Kelsey's Restaurant, Irish Pub, Banquet Room

4.6
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$30 and under
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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!"
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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
Washington DC
36 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.

KH
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service

VL
Baltimore
13 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!

KH
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

ME
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.

J
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.

S
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.

ST
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

D
Baltimore
124 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.

k
Baltimore
15 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.

MO
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.

C
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

ST
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

n
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

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

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

p
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.

m
Baltimore
2 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!

KS
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.

OT
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

AJ
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

DH
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.

CC
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!!!

SE
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.

TB
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!

ST
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!

ST
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

VL
Baltimore
13 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!

SR
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family birthday dinner for my mother. Food and service was fantastic. Noise level was low. Will definitely come back.

HH
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Kelsey’s- the food is excellent, the service was outstanding and our company was wonderful

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked this based on location as we were meeting our son who is stationed in Virginia. Ellicott City was centrally located. Looked at many restaurants in Ellicott City and picked Kelsey’s based on reviews. Did not disappoint and exceeded our expectations. The manager was super welcoming and eager to be sure we were happy. Would definitely return! Thank you!

CT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I really like the ambience at Kelseys but when we were seated there were dirty napkins on the floor, the chairs were not lined up to the table, and there were no glasses or clean napkins. Kelseys staff were overwhelmed by the crowds. Some of the food was excellent (boiled shrimp, omelets) but others should not have been served ("stale" pancakes; cheap store bought desserts, overdone breakfast potatoes, crab dip with little crab). THen, as we were finishing the parents sitting at two adjacent tables allowed their children to treat the room as a playground, where they battled each other with their balloon swords. Clearly, this was unacceptable behavior and staff should have monitored this better.

f
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mother’sDay Brunch. Food was fair. Didn’t like how far we had to walk through the restaurant to our table from the buffet with a plateful of food crossing the front door entrance.

KV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Expensive for food quality. More like a kids buffet. Frozen chicken fingers, pretzel bites, and Mac and cheese. “ Tenderloin “ was under done prime rib. No vegetables. Salad premixed...not a salad bar...was limp and over dressed. Sausage and bacon good. Not really a brunch more of a pricey breakfast.

PR
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The resturant itself was hard to find, out of sight inside a plaza. The food was pretty good but not fantastic-I had Seafood Mac which had a good amount of seafood. The noise level was pretty high. The hostess was training a new employee and was audible well inside the seating area. I don't think I'd go back there, given the chance

SO
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Kelsey's - the food and atmosphere are superb.

p
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We dine regularly at Kelseys, love it. Our waitress was stellar! I wish I had remembered her name, she was so wonderful. She had a taller, slim guy she was training at the same time. Our drinks stayed filled, the meal arrived perfectly even with specific requests. The Irish egg rolls are amazing, you have to try them. Love the crab dip too. The spinach beet salad is extraordinary, I love it, the vinaigrette works perfectly. My husband got the Shepherd's pie, he said it was good but a bit dry. Kelseys has really nailed it on the last several visits, so it's surprising that this one wasn't perfect.

LW
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Kelsey’s is a very dependable restaurant. The food is excellent and priced reasonably, particularly their special buffets. We very much enjoyed the Easter Buffet. There were many choices. The food was fresh and presented well. Lots of delicious seafood. For those who do not eat seafood, there was fresh pasta, sirloin roast, Shepherds Pie and chicken Marsala, name some. The buffet was not limited to the dishes mentioned here. We enjoyed our meal very much. Kelsey’s is one of my favorites.

MB
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Friendly server and excellent food. Our Easter brunch was a wonderful experience. We will definitely go again!

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