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The Elkridge Furnace Inn
The Elkridge Furnace Inn

The Elkridge Furnace Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elkridgefurnaceinn.com/
  • Email: michael@elkridgefurnaceinn.com
  • Phone: (410) 379-9336
  • 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 American, Contemporary French
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I visited for an anniversary dinner and were quite impressed. A spring-centered menu had just been introduced although the area was still dodging the last gasps of winter. My wife loved the samosas appetizer and the plate holding the lamb entree was completely cleaned when it was returned to the kitchen. The inn itself is lovely and quiet and the service was exceptional . We certainly plan to return."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I've never had an even remotely unpleasant experience here. It's always a nice respite with great food and excellent service. This is easily one of my favorite restaurants on Earth."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening. Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Stumbled onto this place while looking on line for lunch venue near BWI. Took a friend for a birthday dinner. First thing we noticed, aside from the lovely old house and furnishings was how quiet it was. One of my biggest gripes in DC restaurant scene is the noise levels make it very hard to have a conversation. Wine list good and not too pricey. Beet salad and french onion soup were excellent. I had pork tenderloin which was very good and friend had mahi mahi - also well prepared with tasty side. Cholate nut tart was a bit rich. Could offer a bit more on lighter side - maybe lemon or lime as opposed to so much chocolate. Food prices are a bit steep, but this was a special occasion. And, there's plenty of parking."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Sunday Brunch is just that. You have no other options which means you pay one price to choose a lot of food and can't select anything a la carte. Go hungry for Sunday Brunch!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "What a great restaurant. The food was exceptional and the service was personal. My husband and I really enjoy experiencing local history and truly appreciate the architecture of buildings such as the Elkrdige Furnance inn."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We arrive late for our reservation...called to let staff know. Arrived at 8pm. Were directed to a room towards back of restaurant. Only two other diners finishing their meal in that room .They left soon after we arrived, so we ate our meal alone. Couldn't help feeling we were pushed into a back room...all tables were set for guests except the long banquet table that had napkins just lying on the table. When asked if the restaurant was full, we were told by our server Lisa, that no we were put in that room, because she was staying late and could serve us. In the hallway outside the door of our room we could see the busboy station where we witnessed him scraping food off the plates before he took them to the kitchen. The food was just OK."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Really enjoyed this restaurant. Great food, quiet atmosphere. We recommend this restaurant to couples/groups that need a break from the chain restaurants. Expensive but worth it for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We celebrated my Mom's birthday, enjoyed amazing food in a private room upstairs, and were surprised with glasses of champagne to toast a Happy Birthday! Thank you Elkridge Furnace Inn, I will certainly be coming back for more :)"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Very good food in a beautiful historic tavern. Nice for a special occaision. Not quite the caliber of the "Inn at Little Washington" however, it is about 1/3 of the price and easy reach for DC/BALTO! Fantastic desserts. Recommended."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was great, but when we had dessert, we had to wait over 10 mins for coffee which we ultimately cancelled. While our primary waiter was charming and efficient, some of the other staff was a bit creepy and poorly trained (reaching across to grab plates when clearing, not smiling, no grace). Anyway, for these prices, I would expect better. It's a shame to have to give this rating since you can tell they want to be total package and their chief is talented. Anyway, perhaps they will have corrected some of these issues in the future."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I had heard about this place the day I had moved to Elkridge. The history and scenery of the restaurant was what had lured me in. The experience would have been enjoyable had it not been for our waitress, Lisa. She was rude, snobby, and she downright ignored us throughout our evening. I have no plans to return to this place again. It was not worth the $100 I spent that evening."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We went to the furnace Inn to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. The staff was very attentive, the owner and chef both came to our table and chatted with us. The food was very good. I had the filet and my wife had the lamb-3-ways. The crab crostini appetizer was excellent. The restaurant is in a house like setting with seperate roome that can accomodate 10-12 people, perfect for a small party/gathering. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Highlight of our meal was our busser Sam, a young gentleman who provided outstanding service - courteous, friendly, and efficient."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Excellent food, plentiful portions, great cocktails, fireplace ambience, good service, couldn't ask for a nicer brunch experience! Will definitely return, especially with a Groupon as it is pricey, but worth it!