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King's Contrivance Restaurant

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American, International, European
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10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
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11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good not great

Everything was good. Food, service, atmosphere was satisfactory. The potential to be really nice is there and should be a 5 star but just a little short.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bill G
Eldersburg, Maryland
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
Eldersburg, Maryland
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything was good. Food, service, atmosphere was satisfactory. The potential to be really nice is there and should be a 5 star but just a little short.

Thank Bill G
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After 40 yrs. King's Contrivance restaurant is still one of the best restaurants in Howard County. We went for their 40th Anniversary special - a three course meal for two at $59.95 ($30 for one person). It was excellent - from the Md. crab soup with large pieces of crab meat to the grilled filet cooked just the way we... More 

Thank nature_observer
baltimore, maryland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been going to Kings Contrivance for several years now and, since we hadn't been in over six months, decided to go there for dinner. Well, what a change. We had a nasty waitress who gave off a decidedly unfriendly air. She was very erratic and paid no attention to us until we got our entrees. She kept walking by... More 

Thank reneeg323
Columbia, Maryland
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82 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

My husband and I ate here for our anniversary and it did not disappoint. In fact we got engaged in this restaurant many many years ago. We have been to this restaurant several times over the years and it is very good. We both ordered the Shellfish Bisque as an appetizer and it was creamy and smooth. We both had... More 

Thank 10isgirl
Columbia, Maryland
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This has been my special occasion go to restaurant for many years. Easily the best restaurant in Columbia and one of the best in the Baltimore area. The country inn atmosphere is delightful. The food is gourmet. The service is outstanding. A great dining experience.

Thank Alan H
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Just left King's Contrivance, celebrating friends' 34th wedding anniversary. Meal was fine ($300 worth). When leaving, we noticed a display advertising a 3 - course dinner. Two of the 4 of us had ordered this dinner, but on the menu, it was described as a 2 - course dinner. When we asked the manager about the misleading/confusing descriptions, he became... More 

2 Thank Kitty L
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166 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Took advantage of the King's Contrivance Fortieth Anniversary celebration and really enjoyed the 3-course dinner for 2 at $59.00. The quaint atmosphere is refined and the diners typically seem to be more senior and dressed, but the crowd was mixed last night. The service was perfect and it is a setting to enjoy companionship and conversation. The menu choices varied... More 

Thank ArtsyGalBaltimore
Columbia, Maryland
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250 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

My wife and I went to King's Contrivance for dinner for our anniversary. We were seated right away but the table was in a wierd location on the enclosed porch under an old window. They seemed to be a little understaffed and the waitress did the best she could. I had the eggplant and pinenut fritter which had a wonderful... More 

1 Thank TooOldtoRun
Columbia, Maryland
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This is where you go to DINE. Beautiful inside and food is absolutely wonderful. Christmas has a room with fireplace and decorations. Good to go there for everyday foods or special occasions, or even arrange for business events with employees. They do it all.

1 Thank Bobbie H
Baltimore, Maryland
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152 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We have been here on occasion. The wait staff is excellent and it is a nice location. The food is nothing to write home about though. My options are limited because of some of my food allergies, but still with the options I have I think the food could be better.

Thank TravelDivaNay

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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, International, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic


Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?