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“Good food and great beer selection” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Frisco Tap House and Brewery

Frisco Tap House and Brewery
Ranked #16 of 258 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good food and great beer selection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

I've visited Frisco twice. The most recent visit was a quick dinner and a beer. The service was very good; it was late afternoon. I suspect they get pretty busy later in the evening, since they offer valet parking.

I had a basic burger - it was juicy, and perhaps I should have asked for medium-rare rather than the medium.

The beer selection was extensive; I had quite a bit of difficulty deciding. I understand that the "board" rotates over time, so it would be worthwhile to back often.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Mike D
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Columbia, MD USA
Level Contributor
68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Love the atmosphere, beer and the food is getting better!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

We have been going to Frisco for a long time. First for the burritos when it was carry-out. Then to the restaurant for food and beer. We now like to go to the new tap house and brewery for the beer and dinner. The food used to be so, so. However, it is improving. Last time I went I had the sea bass and it was splendid. The piece of fish was small but it was very tasty. I think if they increased the size of the main dish....it would be perfect. The salads are way too small to be a meal in itself. But if they increased the size of them....they would also be a perfect meal. It think this place has improved and is making a good effort to do so. BTW, the humus is the best around - just wish they wouldn't charge me for extra pita - it should come with more than 4 pita....perhaps 6 or 8....just a suggestion. But, it is delish!!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Pat and Jim H
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Severn, Maryland
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101 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“THE place to go in Columbia for beer...bar none!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Frisco, how do I love thee, let me count the ways...beer...beer...beer...beer....

Beer: phenomenal selection, very eclectic and ever-changing. 50 rotating taps, including two cask selections and (usually) a nitro beer somewhere in the mix. No Bud on tap. Ever. And, I am but four beers away from joining the Century Club...score!

Food: Pub grub designed and cooked by a chef...very tasty, very diverse...from Fajitas to Pad Thai to (my favorite) a most awesome pastrami sandwich. The homemade corn dogs (kielbasa in pale ale batter!) are to die for. The only weak links in the menu I've found are the burgers. I can't quite put my finger on it, but they're just not right...seem a little dry, a little bland...but there are so many other great options on the menu that I'm never disappointed.

Bartenders and waitstaff. Emily and Mike are our "go-to" folks on this front. Awesome folks, the both of them! They know their beers like no other beer servers I've met and they're both nice enough to recognize us and say "hi" when we come in...kinda like "Cheers." One drawback to Frisco, though: the service at the tables is seriously challenged. I'm not sure if that's where they assign the beginners and you move closer to the bar the better you get (eventually ending up behind it!), but we make it a point to sit at the bar or the long fest-table. We've actually decided, based on past experiences, to stand and hover near the bar if faced with sitting at one of the tables as the only option.

BTW, this is not a place to bring your kids...they'll just annoy those of us trying to enjoy good beer and conversation. Leave them at home. Thank you.

So, Frisco gets four stars...reduced from a five due to the table-staff...and the fact that the name is "Frisco," which no self-respecting native San Franciscan could ever approve of.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank MDWalkers
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Columbia, Maryland
Level Contributor
109 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Try somewhere else”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

Noisy, mediocre food, lack of parking is how I would describe the place. There is a large board of beer selections that shows alcohol content but no prices. There are no written copies of the beer selections with descriptions. The wait staff was no help in describing them. Sure I can access the beer list on my smart phone but I shouldn't have to do my homework. Isn't that the restaurant's job to advertise?

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank hoosiermomma76
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baltimore
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Beer Selection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

So many beer draught choices....and better than average pub grub. The restaurant is in a non-descript office/industrial center. But once inside you'll quickly notice that it is a beer haven.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank dbmd82
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