Jake O'connor's Public House

★★★★☆
  • 200 Water St

    Excelsior, MN 55331

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  • 952-908-9650

About Jake O'connor's Public House

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 1am;Sun. 10am - 11pm

Food

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Went back again just this Saturday. Had a really big group for a friends birthday. We had ordered some basic ape for the whole group and they were great, but what was actually amazing is that we STILL had great table service despite the

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Went back again just this Saturday. Had a really big group for a friends birthday. We had ordered some basic ape for the whole group and they were great, but what was actually amazing is that we STILL had great table service despite the

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I've had two very good experiences here. The food has been consistently delicious, the staff helpful, and the drinks well-poured! In the best part of this pretty little town, the inside is just as lovely as the out.

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I've had two very good experiences here. The food has been consistently delicious, the staff helpful, and the drinks well-poured! In the best part of this pretty little town, the inside is just as lovely as the out.

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We were told to talk to the owner, Dermot Cowley, when we called a month in advance to cater a large work event. Dermot was great....at first. He provided suggestions to appeal to a large crowd and even offered to provide the lunch at a

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We were told to talk to the owner, Dermot Cowley, when we called a month in advance to cater a large work event. Dermot was great....at first. He provided suggestions to appeal to a large crowd and even offered to provide the lunch at a

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I have been going to JO's for a long time now and honestly can't believe the reviews that say the service is bad. I'm there most Friday's and have always found the service to be excellent, no matter who my server is. The food is very

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I have been going to JO's for a long time now and honestly can't believe the reviews that say the service is bad. I'm there most Friday's and have always found the service to be excellent, no matter who my server is. The food is very

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Did the chef quit? We were in last week and wanted something special so we asked if the chef could make it, we were told the chef was not in...so we ordered off the menu and it was not good. Pickles on my buffalo chicken sandwich, pickle

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Did the chef quit? We were in last week and wanted something special so we asked if the chef could make it, we were told the chef was not in...so we ordered off the menu and it was not good. Pickles on my buffalo chicken sandwich, pickle

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This place used to be good, now its a challenge just getting a drink. The staff used to be so friendly and talkative, especially at the bar. Now the manager just wanders around talking to the bartenders about whatever is more important

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This place used to be good, now its a challenge just getting a drink. The staff used to be so friendly and talkative, especially at the bar. Now the manager just wanders around talking to the bartenders about whatever is more important

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The place is wonderfully decorated with neat architectural artifacts but the food is a disappointment. We are regulars at "The Local" in Minneapolis and expected something similar here. The food was bland, old, and cold. The servers were very friendly but the food was disgusting and overpriced.

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The place is wonderfully decorated with neat architectural artifacts but the food is a disappointment. We are regulars at "The Local" in Minneapolis and expected something similar here. The food was bland, old, and cold. The servers were very friendly but the food was disgusting and overpriced.

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Jake O'Connor's is a true Irish pub. Went there for a couple of drinks and had great service at the bar. The food looked great and will go back to try it out!!

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Jake O'Connor's is a true Irish pub. Went there for a couple of drinks and had great service at the bar. The food looked great and will go back to try it out!!

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Wonderful food, we have enjoyed lunch and dinner (and wine) at this establishment. Always good. Huge portions! I joined the VIP club and get special deals each month. It gets a little crowded on ladies night but not uncomfortable.

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Wonderful food, we have enjoyed lunch and dinner (and wine) at this establishment. Always good. Huge portions! I joined the VIP club and get special deals each month. It gets a little crowded on ladies night but not uncomfortable.

Pros: Fantastic happy hour deals

Cons: Slightly over priced

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Fun atmosphere in Excelsior and generally busy on weekends. A very good place to meet friends and have a beer. Unfortunately the food is average to below average for most menu items. We have been to the restaurant 4 times since it opened hoping the food quality would improve but this is not the case. The service is even more of a disappointment. The bar tenders work hard and service is good. The hostess, wait staff and manager are sometimes rude and can be lazy. I would limit this to a good local bar and lower your expectations when it comes to the food quality and service.

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Fun atmosphere in Excelsior and generally busy on weekends. A very good place to meet friends and have a beer. Unfortunately the food is average to below average for most menu items. We have been to the restaurant 4 times since it opened hoping the food quality would improve but this is not the case. The service is even more of a disappointment. The bar tenders work hard and service is good. The hostess, wait staff and manager are sometimes rude and can be lazy. I would limit this to a good local bar and lower your expectations when it comes to the food quality and service.

