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King's Contrivance Restaurant

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10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046-1304
+1 301-596-3455
16:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun 16:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 16:30 - 20:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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Columbia, Maryland
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237 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I went out for my birthday. We ordered off the prix fixe menu. There were plenty of choices on the menu. We started with the lobster bisque. It was creamy and full of chunks of lobster, shrimp and crab. The spinach salad was fresh. I ordered the beef tips and my husband ordered the crab cake. The... More 

Thank 10isgirl
Baltimore, Maryland
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93 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent food and the price fix menu is a very good value. All 4 people in our party had different items and everyone liked their dishes. Our waitress was Shannon P and she was very professional and provided very good service.

Thank David C
Laurel, Maryland
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216 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my wife here for Valentine's Day lunch. It was our first visit. We were seated on the heated glass enclosed porch looking out over the grounds. The view is lovely. My wife had the crab cake lunch, $17. I had the blackened shrimp over a lettuce wedge salad, $19. Both were well prepared and flavorful. The presentation was... More 

Thank Bruce L
Columbia, Maryland
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94 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I've had a lot of Salmon in my life (including some of the best in Seattle) and this has to rate tops. The crab cake was excellent as was the crab soup. For dessert we should have had the creme brulee. The carrot cake looked great but was a disappointment and some other ice cream dish that was unmemorable

Thank Stan P
Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

I have been to this restaurants numerous times and the last time I went which was about 3 years ago I felt that they quality of the food had gone down, but they are back on their game. I had the Filet Mignon Forestiere With Haricots Verts, Wild Mushrooms, Risotto Croquette and Green Peppercorn Sauce for $42 and it was... More 

Thank Hangry50
Ellicott City, Maryland
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75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This continues to be an excellent place as it has been for many years. There is a good selection of food options, The food is always prepared especially well and as requested. The prices are very reasonable given the high quality while offering specials as well.

Thank TuffNFair
Bethesda, Maryland
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Although we arrived after lunch had ended at 2 pm, we were delighted that the gracious host, Richard, allowed us to be seated. We had a delightful lunch with very nice service. We focused primarily on the many seafood options and ordered 2 plates of fried oysters as they were so good. Also the all lump meat crab cake and... More 

Thank Michael H
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We've had our company dinner there a few times and the are very accommodating. Food is out of this world on the mansion that is the restaurant is beautiful. In the day time everything is warm and sunny. The desserts are to die for!

Thank Kimberly C
Level Contributor
30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The restaurant is in an older house on 300+ acres & is simple, but nicely decorated. We had a lovely dinner using their 40 year anniversary package for $30.00 each. My wife had MD crab soup & I had the shellfish bisque as starters & both were excellent. Hers was in a tomato base & mine was a cream base.... More 

Thank John B
Columbia, Maryland
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is so unique, quaint and how it's nestled against the woods makes it so cozy! The angel hair pasta was sensational. The maitre'd, an older gentleman is just so full of life. As I sat and ate, I also marveled at how wonderful it would be for a wedding reception. Fabulous restaurant!

Thank Brandi0515

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?