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at the Furnance Inn on Saturday night. It was our first time eating there. We eat out a good bit and would consider ourselves foodies. I was disappointed in our meal. We had the cheese cake app and crepes. These were good but not great. I had the Red Snapper. The filet was nice size however it was overcooked. My wife had the lamb three ways this was very good. Dessert was the best course of the evening and was three different ice cream bars. I had two martinis a pinneapple infusd and dirty. The dirty martini was so saltey it was undrinkable. We enjoyed our experiance but will probably not return. There are too many good restruants to spend $200 on a mediocore meal."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our first visit to the Elkridge Furnace Inn was a pleasant surprise. Tucked away off of Washington Blvd just off 895, one wouldn't expect to find such a special place in such a beautiful setting. The buildings are well maintained, the staff very attentive, food delicious, and atmosphere perfect for a wonderful evening out with friends or family. We will definitely return when there is a special occasion to celebrate! The only downside was no bar to wait for our table or to linger after our meal to lengthen our enjoyable visit! Understanding that the facility is not conducive, we just hated leaving."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I was looking for a place near the BWI airport to take some friends that flew into town and were staying there. I found this on Open Table and decided to give it a try as it was 2 miles from their hotel. The food was OUTSTANDING and so was the wine list. The crabcakes are as good as any place in town. My wide is Gluten free and vegan and had no problem finding something to eat. I was pleasantly suprised to find one of the better wine lists in Baltimore area. We ordered a very reasonably French wine off of their "close out section" of their wine list that was delicious. The menu has a lot of items that you will not find elsewhere. We will definitely go back. A quick note..it's OFF the beaten path and I needed my navigation to find it."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We celebrated our daughter's birthday and she was made to feel very special. The cream of crab soup was excellent and desserts to share fit the bill after filling meals. It was a great experience, in an historic location."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I made a reservation for guest that requested a nice restaurant . When my guest came back they where impress with how great the service and food was . They also gave me desert. What great service!! Will continue you send guest over !"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The Brunch was delicious. Had the crabcake eggs benedict was excellent. Morgan, waitress was very good. Personable and efficient. Great place to eat. Pricy but worth it."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "A lovely evening with good food and great service in a quaint old building. Definitely the beginning of a beautiful relationship with my companion and the restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "So you take this place with amazing food, impeccable service in a historic building along a river bank within 10 miles from a major city, and you'd expect it to be packed on a Friday evening.. but it wasn't. Which was wonderful for me and my guest, but not for the staff, who deserve much better, So I'm here to convince you that you should go: You're in for a treat. Yes, it's a little hard to find, and it's a little ways out of town, but that makes for home-grown herbs and locally-sourced vegetables. Everything is fresh, tasty, well-balanced, and beautifully presented. We went with the soups and fish of the day (tomato and red pepper bisque, seafood chowder, and red snapper) and crab cakes, and couldn't have been more satisfied."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A beautiful old tavern on location for over 300 years. Chef has been there 25 years and well he should be - lunch and service were outstanding. First time for me but it won't be the last. A wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We were a group of 5 celebrating the safe return home of my Marine son from Afghanistan. We love historic buildings and great dining experiences and we hit the jack pot. We spent over 3 1/2 hrs over this delightful brunch. The wait staff, Jennifer, I believe, was non intrusive, helpful, informative and the perfect wait person for this chatty family. The food was well prepared and presented and we all ordered different everything and basically we licked the plates clean. High recommend this spot for any occasion !"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This is the second time we've been to the Elkridge Furnace Inn for Sunday Brunch. EVERYTHING is perfect. The food is done exactly to the right temperature/doneness,, the choices are excellent, and everything tastes so fresh. What a nice place for a leisurely brunch. We'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Elkridge Furnace Inn is a restaurant filled with ambiance of the 18 th & 19 centuries.you dine. The wine list is good , but pricey. They off pre-fix meals, a suggested menu for the evening, and a regular menu which changes every three months. The delicious and unique food are creations of Chef Dan and his family. After discovering this gem 15 years ago.,we celebrate special holidays there, lunches and dinners with friends, afternoon high teas, and brunches on Sunday. We participate in the History Suppers: historical lectures followed my a lunch from that historical time. Spectacular. The Inn has a following. /be Expensive, but it is worth the price. Chef Dan often visits the tables to see how all are enjoying the meal."