Kelsey's Restaurant, Irish Pub, Banquet Room

4.4
399 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 399 people are saying
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Lenny
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
7 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
61 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
46 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food and staff.

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vipGeneM
Baltimore
34 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
21 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
14 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
7 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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Alamp
Baltimore
15 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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JoanC
Baltimore
2 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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DanC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food at the buffet could have been a lil hotter.

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SheriC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It has been a while since we have eaten out due to COVID and even longer since our last time at Kelsey’s. Glad we went.

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Chexyl
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We appreciate that we were able to get a reservation at the last minute and generally we were satisfied. The food was good although the fries were limp and greasy. The noise level was high and we had difficulty hearing each other. The service was fair but I am willing to attribute that to the short staff on a Saturday evening.

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JeremyS
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

All the food we ordered was fantastic. There wasn't a single item we didn't love. There is plenty of space inside the restaurant as well and we did not feel overcrowded, though it did have some noise (nothing too bad). Service was prompt and friendly. The guiness pour on both my pints were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A-ma-zing!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food great ambience

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KathyB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,love the Ruben sandwich, Awsome. Thank you

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OutForDinner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Kelsey's on a regular basis - one of our favorite restaurants.

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vipLenny
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with my good friend. She & I had the tent pretty much to ourselves. It was wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Great food.

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KeithC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Kesleys provided a great opportunity to enjoy a good meal an outdoor meal.

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harleygirl
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice patio setting where we can bring the dog. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding as usual. We sat outside and the heaters were perfect and we were very comfortable.

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Kelsey's Restaurant, Irish Pub, Banquet Room is rated 4.4 stars by 399 OpenTable diners.

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