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McDonagh's Pub
McDonagh's Pub

McDonagh's Pub Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mcdonaghs.com
  • Phone: (732) 264-0999
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm Late Night: 10:00pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Irish, Continental
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: McDonagh's Pub catering offers a wide range of menus that can be custom-made to suit your needs. Please call us with any questions you may have.
  • Private Party Facilities: McDonagh's Pub is a fun, hip and friendly place that offers...GREAT FOOD, GREAT DRINK AND GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE! We do a custom menu for each party to be sure to suit the requests of our customers. We host Holiday Parties, Christenings, Birthdays, Victory Parties, Engagements, Anniversaries, etc. If you would like more information in regards to letting McDonagh's Pub host your next function, please call us so we can answer any questions you may have.
  • Private Party Contact: Ken Lawlor (732) 264-0999 x5
  • Entertainment: We offer amazing live music from Irish Folk to Rock and Roll on the weekends and cool acoustic tunes in the bar on the weeknights. On Wednesdays come in for Karaoke!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad Street
  • Public Transit: Hazlet and Matawan Train stations are located within a few miles from the Pub. Also, there is a bus stop in front of the Pub on West Front Street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our private parking lot is located next to the pub for your convenience. Please drive to the back of the municipal parking lot to enter the lot.
A word from McDonagh's Pub
Located in the Heart of Downtown Historic Keyport in a turn-of-the-century brick building near the bay, McDonagh's pub combines Old-World charm with modern hip cuisine. We offer an amazing menu of Irish Fare, bistro-style salads, home-made awesome soups, signature sandwiches, wraps, sautés, thin-crust pizza, fabulous fish and chips, daily specials and over 70 beers and lagers!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were immediately shown to our table and ordered drinks. We selected two entrees which came with a choice of House, Caesar salad or a cup of soup We ordered the Caesar and it was outstanding. Our entrees were well prepared and obviously fresh. They also have a number of other choices like very good hamburgers. If you want to experience what Jersey Pubs used to be like this is the place. It is important to note the bar area is separated from the dining room."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I never write a place off after one try. Food was better than average pub food. The service was poor. Initially two waiters within a few minutes then maybe they couldn't remember whose table it was. Asked for water which arrived with the check. I try to support this area since Sandy and maybe the nice day brought more business than they were prepared for. Busy before we arrived but not so busy while we were there then it picked up again. Short walk to the ocean view with a beautiful sunset! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food pretty good for pub food. Plenty of choices. I don't eat beef burgers but others in my party liked them here. Nice beer list. Will come back again. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This is my 2nd dining experience. Really love the friendly atmosphere. Nice selection on the menu but makes it hard to pick any one thing to eat. My friend loves the burgers and she is very fussy. Will definately come back again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Chose this restaurant because was a convenient meeting point for friends. On a Sunday at 5:30 we had to shout to be heard over the Irish band. Cute and fun but wrong time of day!!! Enjoyed the fried pickles!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great beer selection, good food and always a friendly server."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The online menu did not match the actual menu. The staff is young and inattentive. No manager in sight."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Recently met friends from work here. Menu options are plentiful considering it's "pub food", yet quality is always high and consistently good. Bar area can be quite loud at times, even when there's not music playing."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "4 of us enjoyed the food and our waiter John's excellent service. When I come again, it will be for lunch as Saturday night after 7 PM was very loud (music and conversations). Too loud for my taste."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Great food, great service and the right setting for a bunch of 20- and 30-some things to just drink and chill... and for Wednesday Night Trivia!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Had a fabulous pre-PNC concert meal at Mc D's. It was our first time at the restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed everything about the place. Awesome eclectic menu including a Brie Pizza (for my wife and Son's girlfriend), and a terrific Turkey Reuben with crispy fries."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "The noise level for most of our visit was just right. We were seated in a booth on the opposite side of the bar and enjoyed casual conversation. As soon as the live music started, we could not hear each other, and the music reached uncomfortable levels. Otherwise, the place was great all around. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/2/2013
  • "This night was nice at McDonagh's. We were there for the superbowl and it was pleasantly uncrowded. We do find on some evenings that it is loud, both people and the music the staff tries to blare over the conversation. So I prefer this place for lunch when the crowd and atmosphere is much more of a pub. Like many pubs in our area, this place gets a bit too clubby at night. Our server this night was very nice. Sometimes we find staff is not very service-oriented: like they're doing you a favor."
    Dined on 2/3/2013
  • "I thought it was great it was fun relaxed the food was great and will go back"
    Dined on 1/12/2013
  • "McDonagh's pub is one of those hidden gems in the town of Keyport. Vibrant bar scene and great food, it never dissapoints ... unless the waitis long :)"
    Dined on 12/29/2012
  • "This was a social event for a networking group. We were able to set up @ tables near the front entrance and located by the bar. I loved the relaxed feel of this place. We sampled a large variety of appetizers. The group shared one of the specials (short ribs w/ cheesey mashed potatoes) and it was a great hit.Service was a little slow but friendly. The manager was very accommodating and the food affordable.""
    Dined on 10/11/2012
  • "Great place for a casual dinner or snack. Plenty of good food choices whether you want to be health conscious or just let go. Noisy at times, but overall easy to have a conversation and enjoy the evening. Service was attentive and did not rush you."
    Dined on 8/11/2012
  • "I think we had a bad night...waitress was so absentminded....she took our order, half of it came out...she came to ask how everything was even though there were people with no food. She looked puzzled.....the rest of the food came out 20 minutes later....we think she forgot to order it...OH WELL...maybe just a bad night.....or an omen of things that are occuring there? And b t w, where was the management???"
