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“This is really shaping up to be good.”
Review of Petit Louis Bistro

Petit Louis Bistro
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Ranked #12 of 261 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Columbia, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
680 reviews
446 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“This is really shaping up to be good.”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

Ok, so Columbia has long been a culinary desert where there was only reasonably good Indian food at fairly cheap prices and the big chains. If you don't mind Carabba's, I guess it isn't too bad. But actually Columbians have more disposable income than any other city in the state of Maryland, so one would think that there would be good places to eat here. No, you have to go to Tersiguel's in Ellicott City, Mannequin Pis in Olney, or Bistro Blanc in Triadelphia to get the semblance of a civilized meal (oh, I forgot that sometimes Cafe de Paris on 108 can be acceptable for lunch). So why, have we been avoided for so long by all the good restaurateurs? It must have to do with our truly punitive 36 step planning process. At any rate, the new Petit Louis far outshines its Roland Park parent. It's wonderful. Beautifully decorated inside and out. We've been there three times now. Once was good, the second time quite crowded and the game was not so good, but this past week for one of the civilized lunches, it was exquisite. So, welcome Petit, we're hoping you're here to stay.

  • Visited May 2014
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“save your money”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very unimpressed by this new restaurant. Although it comes as a Cindy Wolf restaurant, it does not live up to its Baltimore reputation. The food was unimpressive, and each order had some mistake. Most disappointing is the staff's failure to details, service and common courtesy. No manager ever checked on our meal, whether we needed anything or were happy with the meal. We were a table of 4 and no one was impressed with the food or service. I would not return unless major overhauls were made.

  • Visited March 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Mr Forman needs to spend more time here. ”
Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

This is an excellent spot for my beloved Petite Louis. However this restaurant currently falls short on many levels. The staff is friendly but unorganized. Our entrees came 10 mins apart leaving those with their food awkward. The veal was tough and my husband stated that he should have sent it back. The waitress had 3 dessert menus and instead of getting another she asked us to share. These might seem petty but the prices and reputation of this restaurant group holds this new bistro to a higher standard. Will return in about 3 months and look forward to a better experience.

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Columbia, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice Atmosphere but needs improvement.”
Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Had dinner here tonight. Been to Petite Louis in Baltimore and it has always been exceptionally good. Tonight while the food was
Flavorful, it was barely warm. Had the chicken dinner for two and it would have been great if it was hot or even warm. The potatoes were served after we ate our chicken. They were room temperature at best as well. I had expected more from a place that has a good reputation.
Our server was apologetic after the fact, but food needs to be served and together with sides. You shouldn't have to request hot food.

I hope it improves, as it would be nice to have a great bistro in town.

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Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
395 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Thrilled to have Petit Louis in Columbia”
Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

We've travelled many times to the original location in Roland Park & it's marvelous to have this fine bistro nearby. Visited twice ( lunch & dinner) & enjoyed professional servers, quality choices, and a lovely ambience.

Visited March 2014
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