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The Rumor Mill

8069 Tiber Alley, Ellicott City, MD 21043
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Ranked #8 of 138 Restaurants in Ellicott City
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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My wife and I celebrated our 22nd Anniversary at the Rumor Mill. Everything from the imaginative cocktails to the dessert (and the complimentary glasses of champagne) to the service were delightful. Rumor Mill is a Tapa's style restaurant. My wife and I shared five dishes (brussels sprouts w/ chestnuts, steelhead trout on sweet pea risotto, fried oysters, duck w/ cherries... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We tend to eat out quite a bit and can't believe we have just recently found this little gem. We have probably been there 5 times in the past two months. Our first visit we sat upstairs at one of the tables, but have since been enjoying our visits sitting at the bar. The staff is exceptional here, very attentive... More

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Germantown, MD
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

First time here, we had a fabulous experience. Our twenty-something kids loved and look forward to going back again with friends. We look forward to bringing back friends as well. Good wad fabulous. Generous tapas style dishes. Enjoyed all of the following: sweet potato fries, Brusselsprouts, scallops, brie, ribs, cashew/green bean/asparagus salad, shrimp and potatoes, peach cobbler, caramel chocolate hazelnut... More

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Romney, West Virginia, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Tapas are small portion plates that you order a few of and share with everyone. This restaurant was fun and so good. Our waitress was helpful in explaining how things work and she made sure to bring things out one at a time so we could really enjoy our plates. The food was so good. I would recommend the crab... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Top Contributor
305 reviews 305 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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
57 helpful votes 57 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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Additional Information about The Rumor Mill

Address: 8069 Tiber Alley, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone Number: 4104610041
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ellicott City
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: Asian

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