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Rams Head Tavern

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Rams Head TavernRams Head Tavern
BA SCORE
89
very good

30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
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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Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

treehugger02010, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%

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

blackie, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Ram's Head is located on West street in downtown Annapolis. Because of its prime location, it is almost always crowded; with locals, tourists, sailors, and mids.

The beer selection is not bad, used to be a lot better, but they have scaled back. They offer a "World Beer Club" where you can earn yourslef a cool oooking pewter mug and a t-shirt for trying 100 beers from around the world.

The best feature of Ram's Head has got to be the outdoor beer garden. On those nice spring or summer afternoons in MAryland, grab a seat outback and spend a few hours. Well worth it.

beveritt, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

I get to Ram's Head quite regularly when working in Annapolis during the legislative session. The atmosphere is great and eating out back when the weather is nice (a rare treat in the Spring) is well worth it. The beer selection is a bit limited. If you're a Fordham lover, this is your place. Ram's Head is the place to get Fordham on tap--and they had almost all current offerings (including seasonals) available. The food was a bit pricey, but what you'd expect for West Street. I've never ventured past the grill and sandich menu, but what I had was great. All in all, well worth the trip. A nice Fordham Copperhead and some good food in a convenient location really make for a wonderful evening after a day of work.

tugdriver7, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Hollister
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

This is one of the best places in Annapolis, and definetly the most popular. They've got an awesome atmosphere with options! The main floor - more open with tv's, views of the brewery, the main bar; a downstairs which is the orignal bar - old pub feel, and an outside beergarden.

Happy hour is a must... 2 dollar fordham drafts, and free snacks including roast beef, wings, it all depends on the day. I recommend the Tavern Ale; and other favorites are the Oyster and Genius Stouts, and the Copperhead. If you don't like the Fordham's they have a huge selection of beer's by the bottle, that would rival most great beer bars.

You can't go wrong with Ram's Head, and if you're only in Annapolis for one night, and looking for a bar, this is a good option.

Hollister, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of QXSTER1
3.93/5  rDev 0%

Located on a bustling, colorful Annapolis street Rams Head Tavern impresses with it's ornate Victorian exterior. Bright red bricks, green and yellow fanciful trim and large exterior windows give a welcoming feel to this tavern. Inside the bar has a colonial feel with all of the Fordham brewery selections written above the bar. The restaurant seating section has a open airy look and while busy it wasn't raucous or noisy.

As far as the food goes the Cream of Crab soup was the best by far of our recent crab tour. Silky cream with a hint of nutmeg and sherry and plenty of crab make this a must. Fish tacos rounded out our meal and were excellent.

The Fordham Brewery beers were uniformly well done and tasty. The Tavern Ale was a fine pale ale with a robust malt and hop presence, the Copperhead a crisp, hoppy alt, and the Genius Stout a roasty, smooth dryish brew.

With a wealth of fine eateries and bars Annapolis is a great destination. The Rams Head Tavern is highly recommended by this reviewer and we will definitely be back on our next visit.

QXSTER1, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%

My family and I stopped by the Rams Head Tavern for lunch today, choosing to sit on the patio.

Atmosphere: We've eaten at the Rams Head several times, mostly while going to see a show. The atmosphere is equal parts English pub, sit down restaurant and German biergarten (to coincide with different areas of the restaurant).

Quality: The place was busy but our server showed up quickly and took orders promptly (apparently after that step all shit breaks loose, see below).

Service: We beat a rush into the restaurant but the appetizer still took 30-40 minutes. A brief apology and a free round of beers placated us. Another 30-40 minutes passed before the meal arrived, clearly someone in the kitchen or the server royally screwed up. I sent my back, as there was no rational explanation for the delay (and all tables around us with parties of 4 or more that were after us had received their meals).

As a caveat, this was the first instance of bad service that we've encountered there, but it was SO egregious.

Selection: They offer Fordham Brewing Co. ales and lagers on draught and have an extensive bottle listing. Support your local brewery and drink the Fordham ales, you won't be disappointed.

Food: The wings were good, outside of that not much else arrived. In the past we've gone for dinner and the filet was excellent.

akorsak, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
3.93/5  rDev 0%

I came to this location for a comedy show in the attached On Stage concert hall. They have a deal where if you pay to see a show, you can make dinner reservations before the show and receive 10% off your bill, validated parking, and a single free pint for your dinner party. Not too bad, considering we would have eaten there anyway.

