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The Irish Arms

Main Street (N67), Lisdoonvarna, Ireland
+353 (065) 7074207
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $28
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood, Steakhouse, International
Good for: Local cuisine
Description: The Irish Arms is a Pub, Restaurant and B & B situated in Lisdoonvarna Co Clare. This landmark Pub has been owned and run by The McNamara Family since 1990. It's reputation as the best Pub in which to dine in Lisdoonvarna has been built on steadily, year after year, for nearly quarter of a century. Maintaining high standards in quality, service and hygiene are always their top priority. The Irish Arms is highly recommended by many of their neighbournig Guest Houses, B&Bs, and Hostels. Their Menu caters for most tastes, with a strong leaning towards Traditional Irish Food. They serve Homemade Soups and Chowders, Burren Smoked Salmon and Succulent Steaks, as well as their famous Bacon & Cabbage, and Beef in Guinness Stew. A Daily Secial is served everyday and a Roast Dinner is available every Sunday. They offer a varied Kids Menu for only €4.95. They serve quality food at reasonable prices. You will find them conveniently located on the Main Street at the top of the town, next door to the Post Office, and only 200 metres from Lisdoonvarna Town Centre. The McNamara Family look forward to seeing you at The Irish Arms soon.
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Good for: Local cuisine
Description: The Irish Arms is a Pub, Restaurant and B & B situated in Lisdoonvarna Co Clare. This landmark Pub has been owned and run by The McNamara Family since 1990. It's reputation as the best Pub in which to dine in Lisdoonvarna has been built on steadily, year after year, for nearly quarter of a century. Maintaining high standards in quality, service and hygiene are always their top priority. The Irish Arms is highly recommended by many of their neighbournig Guest Houses, B&Bs, and Hostels. Their Menu caters for most tastes, with a strong leaning towards Traditional Irish Food. They serve Homemade Soups and Chowders, Burren Smoked Salmon and Succulent Steaks, as well as their famous Bacon & Cabbage, and Beef in Guinness Stew. A Daily Secial is served everyday and a Roast Dinner is available every Sunday. They offer a varied Kids Menu for only €4.95. They serve quality food at reasonable prices. You will find them conveniently located on the Main Street at the top of the town, next door to the Post Office, and only 200 metres from Lisdoonvarna Town Centre. The McNamara Family look forward to seeing you at The Irish Arms soon.
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Chicago
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Surprisingly excellent meals in a cozy pub atmosphere. We loved the fresh salmon, which was smoked just a few blocks away in the Burren Smokehouse! Great deserts and friendly service, too. We came back a second time during our visit and had an equally excellent meal and service.

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ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We had a lovely lunch here as we toured Clare. The lady that served us was very friendly as she was with everyone in the bar. The bar is cosy. The food was good and the desert apple pie was v good. When in lisdoonvarna again, I will return.

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Brussels
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Our small group of family and friends recently visited the Irish Arms. We are return visitors and stop by when we're in the area. We all loved the chowder. My husband orders it every time. Fish and chips, bangers, toasties and smoked salmon are delicious. If you're looking for a pub atmosphere with good food and friendly staff, this is... More

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

No frills, nothing fancy but a decent bar and decent craic from the staff. Stephen was very helpful. The guy doing the food orders was very funny

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Tipperary, Ireland
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Three of us had a mid-day lunch here & it was divine. We had soup & a mixed selection of sandwiches with Tea & Coffee. The staff were very polite & attentive. The chat of how we were getting on & if anything could be done to make our trip better was welcomed. The lunch worked out about €11 a... More

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SeaninMac, Owner at The Irish Arms, responded to this review

Great to hear you enjoyed your lunch stop with us!! Please call again soon. More

glencove1
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We hadn't planned to stop here, but we were very glad we did. I love fish & chips (as long as it's made with cod), but I've had some really awful versions of it. The fish & chips here were fantastic. I wish I had some now.

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SeaninMac, Owner at The Irish Arms, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review. We always use cod for our Fish n Chips which we serve now with mushy peas. Be sure and call in for some next time your around! More

ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We have eaten in this place on many occasions. It is great value for money, spotlessly clean, family run, and all in all a great place to stop if you are in north clare. Also it is open all year round, when many places only open during high season

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SeaninMac, Owner at The Irish Arms, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. Be sure and call in again soon! More

Galway, Ireland
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We visited this place on my way back to Galway - after half day of motorcycling we were hungry and this place was on our way. Restaurant/pub looks interesting. Its nice decorated and it has nice atmosphere. Staff at the bar was friendly. As usual I ordered the Seafood Chowder - it wasn't bad but it wasn't great neither. There... More

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SeaninMac, Owner at The Irish Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Sorry that you did not enjoy your meal as much as we would have hoped. Please call in next time you are passing by and give us another try!! More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Our first meal in Lisdoonvarna was here. It was so good that we chose to go back. The bartender is a family hero now due to suggesting a visit to the Corofin Heritage Center. We were able to trace my family's lineage. I'd say that's excellent service!

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SeaninMac, Owner at The Irish Arms, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review and glad you got to track down your roots. All good ones i hope!! More

Ballyclare, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I have honestly never had a bad meal in here.. very reasonably priced... excellent food and lovely staff! Note to all visitors of Lisdoonvarna: If you are looking for an excellent quality restaurant, eat here! Avoid the Ravine hotel next door like the plague :)

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SeaninMac, Owner at The Irish Arms, responded to this review

Hi Anna, and thank you so much for your kind review. We should point out though that we would prefer if reviewers would not post remarks on here about other places in the town. It can cause problems!! Otherwise thanks again and please do call in next time your in the area! More

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