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“Don't eat here.” 1 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Howth
Dublin,Ireland.
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Don't eat here.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2009

I made the mistake of telling a guest from Australia that the King Sitric was one of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland, and he took my wife and me there, along with his new fiance, our daughter. The downstairs reception area was comfortable, but cold. The upstairs dining room had a bit of a buzz and was comfortable though bordering on the dowdy. We had a nice table at the window, at which we ate extremely expensive, and in some cases very poor food. Crab mayonnaise that had no hint that it came from the sea, and tasteless monkfish, that needed a steak knife to cut it, were accompanied by unimaginative and poorly cooked vegetables. Our visitor was pleased with his lobster I think (he is very polite), and my daughter enjoyed her prawns.
Since our visitors were celebrating their engagement, and returning home two days later , we chose not to complain.
Had the cooking been top class, this would have been a very expensive meal, but it was very poor by any standard and a lot of the food should never have left the kitchen.

Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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11 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

Howth is a great place to stay for your first night in Ireland. The drive from the airport is easy and the town is right on the sea and very picturesque. The rooms at King Sitric are very comfortable and quiet. The dinner and breakfast were both outstanding. The owners couldn't have been nicer. We hope to return.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kalispell, Montana USA
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2007

We planned a spur-of-the-moment trip to Ireland and were lucky enough to find The King Sitric Restaurant 'with rooms'. Our room was immaculant and the linens were of high quality. The location is perfect - just a few feet from the water's edge. The highlight of our entire trip to Ireland was the fantastic dining experience at The King Sitric Restaurant. The service was superb and all of the many seafood dishes were the best we've ever tasted. We will plan all future trips to Ireland to be based in Howth and at this establishment.

Stayed November 2007
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21 hotel reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2007

Not really impresed with this place. Was brought there on a Sat night as a pressie from my husband. Dinner booked for 8.30pm - finally got to the table at 9.30pm!

Bread on table looked like as if it came from a packet! Seafood was just OK - my husband claims he got a "big starter" for his main course and at €35 for the main course it was a bit steep! Service was sloppy except for lovely man who brought us our wine. The dessert however (sticky toffee pudding) was sublime and this filled my husband who wanted to go for chips previous to this after his meal!

Overcharged us on bill (a quick "apologies sir" apparently is sufficient) Also on the way out 2 staff members downstairs wiating around however we had to get our own coats!

Have travelled all over the world and eaten in many fine restaurants but this one is definately not memorable.

  • Stayed February 2007
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2006

A small hotel classified by Michelin as a Restaurant with Rooms - always a good indicator so far as I am concerned.

The rooms are well appointed, if a little on the small side, but - as you would expect from a place classified as a Restaurant with Rooms - the real strength of the place is the restaurant where guests take breakfast and, if they are sensible, book for dinner as well. Aidan and Mary run an outstanding establishment, Aidan at the stoves and Mary front of house. The fish - both at dinner and at breakfast - were as fresh and as well prepared as any that I have ever tasted.

The King Sitric is directly opposite Howth's east pier, a 10 minute walk from the DART station (which is by the west pier). Howth itself is a very attractive fishing harbour quite different from anyhting else to be found in Greater Dublin. The DART service provides frequent electric trains into central Dublin, a far better prospect than driving into the centre.

  • Liked — The owners, Joan and Aidan; the outstanding restaurant; the fish
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon, England
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2006

A combined resturant and B&B.

The room was very well furnished and it in a beautiful location. Staff were welcoming.

Unfortunately, on the night I stayed there was a wedding party fully occupying the resturant ( the public area was on the other side of the wall from my room) and as they didn't finally leave until 4:03 am I didn't get much sleep.

Best to ask for a room not next to the public area.

  • Liked — Good quality rooms
  • Disliked — Noise from adjoining public area (room-specific)
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask for a room not next to the public areas
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2005

Stayed here with my girlfriend to get away for the evening. It's a B&B house with a restaurant included. the room was OK size with bath and shower unit-in-one. Faboulous view of the bay, islands and the cliffs. Bed was a bit hard and pillows very hard. we ate in the restaurant which was lovely. Fabulous selection of seafood, reasonable priced. For the non-fishy folk there was steak, chicken and venison. Extensive wine list with prices from about 25 euro. Deserts are not up to much really, but dinner was great.
Lovely pub next door playing traditional Irish music which added to the evening.
Breakfast next morning was delicious and plenty of it. Walked along the pier after breakfast in the beautiful November sunshine.
Lovely way to spend an evening away from it all and if the sun shine, Howth is one of the most perfect places on earth.
Would certainly recommend it, albeit, the room rate is a bit expensive. Their web site has the menus and prices.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: East Pier, Howth, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Howth
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Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Howth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Established in 1971, Aidan and Joan MacManus have earned an international reputation for fresh seafood in their harbour-side restaurant in the picturesque fishing village of Howth. In 1999, they extensively rebuilt their old Harbour Master's house, relocating the restaurant to the first floor with panoramic seaviews, and adding eight guest bedrooms. All the bedrooms are named after Lighthouses and have sea-views. DINING Fresh fish landed daily on Howth Pier, oysters and mussels from the west, lobster caught by our own fishermen in Balscadden Bay are among our specialities. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in our East Cafe Bar while choosing your wine from our outstanding Wine List. National Hospitality Awards Best Seafood Restaurant 2014. We are situated in the golfing heartland of North County Dublin and for sailors Howth Marina is three minutes walk. Enjoy a gentle stroll on the Pier before breakfast or a more energetic hike on the unspoilt Cliff Path and the trails of Howth Head. For business, shopping or sightseeing, Dublin City is only 25 minutes by Dart. Dublin Airport 25 minutes. ... more   less 
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