T.S. McHugh's

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T.S. McHugh's Irish Pub & Restaurant is just one block from Seattle Center but the ambience is reminiscent of a traditional Irish pub. Our menu includes pot pies, fish & chips, sandwiches, and burgers. The bar boasts 21 fresh draughts, a full line of spirits, and Seattle's best Irish Coffee.
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3.6
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AW
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 2

This is another Irish pub that is not able to serve a decent Irish stew. The stew had carrots added to it that were still crunchy. The meat had not stewed long enough because it was still chewy. If it was not for the beer, the dinner would have been a bust.

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MT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice place, close to the theater, and food is warm and okay.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When you walk in the door, there is a sign at the check-in desk that says something like sit anywhere and let your server know. This was confusing as we had reservations. When I asked about our reservation, the host says he didn't see our reservation. When I told him we made it on Open Table, he brushed it off with an, "oh." There were plenty of tables open so I could see that it wasn't going to be a problem. On the way to our "reserved" table, I noticed this place was 2/3 bar with some seating area pushed off to the right side that is the "restaurant" seating area as you enter. Once seated, I was observed the establishment and checked out the menu. The menu on Open Table for this place was nothing like the menu in front of me. I could clearly see that the menu had "pub food" and clearly wasn't the restaurant menu that I read about on Open Table. My husband and I were tight on our plans for that evening and didn't have time to try to find a another place to eat so we relucantly decided to take a chance with there food. I ordered fish and chips, which were touted to be one of there menu items they are known for. It was blah. Considering we are in Seattle, I expected to be blown away. The fish was simply breaded with some french fries that were cold. My husband ordered another item that was supposed to be unique for this place, the shepard pie. When we say this item was overly salted is an understatement. The good under the mashed potatoes was unrecognizable and looked and smelled more like something you would plop out of a Dollar Store can of dog food. The beans that accompanied the shepard pie we're soggy and bland... Not sure how you can mess up beans but, here you go. The server was more interested in my husband's bar needs as just to choke down this food, had to order a couple more beers to try to get rid of the after taste. This place is NOT a restaurant with a bar.... It is a bar that serves bar food

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B
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

We have eaten here numerous times over the years before concerts, plays or other performances at the Seattle Center. This time the waiter seemed in a hurry and didn't write down our order. After waiting over 20 minutes for our chicken pie and Steak and Guinness pie we were ready for a good if not great dinner ( a note -- these pies are poor substitutes for the real thing you would get in a London grub pub, but better than many sold in the U.S. in much glitzier restaurants). When the pies arrived and we had a chance to allow them to cool enough to eat, we discovered that we were served two chicken pies. In fairness, the waiter comped us for the second pie, but I have to state the experience leads me to crossing this place off the list.

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k
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sunday brunch before opera: we were the only patrons at 11:30, when they opened. Waitstaff very nice. Generous portions on salads and sandwiches. Quiet since it is a bar and it was noon. Prices very reasonable. Food average bar food except for the large portions.

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We were looking for cool place before a laser show at Pacific Science Center and after reading reviews and looking at menu we made reservations here. The place was completely empty on a Sunday night (this was between Xmas and New Year which might be reason. We found out the menus online are not the current ones, the server told us they are under "renewal", so they went to a more limited pub-fare menu. None of what we were looking for except the pot-pies were on the menu. We asked for our salads before our take-long-time pot pies and they arrived with our mains 15-20 minutes later. I got the house salad: do not order this. It was basic wilting lettuce and a couple of extra vegetables. The caesar salad my wife got was just ok. The pot-pie was good but not great. I really hope that they get their act together again.

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S
Seattle
88 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

IT was a terrific dining venue for a Sunday afternoon following a matinee play at the Seattle Center.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent, as usual. The waiter had a tough time getting our order right. He did not get the order correct on our pot pie selections, meaning one member of our party would have had to wait an additional 20-25 minutes for the kitchen to bring his shepherds pie to replace the incorrectly ordered chicken pie. So we told him not to bring a replacement
To the waiter’s credit, he surprised us with the replacement pie, but we were already finishing up by the time it arrived.