    Dined on 8/7/2012
  • "Had a great time! Good food.. Good fun... I'll be back !"
    Dined on 8/4/2012
  • "Since moving to the area, McDonagh's has become our favorite Friday night dining spot. With my wife and I having full-time jobs with long hours, Friday night's we like to find a casual spot for dinner with good food and great atmosphere. With the "one-man-band" playing and great service and food, McDonagh's has become that spot for us. And, they take reservations seriously. Even if there is a line at the door, if you reserved ahead, your table is ready."
    Dined on 7/27/2012
  • "Good food and nice casual atmosphere. Sandwiches, burgers, English dip, cheese steak sandwich were all great. Good selection of draft beer at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 6/12/2012
  • "Unbelievably bad service, where in the world does it take an hour to make two salads. Then on top of that one the salads was not the correct order, In the hour wait never saw the waitress. and the restaurant was pretty empty. The one positive was the incorrect order was taken off the bill"
    Dined on 6/9/2012
  • "Good food and good service. More of a bar than a restaurant it was a touch loud but it was vibrant."
    Dined on 4/18/2012
  • "Food was good, service was very good. No problem with reservation. Nice local hang out with good bar scene.Big menu with good selection of pub style items.Will go back."
    Dined on 4/14/2012
  • "A pub is what we got at McDonagh's. The appetizers were good but the Sheperd's Pie was all mashed potato and a few pieces of meat and I was able to find one piece of a carrot. I was disappointed with my entree. My husband had a chicken fndger/mozzarella stick sandwich which he said was OK. I doubt we'll make another visit. It was a pleasant place, clean, friendly,decorated nicely but they fell short on one piece of their menu that they I thought they would have excelled."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "A Keyport staple for years! Has some of the best pub food around, and lots of creative specials, especially with burgers. try one on a pretzel roll! It's great."
    Dined on 2/10/2012
  • "food and drink great; lots of beer choices.nice dining area partitioned from the sports bar scene...just what I like in a restaurant pub, the way it should be."
    Dined on 9/11/2011
  • "We always have a great time at McDonagh's! Willie Lynch was great as usual!"
    Dined on 6/26/2011
  • "We always enjoy ourselves there. the food is always good and the staff friendly"
    Dined on 5/6/2011
  • "In made a reservation and my friend and I were both there, I was seated and she was at the bar for 1/2 hour to 40 min. I guess the hostess didn't understand an English teacher when she said my name. All in all it was good. My waitress Lisa, was very friendly and accommodating. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/25/2011
  • "Pleasantly surprised! Food was great! Service could have been faster but overall good."
    Dined on 3/12/2011
  • "Great beers and overall decent pub food. Hamburger, salmon burger, and their specialty house sandwich (breaded chicken breast with fried mozzarella and onion ring inside the sandwich) were really good. Fries are excellent. However, I was rather disappointed in the fish and chips because it was bland and it came as one big giant fillet with a rather heavy batter. We were a group of 9 and we noticed the service was much slower for us, even appetizers. But groups of 2 and 4 around us got quick service."
    Dined on 10/30/2010
  • "Nice place with great variety of comfort foods. I had a great chicken sandwich called the drunken goat which was loaded with great tastes. Burgers were worthy of this place being your new burger place. Kids chicken fingers were skimpy for my 8 year old, with just 3 small pieces and fries, we had to order another meal for him. Top it off with Molten Chocolate cake and you have a great meal. If you're looking for quiet and romance this is not the place -- but if you have kids, quiet is not what you look for in a restaurant. It's definitely a keeper!"
    Dined on 10/9/2010
  • "When we go to McDonagh's Pub we feel like we are in Ireland. We love the atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/9/2010
  • "The food was great. Was really busy and crowded. There was an Irish trio that was a little loud for dinner. I'm a musician and it was even too loud for me... especially for an acoustic trio. Service was friendly. Had to wait a little while, but 8:30 on a friday, what would you expect..."
    Dined on 6/11/2010
  • "We were a party of 3 and we ordered the nachos appetizer which was delicious. Very fresh and nice portion. We had a light meal and all of our entrees were very good. The waitress was great. We've been there several times and it seems the food has gotten even better than it was."
    Dined on 4/10/2010
  • "Food was an outstanding value. For that quality food I would have expected the prices to be double what they actually were. I will definitely be back and recommend it to everyone. My only complaint was the guy singing and playing the guitar was way too loud (Friday at 7 p.m.). I had to shout to have a conversation and had to strain to hear what my friend was saying, and we weren't even sitting near the singer. The restaurant isn't large enough for loud entertainment. When I come back, I will have to first call and make sure there is no live music at the time, because when I go out with my friends or family, I go out because I want to spend quality time with them, not be forced to listen to some dude sing."
    Dined on 3/26/2010
  • "Great bar food before a concert. Lots of drafts on top. Menu offers something for everyone. Will be going back."
    Dined on 8/22/2009
  • "My friends and I went to McDonagh's right before a concert that didn't allow tailgating. Our waiter was very fun and friendly. The food we ordered was well prepared and tasty. The drinks came quickly. What more could we ask for."
    Dined on 6/26/2009
  • ""McDonagh's Pub" offers outstanding comfort food at fair prices. I had a Guinness Cheddar Pub Burger with sweet potato fries & cole slaw that was mouth watering! "McDonagh's" is a great value, and we'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/10/2009