Pros: Fun atmosphere

Cons: Poor service

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It is an Irish Pub with homemade Irish food such as potpies and soup. The decor is of stone walls, dark woods and green booths and dark lighting. The decor and food make dining here a very enjoyable experience.

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It is an Irish Pub with homemade Irish food such as potpies and soup. The decor is of stone walls, dark woods and green booths and dark lighting. The decor and food make dining here a very enjoyable experience.

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What a great restaurant!!! The ambiance is incredible and the place is buzzing every time I am in there. The food is awesome and the weekend live music is so fun. The cellar bar, as they call it, is an experience all its own and I have never found anything similiar. I also enjoy the many facets they offer. If you are looking to have fun and dance while having a couple pints, its perfect. If you are looking to hang out at the bar with sociable bartenders and a beautiful bar with perfect cosmos (and my wife does not say this very often) then its perfect. If you would like to take your significant other out for a romantic night its perfect (they have an incredible wine list). If you want to bring the family in its perfect. Like any other succesful and great restaurant, I would recommend reservations, especially if you are going in during the dinner hour on weekends!! All in all, I recommend Jake O'Connors to everyone I talk to and will continue going there. Service is exceptional and even when something does go wrong (which is rare, but inevitable at any busy place) you are so well taken care of by both the service staff and management that you know you are valued. Get to Jake O'Connors, you will not regret it and will definately find a place that you will return to again and again!!!

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What a great restaurant!!! The ambiance is incredible and the place is buzzing every time I am in there. The food is awesome and the weekend live music is so fun. The cellar bar, as they call it, is an experience all its own and I have never found anything similiar. I also enjoy the many facets they offer. If you are looking to have fun and dance while having a couple pints, its perfect. If you are looking to hang out at the bar with sociable bartenders and a beautiful bar with perfect cosmos (and my wife does not say this very often) then its perfect. If you would like to take your significant other out for a romantic night its perfect (they have an incredible wine list). If you want to bring the family in its perfect. Like any other succesful and great restaurant, I would recommend reservations, especially if you are going in during the dinner hour on weekends!! All in all, I recommend Jake O'Connors to everyone I talk to and will continue going there. Service is exceptional and even when something does go wrong (which is rare, but inevitable at any busy place) you are so well taken care of by both the service staff and management that you know you are valued. Get to Jake O'Connors, you will not regret it and will definately find a place that you will return to again and again!!!

Pros: Ambiance, Service, overall level of fun!!!!

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We had reservations for March 16th at 7:30 pm. We arrived around 7:10 and the hostess met us and took us to the bar to wait for the other couple to arrive. We ordered drinks and as soon as the other couple arrived the hostess took them to meet us at the bar and directed us to our table. Then the hostess brought us our drinks. The waitress and waiters were nice and we received our food hot and it was very tasty. We celebrated our anniversary and had a great time. All of the staff was helpful and prompt with any thing we wanted. We would recommend Jake OConnor's to everyone!

Sincerely,

Dennis Doyle Nelson

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We had reservations for March 16th at 7:30 pm. We arrived around 7:10 and the hostess met us and took us to the bar to wait for the other couple to arrive. We ordered drinks and as soon as the other couple arrived the hostess took them to meet us at the bar and directed us to our table. Then the hostess brought us our drinks. The waitress and waiters were nice and we received our food hot and it was very tasty. We celebrated our anniversary and had a great time. All of the staff was helpful and prompt with any thing we wanted. We would recommend Jake OConnor's to everyone!

Sincerely,

Dennis Doyle Nelson

Pros: Great service good food

Cons: none

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Came in on New Year's Eve and had a wonderful experience. I am from out of town and wish there was a place like this in Wisconsin!!!! It was packed when we got there, but we were seated promptly at the time of our reservation!! The wait staff, bar staff, and hosts were very professional and prompt!!!!! I had butternut squash ravioli, which usually comes with scallops but since I am allergic the server was completely accomodating and switched it to chicken without a problem. We also stayed after dinner and enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere and the awesome music!!!! It was a great way to ring in the New Year and I can't wait to go back next time I make it to town.

