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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 31
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 5
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  • 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
Nice establishment, good food

We stopped here on a bank holiday monday evening for a bite to eat with the kids. The place itself it nicely decorated and the food was good. Very reasonable priced aswell. Only down side was the service was a little slow, normally if it was just myself and the wife i wouldnt mind but with kids... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Ryan B
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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58 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We stopped here on a bank holiday monday evening for a bite to eat with the kids. The place itself it nicely decorated and the food was good. Very reasonable priced aswell. Only down side was the service was a little slow, normally if it was just myself and the wife i wouldnt mind but with kids its hard to... More 

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

Hi Ryan B. Thanks for taking the time to write your review. So happy to hear you enjoyed our food. Sorry for the delay in service though. As is was a bank holiday we can be that bit busier. We offer a free wifi service and colour books for the children so just ask one of our waiting staff the... More 

Donegal, Ireland
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I've been here 3 or 4 times and always had a good experience when dropping in on a Saturday afternoon or in the evening. But the timing for this review is unfortunate because last Sunday's meal was far below standard. My wife had the chicken burger which was very poor quality meat. I had the turkey. Stuffing was soggy, turkey... More 

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

Hi DrPhilG. Sorry to hear that our Sunday lunch menu was not up to your satisfaction on this occasion. We hope you give us another try so we can rectify this. On a good note i am happy that you enjoy our evening menu. Regards Ronan More 

Derry, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I have passed this place many times and never thought to stop for food - so glad I have tried it. The food was brilliant (I had salmon) - the service was great even though it was extremely busy. I couldn't believe how cheap it was and yet the food was to a very high standard. I would most definitely... More 

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

Hello Jols. Thanks for taking the time to write us a great review. We thrive on giving our customers nice food and great service as best we can so I am very happy you enjoyed it. Looking forward to seeing you again and I will pass your kind words on to the staff. Ronan More 

County Londonderry, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Went for a bite to eat and for a reasonable price too! Staff are very friendly and the atmosphere was really nice too.

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

Hi Aaiyah. So glad to hear we ticked all the boxes on your visit with us. Hope to see you again soon. Ronan More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
90 reviews 90 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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 

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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 - 148
  • 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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