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milanthakor May 19, 2010 03:22 PM

Are there any decent upper-scale restaurants in Columbia worth checking out? Inclusive of Bars/lounges etc.

Heard Iron Bridge isn't bad

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    FoiGras Mar 12, 2011 04:15 PM

    Haven't been there in years--but would think that King's Contrivance would be upper-scale along with the french restaurant (which the name escapes me at this time)--Cafe Paris (or something along those lines)).

    It seems as though Columbia's dining scene relies on the reliables--i.,e. chain resaturants, etc. Or the attraction of the younger, hip set of diners. FoiGras

    1. dacfood Mar 12, 2011 03:49 PM

      I'd agree with the general thoughts that there's not really high-end in Columbia. I'd consider Tersiguels in Ellicott City in the high end category. Their chef's tasting menu is very good and they do a fine job matching wines.

      There are many very good less formal places (some, like Tersiguels, are in the general vicinity) mentioned in the posts here. Of the ones I've been to I'd recommend Catonsville Gourmet, Aida Bistro, Victoria Gastro Pub. One I didn't see mentioned was Sushi Sono in Columbia Town Center by the lake. Not really high end but also very good according to Tom Sietsema at the Post.

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      Tersiguel's
      8293 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

      Catonsville Gourmet
      829 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

      Victoria Gastro Pub
      8201 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, MD 21045

      Sushi Sono
      10215 Wincopin Cir Ste 101, Columbia, MD 21044

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        dining with doc Mar 13, 2011 09:16 AM

        sushi sono is very good for sushi!

      2. Pool Boy Aug 18, 2010 06:25 AM

        It is a sad but true fact that there is no high end dining in Columbia worth going to. Head in to Washington or Baltimore -- your choices expand astronomically.

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          HowChowBlog Aug 18, 2010 04:22 AM

          Just throwing out some names because high-end isn't where I spend most of my money.

          Beyond the places highlighted above, there are other people trying to serve top-end food near Columbia -- Aida Bistro in Columbia, Bistro Blanc in Glenelg, Portalli's in Ellicott City, Azul 17 in Columbia (the place Daynasch was remembering).

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          Bistro Blanc
          3800 Ten Oaks Road, Glenelg, MD 21737

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            ivysmom Aug 11, 2010 04:21 PM

            Aida Bistro is good too, Not the easiest place to find but we have enjoyed many meals there.

            Have never forgiven King's Contrivance for a burned lobster bisque I had some time ago - when I mentioned to the waiter it was burned, he shrugged his shoulders and moved on. And Cafe de Paris - I was victim to the prankster unscrewing the salt shaker lid, resulting in a mountain of salt on an entree. Again, after noting I hadn't eaten anything and my explaining to the waiter why, he just shrugged and moved on. Yeah I could've called the manager. But I didn't. Just never went back.

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              skipper Aug 10, 2010 07:39 AM

              Personally, I like Donna's on Rt 108 and Snowden River. The ambiance is no worse than some of the other places suggested, but the service is great and the food is wonderful.

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                lawhound Aug 16, 2010 08:39 AM

                High end?

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                Rileyobo Aug 9, 2010 01:04 PM

                http://www.greystonegrill.com/

                I would highly recommend the Greystone Grill just off rt 100 in Ellicott city.
                Good wine list and a wonderful menu.

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                Greystone Grill
                200 Westgate Cir Ste 104, Annapolis, MD 21401

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                  ivysmom Aug 9, 2010 04:56 PM

                  You know, I hardly ever hear anyone praise the Greystone Grill in Columbia, but we've been there a couple of times and have not been disappointed. Service has always been great, and as you said - good wine list, good menu, food well-prepared. Wonder why no one every says much about it?

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                  Greystone Grill
                  200 Westgate Cir Ste 104, Annapolis, MD 21401

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                    Zevonista Aug 10, 2010 04:16 AM

                    My one experience there was not good. Service was friendly and helpful, but the steak wasn't good, and nothing else was memorable. It compared unfavorably to Bare Bones, which had a better steak at a much lower price.

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                    Bare Bones Restaurant
                    9150 Baltimore National Pike Ste 20, Ellicott City, MD 21042

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                      ivysmom Mar 12, 2011 03:27 PM

                      We just went back to Greystone Grill (had a coupon) and again, I was not disappointed. My husband had some of the best PEI mussels we've had in a long time - very plump and very tender. I had their blue crab & corn soup - not a ton of crab but flavor was very good. My husband's pasta dish with seafood was deemed OK but my chicken with crab, with a shallot sauce, was very good. My wedge salad was nice and crispy too. Service very attentive.

                      This place is still on my "go to" list. But now I'm seeing more very casually dressed customers, at least on the weekend. Didn't used to see that.

