The Irish Inn at Glen Echo
The Irish Inn at Glen Echo

The Irish Inn at Glen Echo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.irishinnglenecho.com/
  • Phone: (301) 229-6600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 5pm;
    Weekend Brunch: 11:00am - 5pm (breakfast dishes until 2:30pm);
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Pub/Patio open all day.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Irish
  • Executive Chef: Ted Hughes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off site catering and large to-go catering options available
  • Private Party Facilities: Six private dining rooms for parties of 6-100 people. The Irish Inn offers sit down, cocktail and buffet events for groups of all sizes...perfect for Weddings, Birthdays, Office Functions, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Funeral Receptions, Anniversaries, Rehearsal Dinners.
  • Private Party Contact: Barry Nolan 3012296600x
  • Entertainment: Live Traditional Irish Music on Mondays 7pm-10pm , Live Jazz Music on Sundays 5:30pm-8:30pm, The 19th Street Band every other Wednesday - see website for dates. www.irishinnglenecho.com





    Live Jazz on Sundays 5.30pm-8.30pm





    See website for upcoming events
  • Special Events: Check out our website for upcoming holiday menus and special opening hours

Getting there

  • Cross Street: MacArthur Blvd
  • Public Transit: 5 minute walk from Glen Echo bus stop
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Irish Inn offers a large private parking lot just off Mc Aurthur Blvd & Tulane Ave. They also offer Complimentary Valet Wed - Fri Nights, All day Sat & Sun, and all holidays. Complimentary Valet for large events is also provided. Parking is always easy.
A word from The Irish Inn at Glen Echo
The Irish Inn at Glen Echo has plenty of history...from a family home in the 30's to a biker bar in 80's..The Inn at Glen Echo in the 90's...It's seen it all. This country Bar & Restaurant has a neighborhood feel, only a short distance from DC and Bethesda. Re-Opened in 2003 as The Irish Inn at Glen Echo offers great food, wine and atmosphere in a quaint setting. The upscale casual menu offers fresh seafood, hearty meats and the best Irish fare guaranteed. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious Lamb Chops or Steaks or a Traditional Shepherd's Pie....or a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake or our Daily Fresh Catch, The Irish Inn has it all. The Irish Inn combines a traditional Irish Pub with a white table cloth restaurant, complimentary valet and 6 private dining rooms, perfect for any occasion.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Irish Inn at Glen Echo reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)great for outdoor dining (51)great for lunch (48)great for brunch (34)good for groups (25)special occasion (24)romantic (22)kid-friendly (18)fit for foodies (14)vibrant bar scene (11)scenic view (10)notable wine list (8)late-night find (4)hot spot (2)Show More
  • We keep coming back, not just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/17/2009
    We keep coming back, not just because it is within walking distance but because the food is always excellent and the staff exceptionally friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was a little slow.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2009
    Service was a little slow. It took us 40 minutes to get our food, but the food was terrific. Will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • In a pleasant, woodsy location,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2009
    In a pleasant, woodsy location, but neither the food nor the service is memorable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and ambiance are always
    BobDiner
    Dined on 6/24/2009
    Food and ambiance are always incredible, beautiful location. Highly recomend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks so much...we loved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2009
    Thanks so much...we loved the prime rib and so appreciated being able to really hear one another speak. The quietness of the Inn was refreshing. Wonderful place for dining.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We loved the first experience
    Medi942
    Dined on 6/20/2009
    We loved the first experience and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • our dining experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/18/2009
    our dining experience was excellent. the service was fine; the ambience excellent. the food was very good (i was surprised, as i had read some negative things.) we were five people, were able to enjoy a room to ourselves, a small family gathering, where our conversation would not be hampered by nearby diners. altogether: a very nice experience.
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  • The food was good, but unfortunatly
    PRawlinsVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2009
    The food was good, but unfortunatly the service was so terrible that it spoiled the experience. We asked repeatedly for things that were not brought and were ignored for much of our lunch. The meal took twice as long as it needed to because of the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We felt like we were on vacation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2009
    We felt like we were on vacation tucked away in this quaint restaurant with an exceptionally friendly staff, good food, and great beer! The Irish music on Monday night was also wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most of food was good but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2009
    Most of food was good but portions were small. French fries seemed frozen.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant atmosphere for outdoor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    Pleasant atmosphere for outdoor dining on a nice spring night
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My eight-year old son and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    My eight-year old son and I had a great Saturday brunch outside. The service was efficient, and the food was tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • On a muggy Memorial Day 5/25/09,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/25/2009
    On a muggy Memorial Day 5/25/09, my friend and I were delighted to find shade and a nice breeze on the side porch of the Irish Inn, where a family friendly ambiance prevailed. The brunch food was scrumptious: we had Irish Benedict, a refreshing twist on the traditional eggs benedict, and to-die-for pan seared scallops on a perfectly dressed green salad. The accomodating kitchen split the two entrees on our plates so that my friend and I could taste both dishes without that messy process of splitting at the table. Food presentation = lovely,wine list unpretentiously good. I noticed more formally dressed parties being absorbed by the interior,where crisp white linen and air conditioning prevailed.In July, yes, in the meantime, go to the patio
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We didn't like the ambiance:
    Cpaw
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    We didn't like the ambiance: too dark and old looking. The food wasn't bad, but the prices are way too high considering that the place needs a make over. The potato and leek soup was totally bland, but the salmon carpaccio was very good. Then the protein dishes were well executed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My daughter chose the Inn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/14/2009
    My daughter chose the Inn at Glen Echo for her 16th birthday family dinner because she wanted to sit outside, wanted something casual and wanted a killer cheeseburger. We sat on the patio where diners have a choice of food from the pub menu or food from the white tablecloth dining room menu. We sat outside and ordered cheeseburgers all round. The adults also had some great oysters on the half-shell and tasty Irish beer on tap. The service, like always, was friendly and efficient. The cheeseburgers were cooked to perfection with great Irish cheddar and the beer was tasty on a warm spring evening. The oysters were briny and fresh but could have been shucked a little more carefully. A minor detail, though, since we'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We find this restaurant fun
    Reppohanhte
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    We find this restaurant fun and convenient for special occasions which merit the slightly greater expense. Its popularity makes for a happy ambience but also lots of noise. All of us had seafood, of which the salmon was excellent, the trout boring, and the mahi-mahi with bok choi not a hit. Service good and good-natured for a very busy Mother's Day crowd.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very nice, wonderful restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    Very nice, wonderful restaurant for mothers day lunch. Food was great. Service was very good, but a little confusing as a couple of different waiters dealt with our order so we were frequently ordering twice or sorting out confusion. Both waiters were excellent.
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  • Was great. We've been several
    palmfanVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    Was great. We've been several times and though the kitchen messed up our order, the staff was very quick to acknowledge they had made a mistake. Food took a while to arrive but it was worth the wait. We really like this place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a nice and quiet spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/4/2009
    This is a nice and quiet spot with excellent food and service. The food and drink selection is diverse enough for all taste to enjoy. For a nice dining experience I would highly recommend the Irish Inn at Glen Echo.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • valet service was great but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/3/2009
    valet service was great but brunch was a disappointment and not the positive experience I recalled from years past. Seating was OK - we were seated in the small upstairs room although there were plenty of tables downstairs. The constant Irish music was rather loud and although fine for the Pub not the best for Sunday brunch. The service was iffy - we were four but the waiter brought scones and butter for three, they attempted to serve the entrees before the appetizers and when they brought the entrees they had clearly been reheated. The food was made from fresh ingredients and was quite good. The portions were rather small, especially for brunch (potatoes included in the scrambled eggs selected consisted of two small new potatoes halved.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our lunch was terrific. We
    PRawlinsVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2009
    Our lunch was terrific. We had a great server. The only dowside was were seated for a business lunch next to a very loud group of women having several cocktails so had a difficult time hearing each other.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The outdoor dining and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 4/18/2009
    The outdoor dining and the vast selection of quality food items make this a perfect selection when it comes to outside dining. This is one of the best Irish Inns in Mafryland/D.C. for food quality. While the Dubliner in D.C. is also a good choice, the Irish Inn is more relaxed, and refined.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I SO wanted to love the Irish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2009
    I SO wanted to love the Irish Inn at Glen Echo. Before it became a restaurant/pub, it was a quaint dining spot with good food. I was curious to see how the pub had changed things. It did---and from a dining standpoint, not for the best. The food was mediocre and the portions were miniscule. My family ordered Shepherd's Pie---it was served as a dollop. The portion was smaller than an appetizer. I ordered potato/leek soup and salad. The soup was just ok--the eight dollar caesar didn't arrive separately but instead, a few lettuce leaves were tossed next to the soup plate. Two bites---it was gone. The pub is lively and well-stocked. Go for the pub---not for the food! And don't go if you're hungry!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The knives used to cut the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2009
    The knives used to cut the meat were pitted,not very sharp and the dessert menu is very limited. I spent $155.00 for 3 people;it may have been easter but that's alot of money. Not complaining, just sayin.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We enjoyed a lovely Easter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2009
    We enjoyed a lovely Easter brunch with five adult children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely wonderful brunch....the
    BillG
    Dined on 4/5/2009
    Absolutely wonderful brunch....the Irish Benedict and quiche were just perfect and our guests were very impressed with the ambience and service. We will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food - consistently
