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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-4:30pm & Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday - Friday 8am
Saturday & Sunday 8am
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
We always have a great experience here. From the beginning, when we sat at the bar, our bartender Amanda took great care of us and made us two fantastic cocktails. The hostess granted our request for a specific server (French gentlemen who is the absolute best) , food was phenomenal, the sommelier helped choose a spectacular French wine and we enjoyed the entire evening. Will go back soon.
Having moved away from Baltimore, where the original Petit Louis was a favorite, my Baltimore friend and I discovered that the Columbia P.L. is roughly halfway between B'more and Alexandria, where I now live. Perfect place to catch up, and for a lunch on a Wednesday afternoon, it was quiet enough that we could catch-up. Food is excellent at both locations, but the Columbia restaurant is much bigger and has more items on the menu. Excellent place for a rehearsal dinner or any other group, as there are private dining rooms available. Go!
The waiter seemed to forget that he was there to serve us, the customers. We had agreed to some package and he presented our bill before he served everything included. We had to ask him for more butter, more coffee, etc. Even though the restaurant was not crowded, he seemed in a hurry to get us out of its dining room.
Absolutely indulgent! My wife and I enjoyed a nice "date night" with our kids off on other adventures. Everything was delicious - the escargot, gravlax and tuna tartare were just right for appetizers. Meanwhile, my wife had the rainbow trout as a main entree, while I enjoyed the salmon - both wonderful. We arrived towards the earlier end of the dinner hour, and were rewarded with a nice table in one of the quieter rooms. And our server was very nice, sincere and attentive. A great experience, and we will happily return later.
Fantastic! !! From beet salad to seared scallops with mushrooms to roasted salmon w incredible Brussels sprouts to the drinks and FINALLY THE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE. Gastronomic heaven. One of the top 10 meals we've ever had, well above Season's 52 across the street. A must try!!!
We had SUCH a great experience. The entire team at Petit Louis went out of their way to provide exceptional service to us for a very special occasion. Thank you to the manager with whom I spoke the day before our reservation for recommendations on making this experience special, Benoit for his amazing service and kindness to my homesick sister-in-law (she's French and he took such care in making her feel at home), and the lady who greeted us as well as bade us goodbye with a bag of baked goods.
I love this restaurant and will be back!
Everything was so delicious!! Benoit, our server, was so delightful. The wine list, all French, is extensive with something delicious in all price points. We started with a glass of sparking rosé, perfect for Saturday Brunch. Can't wait to sit on the patio when the weather warms up!
My wife and I had a rare, kid-free evening planned. Dinner and a comedy show. Petit Louis was the perfect start to a great evening. The food was outstanding, especially given it was a Friday in Lent - many great options. The mussels apatizer was one of the best we've ever had.
This was our first visit to Petit Louis and it was excellent. I tried their cocktail special and will forever be a fan. Our appetizers, main course, and desserts were all excellent. Everything was good! Our server was engaging, knowledgeable, courteous, relaxed, as well as confident. We are already planning our next visit. I would highly recommend Petit Louis for any occasion.
Had a lovely brunch at Petit Louis to treat two friends for their birthdays. Got seated next to the fireplace which was wonderful. Food and service excellent--waiter even took a lovely picture of our party upon requests. While this is not an everyday restaurant for us (a little pricey), it is one we return to for special occasions!
So wonderful! First, they accommodated the fact that I was running late after picking up family at airport. Then, the service was attentive but not overbearing. The sommelier recommended a delicious wine that was just the right balance of fruity but not too sweet or dry. Finally, the meal was scrumptious! I do have to say I am not sure about the bleu cheese in the potatoes, but the roasted chicken was tender, juicy, cooked perfectly. The boeuf bourgignon was so tender and delectable! It is really so great to have such a lovely restaurant so close to home!
We went to dinner to celebrate a birthday. It was a last-minute choice and we had never been at the Columbia location before. We had a superlative time--everything about our experience was phenomenal. Our server was solicitous and gracious and his description of the menu choices was spot on. The food was authentic and fabulous. This could not have been a better experience. We don't live close by but will be returning happily soon. Thanks to Petit Louis for a wonderful dining experience .
We were disappointed. Upon arriving, I was very happy to find that the restaurant looked like a real Parisian bistro. Our service, at first, was good and our starters were nice. While we were eating our starters, the hostess seated couples at the tables on either side of us. They were seated so closely, that we couldn't carry on a conversation anymore. The six of us were in a space smaller than my kitchen table. When the waiter was telling them the specials, he was right on top of us. After a long wait, (that I wouldn't have minded if I had been able to talk to my date) our entrees arrived. Both the beef and the lamb were perfectly cooked, tender and moist. However, the dishes were both overly salted. We passed on dessert, because we didn't want to have to sit there with the other couples and wait. I might have understood this better if the restaurant had been very busy or full. It was neither. There were other tables that were never occupied while we were there. There was other floor space that tables could have been located that weren't so intrusive to other diners. I do not plan to return.
I love this restaurant, but this time I was disappointed. The special menu that was sent out via email was not the actual menu that they had at the restaurant, which mattered in this case since it was a prix-fixe menu. I don't know if there is a new chef on board as well, as the food was just soaked in butter, and I love butter. I will go back to the restaurant, but only because I've had great meals there before.
I am no expert on French cuisine...but I love the food at Petit Louis regardless of how it measures up against traditional French fare. I also enjoy the atmosphere...well decorated inside, lakefront not far away outside. I have enjoyed several meals - with good wine recommendations, too - and will continue to go back.
Just a wonderful restaurant for get-togethers with friends and family or a romantic date. When a chill is in the air opt for in front of the fireplace. In the summer go with the patio with a view of the lake. The book-length wine list is a gem as is the sommelier. There's a prix fixe menu for lunch for 3 courses for $30 that is wonderful. There's also an adjacent bakery/cafe if you want just a quick sandwich. Parking was not a problem on a weekday.
This was our first visit to Petit Louis Bistro. It was an early dinner on a weekday evening. The host welcomed us and we were seated promptly. Lighting at the table was not as bright as we would have preferred to easily read the menu. Only two other diners were there at the time... so the atmosphere allowed for quiet conversation. Our server that evening was excellent (5 stars). We ordered Quiche Lorraine with a side salad. Serving size was ample however taste-wise was just "OK" (3 stars, the lardon was gristly). We may visit again in a few months and try one of their other menu selections.
This is a Celiac-friendly restaurant. Their waitstaff are very knowledgeable about every ingredient used in preparation, and are willing to double-check and make any adjustment you would care for (example: French onion soup with no bread layer). There is a clean prep area (not sure if it's always dedicated, but it's cleaned regularly). The food is authentic French but despite that the portions are decent. We have been to the original location in Roland Park and prefer the Columbia one for its atmosphere and better parking situation.
The service was excellent, we were seated at our table within seconds of giving the hostess our reservation information. The waiter was prompt and took our drink orders quickly - at times he appeared a little rushed. We had the potato and leek soup, the baked chicken and pork loin. My husband loved his chocolate dessert while I very much enjoyed the cherry custard tart. The overall experience was fine except for the long delay between the soup course and receiving our entrees and dessert. One thing that we noticed, there was definitely more attention paid to the wine drinkers than the non-drinkers at the restaurant. The table in front of us had several visits to their table from other members of the staff (maybe the sommelier or manager) while no one asked us if we enjoyed our meal. I would definitely recommend making reservations as there was a number of people waiting for a table when we left at 8:30 pm.
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