Gadsby's Bar American - Ellicott City
Gadsby's Bar American - Ellicott City

Gadsby's Bar American - Ellicott City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gadsbysbaramerican.com/
  • Phone: 4107154739
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

    Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm


    Saturday & Sunday Brunch coming soon!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Robert Gadsby
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Executive Park Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Gadsby's Bar American - Ellicott City
Gadsby’s Bar American, a unique addition to the Baltimore / Maryland Metropolitan Area. A neighborhood spot interpretation of an American Tavern, offering casual food, well crafted cocktails and extensive selection of affordable wines. In the spirit of every great Tavern, the guest is encouraged to drop in for a drink and a quick bite on their way home after work, or meet here with friends and family to share a meal, where the food is impressive in both breadth and depth, a continual evolution- the marrying of flavors, cultures, traditions, and ideals. Here Robert Gadsby shares his years of experience and research offering a fresh, modern approach to upscale casual comfort dining.
Dishes that focus on quality seasonal local and sustainable ingredients with imaginative flavors. Service that will make one feel welcome and special. Food served in portions that enable the customer to savor a variety of original, modern dishes.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Gadsby's Bar American - Ellicott City reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3
  • Food3.1
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
42% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (16)fit for foodies (14)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (11)great for brunch (9)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (3)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Pleasant surprise
    Gadsbys
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    As most things in Columbia, it takes effort to spot. Food was a little pricey, but did not fall short on taste. Portion size was decent. Went at 8 on a Thursday night. It was fairly empty and quiet. The waitress was pretty great.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to get organized
    Eyum
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I made a Sunday reservation and the place was closed. The times on the door said they were open on Sunday. I have been there before and the food was good. But the really need to focus on restaurant management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THEY WERE CLOSED
    dtp1
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    OpenTable accepted a reservation for a Sunday evening, but with no notice (website or message on their phone) the restaurant was closed. Very poor communications
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  • Gadsby's needs some work
    Christina
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was good. Service was very slow, which the friendly wait staff acknowledged. Me and my boyfriend were there for dinner for about three hours - the service was that slow.
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  • Not the same
    NelsonVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is our fourth visit to Gadsby's. The first three were positive in that the food equaled the service & ambiance. My husband & I were disappointed in the entree. My steak was rather thing & fatty. His pork was a loin was overcooked at the edges so that the center could be juicy. The veggies were fine. I doubt we will go back to this restaurant.
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  • Excellent Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The location is slightly off the beaten path, but worth locating and visiting
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CLOSED!!
    stevestolte
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We made our reservations for Sunday August 31st at 6:15 pm. We dropped kids off at a babysitter and went to Gadsby's to find a completely empty parking lot. The hours etched in the glass at the front door said they were open but everything was dark and locked tight. Fortunately I was able to save my Anniversary dinner by going to Victoria's Gastropub which was nearby.
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  • Not Open!
    BernieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We showed up and they were not open. The sign said they should have been open (times), but they were not. :(
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat dissapointment at Gadsbys
    BanashreeVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our repeat visit to give the restaurant another chance. Our main issue is that, the waiters are unknowledgeable, untrained and slow. Also many items on the menu are not available. Very disappointing and may not go back again. None of the times we visited we could get what we asked for. Whatever we selected instead, took a long long time to arrive at our table.
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  • Terrible food
    davieVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    After having a nice lunch experience there a few months ago, my wife and I went there for dinner. This turned out to be a bad experience for me. We shared a field green salad which was ok except for being overly sweet. My wife had pork loin which she thought was ok. I ordered red snapper, and what was delivered to the table was a bowl of what I would call succotash with two small pieces of heavily breaded fish on top. The breading was thick and rubbery as if it had been microwaved, and it was difficult to find any fish inside. After a few bites, I sent it back. The waitress insisted that I get something else, and I asked for carrot ginger soup. It was ok, but also very sweet.
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  • Less than impressed
    FoodieFran
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The fish was slimy and the rob eye might have been frozen with a gummy gravy. Good vegetables and wine thought so I guess that's a plus. Do not order the scallops... You get two mushy, poorly cooked small scallops for $14.
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  • Great service. Uneven food.
    kitty
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Visited for lunch during Restaurant Week. Very good menu choices - dishes were from regular summer menu, and there were many choices. Food quality was quite uneven. Minestrone soup had a strange tasting broth. Heirloom tomato salad was delicious - great dressing. Entrée was most disappointing. The vegetables had good flavor and were well prepared. The breaded snapper, however, was terrible. The breading was thick and falling off, the fish portion tiny and rubbery (possibly undercooked?).
