Magdalena

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675 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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.

Magdalena also features an extensive and award-winning wine list for your perusal. Our list includes a wide variety of wines from various appellations to complement your culinary experience.

For fans of whiskey, we offer the Curated Whisk(e)y Collection..., an extensive collection of choice expressions from around the world. Discover the world of whiskey for the first time or find a new favorite.
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MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We went there to celebrate our 21st anniversary. My husband told them in advance about our special occasion. We were there on a Tuesday and restaurant had plenty of seating, but they chose to put us right next to 3 people talking about dental devices and practicing with the equipment.
My husband ordered a goat cheese mousse salad and the cheese had zero flavor. The autumn soup was yummy, but only one vegetarian entree on the menu. The kicker was when they brought me a dessert complete with a happy birthday candle and message for our anniversary..funny but cringe worthy. Not worth the hefty price.

DS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Magdalena to celebrate my birthday. It couldn't have been a more beautiful experience. The decor is lovely. The service was outstanding. And, most of all, the food was superb. I give it an A+

JH
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue, staff, and delicious food!

AS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing start to finish! Each dish was simply heaven.

JG
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening in a delightful venue. We were seated in the tasting room area. It was lovely, uncrowded, beautifully decorated and blissfully quiet. Our server Andrew was very attentive, but allowed us to have a long, relaxing meal. The food was wonderful. We had oysters and goat cheese mousse as appetizers and then duck breast and venison for our entrees. All the food was top notch. The cocktails and wine were excellent as well. A meal like this is expensive, but the experience is very worth it for a special occasion. We arrived at 7:15 and didn't leave until about 10 and enjoyed the leisurely dining experience which is quite rare these days. There is also complementary valet parking which is very nice.

LT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! Can’t say enough 5-star ratings! Absolutely everything was perfect!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere, highly recommend!

GL
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Top notch service. Friendly and attentive. Nice menu and excellent wine list. Filet and veal chop were delicious. Foie gras is a must.

r
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, great atmosphere but not worth the high price. We’ve been to many exclusive restaurants and willing to pay the extra money but expect to walk away wowed and we didn’t have that feeling

EK
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say... The entire experience of Magdalena was beautiful and beyond any dining expectation. Capital!

PS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food. Stellar service. Warm. Great special occasion spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC! From beginning to end. Dotty was great, guiding us through the menu, helping us with wine pairings, an overall excellent experience. If you haven’t been to Magdalena you are missing out on some incredible cuisine.

OT
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was my husbands bday. We had a lovely dinner and then we enjoyed the whiskey tasting. He was elated with the experience!!
Thank you!

MA
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once more setting the standards of service and haute cuisine for Baltimore......;)

M
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful venue and good

c
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and the ambiance was exquisite! Nice hidden gem and definitely worth a visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was sparse but overall tasty. We weren’t greeted as the host was on the phone and she looked for people to help as we walked in. The person who sat us down was very professional and kind. Our sever was obviously busy because we received the bare minimum of service. He never asked us once how things were and gave complimentary anniversary drinks to a table that sat after us when it was also our anniversary. Overall awkward experience and not enough people to do a the job expected for 202 dollars a head. Probably would not go back. Not the best service for what we spent.

PL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Amazing space; the new courtyard looks fantastic

M
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend. Pricey but everything from drinks, bread, appetizer, meal , dessert, coffee and service were outstanding. The ibérico ham appetizer served with small, butttery biscuits was a home run. All the staff we had any interaction with went out of their way to make our evening a memorable one.

JF
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Both of our sirloins were chewy and fatty. This was our fourth visit and we were disappointed.

D
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always pleasure!! The food and service is always outstanding

S
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dinging at Magdalena. We decided to try it for our 25th wedding anniversary and were blown away by everything. The inner courtyard was serene and beautifully set. The food was amazing at every course, and the service was top notch. We've definitely found our new favorite place in Baltimore.

EA
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was decent, but service left more to be desired. The waiter paid much more attention to other tables than ours. I had to ask him several times for coffee. It was an expensive meal to have such awful service. Wont be back again

JG
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fine dining- beautiful restaurant with truly haute cuisine. Excellent selection of wines. Attentive wait staff. Very quiet and few other diners. Might have been a slow night but that was a plus for us. Depends on what kind of atmosphere you like. Definitely reserved for special occasions

JW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem for foodies! Small separate rooms gives a low noise level and an intimate feeling. Service is first rate. It begins at the valet parking when he shows you into the restaurant and then parks your car! Celebrating a special occasion or just want to do something special for yourself this is the place!

j
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful anniversary celebration at Magdalena. We chose to sit in the courtyard, which felt like we were on a mini-vacation away from the city. The food was nothing short of amazing and the staff was cordial, attentive, and friendly. The overall experience was wonderful. We look forward to our next visit.

c
New England
43 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magdalena is a flawless dining experience. I had the lobster/crab salad on watermelon for a starter. Not exactly what I expected when served but it was amazing! The veal chop special was also the best! The service was flawless and the weather permitted dining on the terrace.

