T. S. McHugh's is much different than other Seattle Center options as it's the only Irish restaurant around, that I know of. They have many Irish menu items which are very good, but have lots of other options that are very good; the salmon meal my friend ordered was delicious and I usually order the Ploughman's Platter which is quite large so I usually take some home for snacking the next day. Their Irish soda bread is hearty and delicious. It's a little dark inside and quite noisy near the bar and around to the back by the fireplace, but there are tables off to the side which are more quiet. The service was attentive without hovering.
The menu and execution of the food is uninspired but for a quick in and out before the ballet or opera, it's not bad.
It was just perfect to have a casual dinner before the theater.
They did not have our Ooen Table reservation but it was no problem because it was hardly busy at all. Weird on a Saturday night at 7:45. Service was pretty good. Did get food very quickly. Food was good but not enough for the price. We were hungry when we left.
Super! We were greeted at the door, seated ( we had reservations) and waiter was very polite and fast! Good food, great ambiance!
This place was OK, but my husband and I were expecting a much different experience here. We tried this for New Year's Eve and while the food was OK, it just wasn't really what we had in mind for a romantic night out. This is more of a "grab a sandwich and a beer on a Saturday afternoon" kind of place.
yummy irish food! great beef pie... so warming on a cold day.
Made a reservation through open table but didn't need to as it wasn't that busy. Food was good, beer was good, even had good wine. Dessert was very good! Our server very good, always there when we needed him. Great casual place to go to when down by Seattle Center.
Not the great local I expected. The food was fair. I had fish and chips, they were okay. My friend had a Rueben and found the sandwich was skimpy on the corn beef.
Provided quick and friendly service. Beer was good. Food was mediocre.
It had been years since I'd been to TS McHughs and it wasn't as good as I remembered. Don't sit in the "cushioned" booths. The seats are so broken down you'd be more comfortable sitting on the floor. The food was inconsistent. My fish and chips were quite good and the fries were hot and crispy but my husband's Reuben was cold and his fries also were cold an soggy. Hard to believe they came out of the same kitchen. There are some many places to eat in the area it is highly unlikely we'll return.
Service was prompt and very good. Food was hot & delicious. Made reservation, but walked in and got seated right away.
Our waitperson was most attentive however myfish and chips were just ho hum quality and I was disappointed. My gin and tonic was just fine. My husband enjoyed his beef pie meal. I just wasn't overly impressed for the quality and price.
We arrived one hour before our dinner reservation to enjoy happy hour in the bar. Drink prices were reasonable and the ploughman's plate was ample. When we'd arrived, we told the hostess we were there an hour early for the reservation yet when we walked up to her at 5:00 for dinner we were refused a seat in the dining room, despite the fact we had a reservation and the room was 20% occupied at best at that early hour.
We were offered a seat in the "library" which is a bar overflow area with tiny tables set closely together. There was only one other couple in there, and yet they offered us the table within 18 inches of them. When I again asked why we were refused the dining room despite our reservation, the young lady seating us checked with her manager, after which we were offered a wooden booth back in the bar, which is styled like an old park bench and extremely uncomfortable. We'd have been just as well off with the backless bar stools we'd just left.
T.S. McHugh's was a big disappointment and we won't be back. I don't know what kind of reservation it takes for one to actually sit in the dining room? The only value of this place is the ability to park your car way before show time at Key Area so as to have an easy getaway after a concert. There are many, many far superior places to eat near Key Arena before a concert.
Food is so-so, my sole was warm but too greasy. Tasted like frozen fish, same like bread. Atmosphere and staff is nice. I was sat at a table in the right side of the bar, where a mouse was hanging out as well. After I reported it, just a "I'm so sorry" but not evident action followed that sentiment.
Won't come back for food, maybe a beer before a nearby event
Our server let us take our time to talk as we were catching up with some friends we had not seen for a while. She kept up with our beverages, but did not push us to order our food until we were ready. Food came in a reasonable amount of time, since the kitchen was busy due to a nearly full restaurant. Food is reliably good here. Nothing great, just consistently very good.
We were pleased with the service and food. I had the pot pie and it was better than I had expected!
read other reviews and wasn't too sure what to expect.
This place looks and sounds like a bar that serves food. Guinness was good and smooth. I don't like to drink Guinness outside of Ireland but it was good here...and I had a second with my Reuben sandwich. Priced about where everyone else is. I thought the 1000 island was a little weak; it should have a little "kick" - maybe a little more lemon juice and a touch of horseradish would have made it a keeper. I'll go back again, if and when I'm in Seattle.
