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“Great sandwich, so-so service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub

The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub
3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 293-9600
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Ranked #23 of 341 restaurants in Fairfax
Cuisines: Irish
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
atlanta, ga
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great sandwich, so-so service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Second time to this place. Couldn't wait to get the portobello mushroom sandwich. Still as good as remembered.

The bread in the basket brought to the table was stale, and when my daughter asked the waiter for new bread, the, I'm assuming owner, (an Irish guy), came over to tell us there was nothing wrong with the bread - it was probably from the end of the loaf! Whatever. It was still dried out and inedible.

If the young waiter spent more time attending to our drinks clearing the table after we finished, and less to my 21 year old daughter, everything would have been perfect!

Can't complain about the food though, it was delish. She had the pasta primavera and loved it.

I have to give this place credit for checking her proof of age. She ran out of her dorm without her purse, so didn't have her license. She ordered a Guiness. She was asked for I.D. She had her student ID card - no good, no DOB. Me as her mom - still, no go. I had her birthday present and cards on the table. I told the waiter the one from us notes it's for her 22nd birthday, if he wanted to open it. Still no dice, which is how it should be.

I'll be here in town for the next few days to celebrate her 22nd. I'll beat she won't forget her license tomorrow!

Visited March 2013
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English first
Fairfax, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Four star pub, Two star restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Come here if you're looking for a good neighborhood pub. Not easy to find an entrance to the parking garage across the street...but its there. Always has the air of a lively place, packed with people yet typically enough room to join in. Their beer is cold, service is quick, and the price is right. Their scheduled live music is a plus. The restaurant service is very good, quick, and courteous, though the meals are not much to right home about. Their menu intentionally/appropriately has a basic Irish focus, but I've had much better. Go there for the pub atmosphere.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Forget Olde Shebeen”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I enjoy good food and the fish and chips were soggy and tasteless. My wife's Porto bello mushroom sandwich was cold and tasted as though they had been over cooked.

Visited March 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Just an average pub”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Except for the live music I found the menu and food to be just average. The fish and chips left much to be desired.

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Lorton, Virginia, United States
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“Authentic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Many Irish pubs outside Ireland fail to capture the sense of what a true Irish pub is. Owned by two Irishmen, this place hits the mark. They have live entertainment weekly, a stocked bar, and a menu of good pub grub.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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