Ownies Bar & Bistro

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From smoked haddock to beef & Guinness pie, Ownies Bistro in Carrickfergus offers a wide range of traditional and modern dishes using only the finest local produce. Our commitment to making our guests happy extends to our food, ensuring that we deliver you a delicious meal in a beautiful atmosphere that is great value for money. So if you want a scone and coffee by the fire, a good old Ulster Fry or a fabulous sit down meal then Ownies is the place to be.
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Angus
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good food though nothing I'd rave about, perfectly pleasant. Fantastic service by attentive, friendly staff in the restaurant, bar staff did well to serve people in order given it was a busy friday night. Noise levels not too loud. Was a great place to meet friends and have a catch up.

CM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere in bar...well furnished, warm and comfortable. Restaurant upstairs again well furnished, plenty of space between tables. We had the early bird menu...decent selection, great value, especially children`s menu.
Most impressed. Will go back again to try the menu proper.

NG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food excellent would recommend. Everyone was friendly.

VT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service. Great family meal out to celebrate husband’s birthday

HL
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Brilliant love it, going on Monday night again 70th birthdays are great it’s never ending (eating) in the best place

PA
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service excellent. Only fault was the air con was very poor. We were both sweating. Asked for a window to be opened but no joy.

CL
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great . As always

t
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Can personally recommend the steak sizzlers, I and my partner ate loads and still came home with enough leftovers for 2 more meals. Guinness pie also excellent value.

DD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and attentive waiters. We had a great night.

LG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Had to wait around 90 mins or more for meal. Thought it was busy and would take a while but it was ridiculous. When I asked about the delay they discovered our order docket had been lost. Very disappointing as it was for a Birthday celebration.

LM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service at a lovely venue with nearby parking.

EM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with everything.with it being Fathers Day I had expected to wait for food but waiting staff were excellent.i am disabled and all my needs were taken into consideration.I informed Ownies of my disability before arriving and I was seated at a very accessible table.

RH
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff excellent run off their feet Willy should be a national treasure thanks

SL
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely supper, good service, excellent chowder! Lovely finish to a Relaxed Sunday!

SH
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service lovely staff. We eat here quite often and cant fault the food or service. It was bank holiday monday and we thought it wud prob b 2 busy. It was very busy but staff and food were great as usual so no complaints.

LO
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I would definetely recommend to a friend as everything was very good and I had champ which had plenty of scallions in it which normally doesnt happen

IF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there on Easter Monday for dinner. The place was very busy with many large parties but the staff still managed to take great care of everyone. Our server, in particular, was excellent in also handling our initially fussy toddler, helping my sister feel welcome which can be a struggle sometimes for parents with little ones.

The food was delicious. I started with the salt and chili squid. It was beautifully seasoned and packed a bit of a kick at the end. My main was the signature seafood chowder. Having traveled around Ireland and eaten a boatload of fish/seafood chowder, Ownies is still my favorite by a mile.

Always a great time with wonderful, warm service and delicious food. I look forward to going each visit to my sister’s.

CL
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ownies and the fish and chips is the best

F
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Had a lovely meal but at time of booking did not anticipate having to sit in the bar for our meal. Any other time I’ve been to the restaurant so was a bit disappointing to find we had to sit downstairs. This was not a last minute booking and was not given any reason why we were not seated in the restaurant upstairs.

OT
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sunday dinner first class as usual . Roast beef hard to beat only negative please put the door back on the gents toilets 😉

LM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This restaurant never disappoints and ticks all the boxes required for a pleasant evening out with good food and service and is easily located

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ownies was excellent as it always is

OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really love the food here, in my opinion it's a tad pricey, due to this I don't eat here to often. Would still recommend for a good meal.

JT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for Sunday lunch with 3 friends. Service was excellent, staff very attentive. food did not disappoint, gorgeous with plenty of variety. Will be back.

CL
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish and chips is the best you can get !! Never ever lets you down

LB
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, service was friendly, attentive and quick, very busy on Sunday night but that's a good sign for such a lovely place

AL
N. Ireland
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening with family will return soon staff couldn’t do enough and were extremely pleasant

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in carrickfergus for a meal either as couple or families. Staff very friendly. Very friendly pub. Owner always helping out.

LA
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very enjoyable evening staff helpful and friendly. food tasty with generous portions lovely homemade desserts . Will visit again.

RS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We were running a bit late for our reservation, but staff kindly put it back 15 minutes which was good. Our table was in the corner downstairs, so a bit “busy” and staff came and took our drinks order quickly and left menus for us, but didn’t leave a vegetarian option, so waited on that. Meals came after 15 or 20 mins or so, after ordering and a guest of ours found a hair in / on his meal, which after mentioning to the manager was resolved quickly and efficiently and to our satisfaction! All in our not too bad an evening and overall would recommend.

RM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a very tasty meal which was also very good value for money. Staff were friendly and helpful.
Will definitely return.

m
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Not very busy that night staff great and the mussels are to die for . Do wish they would do a another sauce option with them -garlic.

M
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very pleasant evening - good choice of food, pleasant and attentive staff, delicious meal.

GR
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pleasantly surprised with the food here. My husband ordered the chowder from the main menu and I opted for the special of monkfish. Both of us really enjoyed the food. Service was good and quick. Will definitely be visiting again

JF
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with fantastic service. Great selection of gluten free options. Will diffently be back.

s
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

service is always excellent - great staff - good atmosphere

KB
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always of a very high standard. Have eaten here many times and have always had great food and service.
Booking online was easy and very convenient.

HR
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was beautiful & the service was fantastic! We will definitely be back!

ND
N. Ireland
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My partner and I visit here quite often as it’s local, and we know that we’ll enjoy the meal and the service. The menu caters to all tastes and I would highly recommend the venue to anyone.

LT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, service staff and food, no hanging around food perfectly served looked amazing