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“Stepping back into time with fine cuisine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of King's Contrivance Restaurant

King's Contrivance Restaurant
10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
301-596-3455
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Ranked #7 of 216 restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: American, European, Continental
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Nellysford, VA
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121 reviews 121 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Stepping back into time with fine cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We had friends visiting from Oklahoma, so stepped back to the Federal period with King's Contrivance. Excellent food and service. The early bird special on Sunday boasted appetizer, entree, and dessert for $32. The apricot cheesecake was phenomenal, as was the hazelnut trifle. The shellfish bisque was excellent. My husband chef polished off the crab cake and declared it perfectly done.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Jacket, tie & fat billfold”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

A beautifully appointed restaurant in an old Maryland mansion halfway between Baltimore and Washington that just oozes moneyed charm. The staff is wonderfully attentive, the setting is all white linen and the food above average. The wine list is deep - foreign & domestic vintages priced from $32 to a grand (!). Warning - the same vino retails around $9 @ Total Wine without the ambiance. They make a killer Manhattan. Drink responsibly.
We went for the crab cake special and weren't totally disappointed. The plate comes with two huge crab cakes, seasoned and broiled to perfection. The cole slaw was coarse and bitter- inedible - but the sweet potato fries were delicious! Appetizers and desserts were tasty but too costly for the meager portions of tuna & smoked salmon and small slices of dessert.
A pleasant place for an elegant meal and a wonderful retreat from the denim-clad riff-raff. Drinks, appetizers, wine, dinner, dessert & tip ran $65 each for our party of six. We're a blue collar bunch and won't be back until one of us hits the lottery. Great place to impress your date or pop the question. Can't really knock the place - splurge!!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, Maryland
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Fantastic Sunday brunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We visited for Easter brunch and it was awesome. not only was the food absolutely wonderful, but our service really was outstanding. It was rather busy, but that did not stop our waitress from being attentive, friendly and available. This was our second visit (the first was equally pleasant), and we surely will return. Do give it a try.

Visited April 2013
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Baltimore, MD
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Class Act”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We have been dining at the King's Contrivance Inn for years and have NEVER been disappointed in the food, service and ambiance. The waitstaff are attentive, but not overbearing, scheduling a reservation is painless, one is met at the door by a very courteous greeter, the food is consistently suberb. we especially like the veal and the seafood. There is a wonderful array of desserts, an assortment of teas and coffees to finish off the meal. We highly recommend it.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great spot for a quiet, quality meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

King's Contrivance has been around for a long time and is a local favorite. It is located inan old mansion. Service was good but not great. Food was excellent. Scallops and pasta were the best we have had and their veal margarita was wonderful. This is a great spot for a special meal.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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