T.J. Maloney's
T.J. Maloney's

T.J. Maloney's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://starplaza.com/dining/diningtj-maloneys
  • Phone: 2197696311
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Irish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Our wildly popular T.J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub dishes up more than just tasty Irish fare and a brilliantly friendly staff. For entertainment, it’s the place to be – especially on weekends. Channeling the warm, festive atmosphere of a true Irish pub, Star Plaza’s signature restaurant – and a Merrillville, Indiana favorite haunt - features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night @ 10pm – and the best part, it’s free.
  • Special Events: Invite up to 40 of your nearest and dearest for a party or special event. T.J. Maloney’s offers three private rooms available to meet any business or social need. Thoughtfully customized menus, an onsite audio visual team and hands-on planning professionals ensure overall ease in coordinating your successful and festive event. Whether you’re celebrating with family, friends or colleagues, or are interested in hosting convention receptions, theme parties, weddings or birthdays – we’ll help you toast to all of life’s moments. Slainte!

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A word from T.J. Maloney's
Home of traditional Irish food, beverage and hospitality in Northwest Indiana – T.J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub is one of the area’s and Merrillville, Indiana’s top social destinations for meeting with friends, family and business clients. Whether its a power lunch with colleagues, a beer with friends, a birthday celebration, a favorite dinner stop when you’re on-the-road, or an important VIP dinner – like an old friend, T.J. Maloney’s is the sought-after place you return to again and again. Filled with rich woods, and an elaborate bar with authentic furniture built in Dublin, T.J. Maloney’s transports you to an Irish Pub on the Emerald Isle without the flight.
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T.J. Maloney's reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (4)good for groups (3)special occasion (2)hot spot (2)neighborhood gem (2)great for brunch (1)fit for foodies (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Maloney's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Specifically picked this restaurant to celebrate my daughter and her fiance's birthdays. I had forgotten about the time change (eastern to central), so we actually arrived an hour early. It was no problem, staff was gracious enough to get us seated right away! We were seated relatively close to a rather loud group of people, but as that group and ourselves were the only ones in the restaurant portion, it was somewhat tolerable. As more people arrived, group got quieter. The food: Outstanding. My wife's steak was not cooked to her order, our waitress said no problem and took care of it. The waitress, the gentleman who brought our food, and the manager all came over and apologized for the steak. We left very impressed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait Staff
    Secretary
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ashley was our server and was PHENOMENAL... She met all our needs (including the band's: The Difference) and never had to flag her down to ask for anything!!! On top of it the poor kid wasn't feeling well but never let anyone know!!!! Hope to get Ashley again when we come back =)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did not meet my expectations
    Good2dine
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I thought that the restaurant would be a little upscale since it is a part of the Star Plaza. It felt cheap and cheesy to me. I didn't like the tables and chairs, there were mixed match chairs at my table and my table had scratches. I ordered fish and chips and the cod was rubbery and chewy. I won't go back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bang me
    jlrobert
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The bangers were some of the best I've had. The Guinness was on tap
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    Becky
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loud & attractive bar scene. Mac & Cheese with braised tips was very good but service was painfully slow.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eat at your own risk
    marvinh4
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    the service was horrible, the waiter said he forgot to bring us bread, then he put his hand all over the olive for the martini and sat them in the same plate as the bread. The bartender was snezzing all over the drinks as she made them. The steaks were hard, dry and tufffff. We will never eat at this horrible place again. It was our wedding anniversary and we were in town to see the Mike Epps Show.
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  • Excellent food
    Celtictheme
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fantastic food & drink. Friendly and a fantastic place for fun.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irish Pub
    phillysteaknocheese
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    TJ Maloney's is a large room but it was nearly deserted. We started to walk away when the waitress came from the back room, called and invited us back. They had an excellent selection of beers on tap and a good wine list. The waitress was very personable. The food was not so good. My wife had Shepard's Pie which she said was significantly over salted. I had "Airline Chicken" with potatoes au gratin and green beans. The chicken was good. The menu offered brussel sprouts, but beans were substituted. The beans were crisp as many people like them. I prefer them to be more limp. The potatoes were not good, served as a wedge instead of a casserole, under a heat lamp for so long, the cheese was a rubbery solid sheet. Waitress served free cake.
