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Welcome to The Kings Contrivance Restaurant

The Kings Contrivance Restaurant is located on what was a 780-acre farm granted in 1730 by The Lord Baltimore to The Reverend James Macgill.

A stately Federal Period mansion was built on the present site. It burned to the ground and was rebuilt in the late 1890's. The Macgill family remained in the residence until the 1960's, when it was converted into its present form as a fine dining restaurant. The current ownership group has operated the restaurant since 1975.


The Kings Contrivance Restaurant is considered Howard County's finest restaurant, serving the very best in New American cuisine with European and Asian influences in a relaxed atmosphere. We are proud to have been voted Howard County's finest dining for over thirty years.

Private Events at The Kings Contrivance

The Kings Contrivance Restaurant is the ideal venue for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, special occasions, business functions and private parties from 5 to 200. Our outdoor patio is available, weather permitting. Tent rental is optional.


Our exceptional cuisine and professional service will make your visit an occasion to remember. Please call us at 410-995-0500.

* Gluten Free Options
* Free Parking 
* Handicap Accessible
* Smart Casual Dress





Reservation Desk Opens
8 AM Wednesday - Saturday
1:30 PM Sunday

10150 Shaker Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

Our Menu 

Please select from any of our fine dining experiences below:

Dining Hours

Wednesday – Sunday 4 – 8 PM

Carryout Available
Wednesday – Sunday 4 – 8 PM

Not available on holidays.



Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments regarding your experience at
The Kings Contrivance Restaurant:

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