Baltimore skyline

The 9 Best American Restaurants Near Ellicott City

Updated: May 2, 2022

Looking for Ellicott City’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. So if you have decided on some deep dish pizza or BBQ as your next meal try one of the Ellicott City eateries below.

Find the perfect American restaurant

EC Diner

American, Ellicott CityAmericanEllicott City
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0


American, $$, Ellicott CityAmerican, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Bare Bones Grill and Bar

American, $$, Ellicott CityAmerican, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Pizza, $$, Ellicott CityPizza, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.0

If you travel further

Chop Chop Salad

American, ColumbiaAmericanColumbia
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 4.5

PLNT Burger

American, ColumbiaAmericanColumbia
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.5

Nalley Fresh

New American, $, ColumbiaNew American, $Columbia
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Lib's Grill

American, $$, FultonAmerican, $$Fulton
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Frisco Taphouse

New American, $$, ColumbiaNew American, $$Columbia
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5

How did we curate these results?

Finding the right American restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 5440 restaurants, and 127 lists and articles from top sources like . Yes, we even looked at to pull this list together. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. These ten options are sure to delight.


Sonic Drive-In is the highest-rated American restaurant for dessert in Ellicott City.

The highest-rated American restaurants for delivery in Ellicott City are mad chef kitchen & bar, Bippy's Pub, and The White Oak Tavern.

Alexandria, mad chef kitchen & bar, and Bippy's Pub are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Ellicott City.

Alexandria, mad chef kitchen & bar, and Bippy's Pub are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in Ellicott City.

Alexandria, mad chef kitchen & bar, and Bippy's Pub are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in Ellicott City.

Drink pairing tips

  • The perfect complement to fried chicken

    When having fried chicken, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Kentucky 75, a popular cocktail.

  • Vieux Carre and heavy meat dish

    When considering how to best enjoy your heavy meat dish, we would highlight how well a glass of Vieux Carre complements the dish as it cuts through the heaviness of the dish.

  • Go for Margarita with grilled burger

    For an elevated experience, pair your grilled burger with Margarita. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail balances the spice and salt of the burger.

Did you know?

  • 2,014 pounds of hamburger

    In Carlton, The United States, American-lovers celebrated a special day on September 2, 2012. Some still remember this as the day when the hamburger was made, weighing no less than 2,014 pounds.

  • A classic meal

    If you take a trip to hamburger, then the well-known, tasty hamburger should be on your radar! It is a local classic.

  • Wallet breaking mac and cheese

    The mac and cheese which costs $200, can be ordered at the Barton G.

Parking in the area

There’s nothing like finding the perfect parking spot right away when you’re going out for a meal. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

Also popular in this area

Similar spots in nearby areas

Show more

Similar spots in other areas

Show more