I have been dying to try Magdalena, and when I learned they were now serving brunch, I knew I simply HAD to go. WOW, it did not disappoint. The ambiance of the back courtyard is incredible. I felt like I had stepped right into a secret garden. The chairs, umbrellas, and tables are gorgeous, and the ivy wall is EVERYTHING. Justin, our waiter, was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, and Mardee was the perfect gentleman, coming to check on us frequently to make sure all our needs were attended to. The food was beyond wonderful- and full of flavor! I cannot wait to go back!
Was underwhelmed after hearing so much positive reviews about Magdalena. Salt and pepper soft shell crab was heavy, greasy and lacked the typical salt and black pepper taste. While the corn soup, squash blossom, magret duck breast and halibut were of excellent quality, the presentations and composition of the dishes were uninspired. Standard seasonal combinations that are overpriced due to lack of creativity not quality of ingredients. Cocktails were well crafted, wine list superb. The service, while fully staffed, needs refinement, one of our initial servers did not know exactly what all ingredients of the amuse was and served the gentlemen at our table before our female guests
From the moment we pulled up to the valet stand, the staff took the best of care to make sure the evening from the beginning to the end was a success.
The service was incredible as was the food! We had an amazing time and really enjoyed the live music in the courtyard. It is definitely a hidden gem!
Elegant without being snooty. Both courses were beautiful and delicious. I enjoyed the Summer Corn Soup and Leg of Lamb while my companion had the Green Salad and Halibut. Both had a cocktail and I a glass of wine. Coffee finished the meal. Everything was top notch.
Always impressive. On our last visit they had just put risotto on the menu. Clearly the best interpretation of the dish I've ever had. Very good wines by the glass. All in all like a classy experience.
Everyone from the valet to the host to the wait staff and in particular our waitress Jen was very attentive. It made our anniversary celebration all the more special. Food was delicious.
When there is no left overs you know it's good! Beautiful presentation and so delicious.
This was our second visit and it won’t be our last! First of all, the service is incredible. Very few restaurants today have trained their staff to be so on top of everything, from the valet, into the restaurant, all doors are opened, everyone greets you and this same level of care continues until leaving! Next the delicious food, cheers to the chef and pastry chef, crusty warm bread, oysters from the West Coast, Foie Gras with Wellington Vegetables and Halibut. We ate here before our show at the Hippodrome and it was quiet but it was a Wednesday night, just hope this is successful because we love it here!
Excellent food and service in a great environment
Magdalena is our "Cheers" - with real CLASS! Whether we are with family or friends, we are always WITH family and friends. We love the staff - those who have been there from the start, and all who have come on board since then. The food is phenomenal - my oysters, wonderful soups, innovative, perfectly prepared entrees, surprising and wonderful veggie dishes (who knew BUTTERED GREENS meant so much more than wilted kale!?!), great cocktails, plenty of single malts for my husband (<: and always thoughtful and delicious wine pairings.
Please, everybody - treat yourself to a magical date night, family dinner, or special occasion treat, and be prepared to come back again, and again, and again to Magdalena.
PS - We all had luscious leftovers from our latest meal at Magdalena, and an equally delightful smorgasbord for dinner tonight: lamb, lobster, roast chicken, buttered greens(!), potatoes two ways - everything but the oysters, 'cause I ate them all!
Easily, one of Baltimore's best dining destinations. The level of service, the attention to detail, and the deliciousness and creativity of food are unparalleled. We love it here and highly recommend you try it.
The food and service were great. I would definitely recommend this for a date or nice business dinner.
One of the best meals we’ve had in Baltimore.
Delicious meal! Cauliflower soup was my favorite. Beautifully presented. Service was great! Just a little small and I wish there were more individual tables.
Absolutely spectacular. One of Baltimore finest restaurants. Not an off note all night, from service to food to decor. Perfect special occasion meal.
I took my wife to Magdalena’s for Mother’s Day. It was our first time, but certainly will not be our last. Everything about the experience was first rate - from our cocktails to our three course meal. Everything that we each had was expertly prepared. Out waitress was very knowledgeable, friendly and with a great sense of humor. The restaurant’s owners, Ed and Sylvia Brown, came to our table and introduced themselves. We had a wonderful conversation with them. They also set up a tour of the Ivy Hotel for us. We believe this is our “newest favorite” restaurant. Love it!
Incredible service and ambiance - second to none. One of the appetizers and both of the entrees (mahi mahi and NY strip steak) were over-salted. Rather disappointing meal that did not match the service and ambiance or the price of the food.
This was a very nice meal with friends. The menu and wine prices were a bit overpriced. I would come back again at some point.
Great restaurant with wonderful ambiance! Perfect for special occasions.
Pampered from the moment our car pulled up outside. Food was creative, presentation on the plate was extremely well done, service was spectacular and the food was delicious.
No long review needed. This is simply the best dining experience in Baltimore. In my opinion, there's not even a close second. Inventive, caring, delicious, cozy. Service always 5 star.
Excellent dinner. Soft shell crab was crunchy and savory. Aquadale was tangy, spicy and pretty moderately sized. The carriage egg with snails was amazing. The foie grois was very good. The wagyu was good but not melt in ur mouth. The mahi mahi was very good and would recommend over the wagyu. The space is very tight and intimate. It does get loud because everyone is so close together. Complimentary valet is so amazing. Great restaurant located in the basement of the ivy hotel
it was excellent in all ways- Dottie was a wonderful waitress and very sweet. Food was amazing and the wine list extensive.
Magdelena consistently offers a creative menu that provides frequent diners with new surprises at every visit. The food is the best in Baltimore. The service is attentive without being stuffy or intrusive. Return guests are remembered, and preferences noted, and you will be treated as a regular.
