Kelsey's Restaurant, Irish Pub, Banquet Room

4.5
411 Reviews
$30 and under
Irish
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. NEW PRIVATE ROOM for all your catering needs! Call our event coordinator today!

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!"

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 411 people are saying
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JerryM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took advantage of outdoor seating on the patio. Gas heaters kept us comfortable as the evening went on. Our server, Elaine, was a wonderful hostess and provided excellent service for our group. We're looking forward to coming back again in the future!

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KevinB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a GREAT first impression and visit! Our server Sarah was very pleasant and quick to assist with refills! The food came in a timely manner and did not disappoint. My Shepard's pie was so authentic and just huge! I took home half. My friend got the blackened sesame tune. Both were presented wonderfully! The atmosphere was very nice with a fire going in the corner. And wow, this place is HUGE! The bar looked inviting, too. Loved it... and not too loud so I could catch up with my friend. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my actually my favorite restaurant ever :) me and my boyfriend drive an hour just to go eat here ! everything is really good and service is always great. i always recommend people to try it. it’s also just such a nice environment/ambience. everything is filling, and you won’t leave hungry!

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KristenP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Kelsey’s! We did dinner with my husband’s grandparents and it is a favorite to go to for all of us.

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JohnN
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything went according to plan. The table was waiting for us and was in the requested location. I will use OpenTable again...THANKS

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Ronnie
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelsey’s is an awesome place! I’m soooo glad they’ve remained open during the pandemic because the service is always superb, as well as the food and drinks . . . kudos to everyone . . . I’ll see you soon!!!

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vipNelson
Baltimore
140 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The restaurant was crowded @ 6PM but the waitress was very pleasant & managed to arrange for our dinner on time. The Bevan oysters were well shucked. However, I didn't realize that they would be rather bland. Apparently, the came from the upper portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Our chicken pot pies were directly from the oven. I like that the chicken was shredded rather than cubed. We had to wait for our Smith Island Cake but it was definitely worth it.

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viplinawils
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely live music outside. Great wait staff. (I believe Gabriella waited on us.) Drinks and food arrived promptly. Only issue was that the burgers we ordered were more medium to well than the medium rare we had requested.

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SueM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Pot pie was mostly crust. It wasn’t flaky. The filling was good but not much of it.
Meatloaf, potatoes and asparagus were good. Asparagus was cooked al dente.
The server was excellent.

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and the atmosphere. There was outdoor music, or you could sit inside and talk and we loved having that option. The beer was good, and we plan to go back. There were a few Irish-y selections on the menu, perhaps not as many as there could be, but perhaps that's what the local crowd wants. After all, it's been there for about 25 years apparently, and always seems busy.

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JaimeS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Kelsey's and it did NOT disappoint! Our server, Patrick, was great, the food and drinks were great and we had a wonderful experience! We will be going back!

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Ferguson
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our party of five sat outside. Service was great despite the distance to the kitchen! Great evening. My first visit. Food was very good. Will be back!

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vipTomG
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soft shell crab was outstanding,

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Lenny
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our experience at Kelsey's was as always most pleasing. We like the food, prompt service & friendly atmosphere. Their outdoor patio seating is a wonderful option. It has become our favorite place to go.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service. The food for the price it was was not good. Chicken pot pie was all mushy crust with barely any vegetables.

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vipBillsbestfriend
Phoenix
63 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Corned beef & cabbage was drowned in butter and very very salty - beef was good & tender.
Fish & chips varies a lot from one time to the next - (since reopening) sometimes little pieces, sometimes nice size, sometimes too dark, sometimes perfect!
I know this is a very tough time to staff but we will keep coming until you get it perfect - AGAIN!!!😊
Thanks for keeping it going - love our neighborhood Irish Pub!

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EricR
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, great drinks, and excellent service!

Our waiter, Connor, was very attentive, but never intruding.

The $1 a pop oysters on Fridays, Saturdays, and maybe Sundays too, is awesome!

A little noisy, but I'm a recalcitrant geezer.

AAAA++++

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vipDerrickC
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food and staff.

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GeneM
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Kelseys is always good, food is better that standard bar food. Great go to place.

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JohnH
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another enjoyable visit to Kelsey's! Our party of six gave strong reviews to the food as well as the service. We sat outside under the big tent, as we've done several times, and the atmosphere was festive but not distractingly so. We will definite visit Kelsey's again as it's one of our favorite local pubs here in Ellicott City!

