Best Irish food near St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

October 6, 2019 Janette Largent

Reviews on Irish food in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Looking out over the city of St. John's, you may be reminded of a mini San Francisco (minus the cable cars). St. John's provides the ideal balance between nature and nightlife, from the East Coast Trail and its stunning scenery to the colorful entertainment district along George Street. Although it's the largest city in Newfoundland, the vibe is still very small-town. You'll feel welcome in the City of Legends!
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6. Fionn Maccool's

199 Kenmount Rd, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3P9 Canada Irish, British, Canadian, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +1 709-383-0425 http://fionnmaccools.com/locations/st-johns
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3 based on 80 reviews

Fionn Maccool's

Reviewed By Roadking818

I was on a short business trip to St. Johns and had only a two night stay. I stayed at the Fairfield Marriott hotel which is across the parking lot from Fionn’s. I was impressed with the restaurant’s look. Very much a great Irish pub look. I ate in the lounge area on a Tuesday night at 7:00. The place was not too busy, and 2 servers were waiting tables. The servers were in very short tartan skirts, made the visit even more enjoyable. My server was very nice and friendly and welcomed me to the restaurant. Many craft and local beers on draught at the bar. Also some good local bottled beers. I had an Iceberg beer (lager beer that is claimed to be brewed with real iceberg water - see photo). I ordered French onion soup (classic with melted gruyere). Entree was the Guinness Steak and Mushroom Bowl, served with a side salad. The soup was good, though the serving size was a bit smaller than I expected. The taste and flavor was good though more onions would have been appreciated. Very good flavor that kept me wanting more.The Steak and Mushroom bowl was also good recommendation from my server. It was served in an open fashion with a Yorkshire pudding crust. The bowl was actually more of short pastry perhaps about an inch tall. The meat and mushroom was very savory but a little dry (maybe add a bit more Guinness?). The Yorkshire pudding crust was not very flakey and somewhat chewy and may be due to being over cooked. This can be improved along with adding some liquid to the filling. It’s a chain, but with acceptable quality. Service was fast and attentive. If I return, I will try the Shepherd’s Pie. Others near me ordered it and it looked very nice. Hey Road King, thanks a lot for choosing to dine with us during your business trip. You know where to find us next time that you're in town!

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5. Bridie Molloy's

5 George Street, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 2C3 Canada Irish, Bar, Pub, Canadian Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +1 709-576-5990 http://www.bridiemolloys.ca
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4 based on 158 reviews

Bridie Molloy's

Reviewed By AlbertaChristiegirl

My husband & stopped at Birdie Molloy's for dinner our first night visiting St. John's. The building survived the great fire of 1892 and is approx 150 years old - centrally located downtown on George Street, we entered this pub shortly after 8:00 pm on a Thursday evening. It was quite busy but being a good size, we were able to find a table. It took a while to be served & by then happy hour had just ended but our server Carm S still gave us the happy hour rate for our jug of draft beer. Carm also let us know it may take a while to get our order, which was nice to let us know in advance.We sipped our beer and enjoyed the 2 piece band playing "The Lads". They have live music to enjoy on the weekends.Our meals arrived & I enjoyed my scallops appetizer & my husband his 2 piece fish & chips with a tiny cup of slaw.Lots of history in this building & an interesting story about Birdie herself. They have alot of seafood on the menu, daily specials as well as a traditional Irish Stew cooked with gravy brought over from Ireland. Happy hour is from 4:30-8:00 pm nightly & dinner is from 4:30 - 10:30 pm. They are open at noon daily & serve breakfast as well.Thank you very much for leaving such a detailed review!

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4. Kelly's Pub

25 George, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada Irish, Bar, Pub, Canadian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout, Live Music +1 709-753-5300 http://downtownstjohns.com/business/kellys-pub/
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4 based on 106 reviews

Kelly's Pub

Reviewed By Susan F

I was the guest of a local last night and thrilled to enjoy a night of good food and music among new friends. I had a very tasty cod dinner (specially prepared gluten-free for me) and a nice glass of Cabernet. Ray "Blacky" O'Leary entertained us, and a small dance floor gave us space for a "scuff and a scoff" - dance and a meal in the Newfoundland vernacular. Personal service, very accommodating.

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3. Shamrock City Pub

340 Water St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1C3 Canada Canadian, Irish, Bar, Pub Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +1 709-758-5483 http://www.shamrockcity.ca
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4 based on 310 reviews

Shamrock City Pub

Great local and Irish fare with great service. Live music nightly featuring the best of Newfounland folk and Irish musicians. Owned by D'Arcy Broderick, formerly of Irish Descendents and Fables bands.

Reviewed By Ceecee514

The beer is cold, the food is decent. Came in twice as this is a good place to come in for a drink and listen to some great live music. However came in for wings and was pretty disappointed. Very fatty wings, almost slimy. Quantity was good, sauce was good, but the wings themselves... not so good. I was however intrigued by the irish breakfast but didnt have time to try it. Maybe next time.

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2. The Celtic Hearth

298-300 Water St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1B8 Canada Irish, Bar, Pub, Canadian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Reservations, Private Dining, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer +1 709-576-2880 https://theceltichearth.ca/
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4 based on 337 reviews

The Celtic Hearth

Reviewed By KAPPS79

Unfortunately the four orders of food we had were horrible, and service was slow. They ruined fish and chips, as everything was soaked in grease and tasted off. The burger was awful, and the two fish tacos were different from each other with an odd flavor. All four of us felt ill afterwards. Had we just gone for a beer, the atmosphere would have been enjoyable, but DO NOT EAT HERE! There are so many great restaurant options in the area, and this is NOT one of them. Expensive for the exceptionally disappointing food.Hi, I'm Cheyenne, a manager at The Celtic Hearth. Our Floor Manager, Larry Weisman would very much like to hear more about your visit and try to correct this situation. If you could call him at (709) 728-3519 we would greatly appreciate it.Thank you, Cheyenne

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1. O'Reilly's Pub

15 George St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1M3 Canada Irish, Bar, Pub, Canadian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Live Music +1 709-722-3735 http://www.oreillyspub.com
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4 based on 344 reviews

O'Reilly's Pub

Reviewed By MaryA W

Not one to write bad reviews but very disappointed with the quality of food from this Irish Pub. The cod fish batter was saturated with grease and the chips were no better. O Reilly's is known for their live music which was good but the cuisine and their unfriendly staff needs some attention.

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