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Rams Head Tavern

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Rams Head TavernRams Head Tavern
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24 Reviews
Reviews: 24
Visits: 37
Avg: 3.87
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: 107
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 24 | Visits: 37
Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jmc44
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!!!

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Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD
88 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.