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Judge's Bench

8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
+1 410-465-3497
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good50%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“on tap” (7 reviews)
“vegan options” (3 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

Let me preface by saying that I have no problem with dive bars. When I got there for the "jazz jam session" there was no place to sit. Mind you there were plenty of seats, but the way the tables & chairs were in disarray,...More

Thank Cynhoff
Reviewed 29 March 2015

Great craft beer selection and a nice place to see a band. We didn't try the food. Place was packed, but the service was good.

Thank Skinsfan1311
Reviewed 17 March 2015

Went to this place after dinner at another local spot. Great atmosphere, live music, good libations, fun stuff.

Thank Bubblesgalore1
Reviewed 27 February 2015

Opens after work. One of the best selections of ale in Ellicott City. Food selection is reasonable to me, but not to the woman with whom I am madly in love. Bartender is often seriously overworked.

Thank Richard A
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Judge's bench has decent food, decent prices-- good for families with small children. Won't blow you away but what would be expected from a small pub type restaurant.

Thank Marylandmama
Reviewed 9 February 2014

My mate and I were there on Saturday, February 8, in the late afternoon. I ordered the vegetable pot stickers and he had the black bean wrap with string fries. All of the food was delicious and very reasonably priced. I love that the menu...More

Thank ddallas1969
Reviewed 22 October 2013

This appears to be a locals joint. Crowd was friendly and service good. Nice variety of beer and prices were good. Worst part of it is that it is very small. You will get crowded quickly. Didn't try any food so can't comment on that.

Thank chriscentralIllinois
Reviewed 25 September 2013

This is the bar. Not a bar. THE bar. My friends from work and I enjoy heading over to "The Bench" for drinks after work. They have the biggest selection of on tap beer I've ever seen in a bar anywhere. And the best thing...More

Thank poneal410
Reviewed 11 August 2013

I happened to be in Ellicott City and acquaintances had recommend the Bench to me a number of times. It sits on the man drag just at the west end of the old historic main street. Parking can be a bit of a pain, street...More

Thank boothy443
Reviewed 29 June 2013 via mobile

Good pub food, good selection of beer on tap, good prices. Definitely worth a visit if you're looking for typical American fare with some good tasting beer! The place has a pleasant atmosphere to it as well. It's a nice spot to enjoy with a...More

Thank Kanicane
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
1:00 PM - 2:00 AM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
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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