However the ambience of the restaurant makes it a place to visit if you're in Columbia and want to eat outside on a lovely summer evening.
Wonderful meal, as always. Benoit is an ...
Wonderful meal, as always. Benoit is an attentive, knowledgeable waiter and makes your evening special. This is our "go to" guaranteed great meal restaurant. We have never been disappointed. With the cooler weather tonight lots of people were enjoying the outdoor dining area overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi.
The first of my party to arrive checked ...
The first of my party to arrive checked in with the name on the reservation (mine), yet a few hours later, I received an email from Open Table telling me that my party had been a no-show. I had to walk back to the restaurant to make sure the record was corrected. I would have given the service category a higher rating except for this error by the reception desk.
A special birthday celebration was more ...
A special birthday celebration was more than wonderful with assistance of the doting , well-versed staff here. From our welcome to assistance with picking an extraordinary wine, to the beautifully prepared and presented dishes from appetizers through dessert, we were more than pleased with our experience on a Wednesday evening. We are still talking about the wonderful time we had and have always had eating here.
Food was solid, as always. Server had t ...
Food was solid, as always. Server had trouble remembering our orders--forgot several items we had ordered (like a glass of wine with dinner, coffee with dessert). Manager was hospitable. We would still go back, and just be sure to have a different server.
We've been here several times. The food ...
We've been here several times. The food is great –love the eggplant Napoleon, the chicken tarragon, the steak frites. Service is warm and attentive. They did a lovely job making our teenage daughters birthday dinner special.
There do not seem to be many non-commerc ...
There do not seem to be many non-commercial-non-mall-restaurant choices to have dinner at before a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion. We came across Petit Louis down by a little reservoir and the outside seating looked welcoming and quite Parisian. I was able to get a reservation and Open Table points so we stopped in. Overall our experience was very average. The waiter was rushed and overwhelmed by the number of tables he had outside. I also felt the food was EXTREMELY over priced for what it was.
I thought the food was fair. The lamb sp ...
I thought the food was fair. The lamb special (lamb belly) was not at all what was expected as the meat was tough and the garnishments rather bland. The Steak Frits was a small steak but very good and a small town would live on the frits. The charcuterie was very good. The Domaine d’Aupilhac “Montpeyroux” 2013 wine by the glass is outstanding but at $15 for a glass of wine that sells for $21 a bottle is usurious. I will give it another go because I think the Foreman-Wolf group does a great job usually.
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