About T.S. McHugh's

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 Irish fare such as pot pies and soda bread, alongside local favorites like salmon and great steaks. Full line of salads. The bar boasts 21 fresh draughts, a full line of spirits, and Seattle's best Irish Coffee.

21 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, Steak, Irish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Queen Anne Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 282-1910

Website:
http://tsmchughs.com/

Parking Details:
free parking behind the restaurant

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

T.S. McHugh's Ratings and Reviews

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3.6

Overall Rating

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food

3.5

service

4.1

ambience

3.5

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Good for Groups (23)
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Fit for Foodies (11)
Late-night Find (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Kid-friendly (6)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Happy Hour (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 8, 2016

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 3, 2016

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 21, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 11, 2016

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 12, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Generic Irish pup food. Nice selection of single malt scotch.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 30, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2015

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 29, 2015

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.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 14, 2015

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2015

I had fish'n'chips and my brother had the seafood salad--we had a couple cold ones as accompaniment; it was fun.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 3, 2015

The service was excellent and the Salmon was delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 18, 2015

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 3, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 24, 2015

The chicken and beef pot pies have a nice flakely top crust and are extremely tasty.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 17, 2015

Music food and service were all good but most fun was the crowd

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2014

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2014

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2014

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 19, 2014

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2014

Mz wife and I had tickets to an Irish show at the Center House. The food and atmosphere were the perfect prelude.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 30, 2014

I ordered two glasses of wine and was charged for two bottles.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 10, 2014

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 29, 2014

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2014

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2014

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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