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The Magnet Bar and Restaurant

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161 Culmore Road,, Derry NT48 8JH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7135 1551
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Under new management as of January 2014, At The Magnet Bar we serve you...
Under new management as of January 2014, At The Magnet Bar we serve you fabulous food, prepared using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. We guarantee delicious steaks, superb cocktails and an excellent atmosphere with 100% customer service. The perfect place for a pint of stout, relax and unwind watching the football on any one of our 13HD TV's. Serving quality food all day until 8pm. Live music Fri, Sat and Sun.
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Good for:
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice place

Our family group ate here over the Christmas holidays We all really enjoyed our meals. Service was excellent I had the steak pitta which was lovely Great atmosphere here also

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2015
Alan K
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Our family group ate here over the Christmas holidays We all really enjoyed our meals. Service was excellent I had the steak pitta which was lovely Great atmosphere here also

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105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Alan K. Great to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. Hope to see you again in the future. Regards Ronan More 

Derry, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Had a really lovely meal here. My husband had the special of salmon and cod fishcakes and thought they were wonderful. I had rump staek with pepper sauce and tobacco onions whcih I loved. Food was reasonably priced and staff were friendly and attentive. Would recommend it and will be back.

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105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Ktb1961. Thanks for taking the time to write a wonderful review. So glad you were impressed with your first visit. I will pass your kind words onto the kitchen and floor. Hope to see you again in the future.. Ronan More 

Derry, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I've been to The Magnet several times, and I can honestly say, I have enjoyed each and every visit. The food is really good, and well priced. Staff are both attentive, and friendly. Gets busy at peak times, as does any place with good food. I look forward to returning next week for lunch.

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105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Damian66. Thanks for your review. Looking forward to seeing you again in the future, Ronan More 

2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

Love this place. Food is always fantastic . Very helpful and attentive staff.very very good value for money .

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105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Dolores. Very pleaded to hear you enjoy our food. service and value for money. Hope to see you Again soon. Ronan More 

iNorthern Ireland
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I have been here quite a few time and also The Bently and have to say that I always get treated with courtisity . The service is very quick and the food is excellent if not just a bit too much at times. I would recommend this restaurant always . Well done to the owners and the excellent staff.

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105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

HI Nuls. Thanks for taking the time to reviewing us. Customer satisfaction is one of main points so I am so happy you found our food and service was exellent. I will pass your kind words on. Thank you. Ronan More 

Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Pros: Great food, Value For Money Cons: Lack Of Atmosphere. We had been tipped off about the Magnet by some locals who could not sings its praises highly enough. We decided to make a special trip to the Magnet on the back of this and were glad that we did. The foods here is good, the steaks very good, and... More 

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105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi 2_white_sands. Thank you for your review, and so glad you loved our steaks. So sorry to hear you did not enjoy the atmosphere during the day. Maybe next time try us in the evening when we are thriving with a restaurant feel. Thanks a lot, Ronan More 

Derry, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Having reviewed the Magnet before in not too high of opinion I feel it is only fair to Daniel, Ronan and the rest of the staff to revisit and say that my first review was written when the guys had only recently took the place over. now that they are well settled in and the small things have been ironed... More 

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105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Magoo. Thank you very much for taking the time to give another try. Hopefully our teething problems are behind us now. Looking forward to meeting you again. Thanks for the kind words.. Ronan More 

Derry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

went here 4/09/14 for our 10th wedding anniversary,we arrived at 7.58pm not realising that last orders were 8pm.Staff explained the situation and served us VERY promptly,I had a rare sirloin (well seasoned and juicy)cooked perfectly,my wife had the spanish chicken special and a side recommended by our server both of which she enjoyed immensely.The service staff are very friendly,professional and... More 

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105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Sharon M. So happy you enjoyed our food, staff ans entertainment. Hope to see you again soon. Ronan More 

Strabane, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went here 10th August having heard good things about the food. Run by the same people who run The Bentley Steakhouse I was happy to trust the reputation. Silly me. They had a limited Sunday menu, ordered Roast Lamb, others ordered steak. Mine came like something out of a poor school cafeteria, splattered on the plate & coated in a... More 

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105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Linda m. Sorry you had a bad experience with us. We thrive on giving our customers a good choice with our sunday menu with a wide range of classic dishes and traditional dinners. I am very sorry that it did not meet your satisfaction this time.I hope it does not put you off giving us another try. So happy... More 

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Our party of 13 were served our food very timely, hot and very courteous staff. If there was a criticism we were a bit squashed at one end of the table but otherwise it was superb. All courses excellent and pricing good. I would recommend this restaurant.....

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TheBentley D, Public Relations Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Great to hear you had such a good night at the Magnet Jo M! Thanks Daniel More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 161 Culmore Road,, Derry NT48 8JH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Londonderry  >  Derry
  • Phone Number: +44 28 7135 1551

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 146
  • Cuisine: Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

Description

Under new management as of January 2014, At The Magnet Bar we serve you fabulous food, prepared using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. We guarantee delicious steaks, superb cocktails and an excellent atmosphere with 100% customer service. The perfect place for a pint of stout, relax and unwind watching the football on any one of our 13HD TV's. Serving quality food all day until 8pm. Live music Fri, Sat and Sun.

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