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The Celtic Ray

145 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 916-9115
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Ranked #15 of 124 restaurants in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Irish
Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Been traveling through Punta Gorda a lot recently and this is by far the best bar i've seen. Solid beer selection (guessing 15-20 on draft) with mostly imports. Food was surprisingly above average and better than most of the touristy restaurants in Fisherman's village. Also have disc golf on the outside patio which was an unexpected surprise for me.

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Max D, Public Relations Manager at The Celtic Ray, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed yourself while you were here, and we hope that you'll be back in the future! Cheers, Carrie More

Poinciana, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Great atmosphere to have a beer. The lightly battered, but crisply fried cod was excellent. We ordered the large portion and it was enough for 2 people. Nice selection of beer on tap.

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Max D, Public Relations Manager at The Celtic Ray, responded to this review

We just wanted to let you know we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review of our establishment! We hope that you will be back to see us soon! Cheers, Carrie More

Florida
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We stopped in on a Saturday evening with another couple who ate there previously. The place was not real crowded, so no wait. As you step in, it looks like you went overseas to an Irish or English pub. It is a little unique as you go up to the bar and order your drinks and dinner. My wife and... More

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Max D, Public Relations Manager at The Celtic Ray, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for your thought out and descriptive review of our establishment! We enjoyed reading your review and we are happy to hear you enjoyed our pub! We do hope that you will return, and maybe try something new to drink and eat (the Breton chicken is pretty popular) Thank again for the review! Cheers, Carrie More

Punta Gorda, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My wife and I have visited The Celtic Ray many times and have always enjoyed our visit, food and drink. They are famous for their Fish and Chips (lunch or dinner portion) and you will find many of the patrons eating this perfectly prepared dish, down to the authentic soda bread and butter. Other Irish/English food and draft beer (20... More

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Max D, Public Relations Manager at The Celtic Ray, responded to this review

Allan, Thank you so much for taking the time out to write such an excellent review for our establishment. It's so nice to hear that our patrons enjoy our pub as much as we do! Your review is very much appreciated and was lovely to read! Cheers, Carrie More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed the Celtic Ray with my high school girlfriends during our girls week out! We has a blast dancing to "oldies but goodies" and except for the slow service, the food was great!

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Max D, Public Relations Manager at The Celtic Ray, responded to this review

Becky, Thank you kindly for taking the time to leave us a review! We are pleased to hear that you had a good time with your friends when you were visiting our establishment. However, we are sorry to hear that the service was not as it should have been. We do hope that you decide to come back to the... More

Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

As a Florida resident, I enjoy going to this pub to have Irish food. The bartender was very friendly as I would watch him make a dark and hazy beer topping this with the Guinness that looked very interesting. I had the Breton chicken that was enclosed with a flaky, puff pastry with a white, chicken sauce, colcannon, cole slaw,... More

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Max D, Public Relations Manager at The Celtic Ray, responded to this review

Susan- Wow, what can we say other than, thank you SO MUCH for the amazing review you left. It was really nice to read such a thought out and descriptive review (not to mention such a positive one!). We truly appreciate you taking the time out of your day to leave us a review, and we are so delighted that... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Nice place in this Ghost Town. Had fish and chips..very good although the breading needed seasoning. Bar tender very nice and excellent band. Purchased soda bread to take home was worth the wait.

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Max D, Public Relations Manager at The Celtic Ray, responded to this review

Good afternoon Deni! We just wanted to send you a message to thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the pub. We hope you will come back and see us! If you ever want to check out our entertainment schedule, you can do so by going to celticray.net. Thanks... More

Punta Gorda, Florida
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Love coming here and visit it often! Not only as a "local" enjoying the many beers on tap and now full liquor as well but, a great place to bring visitors! The re-opened section is very nice with a stage for bands, comedians and trivia nights. The fish n' chips are the best around!

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Max D, Public Relations Manager at The Celtic Ray, responded to this review

Jimmy- Thank you so much for your review on the Celtic Ray! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review and we are so happy that you enjoy coming to our establishment! We hope to see you soon! Cheers, Carrie More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

Bartender walked by us at the bar many times like he didn't care. Clean cut young guy who never smiled and seemed miserable. Finally I said can we get drinks and he magically found time to stopand get our drinks! This plac is really cool with a good crowd. The band was rocking out and they have Frisbee and giant... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I had eaten Celtic Ray's fish and chips at an outdoor festival and it was so good that I wanted to try it at their home base. It was good, as was my dining partner's Shepherd's Pie. Nice Irish menu. The food did not disappoint. Bartender was friendly & attentive. The place feels like it needs a good scrub-down, though.

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