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  1. Distance: 1.37mi
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About 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!

2 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ 07735
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Irish, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 11:30am - Midnight

Cross Street:
Broad Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 264-0999

Website:
http://www.mcdonaghs.com/

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!

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.

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.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

McDonagh's Pub Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for a Date (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 16, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Live Sports, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on June 15, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Friendly, Comfort food, fun and energetic atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Live Music, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, People Watching, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Live Sports
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Good food and service.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2017

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

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fun, Casual, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, People Watching, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Fun, Live Sports, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Fun, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Outstanding Value, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Live Sports, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Sports, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

My husband and I went for an early New Years Eve dinner/cocktails.. he ordered the Pretzel appetizer, and I ordered the corned beef egg rolls for an appetizer..
The pretzel was HUGE! It would be great for a table of four( at least ).. it was also super yummy!
The corned beef egg rolls were OUTSTANDING! I would come back JUST for this app alone!
For main course, my husband ordered a pizza, and I ordered Chicken Murphy, with potato leek soup and a Caesar Salad.
The potato leek soup was wonderful..! Great balance of taste! The salad was crisp, cold and fresh ( exactly like it should be )... the chicken Murphy was delicious, although it was super spicy( just a tad too spicy for my comfort ).
My husbands pizza wasn't good, however. It wasn't fresh.. it was clearly frozen and tasted that way as well.

The Guinness was good( of course ).. I just wish the bar staff knew how to pour it PROPERLY. I mean, it IS an Irish Pub...
Anyway, we'll be back.. nice atmosphere.. local crowd.. clever ambiance!

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Everyone enjoyed their meals and the service was fantastic. We thought it was a bit pricey for the food, but can't complain because overall food was good. The Reubens were great as well as the Irish Russian. I had the pub grilled cheese and my soup was cold and so was the sandwich. I'm a vegetarian and was looking forward to tring the sandwhich. Although it was cold, it was still good. Will definitely come back in the future!

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Sever was great food was great great place we will be back soon

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Atmosphere, wait staff, food. All was superb! A+++

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2016

The new outdoor area is beautiful. Great place to eat on a gorgeous day. Their lunch never disappoints. Service was quick and attentive, very comfortable with my toddler too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Service and atmosphere was awesome. Ordered three burgers done medium. When we got them, they were all well-done which I can't stand. Server was very nice. Beer was good, but food so-so.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2016

It's great place, the staff is very friendly and nice the food is great. I recommend this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2016

I always enjoy McDonagh's but the one problem I had this time is that they advertised free corned beef sandwiches for their anniversary celebration but when I got there, I was told it was only for lunch. Don't get me wrong, I'm not just looking for a handout. My girlfriend & I made a reservation to go. Had two

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2016

This is always a terrific landing spot. I've been in many times before and will always come back and leave happy. Nico was a great and accommodating waiter and the host (forgot his name) was really great too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2016

I like them they are good and the food is amazing the prices are good the food is good it is kid friendly they are fastand the menu is amazing

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2016

I had a very good time at McDonagh's Pub. The corned beef egg roll appetizers were great, my French onion soup was great and the 2 deserts we had were great. Our main meal was less than par, as my sizzling steak was just ok. The meat was bland, with no seasoning. My wife's meal, the Sheppards Pie was too meaty and not enough vegetables.
Overall a good experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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