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McDonagh's Pub, Keyport, NJ

McDonagh's Pub

4.2
4.2
190 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Irish, Continental
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (732) 264-0999
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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 ext. 5
  • Neighborhood
    Keyport
  • Cross street
    Broad Street
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 190 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Monmouth

    Kid-friendly

  • Monmouth

    Good for groups

190 Reviews
  1. BarbaraS

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really good but kitchen must have been having a bad night. Waited over 45 minutes for food then apps and entrees came out together. I’d give it another try and hopefully it runs smoothly next time.

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  2. JudyM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was good, service staff, hostess and waitress was terrible.

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  3. MichaelG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and the service was awesome everything came out quick but we had some time between our appetizer and our main dish. We were happy with everything.

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  4. Joboud

    Atlantic City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Danny our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Love the two bar setting. Food was prepared well and tasty

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The place was nice. Good food, reasonable prices and friendly staff. However, they had removed most of the tables since there was a live music event so the open table reservation was useless. We had to sit at the bar.

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  6. JohnH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    McDonagh's Pub is a great local pub for meeting neighbors, friends and coworkers for drinks and / or food. Nights with live bands can get crowded, but always a fun atmosphere. Only thing we would like to see McDonagh's Pub change is to add a few more items on their menu for vegans. The only option here is a Beyond Burger. While it is a perfectly done burger, a few choices would be welcomed.

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  7. JJSS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. The staff went above and beyond to make our son's birthday special.

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  8. KendraO

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great atmosphere and great vibe. Food was great. We were there on a Friday night. Only critique; they were playing the music very loud, louder than necessary. It was hard to talk while you were having dinner. I love a good bar vibe but having to yell when talking to your friends at a table takes away from the fun. Would still go back. Fun place and great food, especially the apps.

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  9. Stephelene

    New York State

    151 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was attentive & courteous. Beers were good but pizza was meh. The patio room is heated but still kind of cold with a draft.

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  10. JosephD

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Made a reservation for a "standard" table and was originally provided a high top which we refused. Had to wait an additional 15 minutes for the table to be cleared and cleaned. Service was fair, food is just OK. Music was not "live" music as indicate on their website.

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  11. LastminuteDinner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We had ordered a vodka pie and fried cauliflower and French onion soup. The food was interesting to put it nicely. It felt ouke a strange fusion of different countries, the pie has a seasme tasting overbaked crust. The French Onion soup left something to be desired, the top of the cheese, the best part!, was covered in frazzled onions and unrecognizable. The fried Cauliflower was my favorite part of the evening, we has the garlic parm and it was actually pretty good. Service was curious and came to check on us once, however once my drink was gone it sat empty for a while before seeing him again. I probably wouldn't go again.

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  12. RobF

    New York City

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been to McDonagh's before. I've had good service, food, and drinks. This visit I struck out on all 3. It was not a good night for Martini's, and it was Martini night. No Martini menu, so I ordered a Cosmo, simple enough. It was watered-down juice. The batter on the fish and chips was like rubber. I couldn't cut thru it. I just peeled it off and ate the fish. The other guests I was with didn't have a good experience either. There were signs all over that they were hiring. Perhaps it was due to inexperienced staff.

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  13. suzie

    New York City

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    There was no one to seat us. They only have high top tables , except for large groups. The waiter was friendly and helpful. My burger and fries were good, but my friend 's Reuben was dry and tasteless. The music was too loud during trivia. We could not hear ourselves talk. Trivia with Gentleman Jim was MUCH better!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Bad rude stAff noisy crowded we had to walk out

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  15. opinion8ter

    New York City

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pulled pork sandwich and burgers are delicious! Servers are attentive I went on Trivia Tuesday. So much fun! Four rounds, first three are multiple choice and forth is write in. There are bonuses each round Prizes awarded to top 3 teams. Tip, sit in the covered outside area because it is quieter than inside. Covered area is heated, has a bar and tables. Recommend this restaurant

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  16. dgenovese

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great Keyport spot! The Bavarian pretzel is outstanding. It's ginormous, soft, and salty served with beer cheese and honey mustard. The fish and chips was good. The fish was well cooked and crispy. I think it might be better with the house made chips rather than fries but it was good. The draft beer selection was extensive and we had a good few. Cool spot if you're hanging out in Keyport or at a pre concert dinner (10 minutes from PNC Arts Center) like we were.

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  17. BeverlyA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fast seating, fast service, value for your money!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gathering of good friends celebrating life… 5 lung transplant patients .

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service from Michael, our waiter, everything was great!

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  20. GaryN

    New York City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and Sam was great. Good food and Guinness

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lot of fun, and the band was a big plus. They were awesome.

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  22. ROBERTG

    New York City

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant was fairly busy. We ordered drinks and a few apps. Got the drinks and waited about 20 -25 minutes and still no food. The waiter came over apologizing saying they gave our food to another table. Took probably another 10-15 min for the food…. Which was great by the way. In fairness to the waiter he was very apologetic and we know it’s tough getting help to fill all openings these days.

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  23. craige

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service and food were good but a little expensive for 4 people for lunch with no alcohol ordered

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  24. Staceysreview

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere and food were delicious. Everyone was very friendly

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  25. LynnK

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The create your own waffle station was amazing, would definitely go back for another!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  27. JohnM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  28. StephanieC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  29. StoutsInPA

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  31. LynneS

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Noise level was great, all sports on TV, but not blasting sound.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  33. MaryM

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  34. LAURAB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  35. Eater

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible corned beef Rueben sandwich

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  36. Charlies

    Charleston

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with very large portions. Excellent service too. They had a trivia night going on that night, great fun

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  37. TessieT

    Orlando

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  38. AlArbour

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  39. DawnP

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  40. KeyportResident

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    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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FAQs

McDonagh's Pub is rated 4.2 stars by 190 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for McDonagh's Pub

2 West Front Street, Keyport, NJ 07735

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Broad Street
  • Neighborhood
    Keyport
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Irish, Continental
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • 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 Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (732) 264-0999
  • 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 ext. 5
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