Kelsey's Restaurant, Irish Pub, Banquet Room

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$30 and under
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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!"
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Woodies
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience4

We went for Sunday brunch. We had a party of eight. Three of our party are vegetarian and Kelsey’s menu has some good vegetarian options (Beyond Burger, veggie skillet etc.). Problem was they had a special St Pattys Menu which had no real vegetarian options. We ask the waitress if they could do one or two of the regular menu vegetarian options and she said “No but I guess I could ask?” She came back and said “Nope only option is the salad without meat!” This is very poor planning and customer care. They accommodated gluten free diets why not vegetarian. Kelsey’s management needs to open their minds to plan for all or tell people that make reservations that the menu is LIMITED.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Ana was friendly and helpful. Will ask for her table next time we are at Kelsey’s

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vipSKlovesdogs
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly, competent service, good food, decent prices.

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DanF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kelsey's is more Irish than other supposedly Irish restaurants. We both had salmon topped wish crab imperial and it was outstanding. Our server, Maggie did an outstanding job.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Out to dinner with friends. Excellent food. We were seated immediately and our waiter did a great job. Huge portions. Unfortunately we didn’t have room for dessert.

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AndreaM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal for a group of 8 to celebrate a birthday. Our server was wonderful and we loved being able to sit by the fireplace. Everyone was very satisfied with their meal. Tried the deviled eggs for the first time and will order again.

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ALOC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food at Kelsey's is always good (we love the Shepherd's Pie) and you can hear one another talk!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner on Valentine’s Day was delicious! The service was outstanding thanks to our waitress Shelby. She was attentive and friendly and we appreciated her sense of humor! She was also helpful in reccomending 2 kinds of tasty craft beers. I alwaya have to get the corn crab chowder soup and it never disappoints! My reuben was crispy and scrumptious. My boyfriend got Molly Malone’s meatloaf and he loved it! My sangria was perfect as well with fresh wedges of lime and orange. Thank you Kelsey’s for an absolute delightful evening!

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vipDRad66
Baltimore
343 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service from Jesse. Food tasted great. Took a long time to get our appetizer/salad but it was no big deal since we weren't in a hurry. It was a problem when a couple of minutes after we were served our appetizer/salad, our server told us our entrees were ready. This is irritating and poor kitchen management. We either forego enjoying and eating our appetizers, or our entrees will be kept under a warming lamp or brought to the table where it will get cold. Enjoyed the food, but not the timing.

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vipRM09
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was terrible and the food was disgusting. We each got different things and all tasted like they’d been microwaved. My Reuben (which I expected to be good coming from an Irish pub) was cold in the middle and tasted like it had been sitting out. Our server disappeared for over an hour and we had to ask two different people to find her. For the quality of food and service you’re getting you’d have better luck at McDonald’s.

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GinS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE went for Restaurant Week. The menu and the food were superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience. Our server Ana couldn’t have nicer!

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vipLuv2eat
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Server was initially really great, then it when more people arrived he was swamped. Not his fault but they should have more servers. Food was great.

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KHoCo
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service

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vipVickyL
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful and the food (as usual) was delicious! One of our favorite places to go!

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KHoCo
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb salmon special. Attentive waiter. Other staff helpful. Great value, too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a very nice neighborhood restaurant. We were seated promptly, the food was good and the service was excellent.

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vipMelissaB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I visit this restaurant every month or so. We love the menu - he always orders the blackened ribeye. And the service is always excellent.

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vipJoejen
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a reservation and we were seated promptly in a booth. The server was quick to take our drink order. She was pleasant and friendly. My husband ordered the Cajun risotto which was a special that night. He liked the risotto except for the regular sausage in it tasted odd to him. I had the salmon imperial which was very good except for the potatoes it came with. They were soggy and tasteless. The flourless chocolate cake was good and nice end to the meal. I like Kelsey’s and I’m usually happy with my food. I would definitely eat there again. I will stick to their popular menu items the next time I’m there.

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Snady
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We have been dining frequently at Kelsey's since you opened and have never had poorer service. Our server did not bring my husband's entree and after being reminded of it showed no remorse and ultimately offered to bring it, but those dining with us had already finished eating. A second salad showed up at our table instead. I offered my husband the other half of my pot pie, which he did eat. However, it was supposed to be my dinner for the next night since I would be working and had planned on saving it for then. I think he could have made the situation right by taking my pot pie off of the bill but that was not the case.

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SarahT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy the food and service here. Will be back soon.

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vipDeanna
Baltimore
133 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Living in the city has spoiled us with great food options. Often times, we just can't find anything comprable in the county. This restaurant, however, is an exception. We greatly enjoyed the ribeye, the lasagna, as well as the fish and chips. And the server was amazing.

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kfoc63
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went with a friend and my wife for dinner after attending a Navy football game. Service was great and we were attended to very quickly. My friend had the clams casino and loved them. I had the chicken pot pie and also enjoyed it. Overall the food was very good and the price reasonable. Nice local place that is suitable for a variety of occasions.

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MarilynO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to see our friend, Brendan Pelan, perform. He was in the side room and it was Kelsey's anniversary party. Bagpipers were great. Brendan was terrific and played for the crowd. Food was very good and came quickly. Ambiance was like a good Irish American pub. Nothing like a pub in Ireland!! Will definitely go back to Kelsey's always great to find a new place.

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Charlie
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our waiter, who was very nice, but obviously had had zero training in efficiency.

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SarahT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yummy food and a good variety offered with attentive service.
Will go again!

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nickv
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and waitress were excellent and we liked that we were able to reserve a table

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GROMO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive, and met our special needs graciously and efficiently.

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vippetparents
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Kelsey's is consistently very good, the salmon berry salad is outstanding. Our waitress was newer but tried hard and kept our drinks filled. The only hiccup was my husband's beer being served after his meal, that was weird. He kept it and drank it with dessert. I wish that Kelsey's offered a plain scoop of ice cream or sorbet as a dessert. That would be nice.

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moviesinjuly
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for putting one of your recent tasty specials, Burrito Bowl, on the regular menu. Our server, Sarah, was excellent - friendly and efficient. So glad to have a restaurant like Kelsey's in Ellicott City!

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KennethS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was really cool. His name was Michael and he was very helpful with suggestions on the menu. Everything was great. It's nice to go somewhere and really enjoy the food with its Irish twist.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We asked for a quiet table for 6 and enjoyed a comfortable large table in a corner near the fireplace. (The bar area was crowded and lively)
We had a great server who really took good care of us. She was new but always inquired so that she could answer our questions.
Food, drinks & desserts were good. Easy parking

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AnneJ
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great, but it took over half an hour to arrive after ordering.

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DebbieH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

First time for dinner at Kelsey's. Have been for Brunch several times. They had Seafood Pot Pie as a special on this evening. It was absolutely AMAZING!! Would suggest possibly putting on menu in the future.

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CarolynC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Menu had a good variety of restaurant and pub foods. The staff was friendly and efficient. The food was very good. Great shrimp salad and corn crab chowder!!!

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SteveE
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Corned beef poppers are amazing. Mayswich sandwich is back on the menu - one of the best sandwiches anywhere. You can never go wrong at Kelsey's. It is our family's go to restaurant for casual dining.

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TomB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent first time experience. My family (Wife & 2 grown daughters) reserved a table for 4 on Monday night to celebrate a belated Fathers Day. Our food, service, and the atmosphere was all top notch. We will definitely add Kelsey's to our preferred dining list and look forward to returning soon!

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SarahT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Found this place last week and have already been back this week for a second delicious meal!

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SarahT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The bacon wrapped meatloaf is wonderful ! Already planning to go back !

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vipVickyL
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Kelsey's! Our waiter was amazing (Adam), the food was delicious! One of our favorite places to go!

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