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About Kelsey's Restaurant, Irish Pub, Banquet Room

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!"

8480 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Irish, Contemporary American

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)

Cross Street:
Normandy Shop Center Dr.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 418-9076

Website:
http://www.kelseysrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music every Friday and Saturday night from 9:30-1am.

Executive Chef:
Chad Medina

Private Party Facilities:
Kelsey's is proud to offer its distinctive private dining services for your next event. Come visit our NEW PRIVATE DINING Room! Whether you are celebrating a wedding, a graduation, an anniversary, or even a cook-out, Kelsey's can customize a menu and provide and ambiance suitable for any occasion.

Private Party Contact:
Maureen McManus: (410) 418-9076

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Kelsey's Restaurant, Irish Pub, Banquet Room Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (12)
Cozy (10)
Comfort Food (9)
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Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Authentic (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Healthy (1)
Romantic (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

There was nothing special or inviting about the decor. The service made up for that. Our server was very attentive. We didn’t have to wait to place our order or for our food to arrive. The restaurant was crowded at the time. The food was great too. The choices for the prix fixe menu were great.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Good food, great quality for price. Very attentive service but not annoying. Met friends that we hadn't seen for a while. Had good meal and not rushed to clear the table. Was able to visit and have conversation at a normal volume. (When was the last time you could have a regular conversation at a normal volume?). Seating comfortable. Easy to make reservations.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Bar food raised to excellence. Creative cooking too. These guys have got it figured out

Tags: Cozy, Live Sports, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food at a reasonable price. Never disappointed in the food quality. My only small complaint would be the price of the Guinness. It's a little more expensive than other Irish pubs.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Live Music, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

The staff here was great and the food was absolutely delicious!! We will come back again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went with a group for a work celebration. Food was fantastic, atmosphere was amazing, and the staff was phenomenonal. I highly recommend.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The Rueben is fantastic. Great corned beef. Great fries. Turkey Rueben a hit too. Crab pretzel delicious. Service very good and friendly.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great Beer
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was great - love the "new" menu (I haven't been there in a year, probably). I was so pleased with the large number of interesting salad options. Several raved about the Black and Bleu salad, and 4 of us got the salad with the fried brie wedges (because after seeing those three words next each other, we could barely look at the rest of the menu - yum). The menu is more varied than I remember it being. The dining room was clean and quiet. The lighting is great -- not too dark like many restaurants tend to be these days, but not too bright either. And it was decorated for the holidays with white lights and pointsettias, which was really lovely!

Our book club group was thoughtfully tucked in the back corner of the dining room. Our sweet and professional server even split the check for us -- a generous and helpful offer which saved us much confusion and angst! She was terrific. We will be back (with or without book club discussion). Thanks so much!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food every time!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Seven friends together seated by the fireplace. Great friends, great food, great waitstaff,great prices. For what more could one ask?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great place for casual dining, business or relaxing meal with friends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The restaurant was very good. My husband's prime rib specials was excellent and my burger was extremely good. However, we used a Groupon, and at first they refused to honor the Groupon because they said the "fine print" did not include specials. I was very disappointed because we had driven quite a ways just to use the Groupon and would not have another opportunity to come back before its expiration. The manager then came out and said that they would honor it just this once. She sounded like she was doing us a huge favor - I then showed her the "fine print" on the app that showed the only exclusion was holidays. There was nothing about specials not being included. While I liked the food, I didn't like the attitude. Plus I informed the hostess when we were seated that we had a Groupon and we were not advised of any exclusions.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had an exceptional evening at Kelsey's this visit. Two of us ordered the chicken pot pie and it was everything we had hoped for. The meatloaf was comfort food at it's best.
The guys ordered the beer flight, which they enjoyed and said they would do it again. The special Bloody Mary was a hit for someone who always orders this drink wherever she dines. My glass of Wente Chardonnay was as delicious as I remembered.
Thank you Kelsey's for a lovely, memorable evening enjoyed by four longtime friends.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love the American burger with side salad. We tried the nacho dip tonight , it were good but not as good as the nachos that they used to have. Missing them!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food!! Crab cake was perfect and the macaroni and cheese was the best I have ever had. We tried the jalapeño devilled eggs and the flavors were perfect. This was our first time visiting Kelsey's but it will not be the last!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Kelsey is always great. We live quite a distance, but it's always worth the drive. The corn beef poppers are amazing. Whoever thought them up as a genius. Kelsey's burgers are the best in town.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Soooo happy you brought the chicken pot pie back! It was better than I remembered. The roasted beet salad is something I will definitely order again also. Pretty noisy that night. Could not hear our friends talking right across the table. Looking forward to our next dinner at Kelsey's.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great atmosphere. Every one was friendly. They worked as a team which is great. Our server was attentive & friendly. We had Sunday brunch. The veggie omelet was great b/c it didn't have broccoli. The potatoes had some salsa with a kick that was amazing. Bacon was crispy. I can't wait to have Sunday brunch here again.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