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  • last minute
    almostatefastfood
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Last minute reservation worked out fine switch menu's on us didn't have my wife's favorites plate, that was a bummer she did find something else, but wasn't as good for her first choice entertainment was good other than that good time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 51 reviews are from the T.J. Maloney's reviews archive.
  • LOVED THE BAND
    SuzyQ
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The band, "Of Eld", was playing and provided wonderful entertainment. The seating was great! Food fantastic! Our waitress was terrific! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Paul
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Met my wife for dinner after 6pm on a Friday. Seeing very few people inside tipped me off to what was coming. While the walls and floor show potential for a nice place, the tables and chairs are dated and dinged up. Overall, not impressed with décor. Server spent more time talking to the staff than focusing on his tables. We had to flag him over to get another round of drinks. Food was bland and lukewarm. This was our first and last time dining here.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining was pleasurable
    Sandybee
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We enjoyed the Irish Cuisine. The Shephard's Pie and warm bread was delicious. We had theater tickets and decided to celebrate first with a good meal. We made a great choice! We were not rushed, but the waitress was attentive. A great evening!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service was good
    Angelbear15340
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I would recommend the burger was good they give you enough to eat the atmosphere was good fast service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went to see The Unstoppables
    1234
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We specifically went to see The Unstoppables play. The whole evening was great and the band was AWESOME!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best "first impression"
    UnhappyCustomer
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My fiance and I decided to stay at the radisson for the weekend for his early birthday celebration and made reservations at TJ Maloneys with his family. To start off the night - they wouldn't let me bring a birthday cake that I paid for. Half the drinks his mom ordered, they didn't have... my fiance ordered a drink and it was made incorrectly, his dad ordered a regular coke and received diet, once the waiter took our order and brought our appetizer (which was really good) we never saw him again until our actual food came out and by then everyone needed refills and my fiance had to get a glass of water from the bar for me because I have a stomach condition and I was in immense pain waiting for our waiter to ask him for water. Wont be back.
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  • Birthday Extravaganza Weekend!!!
    Secretary
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Martin -- HATS OFF TO YOUR FABULOUS STAFF AGAIN!!! Thank you for accommodating our party of 10!! Our friends and The Difference had a REMARKABLE time and can't wait to be back there again!!! Thanks for making our birthday PHENOMENAL!!! Melissa Perisho & The Difference
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mis Ter Right
    John
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great food, Excellent Service and a rockin' band... It was a wonderful night out thanks to Jordan and Mis Ter Right.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Weekend away from home
    weekender
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Reserved the table and had flowers sent ,and Wisecrackers lined up on a Friday night. We were seated where requested no waiting and the best of service always.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service - dry buns
    Felicia
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The grilled chicken sandwich and the burger we had came on very dry crumbly buns... not very good! Also, the chicken breast was tiny! We waited for another couple to join and our server said he would stop back as soon as he saw them sit down.... he walked by 3 times that I counted without even acknowledging our whole party was there. I understand being busy, but at least say I will be right with you or something..... so we feel less ignored.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience
    Happyguest
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We had a large group of 8 and it was a very smooth and enjoyable dining experience! Our food was prompt, hot, and delicious! We were there at lunch time and had a meeting afterwards and had plenty of time to eat and enjoy eachothers company and still make it to the meeting in time. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our group of 5 enjoyed our
    Katie
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Our group of 5 enjoyed our time together! The seating was a little uncomfortable because it was cramped quarters. The waiter was fun & took good care of us. The seating and the bread pudding were the only downside all evening. It was pretty great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Evening bite to eat & music
    Secretary
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Always a great time for a bite to eat and some live music!!! The servers do their best to accommodate the guests and Martin the Manager is always walking around asking guests if they need anything and assisting his staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great, service needs help
    IrishBlood
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    My boyfriend and I chose T.J. Mahloney's so our parents could meet each other. Merrillville was a great halfway point. The restaurant had a reputable website and seemed promising. Both of our nerves were on end, this was a big moment in our lives. I wasn't very pleased when I had reserved a table 5 days ahead and the table wasn't ready. Also, the staff was very unprofessional with their attitudes as well as their attire. Most were wearing yoga pants and the staff had inside jokes that were not appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much fun!
