18th & 21st

4.6
102 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 Named after the Constitutional Amendment that enacted Prohibition and then subsequent Amendment that repealed it, 18th & 21st promises to bring back a bygone era through an elevated, tailored evening experience.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 102 People Are Saying
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Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed their meal. Smoked prime rib, pork chop, branzino, and raves for the spinach and the asparagus.

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KF
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, excellently prepared food and drinks, great for date nights and special occasions!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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CJ
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is fantastic! It’s my huband’s and my new favorite for fancy date nights or special occasions. It has a very chic atmosphere with a speakeasy vibe to it. The food and service are wonderful. Try the lobster bisque (If they have it; It was the soup du jour the evening we went.) the forest mushroom soup, and/or the rockfish entree and you will absolutely not be disappointed. I very rarely clean my plate when dining out, but here it’s just unavoidable. It’s THAT good.
My only complaints are the seating’s a bit cramped in the dining area where the bar is and it’s a tiny space, so on a busy night (as when we were there) it gets very noisy. On top of the general diners’ chatter there was live music, so conversing was a bit of a challenge. As such, not great for “getting to know you”-type dates but if you’ve been married awhile, by all means go for it. You can talk in the car. You’ll be too busy stuffing every last bit of food into your face to say anything, anyway.

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BG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere of this restaurant is phenomenal. Both my husband and I have dined in gorgeous and high-end restaurants in this restaurant and overseas. The ambiance of this restaurant reminds me of those encounters. However, the food and portions leave a lot to be desired for the typical American palette.

I ate:
Lobster Bruschetta - Would not recommend
Scallops - Recommend; delicious
German Chocolate Cake - Recommend; fantastic
Cocktail: Something Aviation - Would not recommend

My husband ate:
Macaroni and Cheese - Would not recommend
Rockfish and Asparagus - Recommend; good
Donut Bread Pudding - Recommend; delicious

Our server was friendly. The pianist was good. I wish there was a separate entrance for the 18th and 21st restaurant. You have to walk through the Cured Restaurant to get to the finer dining establishment.

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional experience! We all loved the music and especially John (aka Sinatra) the singer/entertainer extraordinaire!
Great service, food, music and ambiance. A fun night!

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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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AR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience as always. We had the same server as our first visit and he is phenomenal. He provides great drink recommendations and has an awesome fork tie clip.

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d
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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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a
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our Valentine's Day dinner at 18th & 21st. The food was amazing, the service was impeccable, and the ambiance and decor were Gatsby-esque. There was also a live jazz band playing, which added to the experience. We plan to bring friends and family soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,service and atmosphere

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RL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
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 on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at 18th another favorite.

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AD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
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 on February 9, 2019
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 on February 9, 2019
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
8 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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OT
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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