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King's Contrivance Restaurant

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10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
301-596-3455
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11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 66
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A first class restaurant

Set in an old Columbia mansion, there are several tables in each room, keeping the decibels down to a reasonable level. Every dish I and my friends have eaten here has been outstanding. The waitstaff is excellent. The cuisine is American. If you order a prefix 3-course meal you will save quite a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
borance
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columbia, MD
Good for:
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Recently was invited to special brunch celebration. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Recommend highly for that special time to celebrate an occasion

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Balitmore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

King's Contrivance is an elegant place for celebrating or just having a quiet dinner. We last visited for a birthday celebration. They seated us on the sun porch, it was very pleasant. All the food ordered at our table was excellent.

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Landover, MAryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

More than just a visit to a restaurant, this business dinner meeting is an experience which begins with a pleasant greeting in the foyer of this elegant mansion ands with a wide variety of unique desserts. I ordered the Maryland crab soup with chunks of floating crabmeat within a zesty vegetable broth. This is a frequent choice of mine at... More 

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Easton, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It's true about unfriendly asmosphere. It starts from the entrance. Everybody seems Unhappy to be working.it's had to be happy to be there. The food was average.The filet was tender but lacked flavor,we've had better.Our soup was very good. And the truffle dessert was good,not too sweet. It is over priced for what you get,therefore there are other places where... More 

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columbia, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Set in an old Columbia mansion, there are several tables in each room, keeping the decibels down to a reasonable level. Every dish I and my friends have eaten here has been outstanding. The waitstaff is excellent. The cuisine is American. If you order a prefix 3-course meal you will save quite a bit. They prepare salmon in several unusual... More 

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Columbi Md
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This restaurant is quaint but slightly faded. The food is good and was especially so on our last visit. shrimp over risotto,delicious..Over the years we have dined here often and the quality of the meals had slipped. They now have a very competent chef in the kitchen and truly fine dining has returned.

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Columbia, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Service is relatively slow. Food is just average. Atmosphere is just ok. There are better establishments in the area.

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Baltimore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

the King's Contrivance Restaurant was the setting for my sister's wedding reception. Everything was perfect, great food, helpful waitstaff all in a historic setting. I would go back for another occasion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Superb food prepared and served by pros signals in a really nice venue. The prices are high but what you would expect in a fine restaurant

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Columbia, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a friendly place for a special evening out. The food is well prepared and the choices interesting. The atmosphere is nice as it is an old house. It is expensive but for a special meal, worth it

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Additional Information about King's Contrivance Restaurant

Address: 10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
Phone Number: 301-596-3455
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: American, European, Continental

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 301-596-3455

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, European, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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