The Elkridge Furnace Inn
The Elkridge Furnace Inn

The Elkridge Furnace Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elkridgefurnaceinn.com/
  • Phone: 4103799336x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Wecker
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Elkridge Furnace Inn is delighted to deliver its fine quality food and exceptional service to the location that suites you best, home, office, or other rental site. We believe that any planned event should reflect the personality of the planner or host company. To this end we are delighted to custom design a menu focused around your corporate or personal taste or theme.
  • Special Events: The Elkridge Furnace Inn hosts a number of special events from afternoon teas, to cooking classes for children and adults, to wine tastings, murder mysteries, and special entertainment dinners. Please visit our web-site for an updated calendar of events.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Gravel parking lot, please use caution. Located to the left of the facility.
A word from The Elkridge Furnace Inn
For parties of five and over please call for reservations.

The Elkridge Furnace Inn holds a unique niche in Maryland history. Nestled on the Patapsco River, the Inn was first established as a tavern in 1744. Today, The Elkridge Furnace Inn houses an elegant restaurant with an intimate setting with working fire places in almost every room, lit from fall to early spring. Private parties welcome.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Elkridge Furnace Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (121)romantic (109)fit for foodies (86)notable wine list (60)neighborhood gem (51)great for brunch (38)scenic view (33)good for groups (30)great for lunch (21)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Everything was wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The only reason the service didn't get a perfect score is because there was a lightning storm that knocked out their computer/register which delayed the final course. Not their fault. But they explained the situation and we were in no hurry. I think it would be very difficult to be disappointed with your meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretentious food and service
    DAJS
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    the service wasn't great here. Our waiter was actually annoying. We really didn't like our appetizers and considered leaving but he was somewhat pushy so we stayed and tried an entree - lack of seasoning and salt was the main complaint we had with our dish. The brussel sprouts were terribly unevenly cooked and also without seasoning. Some were gross and soggy and others were not cooked at all it seemed. The bird was just so blah. For $40 a pinch of salt would have been nice. Plus the server was just annoying. We won't be coming back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    the dining area is very pleasant and the service is the level one would find informative as well as excellant. the menu is varried and promises a great dining expierance for the guest. the setting is like something one would see in a book about how it used to be and how it should be. a great place for that special occasion. one leaves with a fealing of an evening well remembered and the effort put forth by the staff appreciated.the feeling that returning is something you will look forward to
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fabulous
    Pauline
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The cheese and pepper soup was so good we seriously entertained having two bowls of it instead of an entrée. But we didn't. I usually order from the menu that offers seasonal dishes but this time ordered from the steak menu. Oh, my goodness. My filet was cooked perfectly, the peppercorn crust seared onto the filet was not overwhelming but so yummy. A hash of potatoes, squash, and caramelized onions was the perfect side. Their dessert tray has to be experienced. Do yourself a favor and get some extra truffles to go. Definitely save room for dessert! The staff makes everyone feel special. I know I'll have excellent food, stellar service, and a memorable dining experience any time I'm lucky enough to dine at the Furnace Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had top notch service, and the food was amazing! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience...
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My fiancé and I had a lovely evening at the EFI for our 3 year anniversary. Hillary was superb as our server, and the staff all around was charming. The setting was intimate and the food amazing. My fiancé said he thought we should make it our recurring anniversary place!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was superb, an excellent menu. The service was great, our waiter was attentive without being annoying. We loved the setting, a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is an outstanding restaurant. The food was excellent, and very artfully presented. I would give it a five star, but due to their space limitations, it can be a bit noisy or intrusive if you are sitting next to a louder group. However, those same space limitations make it very charming as it is a large old house with lots of architectural style. It was my companion's birthday, and they were very nice and low key about it - we had no room for dessert but were given a little candled sweet whimsy and a split of sparkling wine which was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great romantic find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our waiter, Hillary, was helpful, knowledgeable, and attentive. The chef delivered a labor of love, and came out to make sure we were happy, which we were. Great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Very Good restaurant
    Peter
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We enjoyed our time there. It was our first visit to the restaurant and everything is wonderful. It looks like most of the people in the restaurants with us at the same time have been there before. The chef came up couple times to talk with everyone. Their deserts are epic and the way they show them are also genius. Instead of putting pictures in the menu, they made fake sample and showed them in front of you! The dishes we ordered: Appetizer: Seared Scallops. Entree: Lamb Rump & Duck Duo Desert: I don't remember the name but it's three delicious Ice cream bars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was our first visit here, and we really enjoyed it. The food was beautifully prepared and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place for a special event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Never disappointed when my wife and I go to EFI. Staff is amazing. Food is fresh, hot, and light. The place to go and some place I highly highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time
    TracyG74
