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“Excellent place in Guangzhou” 5 of 5 stars
Review of McCawley's Irish Pub

McCawley's Irish Pub
No.16 Haucheng avenue | Tianhe, Guangzhou, China
+86 20 3801 7000
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Ranked #50 of 5,677 Restaurants in Guangzhou
Price range: $8 - $82
Cuisines: Irish, Steakhouse, International, Bar
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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“Excellent place in Guangzhou”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

First, it was pretty confusing getting there. I was on Huacheng road (Lu) and not on Huacheng Avenue (Dadao), pretty common mistake when in China, I suppose. So, once on Huacheng Avenue search for building no 16, it has a huge restaurant (Mao's Bay or something) and VLife (organic and bio restaurant and products). Right next to VLife is a side street, take that one and you arrive at Mc Cawleys which is situated in the back of the building. It looks pretty big from outside, didn't get to see much since i was seated on the terrace. And they have free wifi!

Ok, so about the place. First, the service: I don't know why so many people complained about it, I got seated, had my order taken and my food and drinks on the table in less than 15 min. Plus, no mistakes in the order. Second, the food: it was great, simple, but one who has been many times in China knows that even the the most simple dished can go wrong due to a Chinese chef :). So, the fajitas (trio of beef, chicken and shrimps) were excellent and came withwarm tortillas, guacamole, sour cream and salsa, the potato skins with cheese and bacon were crispy and came with salsa and sour cream and the lime frozen margarita perfect.
The price? 177 rmb for the fajitas, potato skins and margarita. there must have been some special prices that i didn't pay attention to, maybe half price margarita, because the bill was lower than i expected. Ok, it;s not cheap, but since everything was so good, i think the price was more than fair.
Would i come back? Of course, especially because the food in the menu sounded delicious, if everything else is as good as what i've ordered i think i may have just found my favorite place in Guangzhou

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I have been in Guangzhou for 5 months and eat regularly at McCawleys due to there High Standard of food. There variety on the menu has something to please everyone and is so extensive that i can eat there a few times a week and never tire of it.

There burgers, Taco Salad and BEEF Fajitas are my personal favourites and make me forget that I am eating in China. They have daily specials Monday to Friday (Thursdays are half price Fajitas). Relaxed friiendly atmosphere and my go to venue for any major sports event.

Pricing is resonable, portians are fantastic and the food quality is AMAZING !!!!!!

Highly recommended for everyone, especially anyone who appreciates food.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Had a good time overall; but indifferent service; unclean tap lines”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

My wife and I ended up at McCawley's this last Thursday. It was our first time here. The bar area is quite attractive with dark woods and tall ceilings. The regular seating areas were less attractive, plastic "rattan" chairs and glass topped tables. Not ugly, but not "Old Town Bar" by any means. There is a pool table on the first floor. I didn't make it up to the second floor, but it looked like it might be pretty nice up there.

We arrived and were greeted and seated. However, after about five minutes no one came over to even give us menus. We decided to sit at the bar, which was empty. The bartender did not seem to want us to sit there and ignored us. But this being China, we just hailed him over. I was glad to see Kilkenny on tap. We both ordered a glass. We finally received it about 5 minutes later. It was possibly the worst tasting beer I ever had, just terribly sour and had that bitter unclean tap lines taste. We both had to return it. The second glass was nearly as bad, and I left it at the bar undrunk. At this point a table near the window opened up and we moved there.

We had to wave down a server at the new table to get menus and then wave down a server later to order food and drinks. That's fine. I'm used to it by now in China. I have no problem loudly asking for service from a lazy provincial. Sadly, its what they expect. But I can imagine many Westerners would be upset by the indifferent service. The management should really look into some training on Western service standards.

The daily special on Thursday is half price fajitas. They were very popular, sizzling plates of meat coming out of the kitchen every few minutes. We were extremely hungry, so we ordered the mixed appetizer plate (Party Platter) and an order of chicken, beef, and "prawn" (shrimp) fajitas. The mixed appetizer plate had hot wings, mini chimichangas, black bean hummus with pita bread triangles, and fried spring rolls. Everything but the spring rolls we pretty good actually. The chicken fajita meat was pretty good as well. The beef and shrimp less so, but not bad. Fajitas come with real sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and warm tortillas. I was in heaven, not having any decent tex-mex or bar food for almost a year. I saw that dos equis was a happy hour special. However, 5 minutes after ordering I was told they were out. Ok, so I ordered a Victoria Bitter. Again, I was told that they were out. Well, I wasn't going to order any draft beer after discovering the unclean tap lines. So I finally ordered a Corona (at RBB35 a bottle) which they thankfully had.

I know that this is a mixed review, but my wife and I had a pretty good time overall. Eight drinks and the two dishes we ordered came out to RMB551 (and no service charge; guess you get what you pay for). Not that bad really, for Guangzhou at least. Would have been cheaper if we would have stuck to happy hour specials and the half-priced fajitas. I will come back again, but this time I will know to stick to bottled beer and not expect good service.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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359 reviews 359 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 81 cities Reviews in 81 cities
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
“Watch for Specials!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

They have half price specials almost every day ... Fish and chips were pretty good, fajitas good too and on Thursday they are half price! Others in our party ordered several other dishes and all enjoyed their food.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Guangzhou, China
13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Shepherds lamb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

Great food, the shepherds lamb is excellent. My favourite lamb spot. My friends ate the chicken and they said it was great but i still think this is among the few places i would choose lamb over chicken.

Visited May 2013
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