Magdalena

4.8
465 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
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
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Cuisines
American, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–1:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(410) 514-0303
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Mark Levy
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Catering
Magdalena and The Ivy Hotel are both available for buy out opportunities
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
North Calvert
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Magdalena will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $80 ($40.00 for children). The menu will include Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes, raw oysters and traditional dishes such as organic turkey breast with sage gravy, house-made pecan pie and chocolate pot du crème. Complimentary Valet 3:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 465 People Are Saying
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WM
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
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
98 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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DH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience in every aspect! Food, service and ambiance were all on par with the best in Baltimore.

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a
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Magdalena is a gem. Claudio is knowledgeable and the service was outstanding

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GP
Washington DC
173 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great evening. Dinner was awesome. Always such a treat to dine at Magdalena. Food, Service, Dinning room. Such a delightful night out. Dottie takes such good care of her quests. We will be back.

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was nothing short of amazing. Interesting, beautifully prepared, and creative. The ambiance is cozy with an elegant flair. The service was good, not as good as the food, but reasonable.

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EW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible service, ambiance, food and wine pairing.

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l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an excellent meal. The karma salad, beet and goat cheese appetizer were all great. The squash soup with crab meat was outstanding.

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SS
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Magdalena's never disappoints. The menu is always different and everything is terrific

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KS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have known about Magdalena for quite some time but just made it there for the first time this past week. It was pretty empty inside as it was a nice night out so most dinners were outside on the courtyard (which was gorgeous, felt like you were not in Baltimore!)

The apps and main dishes that everyone ordered were top notch. Some of the best dishes we have had in Baltimore! The butternut squash soup with crab meant was to die for.

I will admit the main course menu items appear a little "over done" at first glance but you will not be disappointed when your meal shows up!

Will definitely be going back!

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CA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent attention to detail. This is not a "quick dinner" stop, go and enjoy the experience. Stay at the Hotel too, absolutely perfect staycation stop, and great for a night out too. Great place

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food, as always!

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DD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best restaurant in the Baltimore Area!
Beautiful place, amazing food, great service. Magdalena deserves a Michelin star!

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K
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very elegant setting, superb and attentive service, excellent food.
The intimacy of Treasury Room is compromised when a party of 8 is seated in the room.

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D
Baltimore
98 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The creativity and the execution of each course was outstanding. Their chef really does know the art of food. It's evident with each and every dish.
We had the pleasure of being served by Jen...again. She takes the time to explain the concoctions in detail that will be placed before you. And she wants to ensure that you are pleased with your selections. We were.
It's important to everyone that works there that your experience is nothing short of exceptional.
Go and you'll see what I mean.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was not up to the standards of the price point. I would definitely have chosen Charleston or Prime Rib instead, had I known of the quality versus price here.

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C
Baltimore
54 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have dined at Magdalena 6-7 times since they opened about three years ago. Honestly, it gets better and better each time. The food is phenomenal, the cocktails are perfection, and the staff treats you like family when you visit. I had the pleasure of catching the summer menu in July and again last week just before the fall menu was about to launch. The sweet corn tortellini almost had me in tears both times! Magdalena is a special place. For special occasions, it is my opinion that it is overall the best in Baltimore.

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KK
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pre-theater reservation (which I was late for due to a client meeting). I called ahead, to have my dinner companion seated. The staff could not have been more accommodating. Never have to mention the menu and food choices. Among the very best in the city. Pricey entrees (for Baltimore) but very very well worth the modestly higher pricing than some much less accomplished and much less comfortable spots. One of my favorites in town.

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MT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was superior! A great restaurant to enjoy an anniversary dinner!

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B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

After reading reviews online I had high hopes for selecting this restaurant for our 15th wedding anniversary celebration. First the positive, the food was excellent! I had the cerviche and scallops for dinner. My husband had the pork scrapple and lamb. All were cooked to perfection with delicious sauces.

Now the bad. We were greeted by many attendants at the valet stand so I was hopeful the attentive service would continue inside the restaurant. Unfortunately that was not the case. The maitre d barely greeted us and I could hardly understand him as he reached down to grab menus. He lead us into the treasury room in a quieter section of the restaurant as I had requested in our reservation. The room was beautifully decorated, however, shortly after seating I noticed the tablecloth was soiled from the previous diners and had not been changed. The table was also only partially set and lacked flowers like the rest of the tables in the room.

Then there was our server. While she was very knowledgable about the menu, she was almost a bit too informal, for example asking if we 'kids' were ready to order. Their model of having one head server for 6 tables also did not work. I appreciate not having a server be too obtrusive and hover, but there were several instances when service was lacking like having to ask twice for more bread because the head server forgot and no one even asked us how our entree was after it had been served. Finally, the 45 minutes before and inbetween courses being served was a bit too long. The server did apologize for the delays but if this is the typical experience, the courses are not well paced. We opted not to wait for dessert as the 2.5 hours we had already spent there for the first two courses was long enough for us.

