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Bare Bones Grill and Brewery

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9150-22 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-461-0770
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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good but don't stay to long

I've been going there for many years-mostly with family. Went with a friend and apparently they wanted the table so they asked us to pay and leave. I've never experienced this in my life-ever-but my friend told me it had happened to her previously. Haven't been back since. We weren't there for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
lyric5291
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Ellicott City, Md.
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ellicott City, Md.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I've been going there for many years-mostly with family. Went with a friend and apparently they wanted the table so they asked us to pay and leave. I've never experienced this in my life-ever-but my friend told me it had happened to her previously. Haven't been back since. We weren't there for hours-maybe an hour but they apparently don't care... More 

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Baltimore
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Whether you come for the ribs or just the ambience, Bare Bones is a fine place for lunch or dinner. The food isn't spectacular, but it is good and the prices are fair. I often schedule business lunches because you can actually hear what the person across the table is saying.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Food is fairly consistent. Dining room is rather "bare-bones". Bar area is clubby and they have a substantial Happy Hour.

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Baltimore
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have lived in Ellicott City for the past 14 years and considered Bare Bones and until recently one of my favorite dining establishments. On our last 2 visits the food has unfortunately declined. Our ribs came very well done thus making them hard and dry and the onion loaf was extremely overdone. We suggested to our server that this... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Best happy hour in the area hands down. Of course it's also the only happy hour in the area but let's not get picky about it. Good selection of craft beers and nice selection of free food at happy hour. Regular menu food is good But not gourmet. My favorite go-to dish is the Bare Bones salad.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We love Bare Bones. The wait can be a little lengthy. They have great burgers, ribs and chili. The white bean chili is fantastic. The crab cakes are good, but I always ask them to cook them a little longer because they taste undercooked in the middle. It's a great place to take kids as well.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I really enjoy this restaurant. My family and I have never had anything that was not excellent. My daughter's favorite is the crab pretzel and my husband loves the ribs. The food, the service, and the price is all worth the visit.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We've been to Bar Bones several times. The food has always been good, but the service can be erratic. Generally, the servers do a good job checking back, but it does depend on the individual. Happy hour is packed, especially on nights when live music is scheduled. There is a dining room large enough for groups and even a private... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband and I had lunch here for Valentine's Day. Very disappointed.The gumbo was more like chili. Agree with previous reviewers' comments. Wish we had seen it before. Spoke to manager and suggested it be taken off menu! I guess you should stick with the ribs.

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BareBones G, Manager at Bare Bones Grill and Brewery, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We have taken the gumbo off the menu and will be working on a new recipe. More 

Ellicott City, Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We go to Bare Bones frequently, often after church on Sunday. The ribs are great but my favorite is the Bare Bones Special (chicken) Sandwich. I always always get their cold slaw, it's fantastic.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9150-22 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ellicott City
  • Phone Number: 410-461-0770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?