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King's Contrivance Restaurant

10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
+1 301-596-3455
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can not imagine what restaurant could be better than this in Howard County. Small, white tablecloth venue in an historic mansion house on 300 acres. Just had a delightful 3 hour dinner for 4. 3 different appetizers, 3 different entrees, three different deserts. everything...More

Thank solomonknibb
Reviewed 4 May 2018

I'm giving it two stars only because the food was excellent. We were here for my husband's birthday—his preference for coming here, btw—and I told the maitre'd this, as well as our server. Per Groupon's instructions, I also told our server we were using a...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

We had Easter brunch here and everything was wonderful. The food was excellent (limited menu with both breakfast and dinner items) and the service was good. My granddaughter who was with us said it was more like a “brinner” sort of thing than brunch but...More

Thank JoanKen1773
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Can't remember when I've had a meal this good. Small Easter menu, but great variety of food options. Great service, atmosphere. Outstanding food. Not your typical feed the masses holiday venue. Would like to visit at a time when I can see regular menu. I...More

Thank Jeanne S
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

The setting is very warm. Nice private meeting rooms. Always good service.....and the food is outstanding. Great appetizer options, excellent entrees including the filet. Nice desserts including key lime pie.

Thank Richard J
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

The Gerben management class was great...tons of information The food was devin...the shellfish bisque with a hint of almond is a must. Next was the salmon, Cooked perfect The service was slow... only had 2 servers for 20+ people

Thank Cherry T
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Welcoming and accommodating staff. Fabulous ambiance in a quaint house. Amazing wine selection. Perfect for any special occasion. Love the escargot every time. Reservations recommended.

Thank unkleNY
Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

We went to King’s Contrivance for Christmas Eve dinner with friends. It was a fixed menu with options. For an appetizer I had the seafood salad, I have to say it was the best I’ve ever had, the taste was amazing. Others had the jumbo...More

Thank david l
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I visited with about two dozen colleagues - we were hosting out of town visitors and wanted to take them somewhere special. King's Contrivance was perfect! We had a lovely time, easily able to order in advance and pay in advance while still having the...More

Thank Deborah F
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Wife & I had dinner here for the 1st last night. The meal was enjoyable. Service was well done. The sound level in the room where we ate was quite high due mostly to one table with 2 very loud people (out of 6). Drinks...More

Thank tasmlusci
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Charles S
12 October 2017|
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Response from James T | Reviewed this property |
Their website lists gluten fee options.
11 May 2015|
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Response from Sharon C | Reviewed this property |
She needs to contact the restaurant but they do have a separate room for that size party and can accommodate menus. I have been a special events and the service was very good.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 301-596-3455
  • E-mail
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