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Looking for a place to meet friends for a casual dinner, celebrate a special occasion, impress a business client, or just “hang out” drink a beer and watch the game? The Grill at Harryman House in Reisterstown, MD is just that place.
A contemporary restaurant with critically acclaimed food finds a home in an early American home at The Grill at Harryman House. The home built in 1791 features a chestnut and oak log cabin, bright porches, and a spacious “great-room-style” dining room all of which are outfitted with timeless American furnishing, candle light, fine china, silverware, and crystal.
At The Grill at Harryman House, we offer “Rustic Farmhouse Fare” reflective of the modern sensibilities of supporting local, sustainable farming, enjoying sophisticated and excellent food, and gathering in a beautiful but casual atmosphere. The Grill at Harryman House is a neighborhood restaurant where we pride ourselves on friendly and attentive service, for lunch, Sunday brunch, dinner, or a drink in our Tavern.
The Grill at Harryman House is located at 340 Main Street in Historic Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.
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The town of Reisterstown dates from the late 1750’s when John Reister settled here on land acquired while Charles Calvert, the fifth Lord of Baltimore, was proprietary of the colony of Maryland. In the late eighteenth century, Samual Harryman purchased three lots of land which were part of John Reister’s estate. On this land, Samual Harryman and his wife Elizabeth built “Harryman House” as a true four room log cabin from which he ran a grocery store, saddlery, and drug store.
Samuel Harryman died in 1852; Elizabeth died in 1865. The Harryman children shared the main house, adding the western wing (the Harryman Room) prior to 1879 when the property was sold at public auction. Samuel W. Starr purchased the property for $2,000.
In 1886, the Starr children sold the home to Henry Waggoner, JR., who maintained a successful harness shop until 1914. Other past owners include Milton Paine (1916), Henry W. Osborn (1917-1921), Edward McCoy (1921-1936) and most recently William and Reneta Ramsburg (1960-1985).
In 1985, the property and building were purchased by 340 Main Street, Inc. for the purpose of opening a specialty market featuring a butcher, bakery, delicatessen, prepared gourmet foods, and a variety of gourmet items including beer, wine, and spirits. During the renovation, the builders discovered the original log cabin built by the Harryman’s and restored it to its original charm. Additionally, the wrap around porch was enclosed and a large commercial kitchen wing was added. Finally, in 1989, the deck and awning were added providing outdoor seating during warmer months.
In 1987, the “market” was converted into a restaurant. Harryman House, (named for its original builder), has housed this full service restaurant owned by 340 Main Street, Inc., offering lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch since 1987. In April of 1993, Harryman House caught fire overnight due to a smoldering cigarette ash. Thanks to the valiant efforts of the Reisterstown and Glyndon Volunteer Fire Departments, the fire was extinguished in only 30 minutes preventing any major structural damage. After two months of complete cosmetic reconstruction, the restaurant was reopened on June 17, 1993.
In 1996, Harryman House began a major building addition. The addition houses the Grill Room and a large dinning room, the Valley Room. The construction project rearranged some of the restaurant and enlarged the kitchen facilities. This project brought the restaurant up to 150 seats and into a position to handle everyday a la carte business, large and small private parties, and the large volume of tavern business the Harryman House enjoys. In 2005, a small addition was added to house a carryout wine store. The store was soon converted to a dinning space and is named the Wine Room. Finally, in 2008, the restaurant changed its name to The Grill at Harryman House as part of a “makeover” to create a more casual restaurant both in the restaurant’s offerings as well as its atmosphere.