The Rumor Mill
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The Rumor Mill is located in Ellicott City, Maryland. Since the change to free parking downtown, it is even easier to enjoy the fusion-style bar and restaurant cuisine offered. Since opening in 2007, this eatery loves offering modern food from its historic location.
The tapas-style menu at The Rumor Mill affords the opportunity to be adventurous and try new things. Options include a brie sampler, roasted Brussels sprouts, beet salad, seared salmon, tuna Mediterranean, smoked swordfish, Kobe sliders, rabbit ragu, beef tartare and bison steak. The desserts at The Rumor Mill are made in-house and include Trinity cream and bread pudding. A decadent option is the chocolate peanut butter tart which is designed for two to share.
The food is delicious, but a little pricey, even for Ellicott City.
Superb food and equally wonderful service.
We love rumor mill!! Always amazing food & great service
A friend recommended this great little place hidden away in Ellicott City. The fusion cocktails were fun and the small plates varied and delicious. Our waitress, Ashley, was enthusiastic and offered great service. We were on the second level adjacent from a window that looked out on the cobblestones between buildings -- for a second I thought I was on a European vacation! I’ve never seen an advertisement for this restaurant. It’s a gem!
Incredibly impressed by this place. The food was amazing, and there are lots of unique menu items. I definitely want to go back to try more of them. :) Same goes for their cocktails as well. They have lots of infused liquors, as well as drinks that use them. Highly recommend this place.
Food was amazing. The best Caesar salad I've ever had aand I eat a lot of them!
Great food. Excellent Service. As we were leaving, the chef/owner greeted us and asked us about our meal and experience. Extremely nice touch. He spoke about the various dishes we had for dinner in detail, especially his inspiration for them.
Very good small plates. Good for groups that like to share a variery of dishes.
The ambiance was warm and inviting. The waiters were amazing and tentive. Food was 10 all the way.
The food was tasty, but very small portions - over priced for the value. My desert was supposed to be an apple crumble, but it was more like apple mush and way too sweet.
Service very friendly.
Each dish was better than the last. The salmon scallops were unique and delicious. The server, Griffen, was phenomenal. Matt, the owner, came out and greeted us.
Come for the delicious food, served tapas style, so that everyone may enjoy a bite or two of the dish, then return for favorites old and new. The bar drinks are also delicious, made so by the various fusions done in house - the Blood Orange Blossom is a particular favorite of mine.
Service is always with a smile and the ambiance of the building lends to a charming evening.
Fantastic! We would go there again and would recommend it to our friends.
We came here for my son's birthday. He was looking forward to the smoked swordfish, but a confession elicited from our wonderful waiter confirmed that updating the online menu is something that should perhaps be done with more due diligence. This is a small plates restaurant, and a fusion vodka bar, although they also have infused tequila and bourbons. Their vodka infusion menu is amazing. Go for drinks if you are not hungry. Our party had the pina colada vodka which was sweet, the honey fig infused bourbon, and the jalapeno infused tequila. All were excellent, and sipped straight, except for the tequila which was in a margarita. We had six small plates for our party of five, and it was enough. We had the brussels sprouts, the eggplant, the rabbit ragu, the calamari & prosciutto, the oyster po'boy, and the jalapeno poppers. All were very good; the calamari and prosciutto and the oyster po'boy were amazing and stole the show. The only underwhelming dish was the rabbit ragu, which we all agreed lacked seasoning with an orecchiette pasta that was overdone. This is a great place to come for an adventure in drinking. We ate upstairs, the place has nooks and crannies, so it would be great for a couple, or even a small group. Not sure how kid friendly it is - not a lot of room for strollers or baby seats. Ambience is hip, cozy, intimate. Waitstaff is knowledgeable, efficient, friendly. It's tucked away down a cobbled alley in old town Ellicott City. My only suggestion to Chef Matthew is...update your menu online on a regular basis, and expand it to include your wonderful infused liquors.
