Rams Head Tavern

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Rams Head TavernRams Head Tavern
BA SCORE
89
very good

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: 107
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

33 West St
Annapolis, Maryland, 21401-2420
United States
phone: (410) 268-4545

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ramsheadgroup

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The best of the bunch, RMT is one of my favorite places to see some great live music. Seating is intimate and the place has been smoke free well before MD banned indoor smoking. One of the craptacular parts is that the beer menu is different between the concert side and the bar/restaurant side, with the better beer being among the ladder of the two. The basement remains one of the cooler spots to grab some food and enjoy a good beer. It is VERY SMALL however and will get crowded at a certain point, regardless of the night of the week. Live music (down below) also adds to the character of this place. This place has it all as far as dining preference ranging from large party, outdoor-well-designed-intimate-patio style to old Annapolis pub feel.

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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I enjoyed the Tavern. Its just outside of main street Annapolis but within walking distance of everything the city has to offer. It became a great place to bring friends or to celebrate. Not a bad place for lunch/early dinner either. Overall, the Annapolis area offers a great deal in terms of food and beer.

Photo of Chaney
4.01/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I still remember when I moved to the DC area way back in 2002 and played often with the Annapolis Symphony, this was the place I would always go with my friends.

Atmosphere: I only sat at the bar, but my wife walked through the place and was awed by its vastness. I'll take her word for it. It's in a really nice location in a rather awesome town.

Quality and Service: The service we had the night we went was pretty good and in terms of beer, the Fordham stuff was fine. Special shout out to the Serious Stout.

Selection: Lots of taps here, mostly brewed by Fordham, but a few from other local MD breweries. Nice.

Food: Didn't do any entrees, but both the onion rings and nachos were great.

Value: Nothing too offensive in this area.

Photo of monique
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Between the beer & the concert venue, a great place to eat & drink in Annapolis. They changed the menu & have moved away from a "restaurant" menu to more of a "pub" menu - no more crabby mac & cheese, steaks & ribs. They did add, with the burgers, your choice of beef, turkey or veggie burger or chicken filet.

The beer choice is excellent & you can join the beer around the world club. After finishing 100 brews, you get a t-shirt, mug & your name listed in the tavern.

Concert venue is small & intimate but brings in the great acts such as Kenny Wayne Shepard, Willie Nile & Galic Storm

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped in for brunch one Sunday afternoon. The place was pretty slow when we first got there, but by the time we left it was starting to fill up.

The building is nice from the outside. Walking in the doors, the bar is right there off to the right. There are tables all around with seating in the back. Old time brewing equipment is on display, to the left as you walk in. We actually sat at a table right next to the copper kettle.

Our waitress was very prompt with our drinks and our food came out rather quickly. She was knowledgeable about the beer menu and even pointed out the upcoming beer release.

The brunch menu was very nice with offerings from sandwiches, waffles, and eggs Benedict. I had the egg and chorizo tacos...three huge tacos with a side of home fries...talk about fulfilling. My girlfriend ordered the Belgian waffle with fresh fruit...the waffle was big and fluffy, but there was only two strawberries on talk.

As far as the beer selection, it was decent. There were no complaints on my part. Most of the selection was offerings from Fordham Brewing...the Tavern and Copperhead were solid. They also had a few Old Dominion beers. How can you go wrong Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout?! There were other micros available as well.

Rams Head Tavern was an enjoyable place to have Sunday brunch. I would like to visit some of the other locations, but this location was perfect...downtown Annapolis.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Met a friend here who I hadn't seen in about 18 years or something. It was a great meeting spot, in terms of vibe and atmosphere, and the waiter was happy to let us sit and reacquaint for about 15 minutes before we even opened our menus.

