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Judge's Bench


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American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar

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romaine, croutons, caesar dressing
Greek Salad
romaine, tomato, black olives, feta cheese, pepperoncini
Grilled Chicken $3.0
Add To Any Salad
Classic Chili
beef, kidney beans, onions in a tomato base served with cheddar cheese
Spicy Black Bean Burrito
beans, onions, peppers, rice salsa on the side
Hummus With Pita Chips
Add Chicken $3.0
Nacho Grande
tortilla chips, monterey jack, cheddar cheese, tomato, jalapenos, onion, black olives, sour cream
Drunken Steamed Shrimp
cocktail sauce
Jalapeno Poppers
Chicken Quesadillas
sauteed onions, monterey jack, cheddar, salsa, sour cream
S $5.55
L $9.95
tossed in sauce mild, regular, hot, inferno, old bay, honey bbq, general tso sauce
chicken tenders tossed in choice of sauce mild, regular, hot, inferno, old bay, honey bbq, general tso
Boca Jammies
meatless chickn breaded and tossed in choice of sauce or old bay
Toppings $0.35: Fried Onions, Jalapenos, Salsa, Ranch Dressing, Buffalo, Bbq Sauce; $0.40: Swiss, American, Provolone, Or Cheddar Cheese; Add Bacon $0.95.
Cheese Steak
sauteed onions, provolone, lettuce, tomato, sub rol
Grilled Chicken Club
bacon, swiss, lettuce, tomato, kaiser roll
Chicken Cheese steak
8oz Angus Burger
lettuce, tomato, kaiser
Grilled Cheese
cheddar, swiss, multigrain bread
Organic Sunshine Veggie Burger
on a kaiser roll
Huge Hot Dog
you pick the fixings
Beer Brat
choice of fixings
Grilled Reuben
stacked corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, thousand island dressing on rye bread
Marinated Tofu Sandwich
warm tofu, grilled sub, vinaigrette, pickles, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato
Shoestring Fries
Bbq Spiced Shoestring Fries
ranch dressing
Shoestring Fries With Melted Cheese
Mac n Cheese
Loaded Shoestring Fries
melted cheese, diced onions, tomatos, black olives & jalapenos
Chips With Salsa Or Cheese
tortilla chips with choice of salsa or nacho cheese
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Reviewed 18 February 2019

It's sort of a dive bar but it gets all sorts of patrons and the bartenders are (mostly) very friendly. Diverse, rotating selection of beer, plus tons of whiskey and more. It's a great spot in Old Ellicott City to just get some drinks and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank SweetHenrietta
Reviewed 18 January 2019 via mobile

I love the Bench. This unassuming 'hole in the wall' actually has the most extensive Scotch and other whiskey collection anywhere in the state, from what I'm told. The owner is a walking encyclopedia of Scotch knowledge, too, just a warning! If you strike up...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Liz W
Reviewed 4 November 2018

We had a fun evening here. Over 300 Whiskeys to choose from and plenty of friendly locals who were willing to share their knowledge. Staff was friendly, if over worked. Vegan food options as well as meat offerings. I love that they give everyone water...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank HeatherG773
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We have never been treated worse in a restaurant (thought another Maryland restaurant already did). We want to support Ellicott City and will continue to, while we are here. We are sorry to the bartender, who appeared scared of the owner. My goodness, we sat...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Samantha T
Reviewed 16 April 2018

The JB is right on Main Street of Historic Ellicott City. It has a narrow seating area and a bar. The atmosphere is layback and the staff is great. The food is really good. TRY the GRILLED RUEBEN!!! Mouth watering.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Mickey751
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Great place to enjoy in the Historic District of Ellicott City, MD. It dosn'e get any better than this.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Timothy S
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

The beer on tap was pricy but quite good. It was really nice they had quite a few vegan options. I am only giving 3 stars because it was clear that the food was the same stuff you might get at Costco but heated up....More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Julia S
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....More

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank ChambordRose
Reviewed 19 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...More

Date of visit: February 2017
Thank chloec401
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...More

Date of visit: December 2016
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