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King's Contrivance Restaurant

10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
301-596-3455
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Ranked #14 of 223 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Ellicott City, Maryland
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It has been many years since I last had a meal at King's Contrivance. My old impression was of heavily sauced French cuisine, done well, but also expensive. But we were invited as part of a group of 10+ for dinner the other evening, and I was impressed with the service and food. They have expanded their menu (based on... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A small group of us went to lunch here for a special occasion. I avoided the crab based on previous experience and had scallops instead. That dish was very tasty and not too heavy. I also think their bread is wonderful so I skipped an appetizer and focused on the bread. Yum! We shared desserts and the key lime pie... More

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Baltimore
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Has become overrated over the years. The matte d needs some lessons from Emily Post. The food was average for the price. Service was great; however, went asked to make a skinny margarita they stated that was not an option.

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Clarksville, Maryland
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

King's Contrivance is a beautiful restaurant and the atmosphere is very warm and inviting. Unfortunately, the quality of the crab cakes have slipped over the recent past. At one time some of the best crab cakes anywhere, but now mostly filler. No lumps of crabmeat and a very soupy consistency.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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116 reviews 116 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Historiclly, I've been lukewarm on this resturaunt where I've eaten many times over the years. This meal was superb and has changed my attidude. We had the "early bird" which was about $38 for a 3 course meal. However, the menu had a wide selection and the food was prepared excellently and served with very attentive service for a party... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

A disaster from the first step through the door. Upon entering we were given a thorough look up and down by the wait staff at the door. The marguerita was made with a dull mix rather than fresh ingredients. The fried calamari was good as was the bread, but that's it. The lobster bisque had crab meat that was obviously... More

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Attica, IN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Wonderful evening on the porch. Graduation dinner with granddaughter, 9 guests and had great service. The food was very good but a little expensive. Maybe not for Maryland but expensive for Floridians. Had pan broiled veal with morel mushroom reduction, Mashed potatoes, green beans and a carrot--delicious, Would go back again

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Columbia, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The food here is inspiring - always fantastic. Whether I'm entertaining my Board of Directors or having a romantic evening for two, Richard and his wonderful staff make it a wonderful experience.

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Columbia, MD
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Dined on the enclosed porch. The setting is beautiful, the service impeccable , and the food is excellent.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I cannot recommend this restaurant. It has a pleasant ambiance and setting in an old mansion style house, and has been in business for some decades. I have eaten there in the past, when it was a charmingly akin to the “Faulty Towers” genre. More recently I have dined there three times. On the first occasion I had a pleasant... More

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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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