About The French Kitchen - Lord Baltimore Hotel
Located at the top of the lobby’s grand staircase in the historic mirrored Versailles Room, this elegant restaurant focuses on market-driven interpretations of classic French bistro fare. French Kitchen serves dinner, as well as special holiday meals.
French, French American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast- Monday thru Friday 6:30am-10:30am, Saturday and Sunday 6:30am-11am
Lunch – Monday- Friday 11:30am-2pm
Dinner- Friday and Saturday only 5:30pm-9p
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(410) 539-8400 ext. 1
Complimentary valet parking accessed via Hanover Street
On Charm City Circulator Route,
Across Street from Bus Terminals & Metro,
3 Blocks from Light Rail
Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The French Kitchen - Lord Baltimore Hotel Ratings and Reviews
The atmosphere at the French kitchen was ...
The atmosphere at the French kitchen was great, the entire dining experience however, was lacking. Our server was unable to answer simple questions about the menu. Her standard of professionalism for a restaurant of such caliber (or should I say a restaurant trying to pull off such caliber) was grossly lacking. My $36 filet & lump crab was very tasty...but I wouldn't pay that much for it again. My friend ordered the rockfish entree- the fish was slightly overdone. It could have been good with a sauce of some type. Everything could have been hotter. We also had a very long wait from the time our order was placed until we received our meal-about 25-30 minutes (we did not order apps or salad). The portion sizes were reasonable.
This is such a neat hotel and dinning room. If they had better service I would not have minded paying such high prices for the food... too bad it could be a very hang out.
Kitchen is a misnomer!
Just like saying The French Laundry in Sonoma CA is a bistro. New Years Eve was a joy of surprises for our first visit. The prix-fixe menu covered land, sea and veggie choices of distinction. The "good luck" black-eyed pea fritter was imaginative and served with a piquant sauce. The violin and keyboard ensemble that played through dinner was top-notch and played at the perfect level to insure ambiance, yet easy conversations at even the largest tables. Dessert was not spectacular, hence only four stars!
Not up to expectations.
We arrived to be told the dining room was closed due to "private party" despite our reservation. This was changed to they were honoring those with reservations. Waitress not very knowledgeable or friendly. Food mediocre. Saving grace was time to catch up with my daughter.
Going to try again
Brilliant ambience and excellent attentive service. We were there on a weekday afternoon and the usual chef was on leave. With the exception of the best tomato soup I've ever tasted and a nice pork terrine the fare was ordinary. A chicken salad sandwich served with stale chips disappointed. We will come for dinner and give it another shot when chef is working. I am, for some reason, optimistic.
Pretty room and so-so food. Some of my issues are:
Our bottle of wine was not opened at the table but poured in back and brought out. It was awful and the server happily brought another, this time opened table side although no taste was offered until requested. The original bottle was comped.
Appetizers were entree size. My salmon soufflé was oddly a large piece of salmon with a soufflé like sauce. Not what I had envisioned. Escargot was served in a pot and not in shells. Pate was enough for the table. All too big. Entrees uneventful.
Expertly done food in a magnificent setting
The French Kitchen certainly lived up to its name for us, serving some of the best classic bistro dishes impeccably done. The room itself is spectacular -- so refreshing to dine in a restaurant with a grand, classical ambiance rather than the cookie-cutter contemporary style of most new places. Yet it still has a bright, stylish, modern flair. Service was friendly, attentive and professional. Highlights of our meal were a flawless beef tartar, a delicious and plentiful beef bourguignon, and possibly the best omelet I've ever tasted -- just tomato and brie, with a small green side salad, but a perfect meal. Looking forward to return visits.
A lovely spot
We had dinner here on July 30, 2015. The restaurant was rather empty at 8 PM, which made me wonder how long they would be able to remain open if this was a typical Thursday evening. Excellent, friendly and helpful service, and as it was restaurant week, I had the available Cesar salad variation and the the scottish salmon souffle, both excellent. The sherbert based dessert was sublime. Reasonable and pleasant wine list. The room itself is just beautiful. All together, such a very pleasant evening.
