The Alehouse Columbia
The Alehouse Columbia

The Alehouse Columbia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thealehousecolumbia.com/
  • Phone: (443) 546-3640
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Burgers, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music every Friday night in the bar after 9pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Interstate 175
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary valet parking every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday after 5pm.
A word from The Alehouse Columbia
Join us for dinner, then stay for drinks and live entertainment in our indoor bars or on our spacious back patio. Watch your favorite teams on our 50+ big screens, host a party in one of our private rooms or just relax with a cocktail under the stars. At The Ale House Columbia, you'll find great food, expertly-crafted drinks and Howard County's best nightlife.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Alehouse Columbia reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (46)vibrant bar scene (36)neighborhood gem (27)great for outdoor dining (23)hot spot (22)fit for foodies (21)great for lunch (20)kid-friendly (18)late-night find (10)great for brunch (8)special occasion (6)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Ale house blues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Went on a Friday night with reservations for two. Service was awesome, helped me choose a delicious round of beers. Server seemed to know the menu well and helped in selection, which I really appreciate. However, the food was not up to par. Salad was iceberg and soggy, and the ribs were entirely too fatty. I mean 75% fat and more or less inedible. I suppose we would have been better off with a pair or burgers, but we were extremely disappointed because we've been waiting a while to go here and I happen to like ribs!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    DMattVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We have been to the Alehouse before and have had a good time. My husband especially enjoys the beers. However, it will be a long time before we try the Alehouse again. Our appetizer of Calamari was tasty, however, the description did not say anything about it being breaded and fried. Our dinners arrived before we were finished with the app, making us feel rushed through our meal. My husbands bratwurst burger was tasteless and unremarkable. My fish tacos were laughable. I couldn't believe anyone in the kitchen would have been satisfied with that dish. The so-called mahi mahi consisted of one two inch long piece of fried unidentifiable bits in each taco. Now we have actually had this dish before and it was nothing like what i was served. We were seated in the bar area, near three very loud and vulgar people at the bar. The language was unacceptable for a public space and as the evening went on, got even worse. So, $77 later, we left, angry that we had allowed the Alehouse to take so much of our time and money.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best for Young Crowd
    BeckyC
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This place is ideal for younger folks who like the energetic noise level, the long list of exotic beers, and the many TV screens featuring sports events. My friend and I had not realized that the Ale House would be like this, but just wanted a casual restaurant for dinner before a concert. The service was excellent and personable, we never had to wait for attention when we needed it, the hostess followed our request to place us in a booth which was not as noisy as other parts of the place (my friend has issues with hearing) The food was delicious and rather too abundant, so that we took home a good portion with us. We will not return because it is not our style, but could recommend this to our younger friends who will enjoy the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good
    beerme
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Bar & restaurant were full of life. Wings were delicious. Cuban sandwich was dry. Beer selecction was excellent. New bartender was "in training" - our friend had to send back her cosmo. New one made - spot on. Overall a good experience and would visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beer for everyone
    maverickVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A lot of beer options. Always good service and they have good suggestions for the beer options.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good People, Good Atmosphere
    Dave
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had a very good time. Their deck bar shares an inside area. This was great because the temp was perfect but it was very windy. We got to sit inside while still feeling like we were dining al fresco. Both bartenders we had were VERY friendly and attentive (without being obtrusive). We were there on a Sunday evening though, and the food was sub-par. The Alehouse burger was VERY good (you better do a burger well!). The crab pizza, though, tasted sour and had no real crab on it at all (scrod doesn't cut it in Maryland). The beer selection was fantastic (I'm a beer snob), and Kyle (?) our bartender kept pace with me with all my beer snobbery. It's a bit of a hike for us, but this will definitely be a go-to when we are in the Columbia Area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    ShazamVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We usually have brunch or lunch at The Alehouse but tried dinner on a Tuesday night during an O's game. We're not big sports fans but it was fun being in the bar and watching the game with everyone. But we were talking easily among ourselves, the game wasn't too loud or overwhelming like it can be at some sports bars. The food and service were both excellent as usual, especially the selections from the Oktoberfest menu. The Alehouse seems to have it down pat, congrats!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ale House
    Wally
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The Ale house offers an interesting menu fit for the season. Their October Fest sections paired well with the many beer choices. The wait staff was fast and courteous and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oktoberfest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I enjoyed the seasonal beer and loved that I was able to get a stein!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around
    beergeekVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We visit the Ale House often, but the review is for this particular visit. Our server, Mavis, was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable and friendly and fun. The beer list is always top notch and you can find your trusted favorites plus rare gems. The menu is just right- not overwhelming with too many choices, but still diverse. My grilled salmon salad was probably the best I've had, and it was so large that I took half home. Try the kobe beef sliders! The Oktoberfest menu right now is also fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Outdoor Space