Just an average place which seems to be over-hyped lately
If you like almost private dining in a public restaurant, try the Rumor Mill. If you enjoy one on one service from some of the most beautiful and friendly wait staff, try the Rumor Mill. If you go for a totally unique dining experience, with excellent food, drinks, and atmosphere, try the Rumor Mill. And if you don't like it - no, love it - then you went to the wrong restaurant. The only thing that approaches a negative is the limited parking. But it's in Ellicott City! And you really should walk around in Ellicott City anyway. So, even if you have to walk a little, you'll enjoy that, too! By the time we left, we felt like family - from the owners throughout the hostess and wait staff. And go on a special occasion. They will make it even more special!
We arrived early on a Friday evening to experience what many consider Rumor Mill's famous draw-their abundance of infused alcohol and signature cocktails. We started with the cucumber infused vodka martini and fig honey manhattan. Both of which were very good. Wanting to try one of the other various infused vodkas we asked our bartender Ivy to make us something both tart and refreshing. Her creation of a soursop grapefruit and soda was outstanding and I would recommend having the bartender recommend drinks befitting your specific tastes. After cocktails we were promptly seated in a quiet corner on the second floor. We began with tempura asparagus and brussel sprouts. Both of which were very flavorful. The brussel sprouts in particular we would order again. As this is a tapas style restaurant we decided to order 3 entrees (2 of which were regular items and 1 a special) as they all sounded so good. The crusted sea bass and short ribs, regular menu items, were both delicious and would recommend either. The special was lamb chops and was also melt in your mouth good. For desert we went with the creme brulee which was the sweet ending we wanted to end the meal with. Overall the atmosphere and friendly wait staff along with the fantastic cocktails and outstanding food made for an ejoyable evening. The only reason for not giving 5 stars is because the food seemed to come out in a disjointed manner. One app was delivered when the first was about finished. We recieved 2 of the entrees with the third arriving as we finished the first 2. One special touch that we liked was the chef brought the desert out personally. We would recommend The Rumor Mill to anyone reading this and plan to go back ourselves.
Keeps getting better and better. We had 7 plates for 4 people and all of us left full but not stuffed. We loved the carrot plate and find the Brussels sprouts a delightful surprise. Meat courses were all excellent: duck with cherries, Kobe sliders and beef short ribs. The fish plates (salmon and sea bass) were less to our liking. Excellent service from Angela who really knows her menu. We'll be back.
This is our second time at the Rumor Mill and every time the food has been utterly outstanding. For us, the grilled Caesar salad is a real gem. This time we also got to try the infused vodkas and they were like nothing we have ever tasted before. Incredible atmosphere, great food, lovely service. 10 out of 10, would recommend.
One of the best restaurants in along time that was excellent for the money. Everything we tried was great. The tapas were brought out with enough space in between to enjoy them. Will return and bring others.
This is a gem not to be overlooked. We had reservations on a Friday evening. Upon entering the Master Chef was there to great us. He had a very friendly, no job is too small attitude. He had an awesome sense of humor and we felt right at home. The staff went above and beyond to be helpful and genuine. Everyone there takes incredible pride in their job. Bringing me to my next comment, all that love translates to the food. We had the fried eggplant and poppers for our starters. The poppers were awesome and may have shadowed the flavor impact that the eggplant had. Both were perfect. The duck, rabbit ragu and pork belly were all to die for. The beef tartare was pretty good, but not much to write about after having the other 3. The other three went above and beyond. Dessert was everything dessert should be. A creme brulee party in your mouth. Drinks, we went with the Manhattan. As a frequent Manhattan drinker, I was pretty impressed.
A bit on the pricey side for a regular visit, Rumor Mill will become our new happy favorite for an escape of flavor with smiles & service of family.
Food is always creative and amazing. We love the shareable nature of the taps, makes for a more social dining experience. Infusions are off the charts. Rumor Mill is our go-to choice.
Great little hideaway in the midst of Ellicott City. Super tappas menu - food was fresh, delicious flavors, with just the right amount! Thank you!
My friend and I, visiting from out of town, chose The Rumor Mill for dinner, not realizing it is both an infusion bar and a tapas restaurant. We did not partake of the extensive list of infused liquors, but we did order four tapas to share. The dishes came well-spaced apart from one another, were high quality and enjoyable. We agreed our favorite was the Brussels sprouts, and the pork belly with vanilla white beans was inventive and unique. The service was excellent.
