McDonagh's Pub

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$30 and under
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American
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!
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4.2
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4.1
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LynnK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The create your own waffle station was amazing, would definitely go back for another!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The waitress was not attentive at all. She brought one of our parties food at the end when everybody else was finished. Totally inattentive, it was odd actually.

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JohnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had such a good time, we stayed and listened to the band after dinner. It was a great evening and we will definitely be back !!!!

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StephanieC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome!! Went to celebrate my sisters birthday. It was my family’s first time and it could not have been better. The service was excellent and the food was insanely great. We will defiantly be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Visited for my wife’s 50th birthday dinner with her family. When I called to confirm the reservation three days before I was told that they were closing early that evening but it would not be a problem.

45 minutes before our reservation they contacted me and asked if we could come in earlier but everyone was already in route. Once we got to the restaurant they rushed us through our meal and were upset when we asked for coffee and desert to celebrate.

The manager tried to make things right when he realized what was happening but the owner had come in and turned on the house lights and turned off the TV’s before we had even ordered desert. His actions made it clear that we should get out. We quickly finished up and left about 40 minutes before I was originally told the restaurant was closing that even.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Irish New Year and you guys did not disappoint! Food was delish, atmosphere was perfect and our waiter was spot on. Thank you..

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LynneS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level was great, all sports on TV, but not blasting sound.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

food was very good but very loud and service is very slow and inattentive. They brought us our dessert and we still had most of our dinner dishes on our table.

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MaryM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

BUT- depends on the occasion. Large family group, seated at long table. Food was good for a pub/bar,
eclectic menu that satisfied all age groups. The "music act" that started around 5 pm was overwhelmingly loud (no further conversation possible). Probably better for a lunch, than an early family dinner.

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LAURAB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monday night Burgers and Bingo was a lot of fun. Half priced delicious burgers and free silly bingo games with some nice prizes. Ten of us were there and had a lot of laughs.

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Eater
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible corned beef Rueben sandwich

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vipCelebrate
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with very large portions. Excellent service too. They had a trivia night going on that night, great fun

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TessieT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

McDonough's was a delight. The weather was warm, so I sat on their quaint patio. I was there on a Fri and took advantage of their $5.99 weekday lunch. The $5.99 menu had LOTS of options. I understand they have live music many evenings as well. Definitely worth checking out.

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vipAlArbour
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good food, good service, great atmosphere. Arrived on a Monday night and found out it was Bingo night. Not great if you just want to sit and talk to your friend. Otherwise all good.

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DawnP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food really tasty but the service was quite poor. Took nearly an hour to get our entrees and server was MIA most of that time.

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KeyportResident
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I’ll be honest. I’ve come here for years and the last 3 times the service has been really bad. I made a reservation most recently and still had to track down a waiter when sitting outside. The atmosphere is great but, I’m going to stop suggesting going there with family and friends due to the service. Food is pretty good but most recently they were out of bud light on draft and corned beef for a Reuben Sandwich. That shouldn’t happen early on a Saturday night.

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PattyW
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was good. Sorry to see they no longer use the cards for free lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love McDonagh’s, Love Keyport❤️

KH
KevinH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was okay- I wouldn't say great and I would say not so good, but with so many places to choose from in Monmouth County, we probably won't go back. My wife and I thought we would try something different, but it won't wind up on our "go to" list.

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Zhansi
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service. Victoria was delightful and attended our table fabulously. We had a little bday celebration and team marveled us by making it extra special.

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Shannon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places! Great food and wonderful outside seating area!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Used to be better. Seems like they’ve went for cheaper ingredients in their traditional menu items, such as Reuben egg rolls and shepherds pie.

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vipsteveNhelen
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good burgers.

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vipsteveNhelen
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It’s okay...this place is hit or miss.

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MayM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great neighborhood place. Live music, singer was great. Excellent food. Attentive service. Inside was a little warm, ventilation could be better. Food and service made up for it. Enjoyed outside seating at another visit. The burgers were delicious. Side of black and tan onion rings were a nice treat! Loved the fish and chips. Will visit again

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vipNeverlandBondMatt
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Father’s day dinner with my parents and our puppy. We come here every few weeks since they are dog friendly. The food, service and overall experience are great.

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vipNeverlandBondMatt
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This has become my family’s go to restaurant. The food is good and the outdoor area is nice and big. We love that this place is dog-friendly (outside area) which allows us to bring our puppy to dinner with us. That alone makes it a great place!! Everything here is great, you won’t be disappointed.

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vipsteveNhelen
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Prime rib steak sandwich was ok...but not enough meat. The McDonough Burger was delish. 420 Sweetwater Beers were pricey but really good. Guinness is always excellent.

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vipsteveNhelen
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Slider apps were great and the wings were ok. The salmon was crisp and delicious over salad. They didn’t have beets but they doubled up on roasted butternut squash which was superb. The 420 Sweetwater beer was delicious and the Guinness is always fresh & excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon was superb!

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Axpbillie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in a Nice outside area. animal and kid friendly (in that order). Very good food. Had the pretzel it was so good. And the burger I had was cooked right and twisted good. Zero to complain about.

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KatieH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

2nd time I have been here, where we waited over an hour for food. And they messed up our order.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Nachos were good. Burgers excellent. Cajun salmon surprisingly tasty. outside patio has a pretty cool vibe. On the down side, Reuben was cold and dry, service has been slow with excessive wait times for food. Be mindful of high up charges for side dish changes which are not listed on the menu.

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LisaP
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very loud. Service was slow. Food was average. Our server was very pleasant. Very apologetic about the delay and it wasn’t busy.

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njcooltechie
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First time there and we went because we heard about the new menu. Less ingredients which means fresher food and it was good. Having a burger and paying for fries seems ridiculous, but I get it. The beer selection was good, but could have been fresher. It is a good place to go, I am just picking some small details. Give it a try it won't disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great night. Excellent service. Amazing burgers! The clams and short Rib Poutine were so good.
Loud with live music but we knew it would be that way and great entertainment!

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Cher
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

No complaints we were seated immediately and waited on promptly. Drinks and food were served withing a reasonable time. Presentation of food was very good and quantity and quality was perfect.

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KathyZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the best burgers in the area.

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Lexbree
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I wouldn't recommend for brunch. This is more of a booze/alcohol and appetizers type of spot.

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vipKaren
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Cool, fun place , great band that night . The Steak bites appetizer was small and over cooked , really dry . The onion rings were soggy. Drinks were great , our server was very attentive . I would give the food another chance .

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McDonagh's Pub is rated 4.1 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.

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