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About The Rumor Mill
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.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Open at 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday (closed Monday).
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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The Rumor Mill has an accessible private room for parties of up to 25, and a larger, semi-private upstairs mezzanine that can accommodate up to 65. The restaurant is also available for buyouts depending on booked business.
The Rumor Mill Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 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.
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