In summary, our experience was lackluster. Next time when we want a special dining experience, we will opt to go back to the Charleston were you get the food, service and atmosphere you pay for.

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B
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Magdalena remains one of the best restaurants in the state, and is consistently outstanding on every level. Inventive menu with great and unexpected textures and flavors, a staff that truly cares and wants your evening to be special, and a warm and cozy atmosphere. I’ve been here several times over two years. They never have an off night or a bad meal. Highly recommended.

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CS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent reputation is well deserved.
Improvement management should consider?
Tone down prices on the wine list. Average wines are highly overpriced. I think you would get more return visits.

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KH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a beautiful evening at Magdalena. Our wait person was friendly but not too present. The food was outstanding. It’s pricey though.

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PE
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary there (it's not cheap so it's not for every day). Everything we ordered was great; it was both very yummy and interesting -- new combinations, which actually worked.

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SG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding jen was awesome
Wonderful experience

Parents love it

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LD
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Magdalena Restaurant in the Ivy Hotel is always a special treat! From the moment one drives up to the hotel and is greeted by friendly a valet and doorman to the time of departure, every detail is considered. The restaurant has a listing of the return guest's favorite seating, sparkling or flat water, allergies, and occasions to make one feel welcome back. The outdoor patio that was recently completed is a great dining choice in the right weather and the various dinning rooms are each unique and special in their own way.
The menu reflects the season and changes frequently though always pleases the most discerning gourmet and has vegetarian as well as meat and fish choices. Chef Levy is truly outstanding and will gladly modify his recipes for individual preferences as necessary. The wine list is also appealing as are the unique cocktails. Magdalena is my favorite restaurant in the Baltimore region and rivals any I have frequented in Philadelphia, New York or even Paris. Bon Appetite!

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r
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our dining experience
we are surprised this is not a Michelin star restaurant has all the qualities of a fine Michelin rating restaurant

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c
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had in Baltimore after living here for over 16 years. Everything was prepared perfectly, with extraordinary attention to detail, without feeling fussy. The flavors were true and fresh. Waitstaff were lovely. Can’t wait to come back.

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AB
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything, even foods you don’t like, are delicious. Service is warm and attentive.

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TS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an amazing time at dinner with my wife for our Anniversary. Chef Mark and his team did an outstanding job on the food and our server paired up the perfect wines to accompany.

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E
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant. We stay at the awesome hotel and eat here. Every dish has been delicious, and the service and decor is impeccable.

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SS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really one of the best spots in Baltimore. Every time I go, I'm even more impressed with the food, ambiance, and staff.

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JB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

The food was wonderful. The service was absolutely appalling. For a high end restaurant, this should never have happened. We were ignored from the start. Twice I left my seat to locate a server, the first time to order drinks shortly after we were seated. When we finally got our wine, the bottles were placed out of our reach. Truly terrible service from start to finish. We did not even stay for dessert.

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D
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A Baltimore best kept secret! Service, food and staff were outstanding!! From the valet, bar, dining, and outside patio! Immediately became a favorite spot. Will be back very soon!

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BG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Baltimore! Service is impeccable, several rooms each with a different vibe plus a beautiful outdoor area to choose from. Food is imaginative, menu well thought out and curated to appeal to everyone’s tastes. The chef once accommodated my friends food challenges by creating something just for her. The menu is seasonal and changes every few weeks. Exceptional restaurant.

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CD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Would not accept a drink coupon given by a friend ! Pretty
Tacky
Said it was a birthday ... a tiny scoop of ice cream with the saddest candle imagine
Not up to standard of the overall experience

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EC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Came here to celebrate a birthday and it was so worth it! The service was great and food was fantastic. Highly recommend the sweet corn tortellini and the beef wellington special, but everything was outstanding!

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VB
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Magdelena has become one of the two finest restaurants in Baltimore. Every detail is accomplished with care, from the welcome, to the service, to the kitchen. The Truffle Veal Tartare appetizer was delicious as was the Sweetcorn Tortellini. The Peppered Magret Duck Breast presented a harmonious blend of flavors, although the duck was a little tough. The Deviled Duck Egg was a tasty surprise. The wine list is extensive and provides a wide range of choices, including some nice French Burgundies. There was live music in the outdoor patio dining area, provided by a folk rock duo which played mostly oldies offering a pleasant background, that did not compete with conversation. We can only say thank you for a great evening and for providing Baltimore with such a fine restaurant.

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LG
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly service. Loved the ambiance. Our server was very friendly and food was very fresh. There presentation of food was excellent.

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J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Read the reviews and agree 100% with the positive ones, and am scratching my head about the negative. French level quality with prices to match but well worth it. Baltimore could use more restaurants like this but wonder if market will support. I hope so.

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