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The Rumor Mill

8069 Tiber Alley, Ellicott City, MD 21043
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Ranked #27 of 139 restaurants in Ellicott City
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Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Main St
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English first
Ellicott City, Maryland
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My wife and I live no more than two hundred yards from this terrific restaurant but only dined there for the first time on Thursday July 17 2014. Until about seven years ago this building, a former 18th century mill, housed a restaurant called "Side Streets". This had been one of our favorites but, as is obvious from quite a... More

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285 reviews 285 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My wife and I dined at this place the other night and we found both the atmosphere and the food to be delightful. Our server was Holly, who knew the menu and offered suggestions as we asked. The beet salad is excellent and a must have item on the menu. Also, they offered a oyster special which was extremely good.... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We went there on last Friday after work, normal Happy Hours, and usually the busiest Happy Hour time at most establishments. A private party had booked the bar where happy hour is usually served, so we asked if there was happy hour elsewhere in the restaurant. The waiter said No (like it was completely logical), even though I asked how... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

As we dined at the restaurant on Christmas Eve, we enjoyed items from the special "Feast of Seven Fishes" menu. Small plates allow everyone to enjoy a bite without the cumbersome "sharing" of entrees, and if you don't like the dish, then you are not married to it. If you like the dish, then the table can order a second.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

I am an Ellicott City local and I have tried The Rumor Mill a number of times. I always liked it, but for some reason didn't think it was as good as it could be. I think they have definitely upped their game! Last night we had an excellent dinner and now I can't wait to go back. A group... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

A friend and I ate here on the recommendation of the tourism office. Our waitress was very accommodating about our need for gluten-free (friend) and vegan (me) meals. The food was delicious. The plates are small and you need to order more than one to make a meal, so it can be a little expensive. I would definitely eat here... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This is definitely one of my all-time favorite restaurants in Old Ellicott City. They specialize in small plates and everything on the menu that I have tried has been phenomenal. The staff has always been very attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is intimate, but relaxed and you can definitely spend a few hours there indulging your tastebuds with appetizers, small... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I love tapas, and have eaten them all across the country. So to stumble on a place like this within walking distance of my house, in the heart of downtown Old Ellicott City, was quite a treat. The decor inside is quite charming, I'm surprised to read the number of reviews on here about the service; I've been five times,... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

There are a number of good restaurants and some to avoid in Old Town. Try this one for the creative cocktails, house-made infused vodka, wine and beer list. They have a creative tapas menu. 4 small plates for 2 people is enough for us. Nice desserts, too.

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We actually stumbled upon this looking for a place to take our foodie 15 year old for a fun birthday dinner using Open Table. What a great find! The concept of small plates isn't new, but chef Matt Milani has found a way to be fresh, inventive and creative with the menu, as well as the fantastic infused vodkas and... More

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