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Olde Castle Bar

Castle Street, Donegal Town, Ireland
+353 74 97 21262
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Ranked #11 of 55 restaurants in Donegal Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $48
Cuisines: European, Irish, Seafood, Family Fare
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Donegal’s finest traditional old Irish Bar & Restaurant offers a warm welcome to visitors to Donegal Town and locals alike. The Olde Castle Bar and Restaurant Donegal is home to the finest Donegal seafood, steaks, beers, wines & whiskies – served by the O’Toole family and their team, with a smile and a Cead Mile Failte!
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English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We were in Donegal for one night and decided that this place was so good we would eat here for both lunches! I had a gorgeous prawn cocktail with lovely bread which was out of this world! The fish and chips are amazing too! Lovely old style feel to the place with lots of nooks to sit in. From the... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Just finished a fantastic meal in the Olde Castle Bar. Every course.. Starter, main course, dessert.. Was just delicious. Staff are courteous and efficient. Liked the fact that they offer half bottles of wine. Great atmosphere. Very busy even for a Monday night which is a great sign. Would highly highly recommend.

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Palo Alto, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

By the far the best raw oysters that we have had in awhile. Staff was very helpful in selecting local favorites and didn't disappoint.

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Ontario
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It has been a few years since I was last in Donegal town but I knew this is where I wanted to eat on our recent visit. We had a lovely mid-day meal here. The seafood was excellent, fresh and well prepared. The service was friendly, and the location both convenient and charming.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Absolutely loved our dinner here. The staff were attentive and the food and dessert were delicious. The wine was wonderful. An excellent choice for dining.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Historic gastro pub in the centre of Donegal town. Locals mingle happily with tourist and theres usually a full house at lunch time. The pub also boasts it's own specially brewed ale named after the historic character "Red Hugh" The pub has an authentic olde world feel and it seems to have retained much of its original interior. Food is... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Had an early dinner today, sea bass with broad bean risotto. I would have made it all fives but the rice had just gone too far and had lost it's grain, yesterday we had the chowder with wheaten bread that was 5x5. Great place to eat sea food.

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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My husband and I ate at the Olde Castle Bar our first night in Donegal Town. The Venison Stew was delicious, the Irish Stew was like Dinty Moore with bigger potatoes. Anything paired with a pint of Guinness is a little better, however. We spent the next day driving around Donegal, and got back to town just before 9PM. Not... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Lovely inside and out. Friendly staff and good value food. I had sea trout which was excellent and this was served with very mild chickpea curry. Extensive menu especially for sea food. Had l been hungrier l would have ordered the Greencastle Seafood Platter which apparently included many kinds of hot and cold fish. This seems to be good value... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Went for dinner after a long day of traveling and wasn't disappointed. Atmosphere was open and busy, service was good, fish we had was excellent. Nice place for our first night in Ireland.

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