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Judge's Bench

8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
+1 410-465-3497
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good51%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“burger” (9 reviews)
“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 5 November 2011

Went early on a Friday night around 7:30. Tables availabe , ordered at the bar and didn't get food until after 9. Their speciality, burgers, were burnt and dry...and cold and my order was for medium rare . Understaffed for the crowd so I guess...More

2  Thank seattlestan
Reviewed 18 July 2011

Went to Judges Bench for the first time in several years last Saturday 7/16. Needless to say I was impressed with the extensive Scotch selection (Wait did you say Scotch). Yeah this place has a great selection of Beer as well, serving Colossus from DuClaw,...More

Thank EricReinhardt
Reviewed 24 August 2010

JB is a laid back, local watering hole. No frills, but a good selection of microbrews and non-conventional beers on tap and on rotation. Their burgers are great and made with homemade patties.

1  Thank BostonianT
Reviewed 5 July 2010

No matter what your tastes are they'll have a beer for you. Friendly and knowledgeable staff will make you feel like a regular instantly. Good live music on a regular basis sets this place apart from other venues in the area.

Thank Piesfan
Reviewed 5 January 2010

I've been to this establishment three times in late 2009. With around 15-20 beers on tap (mostly regional) and another 50+ in bottles, you won't have to search long for something good. Atmosphere is nice, dark, and cozy, just like a traditional English (or Colonial...More

Thank ashleyhsmith
Reviewed 27 May 2009

Have visited JB's on a number of occasions, and feel as if I now have a reason to go to Ellicott City from time to time. The atmosphere here is laid back and informal, and this is definitely the place to go for good beer....More

Thank johnthebodiless
Reviewed 13 April 2009

We went to the Bench on a Friday night to try something different. The bar tender was friendly and the beer selection was better than most. The kitchen had a special of potato soup and it was great. The bar food is fairly standart with...More

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Reviewed 12 July 2008

I don't like it. the last time I was in there was a while ago, and it was so smoky I couldn't breathe, it was dark, and everyone was a "different" kind of crowd. I just wanted to leave. Not my kind of scene, I...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, 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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