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About Magdalena

Magdalena, a fine-dining bistro, is both informal and thrilling, a culinary jewel of Baltimore. The cross-cultural menu is built upon the finest local ingredients, and changes with the seasons and the inspiration of the chef.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Cocktail Hour
Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Mondays in December
Mon 5:30 pm–9:15 pm

Cross Street:
North Calvert

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 514-0303

Website:
http://www.magdalenarestaurant.com/

Catering:
Magdalena and The Ivy Hotel are both available for buy out opportunities

Parking Details:
Magdalena offers complimentary valet parking for its dinner guests during regular hours of operation. Valet parking can be found at the Biddle Street pull-off at the front entrance.

Executive Chef:
Mark Levy

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Magdalena Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.8

Service

4.8

Ambience

4.7

Value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Good for a Date (25)
Romance (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Neighbourhood Gem (10)
Cozy (9)
Pre/post-theatre (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Authentic (5)
Group Bookings (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten-Free Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Healthy (2)
Paleo-Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Late-Night Find (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined a day ago

Another great experience at Magdalena. Fantastic service as usual, and great food as usual. Fourth visit here, it never disappoints.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

A-MAZ-ING. Nothing more to say. New Bmore favorite. By far. Eclectic yet approachable. Like an episode of Bear Bobby Flay in person. Each course better than the last. Drive here and fast. Gorgeous.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined 2 days ago

The food was very good. The Aquachile appetizer was spectacular. Service was also very good. Staff was personable, friendly and quite competent

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Western NC)·Dined 4 days ago

It's Magdalena, so you're going to spend a lot of money on dinner, especially if you add wine. Our dinner for two ($99 + supplements), plus two glasses of wine a piece, was $400...but it was lovely. The food was tasty, the dining experienced comfortable, relaxing pacing on the courses, etc.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

We had high expectations for our Valentines dinner, and had selected Magdalena anticipating a special evening. Our expectations were exceeded! From the friendly folks at the Valet stand to the polite, attentive and well informed staff, it was clear that our enjoyment was the goal of each. Our server Justin was outstanding. Knowledgeable, present as needed, and enjoyable to have as a part of our evening.
Although there was a limited Valentines menu, the offerings were numerous and well diversified. And, the food.....
There is no doubt that this was one of the most spectacular meals I have eaten, and my companion felt the same. Each item was beautiful to see. The blending of flavors and textures was sublime, but obviously done with remarkable skill and thought. There was not a morsel that did not satisfy every aspect of wonderful dining.
There are 5 separate and distinct dining areas. Ours was tastefully designed and furnished. Although we had neighbors close by, the noises are nicely muted. The bar area was filled with customers, but again the noise level was low.
Magdalena is within the Ivy Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Mount Vernon. An 19th century mansion with a variety of accommodations and services- I would like to return and explore the hotel.
Our first visit to Magdalena was exceptional. It is an expensive restaurant, and worth the price. We will return!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a wonderful experience. Looking forward to our next visit already

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Best overall experience in town. Every detail was perfect.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The service was very good, starting from when we got dropped off by the taxi. Excellent wait-staff, exceptional wine list, very good food. The noise level was not too loud, which I like, since I was there on a date night. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was exquisite and the décor was tastefully understated. The service was also excellent. From the valets to the wait staff, everyone took special care to ensure that my guests and I were well cared for. The service and meal were excellent from beginning to end.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

For starters, I had their version of cerviche-they did not skimp on the seafood. It was very good. The other 2 had the cauliflower soup which came with a nice portion of bay scallops. As much as I enjoyed the cerviche the soup was even better. My fish was excellent. The steaks were perfect. My desert-Meyer lemon tart was delightful. The cocktails were excellent if a bit slow in coming out but we weren’t in any hurry. Wines in every price range. The only down side at all was that the table next to us was a tad noisy but not in a rude way. Will go back when the weather is warmer to try out the garden area

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Outstanding in every respect. Truly one of America's greatest restaurants.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Outstanding! At the level of a Michelin star restaurant.
We were a group of 5 and each one of the appetizers, main entrees & desserts were absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The service is professional & impeccable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on February 4, 2018

Phenomenal service coupled with interesting menu options. Friendly, knowledgeable staff in a beautiful space.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Without a doubt, one of the best restaurants in Baltimore. Food was fabulous, service great and the ambience was very nice. What else can i say. Not cheap, but one of the few restraunts that i feel you get what you pay for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Consistent with their spectacular service and exceptional food. By far, one of the best restaurants in the city. It's upscale sans the pretense, a perfect combination. We absolutely love it here.

