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“Our favorite Baltimore Restaurant”
Review of Petit Louis Bistro

Petit Louis Bistro
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Ranked #45 of 2,073 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Upland Street
Description: Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf’s uptown eatery features classic French Bistro fare, an extensive, award winning French wine list & a lively Parisian atmosphere.
Reviewed January 1, 2014

This is about 1.5 miles from our house, so we often walk (so we can have the delicious wine). We had our wedding dinner here (9 people) and we dine there about once a month. The service is always superb, the food amazing, and the atmosphere feels like a French bistro. The escargot and pate are our go-to starters, we love the steak frites, and instead of dessert, we always go for the cheese. Oh the cheese! Tell your server to choose three cheeses and let the sommelier choose the wine to go with them. You won't be sorry.

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Super place, very much like a bistro in Paris. Super food, fun atmosphere.
We would return (since we're from NJ, doing that takes some planning).

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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Here's what I liked: the food. Here's what I didn't like: nearly everything else. The details: we had a Thursday night 8pm reservation for 3 and it took them half an hour to seat us so we stood awkwardly at the crowded bar in the only space available, which was literally in the path of hurried wait-staff. The room was cold, we could feel air conditioning blowing directly at us. The bread, though delicious, was also cold. Our waiter had the most contrived fake accent I have ever heard and was super dramatic in his presentation. He looked and acted exhausted, so the drama on top of that was poorly executed and even patronizing. We also heard him speaking to fellow wait-staff WITHOUT the accent as we were leaving the restaurant. The place was noisy and could use some noise-reducing ceiling tiles or something. It was hard to have a decent conversation. The decor was lovely - all of the details from the tile floor to the light fixtures at the bar made for a very pretty (and French) package but the number of hard surfaces made for lots of sound-bouncing, exacerbating the noise problem. The food was mostly delicious. I had the duck breast, which was cooked to a perfect medium rare and artfully arranged on my plate with mushrooms. My daughter had beef burgundy, which had sublime beef and mushrooms with wide, overcooked noodles that nearly ruined the dish. My husband's salmon was sublime. Our beignet appetizer was delightfully crispy and paired nicely with our wine. Our desserts were good: the chocolate pot de creme was swoon-worthy and the profiteroles were only okay (the pastry part was tough: a no-no in the world of profiteroles). So: overall the food was memorable but, since we waited, were cold, and had an awkward experience with our waiter... We'll probably skip Petit Louie next time and head around the corner to this chef-pair's other (superior) establishment: Johnnies.

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Relatives who live near this restaurant took us for dinner there on a recent visit to Baltimore. This is a restaurant that they regularly visit. Our meals were wonderful. I had the salmon salad, which was awesome. My husband loved his Dundade fish dinner. The butternut squash and lobster soup was excellent, along with the pot de creme dessert. It would be a 10-minute cab ride from the inner harbor area via a freeway. Nice atmosphere, and good service.

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1  Thank bbr2
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Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

i have eaten at petit louis numerous times since they opened and only once - maybe a decade ago - was i disappointed in my meal. the foie gras, the soups, and the sauces are all excellent. and they do a good job with fish entrees. my wife loves the saturday short rib special.

service is usually very good, although sometimes impersonal and perfunctory. the food arrives quickly. the space is crowded and noisy, but the food makes it worthwhile. while the clientele is predominatly adults - it's not chuck e cheese's - it's good to see kids experiencing and enjoying good food. in a recent conversation, a hostess commented that they like to have kids present.

petit is a good value. the prices are fair. the food, service, and ambience are all significantly above the contemporary typical food factory. i wish it were closer to my home.

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