18th & 21st

4.8
632 Reviews
$31 to $50
Speakeasy
18th & 21st brings something fresh and classic to Columbia, Maryland. Named after the Constitutional Amendment that enacted Prohibition and then subsequent Amendment that repealed it, 18th & 21st promises to bring back a bygone era through an elevated, tailored evening experience. Our food and cocktails reflect the feel of prohibition supper clubs. This not to say we're stuck in the past, but rather that we try and emulate the style of that era. That means beautiful presentation, careful crafting, and perfect pairings to keep your night on beat. Combined with live music, this creates an unparalleled experience for the discerning and adventurous looking for a sophisticated evening. Due to the nature of the experience at 18th & 21st we request that all diners be over the age of eighteen.

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  • Michter's Whiskey Dinner

    $135.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 28, 2021 only

    As the oldest operating distillery in the United States, Michter's really knows what they are doing. If you have never had any of their whiskies before you have absolutely been missing out. Dating back to 1753 they have a long history of making great spirits, and don't show signs of slowing down. As we end the month that celebrates the 4th of July come taste this incredible all American whiskey brand along with the phenomenal food that our kitchen is putting together.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 632 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TimothyN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for great food, great ambiance, music and service to match then you’ve found it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff were excellent

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DavidM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We weren’t expecting the experience. It’s experience we will definitely try again

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Jazzman
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience of the dining rooms was comfortable and relaxing. We enjoyed the entire dining experience.

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a fantastic time, enjoyed the whole experience. Made for a wonderful birthday surprise.

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AshleyH
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The band, the concept, the decor amazing. Service was wonderful! The only issue I had was that I saw 2 other parties get their entrees before us and they were seated after me. The waitress apologized and soon after it came out. I would definitely go again.

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BrianS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and specialty drinks were excellent. The service was fantastic as our server was not hovering over us, however, our water glasses were never empty nor our completed plates stay on the table long. We never felt rushed. We plan to return soon!

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vipChelseaD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely evening out at 18th and 21st! Excellent meal, drinks and atmosphere!

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Heinrich
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

...disappointing quality of the food served. Lamb chops so smothered in mustard you had no idea what was underneath. Scallops were described as a generous quantity (staff quote was "lotta food"); there were four--being scallops, that's not my take on "lotta food" and I am a fairly light eater. Generally, the quantities were small plates but offered at full entre prices, so the value left a lot behind. I like music in a restaurant, but for a small room, the vocals and the drums were way loud.

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Angela
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent experience - beautiful ambiance, lovely live music and delicious food. Perfect date night - a true gem.

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vipFoodie19
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first dinner here. Nice to have an adult spot in the area with live jazz. We went for restaurant week. Food tasted very good, but I ordered the tuna carpaccio off of the restaurant week menu, and the portion was laughable. It was literally a few extremely thinly sliced tuna shavings. They should be ashamed of themselves for that. I had fish stew for my entree, which was tasty. Strawberry shortcake was delicious. Service was very good.

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vipLindaL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our evening was perfect. From the hostess, to our waiter, to the food, to the beautiful music. The entire evening, a birthday celebration was very special. We will absolutely be back!!!

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Ruru
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with good food and good ambiance

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vipBrianK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Love this place, the food, the music, and it's people!

