Sushi Sono's Bridal Veil Roll contains spicy lobster salad topped with tuna. Sushi Sono was voted as the best sushi restaurant and best Asian restaurant in the 2013 Best of Dining contest.

Sushi Sono's Bridal Veil Roll contains spicy lobster salad topped with tuna. Sushi Sono was voted as the best sushi restaurant and best Asian restaurant in the 2013 Best of Dining contest. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun / September 25, 2013)

As voted by the readers of Howard magazine:

Alfresco
Clyde’s of Columbia
10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia
410-730-2829, clydes.com/columbia
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Facci Ristorante
Leelynn’s Dining Room & Lounge

Ambiance
Luna Bella
6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
410-531-0250, lunabellarestaurant.net
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
The Kings Contrivance Restaurant
Stanford Grill

Asian
Sushi Sono
10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia
410-997-6131, sushisonomd.com
Honorable Mention:
Asean Bistro
East Moon Asian
Hunan Manor

Bar food
Victoria Gastro Pub
8201 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia 410-750-1880, victoriagastropub.com
Honorable Mention:
The Ale House
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
Looney’s Pub South

Breakfast
Eggspectation
6010 University Blvd., Ellicott City
410-750-3115, eggspectation.com
Honorable Mention:
Double-T Diner
Mimi’s Cafe

Brunch
Victoria Gastro Pub
8201 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia 410-750-1880, victoriagastropub.com
Honorable Mention:
Eggspectation
Portalli’s
Clyde’s of Columbia

Buffet
Royal Taj
8874 McGaw Road, Columbia
410-381-1111, royaltajmd.com
Honorable Mention:
House of India
Mango Grove
Wegmans

Burger
Victoria Gastro Pub
8201 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia 410-750-1880, victoriagastropub.com
Honorable Mention:
The Ale House
Five Guys
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Chef
Luna Bella (Celeste Gebler)
6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
410-531-0250, lunabellarestaurant.net
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar (Sean Riggs)
Portalli’s (Keith Holsey)
Bistro Blanc (Marc Dixon)
Tersiguel’s (Michel Tersiguel)

Chinese
Hunan Manor
7091 Deepage Drive, Columbia
410-381-1134, hunanmanorrestaurant.com
Honorable Mention:
Hunan Legend
Asean Bistro
Peking Chef
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Coffee
Starbucks
Multiple locations, starbucks.com
Honorable Mention:
Mad City Cafe
Bean Hollow
Sidamo Coffee and Tea

Crab cake
Clyde’s of Columbia
10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia
410-730-2829, clydes.com/columbia
Honorable Mention:
Shanty Grille
Shannon’s Saloon
Leelynn’s Dining Room & Lounge
The Corner Stable

Cupcake
Kupcakes & Co.
6010 Meadowridge Center Drive, Elkridge 443-552-3033, kupcakesco.com
Honorable Mention:
Touché Touchet Bakery
Cooks ’N Cakes
Oh, What a Cake!

Deli
Charter Deli
10700 Charter Drive, Columbia
410-715-2272, charterdeli.com
Honorable Mention:
Bon Fresco
Jason’s Deli
Wegmans

Dessert
Luna Bella
6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
410-531-0250, lunabellarestaurant.net
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Cheesecake Factory
Tutti Frutti

Fine dining
The Kings Contrivance Restaurant
10150 Shaker Drive, Columbia
410-995-0500, greatfoodmd.com
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Tersiguel’s
Portalli’s
Elkridge Furnace Inn

Happy hour
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
9150 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City 410-461-0770, barebonesgrill.com
Honorable Mention:
The Ale House
Victoria Gastro Pub

Healthful menu
Great Sage
5809 Clarksville Square Drive, Clarksville     443-535-9400, greatsage.com
Honorable Mention:
Panera Bread
Mango Grove

Ice cream/Frozen yogurt
The Meadows
6470 Freetown Road, Columbia
443-296-6100, meadowsfrozencustard.com
Honorable Mention:
Cold Stone Creamery
Rita’s Italian Ice
ScoopAhhDeeDoo

Indian
Royal Taj
8874 McGaw Road, Columbia
410-381-1111, royaltajmd.com
Honorable Mention:
House of India
Mango Grove
Akbar

Italian
Luna Bella
6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
410-531-0250, lunabellarestaurant.net
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Facci Ristorante
Portalli’s

