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King's Contrivance Restaurant

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10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Ed S
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had not eaten at King's Contrivance for a very long time. We went there last night to celebrate our anniversary and had an outstanding meal. The restaurant was as beautiful as ever. The server, Sharon, was extremely professional and helpful without being intrusive. A special surprise was the restaurant's special "40th anniversary" (theirs, not ours) menu.... More 

Thank Aloha Louie
Washington, DC
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is a bit old-fashioned in style -- a mansion, with four-five tables per room. Not my usual style. But it worked well for our reunion of two couples. Before the dinner was over, we were talking with others in the room. Food was excellent! Menu included daily specials and 3-course dinners. Service was great. The waitress was helpful,... More 

Thank EandSR
Columbia, Maryland
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136 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful setting and fresh entrees. Excellent service and daily specials. Good list of wines by the glass.

Thank Steve E
Glenwood, Maryland, United States
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were greeted by one of the owners and from that moment onward the dinner for friends' 50+ anniversary was so special. The waitstaff timed serving perfectly. I don't know when I have had better soft shell crab or spinach salad. King's Contrivance has an extensive wine list; our host selected some very good wines. Our host had a steak... More 

Thank Betty A
Columbia, Maryland
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is an expensive restaurant -- old school style. We brought grandparents and grandkids (teenagers) for a celebration dinner. The service was excellent and so was the food. They have a lovely porch -- closed in so no mosquitos and nice breezes. Plenty of parking (it's free, so no need for validated parking)

Thank Illysa I
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140 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Wonderful place for a special occasion. Visited recently for an anniverdary and was not disappointed. They are celebrating theri 40th anniversary with 3 course dinner for 2 for $60. Recommend the Shellfish Bisque and the Carb Cake. Enjoy!!!

Thank Traveler1795
Laurel, Maryland
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

This place has a well deserved reputation for quality food. Nice atmosphere, and the food was great. Tad on expensive side, otherwise you cannot go wrong.

Thank Lefkara
Saint Louis, Missouri
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163 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Very good food. Good service. Small rooms are great for business events. Atmosphere is nice although decor could use some refreshing. Salmon and seafood bisque were excellent, as was the Key Lime pie.

Thank Maiglesias
Columbia, Maryland
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

The service was terrible. I was the last person to be served in a Seder held by the Calah Congregation. They have been doing this Seder for 17 years. I paid a lot of money for this meal. I waited 15 minutes for my meal. I am a diabetic and it was about 8:00 before I got my meal. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 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?