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“Bad service, awful food, no room=terrible experience” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Fiddler's Hearth Public House

Fiddler's Hearth Public House
127 North Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 232-2853
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Ranked #9 of 259 Restaurants in South Bend
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
South Bend
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“Bad service, awful food, no room=terrible experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2008

We have been going to Fiddler's Hearth for years as patrons of their quasi-Irish public house. The food has been ok, not great, but the Guinness has been where its at. Our last few trips to Fiddler's have been increasingly awful, finally coming to a head when a server cursed at us, called the family next to us by a vulgar slur, and accused us of serving minors. The server went so far as to chase us when we left because she received a one dollar tip; and physically accosted one of the young ladies in our group. The restaurant is small and packed with about 50 people inside. The breading on the fish and chips has gone from full and robust to almost non-existent. The wait staff are poorly dressed and freely show their tattoos and inappropriate jewelry. By the time the food makes it to the table, if you are lucky enough to be served, its cold. I would not recommend this bar to anyone any longer. For a reasonable alternative, check out Sean O'Casey's just down the road.

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English first
Valrico, FL
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“Great selection of Beer!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2008

The Good:

Great selection of Beer. Delicious food. Easy to find.

The Bad:

Service was slow. Band wasn't that good.

I would reccommend this place if you are not in a hurry.

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“Good atmospher, good food, vege options.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2008

Good atmospher, good food, vege options.

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“Pour a great guinness. The place is a joy during off-peak hours. A hint of dusty sunlight hitting heavy wood tables...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2008

Pour a great guinness. The place is a joy during off-peak hours. A hint of dusty sunlight hitting heavy wood tables, the creaking of floor-boards and clinking of glasses, low conversations and regular laughter. At night, though, they crank the music way too loud, to the extent that you can't hear the person next to you, and the undersized wait staff will often leave you alone for hours. Food is everything bar food should be. It compliments the beer, but you wouldn't think of it sober.

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“What a pub should be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2008

This was a great place, no pretenses, great atmosphere, great food, great beer and whiskey selection, and guys, the waitresses were gorgeous when I was there.

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