The Elkridge Furnace Inn

4.7
2313 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
For parties over six guests, please call for reservations.

Chef-owned, yard and farm to table, using lots of local sourcing, our complex dishes turn ordinary ingredients into something extraordinary. Seasonal menu and daily specials. Our historic location is part of the adventure!

We serve a fusion of New American and French Inspiration. Our executive chef was trained under the French disciplines which always come out in our stocks, sauces and presentations. Many regional and ethnic cuisines influenced by French cuisine are also reflected on our menu. Our in-House Pastry will add just the right ending to your dining experience.

We love creating special times to share with our friends. We intersect literature, history and geography as story with our food. There is always something new and creative happening. At the Elkridge Furnace Inn and Garden House, “we make Memories”.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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Drew
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful venue and delicious food. My girlfriend has an allergy to one of the ingredients in her dish, which she forgot to mention when we ordered. The kitchen very kindly prepared another dish without the ingredient. They were very attentive and respectful. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, fantastic food and service. I would highly recommend a visit, if we lived closer we would go every week!!

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KathyK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, drinks, ambiance were impeccable as always. Appreciated that the tables inside were set at appropriate social distance. We felt safe—and welcome. An enjoyable anniversary evening!

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ShelleyH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our server was terrible. My husband and I came in on election night, which happens to be our 2nd wedding anniversary. I felt like I was being mansplained to by our young male server. I am a female bourbon drinker and when I ordered my Pikesville rye, sage, and lemon cocktail, without me asking anything, he looked me dead in the eye and said "it's not sweet." I replied with "excellent." When my husband ordered the pumpkin dessert martini, our server didn't mansplain to him. When I ordered my soup, the butternut squash with chipotle crema, our server looked me in the face and said, "it's a little spicy." And I replied with "excellent." Didn't say a thing about my husband's order. When I ordered the game entree, he looked me in the face and said "have you ever had rabbit" to which I replied, "yes." I understand about the rabbit because not everyone has had a game meat. But I felt talked down to the entire experience. He was also incredibly slow and spent a lot of the evening chatting with the bartender. I used to come to this restaurant with my family, growing up. We loved it for the quality of the food and experience. I love a formal dining atmosphere. But the level of service was really upsetting to me and subpar for what I was hoping would be an upscale formal experience. Formal service should be polite and if you are going to make a comment to one person at the table, reciprocate in kind to the other out of politeness and to not call that person out. Not sure if we'll come back.

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EloiseS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having dined at Elkridge Furnace Inn on some other special occasions, we decided to return for our 49th wedding anniversary dinner. Having dined inside previously, we chose an outdoor table, since it was a mild fall evening. We enjoyed the outdoor ambience and air. Our servers were very attentive and offered helpful information about menu selections. We especially enjoyed the stuffed fig appetizer, jumbo lump crab cake, Coquille St Jacques, brussel sprouts with pearl onions, and creme bruele`.

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Subitt
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The 2 orders of calamari was cold. What they ended up doing was re-fried what was sent to out table therefore the calamari was dark and tasted like a rubber band.

The ribeye steaks ordered were medium well instead of medium rare. Very disappointing. We should have sent them back but since we already had a bad experience with the calamari.

The service was VERY slow.

Money not well spent ($700)

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LisaS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have ever had in my life. Elegant and delicious. And I do not like to be overwhelmed by my plate (tons of food). It was just the right amount of food to be utterly delicious and very satiating. I wish some of the other diners had dressed nicer (seriously, shorts when at a fine dining restaurant in October?), but the slovenliness of other diners is not the fault of the restaurant. We were dressed elegantly and enjoyed the meal, the soft romantic music and lighting, the very young and eager-to-please wait staff. And the food!!!!!!!! Extra fun was a visit from the chef who shared some of his travel stories with us, as well as the history of the dish I ordered: Coquille St. Jacques.

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LynnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way. Will certainly return.

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katew
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Everything was great with exception of the meal. I had a steak which was the most expensive thing on menu. It was mostly fat and over charred with really no flavor. (Had way better from Outback) my wife had a shrimp dish which she also stated was lacking flavor. Our app was calamari which was ok. We ordered 2 desserts as they sounded very appetizing. Unfortunately they both lacked much flavor as well and seemed to have been heated in a microwave? For the price of our meal, we were both extremely underwhelmed! As for the atmosphere and waiter we were very satisfied and otherwise had a great evening.

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michelepouliot
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a great time celebrating our Anniversary. I have already booked a brunch to celebrate a friend's Birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Expensive for small portions. Not their best effort. With the prices charged is it really necessary to charge $1 for a piece of bread. Not going back.

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SteveinOdenton
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at EFI on Wednesday evening as we were eager to return after a few years and had little interest in venturing into Baltimore or DC. We were warmly welcomed by name and ushered through the historic main building into the permanent tented area. Tables were appropriately distanced and though the signature ambiance that we have enjoyed in the past when seated in the restaurant's interior was missing due COVID restrictions, we completely understood the situation. Our waiter was knowledgeable on the menu, the specials and their unique cocktail offerings. We have always appreciated their wine list for its depth and broad selection with bottles within every budget. EFI's emphasis on using vegetables and herbs grown on property was still in evidence and we both enjoyed our entrees and our deserts. Chef Dan came around to greet each table and we felt like he listened intently to our inputs. We look forward to returning when the interior of the building is open again and we would recommend that if you haven't visited this local gem, you should fix that as soon as you can.

