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John Cowley & Sons Pub and Coolhenry Restaurant

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33338 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI 48336
+1 248-474-5941
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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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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Westland, Michigan
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars 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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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Food and service are great. Portions are large and appetizer yummy. Should definitely have dinner or lunch. Summertime you can eat outdoors

Thank Dodie V
Novi, Michigan
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295 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We finished a history tour and decided to eat here for dinner. We enjoyed eating outside as it was a nice evening. The service was good. The food was good, too. It was a bit high priced, but the servings were generous. They had a decent drink menu. We enjoyed our meal, but do not feel a need to return.

Thank Davidamy617
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Visited on a Sunday afternoon with my girlfriend and her parents for a late lunch. The weather was so nice we ended up eating outside. Their BLT is fantastic and their salads look even better. The beer selection is great and goes well with their house special wings. Kind of has a dry rub and not too spicy. Next time... More 

Thank Mark F
Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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178 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

When we exited the Farmington Civic Theatre and the weather was warm & sunny, we scraped our plans for an indoor restaurant and walked next door to the outdoor seating at John Cowley which was perfect under the umbrella. My fish, chips & coleslaw were tasty; my hubby's Dublin Burger was a unique combination of a hamburger topped with corned... More 

Thank Laurie B
Northville, Michigan
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79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

We had a concert for my kids band where they packed way too many people into the upstairs venue for a daytime thing. Maybe it was the combination of overcrowding and bad weather or just the atmosphere but overall seemed very average. The food there is ok, nothing that special and the Drinks are very pricey. We did have some... More 

Thank Zafar39525
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

I visit Cowley's at least once a month. A relaxed atmosphere where I can enjoy great conversation with my friends over some wonderful Irish potato soup.

Thank SusanC5683
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

Always a good place to go and an old stand by for many people. Service and food is always very good.

Thank 299michaele
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

I have been to Cowley's MANY times and it is wonderful-- the food, the service, the atmosphere. Great place to have a meeting (about 20 of us) and eat, too.

Thank Sherrill L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $20
American, Irish, Bar, Pub, British
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television
Good for
Families with children, 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 Avenue, Farmington, MI 48336
  • 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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