Elkridge Furnace Inn

5745 Furnace Avenue
Elkridge, MD 21075
Phone: (410) 379-9336
Cuisine: French, Continental
Price: $$$$

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  • Hours
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Thursday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Friday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Saturday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner Tues-Fri 4p-9p Sat 4p-10p Sun 4p-8p Brunch Sun 10a-2p
  • Parking Availability Parking on Site
  • Meal Times Served Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
  • Attire Casual, No Jeans
  • Bar Full Bar
  • Banquet Facilities 10 - 20 People, 20 - 50 People, 50 - 100 People, Over 100 People, Off-Site Catering
  • Amenities Private Party Rooms
  • Special Needs Non Smoking Area, Booster/High Chairs, Wheelchair Access, Child Menu
  • Atmosphere Romantic, Fireplace, Scenic View
  • Payment Methods Amex Cash Check Mastercard Visa


The Elkridge Furnace Inn holds a unique niche in Maryland history. Nestled on the Patapsco River, the Inn was first established as a tavern in 1744. An iron smelting furnace was added around 1750. The complex itself comprises approximately 16 acres in the eastern corner of Howard County. It is graced by beautiful Linden, Holly, and Magnolia trees. The dramatic height of the main structure offers vistas of the Patapsco River from the second and third floors. A feeling of peacefulness exudes from the spacious patio and tent as well as the river overlook. The entrance to the main house features fine transitional Federal Greek Revival detailing and consists of double leaf doors with five panes each flanked by narrow sidelights within a broad architrave. In 1810, the Inn was purchased by James and Andrew Ellicott. They modernized the iron smelting furnace and constructed an elegant home for their family, attached to the existing tavern. The Inn complex as it stands today is comprised of the owner's house, company store, and tavern. The internal architecture also provides a glimpse of Maryland history. The woodwork, mantelpieces, and stairway showcase the craftsmanship of the 18th and 19th centuries. The stairway is graced with tiger maple spindles and walnut cap rails. The floors are the originals and are constructed with longleaf pine, a very slow growing pine which gives the character of hardwood. Dogwood motifs in the moldings can be viewed throughout the house and reflect a popular post colonial style seen also in the U.S. Capital. The interior rooms have been lovingly restored from colonial days, each by an individual designer, thereby giving The Elkridge Furnace Inn both a uniqueness and richness to the main structure. Today, The Elkridge Furnace Inn houses an elegant restaurant, as well as a gourmet catering company specializing in weddings and other elegant celebrations.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 451reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by We were greeted at the door by our waiter (he physically opened the door)and escorted to a table near the working fireplace. The service was quick, drinks were good, questions about the menu were answered correctly, and the final bill came promptly. Feb 12, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Really bad service, waiter took a long time bringing drinks. Forgot coffees, manager poured coffee as she was refilling others, forgot for 15 minutes to check on the kinds of fruit in the fruit salad 2 hours into service, blitzes were cold so were sent back and came out colder the second time, but singed on the outside. The server never asked me how I wanted the eggs with my breakfast and I forgot to mention so didn't get eggs that I wanted. The sugar snap peas weren't trimmed and we're very stringy and tough. The pastries were obviously microwaved to heat them resulting in very doughy product. On the upside, the home made chorizo and the potatoes dauphine were good. Feb 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Music was perfect and service was attentive and not intrusive Jan 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Music was perfect and service was attentive and not intrusive Jan 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Food was excellentWait staff excellentSitting next to the fireplace icing on the cake Jan 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Not a busy crazy dining experience. Moralize eating at home but being served fabulous food. Jan 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by The decor could use an update. Dec 13, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Service was very good-disappointed with food, fish was so over cooked,you could not even cut it with a knife. They cooked another piece of fish,but my husband was done eating when my food arrived, by then I just couldn't eat. Nov 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This place remains a favorite place to meet friends and catch up. Food is always superb, service is excellent and the atmosphere (sitting by a fireplace) can't be beat. Highly recommend this out of the way place. Nov 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Food and service excellent Nov 3, 2014
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