    Magicmojo
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great beer selection to start with and then a very nice meal. We really enjoyed the band, Of Eld. They were a sort of Celtic band with a very interesting song list. We're looking forward to seeing them again and having a great time at T.J. O'Malley's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The King is more like a prince
    Skippy
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The food was good. All in our party were satisfied. The king portion of the fish and chips was only two pieces of fish and about 3 pounds of fries for almost $19!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    mjmmi1
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    TJ' s is about what you would expect for a pub. I will say the food was less than average. Apparently salt is used as a main ingredient in the food rather than a spice. We had the Salmon appetizer and it was doused in salt. The waitress did give us a credit for that item, however even the entrée was heavily salted. Maybe the cook/chef had a bad day who knows. Also if you go stick to beer or possibly wine. The mixed drinks they serve are extremely, extremely weak. As far as a recommendation, if your looking for an Irish pub atmosphere and all that entails this place may be for you.
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  • Great Restaurant!
    Gramps
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    T.J. Maloney's is a great restaurant, with good food and wonderful staff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for before or after show
    foodfan1
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Good food, great service, great for before a show at Star Plaza, but be SURE to make reservations for a show night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Watered down drinks
    Truebloodfan94
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Although our food was great and service was excellent, the cocktails ordered from the bar were not. I have no problem paying for drinks if there are actually alcohol in them. We were a large group celebrating my birthday and most of us were drinking and felt the same about the weak watered down drinks. Its too expensive to not get quality service. Very disappointed.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • T. J. Maloney's is my restaurant
    eata7otVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    T. J. Maloney's is my restaurant of choice when visiting Merrillville, Ind. The food is very good, the service is very attentive and friendly, and the room has a nice vibe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre concert
    hooks
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We find TJ's convenience to the Sar Plaza a plus to get a very good dinner before we walk to the theater. Waiters are sensetive to the timing of the theater so we are never late.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food and Exceptional Service
    UsAndKidsVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    We had a fabulous family dinner at T.J's. We will definitely go there again for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • night out delight!
    heidiho
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    dinner with the family and friends. Great variety of moderately priced food items, great taste, great quality, great deal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Came for the music
    diningannie
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    ...stayed for the food. Set up is good - you can see the band from just about every table. The food was tasty - tried the fish & chips and Irish nachos. Wait person was attentive until the place got busy, then slacked off. Would recommend, especially when there's a band .. usually no cover.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceedingly large portions;
    OldBobVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    exceedingly large portions; all irish foods were delicious
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Awesome!!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    This was my first time visiting this place and I am disappointed that I haven't been before. The prices were so reasonable, the food was AMAZING, and the service was outstanding. The waitress was extremely nice and very helpful. The scenery is laid back and it is a nice place to go to watch sports while enjoying a nice meal.I have already been bragging to my friends and family about it. I have been to much more expensive places and this place impressed me more. I will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    Alild
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    We came here for a bachelorette luncheon and the waiter was a lot of fun. He had a great sense of humor and was very efficient. We would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday out with friends
    lyonsluv2dine
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    We had a party of 7 to celebrate my birthday. One couple had never been there before, but seemed to enjoy themselves. Great Tequila Bloody Mary. They have many different beers to choose from. I stuck with the Guinness. Our server was great. Food was really good. Recommend the Reuben rolls. The band was New Element. Good band out of Crown Point. Small crowd for a Friday night. We left after the first intermission.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soooo convenient if you are
    Debbie
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Soooo convenient if you are attending the Wisecrackers Comedy Club! And the food is wonderful. Great place!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay, here's the thing. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Okay, here's the thing. I used OpenTabke to make a reservation for 13 people for Saturday night. I understand it was a large group, and thats why I thought I would attepmt to make a reservation, so we didn't show up and stress everyone out by trying to last minute make room for us. The person who I assume was a manager, took us to our own room. He was helpful , but he seemed to have this attitude like we were putting him out, making such a large reservation on a Saturday night. He continued to come into our room and ask if we needed anything, but he continued to have this attitude. It made everyone in our party feel uncomfortable. Like our money wasn't welcome because it was an inconvenience to him. Our waitress and food were great, thoug
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate