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McDonagh's Pub

4.6
107 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Bar Seating
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Neighborhood Gem
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Irish, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 11:30am - Midnight
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Phone number
(732) 264-0999
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broad Street
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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.
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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.
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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. Come out on Monday's for Bingo, Tuesdays for Karaoke night, and Wednesdays for Trivia!
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 107 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Carlton, hands down, friendliest and best waiter in a long time - ask for his table!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great St Patty’s day event great crowd and fast service

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I've been here several times (casual hang out & for St. Patty's Day) & have enjoyed it. My only "complaint" would be that charging $17 for a small plastic bowl of what's called a chicken pot pie, actually being chicken soup with a biscuit floating on top, is a bit excessive, even for the holiday. Otherwise, it's a fun place, good fun energy, nice location, nice staff, & easy to make reservations.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great time on St. Paddy's Day. Enjoyed the ambience, service was excellent (even on this very busy day). Menu was limited due to the holiday but food was very good. Will definitely go back and try again on a day when full menu is available.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

St Patrick’s Day

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Was seated within minutes of arriving. Food was delicious, service was great. Ambiance was warm and inviting.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Fun place to go on wednesday nights for trivia with a bunch of friends.

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2.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Very disappointed. They got several orders wrong and charged us for a beer we didn't get. They obviously took off the beer and wound up taking off one of the meals they had to remake (the remake wasn't good). A friend ordered a pricey steak and specifically asked about spices that might be on the steak. Server said those spices weren't on them, but didn't think to give him a head's up that there is a sauce that comes on the steak and perhaps he'd like it on the side (to the servers of the world...if a customer says they don't like garlic, they probably don't like much and you should tell them the steak is slathered in a chimichurro (sp?) sauce).

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

The waiter was awesome, all the employees were sweet and seemed happy to be there which is not the "norm" so I appreciated that. It was a great experience, warm, inviting, and great burgers!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Dependable pub food and the giant pretzel is a must. Waiter Carlson was fantastic!!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

They accommodated our original group of 15 to 26 with no issues. Everyone was pleased!

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

A few friends and I always get together at McDonoughs for Wednesday night Trivia with Gentleman Jim. We absolutely love it. The food was perfect - which was nice because it can sometimes be inconsistent.

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2.0Dined on October 27, 2017

The place is really cool. The service was great, but the food awful.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and service was good. Outside area is one of the best. Only complaint is that the smoking area is too close to the seating area outside. Also, people began smoking at their tables outside too.

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2017

The crock of soup should not cost more than the cup of soup since they're the same size! Ordered a cobb salad with cajun chicken but only received the salad, no chicken. Finally asked for the chicken and received a couple of tiny pieces of grilled chicken, not cajun. Not worth the $6 extra for 'chicken'. The bacon bits in the salad seemed like imitation bits. Usually happy with McDonough's but not tonight. The prime rib was good but the side of squash and zucchini was hard and undercooked. The waitress was friendly so we still gave a 20% tip.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Outdoor space is really nice. Food was okay , regular bar food... nothing special but not terrible. Would go back again

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

The food and service were very good. Great lobster sandwich, steak frites and fries. Our server was new, (I think so anyway because we never saw him there before) and he did an OUTSTANDING job. He was very attentive and friendly.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2017

They were out of a few menu items but the food we did have was very good and the wait staff was super friendly.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2017

In the area for a soccer game. Convenient location pleasant server good food, except the potato leek soup was a disappointment: too cold and to watery

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2017

Good overall despite a few setbacks. Still gonna go back regardless.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Love it has good food people are nice noisy a little my son likes their chicken fingers

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2017

Great $5 lunch specials! Nice outdoor patio area to enjoy when the weather is nice.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Friendly, Comfort food, fun and energetic atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Good pub food! Love the new outdoor patio dining....Good food for price!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Great service, food and beer as always. Live entertainment is also excellent. Acoustics are NOT great...they need to pad the walls.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

they had a great mothers day brunch food was good service could be better to many young inexperiance servers

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2017

This was my second visit and I was somewhat disappointed this time around. Two of us wanted the steak and was told that they didn't have any. A Saturday night at 7 oclock?? That I found odd. So I ordered the sliders and the rolls were hard as a rock. I asked for new rolls and the second round wasn't much better. However I will say the manager came over and apologized and when the bill came I was not charged for them. My husband ordered vegetables instead of the chips and they were missing from his meal, so we had to ask again. I asked for a candle on the dessert and that never happended. Overall its always a fun atmopshere with good live music every Saturday night. You can't go wrong with the huge pretzel as an appetizer. Our service could have been abit better. Great place for apps and drinks....I would skip dinner for this one!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Good food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2017

Excellent food and service as always. Best Guinness in town as well.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Cool interior... traditional pub feel mixed with some bright colors on walls, signs, etc. Some historic memorabilia on display. Good food & service. Bar area is separated from dining area by a half-wall, so it's an upbeat atmosphere. Lots of wood, hopefully much of it is original to the building!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Love this place...always the best food and experience!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2017

fun trivia night- lots of people, noisy, good food

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

We went for St. Patrick's day dinner. The place was packed and the music was pumping. They even had bag pippers for the holiday! LOVED it and will for sure go back!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

went for St. Patrick's day and the food was great so was the service and since they were serving both the restaurant and they had tent party seating in the back they get big points for not letting the quality of the food or service become compromised. Would go back for this or just to dine anytime.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2017

a very cozy and comfortable place to enjoy a meal good food, great beer and very friendly and helpful service

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Loved the atmosphere. The food was terrific. The guitarist was fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Always good!!! Local place, Live music on weekend, good drinks, and food.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

I was wandering around on OpenTable (a reservations app) because sometimes you can find restaurants there that don't always come up on YELP.

Anyway...we got there at 6:45 and were greeted by a very nice hostess, and by live acoustic music (Friday night) right off the bat. Sweet! We had our children (both under 10) with us, and didn't feel at all like they didn't belong. They were welcomed!

I was really hungry (and I'm pregnant lol) so I ordered:
Boneless Wings (buffalo)
Irish Stew (comes w/ rye bread)
Wedge Steak Salad (w/ bleu cheese)

Hubby ordered:
Red Curry Mussels
Shannonbridge Pie

The boneless wings weren't my style at all. I didn't like anything about them, but some might. They were all white meat (high quality, but I don't like white meat), and there wasn't enough sauce. No biggie, hubby liked.

Irish Stew was incredible - excellent, even. With the rye bread and butter it felt (and tasted) like home (Michigan, not Ireland - I've never been.)

Wedge salad was fantastic. I loooved the bleu cheese, and the steak was amazing. Tender, perfectly cooked and seasoned.

Michael LOVED his mussels (they smelled incredible), and so did our 4-year-old. Ha! She ate more mussels than mac 'n' cheese!

His Shannonbridge Pie he enjoyed immensely. It's a lot like a Shepherd's Pie, except topped with a lot of cheese. We had leftovers of everything except my Irish Stew - which I'm now craving.

If you haven't been, go! I can't understand how this place doesn't have a higher rating! Oh! Beer selection was grand, too! He got 3 different pints and enjoyed them all! Naturally.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Never disappointed! Great food! Great beer! Great service!

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2017

Great Vibe for a larger Pub.

Food is heavier to the Burger and Sandwhich side but the BURGERS ARE AWESOME and handmade 10oz.

The Rib Eye was buttery and tender and full of flavor.

Our drinks were on point and they have an AWESOME Bloody Mary!

Dessert was limited selection but very good.

I guess you can say a focused menu and they do it well!

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