Magdalena

4.8
504 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
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.

Special Offers

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Magdalena will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for $115 per person. The Valentine's Menu options will include: Paradise Shrimp, Escalope of Foie Gras and Maine Lobster. Additional luxurious embellishments will be offered - including wine pairings by the glass from our award-winning wine list.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 504 People Are Saying
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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our evening out at Magdalena. Definitely one of the best meals I've ever had. Everything was delicious!

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Feeling like the descent into a cave with offset illumination, the entranceway into Magdalena sets the tone for the dining experience, transporting the diner into an urbane space kissed by natural elements. The paths to the small, cosy dining spaces nestled around the bar and the two main dining rooms create the illusion of subterranean passageways. We’re in a place where good things come out of the ground, truffles, root vegetables, savory and aromatic herbs and spices, all participating in an edible dance in an epicurean netherworld. One of the best restaurants to surface in Baltimore in decades, Magdalena is characterized simply by excellence in cooking and subtlety in flavoring, combining old world techniques with new age tastes. Congratulations, Magdalena; you’ve brought an international caliber restaurant to the Baltimore waters. May you live long and prosper.

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KM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very memorable dining experience. Gourmet dining. The service was professional but not stuffy. Very pricey. Portion sizes could have been better. Great ambiance. Looking forward to going back.

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m
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fabulous dinner while staying at the Ivy Hotel.

Venison was wonderful as was the Oxtail Soup!!

Even the water is filtered and super fresh tasting.

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MP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was exceptional. The venison was the best I've had and I get it every time it is available on a menu. (If you are reluctant to try venison, you are missing out on a wonderful experience.) The best part of the evening was Jen our server. She was extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of menu, but more importantly she was extremely personable and funny and made the entire evening special and memorable. The restaurant is expensive, but worth it.

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SD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great, setting nice (different rooms have a different feel), food very good and prices on the high side (salads and appetizers more than mains).

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was incredible. Justin and the entire staff: amazing.

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EM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined at Magdalena for my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. Everything was perfect! From the kind and courteous Valets to our patient server, the entire experience was flawless. Most importantly, they made my parents feel so special. We all agreed that the ceviche was the best that we have ever had. Every entree was superb and the desserts were divine. This restaurant is unlike any other place in Baltimore. We look forward to returning soon.

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ES
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a great restaurant and an amazing night out! Everything was perfect and made so well.

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CR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a marvelous time. Excellent service on the busiest night of the year. Prie Fixe menu was excellent. Everyone found something they loved.

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CP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply stated -- Exceptional. If this is in your price point, you're doing your self a disservice if you don't dine here.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner here. Great service and a beautiful restaurant.

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J
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a lovely experience. The food and service were exceptional. I did find some items to be very pricey... salads.
Overall, a special place for special occasions

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EL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had a great anniversary dinner, food was spectacular. I got the squab, it was perfect! Try one of the whiskey flights

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f
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous, waitservice fantastic, drinks and with knowledgeable suggestions. Food creative and outstanding. My watering and memorable. Can’t wait till the next dinner there.

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r
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Drove from north of York,pa to experience Magdalena for the first time. Every aspect of the evening was outstanding. Food was phenomenal and service was perfect. This definitely was worth the drive. Will return as soon as possible.

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, ambiance, and service. Very classy

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J
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is perfect for a celebration for two or twenty! From the valet to the food to the service to the ambiance, Maglalena makes for an extraordinary evening!

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m
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We had been to Magdalena twice before and had a wondwerful experience. This time the service was painful slow. My food was very salty, I was unable to wear my rings the next day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was fantastic. The service left something to be desired. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived. Our server never told us his name and was absent minded. There were significant menus item questions that he was not able to answer. The meal itself was very good, but for $330, I don’t think I will be rushing my return visit.

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GA
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Overall great experience at Magdalena. Service was a little uneven in terms of time it took to be greeted after seating, clearing of plates, etc. Part of that is due to higher expectations based on the price point. But would go back again.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great, food was delicious, and the restaurant was pretty quiet so we loved it. They have complimentary parking which is great and would def come back for another day out.

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t
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Worth every penny! One of the best restaurants in town!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Was super cold in dining room, ambiance probably much nicer in summer months on the patio.

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Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful experience! The dinner appetizers and entrees were unique, each an amazing blend of flavors and SO tasty (and all the while presented with such style!) The wine, the well-crafted cocktails, and the dessert . . . yummmm.

As usual, Dorothy's timely (yet unobtrusive) service throughout, along with her spot-on suggestions and guidance, made for another great evening!

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MV
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Drinks were just so so

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C
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been to a lot of very good restaurants in the Baltimore area and this is one of the best. The food was creative and cooked perfectly. The specialty cocktails were excellent. Our seating was comfortable and we could hear each other talk without shouting. It was an excellent experience.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

very good food! unfortunately the service detracted from the overal enjoyment. also the carpets on the way to the dining room are very cheap looking and have holes literally cut into them.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly excellent service all around; in an elegant atmosphere, with great food and wine,

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RH
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was pretty darn near perfect. We started with cocktails at the bar, and they were delicious. The bartender was extremely friendly (as bartenders should be!) Then we were seated for dinner, and the ambiance was amazing. We felt cozy and comfortable. All the servers were delightful.
The food was delicious, and our only constructive feedback is that the portion of venison seemed small. We had appetizers, so it was okay to have a smaller entree, but for the price we would have been disappointed in the serving size if we hadn't already had a very satisfying entree.

We will be back!

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VT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, nice atmosphere. I would go again.

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MM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had raw & shellfish platter as an appetizer which was delicious. Vegetarian choice was ok ( Risotto balls). Roasted lamb was excellent. Great wine selection

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DT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My dining experience was phenomenal. The service, the food, the plating, everything was impeccable. I can’t wait to return!

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S
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

In our experience there isn’t a restaurant in the Baltimore/ DC area that can match Magdalena for this level of cooking excellence. There are clearly talented chefs in the kitchen who prepare dishes that taste wonderfully and look good. An extremely satisfying evening.

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JM
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In a word, our visit to Magdalena was, "special." The small twists in presentation and surprise ingredients layered with decadent flavors made the experience memorable in all the right ways. Service from the valet to the table was friendly and capable, but the food/cocktails/wine were the stars of the night.

We will be back. We were truly wowed.

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g
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant brings fine cuisine up a notch in Baltimore. It is in the stratosphere with Charlestons and the other fine restaurants in this city. The staff are wonderful and professional, and nothing is rushed. Every dish was unique and impressive and tasty. The wine list and the whiskey lists are unparalleled. This is a first class place and a dining experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The desserts were incredible

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V
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our anniversary and were not disappointed. The service was excellent; we were very pleased with our waiter who was friendly and efficient. The food also was excellent as we both went with the lamb. My wife had a non-alcoholic drink which she really enjoyed. I went with wine and found it to my liking. Would recommend this for a special occasion.

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WM
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time at Magdalena, and it will not be our last. The attention to detail in each dish was as impeccable as the flavors. Can't wait to come back.

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D
Baltimore
105 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The new Fall menu is spectacular. The venison and squab entrees and the squash soup will make you feel so warm and cozy. The attentive service adds to the overall experience. Treat yourself to this city's culinary gem. You'll have no regrets.

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