    Aewachiw
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We always enjoy the excellent beer selection, but what makes this place stand out is the excellent outdoor bar and dining. Wish we had something like this closer to home!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost there
    BillsbestfriendVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Although pretty busy, the service was really slow - seemed one waiter had toooo many tables & was late with everything. Food was very good as usual & will go back again for a hopefully better service experience! Great onion soup!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great relaxing evening
    luvmyfood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We chose to eat outside so it was very relaxing - the patio area is nice and the bar was busy but not noisy. Inside bar area was a bit more boisterous. The food is delicious and caters to a wide audience including fit items, veggie items as well as a variety of entrees and appetizers. The service has always been great and personalized. I visit often!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Continued good food & service
    HUDiva35
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We've continued to have consistently good food & service over the past year. The restaurant has become part of our rotation especially when we're out with the kids. You can easily go from adult time to family time here. Don't expect a quiet corner though, it's a lively restaurant with lots of laughter, talking and sports on multiple big screens. Definitely recommend for a fun night out. Large selection of beer & other drinks too
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dinner out
    agirlsgottaeatVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Alehouse does not disappoint for dinner. There were four people in our dining group and each got a very different type of entree from prime rib to crab cakes to hamburger. Everyone was happy and substitutions and special requests were happily acted upon. The beer selection was truly impressive and their own brews are of a quality that even picky craft beer lovers (of which I am one) will be happy. The 5 oz pours let you sample a wide variety, while the larger pours allow you to savor your favorites without having to ask for a second pint when all you wanted was a slightly larger beverage. I wish more restaurants did the small/regular/large pour options!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious as Always
    DawnBVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Love the food, great beer selection, and great location. Parking could be better but the valet service helps!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lager, Pilsner or Ale and good food
    cindersailVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The group of the four of us agreed that we would return to The Alehouse Columbia. The food was good and everyone enjoyed their dishes. We split an order of Baked Pretzels which was loaded with garliky butter, salt and herbs. It came with a zingy mustard sauce and was delicious. I had a delicious cheddarburger with beach fries (like the ones made by Thrashers). It was cooked perfectly and was jucy and perfect for me. One of our party had the soba noodles and she said the flavor was just wonderful. The Salmon BLT was tender, juicy and looked and tasted fresh. The dessert menu was the usual offerings and nothing we chose stood out. Mostly it was all very sweet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A sports bar in the end
    fishlover
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I like this restaurant and have been here several times, but now I think it should be billed as a sports bar. It was really too loud this time. It's true that a bunch of a people were excited about a football game, but my friend and I had no choice but to be near their yelling. I got the salmon salad and when was disappointed that the lettuce was mostly or entirely iceberg. My friend liked the ribs he ordered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Ale-ing me now!
    KCd9s
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my second time at the Alehouse. Both have been fabulous! My wife and I made reservations on OpenTable and were seated immediately once we arrived. Comfortable booth with good visibility to the many monitors around the restaurant (but not so many to be distracting). Very good selection of their own brews and brews from other places. Our server, Justin, was very knowledgeable and helpful in making our selections. The menu had a good variety of choices. Appetizers, entrees, and dessert were all top-notch. Justin made several stops at our table throughout the evening to make sure that we were happy. We never felt rushed. We left full and satisfied. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Declining food quality
    gmdinmdVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This restaurant has been a favorite of ours since it opened, but after the last few visits we've noticed the quality of the food and its preparation declining significantly. I'm hoping its just growing pains and they get back to the high standards they set for themselves, but overall it was a very disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • give a pass on brunch
    Patrice16VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We tried this place because they had a brunch menu. We ordered Eggs Benedict with tenderloin. The meat did not have any flavor to it and the portion sizes were incredibly small. The eggs were cooked perfectly, the asparagus was tender and cooked nicely. We enjoyed the "bottomless" mimosas. The brunch menu is fairly limited so we probably won't go back for brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting bar food
    Ou812
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant has bar food that is a little different. I have been to many places that do this sort of thing. I liked everything that we ordered. The waitress was outstanding and went out of her way to accomodate my food allergy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beer!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We received a gift certificate to The Alehouse because we like trying different beers. What a selection! And with 5 oz. pours, we were able to sample quite a few, all of them really good. The food was delicious. with a good selection of options. What really made our evening was our server, Jasmine. She was friendly, knowledgeable about the beer list, and gave us plenty of time to review everything before making our selections. In a restaurant that was hopping on a Friday night, our party of four was not rushed at all. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening Out
