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The Rumor Mill

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8069 Tiber Alley, Ellicott City, MD 21043 (Main St)
4104610041
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Today
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Exciting experience

Joined friends that had eaten here once before. They had dined at an event that paired Spanish wines with various tapas dishes. They were pleasantly surprised that the wines were white and not the expected reds. We had the regular menu on a Friday night. We shared multiple dishes which were all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
PhilB00
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Columbia, Maryland
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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49 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Columbia, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Joined friends that had eaten here once before. They had dined at an event that paired Spanish wines with various tapas dishes. They were pleasantly surprised that the wines were white and not the expected reds. We had the regular menu on a Friday night. We shared multiple dishes which were all excellent and enjoyed two bottles of reasonably priced... More 

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Maryland
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I should start by saying that I came here for a work function. We were a large group and were given a fixed menu with three courses (app, entree, desert). The biggest problem that i had is that this place is a Tapas place with small plates that are meant to be shared. It doesn't really work for a large... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I have been a long time fan of the Rumor Mill since it opened. The atmosphere has a great historic feel but still comfortable and casual enough to feel right at home. The owners are fabulous people, always welcoming and very hands-on in all aspects of their restaurant. Chef Matthew is rightfully proud of the menu and always coming up... More 

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Visited RM with friends on a Saturday on a whim. The restaurant isnt huge so tables can be a bit limited. Since we did not have a reservation we were left to find a table in the bar area, but this wasn't a problem as we found a table immediately and all the tables were full service. The restaurant has... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This restaurant has been here for seven years, off an alley in scenic Ellicott City, but we just discovered it this summer. We've been taking all our friends there frequently, to the point that we're getting embarrassed by the "great to see you again so soon," comments from the delightful staff. Regular "small plate" menu is very nice, and evolves... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Visited the rumor mill last night with a friend who had been there before and she thought I would like it , she wasn't wrong the ambience of the restaurant and the friendly service by our waitress Lauren was amazing as was the menu and the food was mind blowing well done to Mathew the Executive Chef outstandingly great place... More 

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Owings Mills, Maryland, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A perfect small restaurant. Hard to find because it is on one of the side alleys in Old Ellicott City, MD. If you into vodka this is a perfect bar. They have numerous homemade flavored vodkas. I would recommend the jalapeño flavored vodka with a slice of lime! Our server Lauren W. was perfect. When asked for recommendations she suggested... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

My fiancee and I loved the Rumor Mill! After having some Christmas inspired coffee from the Bean Hollow around the corner, we headed to the Rumor Mill. We were quickly seated in the romantic atmosphere. The variety and uniqueness of each plate was pleasantly refreshing. Also, the cocktail / vodka list is quite expansive with a good selection of craft... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Our friends always know the hip places to go in Baltimore, but it was our turn to suggest a restaurant and we choose Ellicott City and Rumor Mill!! Everything was fab! The wait staff prompt and hard working. The menu interesting and satisfying. The owner/chef visited our table at the end of our evening and we had a great chat... More 

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Maryland!
Top Contributor
192 reviews 192 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

There is no amount of amazing food that can trump an owner/executive chef who has such a chip on their shoulder that they exude arrogance to customers. And the food isn't amazing. The other options in Ellicott City and Howard County in general are so many and so fantastic, I highly suggest you choose another restaurant. We had been here... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8069 Tiber Alley, Ellicott City, MD 21043
    (Main St)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ellicott City
  • Phone Number: 4104610041

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?