The Alehouse Columbia
The Alehouse Columbia

The Alehouse Columbia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thealehousecolumbia.com/
  • Phone: 4435463640x
  • 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
107 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (48)vibrant bar scene (48)great for outdoor dining (43)neighborhood gem (42)great for lunch (39)fit for foodies (30)kid-friendly (28)hot spot (26)late-night find (19)great for brunch (14)special occasion (12)notable wine list (4)romantic (1)Show More
  • 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
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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.
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.
  • No Sports
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was great, the atmosphere was great, the beer was great, I just wish there were sports on while I was there since there were so many TVs. Oh, and the beer list was extensive but I wish it was a bit more detailed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, terrible service
    WorldCupwatcher
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We went to the Alehouse for the first time to watch the USA v Germany World Cup match. As expected, the restaurant was very busy but they also appeared to be short staffed. Our first round of drinks took 45 minutes to arrive and our second round of drinks never arrived despite our server "checking on them" twice and after speaking with a manager once. The bar only appeared to have one bartender working and our server had at least 6 tables, all of whom seemed to be having the same slow service we experienced. Our food was outstanding and I think our experience would have been much more enjoyable had enough staff been working.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good menu and service
    sevcoopVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The Ale House was crowded on a recent Friday night but we were seated immediately with our reservation. We sat in a booth for two; unfortunately it was right next to a large party celebration (balloons included!) so it was rather noisy, but the party eventually ended and the room was quieter. Tons of beers to choose from and our waiter was extremely helpful with recommendations, both on drink and food. Great service overall and good food at reasonable prices. We would return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food but very busy
    ECpub
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Make reservations for sure. Food good with some twists on comfort food. Extensive beer list of course. Fish tacos very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as always
    SylWillVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We went for the Harpoon night and I really enjoyed my Big Crush beer. We tried the new crab flatbread pizza and it was delicious. The only thing I was disappointed by was that the person checking us in marked us as "cancelled" instead of being there. and that I couldn't get a growler of the Big Crush to take home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food!
    JoJo
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The atmosphere is great and the food matches it well. The fish (mahi) tacos are excellent and just the right size for lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    GreeneyesVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Glad we stopped in. Ate outside on deck. Very relaxing. Food was very good. Very kid friendly. Will go back,again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day Lunch
    Yumyum
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took my husband and daughter here for Father's Day and this was our first time! We fell in love. The service was great and the food was even better! Looking forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; nice atmosphere
    ColumbiaDiner
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at the Ale House. Our food was delicious and we had friendly and attentive service. Even though it's a large restaurant with a bar and many large TV screens, the noise level was not bad. We went at 6:15 on a Saturday evening and had no problem parking. We had a reservation but there were plenty of available tables. They offer valet parking but it's really not necessary; although, maybe parking is harder to find later in the evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Good Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We were seated promptly, and in a very comfortable, private booth. The waitress (Marisa) was excellent, and respected our wish not to hurry the dining experience as so many restaurants in Columbia and Ellicott City do. The spinach and artichoke dip was terrific, as were the buffalo shrimp. My wife had a salad that was large and fresh. I had the fish tacos, which were really very good (Mahi). The only quibble I have is that the martini wasn't very good. It was served in a stemless glass, and it wasn't very cold. But hey, the restaurant is an alehouse, so stick with the beer or one of their specialty drinks. All in all, the Alehouse is very good. Go there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Columbia Meet-up
    ClarityAnn
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Innovative casual bar gathering place - wide selection of beers - televisions everywhere - good quality food with creative touchs - high-end pub food. Can get noisy in the evenings with all the folks gathering, but adds to the celebratory ambience. Has outdoor patio, but we didn't eat there. Reservations were honored even though crowded on a weekday night. Parking can be a bit tricky, several businesses and restaurants in the same parking area. Service is good, efficient for a busy restaurant. Good choice for meeting up with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Lovin' It
    LaurVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I feel like I'll never get tired of their Ale House Burger. It's just so delicious. And the service is great, which always makes us feel so welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MONK
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    What can I say that has not been said before............"The Best Spot in Columbia - Inside or On the Patio" nothing has topped the continued great food and service since it opened!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Burgers!
    LaurVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Their Ale House Burger is what keeps us going back! Service is very good (so many friendly waiters and waitresses), and the build-your-own-burger night is great. I do wish bbeers were a tad cheaper, but they're not a bad price if you go during happy hour. I definitely recommend trying their burgers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Quite Bad
    Flowergirl
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I've eaten here twice before, but during lunch. I really liked the place. However, this time was disappointing. The bathroom smelled sour, most likely due to a dirty mop. Although, judging by all of the toilet paper on the floor, it probably hadn't been mopped in a while. I ordered the pulled pork meal. The sides of macaroni and cheese and the veggie slaw were great. The meat however, looked like it had been sitting around all day and recently reheated. Even though it was room temperature, in some spots, when I got it. I then got the beef brisket to replace. It was fatty and salty. And neither entree had any bread. How strange to have bbq and NO bread. I now have a tarnished impression of the place and may not return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Spot
    TylerG
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We had a party of 4 plus a baby for lunch. The burgers were a big hit. I had a salad and it was a lot of lettuce and not enough of the other ingredients. Obviously the beer list is great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Have been to this restaurant 3 times. Always good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, High Prices
    Alizarin22
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food is great - but the prices are a little high in comparison to some of the local competitors.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Very nice staff, good food, fast attentive service. A good dining expierence.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar food
    SeanKellyVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This is typical bar food kind of place. Has a wide range of craft beers that manages to set it apart from the typical bar chains
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ale house columbia a gem!
    Pford1229
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Always a great place to eat. From providing an extensive craft beer list to giving the kids an etch a sketch to keep them busy this neighborhood gem continues to shine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    TechGenius
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Best thing we had was the ribeye, even though it could have used a bit more seasoning. The Lobster Mac and cheese was rather bland. the brussel sprouts seemed like they were steamed for a couple minutes and put on the plate, not roasted or sauteed to the level I am accustomed to. Wasn't just our plates either becuase I saw other plates going back to the kitchen with brussel sprouts untouched. Other than that, ambaince was good.. and good to get a night out with the wife.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No specific review
    Daughter
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Just an overall nice experience. Recommend the Ale House for a casual night out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • waynerswayners
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food is always pretty solid at the Alehouse and if it is craft beer you are after, then you will not be disappointed. There is a solid mix of house brews and guest brews that vary in style. The burgers, sandwiches, and flatbread pizzas are the gotos for my family and the Macaroni and Cheese is a kid and adult favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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.