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King's Contrivance Restaurant

10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
301-596-3455
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Ranked #12 of 224 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
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English first
Columbia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We called King's Contrivance a couple of days ago or request a vegan meal, prepared with no salt, no sugar, and no oil. They readily said that they could accommodate us. We didn't ask the price of the meal (big mistake). We were cordially greeted and seated. We declined an offer for wine and bread with butter. There was no... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Excellent food, exceptional service, fantastic environment. There is simply no way to go wrong eating here. Expect a fair price for such good food, service, and setting.

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Moorestown, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This place is gorgeous!! Atmosphere is spectacular! Service was great! We ate here for the first time for Thanksgiving. The food was very good. I can picture coming here for a special occasion meal (anniversary, birthday, etc) and it being amazing!! The Thanksgiving pre-fixed meal was a little...just okay. I thought the pairing of the entrees & sides were a... More 

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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 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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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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