Located in Historic Sharpsburg, MD

Delicious Food & Libations

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Since 1936

More than your average Tavern. We offer a full menu with daily specials.

We take your safety seriously.  We are following ALL National, State & Local guidelines.

Welcome All!

Our Story

Captain Raleigh Bender was a C&O Canal boatsman and proprietor of this fine tavern. Since 1936, Captain Benders Tavern has fed the hungry, quenched the thirsty, and served loyally, the historic community of Sharpsburg, Maryland. More than your average Tavern. We offer a full menu with daily specials.

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Variety of salad dressings in glass jars with ranch, italian and honey mustard

Captain’s Creations

Homemade, fresh, innovative Dressings and Sauces prepared and seasoned to perfection in-house by our fearless Captain. Available for purchase – take some home today!

Created by Stephen E. Kemmet (aka The Captain), Chef and Owner of Captain Benders Tavern 

mix of colorful spices and aromatic herbs on a slate stone

Bleu Cheese Sauce

Ingredients: Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Bleu Cheese Crumbles,
Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Italian Seasoning, White Pepper.

Mild Wing Sauce

Ingredients: Aged red cayenne peppers, distilled vinegar, salt, butter, garlic powder, black pepper, sugar, dry mustard and xanthan gum.

Ranch Sauce

Ingredients: Heavy Cream, Mayonnaise, Lemon juice
and Monarch Ranch seasoning

Chicken/Pork Marinade

Ingredients: Olive oil, soy sauce, red wine, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, garlic, rosemary, jerk seasoning, lemon juice, teriyaki sauce, water 

Honey Lime Pistachio Sauce

Ingredients: Pistachios, Key Lime Juice, Honey, White Onion, Yellow Mustard, Cilantro, Parsley, Mayonnaise, White Pepper.

Hot Wing Sauce

Ingredients: White pepper, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, blackening seasoning, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, fresh jalapenos & habaneros  

BBQ Sauce

Ingredients: Garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, sugar, chili powder, black pepper 

Open for Dine In, Carry Out or Delivery.

Daily Specials

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They All Love Our Food

Recommendations & Reviews

"Laid back, great food! Good service!"
- Heather B
"Great drinks, food and service! Very welcoming!"
- Amy B
"Always great food & service with an old town tavern atmosphere."
- Sean K
"Friendly, great food and a good beer selection!"
- John L