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King's Contrivance Restaurant

10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
301-596-3455
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Ranked #7 of 216 restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American, European, Continental
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Great Falls, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great hot hors d’oeuvres, and quick bar service. Buffet had hot, tasty food - chicken marsala, salmon, three salad, and a beef dish with veges. Excellent table service for wine, table bussing, etc. Nice fingerfood desserts and they were fresh and tasty. Plan to go back for lunch. Beautiful setting both indoor and out.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The Maitre D was arrogant and rude. We felt like we were rush to finish our dinner. Too expensive, bad service. Not coming back.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This restaurant has it all: charming atmosphere, attentive service, and great food. Yes, it is still wonderful.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The ambiance, the service, the food, always a wonderful experience. In the summer, the sun porch and the grounds make a pretty setting. In the winter, it's a cozy romantic place. We've had many meals here, taken visitors here, had meetings here, and even a wedding!

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Columbia, Maryland
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The restaurant is a bit pricy but if you go to the Early Bird (anything before 6:00) you can get some great deals. We like to go to this restaurant for special occasions.

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Columbia, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have enjoyed King's Contrivance for many years. So much so we hosted our son's rehearsal dinner there 6 years ago and we're still getting compliments. Excellent setting, service and dining experience!

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Columbia, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We have been to King's Contrivance periodically for over 30 years, but hadn't been in two years. The whole experience was lovely. From the maitre d' welcoming us by name, looking so "right" in his sports jacket with puffed handkerchief, to the relaxed but efficient service, it was stylish and yet not over-the-top. The food was wonderful, especially the baked... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great service. Food has returned to its former excellence. Nicely done all around. We enjoyed our mid-week dinner.

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Gambrills
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

On Jan 18 2014, our family went to the King's Contrivance to celebrate a birthday for dinner. My wife had a specific request for the side dishes, and when the meal was presented, one of the side dishes was not what had been ordered. The waitress said "Sometimes the chef just does what she wants." Although we didn't make an... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We have been coming to King's Contrivance for 36 years - at least once or twice a year. Except for one occasion, 35 years ago, when I invited gourmet friends the experience has been excellent - the chef was off that night! Special occasions, romantic evening alone with my wife, out with local and distant friends, birthdays, graduations, holidays all... More

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