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YTCChase
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The only issue I had was that the greens for the summer salad I had seemed wilted, not fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and drinks! Atmosphere is cozy and very chic!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The entire feel of the restaurant itself was great. It’s nice how you walk in it’s very laid-back and then you go to the back it’s like a secret society. It’s really nice back there. We loved the piano, we love the lady that was singing, the lighting, everything was great.
When it came to our server and the food we were served not so great. We had a Caesar salad come out, presentation was great. There was hardly any dressing on the salad which isn’t a problem, we asked for more dressing he brought it out. Everything is good. We ordered steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus. We emphasized how important it was that our steak was well done. Again, the presentation was great. However, after the plate was set in front of me I could see blood coming out of the steak. I put the steak on a separate plate to cut it and just by putting the fork in blood went everywhere. I still cut it open to make sure. The waiter comes back by, after we had to flag him down again, and we made him aware of the situation, he took the steak back to the kitchen.
It took 10-12 more minutes for our steak to be cooked well done. I thought they would cook a whole new steak since it had been cut into and it was half together. I thought for sure they would bring fresh mashed potatoes and asparagus out. I was wrong about all that. When he returned, all those minutes later, it was the same piece of half mangled steak with no mashed potatoes or asparagus. The manager never even came over to see how we were doing after having to send a $45 steak back while we sat there looking at dried up potatoes and cold asparagus.
Our waiter was not attentive at all. He seemed occupied with other things. He even let me know that he had just handled a large table so now it felt like he was working a double shift. The large table my reservation had to be pushed later for. I understand all of that, however, when you are paying for top service you should receive it.
Not satisfied.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 16, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are disappointed that your evening didn't live up to our standards. You absolutely should have been provided a fresh steak with a new set of sides. We are never ones to make excuses for a poor performance, and we won't start now. What we can offer is our sincere apology for missing the mark during your visit. We hope that you might give us another chance in the future to provide you with an exceptional experience.

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HenryJ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

18th and 21st has what I imagine to be a 1940s supper club feel. Seating is intimate and comfortable, and the ambiance is very relaxed. Live music (piano and singer doing Sinatra covers and similar) added to the vibe without interfering with conversation.

Food was a step above expectations. The service, while extremely friendly, was a little slow. This was not due to the server not being conscientious, but to them having a very large number of tables due to understaffing.

We will definitely be returning.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 16, 2021

Henry, Thank you for taking the time to share this lovely feedback with us. We are overjoyed to hear that you had such a nice time with us. It is nice to hear that you enjoyed the ambiance of our establishment and found our musical performances wonderful. We're happy that you enjoyed your meals and found everything so great. We appreciate your wonderful feedback and recommendation. We hope to see you again soon!

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JohnM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Drinks are good although it shouldn't take 20 mins to pour a glass of proseco. Food was very disappointing; although they highlighted their use of the "freshest ingredients".. the asparagas were cooked to death, fried green tomatoes were bland (not enough sauce), wedge salad was horrendous (wilted, old, little blue cheese, bacon). Spare rib was nicely cooked but over use of corn (too sweet) ruined several of the dishes. gnocchi was a travesty.. mushrooms should have been center stage.. and more than a few cheap button mushrooms. Mushroom soup was best dish; goat cheese with lemon zest was fabulous. Donut bread pudding was terrible; dry, lifeless; did not want to waste the calories on the dog. in contrast the "cured" restaurant (sister to the 18 epic fail.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 16, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your visit. We are disappointed that you were so underwhelmed with our food and our timing in regards to drinks. We are never ones to offer excuses, and we won't start now. What we can offer is our sincere apology for missing the mark during your time with us. We do hope that you might give us a chance in the future to provide you with an exceptional experience.

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KennyH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a live piano player, who was great. The food was excellent. The decor and atmosphere were perfect and exactly what we were looking for, and the most important part of the dining experience. Our server, Hillary, was top notch.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 16, 2021

Kenny, Thank you for the lovely feedback. We are delighted to see that you had such a nice time with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meals and found our musical performer great. It is nice to see that our team took amazing care of you and Hillary was amazing. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at 18th & 21st and it was just as great if not better than the first time I went there. Our waitress was awesome , the food was delicious, dessert was yummy. The atmosphere/ambiance was wonderful !. The live music was a lovely touch as well !

Definitely one of the top restaurants to try in Columbia,MD!

18th & 21st
Responded on July 16, 2021

Thank you for the cheerful feedback. It is wonderful to hear that both of your dining experiences with us have been amazing. We are thrilled to learn that each time our team provided you with stellar service and your meals were wonderful. We truly appreciate the kind review and recommendations. We hope to see you again soon!