We have been wanting to try out Magdalena for some time and, when we planned on going to the nearby Center Stage, we tried it out. It far exceed our expectations. Attentive, yet not hovering (a personal peeve of mine) service, knowledgeable server, great pacing of the meal given our stated "hard stop" time for the theater, and delicious food, interestingly prepared and presented. We pored over the extensive and impressive winelist, which reflected some thought, and some unusual selections. offering both well-rated, and expensive old and new world wines, and a good selection of more modest price point wines, for someone perhaps not wanting to blow a modest budget saved for a special occasion meal. I suspect there will be quite a few people planning "special occasions" there. We are definitely planning a return when we can linger and enjoy dessert without having to clock-watch. One last comment: try the foie gras. Everyone has a way to prepare it, but this was very nicely prepared. A huge hit with both of us.
Absolutely fabulous restaurant. What a thrill to meet chef! Food was so far above norm. Next level flavors.
My wife and I were beyond thrilled with the innovative cuisine, amazing creative pairing of flavors and tastes to wow the senses and a strong and broad wine list and cocktail choices- this is the one of the top restaurants we've enjoyed in the last 10 years from New York to Maui to San Diego, Colorado, Palm Beach etc- Magdalena can hold its own anywhere in the US.
Many restaurants talk the talk of being "farm to table" but few actually taste the taste. Every bite at Magdalena testifies to its philosophy, and the result is somehow both subtle and mind-blowing.
Magdalena always provides a wonderful and memorable experience. From the moment you arrive and are greeted by the Valet/Hotel Ivy doorman to the moment you leave, you feel like a most welcome guest. The service is impeccable and the cuisine always outstanding. Chef Mark Levy changes the menu frequently and offers not only tasty but also beautiful and appealing food options. Always something new and worth trying and they always have vegetarian options as well. It is our "go to" restaurant whenever we want that special night out or to celebrate a special event.
I have eaten with Chef Mark and part of his team in the past and I must say he has outdone himself with this menu. From the first bite of the appetizers to the last bite of the dessert I was amazed at how delicious every succulent plate was. I ordered the scallops for my main course and my Fiancé had the strip steak, if we could have, we would have licked the plates clean. Being from New York we are hard to impress and Chef and his team did not disappoint. The front of the house was no let down either. Never a empty plate on the table, never an empty glass of wine. Polite and attentive 100%! We will definitely be joining the team at The Magdalena again!
Got a last minute res on a Tuesday night before the Baltimore Speakers Series when all the other Mt Vernon restaurants were booked, so did not know it was such an expensive place. What a pleasure to walk in and find such a quiet elegant and relaxing decor. Loved the brown leather banquette, the view of the beautiful garden. I have food allergies and a very limited diet; the kitchen and the waitress Dottie were very responsive to my needs. Husband had a good time with the ceviche, foie gras, egg dish andThe chocolate soufflé for dessert. No alcohol and the bill was still close to $200 with tip, but we left feeling pampered and happy. We will definitely return for a special occasion.
I’ve dined here on a few occasions. Magdalena never disappoints!!! One of my absolute favorites in town!!!
From the time we drove up to the Valet parking till the time we left it was a perfect evening. The dining room is very lovely. Or server was Dottie, she was outstanding. The meal was spaced out perfect. Cocktails, app's and entrees everything was well done and very good. The outdoor space looks great, can't wait to return and try that when the weather is warmer. We will return again soon. Thank you all for the wonderful evening.
A very special place! It now tops our list of places to celebrate special times
This us the best food I have had in Baltimore. It isn't innovative, it isn't unique, but the food here is so good. The presentation was beautiful and the food was perfectly spiced and perfectly cooked. I had the lamb which was excellent and the chick pea fries that came with were amazing. My dining companions enjoyed the Steak and Scallops and both loved their meals. We did have a slight mix up in service and waited a long time for our order to be taken, but once it was straightened out the service was good. The food is a little over priced, but for a special occasion, it's worth it.
We arrived at our reservation time for my wife’s bday dinner and were told it would be a bit so to go to the bar and get a drink. We said sure and were escorted to a bar booth and given drink menus and were told she would be right back for our orders. We waited 10 mins and she never returned. At this point the host returned because our table was ready. We waited 10 more minutes at the table before a server greeted us. We ordered drinks and apps and my wife has celiac so she ordered something that was prepared gluten free (remove the fried oyster). Apps come out and hers has the fried oyster on it and mine was the completely wrong dish (ordered octopus and received a fried egg salad). Both were taken back and mine took 10 mins longer to prepare which is fine. Because of this our entrees are on hold. We waited 20 minutes after our apps were completed to receive our entrees. We then waited another 15 minutes after entrees were completed to get dessert menus and 10 more minutes to ask if we wanted anything which at that point we just wanted to leave. Our server seemed very flustered all night and other tables were visibly experiencing the same lag. It didn’t seem overly busy so maybe we just caught it on a bad night. Food we had that was correct was good. All the mistakes and waiting around was just frustrating when you are at a nice establishment like this and celebrating. Expect better experience. I’m sure my wife won’t want to go back.
Lovely restaurant, fantastic food but disappointing service, especially given the prices. There were multiple glitches throughout the meal, starting with the fact that we waited a very long time before someone even brought us menus. Our waiter was nice but seemed rather inexperienced and not as smooth and professional as I expect when I am paying those prices. We still had a nice evening (and the food really was delicious), but I would have liked a better overall experience.
This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. The whole experience was outstanding -- food, service, ambience, value. Although the meal was expensive, I rated Value highly because I've eaten at restaurants far less impressive that cost the same.