Kirwan's on the Wharf

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65 reviews
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Kirwan’s On The Wharf. An authentic Irish pub honoring the Irish heritage of the Southwest Waterfront in Washington DC.

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MP
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, however, I was disappointed in the food. I ordered a BLT with a side salad. Although the Irish bacon was very good, the toasted bread was soggy. No excuse sense the salad was in a separate bowl and the BLT was the only thing on the plate.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than expected Irish food! The burger was excellent, the meat was fresh and had spices blended. At 7 ounces it was just the right size-- huge but not insane. The steak and cheese was very good. My mom reported the chicken pot pie was amazing. The only complaint was the kids noodles dish didn't have a side and didn't have enough noodles. The kids chicken tender looked like a far better value.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My waitress was really nice, but she seemed like she had a long day, which was understandable , because it was lunch time. I had fish & chips,, and my friend had the steak sandwich, which he tore up, so that’s a good sign. The drinks were great! Overall I enjoyed myself, and would love to come back & try brunch

OT
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very generous portions

G
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I went for lunch with a friend. We both had fish and chips so I don't have a broad perspective on this place. The food was pretty good. The fish was in nice big chunks. The breading was a bit soggy and greasy. The chips were very crunchy on the outside and nice and tender inside. Service was not very attentive. It was also a very loud place. We were on the second floor and it was a little hard to talk. I'd go back again, but I can't rave about it.

H
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted a celebratory feeling place to go on the Wharf w/ good food & gluten free options & this was it! Wonderful! Only negative is no elevator to take to the upstairs.

JT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The chicken pot pie was amazing. It was very quiet for a Friday lunchtime but we enjoyed ourselves. Will be back but without the car this time. The parking costs are outrageous.

g
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A leisurely afternoon lunch with Excellent fish & chips, beer, and soup. Waterfront location was lovely. Noise:Very little. Lovely service.

LH
Washington DC
130 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were here with a group of 8, including a couple kids, during cherry blossom "peak bloom," and they were so kind to put us upstairs at a big table. Our server, James, was lovely, and we really appreciated that he allowed one of us to use his phone charger while we were there. That's service! Five of us had the clam chowder, which is really good, and love the grainy bread they serve with it (wouldn't have minded a second slice, though). We did have one glitch - one of the meals did not come out until the rest of us were done eating. We were told that the kitchen accidentally ruined the plate of fish and chips, and they were making a second one, but it still seemed to take way too long to get that second plate out. They took that off the bill, which we greatly appreciated. All this said, the fish and chips were DELICIOUS. We really like this place, and we'll be back.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Average but service and food were very goidy

RP
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great venue to meet friends and have fun. Beautiful interior with 3 bars. Great service and food. Highly recommended.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was okay

j
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been here several times for drinks, lunch or dinner, but recently went for Sunday brunch. The traditional Irish breakfast was fabulous, as was the friendly service.

AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 10, they have have accommodate us in a really convenient spot.
The service was really good, the food super good and we wait the dishes just a few minutes

RK
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was average, friendly staff but service was average, barely filled my water once. I mentioned it was a special occasion, my bosses birthday and asked if they could do a little dessert or something and they totally forgot. Probably wouldn’t come back again, much better restaurants in the wharf than this place.

OR
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Kirwan's - just always good. Great food and service. Thank you!

CH
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Kirwan's is totally okay. Not a truly special place. But decent food with beautiful river views and nice outdoor seating. Prices good.

DD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Basic bar fare in a pub environment, as advertised. I got the Caesar salad, and to her credit our server asked about anchovies and any other ingredients that I might not want ("Some people don't like carrots, so we tell everyone it's got carrots in it.) The guy I was meeting had been there before and got the fish and chips, which looked like a great choice, with big steak fries that were cooked perfectly. Good job!

BS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went to Kirwan's for a business lunch. Food was great, but not served as described on menu. Bread said pumpernickel and it came on rye. Also our water glasses were not refilled when empty without us having to ask.

RW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious brunch in a relaxed and very pleasant environment. The service was just right - friendly and attentive without unnecessary interruptions. This is not my first time there and won't be my last.

PM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! Good salads for lunch during the week and a wonderful brunch on Sunday.

