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The Rumor Mill

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8069 Tiber Aly, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4640 (Main St)
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Baltimore-Washington, DC
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128 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

There are many good things on the menu and the only regret is that the bill adds up because tapas places are deceptive in the serving size and you may either end up going hungry if you are on a budget or spending more than you thought you'd have to for a meal that balances the protein with the starch... More 

Thank lvjmr
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

On July 30, 2016 the rumor mill and the main street of Ellicott City were destroyed by a flood. The rumor mill and most of the businesses on main street are closed, but the people of the area are helping to repair the area as quickly as possible. I will place a new review when the rumor mill is reopened.... More 

Thank Lovetotravelarc
Ellicott City, MD
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

This is a great "tapas" restaurant with many great dishes and great service. My husband and I especially like the brussel sprouts and the chopped caesar salad tapas dishes are phenomenal! I also love the ginger infused vodka, as all is really needed to make it a cocktail is some selzer. However there are MANY vodka infusions to choose from... More 

Thank beachgal44
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

I had dinner here for the first time, and I'll be back! The Brussels sprouts appetizer... I've decided this should be the only way these are ever served. I had the scallops with bacon marmalade as my main course, and it was delicious, the scallops were cooked perfectly. Then dessert was a trio of ice cream. The flavors, olive oil,... More 

Thank 370brennas
Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

The food, wine and service at the Rumor Mill are excellent. This is all thanks to Executive Chef Matt, the lovely greeter Holly and Samantha, an outstanding server.

Thank keygrip19
Elkridge, Maryland
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272 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

The Rumor Mill is truly a gem in Historic Ellicott City. The two-level bar/dining room is cozy and inviting and the small-plates menu features some truly exceptional options amid the diversity of food offered. Chef Matthew actually brought one of the courses to the table and spent a few minutes chatting--a very kind and welcoming gesture. Service was perfect during... More 

Thank Christopher M
Thebes, Illinois
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148 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

We were in Ellicott City to visit the train museum. The proprietess at our bed and breakfast recommended the Rumor Mill, so we decided to try it. The meal was served as small-plate dishes. My wife and I shared each dish, whether vegetable plate or entree. We enjoyed vegetable, seafood, and meat dishes, and enjoyed them all. The dishes were... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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430 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016

It takes a lot for me to review a restaurant twice, but The Rumor Mill keeps getting better and better. This time we had a party of four, and a fabulous meal with a server, Angela, who was just as fabulous. As we so often do, we asked our server for her personal recommendations, and Angela's were on the mark.... More 

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New York
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Looks nice inside. I had the salmon which was made how many people prefer where it is raw in the middle. It was on top of something like rissoto. The idea of putting lemon on top that looks like misto froth was a clever idea.

Thank bklabel
annapolis, MD
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016

This bistro like establishment is tucked back off of Main St in old Ellicott City. They have their niche, and it's a good one. Tapas are tasty, innovative, and interesting--usually plates for 2 to share. The menu changes frequently. Their cocktails are a real highlight as they have an extensive list of infused vodkas and can make some delicious concoctions.... 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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8069 Tiber Aly, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4640
    (Main St)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ellicott City
  • Phone Number: 4104610041

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