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La Banca

4.3
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131 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Welcome to La Banca, a restaurant which offers a unique twist on Italian fare. We offer Italian dishes that are sure to please everyone's palate. If it's wine your looking for, look no further, we offer some of the best Italian wines there are to offer.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 131 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.4
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4.5
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dws2
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three of went to La Banca and thoroughly enjoy all aspects of our time at La Banca. My lasagne was outstanding, maybe the best I have ever had.

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vipZika1968
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Meal!

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vipJawebb
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it ...can’t wait to go back

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viptbon303
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

We’ve been once before for dine in and it was very good. We ordered pizza for takeout during quarantine and it was excellent. Tonight was poor, to say the least. Our bread and wine were very good. Our appetizers were ok. The main course was not well done. My wife had spaghetti and meatballs. The sauce was flavorless. The meatballs were so firm it took a lot to chew through them. I had the past in truffle butter and pecorino. It was swimming in sauce and overpowering lemon flavor. We won’t go back unless it’s for pizza.

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LizE
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The. Best. Hands .down no words can describe how awesome the food is!!

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JoeH
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

When we walked into the restaurant, it was beautiful, but that's where it ended. The service was horrible, I ordered Monk Fish and when it came out, it smelled so bad my Parmesan cream sauce, which I never heard of or tasted, so I thought I would give it a try, didn't like that either. The waitress screwed up our dessert order also, we ordered expresso gelato, and they brought out something different, tasted like Amaretto. Here was the kicker, they brought us two waters and it tasted horrible, we mentioned it to the waitress and she said, yeah we have a problem with our water here. All I'm thinking is, how could you serve this to customers, give them bottle water instead. I would not recommend this place. If they don't get their together, they won't last long.

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mdarling
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Been dying to try La Banca and it wasn’t a disappointment. Came to La Banca for a date night with my husband. Was moderately busy and we were seated on the second floor. Our server was friendly and provided great service. One of the better servers we’ve had in a long time. We ordered the pork belly appetizer and each had pasta dishes for our entrees. Everything was delicious and portion sizes were perfect. I couldn’t give 5 stars only because it took a very long time to receive our appetizer. Over 30 mins. We weren’t in a hurry but were hungry. That’s why we ordered an appetizer. Our entrees arrived within 10 mins of finishing our appetizer which was perfect timing. Overall, we very much enjoyed our visit. Excited to come back and try other menu items.

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vipZika1968
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Meal! Great food and service. Definitely the top restaurant in the area, hands down.

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HarrisonF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Third time to La Banca after a poor first experience followed by a much better 2nd experience followed by a disappointing third experiences . 2 of us had the capellini salsiccia and were disappointed. And this was after asking if it was different than the first time I had it and was told yes it was not the sausage bits ( like bacon bits) that were in the original dish. Our waitress knew exactly what we were talking about as she was the waitress who served us out first time there. Sure enough it comes out with sausage bits and tasteless. Another friend had the gnocchi that was also tasteless, didn’t enjoy it. 2 had the salmon and like it and 1 had the pasta and meat Sauce and liked it. 50 / 50 and no one walked out saying that was great. Trying to support local restaurants during these very tough times but to spend that kind of money we would all expect to enjoy our dinner and look forward to going back.

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JoeT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Salmon starter was delicious, pork belly outstanding. Our entrees were impressive and very good. Try this place, you'll like it!

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NyckelRigger
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. The food and service were great. We will definitely be back.

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BeverlyZ
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Was hot when served which is something I want when I eat out. Thor our server was very attentive.

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GypsiiRose
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was good and decent.

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TomC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s by far the best upper end restaurant in Middletown (as of March 2020). If you are looking for most calories for the $, this isn’t your place. If, however, you are looking for a dinning experience like you might find in Hockessin DE, Bucks County PA or Princeton NJ, this is your place. The menu is well crafted, the portions are controlled, the ingredients are fresh, the preparation is well executed. I personally love the atmosphere that comes from the ambiance of a converted bank. In terms of ambiance it’s like a much smaller and more austere version of Del Frisco’s in Philly.

If you are concerned about money, check the menu and see if the prices work for you before you go. it’s very well priced for the quality of the food and experience you get, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheap.

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RonH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had dinner with 2 other couples who had never been to La Banca. Our waiter Thor was great. He explained the menu and answered all of our questions. He was very nice and knowledgeable about the preparation of the food. Calamari was prepared perfectly and that is hard to find. The menu is updated often and there is a nice variety of foods. The other couples were very happy with La Banca and enjoyed the restaurant.

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NickF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of our pasta dishes were excellent. Homemade pasta that is made here truly makes a difference. Flavor and presentation complimented our meals. Service was on point. Great team work!

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dinnerndancingduo
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff and food were great, and everything is made from scratch in house!