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vipNoname
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This place is indeed a gem! Think Inn at Little Washington on a manageable yet affordable scale! It is part of a historic park, so the grounds are lovely; so quaint and timeless. You feel like you stepped into something special! The owners are so authentically lovely and caring about your experience; so personal! And the menu is carefully curated with seasonal and local elements. The service is perfection. My recent meal was slightly under seasoned, but I could take care of that to my own taste. Do not miss the seasonal pecan tart; a perfect dessert! And the custom apple mimosa was a beautiful fall sparkling treat! Really, such a lovely experience from start to finish!

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NateC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well laid out for COVID dining including a huge outdoor tent (heated and cooled) with great circulation of fresh air.

Staff is masked and does a great job of being distantly attentive.

The food is as always superb farm-to-table fare.

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vipLindaB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food was fantastic but Covid induced 11/2 hour delay to be served was unacceptable. If the kitchen cannot handle the number of guests, then there should be fewer guests.

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KristenR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely time at the Elkridge Furnace Inn. E enjoyed the charcuterie plate and the lobster special. The seasonal cocktails are fun to try. The desserts are to die for! They’ve set up outside on the beautiful grounds. The owner is really sweet, and makes sure you’re taken care of. Will be back!

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vipJack
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great night dining outside, all of our items were outstanding

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ChelseaH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely amazing restaurant - hands down one of our favorites! The food is incredible and well worth the cost, and you can feel the hard work and passion that is poured into the food and ambiance by Chef Dan and his staff. We are always treated with wonderful service and have thoroughly enjoyed each visit!

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BirthdayGirl
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really enjoyed the fact that the chef will prepare almost anything gluten-free on the menu. Since they have an organic garden right on the property, I enjoyed eating fresh grown vegetables that didn't sit on a grocery store shelf for weeks. I enjoyed my meal very much and I plan to come back.

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CynthiaO
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service and attention to detail. Expect to pay a little more for ala carte options but we loved the options and totally worth it. Ambience only rated less because there is no indoor dining right now but the gardens are beautiful - otherwise in the tent. Love this place- exceptional fresh food, from the garden -love it.

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vipGregS
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic service in a safe environment

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BobF
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! Essentially private dining in your own room, the chef joined us at the table and created special one-off dishes described by my fellow diners. Amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here. Never disappoints.

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vipDavidG
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date Night with my wife. It was a great experience. The staff and owner are very attentive and interested. The food was outstanding, as it always is. We v=really enjoyed our experience, and we will be back.

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vipaikomule
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary at the restaurant we were married at. Food was outstanding and everyone was so welcoming. So much home grown deliciousness!!

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vipmdphil
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! Hoping we’re out of this pandemic soon so that your dining rooms are filled to overflowing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food/wonderful building

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SarahB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, outdoor brunch with great service and delicious food!

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vipEleanorR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We went to Elkridge Inn to celebrate our anniversary with our two kids. We sat outside at the perfect table for our kids to get up and walk around to explore the gardens. The gardens are beautiful and the tables are spaced nicely. That’s the end of the high notes. The food and service were average at best. It took a long time for our waiter to come and take our drink orders and there were very long waits between getting drinks and taking orders for appetizers, dinner etc. I understand that the staff is reduced right now but saw other tables getting faster service. All of our food needed more seasoning-especially just salt (which is not on the table). The food was lackluster and did not justify the high prices they charge. For example, we were charged $20 for a child’s cheese burger and $16 for buttered noodles which is just crazy-no burger or noodles are worth that. With all the hype this place gets I was surprised at the mediocrity of the food. We would only return for drinks and the view.

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AlanS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I've previously recommended EFI to friends, but not after this most recent visit. We were seated quickly under the big outdoor tent. Temperatures were cool that day and as the sun was setting they dropped even more. The staff took no proactive measures to evaluate the comfort of their guests. When they did start closing flaps, they did not close them all, leaving a big opening right in front of us.
The waiter's assistant was attentive, but the waiter was not.
We spent 2 hours there, with at least 30 minutes waiting for our first course.
We would have gotten dessert, but since it took 20 minutes after our plates were cleared for the waiter to show up again, we decided we had enough and asked for the check instead.

The venue itself is beautiful in the daylight.

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AEG1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great food and service

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vipKPREats
Baltimore
223 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first venture to a restaurant since March. EFI had each table appropriately distanced and everyone was sat outside in their tent. All of the staff were wearing masks and they ask guests to wear masks while going to their table and walking around the restaurant.

Brunch was very good. I had the Creamed Chipped Venison. The gravy that it came in was fantastic. My wife had the quiche and my sister had the Huevos Rancheros. We all enjoyed everything. They also had freshly-made scones, which were great.

All in all, a very nice experience and we will be going back. EFI found a lot of creative ways of staying open during the pandemic. It is nice to see them getting back into the full swing of things.

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vipPapa
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Dan and the staff are doing well, working hard to accommodate guests during the pandemic. The menu is filled with fresh vegetables and fruits grown there at the Inn and brought in from local growers. Chef works his magic to bring wonderful dishes to your table. Don't hesitate. Go and enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elkridge never disappoints good food, good service. Beautiful building.

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Jazzman
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors at a lovely table surrounded by an 18th century home along a river that has been transformed into a beautiful upscale restaurant. We had a fabulous brunch from an extensive menu of farm to table food. We loved the time spent at this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Dan and his wife came over to our table during our dinner to meet us.

The food is amazing and I highly recommend! We will be going back soon!

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vipColumbiaDiner
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to enjoy a meal here. Large outdoor area (under a high tent, actually) allows you a great dining experience while still feeling very safe. Definitely 5 stars!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

creative and flavorful dishes made with very fresh ingredients presented in style. Outstanding service

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MaxD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!!! Great family restaurant!!! Amazing atmosphere!!! Definitely coming back!!!