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The 9 Best Lunch Spots In Ellicott City

Updated: May 2, 2022

Need a quick lunch or a spot to have a fancy business lunch? These Ellicott City lunch spots have you covered. We analyzed the top blogs, restaurant review sites, and food publications to find the best lunches in Ellicott City. You won’t find better midday eats than those offered by these delicious lunch spots!

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$$, Ellicott City$$Ellicott City
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Trattoria Amore

Pizza, $, Ellicott CityPizza, $Ellicott City
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

EC Diner

American, Ellicott CityAmericanEllicott City
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Yama Sushi

Japanese, $$, Ellicott CityJapanese, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Hot Pot Hero

Asian, $$, Ellicott CityAsian, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

The Beef Brothers Deli & Catering

Deli, $, Ellicott CityDeli, $Ellicott City
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Pachanga Cocina

Mexican, $$, Ellicott CityMexican, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

The Mint Room

Indian, $$, Ellicott CityIndian, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

River House Pizza

Pizza, $$, Ellicott CityPizza, $$Ellicott City
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate this list?

Figuring out the best restaurants can take a long time. We analyzed 5440 Ellicott City restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 Ellicott City restaurant reviews, and 127 lists and articles – looking closely at what had to say – and applied our boam magic. These spots have been featured in . If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.


Alexandria, UMI Sushi, and Mission BBQ are the highest-rated lunch spots for a pick-up meal in Ellicott City.

UMI Sushi, Cafe EZ - Ellicott City, and Syriana Cafe & Gallery are the highest-rated vegetarian-friendly lunch restaurants in Ellicott City.

Duchess Variety Store, Alexandria, and UMI Sushi are the highest-rated lunch restaurants for a quick lunch in Ellicott City.

Alexandria, UMI Sushi, and Mission BBQ are the highest-rated lunch restaurants that is good for groups in Ellicott City.

The highest-rated lunch restaurants with outdoor seating in Ellicott City are Duchess Variety Store, Alexandria and UMI Sushi.

Drink pairing tips

  • Go for Cilantro Chile Cooler with banh mi

    To elevate your banh mi experience, we recommend some Cilantro Chile Cooler to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this cocktail cuts through the fattiness of the sandwich.

  • Kabinett with your banh mi

    When considering what goes best with banh mi, we recommend a glass of Kabinett, it truly complements the dish as it cools the jalapeno with the sweetness of the wine.

  • Take banh mi to the next level

    Experts suggest pairing a banh mi with a glass of Riesling, a popular white wine.

Fun facts

  • teriyaki milestone

    We can thank 1600s in Japan for the much beloved teriyaki.

  • Priceless or overpriced?

    Chef Angelito Araneta Jr. made anigiri in 2010 that sold for p$1,978.

  • Up for some kale?

    Are you a fan of kale? The current record for eating the most kale is 26 pounds 16 ounces in only 8! Do you love kale enough to beat this record?

Parking info

Getting a good parking spot in Ellicott City can be tough, and it’s worse if you’re hungry. Luckily, you can secure parking stress-free with our partner SpotHero, a digital parking reservation service.

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