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went here to celebrate my birthday. Among the guests was my sister, who has 4 food allergies. They handled these allergies easily and without drama, which was wonderful. The waiter was very knowledgable. Our food was amazing - as was the wine. It was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    Plum
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at the Inn. The food was, seasonal, well-described, and we were waited on by expert and attentive staff. We will definitely return. Very romantic and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back
    CoachOnTheRoad
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is now our BWI area place for post-gig "celebrate and relax" dinners. My team is from California. We have DC colleagues. This hidden gem provides a great environment (housed in a 1744 building ) and wonderful food, fresh from their garden for a time to connect, relax and reflect on the privilege of doing the work we do. Even my foodie San Francisco Bay Area colleague was intrigued by the combinations created by the chef and the nice wine list. The chef checked in personally with us, chatted and offered to take us on a tour of the restaurant garden! AND BONUS...they have a substantial gluten free menu that is so appreciated as many of us are gluten sensitive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LADYLUCK
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    All the food that we ordered was served very hot (temperature) and visually appealing. The crab soup had a lot of shells and was a little too fishy tasting for me. The soup of the day was good but needed a little more pizazz in flavor. The crab cakes are different for maryland style they had corn in them and a herb that I could not place. Lots of big chucks just different than you have ever had before if your from Maryland. They are very very expensive so be prepared and enjoy if your there for a special occasion. Don't forget to walk around inside this historic house they saved from destruction.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My #1 restaurant
    TerrapinVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Discovered the Furnace Inn last year and it became my favorite restaurant to visit. The food and people are the best. The Chef always stops by the table to ask about us and our experience. This visit he invited us to tour his gardens where most of their vegetables are grown. JUST A GREAT PLACE !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • it's been better
    foodRevu
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is the first time we have been disappointed at the furnace inn. the butternut squash soup was bland and pasty, my pork chop was tough, and my husband's quail salad had a quail that resembled a boiled frog, not very appetizing. There was a wedding party going on at the same time so maybe the chef was overworked that night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bewildered
    John
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was a return trip to the Furnace Inn. We had outstanding meals there in the past. This experience did not live up to our expectations. The server was polite, but neither attentive nor professional. The food was good, but did not compare with the meals we had before. For the caliber or restaurant this is and the cost of our meal, we expected a more intimate, polished experience. Absent that, we were left feeling bewildered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ElkridgeInn has lovely grounds!
    VerneneVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This place is always a good one but definitely must be a destination opposed to a walk in eatery, due to its location. Stroll the grounds of this old plantation and sit on the porch. It's a living history museum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    From the time we arrived until we pulled out of the parking lot, The Furnace Inn was thoroughly enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SavortheFlavor
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our lunches were exceptional! Seafood soup, ribeye steak, salad, warm rolls, good wine, great service. We were given complimentary champagne as it was our anniversary. The grounds are beautiful including a large garden where they grow all their produce. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old-school class
    foggylemonVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Elkridge Furnace Inn feels very old-school. The building itself is a quaint, rustic building with a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony site. The waitstaff and busboys are very professional and helpful, with a decidedly classic service appeal. The food itself is absolutely delicious. I got the filet mignon with blue cheese on top and potato, corn, lima bean hash and I loved every bit of it! My wife got the seasonal special of soft shell crab (which was also delicious but I felt tasted a bit too seafood-y). There's a wonderful dessert tray as soon as you get in to whet your appetite, but my wife and I didn't indulge. We got the lemontini and Milky Way martini and both were exceptional (both in terms of flavor and in terms of strength).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RLDA43
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Outstanding food cooked to your taste buds with service fit for a king!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food & service
    Jake
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The waiter was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and fun. The food was outstanding and so fresh. They have a great wine selection whether you'd like to spend $40 or $100+ for a bottle. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasant experience
    Linda
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We have dined several times at Elkridge Furnace Inn, choosing it when we want a pleasant, friendly, soul-uplifting evening. Each dinner course is prepared and presented with care. I savor each bite. Wine suggestions have always been most appropriate. We truly love dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    went for a birthday dinner for a friend. The service was excellent and attentive without being overpowering. The drink of the day was a blood orange champagne cocktail. Very good for special occasions but would not be my regular libation. The rockfish special was the best I have ever had and the veggies with properly prepared and tasty, perhaps because they come from the restaurant gardens. The other meals were equally impressive (crab cakes and soft shell crabs). We had the cheesecake duo for dessert which had a Happy Birthday in chocolate on the plate. During the meal the chef/owner came out to talk to the diners. He answered questions and was generally a very good host. Not inexpensive, but worth it.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant around
    Couldeathereeverynight
