About Us

Over the past nine years owner PJ Strain, and the dedicated PWC staff, have carved out a little niche in Historic Ellicott City to create an upscale wine bar without pretension; a café with an amazing variety of healthy, delicious, and creative bistro food.

We know that everyone loves food, and many people love wine. We want to show you how food and wine come together with ambiance and service to become something greater. Led by manager Dan VanHemert our service staff continuously strives to elevate your experience, in a relaxed and professional manner.

With a focus on small plates of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, with creative flavor and presentation, head chef Dave Duffy offers a menu with the variety necessary to create snack plates, tapas, light meals, full Mediterranean-style dining, or even just an intimate dessert.

Though we take our wine very seriously we try not to overlook the fact that wine and drink is first meant to be enjoyed. Curated by beverage director Daniel Seward our list represents a wide variety of tastes and styles with a focus on small production gems from unlikely places.

We offer first come first served service in our 32 seat bar area. In addition we offer an intimate dinning area with 20 seats, perfect for a romantic evening or small private event. Our patio offers an amazing al fresco experience with sweeping views of Ellicott City’s celebrated main st., historic firehouse museum and the little theatre on the corner.


  • “Friendly people. Delicious food, and prices that encourage you to explore and back again.”


  • “Among the intriguing things about Pure Wine Café is that everyone there – from patrons to employees – seems to be enjoying the experience.”


  • “Pure Wine Café is quicky becoming Ellicott City’s go-to spot for wine, food, and conversation.”

    Baltimore Magazine


8210 Main St. Ellicott City. MD 21043

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