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Came in on New Year's Eve and had a wonderful experience. I am from out of town and wish there was a place like this in Wisconsin!!!! It was packed when we got there, but we were seated promptly at the time of our reservation!! The wait staff, bar staff, and hosts were very professional and prompt!!!!! I had butternut squash ravioli, which usually comes with scallops but since I am allergic the server was completely accomodating and switched it to chicken without a problem. We also stayed after dinner and enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere and the awesome music!!!! It was a great way to ring in the New Year and I can't wait to go back next time I make it to town.

Pros: everything was fantastic

Cons: none

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JAKE O'CONNERS is a great place to go... beautiful construction and quality throughout... a treat for anyone with any Irish heritage... Great choices of the very best beers from Ireland and Europe and Canada... The Irish pies, all of them are outstanding, the seafood dishes are fresh and abundant, the burgers are great and the service is first class... I brought a friend of mine there last week , he is from Scotland and he raved about the place... great, committed employees, comfortable atmosphere... I am taking wife, my inlaws and parents there tomorrow for dinner.... my mom is Irish and I look forward to her opinion... The one thing I can say is that I have been there once a week or more for the past year is has been opened and the one word that jumps out is CONSISTANCY... that is very important to me and Jake O'Conners delivers hot, great food every time.... TRY it, it is a fun place... and don't forget about the lower level pub for big screen sports and true irish pub atmosphere...

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JAKE O'CONNERS is a great place to go... beautiful construction and quality throughout... a treat for anyone with any Irish heritage... Great choices of the very best beers from Ireland and Europe and Canada... The Irish pies, all of them are outstanding, the seafood dishes are fresh and abundant, the burgers are great and the service is first class... I brought a friend of mine there last week , he is from Scotland and he raved about the place... great, committed employees, comfortable atmosphere... I am taking wife, my inlaws and parents there tomorrow for dinner.... my mom is Irish and I look forward to her opinion... The one thing I can say is that I have been there once a week or more for the past year is has been opened and the one word that jumps out is CONSISTANCY... that is very important to me and Jake O'Conners delivers hot, great food every time.... TRY it, it is a fun place... and don't forget about the lower level pub for big screen sports and true irish pub atmosphere...

Pros: Great atmosphere, great food, great beer

Cons: none

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Upon arrival, we asked the host if they had room for two adults and one child and whether they were busy - He abruptly replied "we will be" and stated that we could sit at a table in the back as long as we "guaranteed to be out of there by 6:30 pm" (we arrived a 5pm). This requirement was strange and not necessary since it was clear that we made a bad choice and we were not inclined to stay. The host was otherwise smug and unhelpful - there was no offer for a high-chair for our little one. We had to seek out a server to assist us. Service was disinterested and the food was mediocre and no better than cheap chain restaurants. The much-touted "beef burger" was overdone (I requested "medium") and flavorless on a dry roll. We will certainly not be back and will spread the word. This is the first time that I have ever posted a comment (positive or negative) with respect to a restaurant, but felt that our experience was so poor that I should inform others. Best of luck to Jake's.

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Upon arrival, we asked the host if they had room for two adults and one child and whether they were busy - He abruptly replied "we will be" and stated that we could sit at a table in the back as long as we "guaranteed to be out of there by 6:30 pm" (we arrived a 5pm). This requirement was strange and not necessary since it was clear that we made a bad choice and we were not inclined to stay. The host was otherwise smug and unhelpful - there was no offer for a high-chair for our little one. We had to seek out a server to assist us. Service was disinterested and the food was mediocre and no better than cheap chain restaurants. The much-touted "beef burger" was overdone (I requested "medium") and flavorless on a dry roll. We will certainly not be back and will spread the word. This is the first time that I have ever posted a comment (positive or negative) with respect to a restaurant, but felt that our experience was so poor that I should inform others. Best of luck to Jake's.

