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Magdalena

4.7
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738 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Bistro
New concept opening October 9, 2020.

Magdalena features thoughtfully created bistro fare inspired by the classic dishes of France, the comforts of England and the vast spirit of Baltimore.

The seasonally evolving menu highlights a playful yet sophisticated take on classics driven by the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay region. Ingredients are sourced close to home and relationships with local farmers and purveyors are at the heart of the culinary philosophy.

A cheeky cocktail program, revered whiskey collection, Wine Spectator awarded wine list, and regionally sourced craft beers complete a delightfully unmatched dining experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 738 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PigtownDesign
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent. Love the new menu!

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vipMarcK
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Mark’s food is the best - always inventive and a delight to enjoy. Kudos!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu!!

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vipwinesap
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and service were excellent. We appreciated the strict observance of Covid space precautions. My fish dish - black bass with small beans and pickled fennel was the best thing I have eaten in a long time. Flavorful but not too rich. I loved it.

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scuubadive
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service as always was outstanding. Staff is top notch, polite, respectful and professional. We are regulars at Magdalena’s and unfortunately this dining experience was slightly underwhelming as far as food was concerned. Our Hamachi fish appetizer was slightly fishy, the octopus app was very small and sea bass entree was flavorless. We suppose the chef was not on his game that evening. The desserts were amazingly good. We’ll definitely return regardless.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

High prices for food that tried too hard to be innovative and missed the mark. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great. Was just blah. We did the chef’s tasting menu at $90/pp to sample different bites, but I can’t name one memorable thing. From interiors to service to menu, it all felt a bit confused, tired and dated.

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vipMicheleh
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner

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vip2worldtravelers
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great birthday dinner here. Everyone loved the food and ambiance. We are highly appreciative of the restaurant honoring our request for a certain table type and for doing all the birthday things. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Baltimore, and perfect for a special occasion. We will be back and next time will stay at the beautiful Ivy hotel.

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vipdonp
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a remarkable dining experience. Beautiful room creatively cooked and presented dishes, attentive but n’t intrusive staff. We will definitely return

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JarrelG
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best night ive had in a long time
food was amazinfg

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AndreaH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made the reservation to celebrate my friend’s retirement. We were both extremely pleased with the food and the ambiance.

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vipJulieE
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Magdalena is most definitely a fine dining restaurant. Its location in the former basement of the Ivy Hotel's historic mansion is intimate and elegant. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. I especially enjoyed the sweet potato ginger soup. It was served with a small piece of pork terrine and a few other embellishments. What was special was the way the server poured the soup around, but not over the ingredients. My only complaint was that the menu selection was fairly limited. Since I don't care for fish, my options were even more limited.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In our opinion, Magdelena is the #1 Restaurant in Baltimore, and our favorite for special occasions. The food is always amazing. The service is perfect. In addition, the decor in is warm, and the ambiance is beautifully tasteful without being ostentatious. The restaurant is divided into several spaces, each with 3-5 tables, making for a private, quiet feeling in which it's easy to carry on a conversation. What more can you ask for?

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JasonL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The valet, hostess, wait staff, chef, service, food, ambiance, decor, mood, sounds...were all fantastic!

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SarahB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of my experience was outstanding. From the front door, to table to when we were finished. Everything was stellar.

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vipBryan
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful.experience.

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JuliaS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Baltimore. The quality of food and level of service is unparalleled. We look forward to coming back to this restaurant for our next special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our dinner experience and service was fantastic, the food is amazing and our waiter was excellent.
The only bad experience was at the bar before dinner. We were the only couple at the bar and there was one bartender. He was aloft and quite rude. He never introduced himself nor welcome us. He seems overwhelmed with the drink orders from the restaurant. We waited for drinks without being addressed, then he ran out of martini glasses, and when I asked for water he told me it would “be a few minutes.” I am disappointed in his attitude and non welcoming personality. He didn’t speak to us at all except to take our drink order. We weren’t looking for a new best friend but one would think a bartender would have a personality and at least be friendly.

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DoctorJDubs
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a can’t miss restaurant in Baltimore. The new menu allows for tasting of many different dishes. The flavors are impeccable and the presentation, ambiance, and service are outstanding.

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Kudzu
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at Magdalena’s for regular dinners and special occasions. The service is always warm and attentive but never intrusive. It starts from the valet and carries throughout the meal until you are back at the valet. The drink options are wonderful with and without alcohol. Our party often includes those with a vegan diet. Chef’s creations for entrees and desserts are on par with the regular menu options. Will be back.

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vipMahender
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience

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vipDDSWriter
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular!

