Ram's Head Tavern

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Ram's Head TavernRam's Head Tavern
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Ram's Head TavernRam's Head Tavern
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Type: Bar, Eatery

8600 Foundry St
Ste 2065
Savage, Maryland, 20763-9515
United States

(301) 604-3454 | map
ramsheadtavern.com

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7
Ratings:
14
pDev:
12.33%
 
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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Jack_Frost79:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Photo of TominGermany
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Arrived when it first opened up on a Saturday evening. They had a large selection of beers to choice to include Fordham & Dominion beers on tap. I tried their sampler which was six beers for six bucks. Was hoping to try their wheat beer but they stopped serving it about a week and half ago according to the waitress. Everything was pretty much average.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of jspaner
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Pretty good place. Had lots of Old dominion beers available, and some others. Have not been there in a while, might be more or different beers available now. Food was OK, but a bit overpriced. Standard bar fare with some other options too.

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Photo of clarkley
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of BigRizz62
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of briang01
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of hamrwolf
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ralree
3.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Three-levels - a full bar beneath, which seems like the more rowdy of the three, a second level which is the ground floor, is a pretty nice atmosphere - fairly well-lighted and lots of wood fixtures. The top floor is a dining floor. I usually go to the ground floor.

The quality of the beer is pretty good - they have all Fordham's for a good deal at happy hour ($2.50 per pint). They have a fairly large selection of brews (ask to see the beer club menu). I think it's about 100 different kinds, ranging from Sierra Nevada to Bass Ale. Most people can find something they'll like there.

Usually you can nab some free happy hour food, though get there early before it's all gone. They have different happy hour food fares every night of the week. Otherwise, there is a full restaurant which makes pretty wonderful food - I've had the shepherd's pie and the burgers, and they're both great. The food is pretty reasonably priced. Do NOT get the world beer "club" sandwich - it's gross.

There is a beer club available where you pay a bit of money (I think it's $15-$25) once, and then you can work your way up the beer trial ladder, eventually snagging your name on the wall. The bad news is right after I signed up, I heard they stopped putting your name on the wall - I really hope that's not true.

Overall, it's a good place. Try it out.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have lived up the street from this Ram's Head for my entire life, but never stepped foot inside until I got a summer job there. Also, I am no longer employed here, so don't consider this review biased. The resteraunt is three seperate levels. The top "dining room" level is quet and much nicer (atmosphere and dining wise) than the other two levels. Very good for families and this is where you will be sat if you have a larger group of people. The second level is the Tavern level. This level has your standard tavern atmosphere. Wooden bar, a few TV's to watch the game, plush seats, and a worn wooden floor. This level has a good amount of noise, so if you're looking for a nice family dinner, go to the dining room. The bottom level is the Rathskellar. The "Rath" has some tall-boy tabels, a few booths, a pool table, a couple dart boards and arcade games, and a nice, long stone-topped bar. This is the loudest of the three levels. On the weekends they will have a DJ or band playing music, so it can some times be packed with the college crowd. Even when its really crowded, you never have to wait that long for a drink. They usually have AT LEAST 2 bartenders behind the bar on the weekend, as well as a cocktail waitress or two. Also from spring-early fall there is a back deck with seating. If smoke bothers you, I'd suggest not sitting out there since that is the only smoking section now.

The main beer they promote are the Fordham drafts, since Ramshead and Fordham are owned by the same people. Fordham has two different ales, a lager, a stout, and a light lager (which is surprisingly good). Other taps in the Tavern include Hoegaarden, New Castle Bass, Guiness, your average Macros, and a couple of others I can't remember. The Rath has these beers plus a few more. Last time I was there, they had Arrogant Bastard, Sierra Nevada (Pale and Celebration) Anchor Christmas ale (they usually have Steam), Carlsberg, Magic Hat, and a couple others. The resteraunt also has about 40 bottles from all over the world (none of which stand out in my mind). Add these to a full bar of liquer and some good drink specials, you can have a pretty sweet time. I suggest going there for happy hour Mon-Fri. $2.50 drafts, rail drinks, house wines and free food.

