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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 - 10:00 pm
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, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 16
    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
Be adventurous

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, and want something tasty, there is plenty to choose from at The Rumor Mill in Ellicott City, MD. You can sit at the bar, and eat, or choose to get a table. Either way, you'll have fun reviewing the menu, to try and pick the tapas you are in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
David G
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Ellicott City, Maryland
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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English first
Ellicott City, Maryland
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Don't let the location and laid back interior throw you off. Matt and his team create innovative and delicious small plates to be savored and shared (if you are willing). There are a wide range of choices to suit any palate - all nicely prepared. It's a comfortable, and not pretentious space. Try some of the infused vodkas!

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Ellicott City, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, and want something tasty, there is plenty to choose from at The Rumor Mill in Ellicott City, MD. You can sit at the bar, and eat, or choose to get a table. Either way, you'll have fun reviewing the menu, to try and pick the tapas you are in the... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We did a girls' happy hour here and the service was great, very attentive and they catered to us so we had a great time! This is a cute spot in historic Ellicott City, a bit hidden away but worth a visit!

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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
63 reviews 63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
119 reviews 119 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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?