    Tlsmcg
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My Fiancé truly enjoy having friends and family at the Alehouse. We have hosted our entire family and wedding party at the Alehouse for a family dinner and the service was great! We enjoyed a wonderful meal, fun environment and lively evening. They were very accommodating with the amount of people in our party and are really great about keeping your reservation on time. We love the Alehouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I have been here a few times, with and without kids. The food is great and the ambience is lively but we can still carry on a conversation. The beer list is very impressive. The prime rib is YUMMY!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We especially appreciated the staff accommodating a last minute request to change our table from 4 and a baby to 8 and the baby. We bumped into family members and wanted to sit together and the staff went out of their way to make it happen. Great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, wonderful service
    HUDiva35
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our 4th visit with the kids. Service was exceptional from Justin. Food was great as usual. Nice beer choices. No complaints. Every visit has been great. We'll be back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If You Like Beer This Is The Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Phenomenal beer selection. Even if you're not a real beer lover, you'll find something to like here. Best yet, is the offerings are in various sizes so you can taste something without a huge commitment, or have a small glass and still drive home! The food is good although for my tastes it tends toward the creamy, cheesy, and fatty side. Dishes are attractive when they come to the table, and we enjoyed the salmon with asparagus and other side vegetables and the chicken tacos. Our server was very attentive and helpful.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first impression!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Loved the option of having a 4oz or 10oz draft beer/cider instead of an entire 12oz drink. Also, enjoyed the huge salad that was enough for two meals! Prices were reasonable and food was delicious. Will definitely be back to try more of the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Beer Selection - Standard Food
    rhumrunner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Ale House has a good beer selection, and the pub food you'd expect to accompany it. We enjoyed the soft pretzels and our respective meals, but none of us felt that we'd HAVE to return here - the food is pretty similar to what you'd find at similar restaurants. Parking, as always in this shopping center since AH opened, was an adventure, but each of us did eventually find a spot. This place won the vote for group dinner because it's one of the least chain-y restaurants in Columbia, and we had a fine, though not stand-out, meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will return for more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fun atmosphere, lots of TVs and food was great. Large draft Beer selection a BIG plus!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JHMM
    JHMMVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    There's a wide selection of beer to pick from. What's great is that they have a beer special for the night. The only downside is that parking is horrible.. So either you get there early or later in the evening
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 297 reviews are from the The Alehouse Columbia reviews archive.
  • DMattVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great selection of craft beers, really enjoyed the English dark ale, not one you see often. Food was very good - like the best bar food ever, in fact, it's so much better than normal bar food we shouldn't call it that. Only our 2nd time there, but we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal and great beer list
    Sarah
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The service was great and the food was absolutely delicious. I definitely recommend the pretzels and onion soup to start, and the prime rib was fantastic. I tried several of the MANY beers on the list--made possible because you can order them in a 5oz size! I LOVE this feature. There are 4 sizes of all draft beers to order from. The only constructive criticism (not complaint!) that I have is that they may want to reduce their portion sizes a bit. I know this may sound ridiculous, but we got a truly staggering amount of food (a ~12" plate of kale stacked 6 inches high, and probably a square foot of prime rib). I would have happily paid just as much for about half the amount of food we got. I hope I can get creative with leftovers today!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slightly Disappointed This Time
    ZC1030
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have always had good experiences here, but we walked away slightly disappointed this time. The restaurant was packed and as a result, it seemed like the kitchen was overwhelmed. Many of our dishes were overcooked and out cocktails were poorly made. We hope for a better dining experience next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what we needed
    gettingthere
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were traveling and looked up a place through Open Table to stop for a quick lunch. This was perfect. It was right off the highway, we got to sit outside, had good service and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Danser
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This was my 4th time dining here. My husband really loves the food and beer selection. I got the Salmon BLT minus the Bacon and it was really delicious. A few of my past dishes have not been that great. I was glad to find something on the menu for my tastes! The Orange Crush cocktail was a tasty treat!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time
    martymar1970
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Beer selection is top-notch. Burger cooked just right. Atmosphere is great for all occassions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Opinion
    Bessential
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    It's a nice upscale spot. If you like beer, Go. You won't be disappointed. My only thing was the Brisket platter. It was so so. Still a nice place to check out.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice time
    ryanmcq55VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had dinner with a reservation and sat right down. Great service and really good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.