Reynolds Tavern

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644 reviews
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Welcome to Reynolds Tavern; one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Annapolis. Situated in a prominent position on Church Circle it is convenient for the historic district, shops, restaurants and the United States Naval Academy.

The building has been restored beautifully to reflect the working nature of the tavern and the elegance of the 18th Century. Reynolds Tavern is the oldest tavern in Annapolis and one of the oldest in the U.S.

Whatever your tastes, Reynolds Tavern has something to offer you. Reynolds Tavern serves a full lunch menu, English Afternoon tea daily from 11am -5pm and a romantic dining in the evenings.

Please note that reservations are not accepted for the Beer Garden, nor the 1747 Pub. All of our Outdoor seating and Pub seating are first come, first served basis. Thank you!
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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our experience at Reynolds Tavern. We stayed in the Washington Suite which is roomy, but pleasantly cozy all at the same time. The church bells that ring faithfully every 15 minutes, did not bother us a bit and the view of the church steeple outside our window was breathtaking in the moonlight.

We had dinner reservations, and the dining room provides space enough between tables that you can easily carry on a conversation. That is increasingly hard to find these days. The meals (Shepherd's Pie and blackened scallops) were tasty, but a bit heavy. Who needs a heavy sauce on yummy scallops? We normally seek out lighter cuisine, so this was probably just a matter of taste. Breakfast was fantastic...spinach omelette and oven fried potato with a choice of tea (at least 100 choices).
Next time we would like to try one of the afternoon tea menus as this appears to be the specialty of this establishment.

Recommendations would include offering an additional roll to go with the heavenly butter at dinner, and cappucino for those looking for an alternative to French Press.

We would definitely recommend Reynold's Tavern as a unique fun couple's getaway.

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PD
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for an elegant meal in a historic building. Food, service and presentation were outstanding. A great way to finish the evening is for an after dinner drink (or two) in the original pub downstairs.

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CJ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Tea was absolutely delicious and they allowed you to try different teas - Daydreamer and Peppermint teas were delightful. Vegetable quiche was absolutely delicious and the mini onion and spinach filo tartlets. Turkey Reuben was a hit as well!

Was not impressed with the tea sandwiches as they were very basic and the pastries were flavorless minus the Hummingbird cake.
Scone flavor of egg nog was non existent and a bit dry.

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would I recommend Reynolds to a friend? I ALWAYS do! I have tried several tea rooms around the DC suburbs & always come back to Reynolds for the best selection of teas and most scrumptious tea sandwiches, savories, and sweet treats. And nothing beats their creamy crab soup or their amazing quiche - I’m always tormented by the choice. Tea lovers? Anglophiles? Ladies Who Lunch? Queenies with their Princesses? REYNOLDS NEVER DISAPPOINTS!

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my girlfriends favorite date spot. You have to get high tea here! :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous. More of a ladies venue, we didn’t see one male customer.

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SM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere.

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B
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The setting is historic and charming; the presentation of tea and food items is lovely and the service is caring, but not overbearing.

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CO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Charming Historic Restaurant. The very small round table we were seated at was too small for 2 people. It was also unstable and tipping so much drinks spilled. Service was fine; friendly and helpful. The main entrees were OK. Seared Scallops were delicious but the sweet potato hash that came with was horribly greasy. Cedar Plank Salmon was not good. No flavor. Risotto was very good.

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Went to Afternoon Tea.

I was disappointed the fire place wasn't on in the room where we ate. As cold as January 21
was it would have been nice and would have added to the ambiance. The Chai tea, finger sandwiches,
scones and cookies/pastries were great. The quiche was just o.k. I like quiche in a pie crust like I make at
home and while the cream of crab soup was flavorful, it lacked chunks of crab meat. The service was excellent.

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RG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reynolds Tavern is one of favorite places in the Annapolis area. It's historic downtown location is pleasant and welcoming. Their food is always delicious and the service is attentive and friendly. We had a wonderful evening!

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e
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Shrimp Fettuccine (Special) overcooked, mediocre at best.
Sauteed mussels tiny, and sauteed in their shells (?!)
Ambiance OK if you like Colonial Era setting.
Historic value is RT's biggest selling point. (Hey, it IS Annapolis, after all.)

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T
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really relaxing and enjoyable. The atmosphere was so welcoming and the staff are very smiley and friendly. The tea service was everything I had hoped and for a good value. A very unique and special place to visit! I’ll definitely be back.

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Reynolds and highly recommend it to others.

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KS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food tasted good, but we had to send the cream of crab soup back because it was cold. My filet was overcooked as well. My companion enjoyed their fish. It did seem like they put everyone in the restaurant at tables right next to each other rather than spreading us out a bit.

I expected much more after a previous visit was fabulous.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time for tea at Reynolds Tavern and we weren’t disappointed. Would definitely recommend the experience.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Reynold's several times and are never disappointed. Special treat & nice to turn off the hustle & bustle and just enjoy. Great food, great tea!

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite in Washington DC area for High Tea. Best scones ever.

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DD
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family went for a holiday afternoon tea. The staff was phenomenal and the atmosphere cozy on a rainy winter day.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Historic building. Owners cared for each customer. Excellent food and service. Fireplace and historic home ambience in each room. Warm and comfortable.

