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O'Sullivans Irish Pub & Restaurant

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640 Grand Ave, Ste A, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2365
760-729-7234
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice beer selection and good food

I have been going to the pub now called O'Sullivan's for over 25 years starting back when it was called Dooley McCluskey's. The owners and name have changed several times but the ambiance has remained relatively unchanged. It is a cozy and welcoming pub with a nice selection of British beers and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
dcwhiddon54
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San Diego
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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a unique-looking pub from the outside, and we wanted to bring our visiting (Irish) friend here because of the name (also her last name). The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. There was no entertainment the night we arrived, but I can imagine it would really add to the fun of an evening. We started with the potato skins... More 

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Thank alhanson
San Diego
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to the pub now called O'Sullivan's for over 25 years starting back when it was called Dooley McCluskey's. The owners and name have changed several times but the ambiance has remained relatively unchanged. It is a cozy and welcoming pub with a nice selection of British beers and ales and a good selection of micro brews.... More 

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Thank dcwhiddon54
San Marcos, California
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441 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am from Ireland and can attest to the fact that they serve authentic Irish dishes. We had tried their other location in Escondido, but wanted to see if they were as good in Carlsbad. Not only are they just as good, the atmosphere is nicer. The service was excellent and the staff fun and friendly.

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Thank csarchibald
Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We could not have felt more welcomed and enjoyed the Smithicks on tap, great comfort food, super friendly staff, you feel like you have been transported back to Ireland!

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Thank CLTierney
Globe, Arizona
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I had the best sale ever. In general they have really excellent food and great beer. The guiness is really good .

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Thank Macbeth116
Carlsbad, California
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

If you want some good Irish food and an extensive selection of Irish brews then come here. They server good portions and have very friendly waitresses. Usually they have some live music but generally starts after 9PM. We frequent this whenever I think about Ireland.

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Thank SweetOldBill
Carlsbad, California
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

I got the Irish whiskey chicken boxty. While it was good, it is super heavy so be sure to get this for dinner or when you are ready for a heavy meal! My boyfriend got the "roast beast" as he likes to call it.

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Thank Jen B
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Nothing wrong with that and the Irish twist to the food offerings is welcomed. Been here a few times in the evening and for lunch and enjoyed it each time.

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Thank Mark G
LA
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Nothing terribly special about O'Sullivan's, but it's nice to have a local pub within walking distance of the beach. Standard fare on food and beverage. We were there when it was very slow, but it looks like it can handle a crowd well.

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Thank TAReviewer--CA
Riverside, California
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70 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Authentic, I think not. Stopped in today and asked bartender whether the upcoming GAA matches would be on some of the many screen around the bar. She replied, well we have soccer and rugby. I said "No, Irish Football - the GAA." She asked me to tell her what that was. I explained Irish football and hurling. Her reply "I've... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 640 Grand Ave, Ste A, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2365
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 760-729-7234

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Pub, Irish, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?