Rams Head Tavern

BA SCORE
87
very good

37 Ratings
Rams Head TavernRams Head Tavern
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

33 West St
Annapolis, Maryland, 21401-2420
United States

(410) 268-4545 | map
ramsheadtavern.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
87
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
7.49%
 
 
Taps:
14
Bottles/Cans:
107
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 blackie
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of TBonez477
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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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Photo of bcgeiman
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of joe1510
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Devman171
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Chaney
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of beveritt
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Historic Annapolis pub mixed with live music venue and craft beer brewing. Start by going downstairs, which is often overlooked but packed with history and grab yourself a Fordham. Then make your way out back to sit on the patio and enjoy some quality bar food, lively atmosphere and a nice selection of beers. The patio can get packed with young families on weekend afternoons around brunch but that will shift late afternoon.
Service is laid back and can be a bit slow when on the patio area

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of QXSTER1
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of dtivp
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of ksolekjr
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD
3.87 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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