My only concern was the relatively empty dining room. Baltimore is not supporting fine dining. We need places like Magdalena!

Go! You will not be disappointed,

B
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place. We try to go at least one time each season to see what magic they are up to. Ignore those scary dollar signs - you are special and deserve this great treat.

TM
Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was more than advertised. It was a perfect place for my wife and I to celebrate the best 11 years of our lives (our anniversary). I had included in the reservation to please bring us each a French Martini as soon as we were seated (its a sentimental tradition we have). In the past, every restaurant I've given that simple request to when making the reservation has missed that instruction, and I had to remind them - not this restaurant. They appeared with the drinks immediately, and my wife was so impressed. The food is extraordinary, and the waitress (Dottie), the maitre de, the restaurant manager (Emanuel), and even the parking valet could not have been more personable or professional. The best restaurant I have ever eaten at. My wife said the same thing.

r
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Food is outstanding as is the wait staff.

SM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated our birthdays at Magdalena’s and as usual our experience did not disappoint. Steve loved his meal so much that he would go back and eat it all over again: burrata, tomato and watermelon appetizer (basil sorbet was amazing); bronzini entree and olive oil cake dessert. Service was exemplary and chef was very accommodating to my dietary restrictions. I thoroughly enjoyed my crab and lobster salad appetizer and strawberry cheesecake dessert. The sweet corn tortellini entree was good but the tortellini did not hold up to the pasta in the absolutely amazing sweet corn tortellini appetizer I had a year ago. The recommended wine selection went perfectly with our meal. Another wonderful evening.

SS
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with great service.
Food was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magdalena gave us a fine dining experience with all of the approachability of your local neighborhood standby. Absolutely everyone was friendly and knowledgeable, and we especially appreciated our server, Jen, who kindly and forthrightly steered us to excellent choices, and the manager and resident whiskey expert, Emmanuel, who guided us, based on our go-to favorite scotch, to a selection from their extensive whiskey menu (which was exactly as he described and that we liked so much we bought a bottle for home the next day). We closed the place down and they even gave us a tour of the other dining spaces at the end of the night. Our meal was beautiful in both presentation and taste, fully worth the price tag. Fancy but not stuffy, it made for the perfect “treat yo self” experience for our celebration.

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Service a little slow but allowed us ample time to visit with friends. Somewhat expensive - 6 people $850, so likely will only go for special occasions.

JR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our friend Rita Cooper's 75th Birthday and it was an absolutely lovely event. The entertainment provided by Rodney Kelley was excellent. The food was delicious, and Jen our server was outstanding. We definitely will be returning. The outdoor ambiance was so soothing.

JJ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. A special place.

J
Baltimore
164 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our Anniversary at Magdalena’s, at the Ivy Hotel Baltimore.

We were warmly greeted and escorted to the table. We were seated at a booth that overlooked the garden patio.

The Server and his assistants were very pleasant. Our Server was knowledgeable, professional, very friendly and efficient. He was there whenever we wanted anything. The food courses were small but very interesting combinations that “sang together” on perfect pitch! Everything was fresh and very tasty.

My husband chose the spring chicken dish and found it very tender and flavorful. The portion was small (of course, it was a spring chicken) but it didn’t leave him hungry. I had scallops with a coconut-cilantro drizzle, kimchi-Lychee coleslaw with finely chopped Chinese sausage rice.

We were told by the gentleman beside us that he was a friend of the Chef. He said the scallops are flown in daily from Japan! These were absolutely the BEST scallops I have ever had, bar none! Amazing! They were plump, moist but not wet and so very tender. And, my pet peeve with scallops: crunching down on sand, was totally eliminated. They were absolutely perfect....And so was our anniversary dinner! We finished the meal with scoops of homemade ice cream and gelato.

Everything was carefully and professionally prepared. We would recommend Magdalena’s to anyone who is a bit adventurous with their cuisine and wanted to splurge a bit for something special. Perfect for special celebrations.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife and friends there to celebrate my wife's birthday. Needless to say, everyone enjoyed every minute of it. A couple of my friends wished their portions we're bigger for the entrees

BE
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was incredibly personalized. We shall return!

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