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YC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We decided to grab a quick bite before the theater. The service was excellent, the food was average but the Bailey's and Coffee after dinner made it all worthwhile!

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ND
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly good food. Enjoy the pub like atmosphere. Plenty of TVs to watch your team.

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NW
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I hadn't eaten here in over two years so thought I'd try again. My Cobb Salad was terrific! Made with excellent interesting lettuces (mostly romaine), and generous with avocado, chicken & blue cheese sprinkles. My husband's Reuben wasn't the best ever but was "more than decent". His came with very good thin and crispy fries, perfectly salted. The service was firendly, efficient and just right before a show. We'll be back!

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m
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Coffee warm, food overcooked, waiter poor, very poor excuse for fish and chips, waiter did not seem to know what to do about serving luke warm coffee, seats were worn out

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DD
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This was our first time there. The service was good and the food was pretty good. I think the prawns were a bit overcooked but the onion rings were fabulous. I like their house sauce.

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

food was bland. beer -- guiness in an irish place--was watered down. nice waiter.

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S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Had chicken strips and clam chowder. Both bland...no flavor.

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CB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service and good food. Reasonable prices. Good Irish style.

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GC
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

One of the worst dining experiences I've had in a long time. We made a 6pm reservation through Open Table, prior to attending the Andrea Bocelli concert. When we showed up we were told it would be a few minutes. Then as other people were seated, the host apologized saying he had given our table to some walk-ins. When we were finally seated the table service was awful. The waiter pushed one particular beer, which I ordered. He then came back to say they were out. Then I ordered fish and chips. Five minutes later the waiter came back to say they were out. In fact, they were out of a lot of things, as we discovered when we tried alternate orders. Finally our food was delivered and it was the wrong order. The waiter was surly throughout. And, we were far from the only people complaining. The couple next to us waited 20 minutes for their order (placed at the same time as ours and the exact same order). Meanwhile others around were being served who ordered after them. When we left and I asked the waiter when the couple next to us would be served, he snapped, "It's taking longer because they asked for the dressing on the side." First, that wasn't true, but having dressing on the side delays a meal by 20 minutes? Will not return and can not recommend this to anyone for any reason.

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ST
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation dinner

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FP
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual atmosphere, great good and service.
Good location near SIFF Cinema Uptown.

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j
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

This was a fast place in lower queen ann\ seattle center. The fish and chips were as good as anywhere in seattle.

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OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of the nice options around Seattle Center. Try the pot pies or the Reuben. I also like the fish and chips.

For dessert, the Bailey's pie is a delight. I hope this place can hang on until the sports teams come back to the Center. I'd sure miss it if it didn't!

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LL
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was quick and helpful after asking for information about drink suggestions. It was a quiet late Sunday afternoon and we beat dinner prices by an hour. Many lunch menu items were under ten dollars. The chicken pot pie was excellent and the fish and chips good.

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LL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just love this restaurant and have been coming here for years- not only to celebrate St. Patrick's day with the family which has become a tradition but also just for good food on a regular basis.
Love the environment- the reubans and more!

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R
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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GB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was just perfect to have a casual dinner before the theater.

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K
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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LS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super! We were greeted at the door, seated ( we had reservations) and waiter was very polite and fast! Good food, great ambiance!

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BL
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

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TH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

yummy irish food! great beef pie... so warming on a cold day.

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E
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

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B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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LB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Provided quick and friendly service. Beer was good. Food was mediocre.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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B
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was prompt and very good. Food was hot & delicious. Made reservation, but walked in and got seated right away.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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g
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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R
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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

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p
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

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k
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were pleased with the service and food. I had the pot pie and it was better than I had expected!

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