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Olde Castle Bar

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Chowder, Irish, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups
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Castle Street, Donegal Town, Ireland
+353 74 97 21262
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Description: Donegal’s finest traditional old Irish Bar & Restaurant offers a warm...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic pub

Upmarket pub with a varied menu and excellent food. Good value and attentive service. Definitely worth a visit!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Paul C
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Upmarket pub with a varied menu and excellent food. Good value and attentive service. Definitely worth a visit!

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great location in the heart of Donegal Town, staff were friendly and helpful with explanations of the menu. Fish pie is terrific!

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Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Loved the wonderful fish pie. I'm sure there were other dishes on a par, judging by the numbers who were looking for a table. The staff were falling over one another to advise and serve us. The beer and wine were all that one could wish. A great dining experience. Not a single thing to criticise.

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Kilkeel, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Lovely pub with a great atmosphere. Plenty of choice on the menu, with lots of fresh fish. Highly recommend their chowder, and a pint of Guinness is a must!

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Bronx, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This place is wonderful. Great food, very unique location in an old building. Everyone was very friendly. They had a story night where a local man came in and told folk stories and this was very special.

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N.Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Olde world setting in the centre of Donegal town. We called at lunchtime in the main holiday season and had to wait for a table to become available. Good range of home-cooked food, very reasonably priced and very friendly staff.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A quaint pub centrally located in the diamond with a good draught beer selection and a few nice scotches and whiskeys on the wall. Lots of character and history throughout the building. Staff wasn't overly friendly but not a terrible experience by any means.

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I really enjoyed the food. Not too expensive and it was all great. Centrally located it was close to everything and we had no trouble getting a table for 9 people. Highly recommend the sirloin.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great food, great service in a proper authentic old style bar. Very busy but well organised at lunchtime.

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Killybegs, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Across from Donegal Castle, good place to go after a tour of the Castle. Good food, atmosphere and crowd !!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Castle Street, Donegal Town, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  County Donegal  >  Donegal Town
  • Phone Number: +353 74 97 21262

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 48
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Irish, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine

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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