We arrived 2 hours before the show, dinner reservations were for 1.5 hours before the show, so we first went to the crowded bar, finding two seats in the very corner. Place was packed, it's a nice little traditonal little pub upfront, a decent sized wooden bar with scattered little tables all around, fairly crowded, lots of people taking advantage of happy hour. Even though it was crowded, the bartender was great, serving us quickly, answering all our questions about the show, and even offering to transfer our bar tab over to the dinner tab when we went to our table--allowing us to save 10%.

Beer selection is a handful of macro imports, DeGroen's marzen, and then the Fordham taps. I had my two regular favorites, the oyster stout and the tavern ale. I saw two different ads for a seasonal--one was for a doppelbock, the other was for a dubbel---they had neither on tap, apparently nobody can be bothered to keep any of the chalkboards/table ads/menu inserts current. Also, I tried the Genius, which is obviouslt a Guinness ripoff, and I believe is just their oyster stout served on a nitro tap. It was pretty good, definitely better than Guinness, but I still prefer the normal stout.

Dinner time comes, and we get escorted from the main pub area to a little fancier of a back room, table clothes and flowers and lots of suits--totally different atmosphere from up front. Food was excellent--I had the prime rib on special which was both a huge portion (and I got the smaller Queen cut) and very good. Also had excellent cream of crab soup. Server in here wasn't the greatest--he was rather slow, didn't stop by the table very often, came back once with my beer but without my date's drink, oblivious to the fact that she had ordered it. And finally, we were finished eating with about 15 minutes to our show and flagged down our waiter, telling him we needed to settle our check because we had to get over to the other building. Well, he brought it over promptly, but then took his own damn time in picking up my credit card, comes back somehow having lost the receipt I need to sign and give to him, and then went back and took his own damn time running it again. I was watching my watch, and all said and done it took 20 minutes to pay our tab--we were late, I was pissed, but luckily our show started late too. This guy is why the service score is as low as it is.

The show itself is at a fairly small venue, I think I read it seats 217, and there's not too many bad seats in the place. There's a limited two page food menu, I think appetizers and burgers, and they also serve all the Forham brews but one--the oyster stout.

Overall, I had a great time. As I say, I went for a (musical) comedy show, but most nights they just have normal bands playing--its a really nice intimate venue, you can eat fairly good food, and drink decent beer. I like it a lot better than the cavernous and overcrowded Rams Head Live downtown.

cubedbee, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of jmc44
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%

Rams Head Tavern operates in conjunction with Fordham Brewing Company. I sat at an outside table since I had my dog with me. The dining room inside seems large and there is a patio dining area in the rear as well.

We started out with a sampler, which had little glasses of 7 Fordham brews, including their seasonal Oktoberfest. Their lagers were bland, macro-style brews. The copperhead ale is a sad interpretation of a German Altbier (ala Diebels) but is a decent ale. The Genius stout and Oyster stout were very good. Oktoberfest was decent but would not be my choice for an Oktoberfest.

The server was rude. Service was extremely slow - nearly 15 minutes after being seated we were asked if we would like menus. When the beer sampler came, it had this nifty little idea of a 'placemat' which lays out all the beers and tells you about them - their abv, hops, grains, flavors, style, etc. Problem is, there was barbecue sauce smeared all over the thing. Our server said, "Oh, thats no problem, you don't touch it".

Our experience got better from there, the food was pretty good, and service seemed to pick up after we were finally served.

Perhaps I had a bad experience, but this is a place I will not be visiting again. I would be tempted to go back if they had a bunch of great brews, but they don't.

jmc44, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

I couldnt believe this place hasnt been reviewed!!!After being on my "gotta get there" list for 5 years or more I made it on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Varied and extensive menu from pub grub to full blown meals(chops,seafood,steak,veggie).Enjoyed a wonderful British bitter and a nitro stout that was exceptional.Not to mention a killer "crab melt" that was loaded with crab meat topped with a fresh not previously frozen or hot house tomato.

I think the beers tend to rotate.The Rams Head is also a music venue for national acts in an intimate setting of about 300 seats.A place not to be missed when in the Annapolis/Baltimore/DC area!!!

lackenhauser, Dec 24, 2002
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Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD
89 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.