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "So nice to have such charming restaurant to go to in the suburbs instead of having to deal with the hassle of getting into the cities. Food is not extraordinary but is very good and tastefully presented."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "As always a nice setting for a nice meal in a historic building. Staff was attentive and friendly. The wine list is very good with a good variety. The staff knew the wines as well. The menu has a good variety of French based cuisine choices. Most dishes come nicely plated, but a few could use a little extra attention (creeps and especially the cheese plate). I ordered medium rare veal which came out essentially seared. The flavor was good but most was inedible. I perhaps should have known since I overheard a nearby table say the meat came out undercooked. I hope The Chef/Owner was not in the kitchen that night. Nice restaurant, usually good for special occasions, but needs to make sure it is not resting on its prior good reviews."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "From our very warm greeting at the door to the minute we left EFI, it was another fine experience. The service here is very good, but I can definitely see where some people may feel it is a bit uptight. For appetizers, my wife had the savory crepes and I had the French onion soup. For our entrees, I had the veal porterhouse and my wife had the lamb three ways. For dessert, I had a hazelnut and chocolate "tart" and my wife had the blood orange crème brulee. Most everything on the menu has a suggested wine pairing, plus they have a pretty good selection of wines by the bottle. There is plenty of parking on site. Make a reservation, especially on the weekend. The restaurant filled up quickly on a Saturday evening."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This restaurant maintains a very high standard of service, cuisine and decor. It is moderately expensive, although deservedly so since the quality is very high, and it remains one of the top regional restaurants. A warm welcome to a romantic old house, discrete but friendly, not too noisy since it is broken up into separate rooms. Wine list very extensive and interesting, some at/just under $30, most $50 and up. A Groupon allowed me to get a $60 bottle with a relatively clear conscience. A great destination for a special night."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Dessert was the best - Hazelnut Chocolate Tart - not sure if food was bland due to Restaurant Week. It was a nice place to visit and dine."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Our waiter Hillary was GREAT!!!!! loved the food too! but always nice when you have a great waiter, sense of humor and additonally the other wait staff was very attentive! One of my favorite places!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food was delicious. We were there on a Thursday night and it was pretty bright where we were seated and the table was tiny. I think the room could have used one less table to make it a little more comfortable. Otherwise it was cozy. I would definitely go back, however, and will just request a different table."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I've never been here before, but my mother raved about it. So we were there for the celebration of my acceptance to Graduate School, and it was restaurant week. Their prefix menu was lovely, and it made me wanting everything else on the normal menu! Will I come back? Absolutely."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "but that is about the only reason I would return. The food is not bad but it is not great and for the price I would expect better. We tried it for the first time and don't plan to return even though we live nearby."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My fiance and I are seriously considering Elkridge Furnace inn as the spot for our wedding reception so we came for dinner to see what its like in working mode. Staff was very friendly, food was delicious and we left quite satisfied. Thank you for a lovely experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The restaurant made it seem like they were trying to hide the fact they were participating in restaurant week. They gave us the normal menu and we had to ask twice if there was a restaurant week menu. The waitress seemed bothered that we would be ordering off that menu instead. There was also confusion about what was included on menu for restaurant week. I got the feeling the restaurant is not fully on-board the whole restaurant week idea- in the future, they should just not participate. Service was pretty bad - we had to ask for 4 things that either did not come out or came out incorrectly. I was looking forward to this spot, but overall, it was a disappointing dining experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was my first time at the Elkridge Furnance Inn, we took advantage of Restaurant Week to try it. It met all of my expectations. Our server was Kevin, he was very attentative, food and wine was excellent. Portions very generous (I brought home half of my lunch). We were seated upstairs in a small room with a fireplace. The room was full by mid-way through lunch but the noise level was low. I would highly recommend this restaurant to friends and family and go again."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My fiance and I love everything about Elkridge Furnance Inn's ambience and overall feel. We will be having our wedding reception there in May but had never eaten there until recently. Our dinner was great. We went during Baltimore Restaurant week and sampled their special 3-course menu. The food was incredible and the service was great. Needless to say, we will be coming back soon to try more of the menu and cant wait to have our wedding reception at Elkridge Furnance Inn."
    Dined on 2/21/2014