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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%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (5 reviews)
“crab cakes” (23 reviews)
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10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hadn't been here for several years and decided to try their Prix Fixe menu--each of our 3 course meals cost $30. The shellfish bisque and eggplant/pine nut fritters were excellent. My filet mignon was delicious and tender, and my hubby's crabcake was awesome. Dessert...More

Thank rlbayne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kings Contrivance is a very good restaurant. Their price fix meal at $30 is a very good value with very good food.

Thank David C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was treated by family, special occasion, highlight of my trip to Maryland. An historic site, lovely grounds.

Thank 161bartonl
Reviewed 7 June 2017

A large group (12) from a company dominated the noise level in the only dining room operating, making what was hoped to be a quiet evening more of a lecture by one of the group's participants who dominated all of the conversations at the group...More

Thank csmolka
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

The entire mansion is beautiful the maître d' is friendly and the table is set beautifully the food was delivered perfectly served the lobster bisque is the best my husband and I have ever had and the main course of muscles was perfectly cooked

Thank MamaMcCrary9
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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful prix fix (three course dinner) celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary. We started out with drinks and had salad, dinner and dessert. Our meal was delicious and the service was outstanding! Our dessert was made special since it was our anniversary! Great...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Came here with family group of 6 to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and acceptance to university. Had been looking for soft shell crabs on menus and got lucky here! Enjoyed two deep fried softshell crabs with slaw, and a starter of chilled gazpacho soup. Others ordered...More

Thank highlandbride
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had finished happy hour at home and wanted a romantic dinner and I just happened to have a Groupon to Kings Contrivance Restaurant. We spied a sunroom dining area in the rear and sat there. A beautiful, quiet area with a...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I had a lovely lunch here with a good friend. The ambiance of the old home and our table on the sun porch set the scene for the wonderful lunch. We both had crab cakes which were delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. I would...More

Thank yodab
Reviewed 26 April 2017

4 of us had the Price Fix dinners; 3 of the appetizers; 2 of the entrees; and 3 of the desserts. We were unfortunately disappointed in that when we discussed the "grade" for the dishes we all ended up saying - "it was OK", but...More

Thank James T
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 301-596-3455
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