Pros: Comfortable appearing Irish pub in the suburbs

Cons: Rude staff, poor service, tasteless and low quality food

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This is a tough review for me to write. After consistent visits as a secret critic always does, I have such a mixed review for this place. The ambience is unreal. It's awesome, genuine irish pub feel -they pulled out all the stops and if you forgot you were in Minnesota vs. Dublin it wouldn't be surprising. For the ambience alone - I say you must go and have an irish beer. BUT, expect to wait for it - even if the place is completely empty. On one of my visits, we were the only people at the bar. The only people. There were 4 servers standing around at the end of the bar and after oh, about 25 minutes I walked up to one of them and asked if we could be assisted. No apologies, no nothing from them. Appalling at best. I am sad to say this happened on every one of my visits, every single one. Some of the worst service i have witnessed in a while. Get it together Jakes or it's not going to work. Unfortunately for them, everyone talks about this as well when you are in the neighboring bars and restaurants. The food is ok. Some things are very good - the salmon for example. Skip the oysters as if your life depended on it - they were terrible. They had nice shepherd pie, etc. But no stew. When in Ireland, it's all about the stew? Go for a beer, but bring your patience with. Cheers.

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★★★☆☆

This is a tough review for me to write. After consistent visits as a secret critic always does, I have such a mixed review for this place. The ambience is unreal. It's awesome, genuine irish pub feel -they pulled out all the stops and if you forgot you were in Minnesota vs. Dublin it wouldn't be surprising. For the ambience alone - I say you must go and have an irish beer. BUT, expect to wait for it - even if the place is completely empty. On one of my visits, we were the only people at the bar. The only people. There were 4 servers standing around at the end of the bar and after oh, about 25 minutes I walked up to one of them and asked if we could be assisted. No apologies, no nothing from them. Appalling at best. I am sad to say this happened on every one of my visits, every single one. Some of the worst service i have witnessed in a while. Get it together Jakes or it's not going to work. Unfortunately for them, everyone talks about this as well when you are in the neighboring bars and restaurants. The food is ok. Some things are very good - the salmon for example. Skip the oysters as if your life depended on it - they were terrible. They had nice shepherd pie, etc. But no stew. When in Ireland, it's all about the stew? Go for a beer, but bring your patience with. Cheers.

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I took my daughters for lunch the other day. It was a lovely treat for all of us. We were escorted to our table right away. The area is quite spacious, something a bit different from old Ireland, and the seating was comfortable. Our server was very friendly and helpful. The Guinness was drawn quite well! Foam just above the top of the harp on the pint glass and lovely rings all the way to the bottom as I enjoyed my beverage! Cheers! Our food was hot and delicious and came promptly. Our server came back often to check on our needs or if we wanted anything refilled. The music playing softly in the background was lovely Irish tunes. The only thing I would have liked to see would have been a traditional Irish Stew on the menu. I have been blessed with quite a few trips to the Emerald Isle and that is one staple on most pub menus over there. I would recommend Jake O'Connor's to all who would enjoy a fairly close rendition of the Irish pub experience this side of the big blue pond! Pricing is moderate to high, depending on your tastes and what you end up ordering. Well worth the treat! It was Grand! Slainte!

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★★★★☆

I took my daughters for lunch the other day. It was a lovely treat for all of us. We were escorted to our table right away. The area is quite spacious, something a bit different from old Ireland, and the seating was comfortable. Our server was very friendly and helpful. The Guinness was drawn quite well! Foam just above the top of the harp on the pint glass and lovely rings all the way to the bottom as I enjoyed my beverage! Cheers! Our food was hot and delicious and came promptly. Our server came back often to check on our needs or if we wanted anything refilled. The music playing softly in the background was lovely Irish tunes. The only thing I would have liked to see would have been a traditional Irish Stew on the menu. I have been blessed with quite a few trips to the Emerald Isle and that is one staple on most pub menus over there. I would recommend Jake O'Connor's to all who would enjoy a fairly close rendition of the Irish pub experience this side of the big blue pond! Pricing is moderate to high, depending on your tastes and what you end up ordering. Well worth the treat! It was Grand! Slainte!

Pros: Everything in my review! Beautiful authentic Irish bar!

Cons: Nothing worth mentioning; except maybe that lack of stew. Plenty of goodies on menu.

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I went here last week with a group of friends we got sat down early had to wait 20 mins for the waiter to get there. He took the table behinde us drink oder first the sat down 10 mins after we did it was like pulling an arm just to get more water or pop. Got our dinner messed up luke warm food. I would not go back again very poor service the place smelled bad in there.

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I went here last week with a group of friends we got sat down early had to wait 20 mins for the waiter to get there. He took the table behinde us drink oder first the sat down 10 mins after we did it was like pulling an arm just to get more water or pop. Got our dinner messed up luke warm food. I would not go back again very poor service the place smelled bad in there.

Pros: burger was ok

Cons: waiter staff is bad

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