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Barb
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Got wrong entree didnt say anything since food took long to come pd $23 instead of $17 for what i ordered. It was good but not for $9 over what ordered

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EllenW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaBanca is a fantastic restaurant - elegant but very friendly with exquisite food. Great for any occasions, You will love it!

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Debby30
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Thor was a great waiter. We had martinis in a footed short glass that were hard to handle. Atmosphere was too open for us. We sat under the steps, and every time guests would ascend the staircase it sounded like my kids were jumping on their bed upstairs. Terrible wine list..... I know you are an Italian restaurant, so appreciate the Italians by the glass, but prefer the Cali wines (several cabernets to choose from would be very nice).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was great, amazing good and amazing spot. I did. Not like that the hostess asked if i wanted to sit downstairs when I specifically said I wanted an upstair reservation. None the less an amazing experience!

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LazLady
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! And the portions were appropriately sized. The carrot cake was delicious! And, our waiter was extremely knowledgeable. Definitely a place to return to!

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DorianP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent and enjoyed the dining experience. Definitely coming back

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great real date night dining experience where you can sit back and enjoy great food and company. The decor and ambiance exceeded expectations. The service was awesome considering we got small plates to enjoy and share, our server had them staged to not come all at once; it added a wonderful element to our dining experience while enjoying a bottle of wine. The dinning experience was truly priceless and worth every penny.

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RobertJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a table if 4 with my wife and children on a Saturday and as soon as you walk in the beautiful staircase and bar catch your eyes. We were seated immediate on the 2nd floor and graciously welcomed by our waitress, Hailey. She was present and very tentative. We had the Grilled calamari and antipasto pizza as appetizers. Our main course were the Ribeye, Rockfish and Squid Ink. We thought the food was very well prepared and very flavorful! We thought it was an little pricey for the portions you get but overall a nice experience. I recommend it and ask for Hailey as your server!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

music upstairs too loud, but service was fantastic. Pizza was great! Wine pour was only 4oz pour, should consider a 6oz pour and increase to $10

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davidg
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

La Banca is a beautiful restaurant, located in a former bank building. We were seated immediately upon arrival, approximately 5 minutes before our reservation time. The staff was friendly, but the service was slow on Valentine's Day, even though the restaurant didn't seem overwhelmingly busy.
The calamari appetizer was good but the entrees we ordered were bland and served lukewarm.
On a positive note, La Banca has nice selection of wines and beers (bottles and draft) at reasonable prices.
Because of the looks and atmosphere of La Banca, we will give it another try. We want to try their pizza and hope the next experience will be better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in Middletown.

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AndreaJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I made a reservation almost a month before valentine's and had a table by the front door which was freezing. When asked to.move.we were put at a high too in the bar. Food was mediocre at best.

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KrystinL731
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing valentines dinner. A single rose was handed to me when I walked thru the door. We were seated right away and the server was attentive but let my husband and I have our date night. Coming over just to check in and refresh drinks and drop food. My husband and I were able to have an enjoy date night. Food was top notch. Will definitely be back

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JayG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Dinner was good but service was not it took 10 mins before someone came to us and that was the water boy. Too long getting drinks and appetizer so you need to work on service part the waitress was friendly just need her to be more prompt. Food was very good and overall good experience and we would return and hopefully service part will improve

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RJCsr
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was slow coming out.

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Dennis
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service and atmosphere. Wish menu was more expanded, or at least have more than one daily special.

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StcksBonds
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It is a nice place but I have to rate it as just Ho Hum. Nothing to write home about.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an early valentine's dinner with the hubs....awesome food and drinks...limoncello martini to die for...Thor our server was outstanding.

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LynnA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We’ve recommend 4 people already. Our waiter Thore was fantastic. As it was our first time he answered all our questions. Our appetizer of calamari with garlic oil lemon sauce was so perfect. We each had a salad, are once again just done up beautifully presented. Our entrées were both delicious as well.
Appreciate this nice upgraded restaurant in our area.

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MarciaW
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food and service were excellent and we would not hesitate to go back. My only complaint would be that it is difficult for a handicapped person to reach the front door. While there is handicapped parking at the rear of the restaurant, one must walk along the side of the building, across the front of the building to the ramp, then up the ramp to the front door....essentially three sides of the building. Perhaps an entrance directly from the parking lot could be added???

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Herm
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Saturday evening. Had reservations and was seated immediately upon arriving. They were short staffed but our server who was tending the bar as well did a remarkable job. We sat downstairs- actually main level. Noise level was high but accep.

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Lefty
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

It was our 41st anniversary. It is a beautiful place. Food was very good and our server Thor was excellent. My only complaint is their cocktails and wine are on the skimmy side for the price. But overall everyone enjoyed the evening 😋

FAQs

La Banca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 464-3005.

La Banca is rated 4.3 stars by 131 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.