18th & 21st

4.6
93 reviews
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Speakeasy
18th & 21st brings something fresh and classic to Columbia, Maryland. Named after the Constitutional Amendment that enacted Prohibition and then subsequent Amendment that repealed it, 18th & 21st promises to bring back a bygone era through an elevated, tailored evening experience. Our food and cocktails reflect the feel of prohibition supper clubs. This not to say we're stuck in the past, but rather that we try and emulate the style of that era. That means beautiful presentation, careful crafting, and perfect pairings to keep your night on beat. Combined with live music, this creates an unparalleled experience for the discerning and adventurous looking for a sophisticated evening. Due to the nature of the experience at 18th & 21st we request that all diners be over the age of eighteen.

Specials

Wine Wednesdays

Enjoy all wines by the bottle for 50% off the regular price.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 5, 2018

Ends: October 6, 2117

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-9:45PM

Whisk(e)y Tuesdays

20% off all whiskey by the shot every Tuesday night.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 5, 2018

Ends: October 6, 2117

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-9:45PM

What 93 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Alyssa was wonderful. She's attentive, kind, and funny. We enjoyed having her. The food and drinks were great which paired well with the ambiance if the restaurant. We will definitely be visiting again.

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CD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue. We thoroughly enjoyed our food. Would have liked to sit on the side of the restaurant without the band so that we could see them but otherwise a fantastic experience! We will be back!

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d
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentine’s dinner - truly amazing experience. The food was exceptional -and the value for money incredible. Will def come back here - what a gem!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff was great. Attentive and welcoming. Music was good. Good flavorful. Overall good experience.

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OT
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,service and atmosphere

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RL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend! Meals were fabulous and of good value for the price point. However, none of us were pleased or impressed with the desserts we had, which were all below satisfactory. Next time will forego the desserts.

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JC
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at 18th another favorite.

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AD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Food was delicious. Service was impeccable. The acoustics allowed us to enjoy the live music without it interfering with our conversation. Would definitely go back.

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CM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance, the atmosphere was amazing and I can't wait to go back. The service was friendly and responsive and food was delish! Really felt like we were being ushered in to a speakeasy...Was all around GREAT!

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l
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m vegetarian and was concerned that there were not many vegetarian options on the menu. When I asked the server about this, she told me that they could take any of the dishes and modify them for me. I had the lamb dish but substituted the lamb with jackfruit. It came with risotto and grilled brussel sprouts. I added some roasted beets. They charged me less since I didn’t get the lamb. It all was delicious. The service was wonderful. We really enjoyed the wine suggested by the sommelier. A great meal. I would go back again.

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EC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and music were excellent!! I had a great time!!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

!! Found a gem in Columbia! Impeccable service by Michael, creative drinks, delicious food! Wonderful all around dining and will definitely return!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here, though I'd been eyeing it for a while. Had fairly high expectations from just looking over their web site, and they exceeded those. The drinks were fantastic, as you would expect from the name. The food was also brilliant. The dining room was very well designed, and felt incredibly comfortable. Even though we sat right by the band, the nose level never rose to an uncomfortable level. Even with all of that, the service might have been the best part. Before leaving, we made reservations to go back next week.

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CT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience dining at 18th and 21st. This was partly due to the very good food but also to the excellent waitress Alyssa. She helped us pick the right selections for us but also shared with us her experiences when traveling recently in Portugal, a country we are planning to visit this spring. It was a delightful evening.

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JL
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful space, nice live music, service good.

Alas, food not up to measure - maybe in 6 months? Dishes were seriously over salted. Hamburger was inedible - a rubbery hockey puck? Lobster bisque had no lobster flavor - tasted like over salted puréed white bean soup. Scallops not super fresh, salty but edible. Pork belly accompaniment was so hard it was not chewable, plus so-o-o salty.

Lamb was very good. White Wine selection is limited.

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l
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would absolutely recommend 18th & 21st. It was a delightful evening in every respect.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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v
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent waitress great drinks nice choices for menu and love the live jazz.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although Cured has become a favorite, this was our first time at 18th and 21st, and it definitely lived up to its reputation. Drink selection is very good—I love the smoked old fashioned and my husband enjoyed what may be the only Vieux Carre he’s had outside New Orleans. The shrimp cocktail came with a smoky bbq sauce that was different but a perfect accompaniment. The main course was excellent—I had the rockfish and my husband had a steak, which were both perfectly prepared, with simple but delicious sides. The ambiance was wonderful—the carpet keeps the noise somewhat subdued, so it’s lively but understated. The live pianist started while we were there, and was the perfect accompaniment—well done and enjoyable but quiet enough so as not to interrupt conversation at the table. This is a great place for a special meal while still feeling casual and comfortable. We’ll definitely be back.