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BM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Took longer than expected to get food. Very small table and very close to other tables. Not conducive for talking. Waitress nice and food was good

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JP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party and I spent a lovely Christmas Eve at Reynolds Tavern enjoying the Champagne Tea -- which never disappoints. The food was exceptional -- patrons lively -- and service excellent. I have enjoyed the Tavern previously on Christmas Eve -- and think that it just might be a perfect tradition.

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MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas Tea is a tradition that I have kept with my daughter for many years. She lives far away so when we have the opportunity to have tea in Maryland, it is a delight to return to Reynold's Tavern. They do a great job with the contents and presentation of the tea. Their prices are very reasonable. They don't rush you to get done even when they are busy.

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PH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an all-girls Family Christmas Tea and everyone loved the food, teas and ambience. All of the family members loved it and want to make it an annual tradition, and we will be adding more family members.

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SG
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Reynolds for our special Christmas Eve outing and it didn’t disappoint. The holiday tea choices were great although they were out of the gingerbread tea. We all chose the Colonial tea and started with a bowl of cream of crab soup which was delicious (definitely top of all the cream of crab soups I’ve ever had). If it wasn’t fround upon I probably would have literally licked the bowl clean- it was that good. The scones, sandwiches and desserts were also fantastic.

It was definitely a very special day and I am so glad we decided on going to tea at Reynolds!

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JS
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Setting in old tavern is very nice. Center of old Annapolis however food is quite ordinary and service not attentive

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting and wonderful service!

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MW
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

One goes to Reynolds primarily for the historic atmosphere and location. The food itself was just OK, crab soup was served luke warm and risotto was rather stiff. Also, the timing of courses served was intermittent, with salad arriving well before the first course was completed, and the third course well delayed after the salads were done.

The big downside was the service, with apparently only one server assigned for an entire dining room on a Friday night. Although he was cordial enough, having to ask for a cocktail list, soup spoons, and water/bread refills was rather annoying. He also was not familiar enough with the specials, and admitted to "zoning out" while taking our order.

Not sure we will return. Again, its strong point is the ambiance.

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BH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The tea was delicious and service quietly attentive; wonderful for a ladies' get together.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful find for a light brunch or afternoon tea. I have been a patron twice and would do so again and again! GZ

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A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice afternoon tea. Chicken salad special was awesome and the sconw was perfect. I made a reservation so was surprised when the host wanted to seat us in a crowded corner table in an almost empty room near the only other occupied table. He moved us when asked but seemed unusual.

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JB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The restaurant was very busy. We were in the front room. One waitress for the entire room. It took 40 mins to place our cocktail order. The cream of crab soup had very little crab in it. The fried green tomatoes were mushy. We were in the restaurant for nearly 2.5 hours. Had one drink each. I had a cup of soup and an appetizer my friend had an appetizer and a salad. The waitress never apologized for the ridiculous wait. This was both of our first visit there. Not memorable

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R
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good, but not wonderful. I ordered the scallop dinner. there were 4!

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just charming! Be sure to try the baked brie and the scones!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10 ladies getting together to celebrate Christmas and Midnight Madness in Annapolis. Food and service perfect! Very accommodating...we added to our reservation last minute. Thank you For a lovely even Reynolds Tavern!

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

Very charming and convenient to the State House. Cozy and the food is comforting and served by pleasant staff.

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M
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We recently moved to Annapolis, and were told by friends that RT was a good restaurant. We went for high tea, expecting it to be good. It was mediocre at best.

The trio of sandwiches werent made to order, and each sandwich was a crustless quarter of a slice of bread, the entire effect being rather stingy. They were clearly premade in batches, wrapped in plastic wrap, and stored in the fridge. The unpeeled cucumber was both limp and tough; the sandwich itself was tasteless. I dont eat egg salad, so I cannot attest to its flavor. The chicken salad was the clear winner, although the bread was damp. 2 marble sized tarts were good, although the spinach was tough. Luckily, it was so small that I could swallow it without proper mastication.

The sweets were forgetful. The lemon bar in particular tasted more of Pledge furniture polish than lemon with sugar. Only the almond and raspberry tart was tasty.

We wont go back for tea, but we will try a proper lunch and hope that it is both freshly prepared and tasty; otherwise, this will be another in a series of Annapolis eating establishments recommended to us to which we will not be returning.

I am amazed that for a town full of people who are either so wealthy, so well traveled, or both that the restaurants can be so utterly bland.

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CH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the fourth time I had been there. I cannot say enough for the service of our wonderful waitress along with the outstanding food every time I eat there. I always have a great time and want to come back.

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PF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wanted a cozy place for lunch that served French onion soup. The Reynolds Tavern version was delicious and warming after a brisk walk. Our other dishes were well prepared and attractively presented. I appreciated the interesting assortment of teas that were offered. Our server was attentive and prodfessional. Also appreciated the choice of music and the volume-tasteful and inobtrusive. Will return to this hospidable restaurant soon!

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always one of my favourite places and I am a tea connoisseur! I have never had a bad meal here or experience and can highly recommend the tea service. I never feel rushed. I am able to relac and enjoy myself when I am here. The staff are attentive and give you just enough space so you don't feel smothered or ignored (with periodic check-ins).

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