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John Cowley & Sons Pub and Coolhenry Restaurant

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33338 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336-3124
+1 248-474-5941
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came in on a Sunday night, our first time at John Crowley. Should have left when it took 15 minutes for someone to show up at the table with menus. The food wasn't seasoned at all, everything just tasted like old fryer grease. We had the appetizer trio and a chicken club. We never saw the waiter after he took... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

An interesting Irish restaurant in downtown Farmington. There's often live music although it may be more rock than Celtic. Food is good. Lots of drink choices. Small amount of outdoor seating in warm weather.

Thank jhcheng
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

Cowley's has always been a great meeting place to hang out with friends. The was always good but need a little more something. Well, I am not sure what happened in the kitchen, but my wife and I both had excellent meals there the other night. I had seafood pasta and she had the perch dinner. Both were great! Keep... More 

Thank 299michaele
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

I'm a foodie. I love trying places multiple times to get a good grasp of them. I gave this place a try three times, all on Tuesday night, which I guess is the night they have trivia. 1. The food is overpriced for the amount and quality. 2. The owner is grumpy. I always try to talk to the owner... More 

Thank Mercury7777
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

The bread on the sandwich I had was not very fresh and it is not a very friendly place, compared to several of the other downtown Farmington restaurants.

Thank deezdeez52
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

While attending Farmington Founders Festival we were looking for a place to get dinner. Went into Cowleys and had a great burger, and quick and friendly service even though they were busy.

Thank PHardy01
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Great food, drinks and entertainment. Have been there many time. Would recommend too couples for a good night out.

Thank DetroitCaribTraveler
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65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Dinner with my wife. Food and service are always good. Great location right in downtown Farmington. Long time family owners. Great bands on weekends.

Thank John K
Westland, Michigan
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Thought the food was really good. Apple pecan salad and potato soup. A little pricey for the food great atmosphere.

Thank Gary B
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95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here with some friends. Nice atmosphere for an Irish Pub. Appetizers and food were good. It was crowded and the service was still good!

Thank P M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $20
American, Irish, Bar, Pub, British
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, 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
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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