About The French Kitchen - Lord Baltimore Hotel
Baltimore, MD 21201
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
Complimentary valet parking accessed via Hanover Street
On Charm City Circulator Route,
Across Street from Bus Terminals & Metro,
3 Blocks from Light Rail
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The French Kitchen - Lord Baltimore Hotel Ratings and Reviews
The French Kitchen is a beautiful restau ...
The French Kitchen is a beautiful restaurant with excellent food at good prices. We were there on a Saturday evening, a party of 9, and the place was empty. With 9, we had a great time. If there had been 2 of us, it would have been terribly awkward. There is a beautiful white bar adjacent to the dining room where we wanted to have a drink, but it was closed. We were told it was closed due to the fact that the hotel was not full. We were disappointed that we had to use the lobby bar instead.
The décor and caliber of the restaurant calls for more than a typical, dark lobby bar for a before or after dinner drink. TFK and/or the Lord Baltimore Hotel needs to up its marketing so that the white bar becomes a revenue generator and a feeder for the lovely dining room. SO many people have never heard of TFK and that is a shame.
The service was attentive but the food was slow coming out of the kitchen which was surprising since there were literally 5 other tables of 2 and 3 the entire time we were there.
We went to the French Kitchen with high ...
We went to the French Kitchen with high hopes. Our pre-dinner cocktails were lovely and well made. Our appetizers were good also. Then came the wait. Our entrees came almost an hour later. Mine was very good and the correct temperature. My husband's was cold. The waiter, who was lovely and knowledgeable, disappeared for large chunks of time. In the end, he said we could have dessert on the house. We chose strawberries and crepe which turned to be more like strawberry cheesecake. This restaurant has great potential but is not there yet.
Great food, fantastic service, beautiful ...
Great food, fantastic service, beautiful dining room, two bars, and a speak easy room, all located in a beautiful, historic hotel. Who could ask for more? Ours was a party of 10, and everyone agreed, The French Kitchen is on our list for another visit. We had a fantastic time!
We had a wonderful girls' lunch, I had s ...
We had a wonderful girls' lunch, I had salmon and my friend had rockfish. Both meals excellent with warm bread on the side. The restaurant is beautiful and the hotel had a lovely holiday tree display. Free valet parking makes it easy to do a weekday lunch. Love this place!
6 friends gathered for lunch and our exp ...
6 friends gathered for lunch and our experience exceeded expectations. Our 2 soups were interesting and delicious. The Caesar salad and our sandwiches were way above average. And bring your appetite because the servings were generous.
It is a beautiful restaurant, but empty ...
It is a beautiful restaurant, but empty the night we went. The food from the limited menu was very good. It is now only open on Friday and Saturday nights. Sadly, I suspect that this restaurant will close or be reorganized very soon.
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.
Loved the decor and furniture in the res ...
Loved the decor and furniture in the restaurant. We had a lovely dinner with great food in a very relaxing atmosphere. Robin was a great waitress and the manager and chef stopped by our table as well to check in.
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!
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