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James Joyce Irish Pub in Baltimore's Harbor East - James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant, Baltimore, MD

James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant

4.3
4.3
30 Reviews
$30 and under
Irish
Experience an authentic Irish pub experience in Baltimore with our cozy and inviting atmosphere that has welcomed locals and tourists alike for over 18 years. With its decor and furnishings imported directly from Ireland, James Joyce will transport you across thousands of miles of ocean to The Emerald Isle.

With a menu featuring traditional Irish fare and a large selection of draft beers, James Joyce will complete the true Irish pub experience by hosting live music 7 nights a week.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (410) 801-6596

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Harbor East

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 30 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    James Joyce REALLY went downhill after reopening - and it used to be one of my favorite places. We were seated in the “O’Malley Corner”. The table was too small for the space - so as I was having MY dinner, I stood and leaned against the seat. They really need to rethink the table size in that booth! I ordered a very overpriced fish and chips dish ($26). The fish was overbreaded in a huge crispy plank and it came with a HUGE serving of McDonald’s style fries that were completely tasteless. I won’t be back.
  2. JP

    JamesP

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific atmosphere and food. Solid service. Great value. Great add to this area!
  3. JL

    JenniferL

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m surprised this place has so few reviews, it’s one of my fav pubs in Baltimore!
  4. L

    Lindsay

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wasn’t sure how James Joyce would be after reopening under new ownership but the food and service were top notch! The portions were impressive and the cocktails were so good. Will be back!
  5. A

    Allen

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a wonderful New Year’s Eve special event with family that included an exceptional four course meal with wine pairings. The Hake with Risotto may have been one of the best fish dishes I’ve eaten and the Sticky Toffee pudding made me long for a trip back to England. Affable competent server Jonathan made the evening a pleasure. We will make the James Joyce a regular in our restaurant rotation.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining at James Joyce. It was amazing. The food and the service was top notch. We will definitely be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The menu was fairly typical American-Irish pub food.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were in a rush to catch a show. The service and the management were exceptionally responsive and the food was excellent. Would recommend to anybody who was looking for a fun experience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place to go for amazing food and drinks, everything was great on the menu, hard to choose from but we’ll worth the time it took to choose the bison burger. The shepherd pie was great as well, I could go on and on. My opinion is to just go by. Highly recommended
  10. B

    Bill

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad James Joyce is open again. Went there for my birthday and enjoyed a great dinner with friends. Service was excellent and the food was great and the glass of Irish Whiskey topped the evening.
  11. G

    Gabby

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience!
  12. C

    Connor

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food was absolutely amazing, but the service was less than ideal. Our server would disappear for a while and we’d be waiting for more water or to order something else.
  13. a

    alsl

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    The food was good. The server was incompetent. They were not busy but we did not receive the appetizers until after we had almost finished the entree, and then only because we queried. The soda was not brought 'til dinner was finished and then, again, only because we asked. We had to request salt 3 times. I would like to give kudos to the runner. He seemed to be the only one to respond.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Shepherd’s Pie high in salt/sodium
  15. D

    Davep

    Cleveland

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome, food service and staff did everything to make our experience great
  16. VT

    VTScot

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A terrific Irish pub through and through. Great food and good sized portions - happy hour is a great deal!!
  17. W

    Walter

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such great food and friendly folks. Very quiet at lunchtime but it should be busy! What a great place. Newly reopened so it might take a while to draw crowds to fill the space. Clean and lovely.
  18. 2

    21224

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience4
    The new menu is missing all of the great items from the previous operator. No more Guiness beef stew and Irish brown bread. No more corn beef and cabbage. The Shepherd's pie had no peas, and the fish n chips was all fry batter and very little fish (not haddock either). The list of missing traditional Irish menu options could go on and on. Also, while there is still a sign on the Exeter Street garage advertising $5 parking with validation from James Joyce, the manager refused to provide parking validation. There is no reason to return here. The Kent House in Towson or An Poitin Stil in Timonium are better options for Irish Food than the new James Joyce.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They went out of their way to make a special drink we requested. The service was impeccable.
  20. K

    Krbarron

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, best Mushroom soup we’ve had! The dry ribs were exceptional better than your average pub ribs.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in for a family dinner with some pub food enthusiasts and Irish music lovers. Fantastic experience all around. Started with a round of Irish beers/cider that they have on draught. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food, from the very shareable black truffle grilled cheese to the 2-meals-worth of shepherd’s pie (dinner and lunch in one!). To finish the evening we had the sticky toffee pudding and Irish pot de creme. Both delicious. Their treatment of the pudding, with the light and bright citrus butterscotch, was an excellent take on a classic. Our server, Lauren, was friendly and attentive. All of that *plus* superb live music (Irish/Celtic traditional when we were there) makes for an incredible atmosphere any night of the week. Can’t wait to go back!
  22. SS

    SheilaS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was beyond our expectations for the pub atmosphere from appetizer, main curse to dessert. And the service staff were so attentive and fast service! Highly recommend!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down best fish and chips I’ve had in the area. Also the staff was super friendly.
  24. KG

    KateG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    Way too loud in both parts of the restaurant. Several groups were resorting to shouting to be heard.
  25. M

    Mark

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Newly opened since the pandemic. Guinness, Harp, Kilkenny, and Smithwicks on tap. Scotch egg app very good though sausage a little dry. The Shepherd’s Pie was excellent with melt-in-your-mouth lamb and mashed potato crust of just the right thickness, though a tad expensive at $24. Irish coffee was excellent and more a cocktail than a coffee. Live Irish music completed the atmosphere. Looking forward to going again.
  26. GB

    GaryB

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waitress was outstanding. Very professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and made helpful suggestions.
  27. V

    Vegasuncle

    Baltimore

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service. Believe the waiter’s name was Jonathan. He was excellent and friendly. Food was good. Great nacho fries and bison burger.
  28. A

    Akbjh

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beer and sandwiches were good. The fish broth in the halibut dish was was very salty. We understand the Irish pub theme but as happy hour approached we were hoping during happy hour the Irish music would switch over. The Irish music was way to over bearing for sitting there the whole time.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looks great after the rehab but it’s crazy expensive now.
  30. P

    Peri6

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at James Joyce. The service we received was top notch. Love the decor. The food was delicious too. It was a great evening.

FAQs

James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 801-6596.

James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant

616 President St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Harbor East

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Irish, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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