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The Magnet Bar and Restaurant

$$ - $$$, , Irish
161 Culmore Road, Derry BT48 8JH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7135 1551
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good22%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“chorizo” (2 reviews)
“steak” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Pub, Irish, British, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
161 Culmore Road, Derry BT48 8JH, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Best bar food in town and well priced. Staff are very friendly and the service is good. Unlike many similar eateries in Derry, you can actually hear yourself think here, even when it's packed.

Thank Derms
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A few times I’ve eaten in this restaurant as it’s frequented often by my Derry friends , and when I visit Derry we enjoy a meal here . The staff and always helpful and friendly . The menu has a great selection for all appetites...More

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Reviewed January 18, 2018

We have often ate here over the last few months. It is just 10 minutes drive from Derry and you're usually guaranteed a good meal. Of late however, our last two meals were not so good. On a previous occasion we had ordered chicken and...More

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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

Tried her after recommendation food was great and the staff were very helpful, a little background music from the group. The wine special is £9.95 a bottle great value. The only problem is that you can’t book a table been a few times and always...More

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Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

Had lunch here with a few friends, a very typical basic bar food menu nothing to write home about but cooked well and tasted fine. The staff were very friendly and helpful. It’s not trying to be a fine restaurant, you get what you pay...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed October 9, 2017

Visited the Magnet on Saturday evening around 6pm and it was extremely busy. Was asked at the bar if we would like to eat downstairs or wait for a table upstairs. We opted to wait and was told 10 to 15 mins as they were...More

Thank Jeanette L
Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

Went to try out new menu on 15/9/17. Fillet steak new on menu & was absolutely delicious. Magnet have really upped thier game and now best eatery in Derry. The staff are so courteous and professional go out if way to help. Manager Ron's runs...More

Thank Nursjulie
Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

Been here several times and never disappoints, food to to die for, friendly staff and generous portions with great prices. The chicken stack is my favourite, highly recommend. Well worth driving 20 minutes to get thereMore

Thank liam d
105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2017

Hi Liam d. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoy our food and prices. That is what we are aiming for here at The Magnet. It also gives us great pleasure to hear...More

Reviewed August 15, 2017

My husband and I were in last week for a quick lunch. The food was gorgeous. I had the salt and chilli chicken and my husband had chorizo chicken. The food was really quick, but the girl that served us was really lovely. Really chatty....More

Thank claire d
105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Hi Clare d. Thanks very much for your lovely review. I am so happy that you enjoyed our food and service. We have few young. brown hair waitresses so I am not sure which one it was so i passed your kind words onto them...More

Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

Food is good but portions are small in the vegetarian options. We last visited on a Saturday around 3pm and it wasn't very busy but our food took very long to arrive and when it did the sides were cold 🙁 - the staff are...More

Thank ciara593
105DanM, Manager at The Magnet Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2017

Hi Ciara593. I am so sorry that you had to wait long for your food and that the sides were cold. I must stress that this is very unusual on our part. On a good note I am happy that the staff were able to...More

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Questions & Answers
March 20, 2017|
Response from 105DanM | Property representative |
Hello, Yes we do serve Sunday which consist of roast dinners and some of our classic dishes
February 7, 2016|
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Response from Christine M | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, had a gorgeous meal here yesterday and seen there was a christening in the upper floor, I didn't know they held functions, could be an idea for the next event! Definitely recommend the magnet.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $134
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 161 Culmore Road, Derry BT48 8JH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Londonderry  >  Derry
  • Phone Number: +44 28 7135 1551
  • E-mail
Under new management as of January 2014, At The Magnet Bar we serve you fabulous food, prepared using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. We guarantee delicious steaks, superb cocktails and an excellent atmosphere with 100% customer service. The perfect place for a pint of stout, relax and unwind watching the football on any one of our 13HD TV's. Serving quality food all day until 8pm. Live music Fri, Sat and Sun.
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