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Deoffu
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the live music. Just wish they played all night lol.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whiskey tasting dinner sponsored by Wild Turkey, interesting

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We're happy to hear that you had such a nice time with us. We are glad that you enjoyed our whiskey tasting event and found everything so wonderful. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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vipRichL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining out experience. From the friendly hostess to the speak-easy ambiance we found everything to be top notch. Service was outstanding and accommodating. Oysters Rockefeller were the best I've had. Half rack of lamb was prepared wonderfully. Live music was terrific. Will definitely be back. Highly recommend for a night out.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Rich, Thank you for the nice feedback. We are so happy to hear that you had such an amazing time with us. We are overjoyed to hear that our team provided you with stellar service and you found our ambiance so great. We're glad that you loved your meals and found our Oysters Rockefeller so delectable. We appreciate the wonderful review and recommendations. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal, the food was delicious and the music was the best! It was fun I have been looking for! We enjoyed appetizers,drinks, dinner, desserts and aperitifs. We got there at 5:30 and didn't leave until close. There's so much to choose from- we can't wait to go back.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are thrilled to hear that you had a phenomenal time with us. We are glad to hear that your meals were amazing and you loved your meals. It is great to see that you enjoyed our live entertainment and had so much fun. Thank you so much for the wonderful review and recommendation. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipJazzmin
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants, and we were very happy to dine there as our first post-pandemic indoor experience. The food, service, ambience, etc. were as good as they had been before shut-down. We love the jazz musicians who contribute so much to the overall experience.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you for the cheerful feedback. We are excited to see that you love your dining experiences with us. It is great to hear that your meals are always so amazing and our team provides you with excellent service. We truly appreciate the kind review and wonderful recommendations. We hope to see you again soon!

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Shell
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. The oysters weren’t the best but it was a good experience overall. I will be back.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a nice time and our team provided you with great service. We hope to see you again soon!

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LindaB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to be back at 18th & 21st for date night. The staff was warm and welcoming, the service was great, the food was delicious, and the music set the perfect mood for the evening. Thanks to all, and we'll see you soon!

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Linda, Thank you for the blissful feedback. We're delighted to learn that you had such a nice time with us. It is great to see that our team was so warm and welcoming and took amazing care of you. We truly appreciate the wonderful feedback and recommendations. We hope to see you again soon!

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JesseH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible meal with you last night! The lobster and pork tenderloin was delicious. We shared a bottle of Hedges Cabernet, which we highly recommend to anyone who loves a smooth, red blend. From the atmosphere, to the live piano music, to the friendly service, we absolutely LOVED the experience. I highly recommend the chocolate cake/ice cream. It was served in a mason jar and SO sweet and dense! We finished it for breakfast. Can’t wait to come back for our next anniversary!

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Jesse, Thank you for your feedback. We are overjoyed to hear that you had such a lovely dining experience with us. It is great to see that you loved your meals and found our lobster and pork tenderloin so amazing and flavorful. We're happy that you enjoyed our atmosphere and found our live piano performance great. We truly appreciate eh wonderful feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual food and service were excellent.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you for the cheerful feedback. We are glad to hear that you always have such a great time with us. It is nice to hear that as always your meals are wonderful and our team took great care of you. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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AEH1
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went there on a Thursday night. I ordered the oysters Rockefeller and the oysters were overly cooked and were chewy. My guests had the filet mignon sliders and we’re very pleased. I had the rockfish Entre which had flavorful crispy skin. The additional components upon which it was served were forgettable. My guest had the half rack of lamb chops and enjoyed them, although the portion appeared quite small in my opinion. For dessert, I had the ice cream cookie sandwich which I would not order again. It is ice cream with a frozen chocolate glaze and a brownie type cookie presented as and obliquely cut sandwich but which was underwhelming and its flavor. My guest had the bread pudding which he said was decent. The service was spotty, although the server was gracious and pleasant. When I asked for suggestions while deciding between the poached lobster and the rockfish, she had not tried the lobster and could offer no further comment such as“Other guests have enjoyed it“ or the lake. The desert was her recommendation and, as I stated above, it was disappointing. The restaurant had a live pianist who was good. However, we had to speak slightly louder in order to hear one another, as did everyone else which raised the overall loudness within the room. The food is overpriced for the quality, in my opinion.My specialty whiskey alcohol beverage was nothing special, although the appearance of the bar is very special. I would try coming back for drinks only due to the ambience within the bar section.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful 40th anniversary dinner at 18th & 21st. We had not been there in over a year so it was a true pleasure to return for the excellent food and service that we remembered. It was truly a perfect evening and we will absolutely be back.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We are overjoyed to hear that you had such a lovely celebration with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoy your dining experiences with us and always find everything so amazing. We truly appreciate the kind review and wonderful recommendations. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipAllanW
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe,food and service
Wonderful place to dine and once again enjoy being out!