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P
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The personal attention paid to us on our most recent visit to this restaurant was just amazing.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place if a tad pricey

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was okay - overpriced for what is was. Although service was excellent the speed was slow. There was one server for our section and she seemed swamped. Otherwise, the ambience is nice. We especially enjoyed the live music.

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CH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was very beautiful and much like a speak easy. The food and drinks were superb as well as the attention to detail by the servers.

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ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

This place is beautiful, the food is not good, too salty and greasy. the live music is nice but too loud

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere! It was a perfect place for date night!! Food and drinks were amazing too. We will be going back!

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VC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our 1st time here, the entrance is odd with the Cured area in front. Signage or staff awareness would help. 18th & 21st area is nice and comfortable. Live music was good and the food. Was super.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I didn’t enjoy the food that much, I enjoy the food offered at cured a little more. The service and ambiance was really great though so I’ll come back to the restaurant and try another dish there.

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HG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very happy with the overall look of this restaurant it also made me feel like I was in an upscale Hotel restaurant

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H
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun new restaurant. No problem parking. Great food and fun drinks!

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DR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After the mediocre experience at Cured, we decided to try the back restaurant. Very glad we did. The ambiance, food, and service were fantastic. The chef made me something special, since I didn’t want potatoes with my squash. He did this without even my asking. What a great surprise. Kudos to Catherine, our server, too.

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TE
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Based on reviews of 18th and 21st we booked a table to celebrate our anniversary. Terrific decision, the staff, food, and ambiance were really wonderful. The live jazz ensemble, attentive staff, and thoughtfully prepared food were wonderful, the bartender was poetry in motion, we enjoyed watching him work his magic mixing tasty concoctions from the unique/period cocktail menu.

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CY
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Music was great, food always terrific. Just love the vibe!!

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GA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Third time there. Enjoyed the new year's eve dinner and live jazz. Great ambiance. My lamb was a little tough, not enough to send it back but my wife's stake was excellent melt on the fork tasty goodness as were the other courses, all five! The entertainment, Fred Hughes Trio, were perfect for the occasion though there was a lot of room noise from exuberant clients more interested in selfies and alcohol than the food and music. It was NYE, still there were a lot of appreciative clients there for the jazz and food. For a very busy night you'd never know it from the service, excellent, personable, just right, not pushy or leaving you feeling lost in a crowd. Great night, Happy New Year!

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M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I dined here for New Year’s Eve dinner. We had prepaid. The menu was wonderful with different options. As it turns out, my friend has the same taste as myself in food choices that we ordered the same food except for the drinks. It was nice to have 2 pre-selected lists of drink options apart from a separate list of drinks and cocktails. Everything, from the service, ambiance, food, drinks, entertainment, was excellent-an A+++. It was great that while it was a festive occasion, the music and noise level was just right. This place was absolutely fantastic! Thank you!!

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OT
Baltimore
50 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner here. Yes the main dishes are pricey, but the food was perfect and nice portion sizes (we had bronzino and duck). Our server Michael was fantastic. It was more of a dining experience then just going out to dinner. Nice add to Columbia!

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j
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the live jazz music to the attentive waitress, my group of five had the best time. It was our first time coming to 18th & 21st and we were wowed! The decor, the ambiance is just gorgeous. Takes you back to another time. The menu was unique and as a very picky person, I was able to find lots to choose from. The foodies in my party were in heaven!!!!!!!!!! Don't miss the Charcuterie, Scallops entree, the local Oysters, or the bread pudding dessert.

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S
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot, located right in Columbia, to take our out-of-town adult children for dinner. Excellent drinks and food, not to mention the wonderful, live background music!

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JC
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We noticed a new restaurant in Columbia and decided to try it out to celebrate Christmas Eve. Everything was fantastic from start to finish. Ambiance, service, food were all top notch. I highly recommend the tuna tartar appetizer and the rack of lamb. We will definitely be back soon.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Priced similar to most up scale restaurants, on the higher side, BUT you get the benefit of outstanding jazz music if you come at the right time. Call ahead or look on their website so see the times for entertainment. The restaurant is small so the music can be a little loud for some. We loved it. The staff are outstanding.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was incredible. And it is nice to have good live music. The only constructive comment - we waited for an hour between the appetizer and our entree. Half of the party's entrees were then cold when delivered. Seems something is going on with kitchen to table management.

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