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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
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.
Food was very good and a good deal. I ordered the 3 dish pre-fix - appetizer, main, and dessert - under $30. For the price, the quality and quantity was unmatched. I was there for lunch and did not eat the rest of the day. Great taste, creative combinations, plain and simply good food!
Our 1st visit was for a lovely celebratory birthday dinner for a friend in June. Mussels were particularly good. Sat indoors where it was quiet with good spacing between tables. Returned to celebrate our (62nd!) wedding anniversary & sat outside - lovely view of lake & sunset, but tables so close it was impossible to have a private conversation. Neither mussels nor bread quite as good as before and gazpacho bit heavy on the oil, but service excellent. A complimentary glass of bubbly was served - but only after we had ordered (& consumed) some and ordered dessert & coffee. Nearby outdoor concert not our taste, but great people watching! :-) We will go again.
We met for lunch with friends from Virginia, and selected a waterfront table in the shade of the towering trees that abut the restaurant. With a pleasant breeze cooling us, we accepted our waiter's wine recommendation, a crisp chardonnay, and enjoyed exquisite appetizers, before moving on to our four main plates, shared with each other, and all outstanding. With a lunch prefix price of $20, we had a cost-effective, fabulous lunch. Definitely a place to plan on enjoying/
It was a beautiful day and my friend and I chose to eat outside. The waiter seemed to have a problem being pleasant, and when I commented to him that there were only three slices of bread in the basket and suppose we both wanted a second slice, he rudely and impertinently responded that we could fight over it. The coffee we were served was old and not fresh or hot, so that really did not help what ought to have been a much more pleasant experience. His manager intervened and must have told the waiter that he was serving us, not the other way around, as he was not disrespectful thereafter. I cannot understand why the waiter thought that we would find his disrespectful comment funny or appropriate. At any rate, after his manager intervened, we were treated properly, and it was the usual good service we have come to like and expect at Petit Louis.
We like to go and sit outside on a beautiful evening and enjoy people watching and the relaxing view of the lake in Columbia and have a nice meal. Unfortunately the food has really declined at Petit Louis. We have been there a number of times before and never disappointed but this visit the steak was flavorless and not particularly tender and the chicken was like rubber with a strange Harissa sauce. The combination of foods/spices in that dish are not complementary at all. Go back to Coq Au Vin and relieve the menu and patrons of this nasty stuff not worthy of your restaurant and purchase better quality beef. The service was good and our server was delightful. The kitchen and the menu needs some help.
Petit Louis never disappoints. We enjoyed duck, the croque monsieur and chicken tagine - all very different, all very French in inspiration. Desserts were amazing, although there was only one flavor of the bonbons left (that was a bit of a disappointment even thought the flavor was very tasty - when you're in the mood for dark chocolate white chocolate just doesn't cut it!). Service was excellent. So glad to have this gem in our neighborhood.
I have eaten at many good restaurants, including several really great Cindy Wolf places,and am aware of the difference between average, good and great. The person I dined with had eaten at both Petit Louis restaurants and they agreed that the experience at this one was below average.
The good: The wine, outside dinning.
The not so good, to poor: The cheese plate appetizer was poorly presented ( my 17 year old can put 3 pieces of cheese on a plate with a pile of jam. The steak frittes was interesting. There was a steak but you had to dig under a pile of fries that were a) excessive and b) more like five guys fries than frittes. The duck was almost good but had no flavor (not sure the sauce added a thing). The side we ordered was served 8 minutes after the entree because they forgot (which they removed from the bill) We didn't finish either entree and were never asked if we enjoyed it. This whole experience for 2, $200.
We have frequented the Petite Louis in Rowland Park several times so thought we should mix it up a bit. The area is lovely and the outdoor dining was perfect. Our food was just ok. I had the omelet which was very mediocre. I know it's not easy to prepare an omelet but I certainly expect more from a French restaurant. The server was not very friendly and seemed to want to be anywhere but at the restaurant.
Our first visit to this location, as our preferred location is in Roland Park. Food was very good. Great place to eat before attending a concert at Merriweather, and it was a lovely evening for outdoor seating with a nice view of the lake. Our only complaint was that we never received the second drink that was ordered.
I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. We went on open table and was told the only openings available were 5:30 or 7 we took the 7. When we got there the entire restaurant was empty except for outside. We then asked for cocktails and they were out of every flavored vodka made. Food was no where near as good as the first time
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