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                      Greystone Grill
                      200 Westgate Cir Ste 104, Annapolis, MD 21401

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                    MJ2010 May 23, 2010 06:49 PM

                    Victoria GastroPub on Snowden River Parkway at Rt. 108 is your best bet. Adventurous dishes prepared with care in an upscale atmosphere and an extensive wine list. Friendly owners (a local family) and managers are attentive to their guests and ensure that all are satisfied with the entire experience. When we have family or other guests from out of town visiting, we always take them to this restaurant. We’ve has several celebratory dinners there, as well. Try the sea bass - outstanding. And it’s the only place I know that has a very good late night menu.

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                    Victoria Gastro Pub
                    8201 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, MD 21045

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                      dining with doc Aug 9, 2010 07:27 PM

                      2nd Victoria Gastropub. Fantastic burger in the Kobe Beef Burger with white truffle cheese sauce. Decadent Lobster grilled cheese, Poutine which is french fries cooked in duck fat served with melted guyere, duck confit and duck gravy. Lots of interesting things on the menu, a huge beer collection, a very good wine selection. love that place

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                      MrsWheatie May 21, 2010 11:16 AM

                      Bistro Blanc, not too far from Columbia
                      http://www.bistroblancmd.com/?pgid=5

                      As mentioned earlier Cafe de Paris
                      http://www.cafedepariscolumbia.com/

                      and a good resource
                      http://howchow.blogspot.com/

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                      Bistro Blanc
                      3800 Ten Oaks Road, Glenelg, MD 21737

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                        daynasch May 21, 2010 08:20 AM

                        Kings Contrivance is a good restaurant, located in a pretty old mansion in the middle of a subdivision. Aida Bistro is supposed to be good, they also have a wine bar. Alexandra's at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, which is right next door, as well as Cocoa Lane. There is a new Mexican Place which is also a lounge, I can't remember the name, but I think it's on Snowden River Parkway. A little further north is Catonsville Gourmet on Frederick Rd which has the best Ahi Tuna appetizer I have ever had and it's BYOB, which I think is a plus. Whever you eat, be sure to post your experience. Good Luck!

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                        Kings Contrivance
                        10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

                        Catonsville Gourmet
                        829 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

                        Alexandra's at Turf Valley
                        2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

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                          Jason1 May 21, 2010 08:53 AM

                          King's Contrivance? While I haven't been to Cafe de Paris in a few years, it's has to still be better than King's Contrivance! Expensive, yes; nice old mansion setting, yes; boring, bland, dated menu, yes. I guess it all depends what you're looking for, how important food is to the experience, and if you want a modern or "old fashioned" dining experience.

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                            Jason1 May 21, 2010 08:54 AM

                            And if you do want a King's Contrivance like experience, just go to Tersiguels and get good food as well.

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                            Tersiguel's
                            8293 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

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                              lawhound May 21, 2010 08:57 AM

                              The criticism of KC is misplaced. No-one would call the menu cutting-edge, but it's certainly less fusty than it used to be ("Thair Seafood Bouillabaise," anyone?) and the cooking is at a high level. And it is a very pretty place.

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                                Jason1 May 21, 2010 10:56 AM

                                Well then by all means, enjoy it! In my experience, the food served in their restaurant has always had a "catered" feel to it.

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                                  daynasch May 21, 2010 11:30 AM

                                  Wow, Jason1, you must really hate KC! I ate there not too long ago, and yes I agree with you, not the best dinner ever for the money. My pear and arugala salad had canned pears on it and my dessert was terrible (would have rather eaten a hostess cupcake), but the crab cakes were good. But the original poster asked for high end in Columbia, which, in my humble opinion, does not exist. SO KC is pretty high end. If the poster truly wants high end dining, then don't go to Columbia.

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                                rappel75 May 22, 2010 07:36 AM

                                Tersiguel's has always been the best food in this area. Unfortunately, Columbia is not known for upscale, so there are limited choices. I would skip King's Contrivance. It is decent but definitely nothing special.

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                                Tersiguel's
                                8293 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

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                              cfoodie May 22, 2010 04:55 AM

                              The one time I have been to Kings Contrivance, I would say it's a nice place to go. The menu is solid and up-to-date with no unproven experimental stuff that will disappoint you. Yes, it's in a mansion and seating may be tighter than I would like but the ambiance was good and the food better. Many of folks in my business entertain their clients there and they won't put their business on the line if it's not good. I think their food is solid with no hype needed. The one meal I had at Cafe Paris very much disappointed me. It's very American but what do you expect in the middle of Howard County. Thanks for the rest of the list, I will hit a few of them in the next few.

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                              Kings Contrivance
                              10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

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