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The Lighthouse Bar and Grill, Donaghadee, Ards and North Down

The Lighthouse Bar and Grill

4.7
4.7
270 Reviews
£25 and under
Bistro
**Voted Most Outstanding Bar & Restaurant in County Down by SME News Elite Awards in both 2020 & 2021**
The Lighthouse opened in October 2018 under the leadership of our owner Jamie Grant & Head chef Thomas Coogan. Between them they have over 40 years of experience in all aspects of the hospitality industry and your dining experience is paramount to our continued success. The team will go above and beyond to ensure you and your party enjoy every aspect of your visit. If there is anything we can do for you just pop in or give us a call.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    028 9188 4316

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Private Hire Available for groups up to 100 persons.

  • Neighborhood

    Donaghadee

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 270 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Overall

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Service

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Value

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for groups

  • Northern Ireland

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. DW

    DianeW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Cold inside for duration of meal, food was disappointing
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good service and lovely meal as usual
  3. K

    Kelly

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience1
    Honestly we love this place We went on Boxing Day The starters were terrible My daughter is a vegetarian and she had a bowl of soup and it was a big bowl with only a small amount family came home still hungry Normally we come home stuffed Defo not value for muni Disappointed

    The Lighthouse Bar and GrillResponded on December 29, 2022Many thanks for your feedback. Having looked into further we see the only starters on were the chicken wings x3. They were cooked the same way and in the same portion as always and there were no other issues raised that day. As the soup was on the starters and your daughter wanted it as a main we gave her a double portion apologies if you didn't think this was enough. Reviewing your bill we feel that £101.65 to feed a family of four two courses plus drinks on Boxing Day represents great value.

  4. JS

    JeffreyS

    N. Ireland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always friendly service and delicious food
  5. JF

    JoanF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We were a table of four and our food was excellent. The service was very good although our meals were slow arriving, but it was 23rd of December and the place was packed so to be expected. However we did find where we were seated to be cold by the time we left our legs were freezing. I don't know where the draft was coming from but it was bad.

    The Lighthouse Bar and GrillResponded on December 29, 2022Many thanks for your feedback Joan and glad you enjoyed your meal. We apologise for any draft or coldness we have staff in from 10am with the fire lit and heaters on to warm the building but as a large, older building unfortunately in this colder weather and overnight minus temperatures we sometimes face an uphill battle!

  6. GC

    GemmaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing good and amazing atmosphere. Never disappointed when we go to the Lighthouse
  7. M

    Mandun

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well once again everyone in Lighthouse bar and Grill never fail to deliver,it was absolutely incredible. My daughter and I had cod moray it was cooked to perfection. I couldn’t thank Jamie and chef and all the staff enough. We will be back this week again and Boxing day when a lot of my family are also goin. The steaks and Featherblade of beef is also delicious. Thanks again guys. WODERFUL
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My hubby and I went to the Lightouse on Sunday. Beautiful meal, great welcome as always. And reasonable prices. Was a lovely way to relax after having the grandkids at the wkend
  10. TW

    TommyW

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always enjoy our visits and Jamie always trys to accommodate little requests!
  11. SC

    StephenC

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another excellent meal in the Lighthouse, with good quality food and excellent service from all of the staff. The atmosphere on this occasion was certainly lively with a large party in for their Christmas Dinner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fantastic food as always and friendly staff.
  13. PR

    PaulR84

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always, Christmas Menu covered all the bases and the turkey and ham was devine. Staff as bubbly and attentive as ever despite being a busy night
  14. LL

    LiamL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic food and lovely friendly and helpful staff . The venue was a bit cool and my wife had to keep her coat on during our meal and the choice of draught beers was limited . On the whole though , a lovely place for lunch and we'll be back .
  15. EM

    ElaineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our meal in the lighthouse was excellent. The menu choice was super and as my husband is gluten free he had no difficulty in choosing both a main and dessert. There was 2 menus available and both were extensive. The food for all of us was warm and well presented, and great value for money. Staff were pleasant and helpful. I would recommend to everyone.
  16. MM

    MoyaM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, flavours amazing, service is always excellent, attention to detail never fails - Christmas ambience is in full flow - The Lighthouse Bar & Grill is a great spot in Donaghadee!
  17. MB

    MaureenB

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    . Very attentive service decor good very clean pity about the food