The food here is pretty damn good. A nice selection of soups, salads, appetizers, burgers/sandwiches, fresh fish/steak entrees and deserts. Every weeknight they run a dinner special that rotates. Some of the specials are prime rib and lobster. Their menu is downloadable from the website. The staff there is very knowledgable about the menu, wine list, and Fordham beers, mainly because you have to memorize them during training. Since a large number of the staff are under 21, don't expect for them to know a lot about the beer menu. Other than that, they can help you with anything you need.

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Photo of iubball
4.7/5  rDev +26%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I have frequented this restaurant/bar many times, and haven't got around to writing a review. This is one of my favorite restaurants to hit in the area. I will try to explain why below.

First, I frequent the restaurant mostly, so I can't comment on the "Ratskeller" or the basement bar. Friends who have been there have said that it is fairly smoky. The Ratskeller also has about 5-6 beers on tap that are not available in the tavern or the restaurant. Most of these were quality microbrews.

In the tavern/restaurant area, there are about 12-15 beers on tap, with 6 of these being the house "Fordham" beers, and the remaining being your more popular microbrews and imports. While the non-house drafts aren't super impressive, it is nice to see them carry beer other than the Fordham beers.

Ram's Head real stregnth is their bottle list though. In Maryland, they have to have one of the best bottle lists for a full service restaurant. They seem to have more of the hard to find imports vs. the hard to find microbrews. Another interesting thing was to see that the only Sam Adams beer that the bar serves is the Boston Ale. Normally you can never find this one.

The food at Ram's Head is excellent. They truly have a full-service menu. About 10 appetizers are listed, with most of the stereotypical offerings, but also seafood heavy. Light fare includes a full list of sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Entrees run the full spread. Basically, if you want it, chances are Ram's Head has it.

In terms of service, I have never had any problems. The waitresses in the restaurant probably are not super knowledgable on the beers, but I have never really questioned them. I think that the bartenders and servers in the tavern and Ratskeller are knowledgable. For atmosphere, you have your choice here. If you are looking for a bar to watch the game, you can go to the Ratskeller (smoking) or Tavern (non-smoking). For eating, you can sit on the tavern floor (more low-key) or dining room (slightly more upscale look, same menu), or the outdoor patio overlooking the river.

One more very important thing to mention for this area. I have been many times on a Friday or Saturday night at prime times, and have not had a wait. Try and find a restaurant with no wait in Columbia.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited here on a Friday night, so it was rather busy. Located at Savage Mills, a renovated mill which now has a variety of shops and the Ram's Head tavern. Parking lot is very small--there is street parking, but it can be hard to find a spot. There are two separate areas--the main restaurant which has an upper level I didn't ascend to, and the Rathskeller which is downstairs. Briefly went down there, it was tons of young college age kids, very crowded and hard to move, some pool tables and dart boards. Ate dinner on the first floor right in front of the medium sized wooden bar.

It was fairly busy and we received fairly bad service. Took quite long between beers and once our server seem to have forgotten that we were waiting on a round. Beer is a selection of 7 Fordham beers (5 regulars, 2 seasonals) and a few others--I saw Bass, Guiness, Magic Hat #9, and SNPA. They have a few solid beers, I like the oyster stout and the tavern ale, and their seasonals were also pretty good, a kolsch and an oktoberfest. I had the sampler to begin with and then pints of the two seasonals with my meal.

The food was acceptable--our nacho appetizer was rather mediocre pub quality, but the fish and crab cakes we had for dinner were both good.

This is a pretty nice place to have a meal---I'd like to come back on a weeknight when it is less crowded and check out the nearby shops.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited Savage Mill 11-14-04 and took some detailed notes. This is a 3 story facility inside of a old renovated mill that oozes history and character. I even heard a ghost story while I was there. They had 16 taps, 6 were from Fordham Brewing and a sampler of 6 4 ouncers was $3.95. Alos on tap was Bass, Harp, LIte, Blue Moon, Newcastle, Guinness, Sieera Nevada, Boddington's, Black Cider, and a Magic Hat selection. The beers were good, some better than expected. A great place to stop if you are near by.

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Ram's Head Tavern in Savage, MD
Place rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 14 ratings