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Shank's Tavern

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American, Bar, Pub, International
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36 S Waterford Ave, Marietta, PA 17547-1541
+1 717-426-1205
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 23:00
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North Reading, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Since we had nothing planed for the day and seeing an ad for the "oldest tavern in the USA" we took a side trip from Lancaster to visit this tavern. It was well worth the trip. food was great staff was very willing to give us a history of the tavern. Most interesting were the high water marks on the... More 

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HdeG, Maryland
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Biking the NW Susquehanna trail - passed this inviting tavern. After ride, returned to check it out and enjoy a cold adult beverage. Advertised as oldest continually run tavern in Lancaster county - great history and ambiance. Warm, friendly staff - ask about the ghosts - and cold craft beer. The biggest surprise of all?? Fantastic menu - not deep... More 

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Thank Dan K
york, pennsylvania
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70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

It was super to get to stop in a bar I have enjoyed before but is not usually an option on Sundays TILL NOW! Happened to be pedalling up a thirst on the railtrail and stopped in to quench it. Besides their Blue Point Armchair stout I split a wrap with my friend and we both thought it was perfectly... More 

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Marietta, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a great local tavern! Historic, friendly atmosphere. Unique beers on tap. Well priced, good food too!

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Thank FPWalters
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Today I went to Shanks for the first time in about 5-6 years. I went in for lunch with a friend, and while we ate our appetizer and waited for our meals, I saw two dogs walking around in the kitchen. I commented on what I saw to my friend, and the next thing I know a man loudly told... More 

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264 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for a beverage after a long bike ride. This was my first visit. The place is very small and the bar was full so we opted for an outside table which is in a lovely court yard. It was a great place to chat with friends. We got some appetizers and drinks. They have daily drink and... More 

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Thank Kim E
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112 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

History in a still vital and interesting setting is very cool in my opinion. That is Shanks. Different specials and lots of good music. A small town local watering hole in the best way possible. Note: not open on Saturday and Sunday except for special occasions.

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Thank dougriley
Tina G, Manager at Shank's Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks Doug! Always a pleasure having you around! Can't wait to tap you an IPA! More 

York, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

This tavern has the best old time tavern atmosphere I've seen in a long time. The food is good and the bartender very personable.

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Thank heytyedye
Lancaster, PA
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

We don't get there as much as we would like but everytime we go they make us feel like family! LOVE the old world feel of the place and the food is always delicious! Bob Shank goes out of his way to make a friendly and entertaining place! There's always something going on at Shanks and no matter what age... More 

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Thank Flanlgirl
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

this Pub has been around since 1814... thats right 1814...The Susquehanna River has tried to wash her away.. but so far shes still kicking..just wanted to know that we gathered with about 8 friends the night before New Years.. at Shanks.. its one of our haunts especially on Halloween.. but that another subject....We love the owner Bob..that white haired rascal... More 

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Thank bigdaddyCahill
Tina G, Manager at Shank's Tavern, responded to this review

Wow Mr. Cahill. I think that about covers what Shank's is all about. Can't wait till see you again when you are in town. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 S Waterford Ave, Marietta, PA 17547-1541
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Marietta
  • Phone Number: +1 717-426-1205

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