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Judge's Bench

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
+1 410-465-3497
16:00 - 02:00
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Sun 13:00 - 02:00
Mon - Fri 16:00 - 02:00
Sat 14:00 - 02:00
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Baltimore, Maryland
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The Judge's Bench has been an Ellicott City staple for decades. A small venue with low ceilings and dark wood, its got a cozy feel. The menu is limited (I had been hoping for a salad), but the Chicken Finger Wrap I had was delicious. I went on a Saturday night and it was a bit crowded for my taste,... More 

Thank ChambordRose
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Came here to celebrate being finished taking the bar exam. I wanted to see old Ellicott City - this place is right in the town proper at the beginning of the main street through the center of town. Clearly the locals gather here - seemed like some come every night to hang out. The food is just pub/bar food on... More 

Thank Chloe C
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Our table is near the entrance from the left facing the mounted TV and it's just enough to hear some people talking at the bar. Tried their burger and fries for lunch while watching a game. The staff doesn't look very engaging. When my husband was placing our orders, a weird old man sitting by himself at the bar turned... More 

Thank KG-Wili
Halethorpe, Maryland
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This place has music on certain nights , nice atmosphere , good eats and very laid back good service .

Thank jimhalethorpe
Roanoke, Virginia
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

While looking for a place to have lunch in Ellicott City, we were recommended The Judge's Bench. The menu was small but had some good appetizers listed. We ordered several items from the appetizers first. The soft pretzel and quesidilla were both tasty. We especially liked the steak fries with cheese gravy. We then ordered sandwiches and burgers. The Reuben... More 

Thank Gayleetro
Ellicott City
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Great rotating beer selection. There is always something new to try. Place is small and cozy. I go as often as I can.

Thank msenate
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251 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Great Beer Selection. Their Wiskey selection has over 200. We did not have time to eat so unfortunately I can't say any thing about the food. Great Pub.

Thank GTOGirl1967
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358 reviews
300 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

The Judge's Bench is one of the long time mainstays of Ellicott City's Main Street, located at the top of the hill across from the wine store. They have a fantastic beer selection, both on tap and by the bottle. Their real pride is their Scotch and Whiskey selection, and they have a large menu just for that. Their are... More 

Thank renfield1969
Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 July 2016

On Sunday afternoon I stopped in the "Judges Bench" for the first time for a quick lunch. I was greeted by the owner, Mike Johnson who knew everyone in the Pub by their first name and made me feel like I was a long time customer. I mentioned that I liked craft beer and Mike quickly gave me a introductory... More 

Thank Marty U
Cleveland, Ohio
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419 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great family run place, terrific food, huge tap beer selection, friendly and knowledgeable owners and could be the best selection of whiskies in the state! Almost 300 different kinds. Inside tip - get the warm pretzel bites! Its in a hundred year old tavern. Plenty of parking across the street. Went there on a Saturday for a privet baby shower,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
13:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
14:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ellicott City
  • Phone Number: +1 410-465-3497

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?