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for Sunday Brunch. Our bartender was our waiter. He was very open and willing to create a drink for us that was not on the menu, an Irish Mimosa! He was very friendly. The service was excellent! The food came out quickly and was very hot and fresh. The ambiance of the back room/pub was very nice. Will definitely return.

OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

My major complaint is the room we were seated in. Small room off of the upstairs bar. The tables and chairs don’t work. Get rid of the absurdly oversized chairs. They are a nuisance. You know it. Deal with it. And the speakers in that room are too loud for the tiny space. Kill one of them.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was poor quality. Server was not very friendly.

MB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We arrived at 1 pm on Saturday afternoon and discovered they only serve from the brunch menu and the offerings were not great. Steak and eggs was mediocre. Granola was enjoyed by one of our party and the 11 year old got a burger that was good. The Bloody Marys are good!

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great brunch at Kirwan's. It wasn't too crowded and we sat upstairs at a table with a TV so we could watch golf, and very comfortable seating. The bloody mary's were excellent, and so were the Bailey's waffles!

F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. Excellent service! Will
Definitely be going back.

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We went there for brunch, a party of four with two toddlers. There were other families there for brunch too, so that was nice that the restaurant was able to accommodate us; however they do not have a food menu for children. Come early to get seated on the patio. The food was okay, portions were small for the price.

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We sat in the bar area at one of the high top tables. The chairs are too low for these tables. It was a bit uncomfortable. The service was great! Everyone enjoyed their food. I order the crab benedict. It was delicious but the presentation was poor. Just a monochromatic plate. It needed something to make it look more appetizing.

G
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They have really fabulous gluten-free options! We should have sat outside to enjoy the ambiance of the wharf.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Shrimp and grits weren’t that good. Shrimp way over cooked. Crab Benedict looked like it was just thrown on the plate. No presentation at all. Bangers and mash were delicious. So was corned beef hash.

b
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I had the eggs Florentine for brunch and I didn't think it was all that good. I had been to Kirwan's once before and had the fish and chips which I thought was very good.

P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice, relaxing spot right on the water. Great views and people-watching. Enjoyed a cold drink and a fresh nicoise salad with seared ahi tuna.

r
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Here's a review from a first timer at The Wharf as well as Kirwans. Both are quite amazing in their transformative ability to totally re-configure an aging but important part of the D.C. scene, namely, the Waterfront. The easy going and trendy vibe of the entire scene both inside and outside this restaurant are at once relaxing and intriguing.........the boats, the water views, the comings and goings of yachts and ferries all tend to make this area and this restaurant top tier attractions in what had been a downward spiraling, under utilized yet important part of our City. Congrats to both the developers, those hundreds of community organizers who helped shape the scene with their comments, and the businesses who had the foresight and imagination to make this their new home. Cudos to all!

EO
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was bland and not cooked per request. Had corned beef and hash and it was all wrong.

O
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The little pub in the back is so comfortable and charming. We had great service from the bartender, and loved the “Mixed Pints” which combine Guinness with another of your favorite draft beers. It was a great place to watch the hockey game, and very different from the front of the restaurant (which is also lovely, with a nice patio overlooking the Potomac). Good music and sound system, too (when the game wasn’t on.) We are staying at the Hyatt nearby, and plan to go back again.

w
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. You know what shepherds pie is and it was many notches above. All four diners loved our meals. One criticism. You don’t need to put plastic straws in water glasses. They are bad environmentally and adults don’t need sippy cups.

TC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had reservations at 11 for brunch. Showed up on time and had to wait 10 minutes while employees initially ignored us then struggled to find someone to seat us. Food was ok. Coffee was served cold. Prime waterfront location has spoiled this restaurant’s desire to please customers.

DA
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Nice atmosphere on the Wharf, with outside seating, which is a real bonus when the weather is nice. The food was mediocre, but what caused the negative review was the notably bad service. Server didn't bring even say hello within the first 10ish minutes. Then they forgot 2 of the items we ordered; other servers got them for us, since our server didn't check back for another 20 minutes or so. Also had to ask other servers for water refills. Only saw our server three times during the meal, each time a cursory fly-by. Won't be going back, despite spending a lot of time in the area.

R
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

B’fast was good
Needs larger TV FOR WORLD CUP or more sports options

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