Gastronomes often dream of fine dining so fine that its utensils are wielded with tweezers and chefs have to be versed in splitting the atom. Support nuclear dining with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of American cuisine and drinks at The Kings Contrivance Restaurant in Columbia.
Within the confines of a historic mansion, The Kings Contrivance Restaurant sets the scene for fine dining with a menu of new American cuisine and a plentiful wine list that has earned the restaurant Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence. An appetizer of eggplant and pine-nut fritters gleams under pomodoro sauce and olive butter ($7), giving way to entrees such as Roquefort-crusted filet mignon, which enshrouds the titular steak in merlot sauce and a toothsome combination of haricots verts and risotto croquette ($36). Introduce nose and mouth to the roasted duck breast slathered in orange-ginger-macadamia sauce with fruit compote, served beside whipped sweet potatoes inspired by the orange clouds and tuber-farming aliens of Venus ($26). Customers can redeem this Groupon for the early bird, prix fixe menu and dinner Monday–Saturday or anytime on Sunday, which features a brunch menu distinguished by dishes such as the wild-mushroom and brie omelet with sautéed potatoes and tomatoes provençale ($12).
The Kings Contrivance Restaurant makes its home in a mansion built in the 1890s, situated on what was once 370 acres of historic farmland. Patrons can sip a glass of wine as they dine outdoors and observe nature laid bare, a frequent theme of nature's nightmares, among verdant trees and open fields.
The Kings Contrivance Restaurant
When Lord Baltimore granted 370 acres of land to the Reverend James Macgill in 1730, he never imagined that a restaurant would be built there. Macgill and his descendants lived on the homestead for more than 200 years before selling it for restaurant development in the 1960s. Today, their stately columned mansion provides a pastoral backdrop for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Intimate candlelit dining rooms foster a romantic atmosphere, which has prompted frequent proposals inside the restaurant. Voted Howard County's finest dining by Howard Magazine in 2013, The Kings Contrivance Restaurant plays host to flickering lights that illuminate plates of pan-seared filet mignon, roasted duck breast, veal, and sautéed shrimp, all selections on a traditional menu with hints of European and Asian influence. The knowledgeable staff can suggest the best wine to pair with any dish.
10150 Shaker Dr.
Columbia, Maryland 21046