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  • disappointing
    veeber
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    There were a lot of issues that we ran into. When we showed up the staff had difficulty getting us seated even though the restaurant was fairly empty. We got our menus but then were never provided a beer/wine menu until the waiter had time to get back to us. The staffing levels didn't seem to be an issue, but there does seem to be a lack of movement or urgency on their part. The table was very dusty and we had a few glasses replaced as they were visibly dirty. Food was ok. The lamb shanks were tough, even though they had been braised. I had the carrot ginger soup but the cream they added had a very strong almond flavoring, which overpowered the rest of the soup. Oddly enough they used the same almond cream in the berry trifle for dessert
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  • Timeless and tasty
    FoodSnob
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    They haven't lost a beat since George Washington and Thomas Jefferson ate there. Excellent food at an affordable price. Authentically American.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • closed
    lindaleres
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    we went to the reservation to find them closed for business.
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  • Great food
    love2teach
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We celebrated my birthday at Gadby's Bar American - Ellicott City on a Saturday evening. Our waiter was very attentive and the food was just fabulous. We will be back to this establishment for other celebrations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    NotHappy
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Read the reviews before making reservations, and was unsure with the mixed reviews. We figured it was new and 6 of us decided to see how it was. The salmon was bland served in a bowl with broth (small portion). The steak was all fat, grizzle, and tough. One of the deserts was forgotten, and by the time the waitress came back to check everyone was finished (Could have at least compted the one desert). The restaurant was empty, and the service slow. Did not even carry Jim Beam (I would think a staple at most bars). Would not go again, and would not recommend to anyone!!
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  • not even visited by waitstaff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Admittedly it was later on a weeknight, 830 or so, we stood at the host stand for nearly 10mins before being acknowledged (poorly, by a high-school aged employee), then seated where we waited another 10mins before heading out. During that time we reviewed the menu, and particularly the wine list which has a pretty steep markup for a restaurant situated in an office park. We left and visited another local restaurant with prices more in line with its ambiance. Bottom line, this restaurant might be good, but it's lack of first impression and exaggerated marked up wine list cause us to turn on our heels. The location and the level of service do not warrant the price point.
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  • New place...disappoints
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Was excited to try this new restaurant but was greatly disappointed from the bar to the dessert and everything in between the quality and service was extremely lacking. Restaurant was not crowded so we were immediately seated. From there it took the waitress 10 minutes to come and greet us. It was a limited menu but was extremely overpriced. Although there were only 3 other tables of 3-4 diners each our meal service from beginning to end took more than 2 hours. Overall the food was not that great and totally overpriced. Then after we were given our bill and with our table somewhat cleared, the waiter came over and offer us hot bread with a piece in his tongs.
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  • Great food
    eric
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have been here before and the food has never disappointed. We did not take children this visit, but have in the past and they have been very accommodating. The wine and food menu seems to change seasonally providing different tastes throughout the year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • only ok
    Birthday
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    glad I had a groupon...not worth the price.. ordered a steak...really tough.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch Specials
    Beachlover
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    First time at Gadsby's and had a wonderful lunch. Loved the brightness and ambience of the restaurant. The luncheon special had some very good choices and we enjoyed our lunch of soup, salad and entree. A very good special for the price. Will definitely come back again for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Not ready for primetime
    DwayneVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This was my second visit to Gadsby's. The first experience was not too bad, so I decided to give it another try. This second time, I had to send back my seafood risotto entree because the shrimp was not de-veined (as the waitress had described), and the risotto was almost soup-like. I doubt that I will be returning. I think that chef (who has very good credentials) needs to hire a better kitchen staff to execute his menu.
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  • great food
    easy2please
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was so amazing. Everything looked appealing and tasted wonderful. Wonderful menu. Can't say enough good things about the food. Very tasteful. Service started out good but we were left unattended the last 20 minutes waiting for our drink refills and check. Had to go look for the waiter!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Need to do a better job of making people aware or waiters aware of what beers you had available. I asked for 3 different ones before they finally had one. The food was very good though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner experience at Gadsby
    BanashreeVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We ordered from both regular dinner menu and social hour menu -- Sweet Chili Wings and Tuna Tartare (Avocado Fondue | Grilled Bread | Horse Radish Crème Fraîche). From entree we shared one fish and chips. Then as dessert we had Warm Apple Strudel with Vanilla Ice Cream and Apple Cider Sauce. We enjoyed all of them. The service was OK -- the server was a nice guy, but looks like new and not entirely informed about the various menu options. He had to go back several times asking for each of the items we had questions. May be need to have better communications. We will definitely return and perhaps also try brunch.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I had read reviews about the service at Gadsby's but thought since it had been several months that it had been opened, I thought they would have fixed that. Well, I was wrong. We were there on a Monday night and the place was empty, yet, it took our server over 10 minutes to come to our table. Then when we each order a glass of house wine and our food, our appetizer arrived before out wine. I have never had that happen at a restaurant. I hope this restaurant can work things out so that they can get more people in and have patrons who want to return.
