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Review of The Ale House Columbia

The Ale House Columbia
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Ranked #17 of 254 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Savage, Maryland, United States
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85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Business get together”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I checked out this place because one of our clients is part of the wait staff. JD told us our salon would have a good time and he made some menu suggestions. A week later we went and all sat at the comfy round booth of the bar where we could talk and see all the action. The pretzel appt. is the best!! Don't leave without tasting it. The crowd is a nice mix of age, race and gender. So happy Howard county has a No Smoke. Just wish smokers could not stand near entry way.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ArtofHair T
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  • English first
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice Surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband and I happened upon the Ale House after shopping. It had only been open for a few weeks. We were seated right away. The wait staff was very nice and attentive. The craft beers were excellent the menu was interesting. Lots of tvs to watch games. The decor was simple and clean. I would describe it as a sort of upscale sports bar/restaurant. We plan to return.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 1r2ns
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Columbia, Maryland
Level Contributor
62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great new escape from the Columbia chain restaurants!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

My husband and I love the Ale House great food, service, and craft beer list! For only being opened a few weeks they have really got their game down. The servers and bartenders are all great and provide great service. Everything we have tried on the menu has been very good as well. The pretzel is SO good! It is a must have if you have are throwing back a few pints or just a great snack. I also love the crispy chicken salad and the fish tacos.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kstark23
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Venice, Florida
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128 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great New Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

What a pleasant surprise. The old Rocky Run is now The Ale House Columbia & totally redesigned inside & out. This place is a beer lover's delight. Numerous draft beers to satisfied any beer lover - the beer they brew & the beer from many other breweries. For the sports lover there are flat screen televisions almost everywhere that you look. As for seating there are comfortable booths, bar chairs & high top tables. The bartenders & barmaids address you by name & make you feel like a regular on your first visit. We have been there twice & thoroughly enjoyed the food - mussels, fish tacos & flat bread pizza. Looking forward to going back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marty B
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silver spring
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316 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Great new restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Just two weeks after opening, The Ale House Columbia is packed with people enjoying a great meal and a good time. Parking is a problem they will have to solve. I suggest parking in the lower lot, away for the restaurant, and walking up. Or across the street at the Wal Mart. Reservations are recommended.

For an appetizer, my daughter and I shared the mac and cheese with mushrooms. Other toppings include lobster, sausage, pulled pork, and others. The mac and cheese was delicious. We didn't try it this time, but the mussels also look like an appetizer well worth sharing.

For dinner, I had the braised short ribs. Absolutely incredible! Served over garlic mashed potatoes, the short ribs were flavorful and tender. I finished everything on my plate.

The Ale House has a very wide selection of quality beers on tap, including about a dozen of their own. Loved the beer list.

Service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank drbking
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