Kells Irish Restaurant & Bar

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A long-time Seattle favorite, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub is just above the world-famous Pike Place Market. It is a popular spot for travelers who have spent the day wandering this picturesque neighborhood, but is also a local favorite too. Cozy and warm, with an old world feel, it serves hearty meals inspired by Irish cuisine.

Diners at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub will certainly need to begin with one of the brews on tap. They can then pair it up nicely with such iconic options as the Ballycastle sausage roll, Irish pub stew or a meat pasty. There are many traditional favorites at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub as well, and these can take you on an imaginary journey to an Irish pub across the sea.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Irish, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 728-1916
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub is one of Seattle's favorite hideaways. Situated in Post Alley above the historic Pike Place Market, Kells is a fine way to round up a day of sightseeing or shopping. The patio outside is a great place to feel the breeze from the Sound and the buzz of the Market.
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Private party contact
Karen McAleese: (855) 548-1038
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Cross street
Post Alley between Stewart and Virginia
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined on December 31, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We booked a month in advance since it was New Years Eve & they had no idea we had done so. Luckily there was a table. Service wasn't great even though it wasn't overly busy to start. Waiter was nice enough when we saw him & made recommendation of the lamb when asked. It was delicious as was my husband's County Chicken dish. We had to finally grab another waitress to get dessert as our waiter disappeared. Overall since we weren't rushed, we weren't completely annoyed and the meal was delicious but a bit disappointed.

1 review
Dined on October 4, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Kells made the last night of our honeymoon very special! The food was amazing especially the beef pastry!

San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good selection of beers, filling food, decent service and Irish music - what's not to like? :-)

32 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Overall I was somewhat disappointed after reading the reviews. The food was ok but uninspired. I have had much better Irish food and would have a hard time recommending Kells. Service was also disappointing. Our server never asked how we were doing, and was hard to find when we needed anything.

13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We stopped by Kell's the day before for a drink. The food and service was very good. The facility is dark and kind of typical of the Irish bars/pubs we see in Boston but the food is much better. Crab open faced sandwich and corned beef sandwich hit the spot. Oh I almost forgot to mention they brew their own beer. Try the IPA!

1 review
Dined on July 27, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Kells was a very nice place with great beers and food. But the dinner menu was very small and there wasnt much variety 2 choose from. Don't get me wrong the food was delicious, I just would have liked to see a little more choices in a place claiming to be a restaurant as well as a bar

San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband enjoys the food and ambience here, so every time we are in Seattle this is one of our stops. My meal was particularly good this time (bacon wrapped scallops). Table inside near the open patio door allows views and salt air but avoids the omnipresent seagull problem! Nice option in good weather, but food good anytime.

5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

We made reservations for two at 7pm. When we arrived there were only two other tables with people. Never a good sign. Folks working here must be Irish as we had difficulty understanding some of there small talk. There were no recommendations as to what to order. Advertised live entertainment daily...should have clearly stated nightly, as 9pm. The food was fine, but apparently this does not become a vibrant scene until much later in the evening. We wish we had chosen The Pink Door across the alley. It was hopping when we arrived at Kell's and when we left an hour later.

1 review
Dined on June 15, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true Pike Place Market treasure. Unpretentious, great vibe, great food, great service, a beautiful soul that has not been ruined over the years.

Las Vegas
55 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for lunch after walking the Pike Mkt, and what a great quiet place. Hard to find Guinness on tap on the waterfront, but excellent cold pints served here. Corn beef sandwich and Clam Chowder was excellent, and even offered to split the lunch in half when we shared the lunch. Staff are all friendly and seem to truly enjoy working there. Granted the bar was not crowded for lunch, but there was no rush on us to get moving and the quiet place with a cold pint was the best after a long day of walking and shopping. Highly recommended!

4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the first time with a group of 6 for lunch. The service was great, food delicious and the ambience felt like you had stepped into the Emerald Isle. I will definitely return!

Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Shepherds pie is off the charts. Great pub atmosphere! Service is a bit slow.

1 review
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Memorable pasties! Fun entertainment!

Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

BEST CORNED BEEF EVER ! A friendly Irish Pub atmosphere great staff fun and authentic. Definate must go when in Seattle Pikes Market alley neighborhood.

9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My fiancee and I ate here on New Years Eve, expecting more of a pub food style of menu. But the food turned out to be much better than that. We both had excellent meals, good drinks, and good service. We got in a little early for the NYE crowd; by the time we left the place was hopping!

1 review
Dined on November 29, 2013
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was bland and over cooked. We had Irish Lamb stew which was bland and flavorless. The scallop special was completely overcooked and served with potatoes that were so overcooked there was barely any potato left on them.

Service was incredibly slow.

Water is served in very small glasses and with slow service, it was like we were constantly out of water and thirsty.

Menu wasn't that exciting to me. Definitely look at it online before you go to make sure there are things you would enjoy eating. I had a hard time picking anything that sounded good.

2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Servers all seemed pre-occupied when I walked in to ask a question. In the bar area, service was not at all often, for drinks, one expects more. In the restaurant, server was okay, not too friendly but all food items were correct and service timing much better there.

St. Louis
37 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

A place to get a quick bite. Typical bar fare. Friendly.

1 review
Dined on October 5, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I didn't know what to expect in an Irish restaurant. We loved the special (bacon wrapped scallops). The farls and pasties were delicious, as was the baked brie. Then we went to the bar side of the restaurant for traditional Irish music. Lots of fun. Great music. Happy crowd. Excellent service.

It was great fun staying in downtown Seattle, able to come and go from Post Alley (coffee, lunch, and later dinner) without needing a car or driving in traffic. We'll do it again!

1 review
Dined on September 21, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Kell's didn't have my Open Table reservation. Fortunately, they had room for us.

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