Food3
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 17, 2018

I think this was an off night. There were quite a few private parties & our food was not as we had heard it to be

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I went with “my girls” to celebrate my 50th birthday. Service as always was outstanding. For the first time ever, the food was so-so. I ordered the scallops dish and it was lukewarm. That was surprising. Nevertheless, we are always treated like VIPs which is a lovely treat. Hopefully, the ok food was a one-off.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My favorite Baltimore restaurant! Wonderful service,gourmet food and great ambience. You feel like a special guest and most welcome from moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went there, six of us, for new year's Eve and the overall service and food was excellent. Wait staff knowledgeable about gluten restrictions, which was important for one of the guests. A truly hidden gem in mid-town Baltimore, we will definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our first trip to Magdalena, but it will not be our last. The room we were in was lovely and it was so nice to be able to have quiet conversation. We were there for NYE and there was a pre fixe 4 course dinner for $125. There were 4 choices for each of the courses and my husband and I could have been happy with any of the choices. We both loved our meal. Dottie was our server and she was perfect. If the regular menu is anything like the NYE menu, this restaurant is worth the drive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Enjoyed a lovely New Years Eve dinner with husband and son at this beautiful hotel and restaurant. Special four course dinner for the holiday was prepared and it was divine. It's an indulgence to go, but it did not disappoint.
Have also been to an afternoon tea here and it too, was perfection. The surroundings are superb and this boutique hotel is a gem in Baltimore. Looking forward to our next decadent trip!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent restaurant! This was my first time there. I had the salmon for my main and the salted caramel profiteroles for dessert and both were outstanding.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

NOT an "everyday" restaurant due to the pricy nature of the menu (plan on ~$100 per person). However, every dish is prepared exceptionally well and justifies the cost. The wine list and whiskey list are impressive and the bartenders are knowledgeable. An excellent choice for any special occasion!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food and hospitality are both stellar. The foie gras, sturgeon, and lobster tail are each beautifully presented and simply melt in your mouth. What the menu may lack in variety it more than makes up for in execution. As a local, I’m confident to say this chef is one of the very best in Baltimore. The kitchen avoids local cliches yet delivers an elegantly straightforward, unpretentious, fine dining experience. Highly recommended for special occasion dining.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Magdalena's was a surprise gem from the complimentary valet parking to the delicious desserts and everything in between. The sophisticated, but relaxed setting partnered well with attentive, but not intrusive service. Our food could not have been better and the portions were just right.
We will definitely return and gladly recommend it to friends.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Amazing food and service. Loved the craft cocktails. Everything was top of the line.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Quiet and romantic. Superb food. The truffle risotto is expensive but really good and had a lot of truffles. Very respectable wine list and prices were not out of sight. Greats ervice, very pleasant staff. Not for every night but a great place for a special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Superb food, interesting decor, excellent, well-schooled wait staff, friendly and responsive managers—we keep returning for special occasions.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The restaurant is a beautiful place with great ambiance, our main courses were delicious and just enough. Dessert was simply delicious. My endive salad was just OK.

On another note, the down light above our table was out and made the reading of the menu difficult. Also, above the table next to ours was a spider web connecting the 2 hanging lamps and most of the hanging lamp's lights were dusty, not an appetizing site.
Our table was in the bar room area, back in a corner near to doors leading to the garden.

Tags: Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Magdalena always delivers with amazing cuisine and service. Attention to detail is clear and top priority. Chef's selections and execution are impeccable. There is a creative aspect to each plate, a small masterpiece with each course. A personal touch whether with the food or the staff, that even in a full restaurant, make you feel like the only table in the house. The staff is attentive without being overbearing. They know exactly when to check-in and when to give you space to indulge in your fill of libation from their extensive wine list. The décor is elegant and rich but not stuffy and quite comfortable. Magdalena is my go-to when I need a little extra attention, have a taste for delectable treats, a glass of bubbles with a girlfriend or just a want to impress...this place has it all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Extremely flavorful meal. Excellently prepared and plated. Attentive service. Great ambiance. Slight draft, take a shawl.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This venue had great staff, a great wine list, awesome food and even better scotch selection. The seafood appetizer was worth the price and the service was top notch. The staff made us feel special.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This was a great restaurant for a special, high-end dinner where you want the best of everything. I took my wife here to give her a nice, pre-travel send-off, and based on the reviews I saw, I was confident the restaurant would be pretty good.

