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John Cowley & Sons Pub and Coolhenry Restaurant

33338 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336-3124
+1 248-474-5941
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible6%
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“potato soup” (10 reviews)
“shepard's pie” (2 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Pub, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
33338 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336-3124
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is clean, a little overrated, by some, service fast and great, drinks just a little lite for the price, food ok but not for the price. You can have a fun time in this place. Great place to come to if you don't...More

Thank johnfoodmaster
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my family have been going to John Cowely and Sons Pub since 2004. Through the years, we have become close to the Cowley family and are never disappointed with the excellence of their restaurant and business establishment. Countless birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations have...More

Thank Juliana A
Reviewed March 4, 2018

The last couple of times we have been there the food was at best adequate. If they want to stay in business as a restaurant vs. just a bar, they need to kick it up more than a notch. The food was bland, the service...More

Thank DetroitAreaTravel45
Reviewed March 4, 2018

I had the fish n chips. I highly recommend...food came out piping hot with generous portions. The cod was meaty and tender, slaw was also fresh and delicious. Sat by the fireplace downstairs. Great atmosphere with a neighborhood pub feel...

Thank Walt G
Reviewed February 8, 2018

Came here to celebrate my 40th birthday with friends and dance to 50 Amp Fuse. Entertainment was great, our waitress did an amazing job in a packed bar, the owner however, was extremely unpleasant. We had reservations and the owner wanted to take chairs from...More

1  Thank Lindsay S
Reviewed February 4, 2018

Recently attended a casual cocktails/hors d'oeuvres gathering of an organization I belong to up on the second floor of Cowley's. Food could be chosen from the menu and was served hot and tasty. Bartender ran a tab for everyone ordering items not included by the...More

Thank Carole L
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Friendly Irish pub with great beers and burgers. A varied menu for other hearty meals like Shepards Pie, Stew and Pasta.

Thank Alan B
Reviewed January 5, 2018

We went for lunch with my wife, daughter and granddaughter to celebrate my wife's birthday. Three of us had 1/2 Reuben Sandwich and Potatto Soup. Both were great.

Thank ogemaw
Reviewed January 4, 2018

Our table of six ordered a variety of burgers, fries and brussel sprouts. The food was very good. The restaurant is a little small but cozy. Fortunately, we were there on a quiet night and didn't feel crowded. Despite the fact that there were only...More

Thank twidgetbeth
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Reviewed November 22, 2017 via mobile

We frequently stop into this Irish themed restaurant for dinner and drinks. The food is consistently good and so is the service. The owners, Greg & Maureen Cowley are hands on and very friendly. Try the fish and chips or salmon salad.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33338 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336-3124
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Farmington
  • Phone Number: +1 248-474-5941
  • E-mail
Established in 1972 John and Marie Cowley opened a small classic Irish pub in Farmington, Michigan in 1972. This traditional watering hole became a cornerstone in the Farmington community. In early 2002, the second generation of Cowleys stepped in to build upon the foundation that was laid down by John and Marie. The old pub was torn down and a new beautiful two story building was constructed. Fast forward 8 years of giving the Metro Detroit area a consistent dose of Irish hospitality, the third generation of Cowleys have come home to help expand John and Marie's legacy. Brendan Cowley and his wife Amy Cowley are now driving the business into the future. Both are graduates of one of the best culinary schools in the world, The Culinary Institute of America, and are using their training and experience to bring a new vision to John Cowley and Sons. As Brendan has put it, "Our mission, is to provide a pub with a warm and inviting atmosphere that serves high quality, unpretentious food and drink."
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