Rams Head Tavern
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
02-21-2011 15:35:50 | More by Metalmonk
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-17-2011 18:09:51 | More by CuriousMonk
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
07-25-2010 20:00:42 | More by dtivp
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
05-22-2009 18:42:00 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
3.98/5 rDev +1%
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.
04-30-2009 23:49:38 | More by beermanWV
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-08-2009 22:26:22 | More by joe1510
3.45/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
04-22-2008 20:45:18 | More by Nutleybeer
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
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 everyones 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 dont 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 didnt 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, Ill be pulling a stool up to their bar.
08-07-2007 19:46:04 | More by DrinknFish
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-11-2007 21:10:09 | More by treehugger02010
3.84/5 rDev -2.5%
atmosphere: Visited on a lovely early July afternoon as people perused the various tents comprising the art festival on the street outside. The place was full, but not crowded. Wooden, old-time tavern theme with a somewhat convoluted layout divided into a dining room, bar/barroom, tea room, and a rear patio. A few tables lined the sidewalk in front of the building. The place is located on what seems to be a pretty historic, scenic street...and has a great feel to it.
quality: Sampled two different beers, the Tavern Ale and the Copperhead Alt. Disregarding my personal tastes, both seemed to be quality in terms of freshness. With that said, the Alt could use a little work
service: Good service all around. The bartender was happy to give a sample, and wasn't too slow given the amount of people.
selection: Good Fordham selection...a couple stouts, Copperhead alt, Tavern Ale, a lager, and a couple wheats are what comes to mind...and there were surely a couple more. A few more common "micros" were available.
food: Didn't have anything, but the menu looked pretty good, for what it's worth.
value: four dollar pints
07-03-2007 14:43:18 | More by blackie
Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD
89 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.