Kelsey's Ellicott City
Kelsey's Ellicott City

Kelsey's Ellicott City

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kelseysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4104189076
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch:

    Sunday: 10:00am - 1:00pm


    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Sunday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Limited Menu)


    Dinner:

    Sunday - Wednesday:

    4:00pm - 10:00pm (Full menu)

    10:00pm - 11:00pm (Late Night menu)

    Thursday - Saturday:

    4:00pm - 11:00pm (Full menu)

    11:00pm - 12:00am (Late Night menu)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Irish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Normandy Shop Center Dr.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Kelsey's Ellicott City
Serving Irish Hospitality in Ellicott City, MD since October 17, 1994, Kelsey's Restaurant has been family-owned and operated since the very beginning. Every day we strive to provide excellent food, courteous service, and let's not forget beverages in a friendly, neighborhood pub-style environment.

Over the past 17 years, we have made every effort to live up to these standards and are proud to be known as "Your Neighborhood Meeting Place!"
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Kelsey's Ellicott City reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (13)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)fit for foodies (3)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great neighborhood spot for EC!
    ECpub
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food is always consistently wonderful and above what you expect for a Pub! The tuna app is to die for and the happy hour prices are great! The cosmos are perfect and great beer choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice change in furniture, etc!
    BillsbestfriendVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Looks much nicer & is more conducive to feeling that you can talk to your friends without sharing with the neighboring table! Recommend getting a door between the bar & restaurant - way to noisy when you are busy! Thanks for still being a really nice place to go!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood goto
    ECpub
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Service is always friendly and accommodating. Food is very good and consistent but some portions are smaller now like the salads. If a child gets a kids meal the soda is not included in price which I find surprising. Overall, our favorite go to place with our kids and with friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Who knew you could get really good mussels in a shopping center restaurant. Excellent taste but a bit on the small side. Peppercorn Salmon was excellent and cooked perfectly. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New digs, new menu!
    Jody
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Kelsey's was renovated a few months ago, and it looks great. We come here often and it's nice to see the upgrade Our server was just lovely. I tried the fried green tomatoes and shrimp = very tangy! My husband had buffalo wings. His burger and my shrimp salad entries were just great We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good
    jojo
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Seated right away. Overall very good. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was terrible
    2Easy
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    A group of 10 of us, and folks were eating (starving) while some of us were feasting. The service was extremely poor. Anytime you are tracking the whereabouts of the server because you need something is a terrible sign.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch at Kelsey's
    Paul
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had six for brunch and sat in a booth. A table would have provided more room but there was a large group at the time we were there. The food was good, but the bacon wasn't as crisp as we would have liked and the first cup of coffee was decidedly weak. The coffee improved and they later brought a carafe to our table. Our waitress was attentive and we could talk and linger without feeling pressured. Overall a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Cheers" in Ellicott City
    Snady
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Kelseys is a great neighborhood gathering place. The evening we were there we ran into neighbors and all enjoyed a lovely meal together while catching up on the latest in our busy lives. The food is consistently good and the service friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Nice!
    SweetyDimples
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    everything was way better than I expected...food, service, ambiance. I wanted everything on the brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good!
    ECpub
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We go weekly with kids. Renovations nice and neighborhood gem in an area lacking American pub/ family food. Portions have gotten smaller on salads.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad for bar food
    diningdiner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I choose Kelsey's because of the mix of american and irish food on their menu and the reasonable prices. The waitress was pleasant and helpful, the portions were reasonable size - not huge, but not skimpy either. The Shepard's Pie was the one disappointment being mostly potatoes with only a thin layer of meat, sauce and vegetables on the bottom. Most of the food would have went well with a few beers but not so well for a Mother's day early dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great service and great food! Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 49 reviews are from the Kelsey's Ellicott City reviews archive.
  • The beer was cold!
    GoVMI
