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Olde Castle Bar

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Chowder, Irish, Seafood, European, Pub, Family Fare
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Castle Street, Donegal Town, Ireland
+353 74 97 21262
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Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Oysters Anywhere

I have only one thing to say: Here I have eaten the best oysters anywhere. The service was friendly and good, and the atmosphere great, but the oysters, oy, the oysters!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Terry C
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North Bay, Canada
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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North Bay, Canada
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I have only one thing to say: Here I have eaten the best oysters anywhere. The service was friendly and good, and the atmosphere great, but the oysters, oy, the oysters!!!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

After visiting the Castle in Donegal town, I decided to pop in here for my lunch. The staff were very friendly , the bar and décor were very nice indeed it had a lovely look and feel to it. I have to say that the baked potato I had was beautifully baked skin on it was lovely , nice strong... More 

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North Carolina, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The decor is rustic. The food is not. Excellent menu and efficient service. The seafood dishes are fresh and flavorful, the lamb stew outstanding.

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63 reviews 63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Ate here at weekend for first time in a few months. No change; still excellent food with excellent staff! Venison Pie is simply 10/10

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Kinlough, Leitrim, Ireland
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81 reviews 81 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A great little bar with lovely food ideal for parties as there is a perfect area upstairs for small groups. The staff are very attentive and the food is delicious - definitely worth checking out!

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Kailua, Hawaii
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We liked the old school feel of the place. went in for a pint, and ended up staying for a few more than one. locals love to talk story.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Enjoyed a Sunday evening pint and pie in here a few weeks back. Busy spot and would advise booking. Decent guiness, grub and malt selection. Would return and recommend.

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Darwin, Australia
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76 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The food here was very good indeed. We both ordered the special on hake. It was grilled in a pan to just the right degree - sweet and soft. The salad and the potato that we chose to go with it were also excellent. Prices were on the low side at 12.95 Euros. Service was very pleasant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Spent evening here great atmosphere great staff. Well worth a visit. Had lunch here earlier as well it was lovely

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A great old Irish Pub in the heard of Donegal. Food was excellent. Great place for a pint and dinner.

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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, Family Fare

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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