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you, Allan. It is nice to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us. We're delighted to hear that your meals were amazing and our team provided you with excellent service. We appreciate the kind review and recommendations. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my husband's birthday, service was excellent, food was delicious. A little on the pricey side, but worth it for the fun experience.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Thanks for the nice feedback. We are excited to see that you had such a wonderful dining experience with us. We are glad to hear that our team provided you with stellar service and you enjoyed your meals so much. We appreciate the kind review and recommendations. We hope to see you again soon!

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HoCo
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought our daughter here for her 21st birthday, and first legal cocktail. We had a great experience - great service, great food, nice ambience.

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you for the cheerful feedback. We are happy to hear that you had such a wonderful celebration with us. It is great to hear that everything was so great. We're glad to be a part of your daughter's big day and are delighted to hear our team made it so memorable. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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CeeGee
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the scallops & gnocchi. Wonderful service and great ambience.

18th & 21st
Responded on June 22, 2021

Thank you for the lovely feedback. It is nice to hear that you had such a great dining experience with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meals and found our scallops and gnocchi so delicious. We're happy to see that our team provided you with great service. Thank you again for the kind feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipEricM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Music, Great food, love the Smoked Old Fashion

18th & 21st
Responded on July 4, 2021

Thanks, Eric for the wonderful feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meals and found our Smoked Old Fashion amazing. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our live entertainment. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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LorinzoF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service excellent and Pepper was her charming and wonderful self.

18th & 21st
Responded on June 22, 2021

Thank you for your kind words. We are thrilled to see that you had such a wonderful dining experience with us. It is nice to know that our team provided you with amazing service and Pepper was so kind and charming. We appreciate the cheerful feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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Silvia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Father's Day Brunch. Live jazz band created a pleasant, special atmosphere. The food was very good. Each item was served on it's own plate. Some servings (scrambled eggs and bacon) were large, others were small (french toast). The coffee mugs were huge and the coffee was hot and rich.
The server was friendly and efficient.
Overall, it was a memorable Father's Day experience.
We will return to hear music and an evening experience.

18th & 21st
Responded on June 22, 2021

Thank you, Silvia. We are delighted to hear that you had such a memorable Father's Day Brunch with us. It is great to see that your meals were wonderful and you found everything so delicious. It is great to hear that our team provided you with amazing service and everything was to your liking. We appreciate the cheerful feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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Greenore
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the bread and the donut of the day were superb. The entrees were very good , but you could fill up happily on bread and donuts. We really enjoyed the jazz group, but know that it limits conversations.

18th & 21st
Responded on June 22, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. It is lovely to see that you had such a wonderful dining experience with us. We are happy to see that you enjoyed your meals and found our donut of the day amazing. We're glad to see that you enjoyed our live jazz entertainment. We appreciate the nice feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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FAQs

18th & 21st offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (667) 786-7112.

18th & 21st is rated 4.8 stars by 632 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.