I am pleased to tell anyone it was much better than good, it was fantastic, one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. Everything from the chardonnay recommendation to the appetizers to the main course was excellently prepared, and there wasn't a mediocre item that we tasted. The beef was elegant and delicious, and the pork belly was very tasty and complex. Even the humble vegetable soup appetizer was smooth complexly flavorful. Our deserts, prepared in-house, were both fresh with perfect temperatures, and were delightful. The service was spot-on, well-timed, and charming, and significantly enhanced the experience, which we enjoyed for far longer that we usually take for dinner.

We don't typically give 5 stars across the board to restaurants because something is typically a little bit off. However, Magdalena's earned every star and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the experience. While we can't eat here every week, my wife has advised me that we will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Seasonal
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant had been recommended by a friend who said it was one of the best meals she has had. We were disappointed. The service was good but not outstanding as we had expected and the seating layout in the restaurant was not ideal. I think in the summer when it is warm and light at night and they use the outdoor seating it would be better but in winter it is a very small restaurant and we sat right by the bar. Not the ambience for a special occasion. The appetizer (mushroom soup) was amazing and my husband enjoyed the foie gras but the rib eye steak was the worst steak i have ever had in a fine dining restaurant. There was more fat than meat and it was difficult to eat. I recommend you try this restaurant if you go in the summer and avoid the rib eye steak!! Otherwise you would be better off at Ruth's Chris.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Perfect in every way! If you consider yourself a foodie this place is not to be missed. Can’t wait to go back again. The atmosphere is highly refined and posh but still comfortable and relaxing. Our server was superb and clearly well trained. Every dish was a culinary adventure. The wine list is world class and extensive. And there is free valet to boot. A perfect experience from start to finish.

Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A little disappointed. The cost of the meal with drinks was exorbitant. While they do carry unique dishes, it still seemed overpriced. Also, the wait staff was confused about which tables had which dishes several times. I did not like the open seating area in the back of this restaurant as much as the other seating in the front. It was too open and I could hear multiple conversations around me, so it wasn't very private. The food was delicious, however, aside from these drawbacks.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Magdalena is my favorite Baltimore restaurant. From the moment you arrive at the valet, you feel most welcome and special. The waiting staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the atmosphere romantic and inviting. The menu changes frequently and I am always pleased with the variety of choices. The food is incomparable and both a delight to one's palate and visual senses. The maitre'd always remembers previous guests and keeps a list of past favorite choices, even the type of water, plain or sparkling. A truly memorable and amazing experience. I can't wait to go back. It is ideal for holidays, celebrations, a romantic get-away or gathering with friends and/or family.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Clearly one of the very best restaurants in Baltimore. Everything was superb. I could go on and on. The punch line is that was a trial dinner and we doses to have or wedding rehearsal dinner at Magdalena, which also was superb.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

absolutely perfect

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Couldn't have asked for a more. I went for my engagement dinner and Magdalena's distinguished Executive Chef Mark Levy prepared an unbelievably tasty feast. We did the white truffle tasting menu and would have paid twice what we did. Highlight of the meal was the lamb wellington which was as beautiful as it was delicious. We opted to skip the wine pairings and have Claudio the cellar manager/master sommelier pick us out some bottles from their cellar. Boom! He nailed it. Eric our server was unpretentious and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. He made us feel like we were his most important guests of the evening. In fact everyone at Magdalena made sure we were enjoying our special night. Even Marty, the hostess with the mostess!, stopped by to fill our water and check up to make sure we were enjoying everything. My only regret is not booking a room too. Having to leave was such a disappointment. We will definitely be back and can't recommend a more creative, elegant and enjoyable dining experience in the Baltimore/DC area. A once in a lifetime moment that my fiance and I will never forget. Thank you, Magdalena!

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