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Phoenix Upper Main, Ellicott City, MD

Phoenix Upper Main

4.0
4
133 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Phoenix Upper Main is the next incarnation of the legendary Phoenix Emporium in Historic Ellicott City. We have moved up the hill from our home of 40 years and merged with Ellicott Mills Brewing Company. Following an extraordinary renovation with Chef Gordon Ramsay, we have reopened as Phoenix Upper Main. Our menu offers unique fare combining the best of the Phoenix's comfort tavern fare with the European influences of Ellicott Mills under Chef Ramsay's guidance. Join us for an experience that combines all the best that Main Street has to offer.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 313-8141

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Cynthia Valles

  • Neighborhood

    Ellicott City

  • Cross street

    Merriman and Court

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 133 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SE

    SavannahE

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Portions were a little small but I’ll def go back again.
  2. TJ

    TJMaryland

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food and lots of choices for my whole family. Brian was our server and he was awesome! We will be back soon!
  3. K

    Kleindog

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I was disappointed in this trip to the Brewing Company. While the service was very good, all of our plates came out at the same time, so we were trying to eat salads with entrees, even though we had asked the salads to come out first. I had a seafood platter which was lukewarm--but my husband said his steak was perfect. For what we got, I thought the food was overpriced. Not sure I'll go back again.
  4. j

    jenniferh

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Our lunch of 3 salads, 2 coffees and 1 hot tea totaled $60! The salads were fine but nothing special.
  5. B

    Bgnort62

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    One of our favorites- we always look forward to the pumpkin beer at this time of year!
  6. JK

    JohnK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Wish they have more choices for beer. The food is good. Ambience and location is excellent.
  7. S

    Sdboyer

    Baltimore

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time!
  8. JU

    JustUs

    Baltimore

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A great find. Service was great, and we enjoyed our meals. We will surely visit again when in the area.
  9. s

    smallbutfeisty

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Beer was pretty tasty, and so was the food. Pricey, but good ambiance. We tried some interesting dishes, like Cajun Alligator and a Lobster Melt. Service could have been more attentive, but our experience was good overall
  10. S

    Sarah

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Our waiter only had 2 tables on a Sunday evening and he wasn't very attentive at all.
  11. D

    Danaflower

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful & romantic we had a great table as well as our server.
  12. SS

    ScottS

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The menu and the food were both very good. Our server seemed overwhelmed and distracted even though it did not appear to be busy while we were there. I'm guessing there must have been a staffing or training issue that evening.
  13. HO

    HerveO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 5 for lunch and we had a great time. Beer selection is good and service excellent. Contrary to most places in the DC area, the noise level was moderate and you could actually have a conversation!
  14. l

    lepearl

    Baltimore

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The beer flight was outstanding and the food very good! Beautiful exposed brick building with nice wood working inside! Will definitely be back.
  15. MH

    MichaelH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was not as good as last time. Had to send it back to heat up. Upstairs dining room is a great space.
  16. A

    Anoneo

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Our experience was just meh. It was evening, but the candle/lamps on the tables were not lit and we needed to use a flashlight on our phone to read the menu. My steak sandwich was ordered "medium", but the steak was way overcooked. The taste was good, however. But the rest of the food was nothing to write home about.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beer flights were good and the food as well as the atmosphere was excellent
  18. TG

    TonyG

    Baltimore

    54 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Food, as always, was very good but the service was terrible. Had to constantly call for server to take our order & remind to bring water to table. Also appetizers not delivered to table before entrees.
  19. B

    Bgnort62

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always enjoy visiting Ellicott mills. We are big fans of the pumpkin beer, and the cinnamon sugar on the rim is a must. Always ask for the specials, as we find some real gems and favorites on this list which varies from visit to visit. A real family favorite!
  20. EK

    EKayH

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Good food. Good beer. Great for visiting with family.
  21. n

    nd4600

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    PORTIONS TOO SMALL SIDES WERE EXTRA BOTH MEALS WE HAD WERE UNEXCEPTABLE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SAY SOMETHING AT TIME OF MEAL BUT THAT THAT WOULD BE EMBARRASSING the food needs a lot of help
  22. JM

    JoeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick service and delicious food in a quiet setting. Perfect for a date night or family dinner.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing. Best rolls I’ve ever had.
  24. JN

    JanN

    Baltimore

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brian is the best server I have had in a long time. The food was excellent, the scallops and shrimp on rice was delicious, the steamed shrimp were perfectly seasoned, and the ribeye steak was cooked as ordered and tender! The dunkel bier is my favorite and did not disappoint. A great place for lunch, happy hour, and dinner.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2018

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Fun celebration for us tonight. Wait staff was attentive but did not rush us. They were training a new person and it was a little longer but that was ok. Good was delicious and price was fair.
  26. E