I wanted to be impressed, but was not
We ate at the French Kitchen during Restaurant Week. The room was bright and open and the service was good, although it seemed a bit short staffed. The food: Disappointment. I could have done better at home with the same ingredients. The best dish of the night was the Caesar salad with real anchovies. The chicken pollard should have been kept in the kitchen - a boring thin slice of sauted chicken with a little bit of brown gravy. The French onion soup was strange - way too much vinegar and not enough deep savory flavor in the broth. We will not be returning unless the kitchen improves.
Marvelous! Everything was perfect. All ...
Marvelous! Everything was perfect. All 5 of us “seasoned foodies” -- no pun intended -- were impressed! Katie was our server and was wonderful -- very attentive, but not intrusive, provided a history of the hotel, knew the menu and its preparation, and waited until everyone was finished to clear our plates after each course. Four of us had the salmon and one had scallops. All were delicious! The salads were very nice and the French onion soup was served in a clear glass bowl and was delightful; full of flavor and onions without too much cheese. One person had escargot and said they were delicious – just right! Desserts were beautiful, decadent, and delicious! Many of the staff stopped by our table to chat and make sure we were satisfied. We even had a tour of the 2nd floor ballroom which is beautiful and has historical photos of Baltimore on the walls. We had a truly great dining experience and that is how it should be, right? HDM
OK downtown hotel food
Got to give them credit for offering french brasserie food and a live jazz cocktail piano in a part of town without many choices. But, they were out of my entree and wine selections. My beef bourguignon came out hot - except the meat was still cold! So, a mixed bag in the end.
Nice atmosphere, convenient in town dining
This restaurant was very pleasant for a relaxing dinner in the city. Service was very good; food was good, however, wine list was non-existent! We were told by our server they were undergoing a revamping of the wine cellar and they did not have a wine list to give us; however, they would accommodate us with what was left - by the glass or by the bottle. The wine was "okay" and the meal was good, but not gourmet. Dessert was good, but uninspired. For the convenience, I would come here again if staying at the hotel, but would not seek it out as a destination.
My wife and I as well as three friends went to The French Kitchen on a Saturday evening at 6:00 PM before going to a play. We were the only guests in the entire restaurant and were informed that it had just "reopened" with a new chef the day prior. All of us ordered drinks/wine, appetizers and entrees. After 30 minutes had passed, I waved down our waitress and asked about the status of our order. I was informed that it was delayed since the kitchen staff couldn't find an oyster knife to shuck the oysters that had been ordered; we cancelled that order immediately. When the remaining appetizers eventually arrived, they were ok. My pate was good. The tomato soup likewise was good but tepid. The caesar salad was likewise ok. The entrees on the other hand were pitiful. I had ordered scallops. What arrived was 3 scallops on wilted greens, nothing else.... an appetizer size portion ($29). My wife's boeuf bourguignon likewise was quite small (3 pieces of beef with a few vegetables). The other meal, chicken, was dry. I left the restaurant hungry and not satisfied! DON'T bother to come to The French Kitchen. There are much better venues in Baltimore.
Really good restaurant - but no "Hall of Mirrors"
We went for Valentines Day dinner, expecting a good meal in a space fashioned after the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
The meal was wonderful - we had lobster bisque and crab souffle for starters, and coq au vin and cod for the principal dish. All of these dishes were remarkable in some good way!
The service was outstanding and friendly - knowledgeable on the menu, timely and attentive, and everything with a smile.
The only "complaint" was that the dining room was advertised as being fashioned after the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles - but other than being rectangular in shape with tall windows on one side and mirrors over doors on the other, its nothing like the Hall of Mirrors. We thought the decor detracted from their efforts - the Hall of Mirrors conjured up images of elegance, perhaps white linen with brilliant stemware and candles - but the table settings are mundane.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant for food and service!
Brought Back Good Memories
My wife and I came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary in the very same room (formerly the Caswell Room, now called the Versailles Room) in which we were married 53 years ago. Since I had my eye on my bride the whole time, I didn't remember the details of the room from 53 years ago, but my wife did and pulled out an old photo showing some of the same details. When we told our waiter that we had been married in this room years ago, he kindly offered to take our photo there, and e-mailed the photo to us. It was a great experience!
A very discerning foodie raved about her entree.
