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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 good53%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Bar, Pub
8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
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Reviewed 19 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

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

Thank Chloe C
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

Thank KG-Wili
Reviewed 18 February 2017

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

Thank jimhalethorpe
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...More

Thank Gayleetro
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
Reviewed 24 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
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...More

Thank renfield1969
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...More

Thank Marty U
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank Misonix
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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
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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