Generic Irish pup food. Nice selection of single malt scotch.
We ate here before a performance at the Seattle Rep. The restaurant did NOT have our online Open Table reservation, which was made only an hour prior to showing up, (The Open Table site should warn patrons about this!) however we were seated quickly. The waiter was very pleasant but needed reminding about one drink and needed a request before he brought bread while waiting for our main courses. The food was good, hot and ample quantity. I would return again but not too soon.
Pros: they got us in even though we were early for our reservation. Service and drinks were good
Cons: my food was bland and there wasn't anything I could do to fix it. I ordered salmon which was underdone. The potatoes and veggies were bland. I thought I simply ordered the wrong thing, but my friend wasn't happy w her chicken sandwich either. Oh well. I recommend this place for drinks but not food.
if you are looking for fried food then this is the place.....pretty much pub fare and very marginal at best. Even the "sauted" shellfish on the Caesar salad was fried! Onion rings were way over fried.
We were looking for a pre-play dinner and read the reviews. We were able to book at this restaurant/pub and were happy with our meal. It was delicious and reasonably priced. The service was quick and efficient. The Newcastle Brown was delicious.
I had fish'n'chips and my brother had the seafood salad--we had a couple cold ones as accompaniment; it was fun.
The service was excellent and the Salmon was delicious.
Allen was a fine host & kind server in the lounge! A refreshing, dynamic young man!
The shrimp dish was good but overly greasy/fried.
We will return as this eatery is a great stop before or after a performance.
We knew mcHugh's had hearty fare, so my wife and I split a garden salad and Reuben sandwich; what with the soda bread and drinks, we were more than satisfied with the flavorful offerings.
The chicken and beef pot pies have a nice flakely top crust and are extremely tasty.
Music food and service were all good but most fun was the crowd
We arrived late due to traffic, and the manager and Heather were both very helpful--determined, even--to make sure we got served quickly so we could make our Nutcracker curtain time without problems. Heather did so while also dealing with the party at the next table, who kept complaining about the noise level. Hey, it's a bar--on Thursday Night Football night! Yes, it's loud; it's *supposed* to be loud!
The service at McHugh's was superior. Both the host who met us and our server, Alan, went out of their way to please.
We were a group of 9 and every aspect of service was excellent. It was timely, correct, responsive to our needs. Splitting the check was simple and well expedited.
Some of our food was pretty good. Some was not. I recommend the nachos. The fries were good too but the fish in the fish and chips was way overcooked. I split a Reuben with a friend. She liked it but I did not.
The location of McHugh's is a selling point. We were on our way to the rep and were able to park and walk easily.
Tom Douglas and Ethan Stowell aren't worried about the competition, but expect tasty, consistent Irish pub fare with some Northwest salmon thrown in and you won't be disappointed.
I've enjoyed McHugh's for years, but the place was firing on all cylinders, Sunday night. We enjoyed everything from soda bread to dessert, and all was served up promptly and cheerfully.
Mz wife and I had tickets to an Irish show at the Center House. The food and atmosphere were the perfect prelude.
I ordered two glasses of wine and was charged for two bottles.
This restaurant has excellent food, a caring chef and the service was terrific. Since the toll bridge was out of service and I had to take a route with uncountable stoplights, they did a terrific job on serving quality food and getting my friend and I finished early enough to make the first performance of the opera with 15 minutes to spare. I would not hesitate to frequent that venue for the next opera night.
We love to dine at T.S. McHugh's prior to attending a play at the Seattle Rep. The service is prompt and atmosphere is relaxed. if they know you have tickets for the theatre, they always get you out in time for the curtain. An excellent chicken pot pie paired with with one (or two) of their huge selection of draft beers and your evening is off to a great start!
This is the place for Guinness Stout to wash down a delicious Guinness and Beef pie. It's my standard meal, along with the wonderful Irish Soda Bread.
Always a satisfying meal.
We had just come from Seattle Opera's "Rigoletto," and we stepped into a quiet setting at McHugh's. We ordered salads--been trying to eat healthier fare--and were served satisfying Cobb and chicken salads. There was somewhat loud muzak playing, but after a couple requests the irritating noise was turned down. The service was friendly and satisfactory.