    The Lighthouse Bar and GrillResponded on December 2, 2022Many thanks for taking the time to leave your review. As you'll see from other reviews you're only the second person in 346 on Opentable to rank our food as 1 star so perhaps on reflection you'll see you've been a bit harsh particularly as 1) your dining partner said they very much enjoyed theirs and 2) you're the first person in our history to complain about the fresh batter on our fish & chips. Alas when a diner begins with "I'm a cook myself" we generally find we're on to a losing battle.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I treated ourselves to Sunday dinner, was a great way to chill after having the much loved grandchildren. Service was great, the staff are always so welcoming and helpful, nothing is too much trouble. I had the feathered beef (my fav) with mash, roasties and veg. The beef is so tender it just falls apart and really tasty. My hubby had steak with all the trimmings, again cooked to perfection. Also the pavlova was perfect! Ambience was relaxing, just what we needed, would thoroughly recommend
  19. R

    Rusty69

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fantastic atmosphere and the staff were excellent.
  20. G

    Gemma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were so helpful and friendly, food was absolutely amazing! Will definitely be back!
  21. SM

    ScottM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a lovely birthday supper the food was excellent and what we had was delicious, expertly cooked and the perfect portions. The serving staff were attentive but not overbearing. We will definitely be returning as the overall experience was very good.
  22. AM

    AlmaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant staff great food well presented what's not to like
  23. HM

    HeatherM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a great meal. Never been disappointed in the service or the food at The Lighthouse.
  24. KM

    KarenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was absolutely unreal will definitely be back 💯
  25. C

    Charlie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent friendly staff, beautiful fresh food. Super dog friendly. A couple of vegan options.
  26. CG

    CaroleG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was lovely. We had the turkey and ham and cheesecake for dessert. Service was very good and staff were helpful and friendly. Would definitely go back.
  27. S

    Spock

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Took a while to attract attention of staff to get seated Only 2 beers on tap and one of them was unavailable Restaurant was cold and although there was a wood burning stove it was allowed to go out Food was average eg pepper sauce tasted like it came out of a packet
  28. BW

    BarryW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely dog friendly restaurant with great food and service. We've been 3 times now and haven't been disappointed. We'll definitely be back.
  29. BP

    BPic

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. We have recommended to friends and family. We will definitely be back.
  30. P

    Pauline

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal inn in nice warm restaurant Helpful staff.
  31. c

    cathyc

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Starters great flavours. Some main courses in the small side and one dessert very small but all good quality
  32. T

    Tspur

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant, lovely attentive staff . Fabulous food , highly recommended
  33. CC

    ColinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit from family recommendation. Not wrong best steak I have had ever, or at least for some time. When we next visit this wonderful island will call again 😎👍
  34. RO

    RoseO

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Id a very enjoyable catchup with my friend with delicious food and drink.
  35. PR

    PaulR84

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic value and evening for steak night. Great offer especially with things tight all round at the minute, food was perfectly cooked staff were friendly and enthusiastic and the wine was lovely. Well done Lighthouse
  36. DS

    DebbieS

    Liverpool

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was a retirement present meal from my lovely Donaghadee district nursing team we hadn't ever been to Lighthouse it is a fabulous place the staff were fantastic ,service excellent , food delicious , not too noisey , everything about it was a lovely evening Fantastic place Thank you We shall spread the word and return Debbie and David Sholdis
  37. J

    Jacqui

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu is brilliant and the food is amazing. The staff are all very courteous and friendly. Very low background music which means you don't have to shout to your dinner companion. Overall I love this place.
  38. TB

    ThomasB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Just ok nothing special, good decent food, terrible service good wine

    The Lighthouse Bar and GrillResponded on October 23, 2022Hi Thomas, what a surprise to see your review. As you'll see from 338 OpenTable reviews our service is marked an average of 4.8 out of 5 and puts us in the top 10 restaurants in NI. Having spoke to all the staff working they didn't report any issues with your table and said you complimented on leaving while petting the dogs from another table. This makes your scoring quite confusing to us so we would love to hear more - please email jamie@lighthousebarandgrill.co.uk with any further info.

  39. C

    Catchafoxy

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Sunday roasts full of flavour and piping hot. Have had these several times now and on each occasion they are delicious. Good service and attention by staff.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic night. Great food and lovely people.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Lighthouse Bar and Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 270 OpenTable diners.

The Lighthouse Bar and Grill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Lighthouse Bar and Grill

27 Parade, Donaghadee, Ards and North Down BT21 0HE

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Donaghadee

  • Hours of operation

    Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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