Bannings Tavern

4.2
168 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A local favorite, Banning’s Tavern is located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Long known for the excellence of our traditional and contemporary menu items, Banning’s has also become famous for the variety and depth of our whiskey and craft beer selections, unmatched anywhere in the region. The Tavern is named for a local historical figure, Jeremiah Banning. Seaman, raconteur, aide de camp and advisor to Washington and Jefferson. Jeremiah was well known for the quality of his table and abundant hospitality, a tradition we are proud to carry on in his name.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 11am - 5:00pm daily
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday-Saturday 5:00pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(410) 822-1733
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Stephen Mangasarian
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Catering
Private Dining: semi private room seating up to 22
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Harrison
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Parking details
There is abundant street and public lot parking within close walking distance. Metered and free 3 hour parking available on street and nearby public lots. All parking free after 4:00 PM and on weekends.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 168 People Are Saying
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have been here a few times over the past years. Each time the service and food have gone down hill. Nice place but probably won’t go back

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DT
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for lunch. A classy bar setting. Service was very good, attentive but unintrusive. We were not rushed. The food was good. A pleasant experience and we would go again.

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B
Atlantic City
32 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to show at Avalon, had a good meal at Bannings. Good food, good price. Enjoyed!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre show dinner at Avalon Theatre

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T
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice night out. They are a good place for varying tastes. Everything from chicken pot pie to seared tuna to burgers. Great on tap beer selection and very good wine selection. Service was a bit slow taking our order, but fine otherwise.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food and an enjoyable bar ambience.

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s
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked Bannings for our Thanksgiving eve family dinner. Everyone was pleased with the freshness and quality of the food. The service was gracious and we love the the lively neighborhood atmosphere. It's where the people meet for good times. Our guests were impressed. Being a vegetarian with a gluten free spouse they are always willing to make adjustments to their offerings without hesitation. Local farm to table is also high on our list. I hope they will continue to expand the menu to include more creative vegetarian and vegan dishes. Prices are excellent considering the overall experience.

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N
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were in Easton for Thanksgiving and decided to dine at Bannings Tavern. We had a glass of wine at the bar before dinner and the bartender was not very friendly. The hostess wanted to seat us at a small table when there were booths opened. We asked to sit at a booth and she was not at all happy with us. However, our server was very friendly and made up for the negative vibes we received from the bartender and hostess. Not sure I would return to this restaurant on our next visit to Easton!

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SW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good value - kitchen was a bit slow which was fine as we weren’t in a hurry and we were a party of 8. Staff was friendly. We felt that some items were better than others - liked the Shepard’s pie & burgers. Soup and salad were just ok.

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MT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A really special local favorite with a great menu. Looking forward to our next visit.

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DB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It's just "okay". Online menu isn't what they are actually serving and disappointing that oysters weren't on the menu. Server was inattentive - "I had some things to take care of". Used to be a better option.

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DC
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

We often stop in Easton for lunch en route to visit relatives on the Eastern Shore, and we usually dine at Bannings Tavern. This time, the kitchen seemed a little off - all of our burgers were a little over-cooked, and even the grilled cheese we ordered was burned. Maybe there's been a change of kitchen staff? Otherwise, everything was great - we love the neighborhood-hangout feel of the restaurant.

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KC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our scallops were only Luke warm. Minimal black bean and tomato.
Our waitress appeared very stressed and distracted. Asked for more bread and never got it.
Our order was not taken for an hour. 90 min until food served.
A bit disappointed for Bannings.

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OT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious dinner with my wife. I had the petite filet and my wife had the prime rib which were both cooked exactly as ordered. We are local and often dine at Bannings. Always excellent service and a warm welcoming atmosphere.

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and a variety of entres we both had fish plates and both were fresh.

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PL
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went 10/26/2018 to celebrate a birthday. I had the house burger (solid), fries (very good). Another guest had the large filet ("delicious") and the birthday celebrant had a rack of lamb (she sucked the bones it was so good). Drinks were also good. A bit pricey but not over the top. Very good.

