King's Contrivance

★★★★★
  • 10150 Shaker Dr

    Columbia, MD 21046

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  • 301-596-3455

About King's Contrivance

Hours
Lunch hours: Mon - Fri, 11:30am - 2pm; Sat, Sun, closed. Dinner hours: Mon - Thu, 5:30pm - 8:30pm; Fri, Sat: 5pm - 9pm; Sun, 4pm - 8pm. Open hours extend beyond seating hours

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Went for brunch. Had made a reservation for 7 people and ended up being 5, and the host acted a little rude and put out. However, we were seated promptly when we came in. Service was terrible. It was a late brunch (1pm) and a lot of

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Went for brunch. Had made a reservation for 7 people and ended up being 5, and the host acted a little rude and put out. However, we were seated promptly when we came in. Service was terrible. It was a late brunch (1pm) and a lot of

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King's Contrivance is housed in an old farmhouse with a wrap around, enclosed porch that provides an ideal romantic setting. The French cuisine is outstanding and the ambiance in the evening is magical with candle lighting. There are separate rooms for large functions and a full bar. Even though it is located within a suburban community, it has a French country feel. This is a great place to celebrate special occasions.

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King's Contrivance is housed in an old farmhouse with a wrap around, enclosed porch that provides an ideal romantic setting. The French cuisine is outstanding and the ambiance in the evening is magical with candle lighting. There are separate rooms for large functions and a full bar. Even though it is located within a suburban community, it has a French country feel. This is a great place to celebrate special occasions.

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A perennial favorite of mine. Great menu (changes periodically, much to my dismay when I find a favorite). I love the Prix Fixe... for $28 you get an appetizer, entree, and dessert. A good deal considering it costs about that much for a chain restaurant, and the food here beats that hands down. The bernaisse sauce on the Chicken Oscar w/Lump Crab meat is to die for. The Seafood Crepes are the best appetizer (though they're now an entree unless you go regular menu), flavorful with just a hint of spice and full of seafood, they're surprisingly delicate. They never disappoint. Overall, the staff is attentive and good. The food is usually excellent, but I will agree that it can vary at times (I've never been disappointed. It always varies between very good and stellar.) Very nice wine list, with a wide range to suit most tastes with good selections in every category. The desserts are also good, though some tend to be a little on the heavy side. I like the Creme Brulee, Hazelenut Obsession... grand marnier sauce really ties it together with chocolate mousse and ganache and hazelnut. Warning: there is no Prix Fixe in December. Also, there is a discount day for wine weekly. Servings are ample. Having just enough to satisfy... or perhaps one to two extra bites left. Porch can get chilly in winter months. Bring your significant other, it's a great date, and a lovely place to "pop the question" my husband was the 2nd generation in his family to do so there. And, of course, I said yes over a lovely bottle of Joh. Jos. Prum riesling and prix fixe dessert. (Hey, we're teachers... so we gotta cut corners sometimes... like that prix fixe. The cheap way to eat there, without feeling cheated at all. The menu selections are still luxurious, if somewhat paired back.)

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A perennial favorite of mine. Great menu (changes periodically, much to my dismay when I find a favorite). I love the Prix Fixe... for $28 you get an appetizer, entree, and dessert. A good deal considering it costs about that much for a chain restaurant, and the food here beats that hands down. The bernaisse sauce on the Chicken Oscar w/Lump Crab meat is to die for. The Seafood Crepes are the best appetizer (though they're now an entree unless you go regular menu), flavorful with just a hint of spice and full of seafood, they're surprisingly delicate. They never disappoint. Overall, the staff is attentive and good. The food is usually excellent, but I will agree that it can vary at times (I've never been disappointed. It always varies between very good and stellar.) Very nice wine list, with a wide range to suit most tastes with good selections in every category. The desserts are also good, though some tend to be a little on the heavy side. I like the Creme Brulee, Hazelenut Obsession... grand marnier sauce really ties it together with chocolate mousse and ganache and hazelnut. Warning: there is no Prix Fixe in December. Also, there is a discount day for wine weekly. Servings are ample. Having just enough to satisfy... or perhaps one to two extra bites left. Porch can get chilly in winter months. Bring your significant other, it's a great date, and a lovely place to "pop the question" my husband was the 2nd generation in his family to do so there. And, of course, I said yes over a lovely bottle of Joh. Jos. Prum riesling and prix fixe dessert. (Hey, we're teachers... so we gotta cut corners sometimes... like that prix fixe. The cheap way to eat there, without feeling cheated at all. The menu selections are still luxurious, if somewhat paired back.)

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The prices are not for when you are low on funds, but the beautifully presented menu is defintely worth the extra $$$. The atmosphere is very elegant. During my one and only visit, I ordered the Veal Oscar, which is grilled veal along with asparagus, crab meat and some kind of very lovely-tasting sauce. Everything was cooked perfectly; not over- or under-done and seasoned to perfection. For dessert I had the mango sorbet which was the perfect end to a perfect meal.

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★★★★☆

The prices are not for when you are low on funds, but the beautifully presented menu is defintely worth the extra $$$. The atmosphere is very elegant. During my one and only visit, I ordered the Veal Oscar, which is grilled veal along with asparagus, crab meat and some kind of very lovely-tasting sauce. Everything was cooked perfectly; not over- or under-done and seasoned to perfection. For dessert I had the mango sorbet which was the perfect end to a perfect meal.

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Although at times Kings Contrivance varies in quality depending upon the executive chef on staff, it is generally a restaurant with excellent food, a wine list that encompasses all tastes, and service which is generally very good.

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Although at times Kings Contrivance varies in quality depending upon the executive chef on staff, it is generally a restaurant with excellent food, a wine list that encompasses all tastes, and service which is generally very good.

Pros: Good Food, Good Service, Good Wines

Cons: , Prices could be lower, Pave Parking Lot

 

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