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants! Everything is made on site and the menu changes regularly! We love taking out of town guests here. Also great for those with allergies. The owner/chef will specially prepare a dish when possible to remove allergens. The special events are fun and the food fabulous!,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Brunch at the Inn
    winofoodie1231VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My fiancée and I have been to the Inn for dinner several times, but this was our first experience with brunch. As usual we were blown away by the quality of food and generosity of portions at the Inn. We both started with the French toast, which is not just any French toast, but rather French toast marinated in gran mariner butter and topped with silky syrup. Then I had the crab cakes benedict, which was again, just out of this world. The crab cakes were a little spicy, but it worked well with the egg and hollandaise sauce. My fiancée had the seafood omelet, which was packed with shrimp, scallops, and crab meat with delicious gruyére cheese. All around amazing food and excellent service - we are now booked to be married at the Inn! :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • European Feel
    Pilgrim51
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Inn feels as if you are 18th century England or in the French countryside. The architecture and interior furnishings are authentic, and the food gourmet. I think that must be why I and my husband were somewhat shocked by the "local" , "overly friendly" casual personalities of the host and server, especially the server. He would be perfectly suited as a bartender in a pub, and was out of place in this exquisite piece of history. He would be a great host and server at his own home as he was a comedian with all the guests he was serving. But, he was inconsistent and would be missing for awhile and then apologize. We ordered a bottle of wine which he poured before my cocktail had arrived. Funky backwards planning on his part.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic or Professional
    anhoff2
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Elkridge Furnace Inn is a great venue for romantic or professional gatherings (I've attended for both). My husband and I look to celebrate each anniversary here, with great food, attentive and friendly staff, and a wide selection of drinks. With their own gardens, the fruits and vegetables used in the meals are fresh and delicious. Even if you're a picky eater like my husband, there are foods for you (like delicious steaks!). The pastry department also has multiple dessert options each night, that take you outside of your stereotypical ice cream and brownie. All in all, I will be dining here again, and for more than just my anniversary dinner.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic Evening
    Elbiekay
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed our evening celebrating our anniversary. We got a free glass of champagne!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner 8/21/14
    KatlynM
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Everything was perfect from start to finish. Cameron recognized us when we walked in, our waiter was very attentive & both discussed our upcoming wedding there next May. We couldn't have been happier, since this was my fiancee's first time eating there & being able to try the food & he said his dish was amazing...I knew mine would be & it didn't fail me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and also the service was very good. I will be happy to come back, and also tell my friends about the experience.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch!!
    dstdineVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had my birthday brunch here and the selection was excellent. Everything freshly made and local farmers are used. They have FIVE different mimosas!!! Did you hear me..FIVE!!! All of the food was great and my whole party loved their food. I highly recommend the french toast and pecan waffles. The blue moon and blushing mimosas were outstanding. This place is a well kept secret.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our experience was good. It frustrated me to learn that it was "restaurant week" from a neighboring table and they were offering a special 3 course menu after we had ordered and been served our soup. Other, restaurants we have visited show you all the specials up front. I was a bit disappointed with my well done delmonico steak that was ordered slightly medium well. The atmosphere felt a little rushed due to the coming and going of guests and wait staff in our small dining room. My husbands plate was cleared from the table while he was literally eating . We had a reservation but the overall feeling was more in and out dining.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet! But great food
    HeatherH
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Elkridge Furnace Inn is a restaurant housed in a tiny old (beautiful!) house. That being said, the rooms are very small with only a few tables in each room. The tables are very close together and so you feel the need to whisper with your friends/family. It is almost awkward how quiet it is! But, it is a beautiful old house with lots of character! The waiters were very attentive, but not overly friendly. They seemed to take their jobs very seriously. Definitely tried to up-sell you to the expensive meal, additional salads, drinks, etc. The food was amazing! Portions were large, and the dessert was delicious! Overall, a very nice time!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Worth the price!
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had our anniversary dinner at Elkridge Furnace Inn and it was a perfect experience, from the cordial greeting when we arrived, to the attentive service from our waiter, to the expertly prepared and server offerings and the complimentary mini bottle of Brut. Highly recommend this restaurant for those occasions you wnat to be special / memorable - they deliver.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • frequent diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was very bland...I have been here many times and was disappointed this time. Calamari appetizer...almost no flavor at all and the salsa with it was not worth the trouble of preparation. Shoulder steak..nicely seasoned but on the tough and stringy side and the green beans were definitely overcooked. Cheesecake dessert..very nice.
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  • Awesome!
    Sherry
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Furnace Inn is so consistently wonderful! Staff is friendly and very professional. Food can't be beat and I love that the vegetables come from their own garden and local farms. My all time favorite place to eat. They have an extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff to help choose. Many kudos to Chef Dan and his staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet