La Banca

4.7
353 Reviews
$30 and under
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 353 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KayPea
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome! Please keep the fried strawberry dessert it was to die for. Such a great date night place!

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DarrinC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Food was a bit bland. Selection could use more variety. Waitstaff was nice tho.

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Lovemylife
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant! Bread is soooo delish! Decor is really nice too!

CT
CherylT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleased with La Banca . House salad was one of the best I have had and the dressing was excellent. My husband had Caesar salad and said it was very good. The shrimp ravioli was delicious and adding the corn relish was a unique touch. The entrees were served hot, which is not always the case in some restaurants. The only complaint we had was the entrees were served before we had adequate time to finish our salads. Next time we will not order our entrees quite so soon and there will definitely be a next time!

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JimT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what we were looking for for a very special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere is quite cool in La Banca. An old bank turned restaurant. We attempted to eat outside and that space is lovely, however, it started to rain so we moved inside. The staff was very accommodating and helped us move.
Food was okay, my steak was a bit underdone, but that was better than overdone. The cheese board was good, but next time I guess we need to ask what kind of cheese will be on it. Blue cheese seemed an odd choice and we do not care for it. The grilled bread was also a bit over grilled and the burnt flavor was a bit overwhelming. The pork chop my husband had was delicious! Flavorful and cooked well. My chili margarita was excellent, just a slight kick which I loved! The bread served at the beginning was delicious as well!
The service was okay, but I ran out of water and was never offered more. Our server was very friendly, as was the rest of the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and interestingly done. The staff was very friendly and helpful in suggesting entrees. We enjoy this restaurant very much.

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Richard
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience, excellent food. Highly recommended!

BW
BeaW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner and the atmosphere. I had the tortellini which was awesome! Will definitely be back! Thanks,
B

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I’ll start by saying I’ve had some great meals here and some great experiences. The most recent time left a lot to be desired. A young and inexperienced staff that wasn’t bad but not great either, not for the price I’m paying at least. The tuna appetizer sounded wonderful but was very bland to the taste. Main course wasn’t good but not worth the price. All in all, average experience.

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JaniceA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The first time my husband and I dined at La Banca we were thrilled with the impeccable service and fantastic food. Upon returning about 2 months later to celebrate my husband's birthday, there was clearly a shift in service and food preparation. My husband ordered spaghetti even the presentation was different. Also, servers seemed stressed and overworked, avoiding eye contact so as not to be asked for anything. We think someone stepped in for the real chef, and a few servers called out. Nothing else could explain such a shift in food and service. Will try it once more (in 3-6 months) hoping the real chef returns and they're better staffed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience2

Apparently they just got voted best date spot in northern Delaware the day we came in. We had no idea that happened but we’re told about 30 times during the time we were there. I have no idea how they got this vote as it is impossible to hear your date over how loud the live music was being played. The music was TERRIBLE, and the singer is going table to table singing in peoples faces… how is this good for an intimate date restaurant?? The drinks were great the cheeseboard was outstanding, unfortunately the rest of the food was not. Scallops were sandy, cauliflower purée was awful, and why on earth did you put golden raisins and agrodolce with broccolini. My server was great I wish I remembered your name you were awesome. We came for our anniversary and would have loved to stay for desert however the music was so loud and bad it was causing a headache so we rushed the check and ran out as fast as possible.

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JamesD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. Foie gras perfectly prepared, squid ink papardelle also outstanding, but perhaps a bit light on the seafood. Service attentive without being overbearing. Nice atmosphere, but they had a guy singing standards who was good, but the volume made conversation at the table difficult, if not impossible. Ask for a table in the back, or maybe upstairs.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food was good!

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RitaC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had an awesome dinner! The new menu was outstanding! Great experience. Can’t wait to go again!

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CarmenK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We went for a birthday dinner and the food was excellent. Service was also very good but the ambiance was lacking. The hostess didn’t greet us nor smile. We were seated near the bar which was noisy (from servers not customers). I will try it again because of the great food in hopes that the atmosphere improves.

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Jenna
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had an excellent dinner at La Banca last night. Our waitress, Izzy, was exceptional - knowledgeable, friendly, responsive. Our food was great and the portions were more than enough. The cocktails were unique and well-crafted. We will definitely be back!

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vipwarren
Key West
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The building is wonderful. The server was amazing. The food was the best Italian food we have ever had. The drinks were perfect. You do not want to miss this place.

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Francis
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing! Had the Buratta to start, only negative was the 3 pieces of grilled bread was not enough. For our entrees we had the Shrimp Ravioli and Saffron Spaghettini, both were delicious! Service was mediocre as we were sat where the bartender also waited on tables, no fault of her own as she was busy. Staff was very friendly. We look forward to dining here again as I am sure the menu changes with the seasons.

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Date
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More than we expected. Everything was excellent from the moment we walked in the door. Our server (Thor?) was attentive, informative and polite.

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jackiea
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The waiter was totally unprepared in all aspects. Seem to be a hardship for him to wait on us. Food was cold. The cocktails we order had no taste at all! Only one option for salad dressing unacceptable.

I will never go back!!!!

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CarlyL
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Quality for the price just want there. Husband's meal was too salty. Mine had little flavor.

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SueC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I couldn't eat the potatoes because I didn't like the demiglace on steak.

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LauraR
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Thursday night. Everything was wonderful including the bread and oil to start. Great service and ambiance as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Started with complimentary bread with dipping oil which was delicious. I went traditional with lasagna which prepared classically and was very filling. I took over 1/2 of it home. My husband had the Saffron Spaghettini, which was incredible. He had no leftovers.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thor made the night special — attentive and knowledgeable! Chef made the halibut, filet and gnocchi to perfection. My moms first time and she said it was “fabulous!”.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Date night with my husband. Great service and delicious food but portions could be a little bigger for the price. Saturday night so they had entertainment. Probably usual Saturday but it was just loud. Hard to have a conversation until the singer went on a break. Will go back just maybe try a different night

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Cinzia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience First time at this lovely restaurant and so looking forward to returning sooner than later.
Entertainment was wonderful. A very unexpected special night.

MR
MarcR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

spent our anniversary there-phenomenal experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was a great server. Chef outdid himself with fresh summer menu!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. The service is fantastic. We had Thor as our server and he is wonderful, attentive and knowledgeable. The menu offerings are unique from the cocktails and appetizers to the desserts, everything is fresh, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy (even with kids). If you’re looking for fine dining in Middletown this is the place and it will not disappoint.

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ShirleyM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the bread all the way thru dessert, everything was delicious. And the entertainment was good as well.
We had the burrata di bufala, I never knew i like plums, and the squid ink pasta had a nice texture to it. (Hopefully they'd make squid ink risotto next 😄)
My bf had the ricotta gnocchi, his mom had the oven roasted chicken and dad had the lasagna. Everyone had only good things to say about their food. And for dessert, everybody had a piece of the roasted marshmallow (and other things) gelato.
Definitely will be back.
Reservation is easy also thru Open Table.

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MarkI
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice ambience, great place for a date night, got grilled shrimp for appetizer very good just the right amount of different flavors wish there was more then just 4 shrimp, also got a side of brocollinni my better half does not usually care for vegetables but with the different flavors on this dish also it was delightful, I had lasagna and she got spaghetti, after the 2 previous dishes we were expecting to be blown away by the flavors but instead we found both dishes to be a little on the bland side, the service was great our waiter was very attentive, overall a great date night for us, we will be sure to visit again, this was our first time.

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KelseyM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great location!! I would recommend to anyone in the MOT area for some delicious Italian cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner at La Banca. The service was great and the food was fabulous, as always. It’s our go-to place to take people from out of town or for our own date night. We also went to the special event wine dinner- those are a lot of fun.

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RobertK
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food, enjoyable outdoor seating.

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Luked
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service good food. Some items are overly ambitious such as I dont want gnocchi
with my octopus app. Organic chicken is terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service from Thor and nice ambiance. The four of us all ordered the homemade pasta dishes which didn’t disappoint.

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JoanC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable evening, enjoying the food and service. The filet was outstanding, cooked to perfection. My husband ordered the pork chop which was thoroughly enjoyed. The presentation was excellent. Our waiter, Chris, could not have been more attentive.
The Figin Cosmo is out of this world.!!! I think you can see, we totally enjoyed the experience.

Joan

FAQs

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

La Banca is rated 4.7 stars by 353 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.