The waitress suggested three plates per person, and that would have been about right for a full meal. As it was, we enjoyed our light dinner of four shared plates (which came to $75 after we'd each enjoyed a glass of beer) and called it a weekend splurge/getaway success. All things considered, I would recommend The Rumor Mill for a drink and pre-dinner bite, but next time I'm looking for dinner, I'll venture elsewhere.
Regarding the ambience: The night we were there, the music was very '90s rock, which for me really distracted from what was otherwise a funky modern restaurant in a very cool old building. Change the music and you're all set.
The drinks menu looked fabulous, but we were teetotalling on this trip (DIL is pregnant). Even though there was a large group of women seated next to us, I was surprised at how quiet the room remained. With small plates, it's sometimes hard to get a flow going with the servers, but Rumor Mill has that down pat, with several servers stopping by to see if we were ready for another round. The timing was perfect. The food was excellent -- can't go wrong with the Kobe sliders, the fried oysters were perfectly tender., and the grilled brussel sprouts are my favorite.
We had 7pm reservations on a Friday and it was nearly empty downstairs. That should have been our first tip. The cocktails were great, the food was pretty average. The menu is trendy but a bit all over the place (brussel sprouts meets pork belly meets po boy meets bison steak). A bit of refinement and focus would serve this restaurant well. The asparagus tempura and scallops were the best dishes we had. The real miss of the night was the bison. The blueberry reduction simply doesn't work, and the bison was overcooked. The rest was average, and for the price, I'd rather go elsewhere. Would possibly return, but only for a cocktail at the bar.
Everyone is so fantastic at the Rumor Mill. I always enjoy my visits there. The food and service are amazing.
What a great little place... We loved the Tapas type menu, so go there knowing that is the deal. Our server, Jack, Was the best. he knew exactly when to bring out the next course, and gave great suggestions. The food was excellent, You have to try the grilled Cesar Salad, i ordered two, on for me and one for my wife, i didn't want to share... The other Tapas were just as they are known for, very fresh ingredients and very well prepared to order. We had 3 Tapas each, a cocktail, and desert and our bill was 82.00, not bad...
Really enjoyed my night at the Rumor Mill, and will for sure return with friends...
Tapas style, loved everything
Rumor Mill is a great place for small plates and drinks. Chef Matt is constantly changing the menu, so what you find on Sat may not be available on Sun! We try to get there every couple of months.
It is a small location, and the staff is more likely family than employees. Great food, great staff.
Parking in Ellicott City can be a challenge.
The hostess greeted us warmly. Our waitress was so friendly and knowledgeable. Food wa s fun and outstanding. Can't wait to come back!
We loved our experience at the Rumor Mill. We celebrated a family birthday here and appreciated the attentive staff and well thought out dishes. The noise level was not overwhelming so that our middle school aged children could enjoy it too!
Too many items were geared towards the sweeter side.May be a revamp of menu is due.Will check out the place again in few months.
The Rumor Mill is a tapas restaurant , with a bar that serves wine, beer and house infused Vodka or Gin in many varieties . We did not try the infusions - but opted for four small plates and wine. The shrimp and sausage in tomato puree was delectable . Scallops sauteed in bacon marmalade- yummy ! Bison steak with blueberry reduction - interesting and cooked medium rare - lovely .
Additional side - carmelized sweet potato fries- a little sweet , but fun with the other foods .
The restaurant is a little noisy but quaint .
Would definitely return !
The Rumor Mill has become our go-to, favorite restaurant. From the greeting, to the wonderful service, to the a selection of wine and food on the menu, to the extraordinarily excellent results produced by the kitchen, this is THE place to dine in the Ellicott City, Columbia, Catonsville area.
Wonderful place, fantastic food, Very knowledgable staff, waitress was great & the Chef checked on us =)))
Great place. For a group of six, we had our own alcove. The food was unusual and excellent. The wait staff extremely knowledgable and helpful. Highly recommended!
It was an excellent meal of tapas full of varied flavors and so tasty.
I loved this restaurant so much. I cannot wait to return in the future because the food was incredible (I cannot speak highly enough of that grilled caesar salad). Definitely go if you are in the area because it is incredible!
Chef Matt never disappoints! Always a great time!
The Rumor Mill is rated 4.2 stars by 564 OpenTable diners.