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Aaron
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came here in 2013 the day we got married, so I took her here last night as a date and it was great. We came all the way from Delaware, and it was worth the trip! I had the Dubliner burger, and she had the Rueben. Then we had the bread pudding and the chocolate lava cake. Be warned: The deserts are definitely sharing size! We each ordered a desert and had to take home half. After our long drive home we ended up eating the rest anyway. Really great! And the waiter was able to recommend and explain the different beers. We'll be back!

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RavensFan14
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor music!!! Perfect! The food was amazing!

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vipjeff
Baltimore
87 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent corned beef and cabbage. Service was also excellent!

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pab1
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time and will definitely be back. The food is really good and the service was great. I had Sesame Tuna which was a special and I hope they will make it part of the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and served promptly. Our group of five thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and our waitress Elody was perfect!

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JanC
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We ended up dining indoors as it was quieter - but the family atmosphere outside looked like fun. They had live music (on a Friday night) and it was very congenial.
We selected the chicken caprese special. It was soooo delicious! And the server was very warm and appropriately attentive. We had a lovely dining experience.

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vipOut2dinner
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Father’s Day brunch

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vipAlamp
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great place to eat! Friendly home town feel.

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vipjoem
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, friendly staff The patio can be loud as the speakers are there but a great place for lunch, dinner or a drink

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OutForDinner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelsey's is always a great place to dine. A friendly atmosphere with really good food.

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carolj
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and food! Will be taking friends there soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We used to go quite regularly to Kelseys (pre COVID). But went back yesterday after over a year. Not sure if they have changed chefs but their food doesn't taste the same. My wife ordered Shepherds Pie and the meat was DRY and tasteless. My son and I ordered the meatloaf and that was tasteless too. Their dessert list has changed too, the bread pudding is not on the menu anymore, that used to be a big hit with the kids. Don't think we are going back again. It's sad, we used to love this place and their food.

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vipdiner
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If you like bland, underseasoned, tasteless food, this is the spot for you. The Mussels were overcooked. The Corned Beef Poppers are just giant salty cubes of meat. The Mac N Cheese is as good as fast food mac and cheese (the added steak was 5 dry strips dumped on top). The Beer Cheese Burger barely had any beer cheese sauce on it. No one at our table of 6 loved their food. The Chocolate Overload Cake (which, to their credit, was provided free for a birthday), was the dryest looking cake I've ever seen; no one touched it. In addition to the food being bad, it also took FOREVER to come out, half our entrees came before our appetizers, and we didn't receive any utensils or napkins until we asked for them. The waiter also never took our empty glasses, despite us putting them all together for him at the edge of our table. None of us understood why this restaurant is so popular; we definitely won't be returning.

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RobertG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the Fish and Chips, my date had a shrimp salad sandwich. Both were very good and came out quickly.

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vipMarianneR
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were back in person for the first time in 15 months (although we have been faithful curbside pickup customers), and it was terrific to be back! Attentive service, excellent-as-always Molly Malone's meatloaf, good beer, and luscious flourless chocolate cake. We always recommend Kelsey's for excellent pub food!

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viptomm
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kelsey's is consistently good - a Favorite of ours

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BirthdayDinner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a nice birthday dinner on Saturday night for our first time out to a restaurant since the pandemic started. I was happy that I could reserve an outside table. Our waitress was great, however the majority of servers and diners were maskless. I guess Kelsey's is letting staff make their own decisions on that. My cosmo was good and the crab au gratin was tasty. Hubby ordered their Dubliner burger which came with fries and he was very happy with it. I got the steak and cake that came with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Everything was good and cooked to order however the crabcake didn't have much flavor.

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lady
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food in general is very average, but the service is usually very good, and the atmosphere is pleasing. My ribeye steak had to be sent back; the meatloaf was not good. The fish and chips and the shrimp salad sandwich were average.

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RoseMarie
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was very good as always. The service was not great as always. I ordered a small side salad along with a large appetizer. A large salad arrived, it was taken back and I was told a small one will be right out. I waited over 25 minutes before it came out. I never saw the waitress in between to inquire. This service is not the norm from Kelseys. They are usually very good.

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NLJF4
Baltimore
69 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service by Jen was excellent. She was patirnt, Allowed us to decide withoutrushing. The food was served hot and the platterswere abundant.The taste was very good as well.

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Kelsey's Restaurant, Irish Pub, Banquet Room is rated 4.5 stars by 411 OpenTable diners.

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