Best Places to Eat In Downtown Ellicott City


Katrina Bucher and Rayner Reinhardt

Downtown Ellicott City is full of unique and great places to dine in at, whether it be for a fancy date night with that special someone, or just a causal hang out with your friends. There’s lots of diverse options, so try something new from our top picks of restaurants in downtown Ellicott City. 

The Trolley Stop 

Perfect for the person who’s trying to get the most bang for their buck, the Trolley Stop specializes in simple American food like wings, burgers, and sandwiches. With a friendly and comfortable environment, the Trolley Stop is a great place for a casual lunch or dinner outing.  

Bean Hollow 

Similar to our very own Atwaters in Catonsville, Bean Hollow offers a vintage venue with an assortment of coffee and tea, desserts, and sandwiches. Great for a quick, simple, and cheap snack with friends, Bean Hollow is sure to impress. 

The Phoenix Emporium 

The Phoenix Emporium is a popular brewery, but also has great American classics with flavorful twists from the chef. While it’s a little on the pricey side, Tehe Phoenix Emporium offers a fantastic place for a special family occasion or party with its rentable upstairs level.  

La Palapa Grill and Cantina 

With traditional Mexican food and the occasional mariachi band, La Palapa offers a great setting for a fun—and delicious—night out with friends. For fair prices, they offer a range of Mexican food fit for vegetarians as well. Indulge in a platter of nachos to share, or a taco to savor yourself.  

Tersiguels French Country Restaurant 

Known for its authentic French cuisine and fancy setting, Tersiguel’s is perfect for a romantic date or a celebratory dinner. Expect high prices, the best food money can buy in Ellicott City. Complete with top notch service, Tersiguel’s provides an excellent dining experience. 


Just reopening after Ellicott City’s devastating flood, Portalli’s is back and better than ever with traditional Italian cuisine. With moderate prices, Portalli’s is guaranteed to provide great pastas and salads in a delightful environment.