I ordered the Tavern Ale, which is a good, solid, bright American Pale Ale. Enjoyed it. My only real complaint with the waiter is that he didn't even seem to know their own beer menu. He took the menus from us as soon as we were done ordering, so when I went to order my second beer, I told him I wanted the Rams Head beer that was described as an "altbier" on the menu. He didn't seem to know what an "altbier" was and seemed to not know they had brewed one. So then he came back to the table with a bottle of Ayinger which was an alt. Cool, it was very good, but not what I ordered. I didn't complain and enjoyed it. And here's where I realized they have a handful of other beers to offer, but you do NOT see that anywhere on the menu. It's only if you were sitting at the bar that you'd know this. So...I guess I was a little disappointed that the waiter didn't really 1) know the brewpub's own offerings and 2) didn't make us aware of the variety of beers that were on offer.

The food was good, although far from spectacular. Tried three different items, and they skirted dangerously close to the bland side, although there was nothing egregiously wrong either. Have definitely had way better pub/brewpub food elsewhere. That bar is set pretty high by now, I think.

Atmosphere is fine, it's quite big and I guess I didn't totally note all the details since I was focused on my old friend and our conversation. I will note that the neighborhood it's in is excellent, has that old-world/colonial New England vibe, complete with old red brick buildings and a beautiful church at the end of the street...you could just picture Benjamin Franklin walking around.

Would go again if I was in the area, but wouldn't go out of my way to make it there if I wasn't.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The beer selection is sizable, probably the biggest that I'm aware of in Annapolis, with lots of quality choices on draught. The house brew is also pretty solid, including great seasonals. Great atmosphere, fun but not deafeningly loud and never too crowded to find a seat somewhere. There is a concert venue attached (small little-known or has-been acts), but usually no live music in the bar itself. Plenty of TVs for sporting events though, and nice spaces including a heated garden area and a cool basement bar.

The clientele ranges in age from twentysomethings to older folks. Which isn't to say the food is bad. I like the appetizers and the burgers, especially the Fordham Cup burger (topped with an onion ring holding in the house crab dip. It's good pub food, but it's still pub food. Usually my friends and I are there for the drinks, not the meals. The wait staff is pretty nice and helpful, though sometimes difficult to track down for another round or to pick up the check.

Photo of dtivp
3.93/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The location was great for me, about halfway between the Westin Hotel and the waterfront.
Atmosphere was very good, small bar area, however, a lot of seating in other areas. Nice Tavern feel, staff was friendly, good service. Fordham beer dominated the selection with a moderate bottle menu. The food selection looked very good, did not eat, however, everyone was very complimentary of the food.
The entertainment schedule was impressive, unfortunately nothing was scheduled during my visit.
If your in Annapolis I would recommend you stop.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This location is my favorite of all of the Ram's Head locations. Its in a fun spot in downtown Annapolis. You get a unique variety of people from the local college kids to an older crowd as well. They have Fordham beers on tap which are all excellent. I like the Copperhead myself. The place has a unique layout that offers louder and more quiet areas depending on what mood you are in. They often have live music as well. The food is also excellent. I notice that had free food out during happy hour as well. A fun spot in a cool town to spend a day.

Photo of beermanWV
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice atmosphere, like a lot of other places in downtown Annapolis. Rams Head is a very big place with lots of different areas with their own unique feel. We entered through the crowded bar area that was somewhat loud with multiple televisions. We ate in one of the dining areas, which had less noise and was more relaxed. Through our dining area we could see a wedding reception in the patio area. I did not look around the rest of the Rams Head, so I did not see the area where there are concerts or other areas.

Service was good. We had to wait a little bit longer than our reservation was scheduled for, but we were in a big group so I can't complain. Our waitress was prompt and helpful.

Beer selection is pretty good. A large selection of Fordham beers is available, if not the whole selection because Fordham is located next door. There are also a decent selection of American micros, and a good selection of imports. The import list is broken up by country, with about 20 countries represented. The Fordham Pale Ale was the best Fordham beer I had, but I only had beers from the sampler. The oaked stout was nice as well.

Food selection is very nice. A interesting pick of daily specials, plus a variety of seafood dishes are represented on the menu. I picked the fish and chips. The fish is hand battered and is quite good.

