Rams Head Tavern
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 107
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
3.33/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My family and I stopped by the Rams Head Tavern for lunch today, choosing to sit on the patio.
Atmosphere: We've eaten at the Rams Head several times, mostly while going to see a show. The atmosphere is equal parts English pub, sit down restaurant and German biergarten (to coincide with different areas of the restaurant).
Quality: The place was busy but our server showed up quickly and took orders promptly (apparently after that step all shit breaks loose, see below).
Service: We beat a rush into the restaurant but the appetizer still took 30-40 minutes. A brief apology and a free round of beers placated us. Another 30-40 minutes passed before the meal arrived, clearly someone in the kitchen or the server royally screwed up. I sent my back, as there was no rational explanation for the delay (and all tables around us with parties of 4 or more that were after us had received their meals).
As a caveat, this was the first instance of bad service that we've encountered there, but it was SO egregious.
Selection: They offer Fordham Brewing Co. ales and lagers on draught and have an extensive bottle listing. Support your local brewery and drink the Fordham ales, you won't be disappointed.
Food: The wings were good, outside of that not much else arrived. In the past we've gone for dinner and the filet was excellent.
04-15-2006 23:38:31 | More by akorsak
3.84/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The beer selection is sizable, probably the biggest that I'm aware of in Annapolis, with lots of quality choices on draught. The house brew is also pretty solid, including great seasonals. Great atmosphere, fun but not deafeningly loud and never too crowded to find a seat somewhere. There is a concert venue attached (small little-known or has-been acts), but usually no live music in the bar itself. Plenty of TVs for sporting events though, and nice spaces including a heated garden area and a cool basement bar.
The clientele ranges in age from twentysomethings to older folks. Which isn't to say the food is bad. I like the appetizers and the burgers, especially the Fordham Cup burger (topped with an onion ring holding in the house crab dip. It's good pub food, but it's still pub food. Usually my friends and I are there for the drinks, not the meals. The wait staff is pretty nice and helpful, though sometimes difficult to track down for another round or to pick up the check.
02-17-2011 18:09:51 | More by CuriousMonk
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
I couldnt believe this place hasnt been reviewed!!!After being on my "gotta get there" list for 5 years or more I made it on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Varied and extensive menu from pub grub to full blown meals(chops,seafood,steak,veggie).Enjoyed a wonderful British bitter and a nitro stout that was exceptional.Not to mention a killer "crab melt" that was loaded with crab meat topped with a fresh not previously frozen or hot house tomato.
I think the beers tend to rotate.The Rams Head is also a music venue for national acts in an intimate setting of about 300 seats.A place not to be missed when in the Annapolis/Baltimore/DC area!!!
12-24-2002 13:40:59 | More by lackenhauser
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
02-21-2011 15:35:50 | More by Metalmonk
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped into the Annapolis Ram's Head for a couple quick pints on a recent journey back East. The atmosphere was enjoyable like most other places in Annapolis with a long wooden bar and a comfy feel throughout the restaurant that's housed in an old building by the capital building. The lighting was soft and the brass tap towers were brightly polished. The entire Fordham lineup was on tap along with 8 "seasonals" which were from other breweries and a handful of other handles.
The quality of the two beers I sampled was top notch, Nugget Nectar and Millennium BW, and extremely enjoyable. I stopped by in the afternoon and the place had a good crowd eating lunch. The selection was solid for the area and had a couple gems, the two I mentioned being good examples. The two bartenders that I dealt with were both very friendly although not too beer savvy, which is just fine with me. I ate before stopping into Ram's Head but some of the burgers and lunch items I noticed getting carried to tables looked appetizing. This place is worth a stop in if you find yourself in Annapolis.
04-08-2009 22:26:22 | More by joe1510
District of Columbia
4.01/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
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.
06-04-2013 04:18:30 | More by Chaney
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Ram's Head is located on West street in downtown Annapolis. Because of its prime location, it is almost always crowded; with locals, tourists, sailors, and mids.
The beer selection is not bad, used to be a lot better, but they have scaled back. They offer a "World Beer Club" where you can earn yourslef a cool oooking pewter mug and a t-shirt for trying 100 beers from around the world.
The best feature of Ram's Head has got to be the outdoor beer garden. On those nice spring or summer afternoons in MAryland, grab a seat outback and spend a few hours. Well worth it.
01-02-2007 21:15:42 | More by beveritt
3.45/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
04-22-2008 20:45:18 | More by Nutleybeer
Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD
89 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.