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    With reservation we were seated promptly. The serving staff made excellent intervals of interruption and useable suggestions. The food was very tasty, however one item was ordered well done and delivered medium rare. There was TVs for everyone to watch sports but not so many that it was obnoxious like another popular eatery in the Baltimore area. I would definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    JAWS
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We ordered the Dubliner burger, fish and chips, Reuben sandwich. Everything was very good and done perfectly. We also had Irish beer and hard cider. It was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Food and Service
    Foodlover
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Kelsey's has the unique distinction in our family of five for satisfying the particular sensitivities and preferences for each of us "foodies". Kelsey's specialty recipes---traditional UK fare---fish and chips, shepherds pie, lamb stew, cottage pie, corned beef and cabbage---they are absolutely as good as the best homemade you've had, or better! And we are never disappointed. The ambience of this traditional Irish pub is warm, fun and friendly. The managers and servers go far out of their way to please, even though the place is always hopping with customers and action in the bar. Kelseys is worth the trip, no matter how far you have to drive to get there. A real Irish gem--you'll feel like you are at home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They did not have a record
    JoemVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    They did not have a record of the reservation, so they turned us away.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What Customer Service?
    Notfed
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Arrived a few minutes before our 5:30 reservation made thru Open Window and worked our way to the hostess only to find out that there were NO reservations. The manager told us that Open Table should not have given out any reservations because Kelsey's never has taken reservations on St. Patrick's Day! They told us they had this problem all day and had to turn people away. We were very annoyed at their refusal to be even a little accommodating, accept any responsibility, or show any concern whatsoever for our plight. So we went somewhere else and don't plan to return. So much for customer service. Maybe that's why there were 3 police cars outside!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • St. Patrick's Day
    4111
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Last minute, a group of 6 decided to go out on Saturday made reservations using open table. Got there was seated promptly at a booth, the place was packed with people all dressed in green!!!! Excellent energy level. While waiting for the last part of our group to join us our server came over and offered us a larger table realizing that 6 of us would be cramped in the booth. Yea, thanks so much for taking the time to offer that suggestion! We spent a couple of hours there eating and drinking and had an excellent time. Had never heard of or been to Kelsey's but delighted that we tried it out. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quick Dinner
    jadeandjack
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We went to Kelsey's on a whim; neither of us have been before. But having gone, I wouldn't go again. The waitress wasn't attentive (my water glass was empty for almost half the meal), we had to ask for rolls (which were cold and stale), and then dinner was disappointing. I had the risotto, which was crunchy. He had the rotisserie chicken, which was undercooked, with very garlicky mashed potatoes that were smooth as if they came from a box. The accompanied asparagus was very tasty and steamed. Won't go back, especially for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and staff
    Kameron
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    We were in Baltimore for a 3 day vacation and ate dinner here twice. The food was wonderful each time and the staff was very accommodating to the needs of our 2 year old daughter by quickly bringing a high chair and offering to bring her food out as soon as it was ready. My wife loved the crab cakes ( the reason we came back) and I thought their Reuben was absolutely perfect. Short dessert menu, but everything on it is delicious. Great beer and wine list. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kid friendly dining room
    cathy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Ample parking, and we were seated right away on Valentines Day. We had a very friendly server, and had delicious coffee drinks. The dining room was crowded and loud. We were touching elbows with the two tops on either side of us. The kids in the dining room were having a ball: children are welcome here. I thought fish and chips was a safe bet, but the fries were cold and the fish was so greasy it released drops of oil when touched. I asked for more hot fries, but got another batch that tasted like they were cooked the day before. My husband had better luck with his corned beef and cabbage, except the portions were odd. Only a tiny spoonful of mashed potato. Maybe they were overwhelmed by the Valentines Day crowd.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aye for these Irish
    Rogu
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    All I thought I was getting was a last-minute Valentines Day reservation. What we got instead was a neighborhood gem that we might have been a long time finding otherwise. A really nice interior and entry surprised us in a strip-mall restaurant. The food hits the Irish high notes very well with an excellent version of corned beef and cabbage and a good selection of the appropriate brews. The wine list is quite nice and appropriate for the more ambitious main dishes. The soups, sandwiches and appetizers make for variable size meals for lunch and at odd hours. The bar looked inviting -- I will be confirming that impression on my next visit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood place
    BrunchBunchVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Supper place to enjoy a beer and great food. Had the crab cake sandwich and it was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mashed Potatoes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I have been to Kelsey's three times. They have mashed potatoes down to near perfection plus I love Shepard's pie. The last time we went, the restaurant experience at the beginning was slow until the hostess noted that we had not been served. After that it was a good experience. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Curious
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Was just exploring area and stopped by - first time here. It was good: Guinness on tap so how bad could it be. Nice neighborhood bar with a separated dining room. Food was good, deserts were great. Dining room atmosphere OK. Bar looks more interesting; will come back on a game day.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favotites
    ECMD
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Sweet spot. Convenient. Good food, service. Well priced. Good specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable comfort food
    Snady
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Kelsey's is our close to home, consistently good, neighborhood gem. On our last visit I had the chicken potpie, which I have had in the past. What a dose of comfort food! I always forget how good this potpie is and am in heaven while I am enjoying it! Please, never take it off the menu!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Food was a little bland. Nothing special. Not worth a return visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We seek this out
    NoVATraveler
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We happened on Kelsey's when looking for a place to eat after arriving in BWI and before returning to Northern Virginia. Food is very good. Menu has many options. Service is friendly and excellent. They are familiar with gluten-free needs of celiac sprue. Overall a good experience and we now plan Kelsey's into our trips to or from BWI near meal time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good............
    Snady
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Kelsey's is definitely a neighborhood gem. The food is consistently good and the ambience comfortable. We enjoy Kelsey's any time of year and particularly enjoy the shrimp salad sandwich with huge, deliciously-spiced shrimp as well as the chicken potpie, which is wonderfully seasoned and great on a cold evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Re-cooked hamburger confusion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Went to Kelsey's with a large group and two of us ordered hamburgers 'medium'. They both came out rare, so we sent them back. We had cut our burgers in half, and my colleague had put catsup on her french fries. The plates went back to the kitchen. They re-fired the same hamburger meat, reassembled the burgers on fresh buns, and mixed up the plates. I received my colleagues french fries (catsup and all) with my re-cooked burger. It was slightly nauseating. Everything else was fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Brunch
    Mercedes
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    I have been to Kelsey's in the past when I have gone there to meet up with friends and have a few after work drinks. Great spot to socialize and enjoy others doing the same thing. On this visit I celebrated my birthday, and my six BFFs and I had brunch. We all truly enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    CatonsvilleDiner
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Kelsey's had our table set up when we arrived and our server was terrific in taking and bringing all our orders. Everyone liked the presentation and deliciousness of our appetizers, entrees and desserts. Our group of eight had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE this place!
    Valerie
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    This is one of my favorite places to eat, the burgers are amazing! The waitresses are always super friendly and attentive. Great place to have a few drinks with some friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best waitress we have ever had
    rochester2
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We were there after a funeral. Everything was done perfectly for us. Our waitress was a true gem. We were a large party, she got every single order correct. Came back countless times to fill glasses, supply drinks, make sure everything was fine. She was outstanding. They add an 18% tip with larger parties. They should have made it at least 20%. Great job. Made a difficult time much better. Thanks to them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Fried Chicken
    JoElVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    My husband thinks the fried chicken is the best he has ever had!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salads Great, Corn Beef and Cabbage
    ChipFoodHC
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    Salads were excellent, but corn beef was tough. It has been better on other occasions. We ate early so maybe that was cause.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!!
    Badbrad
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    The food was excellent...Ahi tuna and blackened Mahi Mahi with coconut rice..not what you might expect at an Irish pub but amazing!! Service was a little slow but with the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changed menu since our last
    OystersanytimeVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Changed menu since our last visit but I went with corned beef and cabbage on recommendation of the server. Cabbage tasted pickled. Yuck! Everyone else's meal was blah! The highlight of the night was the bread pudding. It was delicious but could not make up for the unappetizing entrees.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate