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
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.
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.
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