I went to dinner with my family and my mom is one of the pickiest eaters I've ever encountered. There are very few restaurants where she hasn't complained about her entry but she raved about her steak frites. She didn't have a bad thing to say abou it and actually raved at how well it was prepared. Our server was very friendly and knowledgable. The menu selection is small but I guess it's so the kitchen staff can concentrate on making them really well.
Typically French - Condescending
There are so may outstanding restaurants in Baltimore; this isn't one of them.
This was for a birthday celebration; just my wife and I. Dinner was at 7:30 and the room was less than half full. The decor is amazing, beautiful colors and mirrors that reminded me of Versailles. We were shown to our table and waited about 5 minutes for our waiter to arrive. My first impression of him was an out-of-work actor trying to be a pompous French waiter. Water and wine arrived slowly, we had to ask for bread which was soft and bland.
Almost 15 minutes for the soup to arrive, the excuse being a table of 5 backed up the kitchen. Really? The bouillabaisse was a bit salty but the onion soup was inedible and sent back. Again, the entree entrance was slow but the duck was cooked very well although my wife's white bean cassoulet is better. She had the boar osso bocco which was tasty and falling off the bone amazing.
When I waiter decided to grace us with his presence, we ordered dessert and coffee. While the cheesecake was blended and amazingly smooth, the hard chocolate covering just made the filling spread across the plate when trying to get a forkful. Absent a crust (sorry, cheesecake has to have that graham cracker crust, this did not), it was just a shaped pile of sweetened cream cheese with chocolate topping. The coffee in a French press (what else) was amazing but at $7, it was a bit much.
While the entree was amazing, the starters and dessert were poor, and the wine selection is fair. Service was inexcusable and the primary reason I would not recommend this restaurant. Engaging, intelligent, attentive waitstaff will make or break a restaurant. A new training program would be my suggestion.
Such a beautiful room, and the tables ar ...
Such a beautiful room, and the tables are bare brown wood. Put table cloths on please! Waitress was timid and not very knowledgeable. A little too much emphasis on presentation and unusual ingredients, and not on the food itself.
We were in for a show at the arena, and informed the staff as we sat down that we only had an hour and twenty to spend in there. This is generally a reasonable expectation. It took at least a half an hour to get our cocktails, and after an hour of waiting for our first course, we informed our server that we were leaving. To her credit, she removed our food from the bill and discounted our drinks. Outside of our server, there were no apologies issued and the manager was nowhere to be found. I simply cannot believe this place is in business. Do not waste your money here.
No food after More than one hour!
A total disaster-- no food was coming out of the kitchen for any diners and after an hour 15 minutes not even salads had arrived, with no update explanation or apology from the staff!! We and several other tables walked out unfed-- worst restaurant experience we have EVER had!! Right out of "Kitchen Nightmares!"
service was lousy. a server noticed we hadn't been approached after sitting at the table for 10 minutes, so she came over and took our order. She wasn't the greatest server, but she took over for someone who was apparently slammed. Yet, the service was still slow, and the server forgetful. Despite ordering soup to share, we received only one spoon. The food was mediocre. The steaks were too fatty. And the chocolate dessert looked a lot better than it tasted. It might be the first time my wife and I didn't finish it.
Lots of potential
My table was there early and seated and ordered. The service was good, but the waitress could have been a bit more attentive regarding drinks and refills. She also tried to take the bread away after the appetizers, which I thought was odd. We only ordered soups, appetizers and salads and everything was fresh and delicious. The acorn squash soup was wonderful. The scallops were plump and cooked perfectly. My salad was not like any other salad that I have ever eaten or seen, but it was fresh and interesting and tasty. The food delivery was a bit slow and if we had had more time, I would have liked some coffee or dessert, but it was never actually offered. The evening that I was there, there was a concert nearby and the staff and kitchen seemed overwhelmed. Many of the surrounding tables were grumbling. I would try it again.
Lovely brunch experience
We had a wonderful birthday brunch at the French Kitchen and we had the entire dining room area to ourselves! It is a lovely room, the food was very good and the service was excellent. The only negative I would have is that the valet parking was $15 which seemed over-priced particularly since our car was parked right out front at the curb.
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