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“A Nifty Gaelic Discovery” 4 of 5 stars
Review of T.S. McHugh's Public House

T.S. McHugh's Public House
21 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
206 282 1910
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Ranked #1,359 of 3,487 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $7 - $28
Cuisines: American, Irish, British
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Queen Anne Ave
Newport, OR
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A Nifty Gaelic Discovery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I travel from Portland, OR, to Seattle fairly frequently by Amtrak (business class/Bistro car, quick and no trafficf jams to contend with on the Queen City's gridlocked highway system, but rarely go to the Queen Anne district.
But this time, we did and what a pleasant surprise (my hotel review is seperate). We had an idea about nearby eateries because if very useful info in our hotel room and decided to try T.H. McHugh's Irish Restaurant (Guiness on tap). It was nifty. About as Irish as can be outside of Galway, with a motto that says, "What butter or whicky will not cure, there's no cure for." The menu has a variety of sandwiches, pot pies, pub fare, burgers, fish (my rule is never have any seafood unless there is a big body of water within a 10-minute drive), the usual soups.
The help was friendly and but the waitress seemed a bit distracted, but we were in no hurry. The food was hearty and well prepared (there were several of us and we all were happy with our choices). It has no outside seating, but for summer dining outdoors there are scads of places near by (see below).
I am puzzled by some of the other reviewers. If, as one said, "the food was standard pub fare (with no definition of the term), why did he go back twice with all the other dining offerings in the area? And what's the definition of "worst pub grub?" When I used to review restaurants for a major metro newspaper, I always described my criticisms precisely. Anyway, we were all happy with what we ordered.
BELOW...an unexpected bonus...McHugh's is but one of an enticing lineup of restaurants in the area, mostly on Queen Anne Ave. N. They include Toulouis Petit (Southern), Roti Cuisine of India, Peso's Kitchen & Lounge (American). Sam's Sushi, Paghacci Pizza. Blue Water Taco Grill and Phuket (Asian), plus a bunch more I likely didn't notice.
Because of our business, we had no opportunity for more through exploration, so no shopping report. But the area seems very promising.
Anyway, I'd go back.

  • 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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Saskatoon, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“sunday menu small”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

they seem to cut back on Sunday, the rest of the week there is more choice. I found the service to be a bit slower than it needed to be, but tolerable. Plenty of beers to choose from.

Visited August 2013
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Average Pub”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We ate there twice during a recent visit to Seattle both times because it was near our hotel. The food was standard pub fare. The service was good.

Visited August 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Good beer”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The food was some of the worst pub grub I've eaten and the place smelled like urine. The beer was fine.

Visited July 2013
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Abbotsford, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great service and for family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We attended the Seattle Storm's WNBA game against New York and we checked out a number of restaurants near Key Arena. I found TS McHugh's Public House. We had approximately 18 people attending (parents and teenagers) and I contacted the manager Don. Don was accommodating and the reservations set up. Prices were reasonable for us and the beer selection was great.

Our waitress was able to get our orders, beer and food very quickly. She knew her beers and at the end she got us out on time. I had the TS McHugh Burger and two other parents enjoyed the Reuben.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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