Reynolds Tavern

4.5
661 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Worth the Drive
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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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Went for afternoon tea. Food was excellent but wait staff is slow. It took a while to place our order and on a day when there was not a lot of people there we waited quite some time for food. We didn’t see our waitress but a few times and we had to flag her down. She didn’t check on us.

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JB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was great! The only downside was two other parties were seated at the same time and all 3 of us were sat in one corner if a room. We could overhear their conversations and they got to be quite loud.

The food was super good! We all had the tea service and the food was great! The service was pretty good too!

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SS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful spot for afternoon tea! Nestled in beautiful Annapolis Md.

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BH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent! We arrived almost 30 minutes early for our reservation but our server kindly let us sit at our table but explained that food service wouldn't be available until 5:30. No matter as we were able she was able to serve our wine/beer orders while we waited. She was first-rate -- despite also covering several other stations that day!

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S
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely dinner served in a historic tavern. Fare well prepared and tasty. Our several was pleasant, efficient and overall excellent

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall great! All the food was delicious. Definitely would recommend the meatloaf!

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TG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Wonderful Colonial authentic restaurant with excellent menu and especially love the rockfish but all was good.

However the food service was slow and the waitress could have been more attentive to that and some other detail (no offering more bread, child at the table so the slowness was a problem ,esp since food for 18 mo old didn't come out fast enough, drink refills)

But a quality Annapolis choice due to authenticity and excellent food preparation. I especially like the colonial faire food offerings too (could build on that too). Thanks

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AP
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful afternoon tea! Scones are the best!

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MM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always a nice experience- love the menu items and specials.

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MR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding! Will definitely go back again.

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PE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We had planned to have tea but ordered lunch instead. My friend liked her entree pretty well. My fried green tomato BLT sandwich was not good. The bread was hard and the whole thing was cold. Tiny tomato slice - only on one half and literally a sliver on the other half. All cold. Very disappointing.
The caramel pound cake was good.

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E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent scallops on risotto.

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LA
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am a decades-long Annapolitan. Reynolds Tavern is one of my go-to restaurants. I make a point of choosing it especially when I want to focus on my conversation with my dining partner(s). I have never eaten anything that was not either very good or excellent. Service has always been great. I love the three different settings: main floor restaurant, lower level bar with pub grub, and outdoor patio in warm weather. The building is one of the historic treasures of our city, and it would be heart-breaking if Reynolds Tavern were unworthy of itswonderful setting. The great news: it passes the test every time with flying colors.
And my granddaughters all know and love it as “the tea party restaurant” for its lovely afternoon tea!

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

I was disappointed in the “savory tea” served to us. The presentation was unattractive, the small sandwiches were unimaginative on white bread, the tarts were overcooked, and the scone was not as dense as expected. I’ve enjoyed multiple teas elsewhere that far surpassed this lackluster experience. I was also disappointed that I was unable to get a pot of Rose tea- while some teas had rose in them they had other ingredients that diminished the flavor of the Rose. Service was good and the ambiance was pleasant. I see no reason to return for any kind of meal. The room was dark, although I enjoyed looking at the old teapots and dish ware for sale .

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BT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. A perfect anniversary dinner!

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cozy atmosphere, welcoming staff, delicious food! Will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love Reynolds Tavern for afternoon tea - love the history and the atmosphere here. Our server was excellent. My friend and I celebrate our birthdays here together every year and unfortunately, this year there was a noticeable reduction in the amount included with our afternoon tea trays but the price remained the same. Nevertheless- It’s a lovely place to enjoy authentic “high tea” with what seems like 50 different delicious brews to choose from. Buckingham Palace Garden Party is my favorite.

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 2, 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 26, 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
6 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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