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5 Superb Restaurants in Ellicott City MD You Have to Try

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This winter, come visit the Baltimore area and enjoy some of the restaurants in Ellicott City, MD, recommended by the Wayside Inn. These five places are some of the most highly sought after restaurants in Ellicott City, MD, and have to be experienced while you’re in town. Encompassing a wide range of different cuisines and atmospheres, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.



Portalli’s offers traditional Italian fine dining in the heart of Ellicott City. They offer a unique mix of traditional Italian favorites, as well as new dishes based upon the chef’s inspirations that can’t be found anywhere else. Chef Keith Holsey designed the menu himself and it includes appetizers, salad, pasta, meat and fish. Portalli’s is also quite affordable for the fine dining atmosphere, with dishes ranging from $8 to $25 for some of the larger entrées. Just be sure to make a reservation online before you come in, especially on busier nights.

Ellicott Mills Brewing Company

The Ellicott Mills Brewing Company is a great place to stop by for a relaxing brewery atmosphere, with great beer and food. They offer a rotating selection of hand crafted micro brews, and currently offer eight different types of high quality craft beer. The menu consists of traditional pub style appetizers like Buffalo wings, battered fish, and crab dip, as well as salads and a variety of larger entrées. They even offer beer brewing classes and tasting parties by appointment, which can be a fun experience for beer aficionados.

Pure Wine Café

Another great restaurant in Ellicott City, MD is The Pure Wine Cafe, an upscale but welcoming wine bar located in the heart of town. They offer over 30 different wines of all different types, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. They also offer a variety of food for sharing or for meals, including meat and cheese plates, small plates and snack, as well as tacos and larger plates. There are also a variety of delicious homemade desserts offered.

One Dish Cuisine

One Dish Cuisine is a café that caters to everyone, as they are vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly. They aim to serve these unique dietary needs by offering great food and a welcoming atmosphere. The owner herself had long struggled with Celiac Disease and frequently had issues with cross contamination and a difficulty finding gluten free restaurants, which led her to open One Dish Cuisine. They offer a variety of hot and cold deli sandwiches, as well as larger meals and pizzas. There are two different menus to make sure they can cater to all of your dietary needs.


Tersiguel’s is a family owned French country restaurant. They serve dinner, lunch and brunch and have a great variety of traditional French entrées at each meal. They are open six days a week, and are closed Monday, so be sure to make it down Tuesday through Sunday.

The Wayside Inn

While you’re in the area, let the Wayside Inn take care of all of your hospitality needs. We offer a comfortable and relaxing bed and breakfast to come home to after enjoying any of these gourmet restaurants in Ellicott City, Maryland. There are six different beautiful rooms available, and you will be served another delicious meal every morning, with our freshly made breakfast.