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King's Contrivance Restaurant

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10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This continues to be an excellent place as it has been for many years. There is a good selection of food options, The food is always prepared especially well and as requested. The prices are very reasonable given the high quality while offering specials as well.

Thank TuffNFair
Bethesda, Maryland
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we arrived after lunch had ended at 2 pm, we were delighted that the gracious host, Richard, allowed us to be seated. We had a delightful lunch with very nice service. We focused primarily on the many seafood options and ordered 2 plates of fried oysters as they were so good. Also the all lump meat crab cake and... More 

Thank Michael H
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've had our company dinner there a few times and the are very accommodating. Food is out of this world on the mansion that is the restaurant is beautiful. In the day time everything is warm and sunny. The desserts are to die for!

Thank Kimberly C
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is in an older house on 300+ acres & is simple, but nicely decorated. We had a lovely dinner using their 40 year anniversary package for $30.00 each. My wife had MD crab soup & I had the shellfish bisque as starters & both were excellent. Hers was in a tomato base & mine was a cream base.... More 

Thank John B
Columbia, Maryland
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is so unique, quaint and how it's nestled against the woods makes it so cozy! The angel hair pasta was sensational. The maitre'd, an older gentleman is just so full of life. As I sat and ate, I also marveled at how wonderful it would be for a wedding reception. Fabulous restaurant!

Thank Brandi0515
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Made a business meeting over dinner, we reserve a privet room. The service and the food were outstanding , the steak was well made and very good. Good place to visit.

Thank Avi R
Laurel, Maryland
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Went for my birthday dinner, it was very good food and very efficient. Not a lot of waiting time between courses. Great deal for a Friday 1/2 price wine. I got the house made mozzarella and tomato salad to start, then the special veal scallopine. All so very good, husband was quite happy with his crab cakes and special watermelon/strawberry... More 

Thank hagemannj
Washington, DC Metropolitian Region
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I went here after working a really crazy workday and wanted a delicious meal that didn't taste like carry out, but didn't want fine dining. A friend that eats out regularly recommended the crab cake dinner here and it did not disappoint! I think I know what we're having for dinner tonight too!

Thank msmxwilliams
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143 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Any restaurant that has a 54 year track record--the current owners are celebrating their 40th anniversary--must be doing more than a few things right. We hadn't been for many years as the restaurant is a longish drive, but we were delighted with the friendly service, the informed servers, the lovely light filled room with views of the lawn populated with... More 

Thank rosadekor
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

When I go to Kings Contrivance it is always to celebrate an occasion. The place is set up in a historic house located on top of a small hill. Once you walk in you are always greeted with a smile.This restaurant has not changed over the years and the food is wonderful. I have found the prices our very reasonable... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 301-596-3455

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