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vipKevinC
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

First night with new tasting menu with wine pairings. Service friendly but chaotic with food and wine arriving in an uncoordinated fashion. Several times with no explanation. Food sometimes arriving cold. Food was good but not great. They were over-reaching and failed

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vipToriBrand
Baltimore
73 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

There were very few options and they all required a Pre-Fixe choice. Very expensive. The steak was salty. The interior of the restaurant was very nice.

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ChristineV
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant in every way, staff professional but friendly, ambience relaxed, and the food by Chef Mark? Outstanding is not a good enough description. A gastronomic experience to remember! Highly recommend.

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VioletV
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magdalena is always a delight. Relatively quiet and serene on a Saturday night. Food and cocktails delicious.

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vipRuxton4dinner
Baltimore
75 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful venue, attentive service. What else is there to say? Not inexpensive and not overly large portions but not enough to change my opinion as to the excellence of the restaurant!

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vipSally
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service was slow.
One waiter for our entire dining space.
Scallops were over salted
Started to send back, but declined.
Out of Ketel One Vodka

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BaltimoreGreg
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find in the Mt. Vernon area of Baltimore! Amazing and creative menu: you have never had ceviche like this; the mushroom lasagna side dish looked like a hazelnut wafer cookie but tasted worlds better; and I would not normally order parsnip soup, but I am so glad we did. Beautiful little spot, very intimate, very pretty -- perfect for a great date. Amazing wine and whiskey lists too. Prices can add up, so this is more of a special occasion location for us, but we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and we got tucked away into a corner so we could have a quiet, romantic anniversary dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot for our 30th anniversary dinner. I can only remember one other meal in Baltimore that was this good. This place cannot be missed.

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Dudeme
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Scallops had a little grit. Sweet potato tots a miss.

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vipAsianreporter
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu with great food and service. Knowledgeable staff. Comfortably elegant atmosphere. Could have kept wine glasses filled.

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FoodVixen
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and attentive staff. Food was absolutely delicious. This is a favorite restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When I entered the restaurant, there wasn't a hostess at the front, so I asked the bartender if I could sit at the bar, to which he said yes, and didn't engage in further assistance (e.g. asking if I had a reservation or letting me know that he'll get the hostess). It was a Sunday evening, the restaurant wasn't packed, so I was taken aback at the lack of service at first. a few minutes later, the hostess arrived, grabbed our coats and walked us to our table. Overall, the food was fine - not great - and the service was fine. I was expecting a bit more class and comfort upon arrival - the experience that I envisioned reading Magdalena's website and on social media didn't really match what I experienced in person.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Terrible service.

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AmyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Amazing menu. Amazing atmosphere. No rushing. Would recommend for any occasion (we were celebrating special birthdays and couldn’t have been happier.

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JLinette
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Dottie was our server and she was great. Service as a whole is first class. The food was excellent.

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vipJosephB
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Magdalena was highly recommended to me from my friends so I had high hopes and expectations for my recent dinner on 12/11/19 at 6:00 for my birthday

I arrived early and sat at the bar and said hello to the bartender and got a dismissive grunt back from him and he said he was busy and would get back with me shortly.

Maybe 5 other tables in the whole restaurant at that time

That was about 5+ minutes.

I ordered a glass of wine and he didn't even have time to pour it and asked a server to pour it.

My wife arrived and got the same cold response from the bartender.

The hostess sat us early for our table across from the bar near the outside area.

Very pleasant and comfortable

We were surprised to see that our server for the night was the very same grumpy bartender!

Not happy about that.

We asked him several questions about the menu and he could not really provide a decent amount of details.

Anyway we placed our order and all was good.

There was a table sitting next to us who has a different server and I wish we had her.

Super nice and attentive and answered questions with utmost detail.

She went over daily specials and we heard items that our server didn't even mention!

We ordered 2 appetizers (venison tartare & ceviche) and 2 entree's (halibut and bronzini).

All the food was wonderful....but the ceviche was AMAZING!

Would love to know what was in the recado. I asked our server and he had no idea. Didn't offer to find out.

We ordered the frangipane tart for dessert which was ok.

When the bill came it was as expected pricy, but we knew that going into the meal.

Overall for the food and dinning space, Magdalena hit the mark.....but for service and price to value....would say absolutely not worth the $$$$.

This is probably one of the most expensive restaurants in Baltimore and for the price you would expect everything to be top notch.

Highly suggest that you re-train the bartender/server!

BIG MISS!

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vipmarys
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food starting with the bread and butter,and ending with dessert. Excellent,attentive,well informed waitstaff.

FAQs

Magdalena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 514-0303.

Magdalena is rated 4.7 stars by 738 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.