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Main Ingredient

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914 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD 21403
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7:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great as always

Take out from here is a wonderful experience, the pad thai is delicious and so are all the salads and sides.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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153 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take out from here is a wonderful experience, the pad thai is delicious and so are all the salads and sides.

Thank Laura_Simon_Birt
Manassas, Virginia
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped for breakfast. Facility has a good atmosphere for breakfast and lunch. Service varies between good to excellent, food quality is average. Breakfast and lunch pricing is high. We stop when in Annapolis as this facility is convienant to our activities.

Thank Matthew M
Annapolis, Maryland
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've had occasion to visit this restaurant twice in the past week. I like it because the menu is varied and the food is usually really good. The ambiance isn't up to the quality of the food; the feeling is more neighborhood non-entity than top quality, but it's not a put-off, either. The first visit went well: service and food... More 

Thank Cecily B
Annapolis, Maryland
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I keep wanting to love this place because it's around the corner from my house, alas, it's not to be. People rave about the breakfasts but maybe I'm missing something. The home fries are frozen (!!) not fresh, the omelettes are ok. Coffee is fine but nothing to brag about. My partner likes the pancakes but I have no opinion.... More 

Thank maggy55
Atlanta, Georgia
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The Main Ingredient proved once again to be a great consistently good place to dine. Located in a strip shopping center does not take away from this friendly home-like atmosphere. Our server was fast and efficient and the food was excellent. Thanks Again and we'll be back.

Thank DavidB411Victoria
Cleveland, Ohio
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Main Ingredient is always dependable. We have had many Sunday mornings "goodbyes" there before leaving for home. The food is good, the staff was helpful, and the visit always enjoyable.

Thank Liasrob22
Wilmington, Delaware
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We had areal eclectic mix of foods: green tomato appetizer (yummy), caesar salads (good size and fresh) and a seafood penne pasta diah that was excellent and a pad thai that was good too. Prices were fare: with drinks, appetizer, entrées and dessert, and coffee - $100 for three of us.

Thank DelawareChin
Maplewood, New Jersey
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

The Caesar salad was good and I ate my first crab cake ever. But, this place is probably better for local people and not tourists like me who had never seen Annapolis. Wish I went downtown first.

Thank cvkstchr
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Over the past 12 years I've loved going to the Main Ingredient. The food is simply excellent and prepared creatively. Table service is also excellent. Lately the price of wines on the wine list have become excessive. A bottle of BelCreme de Lys for $32? Really?

Thank Basilico
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I have eaten at this restaurant several times. The food has always been great as has the service. It is difficult to find a restaurant that is always good and the service is excellent

Thank Luvwater07

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 914 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD 21403
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Annapolis
  • Phone Number: 410.626.0388

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine


Open Hours
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm

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