D'Arcy McGees - Sparks Street

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The Largest Irish-Canadian Restaurant Brand. Our warm hospitality welcomes you to a place where you can enjoy the best of both made in-pub food and drink in an atmosphere that encourages sharing good times with family and friends.
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JR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our meal was excellent but for a Sunday at 5:30pm I was surprised to have our waiter tell us they were out of steak, maple glazed salmon, and chicken pot pie! So we went with beef pies and pasta. The service was excellent as it was extremely busy serving the dinner crowd before the 7:30pm show at the Art Centre.

MR
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very busy. Very loud. Food was great, hot, tasty and plentiful

DB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My party took advantage of a couple of coupons, dividing them between our bills. The waiter informed us that his manager had approved an exception for us to use the coupons, and let us know there was an intended limit of one per table--not one per bill, as we'd assumed. Seeing as the coupons guided what we chose to order, this was a frustrating way to end our experience the other night--haggling over semantics.

BC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We reserved for 6 because we thought it would be crowded for the NAC show( and it was). We got stuck at 3 tiny 2 person table rather than the 3 bigger tables for 6. 2 of these tables were empty for at least 30 minutes. It was not a comfortable spot to talk or have a drink. Food was OK. SERVICE was OK. Would not go back. There are manY others close to the NAC .

JG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Brew choices covered many tastes.
Eating at the Russell building with the Stanley Cup background made it even more special. Would go back tomorrow if I lived less than 400 miles away.

RL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

My food took forever and it was lukewarm at best. No time to send it back as we were going to NAC show.

G
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service, very noisy and the chicken pot pie was very dry. I have eaten here many times and always been satisfied with the food but the chicken pot pie was not great.

SV
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food and drink. Only down side was that we were beside the ladies washroom.

OT
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

Q
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and atmosphere. Wonderful place for lunch before attending the theatre.

TA
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were there on a show night and it was busy but we had a reservation. We were seated promptly and made our order quickly knowing we had to get to our show. It took 45 minutes from order time to get our food (a sandwich and the special). We had to rush through our meals to make our show. No warning was given before hand that there may be a long wait for our meal.

C
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service excellent, malgré un achalandage élevé! La nourriture était savoureuse et respectait le thème du pub irlandais.

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TR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unusually quiet but enjoyable. Great service and super food and drink!

BA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Either turn the music down or turn your customers down. Too noisy.

CR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Samantha was our server she was excellent
Great atmosphere and location

AG
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were seated downstairs and seemed to be enveloped by the smoke from the kitchen about halfway through our meal! Felt like we were going to smell like a BBQ!
Finding the ladies room was near impossible!
Settling the bill was a bit of a challenge because we wanted to pay three ways instead of each of us paying our own - we were a party of four.

LQ
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A refreshingly different menu, friendly service and great location.

S
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately the service was so terrible it ruined our entire experience. Food came out cold, as if it had been sitting waiting to be served. We had to track down our server in order to pay.

OB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love all the food here! And the staff are always top notch! Friendly and very efficient

SS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our table wasn't great by the ladies washroom, but it was still enjoyable.

B
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Changes on the menu were a disappointment for me & my friend. The Power Bowl is served with a different rice now. Taste is lacking as per my friend. I had the Mini Yorkies- not as tasty as usual...no creamed corn I think was the difference. Also I was sad to not have my fave Tawse Rose. I tried the other Rose. It's ok but not the 'wow' that I enjoyed with Tawse.
I suppose change is inevitable but I'm not looking forward to going back anytime soon.

JT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The fish and chips special as always was excellent. We had a great time as expected

JC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great location, pub fare, good for family. When we visited, on a Sat at 5pm, the place was just right to grab a quick bite to eat before going to the NAC (which is right across the street).

3
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

For a very busy pub in a small space they do an amazing job on accommodating clients so they do not feel "cramped" . The lamb burger is amazing as are the curried choices and guinness stew!

CF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, amazing wait staff, quick service, good food! I love the gluten friendly menu!!

TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a tasty meal of comfort food on a cold winter's evening before attending a show at the NAC. Our server was friendly, attentive and efficient.

DS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed our evening, excellent server and meal, Butter Chicken and Burger was great. Very noisy table near us and right beside Ladies washroom. Bit of an odour when door opened.
Quick service but didn't see any disabled access. Stairs were manageable with use of railing.

EA
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were seated quickly, order was placed quickly, Coffee was delivered, as was tea, but the tea pot only had 1 cup of water in it when the pot itself was large enough for 3 cups (at least).

The seafood chowder and the french onion soup were both absolutely delicious!!

3
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food order was slow and we received an apology plus coupons for appetizers on our next visit. The waitress was friendly and gave attentive service.

WS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have always enjoyed our visit & meals before we go to the NAC. Service is always friendly.

B
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a convenient place to dine when going to the NAC. Great food; lively ambiance; friendly service! Extensive menu so lots of choices (food-wise, i.e.). Wine by the glass choices could be better.

TP
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

D'Arcy McGee's is an Irish Pub so that says it all. It's a fun place to eat and the food and service are typically very good.

MD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent comfort food on a cold winter's evening. Warm and Cozy atmosphere. Will definitely come back again.

JO
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great and we were in a rush which the server accommodated graciously.

C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, great food. Plus, my girlfriend forgot her phone on the table, and when we returned several hours later, they were helpful in finding it for us.

MG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Reserved because we were taking in a show at NAC. My husbands jaw is still sore from trying to eat the tophat burger. He couldn't chew thru it. Of course by the time he had it replace we were all done and getting ready to go to the show. My other friends shepherds pie he was not be able to fully eat as it was overdone and dry. My fish tacos were pretty good.

B
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lively restaurant for celebrating a birthday! Wide variety of food choices-large & small plates-meat & vegetarian options. Anything I’ve ever eaten here has been delicious! Wine selection by the glass is limited. I love the Tawes Rosé but would like to see more variety of whites by the glass. But overall I love this place & always choose it for eating dinner before going to the NAC. Also servers are always very friendly & knowledgeable!
And I appreciate the ease of making a reservation with Open Table! Thanks!

CM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

They were 'out' of the first couple of items my wife ordered and then brought the wrong order (mind you it was corrected). Service was mediocre at best.

N
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This restaurant is great for pre-theatre dinner, expect friday's as they will not take reservations and I would never take the chance of showing without them. Good food, can be in and out quick.

T
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot to stop on the way to the NAC. Make sure to make a reservation in advance, even on weeknights.

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