    Embarrassed

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Arriving late Sunday evening after a loooong drive from Chicago, our expectations were modest but we were treated as honored guests. The bartender/server/manager welcomed us enthusiastically and offered the full menu. Main courses ranged from fish to boar and venison. All were very good and reasonably priced. We shall return!
  27. d

    disappointing

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The server was quite friendly and knowledgeable. Food came in a timely manner. There was an exuberant surprise party during our dinner. We asked to sit on the other side of the restaurant, but were told we couldn't because it was reserved. By the time we left > 90 min later, the quiet part of the restaurant was still empty. A toddler was allowed to run in circles inches from our table for ~20 minutes. The food was okay, but not worth what we paid. I would have gladly paid that price for excellent food, but it wasn't. All in all, a disappointing experiences.
  28. B

    Built2eat

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place was a pleasant surprise. This was our first visit and we were celebrating my daughter's birthday. The food was very good and the menu presented a nice variety of dishes. I would recommend this for just about any occasion. I would suggest getting an table upstairs if you prefer things quiet and relaxing. The down stairs is more active and geared more for a nice drink or lunch with friends.
  29. DR

    DRad66

    Baltimore

    386 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    386 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great first experience at Ellicott Mills Brewing Company. The menu has a lot of interesting selections. The food we ordered was good. Our server Tim was excellent. Only issue was with the temperature in the restaurant - it was very chilly - and the upstairs bathroom was a refrigerator.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I was in town for a conference and took a 20 min Uber to this great town in Baltimore area. The pretzels with crab dip is must order. My Greek salad was ok - nothing special. I also took a key lime to go. Was not a fan of the cinnamon in the crust. My server was excellent. Overall a 4 out of 5 stars for the venue
  31. L

    Luv2eat

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! This is a hidden gem in Old Ellicott City! Looking forward to our next visit!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    It was a rainy/snowy night but we had a 6:30 reservation & the roads were perfectly fine so we headed out for our girls night dinner. Only to get there & the doors were locked! We could see customers inside eating but still had to call the restaurant to ask to be let in. Once inside we were greeted warmly but they said they had no reservation for us but since it wasn’t busy, there would be no problem seating us. In mentioned I had made the reservation via Open Table & someone (a manager possibly) stated they hadn’t checked that at all. That was a bit disturbing seeing as I use the Open Table app quite frequently. Once seated, our waitress was great. Very attentive & friendly. Of course, we were her only table but nonetheless, we were happy. Food was okay, not great. The crab dip was delicious! I had the club croissant & my girlfriends had the Neptune salad, shrimp salad sandwich & the MD style lobster roll. None of that was anything to write home about. The ambiance was very nice and all in all we enjoyed our evening.
  33. CM

    CherylM

    Baltimore

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had the Gator appetizer and it was pretty good, but we found it too salty. The Wild Boar Goulash had very little meat in it but was flavorful. The Argentinian steak looked very thin but the Chimichurri sauce was delicious. The beer my friends had was a hit
  34. BW

    BabyWaleJustOk

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2018

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Beer was fantastic! The menu had lots of odd things like boar and alligator, but wasnt as good as the beer!
  35. S

    Sisa

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place for lunch or dinner. Fun atmosphere. Excellent pub food. 2nd time we ate here.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2018

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    When making this reservation, I had thought it would be a hip, historic brewery for happy hour with my fiends. Upon arrival it was found to be a run down, average restaurant. The menus were plastic and sticky, the food was fine (though nothing special) and the beer options were lack luster. Overall the experience was average but nothing special and I will likely not return.
  37. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed the beer selection. We had a flight and the beer was really good. The food was good as well. The bison burger was delicious. The calamari special was delicious as well.
  38. GD

    GreenDolphin

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A group of four, we all enjoyed the food. I particularly enjoyed the Jagers Schnitzel - pork chops were extremely tender, with a rich, tasty sauce. I had the beer sampler - generous portions of four craft draft beers.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was eh. We really love the place, and it has so much potential. We came in New Year’s Eve for dinner and the place was empty. They were out of some of the specials. And the waiter seemed to be in a big hurry. I’m not sure we will be back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Ellicott Mills Brewing Company accomodated our party of 7. They had an extensive offering of specials. I ordered the BALT+more sandwich (bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and a crabcake on ciabatta) off the specials menu. It was fairly good, but the ciabatta made it a bit dry. My husband ordered the jambalaya -- one of Ellicott Mills Brewing Company's best dishes. He loved it. We ordered the thai chili calamari from the specials menu -- it was excellent! The crab dip was also very good and it was served in a sourdough bread bowl. My mother ordered the scallops from the specials menu and said it was bland. My brother ordered the steak and crabcake and said it was average. Their beer selection was a good seasonal and traditional German selection.

FAQs

Phoenix Upper Main offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 313-8141.

Phoenix Upper Main is rated 4 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Merriman and Court

  • Neighborhood

    Ellicott City

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Cynthia Valles

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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