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    Very good food - consistently innovative entrees - will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall nice experience. Food
    CTEq
    Dined on 3/29/2009
    Overall nice experience. Food okay, dessert - apple cobbler with ice cream - very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love The Irish Inn at Glen
    LovetoGolfVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2009
    We love The Irish Inn at Glen Echo. It has such a pleasant ambience, the food is very good, the service is delightful and it's a wonderful, peaceful place to spend an evening. When the weather is nice, eating outside is lovely. We haven't actually been in the bar but hear rave reviews abut the pub food and the entertainment. It's obviously popular because it's always packed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant. Cozy atmosphere,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/27/2009
    Great restaurant. Cozy atmosphere, and a menu that melds traditional Irish comfort food with more "upscale" options. We ordered from both sides of the menu with great results. Service was excellent. They also have a very nice, separate, "traditional" Irish pub (no TV, no jukebox, etc.), which keeps the noise down for the restaurant. We'll be going here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All was fine, until the entrees
    mddinerVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2009
    All was fine, until the entrees arrived and mine was wrong. It took over 20 minutes, with everyone else almost finished, until I got the correct entree. Kudos for their taking the charge off the bill without prompting and bringing a complimentary dessert.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We dined here for the 1st
    DaveysMomVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2009
    We dined here for the 1st time Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was very good, I got the prime rib special with mashed potatoes and it was delicious. It was very tender and came out as ordered. It could have used more seasoning but I liked things with more zip, in general. My husband's bangers & mash was very good also, per him. I got a Nutty Irishman coffee for dessert. It was very good but I would have preferred it hotter. My husband's bread pudding with ice cream was good but nothing extraordinary. When the weather warms up they have an outside deck which will be very pleasant in the evenings.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The waiter's accent adds to
    BarryA
    Dined on 3/21/2009
    The waiter's accent adds to the charm. The food is good and beautifully presented. Wine list could include some more reasonably priced selections. Overall will return
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I took my friend to the Irish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/18/2009
    I took my friend to the Irish Inn for her birthday dinner. She's one of these people who doesn't touch bread. Well, the sauce on her salmon was so good that when she polished off the meal, she reached for the bread basket and used the bread to sop up every drop of sauce on the plate. I had the beef short ribs with kale -- so flavorful. It was a really delicious meal. We had the fried calamari appetizer and they were wonderfully tender. It was really excellent from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic experience. Of course
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/17/2009
    Fantastic experience. Of course when you go to the Irish Inn you're looking for Irish cuisine and a cool Irish pub scene. You'll find both here. We went for Saint Patricks Day festivities and were impressed. Somehow were able to steal a reservation for this heavily booked date on OpenTable.com (kudos to them for the online reservation feature). The noise level was up, but so were the crowds moods and the great music and Irish waiters and bartenders made the occasion special. The food was very good, traditional fare. The Paddy's day menu was fixed and let you chose (I had Bangers and Mash, my wife had the lamb). Both were cooked very well, even on such a packed day. We had not been to the Irish Inn before this and will return
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was disappointed that everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/17/2009
    I was disappointed that everyone up stairs couldn't hear any music for St. Patrick's Day. The music is one of the main things on that day and the reason we went to the restaurant. I wouldn't recommend it for that ocassion to anyone because of the risk that you could be placed in the upstairs dinning room which was one of the quietest places I had ever eaten. The food was good and if you just want some good Irish food without the atmosphere go there. The service was fair, but I take into account the crowd.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was either inexpensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/17/2009
    Food was either inexpensive or small portioned. But it was served attractivly. I was surprised to find no price on the wine list, and then found out a glass of house wine ( my request) turned out to be $9.00!! It was good ambience for the special occasion of St. Patricks Day, but I would not go there another time, unless the menu was improved.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Irish Inn was a pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/14/2009
    The Irish Inn was a pleasant surprise. I usually don't think of an Irish restaurant when I'm out for a date, but this place fit the bill perfectly. The menu was refreshingly different and the food was delicious. They still have shepards pie for those devoted to more moderate Irish quisine. Some restaurants stay busy because they simply do it right by offering great food and service. Althouh this place isn't near anything else geographically it doesn't seem to matter. It was a great find and I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First rate restaurant with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2009
    First rate restaurant with valet parking. The menu was amazing as apart from an Irish selection there was also other fare. A vast salad and starter selection, and very tempting desserts - if you still have room.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2009
    The food was very good. The service was accommodating. It was too noisy for my taste and too warm in the downstairs dining room.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic