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The Ale House Columbia

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6480 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia, MD
4435463640
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Sports Bar and Crowded

One of the few sports bars I know that take reservations. That should tell you something. This place can get busy and without a reservation you will be standing in the bar in between the tall tables. Of course the bar area is not where the reservations are for. Parking is tough, but they do have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
SigEpGov
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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Columbia, Maryland
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73 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't get me wrong--there's nothing wrong with the Ale House. The food is good and the beer selection is good. They have guest breweries visit all the time and their house beers are worth a try. Here's the thing, though: parking is a pain and while the (way overpriced) food/drink are good, they're not great. There are other places in... More 

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Thank alligeek
Ellicott City, Maryland
Level Contributor
89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the few sports bars I know that take reservations. That should tell you something. This place can get busy and without a reservation you will be standing in the bar in between the tall tables. Of course the bar area is not where the reservations are for. Parking is tough, but they do have free valet on the... More 

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Thank SigEpGov
Minneapolis
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64 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three of us went here for lunch. The selection of beers is impressive, although it is a little skewed towards high alcohol, heavy tasting, expensive beers. The service, at least on our visit, was excellent -- friendly and efficient. The menu is varied and the food is decent, but we were not impressed by the crab cake sandwich -- something... More 

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Thank MinnesotaTim
Ellicott City, Maryland, USA
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose this restaurant after looking at their menu online. It is so diverse! We visited at noon on a Friday. The parking lot was full, so we were worried we would have a long wait, but we were seated and waited on right away. The service was excellent. Our server, Brian said he had only been there a few... More 

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Thank Sheila G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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104 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three friends and I decided to meet here for dinner and drinks. We were all running a little late and missed our reservation, but were still seated at a table quickly. The server was friendly and helpful with drink selections. The menu has plenty of great beers to choose from and lots of good food. This restaurant is a great... More 

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Thank M S
Clearwater, Florida
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58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was here for lunch and drinks. The food was good, the bartender knowledgeable, and all the staff very friendly.

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Thank CWFL
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Sports Bar atmosphere. Happy hour specials. Great service, busy atmosphere. Great food. Huge beer selection. Clean and clean bathrooms.

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Thank Rosemary L
Baltimore
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273 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We've been to the Columbia Ale House a couple times with friends. It's located in an oddly shaped strip mall of sorts off of 175 and Dobbin Road. As the name implies, they really emphasize the beer there, as they seem to be owned by the same folks who own Oliver's brewery. That being the case, their Happy Hour and... More 

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Thank renfield1969
Baltimore
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142 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Our group routinely goes to the Ale House for Happy Hour and after meetings. We particularly like the build a burger night. The have a very good selection of craft beers on tap. The service is usually very responsive and they can handle a group easily. (Other restaurants have some issues handling large groups). My wife loves the kale salad.... More 

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Thank BaltimoreSkiBob
Ellicott City, Maryland
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275 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We enjoyed the Bavarian Pretzel and Honey Grilled Sriracha Wings for appys. My wife enjoyed her Braised Short Rib but couldn't finish it, big serving. I enjoyed my Bone-In Kurobuta Pork Chops, really yummy. Our friends enjoyed their Buttersquash Risotto and Grilled Salmon. Nice lively atmosphere and ambience. The beers and beer flights were great, Oh ya, we booked ahead...there... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6480 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia, MD
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 4435463640

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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