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  • Lovely place
    restaurantluver
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was great! The service was great!. Nice place for my husband and I celebrate our anniversary and Fathers day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambitious; Room for improvement
    LookingForGemsVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Creative take on classic dishes. Good seafood and steaks. Good, sometimes unusual sauces. Very attentive service. Steak was perfectly tender, but I wish it was thicker. Tuna tartare was could be more tender. Scallops were delish! House wines were delish. With a little better execution, this will be a great restaurant. I'll be back to see.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Great service
    Gadsby
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Will definitely return. Much better than Greystone Grill
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A work in progress
    DiningAround
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We were a bit concerned when we arrived for our 7 PM reservation and there were only a handful of other diners in the restaurant. We became even more concerned when our waitress informed us that, because the restaurant's now transitioning from its winter to its summer menu and from offering only domestic wines to offering international ones as well, the food menu was outdated and the beverage menu was nonexistent. But, as it turns out, our meals were quite good, and the drinks were good, too. If this restaurant can iron out its service kinks and get its menu together, it has the potential to be a great spot for a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Caseyar
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We went because we had a groupon, and were sadly disappointed. My boyfriend ordered the house mussels. He only had about half, and mentioned that they tasted fishy. I didn't think anything of this until he reached the 2nd half, and I started to smell the fishiness. I have never actually had any foul smell associated with mussels in the past. the 2nd half of the mussels never opened, which means they weren't cooked long enough. In my opinion the dish should have been comped, or drinks should have been comped but they weren't, which points to poor customer service. Although someone did apologize for the mishap, no new food was ever brought out. If they wanted repeat business something more should have been done. My meal was better, but much.
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  • Better than expected
    PuffinGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I had purchases a Living Social Deal back in january and it was going to expire soon, so we made reservation and went on a Sunday evening. Earlier in the day i looked at reviews on various sites and they were mixed, so really worried that we'd not have great food. But our 5 courses with a glass of wine for each of us (20 was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good First Time Experience
    Jreed
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Good Experience, food selection is different and unique but tasty and the staff, particularly our waiter was very prompt and friendly. Overall it is a bit pricey but the Groupon promotions help and the atmosphere is very nice with a upscale feel. Only downside is they seem to often run out of wines and certain menu items other than that I would recommend!
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Drinks were empty for a good part of our meal, don't waste your time or money here.
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  • Thanks Todd
    Glutenfree5VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Thanks Todd for an enjoyable evening at Gadsby's. It was our first try at Gadsby's and for the most part everything with the exception of bread and pasta were gluten free. The buttercut squash soup was quite good, the bbq lamb shank was tender and melted in your mouth with a bit of kick to it. Todd our waitstaff person was very accommodating but didn't hover. Everything was very well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent but nothing special
    tuffVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We had a couple of decent meals and the service was good. The place was almost empty so we got an appropriate level of attention. It was worth what we paid as we had a groupon certificate, but it is unlikely we would find it a value for the full menu price. We had been surprised about the modest ratings that we had seen given the fanfare it had received for being a place for fine dining. We now have a better understanding of the ratings that we had seen and agree with them.
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  • Very Pleasant Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My friends and I had a very nice experience at lunch the other day. The service was attentive and the food was very good. There were many options for every taste including our gluten free diner. I ordered the butternut soup; I liked the sweet/salty combination of the pulled pork and pears for the garnish. I also enjoyed the poached salmon salad. I will definitely return to try dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We really had mixed feelings about the food. Most of the food was good, especially the fish and chips and the crab cake (or whatever it was called). But the tuna tar-tar had a piece of plastic in it, the bread/rolls were store bought, and the berries in the berry trifle were still slightly frozen.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 182 reviews are from the Gadsby's Bar American - Ellicott City reviews archive.
  • It has potential.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We went to Gadsby's for a three course dinner. The food was good- and had the potential to be excellent, but the poor service and lack of management at the restaurant ruined the experience (and some if the dishes). To start, we were served vaguely warm rolls while the waiter admitted he had pulled the out to early. Then the tuna tartare (which itself was tasty) was served with stale, toasted bread which again, had obviously been sitting out before making its way to our table. Half of the dessert menu was not available and it took 20 minutes after our dessert was finished to bring the check. This all seemed unreasonable considering there were only three tables occupied in the dining room.
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