The Rams Head is a great place to get a few beers and food with friends. Enough beer and food selections that everyone is going to be happy, and the quality is good. I would like to catch a show here sometime and try some more Fordham beers. Stop by if your in downtown Annapolis.

Photo of joe1510
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped into the Annapolis Ram's Head for a couple quick pints on a recent journey back East. The atmosphere was enjoyable like most other places in Annapolis with a long wooden bar and a comfy feel throughout the restaurant that's housed in an old building by the capital building. The lighting was soft and the brass tap towers were brightly polished. The entire Fordham lineup was on tap along with 8 "seasonals" which were from other breweries and a handful of other handles.

The quality of the two beers I sampled was top notch, Nugget Nectar and Millennium BW, and extremely enjoyable. I stopped by in the afternoon and the place had a good crowd eating lunch. The selection was solid for the area and had a couple gems, the two I mentioned being good examples. The two bartenders that I dealt with were both very friendly although not too beer savvy, which is just fine with me. I ate before stopping into Ram's Head but some of the burgers and lunch items I noticed getting carried to tables looked appetizing. This place is worth a stop in if you find yourself in Annapolis.

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

While in the area, i was excited to give this place a try. It is pretty big. They have a pub area, dining area, patio and even a downstairs pub. Next door to the restaurant is a spot they host concerts (pretty big names play there as well) and they even have a store for Fordham Brewing gear.

They serve all of the Fordham beers plus several unexciting guest beers, mostly macros like Guiness, Hoegarten, etc. I didn't see the bottled selection, but I believe they have a large selection of these.

Started with a sampler. Everything was good. A lite lager...the copper ale and tavern ale were quite similiar (both amber and a bit hoppy)...the oak barrel stout was the real gem. It had a hint of vanilla and bourbon, but was incredibly smooth to drink. Their summer seasonal was a pleasant tasting and refreshing hefe.

A great location, a block off main street. A decent menu. My club sandwich was good.

My only real complaint was the staff. As we sat in the bar area, a bartender initially brought us our sampler. He plunked the glasses down and raced from the table.

Our waitress started off okay, but she took forever to bring over our beers (we could see them sitting on the bar just waiting to be picked up while she was standing around). She forgot a side we ordered. When I asked for a hefe, she had no idea until I called it by its nickname, the "summer" something or other. When I was trying to buy a pint glass at the store, the kid at the desk sent me up to the crowded bar to buy one because he was out (instead of going and getting more himself). It was a young staff. Nothing awful, just a few little things added together.

Overall, regardless of little staff issues, really good beers. A cool location. You can eat out front as well. A must stop for beer loves in Annapolis.

Photo of DrinknFish
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I stopped by the Ramshead about 2 months ago when I was in the area for work. The place was awesome, free food and great beers. I lucked out and was able to make it there twice, once for the unveiling of their Hefe. I was traveling solo, but everyone was very friendly and I felt right at home. The layout of the place is interesting and I think there is a room to suit everyone’s taste. The bartenders were prompt and remembered where I was as I made my way through the taps. All of the house beers were very tasty, but for some reason I don’t remember my favorite. The free food during happy hour was awesome, mussels one night and seared tuna the other. This food sustained me for both days I was there, so I didn’t try anything off there menu. The free food and cheap beers allowed me to drink every house beer, some several times over, all for less then $20 per visit. Next time I am down there for work, I‘ll be pulling a stool up to their bar.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went here recently on a trip to Annapolis for the fourth of July with my girlfriend.
Atmoshpere: Nice friendly atmosphere, nothing really stuck out.
Quality: Nice an clean joint, it looked like they had a patio which is neat for nice weather, everything was fresh.
Service: Nice waiter and we got good service, but then again we were 2 of maybe 6 patrons.
Selection: The area is a good beer town, but it seems like most places contract brew so it was nice to see a good bottle selection also.
Food: Food was excellent, if you stop in you must eat.
Value: Very reasonable, but not cheap either.
Don't drink and review.

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Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.