La Banca

4.5
203 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 203 people are saying
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Dawn
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent , however I would recommend that when a server is asked for a wine selection , “ I’m not familiar with red wines, however I’ll ask the bar . “ I hate red wines “ is not exactly an acceptable response .

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tcsf
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and attentive staff. Highly recommend. The ricotta gnocchi is amazing!!

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vipZoecat
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They accommodated our outdoor dining request and made sure we were warm enough with our own heater. Chef knows what he is doing!! Delicious food and drink and homemade gelato. Wonderful to have such a sophisticated yet casual place in Middletown.

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DelDee
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was nice. The old bank building was interesting to see and that there is history to the building and the town. There was also a man singing Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra which was fun.

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vipAllenP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and nice atmosphere. Love the "vault" and the main staircase.

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JohnS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La Banca has a great menu with nice variety. Everything we tried was amazing. Will be returning soon. Highly recommended.

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vipJawebb
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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Tbr7
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and excellent service! Food was very good- although small portions when you think of Italian.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was great!! Food and Service was a plus!! The history in the building added to the charm. Would defiantly recommend!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

We dine here often. Love La Banca! Saturday night was upsetting. Brought old friends there after bragging about it. Got seated at our table. We’re given bread and oil. No plates no napkins. Never saw a server till we asked for one 35 minutes later. Still had no drinks. Finally got our drinks and ordered right away. One pizza came out raw. Sent it back. Not with our server couldn’t find her. Waited at least a half hour for pizza to come back out. The rest of we’re done eating. Needless to say we didn’t stay for coffee and dessert. Asked for our check. Then she disappeared again. I got up and took bill to bar to pay.
This will not keep us away we love the food and the atmosphere! We will just make sure she doesn’t wait on us again.

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TomC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exquisite. Almost everything made in house from scratch. Great atmosphere and service. Middletown finally has fine dining!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant. The food and drinks are fantastic. They have live music sometimes which is nice.

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vipChrisG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations! Great food and presentation. We will be back...

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to La Banca several times. Every time the service has been wonderful. The place is beautiful and relaxing. Never rushed. The foods is fantastic! The pizza’s are unbelievably great. The pasta dishes are unbelievable. Highly recommended La Banca.

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MichelleC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner. The food was delicious, and the service was excellent.

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DeeS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I'd been wanting to try this restaurant for a while now. It was a nice dinner ,but a little on the pricey side and wasn't that impressed with the menu. We had a good time ,but waiters were actually too in our face. Didn't allow us much time to relax and enjoy dinner.
There were plenty of tables available so it wasn't like they were needing the space. We have tried it now ,but probably won't return. A little disappointing overall. The background music was nice ,but too loud to be able to have a conversation. :(

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DeborahW
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome flavor and presentation. High quality and excellent taste.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was new but he did a great job. The heirloom tomato appetizer was excellent. All around it was a nice date night.

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vipWinebeforefood
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Short rib was spectacular and the Newton unfiltered cab was a nice bottle of wine.

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limeru
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Service was impeccable! We had our meal 15 minutes after being seated! Impressed and will return! Loved the piano player as well!

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GlennR
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in Delaware! Attentive, professional staff; elegant, casual dining; and food that is worthy of the best New York City has to offer.

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vipZika1968
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place. Love the food and ambiance!

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Briana
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guest and I were beyond pleased with the overall dining experience that La Banca provided for us as first time patrons. As soon as you enter, you're greeted by a beautiful winding staircase and a friendly face. Tables surround the stairs and are dimly lit. The restaurant is quaint but has the perfect mix of elegance and warmth. This would be a great choice for dinner dates, intimate birthday gatherings, or one on one business meetings. For it being a higher end Italian restaurant, the menu had nice variety and a more-than-fair price to portion ratio. Our waitress was knowledgeable of the dishes and had plenty of recommendations. I ordered the short ribs which were drizzled with a sweet jam sauce, accompanied by seasoned grilled brussels sprouts. My guest had the filet, which was cooked to perfection. I also had a delicious fig cosmo which my waiter personally made for me. I couldn't have asked for better service. This restaurant has elevated Middletown, DE. I am already looking forward to my next visit!

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vipMelinDel
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live music was excellent! Food was delicious.
Building is beautiful although seating is pretty plain Jane.

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AngelaP
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time food was amazing. We enjoy our evening music was great. Loved the drinks. I've been telling all my friend and family to go. Can't wait to come back. I felt very safe my 1st time dining since Covid.

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alif
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my husband there for his birthday, amazing cocktails and food! Can’t wait to come back!!!

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Luked
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

If they just would try to be a good Italian restaurant with some basic dishes. I had the meatball app and they were just ok. Its fine to have a ambitous menu but if you cant pull it off whats the point. I would go again to try some other things.

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vipDawn
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place and food.

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Herm
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I have dined at La Banca several times. This was by far the best experience I’ve had in the last six months or so. I enjoyed the lasagna and my friend enjoyed shrimp ravioli with crabmeat The bread service was truly outstanding the flavor and dipping oil with garlic and peppers was a highlight. Our server and I cannot remember her name unfortunately was also attending the bar and she did a terrific job

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vipKelly83649
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brittany was outstanding! Our food choices included meatballs, bolognese, and the short rib special-all great choices!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was very good. However, there was some kind of service issue as another waiting person came after some time to take our order.

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KimL
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made us feel very comfortable with social distancing and the service was outstanding....the food was remarkable..... it will become our favorite restaurant in the area.

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vipPaulR
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant and dining experience. Very good beer, wine, and spirits list. Our server was great, we sat upstairs and really enjoyed our evening. I will go back!!

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JoanC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exellent, cocktails awesome, service good, social distancing in place with good disinfection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husbands birthday celebration, it was a wonderful experience. We had a marvelous time. Would highly recommend your restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Thor was great! His recommendations were right on point! Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! Outdoor dining could be loud at times due to traffic, but it is a great alternative during these times. Thor was Fabulous!

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KimiT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Several of the waitstaff came to service our table which made it confusing to know which person was actually our waiter. We asked for bread refill and it never arrived. The waiters took to long checking in to see if we needed anything which we did but didn't receive. We tipped to be polite and may try it again, it could have just been an off night. We like to support our local business however we expect good service as well.

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KarenA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was delicious, but very small portions for the price. Waiter was terrible (Thor); the bussers and other staff were hustling, but he was a mess. Need some greenery on the deck, but loved the chairs and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was a little slow but other than that the food was amazing. Pasta tastes homemade, pizza is delicious, fish is fresh. Dishes (other than the classics) are original and very tasty. So happy to have an option like this in Middletown!

FAQs

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

La Banca is rated 4.5 stars by 203 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.