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King's Contrivance Restaurant

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King's Contrivance Restaurant
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10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
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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/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Crab cake was delicious.
5 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2014
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RebeccaBitzer
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Large party and got good service. Crab cake was very good. Spinach salad was good. Desserts were delicious. Saluateed spinach was extremely Garlicy. Nice place for family event.

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Visitor rating
  • 58
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

Large party and got good service. Crab cake was very good. Spinach salad was good. Desserts were delicious. Saluateed spinach was extremely Garlicy. Nice place for family event.

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SILVER SPRING
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My husband and I have been to the King's Contrivance Restaurant many times over the years and we're still "charmed" by it. The restaurant is in an historic mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens and has a country estate atmosphere. There are several rooms on different levels as well as a glass enclosed garden room which offers lovely views. The service... More

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My husband and I have eaten here several times. The food and service have been outstanding each time.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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128 reviews 128 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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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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