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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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 14 October 2017

We returned, with a Groupon, to Kings Contrivance Restaurant, where we celebrated our rehearsal dinner in 1995. It is such a lovely restaurant--classy, friendly...the food was wonderful. It is not terribly expensive, but it is extremely enjoyable. Try the scallops...also, they do half-price wine nights....More

Thank dbdevils
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Attended business lunch. With no gluten / Soy restriction, kitchen worked with me, no hassels. Got the house salad, salmon with steamed vegetables and berries for desert. Food and service was very good.

Thank charliellauren
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We went for a date night and ordered the New York strip, which was quite good. The service was friendly, but the atmosphere left a bit to be desired given that it seems to be advertised (and priced) as upscale.

1  Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Not worth the money. Overpriced, bland food. Server disappeared for a long time after entrees were served. There is an unpleasant musty smell when you first walk in the door.

Thank a r
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I ordered chicken picatta, vegetables, key lime pie. Just 1/2 hour after eating, I became SO SICK. I was sick for 6 straight hours. I would NEVER GO BACK THERE. I called the restaurant and they told me I did not get sick from eating...More

1  Thank lindacruiser
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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
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 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: +1 301-596-3455
  • E-mail
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