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“Why Give Out Prix Fixe Menus to 4 Yet Only Have One Entre Left?” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Petit Louis Bistro

Petit Louis Bistro
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Ranked #10 of 260 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
York, PA
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222 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Why Give Out Prix Fixe Menus to 4 Yet Only Have One Entre Left?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

We were looking forward to going to a branch of a good restaurant we had been to in Baltimore a few years ago. To add to the excitement, it was Bastille Day! We just knew they'd have something good planned. We walked in to an empty restaurant at 1PM. Only 3 tables with patrons; one full outside (ok it was hot & steamy that afternoon). The waiter went through a whole rather scripted boring description of everything as though we had never eaten anything French. To make matters worse, when we tried to order the Prix Fixe Menu when he stated came with half off wines, we were told there was only one order left. OK, one of us will have the duck. Sorry but we're out of it too. How to order wine when one has lamb, one has fish, etc? By the glass. They lost all sorts of good will and revenues even though the waiter was trying to do the best he could. Here's a news flash to restauranteurs: Don't ask your servers to talk down to the guests and explain what confit is (we had it the night before) or what chanterelles are (ditto). I have a Food Page and took a photo of the rather disappointing ordinary but decent food. Kind of a waste of a day other than the amusement of the busboy in the fake moustache (why?). They managed to take an elegant restaurant design and make it a tacky.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Maryland!
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209 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Lake setting can't make up for mediocrity”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

I have to admit, I'm a bit over the Cindy Wolf restaurants. This place put the nail in the coffin. They all (Cinghiale, Charleston, Petit Louis) have a nice ambiance, and good concepts-- but I'm afraid the service and food always fall short. We came here for the 4th of July evening with a reservation. Seated outside by the manager which was nice. Food was lackluster. Wine list was good. We had been sitting there for exactly 55 minutes, had a five course meal, finishing our drinks, and one of the hosts told us we needed to finish our drinks fast so they could seat the next party. I thought that was a bit obnoxious. We hadn't come close to overstaying or just taking up a table. We had JUST paid the check and were sipping the last of our drinks. it's this type of stuff that makes you lose customers.They told us we were welcome to go inside and finish them at the bar. Still not good enough. People will come here because they want to feel like they are going to an upscale restaurant in suburbia. I won't make the same mistake twice!!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Marylandmama
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columbia, maryland
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A bit too full of themselves....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

This site has been the failure of many restaurants in Columbia. We had heard that it was a branch of a good French restaurant in Baltimore and decided to try it. In all, felt it was overpriced and good, but not as good as they seem to think they are. For example, I had salmon accompanied by asparagus. On the menu they make a big deal of extolling their local suppliers, however the asparagus was not as flavorful as the ones we have grown in our backyard.
It's also not the sort of place I would drop into on the spur of the moment..seems a bit too serious.
We'll see if they make it and can overcome the curse of the location.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank max'smom
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Columbia, Maryland
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Le Comptoir--Columbia Needed a Place Like This!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

You don't need to break the bank to taste the divine pastry created in house at Petit Louis on the lake. In the best French tradition, you can turn up at the charming comptoir (a cross between a bar and a counter) for coffee, home-steeped chai, or tea, plus the patisserie of your choice.
At lunch, they offer special salads and other light fare with a French touch. Since you pick it up at the counter, tipping is optional.
Better still, now that spring is finally here, you can sit outside.
It's not Paris, but Mon Dieu, it's the best thing to hit Columbia in years. Most residents haven't discovered it yet, so it's not crowded, especially for a mid-morning coffee break.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kay W
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Columbia, Maryland
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Pretentious French”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Waiters tried to hard to pretend that this restaurant is in France. While the service was good, the waiters overdid it a bit. Why would any restaurant want to emulate the snooty French? Food was ok, but nothing outstanding for the cost. Very limited selection.
The setting on the lake was nice.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sue S
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