We were sat immediately upon arrival, but did not see any service for several minutes. Finally a manager asked if we had been helped. When we said no he took our drink orders and said he would send a server over. Very soon afterwards our waiter appeared with our drinks.
My spouse ordered the corned beef burger which sounded delicious, but did not live up to expectations. It had some weird seasoning and did not taste like corned beef to with of us. She actually sent it back because the waiter noticed she was not eating it and asked if she wanted to send it back. She then got corned beef sandwich this corned beef was very tasty.
I had the fish and chips. The cod was certainly crunchy due to the unique and tasty batter they us and the chips had a great flavor. I might not get it if we go back because I want to try the Shepard's pie. But I would recommend it.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had dinner at Kelsey's because we had a Living Social coupon. Dinner was OK; nothing to either rave or complain about. Our service was a little slow. If you get a side salad, the house salad is much better than the Caesar. My crab cake was plentiful but not very flavorful. My husband's meat loaf was burned on the outside of a good portion of it.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Food very good, was suprised. Service excellent! Dining room was not cramped and away from the noisier bar area so that you could have a conversation without shouting.

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Have been there several times for dinner and to watch sporting events and the food is always good. Alcohol prices are a little higher than competitors in the area though.
The most recent visit was for brunch and the service and food was very good. I'll defiantly return.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great night out with friends. The food and service did not disappoint - friendly waitstaff, hot and flavorful food. A local gem worth trying!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Savannah)·Dined on May 11, 2017

My visit to Ellicott City after having been away for three and a half years was made quite yummy with our first lunch at Kelsey's. The food was awesome for everyone, and we were able to converse comfortably. The Irish music playing in the background included many favorite pieces, including some that I have played with Celtic groups through the years. Thanks for making our get together very special!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Poor service - everything we had to wait for - an UNUSUAL SITUATION for Kelsey's!
But we will be back!

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Brought out of town guests and they loved it. Good variety of food and freshly prepared.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Good restaurant with a wide variety of food options. Various drink specials and good selection of options for everyone to consider. Typical bar food but has some unique Irish options to consider and we would definitely go back. Good for a family or a casual night out.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Great place to celebrate Easter with family and friends. Food was great, plenty of choices on the buffet. Salmon was amazing as was the carved beef. We will go again.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Everything was delicious, they picked out a lovely table for us by the fireplace, the service was excellent, and we all had a wonderful time. Wonderful!

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Dinner was delicious. There were 4 of us and 3 of the 4 ordered burgers. I had fish & chips that were delicious and there were 2 nice pieces of fish with a fair amount of fries. The others said their burgers were very good. One person ordered the crab soup and really enjoyed it, she did said it was a little spicy but that's how she likes it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 28, 2017

A great neighborhood place where the food and service are good and you can actually sit and talk without feeling rushed and pressured to leave.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 24, 2017

The corned beef poppers were cubes of corned beef, breaded and deep fried. Not worth the $12 price tag. The fall salad with grilled chicken was delicious. The shepard's pie was very good. Wish we had skipped the appetizer and saved room for Smith Island cake or another yummy dessert.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The bad first...
The lighting. I'm not performing a surgery here, so I don't understand why the dining room lighting is cranked up to level: insane.
The good....
The turkey burger is pretty amazing.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Kelsey's is a solid choice for comfort food in Ellicott City. Plenty of options for traditional Irish and also classic American options. Plenty of choices for alcoholic beverages, had a nice belgian blonde on tap. Food is good, service ok, location is great.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Food is always delicious and the service is always good! Waitress was friendly and accomodating. We went for Valentines Day but I also have visited for business lunches and after work date. Eating outside on the sidewalk is really nice at the hightop tables in the warmer weather. The crab corn chowder soup is my favorite soup!!! I would reccomend Kelseys to anyone and everyone!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Fun, Live Sports, Business Meals
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Their signature wings with old bay and honey sauce was very tasty and crispy which I very much like in buffalo wings. Dill creamy sauce and pan fried salmon was a bit salty. Maybe I should've tried their crab cake instead.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Our party of six enjoyed excellent steak dinners. The salads and soups are superb. The service was outstanding. We will return - one of our favorite gathering places!

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Our table of 4 enjoyed the potato skins and the corned beef poppers. My fav entree lately has been the chicken pot pie.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We went there for New Year's Eve and had a wonderful meal with great service. The food was better than I expected. We finished up a while before the band started up and headed over to the bar. The band was pretty awesome too. Good people good food. Well worth it.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Live Music, Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We've been to Kelsey's before. The food is consistently very good. One steak lover stated "this is the best steak I've had in quite a while." The service is good, we did not have to wait for anything. Only complaint on this trip was that the silverware for all four of us did not look clean. A couple of us wiped the utensils clean while the others asked for new/clean utensils. This has not been the case on previous visits.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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