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JL
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation for 4. Nice booth and seated quickly. All went downhill from there. Waitress was inattentive and service very slow. Many things on menu not available. My wife had prime rib that was not hot (room temp at best). Will not go back.

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BK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great hospitality. The Guinness is top of the line. The Rock Fish with coucous is delicious as well as the braised short ribs. Clam chowder and crab cakes are excellent. Outdoor seating is great for meeting the local residents. Don't miss this opportunity for an enjoyable evening.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and popular gathering spot in town. Excellent food from local sources prepared perfectly. Try it and you will love it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and drinks were excellent!

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FO
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Best filet mignon in the area. Fresh fish. Great soups Attentive, happy wait staff!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We had had a table to the to the left as you enter the side door from Washington Street. The A/C was not too good. The room was hot.

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AM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not sure why we haven’t had Bannings on our dining out list, but it’s there now!

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S
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Bannings.
Met several friends for dinner before a jazz concert right next door at the Avalon Theater. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals, service was very nice and then walked right up to our concert seats.

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best shrimp and grits I have had since I left Charleston, SC and the atmosphere was great.

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B
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Declined since our last visit. Both food and service were so so at best. Our last visit I was so impressed but things have changed. Too noisy also.

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HF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place to catch a burger or some traditional eastern shore favorites. Extensive beer list and bartenders are knowledgeable about their drinks. At night you can park in Hills drug store parking lot.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Indifferent service. Prime rib far from the requested "rare".

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J
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Stephen directs a fine restaurant! Menu is timely and has great selections, appetizers are well selected, and beverages are great. Bar is often a bit noisy, but in the booths across from the bar, the noise level is moderate and quite acceptable. The servers are friendly and quite competent, as well as very accommodating.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and a great server. Specialty drinks were great also.

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JC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a casual meal before a show at the adjacent Avalon Theatre. Really good and friendly service, lots of beverage choices ( a beer from Burley Oak for me), and the fish and chips are the best I've had. We will be back more often!

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PE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The restaurant is nice and in a good location. That said, the food was just very mediocre. It wasn't bad - but it was not very good either. The presentation especially could be improved.

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N
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have come to expect a great meal at Banning's and have never been disappointed. This evening the halibut and the crab cakes were exceptional.

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TG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very slow service from both bar and kitchen. Patrons were leaving the restaurant without being served after being told “You’ll just need to be patient”.

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AP
Cincinnati
43 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bannings. This was my second time in Cambridge and my second time dining in Historical downtown Easton, MD. I am in love. The food and service was great, even when a couple next to us was fussy, the demeanor of the waiting staff was pleasant, positive and satisfying. Thank you for DELICIOUS food and a wonderful experience in Easton. We will be back!

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting the area so this was our first visit. We were seated promptly. The service was impeccable. Our waitress was friendly and very efficient. The food was wonderful. We even stayed for coffee after dinner. The only down side is that they share the bathrooms with the theater next door so you need to go through the side door to the theater and down in the elevator. Other than that, it was a wonderful dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was not good! When our appetizers was placed on our table we had to ask for silverware. Clam chowder was very salty, had to go to the bar and order my second drink, my wife’s massed potatoes can fresh out of the cooler and my braised short ribs were very chewy! (Not sure how you can cook something for 4 hours and have it chewy)
They are not ready for the busy season!

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T
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

No better burger on the Shore. Lively atmosphere, great pre theater dining

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DB
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We’ve eaten here before and given Bannings high marks but this was hopefully just an off night for them. The food was cold. The clam chowder was way too salty. The pot pie was thrown together with premade, frozen vegetables - overall totally without flavor. The crab cake was okay but the cold fries ruined that dish. Overall, very disappointing this time.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A warm, friendly and attractive place — not too big — for lunch or dinner, and the food is always great (the chicken livers are like crack: you just can’t stop) and fairly well priced. The decor is like a slightly upscale pub, set on an inviting downtown corner with lots of windows, with old woodwork and a mirrored bar, and the seating is pleasantly cozy. The bar is just the right size for making new friends: not too big, not too small. Best to get a table in the front room: as with most restaurants, the back room lacks the warmth of the main room, although it offers more privacy.

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