Late night dining
Clyde’s of Columbia
10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia
410-730-2829, clydes.com/columbia
Honorable Mention:
Pub Dog
Victoria Gastro Pub
Honey Pig Korean Grill
Stained Glass Pub

Live entertainment
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
9150 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City 410-461-0770, barebonesgrill.com
Honorable Mention:
Rams Head Tavern
Looney’s Pub South
Nottingham’s

Locally made beer
The Ale House
6480 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia
443-546-3640, thealehousecolumbia.com
Honorable Mention:
Ellicott Mills Brewing Co.
Frisco Tap House

Lunch menu
Luna Bella
6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
410-531-0250, lunabellarestaurant.net
Honorable Mention:
The Ale House
Mamma Lucia
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar

Margarita
La Palapa Grill & Cantina
8307 Main St., Ellicott City
410-465-0070, lapalapagrill.com
Honorable Mention:
Azul 17
El Azteca
Xitomate

Martini
Victoria Gastro Pub
8201 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia
410-750-1880, victoriagastropub.com
Honorable Mention:
The Ale House
Clyde’s of Columbia
Portalli’s

Mexican
El Azteca
12210 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville
410-531-3001, elaztecamaryland.com
Honorable Mention:
La Palapa Grill & Cantina
Azul 17

New restaurant
The Ale House
6480 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia
443-546-3640, thealehousecolumbia.com
Honorable Mention:
Xitomate
Bonchon

Pizza
Luna Bella
6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
410-531-0250, lunabellarestaurant.net
Honorable Mention:
Coal Fire Pizza
Mamma Lucia
Ledo

Place to take kids
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
8640 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia 410-312-0214. redrobin.com
Honorable Mention:
Mamma Lucia
Chic-fil-A

Place to take out-of-towners
Clyde’s of Columbia
10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia
410-730-2829, clydes.com/columbia
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Victoria Gastro Pub

Restaurant (overall)
Luna Bella
6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
410-531-0250, lunabellarestaurant.net
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Victoria Gastro Pub
Portalli’s

Ribs
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
9150 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City 410-461-0770, barebonesgrill.com
Honorable Mention:
Kloby’s Smokehouse
The Corner Stable

Romantic
Tersiguel’s
8293 Main St., Ellicott City
410-465-4004, tersiguels.com
Honorable Mention:
Portalli’s
The Kings Contrivance Restaurant
Elkridge Furnace Inn

Seafood
Shanty Grille
3410 Plum Tree Drive, Ellicott City
410-465-9660, shantygrille.com
Honorable Mention:
Luna Bella
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Crossroads Pub

Service
Luna Bella
6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
410-531-0250, lunabellarestaurant.net
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
The Ale House
Tersiguel’s

Sports bar
Champps Restaurant & Bar
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia 443-367-0333, champps.com
Honorable Mention:
The Ale House
Looney’s Pub South

Steak
Stanford Grill
8900 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
410-312-0445, thestanfordgrill.com
Honorable Mention:
Venegas
The Ale House
Outback Steakhouse

Sushi
Sushi Sono
10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia
410-997-6131, sushisonomd.com
Honorable Mention:
Sushi King
Yama Sushi
Peking Chef

Takeout
Luna Bella
6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
410-531-0250, lunabellarestaurant.net
Honorable mention:
Maiwand Kabob
Mamma Lucia
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery

Tapas/Small plate menu
Ranazul
8171 Maple Lawn Blvd., #170, Fulton    301-498-9666, ranazul.us
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Azul 17
The Rumor Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant

Value
Luna Bella
6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
410-531-0250, lunabellarestaurant.net
Honorable mention:
The Ale House
Mamma Lucia
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery

Vegetarian
Great Sage
5809 Clarksville Square Drive, Clarksville     443-535-9400, greatsage.com
Honorable mention:
Mango Grove

View
Clyde’s of Columbia
10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia
410-730-2829, clydes.com/columbia
Honorable Mention:
Alexandra’s Restaurant
Coho Grill

Wine list
The Iron Bridge Wine Co.
10435 Maryland 108, Columbia
410-997-3456, ironbridgewines.com
Honorable Mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Luna Bella
Bistro Blanc

Wine tasting
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
6741 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 410-953-0500, aidabistro.com
Honorable Mention:
The Iron Bridge Wine Co.
Bistro Blanc