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Two if by Sea

Perfect Choice for a Perfect Meal

Article by Simone Benson

Photography by Provided by Walrus Oyster and Ale House

Originally published in Columbia Lifestyle

One of Columbia’s best-kept seafood secrets is The Walrus Oyster and Ale House located at Columbia Town Center. While it is the only locally owned and operated restaurant in The Columbia Mall area, their first Maryland location thrives at The National Harbor.

The Chesapeake Bay-inspired rustic, oceanic, warm, industrial setting creates an inviting ambiance. The indoor-outdoor flow looking out at the vibrancy of The Columbia Town Center makes this location a perfect spot for a pleasant afternoon or evening dining experience.

“We wanted to be a part of the renaissance of the revival of restaurant row in The Columbia Town Center,” says Desmond Reilly, managing principal of Star Restaurant Group and part-owner of the restaurant.

All the items on the menu are made from scratch daily. The menu has a variety of options, something for everyone in the family. If you are looking for quality food that won't bust your budget, this is the perfect spot! The amazing crab cake sandwich on a bed of iceberg lettuce, with a slice of beefsteak tomato and yellow onion on a slightly toasted roll, served with crispy, fresh, hand-cut fries is delicious.

Lunch specials run from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are limited on time, don’t worry. The service is quick and pleasant. 

Dinner at Walrus is just as amazing as lunch and will not disappoint. Their best-seller menu items include the Atlantic salmon, jumbo lump crab cakes and, of course, the oysters! The lobster rolls were ranked as one of America's top 50 sandwiches in 2019. In fact, local patrons tout them as the best in the state.

If you don’t eat seafood, don't worry! The “From the Land” menu features a roasted half chicken, grilled meatloaf, barbecue bacon cheeseburger and coffee-crusted sirloin. One of their more popular burgers is the half-pound "Walrus Burger" made from special house-ground and -blended beef with melted Tillamook cheddar.

Next time you are making lunch or dinner plans, The Walrus Oyster and Ale House would be a perfect choice for a perfect meal.

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