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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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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, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 33
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  • 23
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  • 2
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful tapas meal

A wonderful night of tapas food. The duck and cherries, crab dumplings, and kobe sliders were among my favorites. The waitress was pleasant, helpful and always prompt. Not enough vegetable dishes, a few more would not hurt. However, the Brussel sprouts were awesome.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
John M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

A wonderful night of tapas food. The duck and cherries, crab dumplings, and kobe sliders were among my favorites. The waitress was pleasant, helpful and always prompt. Not enough vegetable dishes, a few more would not hurt. However, the Brussel sprouts were awesome.

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Thank John M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Off the beaten path, Ellicott City is not normally somewhere I would go. But I met friends for drinks and food at the Rumor Mill at their suggestion and it did not disappoint. Cocktails were well crafted and with a mature selection of basic and infused spirits to satisfy both classic and modern tastes. Food was tasty and the service... More 

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Thank JAG2021
Damascus, Maryland
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The service was very slow and was topped off by that fact that I had to wait for 20 minutes to find out that they could not break a $100 bill.

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Thank Brianw569
Ellicott City, Maryland
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

What I like the most off the Rumor's mill is their infused drinks. They infuse vodka, gin, bourbon with anything from jalapeño to marshmallow. It is impossible not to find s drink you may enjoy. They offer small plates; the most memorable is the Kobe sliders, the best sliders we've ever had. If you visit them, don't forget to order... More 

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Thank Nat_is_gone
Baltimore
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Consistently high quality food with unique flavors. Everything is prepared and presented like a work of art. Save room for the house made ice cream.

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Thank Lovetotravelarc
Ellicott City, Maryland
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Each time I go to Rumor Mill I introduce another friend to this hidden gem. The small plates are consistently filled with tasty morsels of seasonal food as well as favorites. I am not a vegetable eater but I really enjoy their brussel sprouts. Calamari is very tender and flavorful. They specialize in flavored vodkas and those friends that have... More 

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Thank GrandeMere
Ellicott City, Maryland
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I went there for the first time recently after hearing about it for years. I enjoyed it so much we are going back with our girls group to join the "vodka club" this month:) Great tapas menu and many drink choices. The "can" wine was fun and delicious. The atmosphere is unique and the wait staff was helpful. I will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

Frankly, I didn't have preconceived notions about this restaurant, but please let's do start the rumor. This is a fantastic exploration of taste for both the cuisine and the drink options. Egg custard infused vodka, really? Amazing! A white Rhone blend, Vinho Verde, Garnacha, Languedoc Rouge? Love these food friendly wine options. Chef Matt's interpretation of Oysters Rockefeller was excellent.... More 

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1 Thank Carl D
Bethesda, Maryland
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361 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

Cute little place tucked in an alley, with great menu options. Our server was on point, and we enjoyed everything we ordered. The crab dumplings, Oysters Rockefeller, and especially the Brussels Sprouts are all winners. You must order the Brussel Sprouts. It would be nice if they could string some lights across the alleyway outside to make it more festive,... More 

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1 Thank Sheryl B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I have been to the Rumor Mill a number of times and have NEVER had a bad meal - the menu changes to fit the season and the offerings are always exceptionally creative and tasty! We took some out of town friends there on friday night and once again, were not disappointed! I think my favorite is the calamari BLT,... 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: Spanish, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?