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O'Dowds of Roundstone

Harbour View | Main Street, Roundstone, Ireland
+353 (0) 95 35809
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Ranked #1 of 5 restaurants in Roundstone
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $8 - $29
Cuisines: Seafood, Gastropub, Fish & Chips, Chowder
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: O'Dowds is a traditional Bar & Seafood Restaurant situated in the centre of Roundstone village overlooking the harbour. It has been run by the O'Dowd family for four generations since 1906. A bar has been operating on the premises since 1840 and it is widely regarded as the oldest pub in Connemara. It is now famous for its excellent fresh local seafood and it has one of the best pints of guinness in the locality. You can also taste some excellent irish craft beers like: The Galway Hooker, O'Hara's Irish Stout & O'Hara's light Ale.O'Dowds is open from 10am every day all year, serving breakfast until 12 noon, a bar menu is served from noon to 9.30pm every day. Fresh seafood include our own Home-made Seafood Chowder, Roundstone Crab Claws, Cashel Bay Mussels, Mannin Bay Oysters, Local Lobster and our very popular Fisherman's Platter, all accompanied with home-made brown scones. Chicken, Meat, Vegetarian, Soups S Sandwiches are also well catered for. Reservations in our restaurant are advisable during July & August & Bank Holiday weekends.O'Dowds has a special traditional pub atmosphere & friendly service which has remained unchanged for decades if not centuries. The bar is small & intimate with its traditional turf fire & beautiful views over Roundstone Harbour & The Twelve Bens.
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English first
Southampton, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Whilst on holiday in Roundstone, we tried O'Dowds for a meal. The food was good, although only a small portion of vegetables and rather expensive. Nice views of the sea and relaxing homely atmosphere by the fire.

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Westport, Ireland
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318 reviews 318 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

my wife and I thought the food was ok nothing very special, the tables are very close together, the food is expensive for the quality of what was produced, however it is the best in Roundstone

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

My husband and two children had mothers day Sunday lunch here. My husband had the chowder based on reading reviews on trip advisor ...it was average and not served in a chowder bowl ! Food overalll nice but i would agree its way overpriced

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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Real wholesome food for the weary traveler, served with a smile by lovely waitress's. Situated in the beautiful village of Roundstone

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Sydney, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We were 2 people dining on St Patricks day. Found the menu to be very limited, 1 steak, 1 chicken dish, 1 vegetarian etc. In addition it was very overpriced even for a tourist town. If the quality of the food matched the price, you could live with the limited menu, but unfortunately this was not the case. The steak... More

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We had a lovely warm welcome on our arrival and had the best seafood chowder in the world. This place is a MUST visit if you're ever in the vicinity. Roundstone is idyllic with gorgeous views and very friendly locals.

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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

A friend from Galway took me here over the weekend. We had a very warm welcome from the waitress. Although it was a late meal, the kitchen was still opened. We had a fantastic meal, washed down with a glass of white wine. The seafood is incredibly fresh: it's definitely worth trying the oysters & not missing the crab! I... More

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Dublin. Ireland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

For the umpteenth time we returned to this little gem. The pub is small, it gets very very crowded, but who cares its the place to be.Pint of Guinness is your only man (never mind the crush, the babble of chat and banter and when you get a seat have the Chowder and make sure your friend has the Crab... More

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Sydney, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We were looking forward to a fresh fish meal. Unfortunately, we were served tasteless pieces of haddock with equally uninteresting mashed potatoes and nothing else. An expensive disappointment.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Called in and were seated beside the peat fire on a cold November afternoon. This is an excellent traditional Irish bar with friendly staff, good food and good Guinness. A must for anyone visiting Roundstone, Plus it has wi-fi.....

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