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“Lovely Setting with Attentive Service”
Review of Magdalena

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Ranked #49 of 2,227 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Description: 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. There are five different dining areas at Magdalena: the Garden Room, which looks out onto The Ivy’s walled Courtyard; the intimate, romantic Treasury - where sterling and crystal were once kept under lock and key, and where welcoming tables now stand under pools of lamplight; the vaulted, brick-floored Wine Cellar; Tasting Room; and the handsome, convivial Bar. And of course diners are welcome to enjoy drinks at the Bar before moving to their table. Magdalena is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are suggested. Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Friday: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Saturday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Complimentary valet service.
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Description: 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. There are five different dining areas at Magdalena: the Garden Room, which looks out onto The Ivy’s walled Courtyard; the intimate, romantic Treasury - where sterling and crystal were once kept under lock and key, and where welcoming tables now stand under pools of lamplight; the vaulted, brick-floored Wine Cellar; Tasting Room; and the handsome, convivial Bar. And of course diners are welcome to enjoy drinks at the Bar before moving to their table. Magdalena is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are suggested. Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Friday: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Saturday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Complimentary valet service.
Reviewed January 2, 2018

Our party of four greatly enjoyed our pre-holiday dinner. The setting is stylish and intimate. Service was attentive and informed. They inquired ahead of time about allergies and food preferences and made sure to provide gluten-free bread for our party. The food was presented beautifully and the food was delicious. We had a good selection of both surf and turf dishes and also tired the octopus appetizer and some oysters. Two things to note: the prices are really high and set an expectation of excellence that is hard to achieve. Great food isn't enough when you're paying $45+ per entrée; the food should be extraordinary. Also, we were told about several specials, and from the time we heard about them and when we placed our order, all of the entrée specials were sold out. The kitchen did a good job of coming up with a beef dinner that was prepared like the special, but it was just unusual to be offered specials that were in such short supply.

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Reviewed December 20, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful experience. Upscale but not overly so. Out of this world food. Nicely presented and even better tasting. Courteous and friendly staff. Excellent wine selection and recommendation. Seasonal specialities. One of the best restaurants in America! Unforgettable experience. Can’t wait to be back.

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Reviewed November 21, 2017

My husband and I met for dinner at Magdalena on a Friday evening and sat at the bar for a bit. We ordered cocktails, a seafood platter and oysters which were amazing. It's a beautiful space with a couple of different dining rooms - including one wine cellar which looks really fun if you have a big group. We sat for dinner in the main dining area which is warm and has an art-deco feel. The staff were wonderful. We had the lobster tail, which was absolute heaven. The wine was great. All in all, it's a lovely dining experience. They have happy hours and specials and my husband is going to go to their Wednesday night whiskey tasting to check it out. I think it you go to some of those events, the prices are more affordable. Generally, this is one of those lovely night out places where you just escape for a bit. The restaurant manager, Emanuel West, was kind enough to give me a quick tour of the hotel. It is unique and absolutely beautifully decorated. The rooms I saw were over the top luxurious. The renovation of the entire building is one of those things Baltimore does SO well - making something old, new again, but with beauty and flair (i.e. Camden Yards, Canton). We had a lovely evening and are so glad to have such a gem of a hotel and restaurant in Baltimore.

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Reviewed November 16, 2017

My friend and I arrived expecting an extraordinary dining experience at what is supposedly one of Baltimore´s premier dining venues. Needless to say, we were sorely disappointed. The table was nice and service was overall professional needless to say not totally coherent in explaining restaurant dishes.

We started with the cold seafood sampler which consisted of six nice oysters, jumbo shrimp, lobster salad and salmon ceviche. All was good and a nice spicy mignonette accompanied the oysters. The foie gras appetizer was also good and nicely cooked with fig jam. But the main courses were really marginal at best. The butter poached lobster which had no taste of butter was rubbery and tasteless with the consistency of a dog´s chew toy. The pork belly was a greasy fatty slab of pork with little meat and more like a lump of fatback. But the chicken confit was nothing more than shredded salty chicken thigh meat lumped together in rectangle. And at $65 has to be the most expensive chicken dish in Maryland (was a special and no price given--I should have asked). A true rip-off dish!

The wine list is nice and has many good selections from all over the world. Prices for the restaurant are among the highest in Maryland. Not much talent in the kitchen for sure. I would recommend Charleston´s or Prime Rib for someone looking for a fine dining experience in Baltimore. Do not waste your time and money here! They do have valet parking which is a plus is all.

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Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

Went with friends for double birthday . Not crowded so we asked for the chef to create a small plate meal paired with wine. Mostly fantastic. Not cheap but was worth it.

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