Columbia Restaurants

Petit Louis Bistro

10215 Wincopin Cir.
Columbia, MD 21044
410-964-9999

French


 

$$
$23.65
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
Petite Louis Bistro, which has a sibling in Baltimore, is the latest from restaurateurs Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman. It features solid takes on classic French bistro fare in a charming space overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi.
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 60 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Chef Cindy Wolf and partner Tony Foreman, known for Baltimore’s Charleston restaurant, nail the French bistro at this lakeside dining room with gilt mirrors and globe lanterns. The menu boasts smartly turned out classics including foie gras terrine, pommes Anna, and duck-leg confit. Apéritifs (like the pleasantly bitter, acid-yellow Suze d’Autrefois) and a long list of French wines with excellent by-the-glass offerings mean the crowd at the bar is often three deep. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
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Sushi Sono

10215 Wincopin Cir.
Columbia, MD 21044
410-997-6131

Sushi


 

$$$
$25.90
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
This unassuming sushi restaurant on Lake Kittamaqundi is actually one of the top Sushi destinations in the area, with exceptional fish that's always prepared well, including some truly novel combinations.
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2.5 Stars (4/4/2010)
"The quality of the raw ingredients and the devotion of the chef and owner, King Lin, are indisputable. " See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 45 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"If you’d never been and decided to chance dropping by here on a weekend night without a reservation, you’d encounter a line out the door and you’d probably begin looking around the lakefront complex at other options. The reason to stick it out—or make a reservation—is the consistently high quality of the fish and the skill of the veteran sushi chefs. This is special-occasion sushi, but you might not know it, given the lack of trappings and the absence of ceremonial hush. But one look at the rolls ought to persuade you. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Well-sourced fish (from Jessup market), always fresh, the sashimi is even better than the sushi here, ask your sushi chef."

Victoria Gastro Pub

8201 Snowden River Pkwy.
Columbia, MD 21045
410-750-1880

British


 

$$
$19.75
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Victoria serves the kind of heavy pub food you might expect, but does so with remarkable execution. To go along with it, there's a wonderful beverage program with a 40-page beer list.
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1 Star (4/24/2008)
"The chef gives diners cheese plates, charcuterie plates, a week's worth of sandwiches, and salads running from Caesar to Cobb." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Heavy pub food, deftly executed, a wonderful beverage program with a 40-page list, superior beers."

Iron Bridge Wine Company

10435 State Rt 108
Columbia, MD 21044
410-997-3456

Wine Bar
American

 

$$$
$26.43
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Iron Bridge reminds us of a cool little café in the Napa Valley. The light, simple menu pairs well with the wines, which are for retail sale in the shop but can be enjoyed with your food for a gentle corkage fee.
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Unrated (2/7/2007)
"The view out the windows captures telephone poles and rolling hills. Ahhhh. Inside, happy-looking couples chat against a background of bouncy jazz, muted lighting and racks of wine." See Full Review…»
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Bon Fresco

6945 Oakland Mills Rd.
Columbia, MD 21045
410-290-3434

Sandwiches


 

$
$6.50
 

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Owner Gerald Koh spent time at Mark Furstenberg's Breadline in DC before opening this bakery and sandwich shop in Columbia. That experience shows through exceptional ingredients and innovative flavor combinations. Most importantly, just like Breadline in its prime, the foundation of each sandwich is some amazing bread.
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Unrated (4/18/2012)
"The small space (it seats about 30) is a pleasant place to wait for the quick takeout, during which time you can assay the case of desserts, such as the enticing-looking cinnamon rolls ($1.88) and chocolate croissants ($2.83) that [chef Gerald] Koh makes each day." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"From the outside, these casual, quick-serve shops appear to have all the charm of a Subway. But then you walk in and are hit with the marvelous whiff of yeast and baking bread—the same undeniable smell you pick up on at a patisserie in Paris. The owner, Gerald Koh, spent time there as well as at DC’s Bread Line, under Mark Furstenberg, learning the verities of bread baking. Koh’s loaves—warm, airy, crusty—are the foundation of every sandwich at Bon Fresco. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

BGR: The Burger Joint

6250 Columbia Crossing Cir., Suite D
Columbia, MD 21045
443-319-5542

Burgers


 

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$14.93
 

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BGR has expanded nationally, but it all started here in DC. The burgers are big, juicy, and cooked to order -- basically everything you could want in a burger joint.
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2 Stars (10/17/2010)
This outdated review notes "prime, aged, hormone-free" beef "on a toasted sesame-seeded brioche bun," fries "made with Yukon Gold potatoes" and "shakes are so thick, they’re easier to eat with a spoon than a straw." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/1/2014) — Cheap Eats 2014
"Beef Wellington—that pastry-wrapped staple of ’50s dinner parties—is the inspiration for this rock ’n’ roll burger chain’s behemoth ($8.99). The dry-aged patty is grilled, then laden with sautéed mushrooms and onions, plus loads of blue cheese. It’s probably the most elegant thing you’ll ever eat while surrounded by Journey album covers." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"No longer under the original management, but if you stick with the basic hamburger, it's cooked to the specified temperature, and is surprisingly delicious." See 12/9/2015 Review…»
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).